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Library art gallery features new exhibits

August 19, 2011
By JOYCE LYONS - Friends of the Cape Coral Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library invites local residents to become a member of the group. It meets bi-monthly in the Cape Coral Library meeting room at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays for a social hour, short business meeting and an interesting program. The next meeting will be in September. Come and meet friendly people with shared interests.

All of the money the Friends accumulate through book sales, dues and other fund-raising campaigns are used to purchase materials, furniture and other items that cannot be included in the county library budget. The Friends recently purchased a refrigerator for the library meeting room.

Cape Coral Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. It's closed on Sunday.

Art gallery exhibits

Sponsored by volunteers and funded by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, the gallery will exhibit a group of exceptional artists from August through September.

- Photographer Rod Clarke. An award-winning journalist, Clarke has spent more than 45 years as a writer, photographer and media specialist. He is a former Vermont bureau chief and state editor for United Press International, where he earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for national reporting. In addition to his free-lance work, Clarke writes, produces and narrates WGCU public television where he earned three Telly Awards and has been nominated for three Emmys. For 10 years he was the official photographer for the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Camp, as well as the Minnesota Twins and Field of Dreams camps. The photos in the gallery were taken over the past 35 years with Nikon 35 mm film and digital cameras.

- Husband and wife team, Richard and Joanne Steele. Joanne has been working in oils since high school when her work was chosen as a winner of the Gold Key Award and was displayed in Washington, D.C. She won a scholarship in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts' prestigious Museum School and later earned an associates degree in fine arts and design from Cape Cod Community College. Through the years, Joanne has been a set designer for many theater productions and constructed and painted scenery for the Festival Ballet in Providence, R.I. More recently, she has worked as a designer for Ethan Allen Furniture in Fort Myers.

Richard was educated at Boston Architectural Center and Boston University. He was a professional photographer for many years, specializing in children, portraits and weddings in the Boston area, and later in his own Franklin (Mass.) Studio of Photography. Now retired from his own sign manufacturing company, he has chosen to return to creating photography as art.


- Daniel Vall is a well known wood sculptor in Southwest Florida. His exquisitely graceful water birds are on display in hundreds of homes and businesses throughout the world. He sees profound beauty in wood for which Mother Nature no longer has a use. He cherishes nature's laborious treatment in preserving the woods he will fashion into art forms. Sun, sea and time have each made their contributions to his work.

- Susan Shore. Her ibis bird sculptures fly high on the walls of the Punta Gorda (Fla.) Convention Center. Her nature sculptures, underwater seascapes and fantasy fish collections are displayed in homes and businesses across the United States. She is a self-taught artists who developed her own method of sculpting using a self-hardening epoxic brand clay. She now teaches weekly at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda and the Cultural Center in Port Charlotte.

- Judy Schnabel. After retiring in 1990 from Bristol-Myers Squibb, she has a burning desire to fulfill two "hobbies" she had wanted to pursue for years: watercolors and stained glass. She enrolled in a class for each subject but much to her dismay learned she couldn't draw. But the glass bug had bitten her hard. After receiving a tiny kiln for the microwave as a gift, and while arthritis in her hand prohibited her from continuing to do stained glass, she discovered warm glass was right down her line. She is a member of the Charlotte County Art Gild and Charlotte County Arts and Humanities.

- Bruce Bagge. More active than ever since retiring from the investment banking business and in addition to his current philanthropic efforts, Bagge most enjoys being able to pursue his more creative side. This evolution includes his photography, early abstract acrylic paintings, his whimsical "pot people" and many varieties of sculpture all bearing his personal artistic stamp. He currently serves as a director of the Charlotte County Art Guild Inc., and is president of the Sculptor's Society of S.W. Florida.

- Peter Soley designs abstract sculpture in steel and aluminum. His work is generated from a need for creativity and change. His inspiration can come from a single work. He starts with a sketch in pencil or chalk and slowly the vision is built from a single line moving into a shape, which is then added to, overlapped, or doubled. The process continues until he can see his original vision in the design. He has always made his sculpture because he loves to make sculpture.

All Lee County Library System programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with 48 hours notice. Call the Deaf Service Center at 461-0334 (voice) or 461-0438 (TTY). Assisted listening devices are available. The Lee County Library System also offers free access to books, DVDs, videos, books on CD, electronic resources and other items from a vast collection.

The Lee County Library System makes it possible for people who ordinarily couldn't visit the library to enjoy reading through the Bookmobile, Books-by-Mail, Talking Books and literacy programs.

Joyce Lyons, Friends of the Cape Coral Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace (off Mohawk Parkway). Voice: 533-4500; TTY: 485-1141.



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