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‘French Connection’ photography, contemporary Native American beadwork in Cape Coral Library Gallery

April 7, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Changing exhibits of work by local artists, photographers and artisans are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library, which is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. The current show will be available for viewing during library business hours from April 7 through May 7.

The "French Connection" photography exhibit on the walls of the gallery will feature images by Claude Chalut, Estelle Chartrand, Marie-Elise Mathieu and Andre Morin. These four talented snowbirds return each year to their homes in Cape Coral, and each has received numerous awards and recognition in shows at the Cape Coral Art League, where they are all active members. The extraordinary work in this exhibit at the library will include travel, nature, scenery, macro photography and more.

Contemporary Native American beadwork by Marion Courtney will be shown in the gallery cases. Her handmade leather items with intricate beading are period correct for the years 1810 to 1840. Medicine bags, small personal bags, knife sheaths, and rifle cases will be among the pieces included in the display.

Courtney is of English, Irish, Scotch, Dutch, Viking, French and Native American descent. Her European ancestors arrived in 1620 on the second boat to land at Salem, Massachusetts. She can therefore claim a unique distinction of not only being a Daughter of the American Revolution, but also having Seneca Brule Yanktonai tribal heritage. It was her father who taught her how to navigate the forest, while her mother taught her a love of literature. Both parents took her to pow-wows in Illinois and Wisconsin, and these experiences influenced her creative and historical interests.

The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

For more information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman by calling 239-258-2991 or emailing her at



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