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Arts organization hopes to hold first North Fort Myers walk in July

Lee County Art Center looking for artists, sponsors

June 1, 2018
By CHUCK?BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The governing board of the Lee County Arts Center of North Fort Myers has set a tentative date for its first really big event.

The inaugural North Fort Myers Art Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hancock Bridge Square Shopping Center on off 41, near the Sewing Boutique, pending official permission from the owners of the plaza

Now, all it needs are some artists and sponsors.

The event will be held on the sidewalk in front of the stores and will be sheltered from the elements.

"It's the beginning of bringing culture to North Fort Myers and making it a destination, not a direction," said Mark Lipton, board member. "This is for local residents and people who want to come over the bridge."

Wendy Fahl, owner of the Sewing Boutique, said she will send a notarized letter to the owners to get permission to hold the event there.

The arts center, which started a year ago during at a North Fort Myers Civic Association event at the Shell Factory, has been looking for a permanent location since its beginnings. It had been holding meetings at Sun Country Realty where, on May 23, it got together to lay the groundwork for the event.

The original plan was to hold the event on June 30 but organizers decided to push it back so it doesn't conflict with July 4 travel plans and also to allow them to better plan and provide more time to bring in artists, sponsors and maybe a food truck or two.

For artists, it will cost $25 for a 10 x 10 space and $15 for a 10 x 6 space. It will cost $50 per food truck, up to five.

"The food trucks will attract people to the show. You want an exciting event and for people to think it's important," Fahl said.

Lipton said it's important for the event to draw legitimate artists so as not to become a crafts fair.

Organizers believe the event will cost $1,000 to put on, so they are seeking sponsors from around the area to help as well as member of the North Fort Myers Civic Association, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.

If the event succeeds, another art walk could be planned during season, possibly in Marinatown.

"With the revitalization of North Fort Myers, we're glad to be a part of it. What better time to start a project like this for the residents?" said Maryanne Howard, chairperson of the arts center.

For additional information, please contact Howard at or



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