Outdoor Artists display pieces in Everglades City

ank of the Everglades Now a Modern Spa and Palms off Broadway, Everglades City by Phyllis Pransky are both on display at the Museum of the Everglades until Dec. 26.

ank of the Everglades Now a Modern Spa and Palms off Broadway, Everglades City by Phyllis Pransky are both on display at the Museum of the Everglades until Dec. 26.

People who have been waiting for the chance to see an exhibition of the Marco Island Outdoor Artists finally have the chance.

The Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City is featuring 26 pieces from 13 members of the local group that highlight the talents of the artists and the natural beauty of the area.

"The whole movement of the Outdoor Artists is to exhibit the beauty of our environment and the growth of Marco Island, Naples, Isles of Capri, Goodland, Everglades City and Chokoloskee," said Phyllis Pransky, organizer of the event and founder of the group. "(The exhibition) establishes that we've arrived as a professional group of collectible artists."

The showing includes oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics and photography, and while the museum usually represents the work of one or several artists, this is the first time they've had a show solely for a specific organization.

According to Pransky, the group shows wherever it can, which usually includes banks, retail shops, restaurants and galleries.

Also, all the pieces the group produces are for sale.

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To have their work entered into the exhibition, the group juried pieces of members who were readily available in Marco Island and Naples rather than members who were away for the summer, Pransky said.

In addition to recording the natural beauty of the area, Outdoor Artists is meant to encourage people of all skill levels to immerse themselves in art in a variety of media. Aside from painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, the group at one time also had poets working alongside.

"The only rule is to respect each other's concentration and abilities as artists and to respect the property that we're on," Pransky said. "The camaraderie is very strong ... we learn from each other."

The exhibition will continue until Dec. 26 at the museum free of charge. Other artists showing with the group include Shirley Piercy, Marilyn Wirth, Bill Gutzwiller, Cathy Demko, Mary Reining, Rena Tippit, Jack Megela, Inez Hudson, Tom Haddad, Nancy Shelly, Bob Nelson and Susan Wold.

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