MARCO ISLAND — When she first saw Goodland as a teenager, Tara O’Neill said she thought it was “the most exotic, tropic, Swiss Family Robinson place I’d ever seen.” Despite being forbidden to go there by her mother, she went, and her love affair with the fishing village continues to this day.
For the past three months, she has had a one-woman show of her Goodland-centered paintings, entitled “A Villager’s View,” on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum, and on Friday, before the show is taken down, she gave a talk there, on art, and Goodland, and how she combined the two.
O’Neill was surrounded by friends, both the 50 or so who showed up to hear her, and two decades or more of her paintings on the walls all around. Afterward, she got a hug from museum manager Lisa Marciano, and another from significant other George Vellis.
Tara’s show comes down June 27, and a showing of shore bird photography by Marie Adams debuts June 29. Lance Shearer