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  • Guitarist Isbin Wears Two Musical Hats for BIG ARTS 'Cool Classical' Concert
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:26 AM

    Grammy-Award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin may have earned her outsized reputation, in part because she slips so easily between two distinct musical realms—that of soloist and that of collaborator. She gracefully wore both hats during her recent appearance with the Pacifica Quartet on BIG ARTS’s “Cool Classical” series, January 10 at Schein Hall.

  • Master Pianist Michael Baron to Appear in Duet Recital at St. Michael’s
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:00 AM
    St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church presents pianist Dr. Michael Baron in a piano duet concert 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the church. He is joined by his former—and star—pupil Priscila Navarro in their first appearance at the church. The recital is part of the St. Michael’s “Nourishment for Body, Mind and Spirit” lecture and concert series.
  • This Week's Island Bestsellers
    Monday, January 14, 2019 12:00 PM

    MacIntosh Books & Paper, 2330 Palm Ridge Rd., bestsellers for the week ending Jan. 11, 2018:

  • Paintings By Local Artists On Display At Sanibel Congregational UCC
    Saturday, January 12, 2019 8:00 AM
    Each month throughout the year, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ exhibits the work of one or more fine artists with local ties. Paintings by Christine Niles are featured in January. There are also works in the exhibit by Barbara Cecala, Jennifer Desmarais, and Ellen Hoeltgen, as well as by Carol Good, whose painting classes they attend.
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 6:00 AM
    For the first time, Bat Yam Temple of the Islands will host a special showing of “The Oslo Diaries,” as part of the 23rd Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties. The film will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the sanctuary of the Sanibel Congregational UCC, 2050 Periwinkle Way.
  • Artists Invitational Exhibition Opens At Captiva Civic Center
    Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:02 PM
    The Captiva Civic Association will showcase an artists’ invitational exhibition, entitled "Art: Why We Get Up in the Morning?" at the Captiva Civic Center, 11550 Chapin Lane. The opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, featuring music refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.
  • ‘Ding’ Darling Film Series Changes Venue Due To Gov Shutdown
    Monday, January 07, 2019 12:41 PM
    The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series kicks off its free bi-weekly showings on Jan. 9 with the documentary RiverBlue at 1 p.m. in the Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. (Note the change in venue because of the partial government shutdown.)
  • BIG ARTS Announces Classical Series
    Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:23 AM
    Blair Tindall, who plays with Oboe Fusion–appearing on the BIG ARTS classical lineup Jan. 13 is not only a musician but also a journalist who has played with renowned symphonies, orchestras for Broadway musicals and wrote music stories for 12 years for The New York Times.
  • Inaugural  Art Haus Marvin A Healing-Arts Event To Benefit Waters
    Tuesday, January 01, 2019 11:46 AM

    By offering several events in one potent weekend that fuse live art, film, fashion, stand-up comedy, and theatre with eclectic & invigorating live music – not to mention nature walks and cutting-edge healing modalities, Rio Damian Gralnick is hosting the first Art Haus Marvin on Jan 11-13.

  • Boswell’s Art On Exhibit At Sanibel Community House
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 2:04 PM
    Sanibel Captiva Art League member Jaye Boswell is exhibiting her artwork throughout January at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.
  • Sanibel-Captiva Art League To Host 43rd Annual Juried Show
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 1:57 PM
    Join the Sanibel-Captiva Art League at the Big Arts Phillips Gallery to see “Fresh,” a visual extravaganza of exciting new works from the members of the San Cap Art League and the Art Council of SW Florida.
  • Art By Skoczen On Exhibit at SanCap Bank
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 1:53 PM
    Sanibel Captiva Art League member Rita Mach Skoczen is currently exhibiting her art throughout January at the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.
  • SCCF Honors Matsumoto As Fourth Brush of Excellence Recipient
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 1:12 PM
    Artist Ikki Matsumoto was honored posthumously with the SCCF “Ding” Darling Brush of Excellence Environmental Art Award at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Annual Meeting Dec. 11. His wife, Polly Matsumoto, accepted the honorarium and showed the silk screen, “Six Dolphins,” that was presented to SCCF. There will be a drawing at SCCF’s Earth Day celebration for the print.
  • R.S. Walsh Announces December Photo Contest Winner
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 12:51 PM
    The winner of R.S. Walsh Landscaping’s December photo contest is Connie Roy. The theme of the December contest was “Sunrise-Sunset.” Submitted photos were posted on R.S. Walsh’s In The Garden Facebook and Instagram pages and at the company’s Sanibel garden center.
  • Community Chorus's Holiday Concert Surrounds Listeners with Joyful Sound
    Friday, December 21, 2018 10:00 AM

    To open its holiday concert, Dec. 12 at Schein Hall, the BIG ARTS Community Chorus greeted its enthusiastic audience with a version of “surround sound.” The Chorus’s nearly 60 singers, clustering in all aisles of the hall, serenaded their happy listeners, up close and personally, with a colorful rendition of “Sing Noel,” before gathering onstage for an exuberant evening of fun.

  • Artists Paint Scenes of Sanibel Historical Village
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:33 AM
    Plein-air artists from the Sanibel Captiva Art League set up their easels at the Sanibel Historical Village last week hoping to capture its architecture and charm on canvas.
  • BIG ARTS Presents Renowned Band of Brothers
    Friday, December 14, 2018 5:53 PM
    When Philadelphia raised property taxes in Wallace DePue Jr.’s neighborhood in 2013, Southwest Florida gained a very valuable asset. By 2014, the professional musician had moved south and was in residence in Fort Myers.
  • Paintings By Caldwell On View at Sanibel Congregational UCC
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:40 PM
    Each month throughout the year, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ exhibits the work of one or more fine artists with local ties. Paintings by CC Caldwell of Sanibel will be on view in the church's Fellowship Hall throughout December.
  • ‘Ding’ Darling Announces 2019 Film Series Lineup
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:30 PM
    The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series kicks off its biweekly showings this winter with a schedule of seven films that explore natural facets from plastic impact and pythons to sea turtles and Jane Goodall.
  • Island Brass To Perform During Luminary Holiday Stroll
    Tuesday, December 04, 2018 3:46 PM

    Sanibel’s own Island Brass will perform updated arrangements of time-honored holiday favorites during the Luminary Holiday Stroll from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at the Olde Sanibel Shoppes, 630 Tarpon Bay Rd.


    Updated versions of traditional songs, such as ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ ‘We Three Kings,’ ‘Jolly Old St. Nicholas,’ and many others are on the program. Island Brass players are Mary Zitnik and Ken Wisensale, trumpets; Claudia Burns, French horn; Dick Bradstreet, trombone; and Bill Loeb, tuba.

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