FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2013) – In partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida (ACSWF), the Southwest Florida Community Foundation held a reception for this year’s exhibition series, Art & Community, on Friday, Oct. 4 at the foundation’s headquarters in Fort Myers.

Dr. Sandra F. Mark, president of the ACSWF, helped to coordinate this inaugural exhibition series, which highlights six of the 19-member organizations of the Art Council including the Cape Coral Art League, Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, Southwest Florida Pastel Society, Art Center of Bonita Springs, Art Quilters Unlimited and Alliance for the Arts. Works from the Cape Coral Art League are now showing through October.

Public viewing hours of the Art & Community art exhibit are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call Kim Williams at the SWFLCF office at 239-274-5900 to schedule a tour.

Formed in 1963, the Art Council of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational opportunities in the arts, promotes appreciation for the arts and artists in Southwest Florida, encourages the exchange of ideas among member artists and coordinates the activities, venues and exhibition dates of its affiliated organizations. Consisting of 19 affiliated organizations with a total membership of more than 6,800 artists from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, the ACSWF offers many benefits to member artists including workshops, art classes, special art-related trips at reduced rates, demonstrations and lectures on art-related topics and exhibition opportunities in the Art Council’s Coop Art Gallery, affiliated league galleries, business community and judged and juried shows.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of $70 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted over $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

For more information, visit the Community Foundation’s website at or call 239-274-5900.

Susan Moore and Linda Wildman

Sue Archer, LuAnn Nutt, Kelly Seaton and Claudette Fallon

Rusty Brown and Mary Zielonka

Naldyne Light and Barbara Hewitt

Lynn Barrett Shunk and Margie Black Willis

Joan Roberts and Bobbie Matassa

Janet Sigman and Glen Hewitt

Jan Werdin and Linda Wildman

Jacqueline Ehlers and Andrea McKiddle

Dr. Sandra F. Mark and John Merchant

Dawn-Marie Driscoll and Sarah Owen

Art graces the halls of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Art by the late Gale Bennett

Angela Aradia and Al Liccardi

Alicia Schmidt, Ginger Barnard and Susan Moore