Jacqueline Ehlers, Dawn-Marie Driscoll and Andrea McKiddie

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2013) – In partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation held a reception for the current featured artwork in this year’s Art & Community art exhibition series on Friday, Nov. 22 at the foundation’s headquarters in Fort Myers.

The featured works come from the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild and are an eclectic group of traditional and contemporary fine crafts including clay, glass, wood, fiber and paper, stone, mixed media and jewelry. The exhibit will run from November 2013 to January 2014.

Dr. Sandra F. Mark, president of the ACSWF, helped 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.

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

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.

Founded in 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $70 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2013 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services.

For more information about the SWFLCF, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

Angela Aradia and Lorraine Capps

Christine Ehlers and Lou Anne Ehlers

Dawn-Marie Driscoll and Patsy Pelton

Doug and Lorraine Capps with Dee Cooper

John and Ellen Shephard

Margie Willis and Sarah Owen

Pam and Jim Baxter

Pam Richardson and Jim Marlowe

Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser

Wellington Ward and Margie Willis

Zdenka and Zdenek Fiala