“Castoffs to Couture” to open May 7 in Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center

Light-hearted exhibition with a serious message presents fashions made from trash

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 20, 2022) – Fashions made from materials normally considered to be trash will go on display Saturday, May 7 when Tribby Arts Center opens “Castoffs to Couture: Selections from Project Refuge of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society.”

The exhibition, presented by Tribby Arts Center in partnership with the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, will be on display through June 25 in the Shell Point Gallery of the Tribby Arts Center of Shell Point Retirement Community.

The exhibition will present 14 jaw-dropping fashions, each one fabricated with a minimum of 75% reclaimed and/or recycled, non-perishable materials, such as discarded plastic items of all kinds, used bags, soda-pop tabs, packing foam, paint chips, old towels, and the like.  

The fashions in the exhibition were first presented or made an encore appearance at a fashion show and luncheon this March at the J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, the second such event hosted by the organization. “Castoffs to Couture” now provides an opportunity for all those in the Fort Myers and Sanibel to marvel at these innovative creations.

According to Shell Point Resident Curator Marge Lee, “Castoffs to Couture” is a “must see” exhibition that will surprise and amaze, but also educate.

“This exhibition is quirky and fun,” said Lee, “but the underlying message it conveys—that it is critical to reuse and recycle to save the environment—is serious.”

 “We are delighted to partner with Tribby Arts Center in presenting this exhibition to share this amazingly creative wearable art and its important underlying message,” said Birgit “Birgie” Miller, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society executive director.

Highlights of the creative works to be on display include “Spoonful of Lovin’,” a dress made of hundreds of plastic spoons collected from the trash of a local frozen yogurt restaurant, and Shady Lady, made entirely from discarded cellular blinds, both made by Sara Basehart, Taos, New Mexico. There is also “Rosie,” a dress that resembles a Roseate Spoonbill, made from packing materials by Kym Mason of Sanibel, and “It’s In the Bag,” a showstopper fashion created by Constance Walker of Naples with plastic shopping bags from Target.

In the Tribby’s second-floor Legacy Gallery, “REIMAGINED by Shell Point Artists” will display items of apparel or accessories that Shell Point residents—many being retired or still-working professional artists—have transformed with discarded or found items.

Tribby Arts Center, located in the Coastal Links neighborhood of the Shell Point Retirement Community, is now open to the public. Visitors may explore the changing exhibitions in its three art galleries and view dramatic twin kinetic sculptures by artist Andrew Carson, Washington, in the Atrium. The Sculpture Garden is also open for visitors to explore, and there, visitors will find three life-size bronze figurative works and unique metal benches by Florida artists Steve Dickey and Doug Hays respectively, along with a kinetic sculpture by the well-known New Orleans artist, the late Lin Emery. A booklet providing information on the sculptures is available free of charge at the Tribby Box Office.

Visitors to the Tribby Arts Center can relax in the Tribby Café, reflect in the outdoor sculpture garden, and find something special in Serendipity, the Tribby gift shop.

Shell Point Gallery, Tribby Café and Serendipity are open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Legacy and Overlook Galleries are open during regular Tribby Arts Center hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tribby Arts Center is located at 17281 On Par Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information about events and performances, visit TribbyArtsCenter.com or call 239-415-5667.

About Shell Point

Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island.Shell Point’s unparalleled lifestyle offers a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants and charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails.

 A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

239-454-8245; cell 239-310-1115; karahado@shellpoint.org

Resident Curator: Marge Lee

570-814-5586

Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center Presents 30 New Works by three Prominent Southwest Florida Painters

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 7, 2022) – The art galleries of the Tribby Arts Center of Shell Point Retirement Community are presenting three new exhibitions that are open to all.

In the first-floor Shell Point Gallery, the Tribby is displaying The Style of Place: New Works by Suzanne Bennett, Keith Johnson, and Peter Zell. For this exhibition, on display through Saturday April 30, three prominent painters in Southwest Florida painted new works of the same ten locations to demonstrate the role that artistic style plays in the creative process.

Each artist used a different medium to create her or his body of works: Bennett creating with pastels, Johnson with watercolors, and Zell with oils. Locations pictured include Blind Pass and Bowditch Beaches, Downtown Fort Myers, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, The Historic Village of Sanibel, The Riverfront of Fort Myers, the Sanibel Lighthouse, the shrimp boats of San Carlos Island, Times Square of Fort Myers Beach, and a path in The Woodlands neighborhood of Shell Point.

“Even though each series of three works depicts the same location, the differences demonstrated in the paintings are marked and engaging,” said Marge Lee, exhibition resident curator.

To complement the display, digital photographs taken by members of the Shell Point Photo Club are displayed on the gallery’s three-screen video wall.   

Bennett and Johnson, both of Fort Myers, and Zell, of Sanibel Island, are all highly accomplished, award-winning artists. 

A graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design, Bennett worked as a graphic designer and art director in that city and New Jersey before retiring to Shell Point in 2010. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Southwest Florida, displays at the Hirdie Girdie Gallery, is on the Board of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, and was a Grand Prize winner in the Tribby Arts Center inaugural exhibition series. www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com/portfolio/suzanne-bennett

Johnson has been a working artist most of his life, first as a photographer and now as a fine-arts painter. He is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. His work is in collections throughout the country and offered in several galleries in southwest Florida. www.keithjohnson.com.     

Zell practiced law in California before moving to Sanibel 17 years ago. Winner of numerous awards for his distinctive paintings done in oils, he has exhibited at, among many other venues, the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. A past-president of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, Zell exhibits his work at Two Islands Gallery in Captiva. www.peterzellartist.com.

In addition to The Style of Place exhibition, Tribby Arts Center also now presents, in its Legacy and Overlook Galleries, Wood ‘N Things: Works by the Shell Point Wood Shop and Expressing Our Artistry: Works by the Shell Point Photo Club. “Both exhibitions display the depth and scope of work produced by these talented members of Shell Point’s large arts community,” said Lee.

            Visitors to the Tribby Arts Center can relax in the Tribby Café, reflect in the outdoor sculpture garden, and find something special in Serendipity, the Tribby gift shop.

Shell Point Gallery, Tribby Café and Serendipity are open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Legacy and Overlook Galleries are open during regular Tribby Arts Center hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tribby Arts Center is located at 17281 On Par Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information about events and performances, visit TribbyArtsCenter.com or call 239-415-5667.

About Shell Point

Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island.Shell Point’s unparalleled lifestyle offers a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants and charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails.

 A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

239-454-8245; cell 239-310-1115; karahado@shellpoint.org

Resident Curator: Marge Lee

570-814-5586;

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