“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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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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Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

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

Resident Curator: Marge Lee

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Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center now open to the public

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Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center now open to the public

Tickets available for concerts and lectures

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2022) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced the Tribby Arts Center is open to the public. The $25 million, 44,000-square-foot arts center opened in spring 2021 and is home to musical and educational programming at Shell Point. The Tribby Arts Center includes the 400-seat Connie Brown Hall and three art galleries showcasing work from residents, as well as regional and national artists.

“In the past year, the Tribby quickly became a vibrant, bustling hub of creative and cultural activity for Shell Point residents,” said Senior Director of Amenities, Jason Smith. “We’re excited to welcome all and share the Tribby experience with Southwest Florida audiences.”

Tickets are now available for the Shell Point Spring Concert Series, including the Mnozil Brass on Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.; Viola and Piano Duo Michael Kloz and Grigorios Zamparas on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.; and Bay Kings Band on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

A selection of lectures in the Academy of Lifelong Learning are also available to the public, including Classical Crossovers: The Life and Music of George Gershwin on Saturday, April 9 at 4 p.m.; The RMS Titanic – The Most Fateful Maiden Voyage in History on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 a.m.; and Looking for Loot: How Nazi-Stolen Artworks are Finding Their Way Home on Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

Within the Tribby’s trio of galleries, exhibitions open from Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 30 include The Style of Place: New Works by Suzanne Bennett, Keith Johnson and Peter Zell in the Shell Point Gallery; Wood’n Things: Works by the Shell Point Wood Shop in The Legacy Gallery; and Expressing Our Artistry: Works by the Shell Point Photo Club in The Overlook Gallery. Gallery admission is free.

Visit TribbyArtsCenter.com/boxoffice for tickets or call 239-415-5667 for more information.

            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’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.

Shell Point continues its ongoing commitment to excellence with the new Larsen Health Center, a $78 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that brings together under one roof all of Shell Point’s health care services.The center combines a medical clinic staffed by Shell Point’s fulltime physicians and nurse practitioners, plus a comprehensive rehab and physical therapy center, dental suite, a full-service pharmacy, chapel, café, and private rooms for skilled nursing offering water and nature preserve views.

About Shell Point

Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. 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 CONTACT:

Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

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

Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to concerts, lectures and exhibitions in the Tribby Arts Center, which is now open to the public.

The Tribby Arts Center hosts musical and educational programming in the 400-seat Connie Brown Hall.

The $25 million, 44,000-square-foot Tribby Arts Center opened to Shell Point residents in spring 2021.

Tribby Café serves Starbucks handcrafted espresso and iced coffee drinks, cold beverages, ice cream, and fresh baked goods.

Shell Point earns national accolade as one of America’s Best Planned Communities

 FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2021) – Shell Point Retirement Community has been named among America’s 100 Best Planned Communities by ideal-Living magazine, a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. 

The recent accolade was noted in the summer issue of ideal-LIVING magazine’s Best Places to Live and on www.ideal-LIVING.com/bestplaces

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Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin’ Feb. 27

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series continues its Performing Arts program with a performance entitled “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Straight from the Broadway stage, Dean Balkwill and Lisa Ferguson Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma, performing the music of George and Ira Gershwin – musical comedy at its finest. During the performance, guests will enjoy dance numbers, nostalgic ballads and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set in the post-war Paris of 1948.

Shell Point announces 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series

Lineup to feature monthly performances November through April

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series, which brings a variety of local and international performers to Shell Point’s campus in four distinct series: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Concerts and Conversations, and Southwest Florida Symphony. Events are open to the public, with tickets available starting Oct. 15 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

“The 17th season of the Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts Series is filled with an impressive array of talented artists and dynamic performances,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “With three distinct musical series, along with the skills of resident artists and artisans, this season offers something for everyone.”

The Fine Arts Series highlights the artistry of Shell Point resident artists and artisans with two annual shows, held during the 2019-2020 season. These free shows will showcase the creative work of many talented residents and ranges from photography and painting to three-dimensional sculptures and intricate quilts.

  • Shell Point Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar – Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point.
  • 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale – Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Coastal Commons at Coastal Links.

The Performing Arts Series features five concerts including some of Broadway’s most well-known hits, classical pieces from an award-winning ensemble and a big band musical performance from a group of internationally celebrated musicians. Concerts in this series will be held in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point and include:

  • The Four Italian Tenors – Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin – Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
  • The Queen’s Cartoonists – Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra – Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Performing Arts Series cost $40 with the exception of the FGCU Wind Orchestra concert, which costs $15. Advance ticket packages are also available, providing savings up to $35.

Five Concerts & Conversations Series events will take place in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, which allows for an intimate, chamber-style performance, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet the performers. The Concerts & Conversations Series includes performances by:

  • Chamber Music with a Twist – Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Duo Beaux Arts – Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Peter & Will Anderson Jazz Trio – Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Penning & Langford – Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Peter Bergin, Ragtime Pianist – Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Concerts and Conversation Series cost $30. Advance ticket packages are also available, providing savings up to $20.

Shell Point is pleased to partner with the Southwest Florida Symphony to present three performances in the Southwest Florida Symphony Series. Tickets for this series range from $25 to $35.

  • Holiday Pops Concert: Christmas in Paradise – Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Stradi-Various – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Transfigured Night – Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact the concert box office at 239-454-2067, or buy online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts. Tickets will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host October classes on history, public policy and environment

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its October Academy classes, which will feature educational discussions on world explorers, public policy and one of the ocean’s most abundant marine turtle species. Classes will take place on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first discussion, entitled “How Columbus Almost Did Not Discover America,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, exploring the life and legacy of Marco Polo. Florida SouthWestern State College professor Adrian Kerr will discuss the many setbacks suffered by Polo, how perilously close he came to failure and the great impact he had on the young Genoese sailor, Christopher Columbus.

 

Shell Point will also present “Amendments on the Ballot for Florida’s Midterm Election” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, led by Clara Anne Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Lee County. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. During the 90-minute presentation, Graham will share an understanding of major public policy issues and proposed amendments that are slated for the upcoming ballot.

 

The final Academy class for October, entitled “Sea Turtles,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, led by Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Attendees will learn about the loggerhead turtle; the Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which spends its juvenile years in the sea grasses of Pine Island Sound; and a very rare, 700-pound leatherback that chose Sanibel’s beach for a nesting event just a few years ago. Anders’ presentation will also incorporate new information acquired from a sea turtle geneticist.

 

Ticket to attend each session are $10, and can be purchased by calling 239-489-8472. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org.


The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative that provides approximately 80 classes each semester, and encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults, from computer technology to financial, travel, artistic, entertainment, historical, and more. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point Begins Construction on Expanded Assisted Living and Memory Support Residences

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 4, 2017) — Shell Point Retirement Community recently began construction on a $28 million expansion at The Springs assisted living facility, located on the corner of Shell Point Boulevard and Summerlin Road. Construction is slated for completion in late 2018.

When the project is complete, The Springs will sport a brand-new exterior design, along with extensive interior enhancements. The construction of several additional wings will result in 27 new assisted living residences, a recreation wing with numerous gathering spaces, and a 28-unit memory support residence with an outdoor courtyard.

“With Shell Point’s 30-year history of providing assisted living services, we know what appeals to residents. We are excited to accommodate the growing need for high-caliber healthcare services, while incorporating new innovations and best practices,” said Rita Southern, Shell Point director of assisted living and resident support services.

On the west side of The Springs, an assisted living wing will provide 27 new apartments over covered parking. A recreation wing will be constructed to the south to accommodate large gatherings and host Shell Point’s well-attended day respite program.

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Shell Point Welcomes Local Students for Educational Butterfly Habitat Expedition

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Presents Russia Under the Tsars

Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Presents Russia Under the Tsars