FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 24 , 2013)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to its July American Art lectures. Taught by instructor Dorothy “Dottie” Magen, M.A., the classes are scheduled for July 3, 10, and 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. Space is limited and registration is required by calling (239) 489-8472. Tickets for each session are $10.

American Art: Colonial to Contemporary Session 1 on Wednesday, July 3, will focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. From the earliest itinerant portrait painters to the most current abstract artists, American painting and sculpture will be explored through slides, lecture, and discussion.

American Art: Colonial to Contemporary Session 2 on Wednesday, July 10, will focus on the 20th century, including the diversity of “The Ash Can School,” expatriates and regionalists, and “The New York School.” American Folk Art on Wednesday, July 17, will explore the arts of common people expressed through paintings, carvings, and textiles. The development of American folk art will be investigated through contributions of European influences, American tastes, and Native American crafts.

“Dottie’s American Art lectures are particularly well-timed as we celebrate our country’s independence this month,” said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Auxiliary.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides approximately 80 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. 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.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public, deep water boating access with free boat dockage, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.

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