FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 2, 2012) – The Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend a two session presentation which includes a boxed Iunch with the speaker, Professor Roxanne Precopia. This event allows us to explore various periods of art, including numerous artists, while focusing on the themes, The Crucifix in Art and Artistic Portrayals of Women in the Bible. The sessions will take place from 10:15am until 2:45pm on Wednesday, March 21, in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is limited, so tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $25 a piece by calling (239) 454-2054.

“We are so happy to offer another class by Professor Roxanne Precopia,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “She has such a unique way of taking a subject through the many eras of art history while bringing a fresh approach to the lecture. This is such a unique topic, with so much background and detail in history, that I know all who attend will find it fascinating.”

In the first session attendees will learn how the crucifix, a symbol of Christ’s death on the cross, has been a central image in art. This image has varied, reflecting the prevailing climate of religious thought as well as the artist’s personal expression of the narrative.

During the second session after lunch, Precopia will discuss how women of the bible have often been a theme of artists over the centuries. Using these thematic portraits the lecture will discuss the narratives, technical and stylistic attributes of various artists’ depictions. Featured works of art by Carravaggio, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Ricci, Benzoni, Chagall, Schwebel and others will be viewed and discussed.

The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long 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, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131

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