FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 27 , 2013)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to its American Portrait Artists course on Monday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. This course is free; however, space is limited and registration is required by calling (239) 489-8472.

Shell Point resident artist and lecturer Herb Sklar invites you for a lively, visual presentation that will trace American history through the work of various artists. Some portraits are done by painters, some by photographers. Some are amusing, others eccentric. All add up to an exciting look at the likes of historical figures from Pocahontas to George Washington to the many provided by today’s contemporary American artists.

“Herb enjoys sharing his love of the arts with others,” said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Auxiliary. “An accomplished artist in his own right, Herb is also a gifted presenter,” she added. 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, 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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