Sanibel artist Myra Roberts will unveil her new collection during a cocktail reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lily & Co Jewelry Gallery. The evening of art and gems will include a raffle benefiting a different kind of gem, the non-profit organization Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H. of Sanibel).
"One thing Karen (Bell) and I believe in is helping neighbors in need," said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co with Bell. "We are happy to support the work of FISH by raffling a painting by Myra (Roberts), who also supports charities such as FISH."
With its "neighbors helping neighbors" motto, FISH of Sanibel and its 200 volunteers were able to provide valuable services to more than 800 households on Sanibel and Captiva in 2012. Those services include non-emergency transportation to medical appointments on or off island, responding to all human service requests, a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, loaning health equipment, a backpack program and summer youth scholarships.
Sanibel artist Myra Roberts and Lily & Co Jewelry Gallery have teamed up to bring an evening of art and gems. Roberts will unveil a new collection of her work during a cocktail reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lily & Co, 520 Tarpon Bay Rd., which includes a raffle to benefit Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H. of Sanibel). Above, seated from left, Jeff Morse, president of FISH Board of Directors; Myra Roberts, who holds the painting to be raffled; John Pryor, vice president of FISH Board of Directors; back row left, Karen Bell, co-owner of Lily & Co; Maggi Feiner, executive director of FISH; and Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co.
Musician Dan Confrey will provide tunes during the reception, when Roberts will unveil her new line that showcases glittery iridescent mermaids. Known for her vintage-style painting, Roberts works to portray the things people love about Florida. Her pictures of palm-fringed beaches, blue-green water, sea turtles, bathing beauties and tropical scenery tell a story that appeals to those of all ages.
"It is fun to experiment," said Roberts about her new iridescent line of paintings.
Roberts' work hangs in private and public art collections across the United States and Europe, including the Robert Rauschenberg estate on Captiva Island.
Myra Roberts: Retro Images From The Florida Coast features her stunning paintings of famous personalities who came to Sanibel and Captiva, such as Anne Morrow Lindberg, "Ding" Darling and Thomas Edison. It is also a gallery of historic places such as "Tween Waters Inn, Jensen's Marina and Casa Ybel Resorts.
Her classic images are available in prints and notecards, which can be purchased at Lily & Co. Tickets for the raffle of Roberts' "Florida Tamiami Trail" painting can be purchased for $25 each at Lily & Co., 520 Tarpon Bay Rd. Winner will be announced at the close of the reception on Feb. 15 and no need to be present to win.