Sunday, January 24, 2010

Captiva Civic Association to feature Myra Roberts

Captiva Civic Association to feature Myra Roberts

Myra Roberts spent time on Captiva sketching and studying the Chapel By the Sea to complete this painting. The painting will be featured during an art show for Roberts work at the Captiva Civic Association in March.

The Captiva Civic Association will be featuring the works of popular islander artist Myra Roberts at an upcoming art show in March.

Captivans and visitors will have a chance on Thursday, March 18th to stroll down the gallery-like hall of the CCA and check out Roberts considerable collection. The CCA will be having a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show will run until April 8th, said Sharon Brace, office manager for the CCA.

Roberts will also be featured during a library program at the Captiva Library at 4:30 p.m. on March 24.

Roberts works which chronicle life on both Sanibel and Captiva will be a welcome addition to the CCA. The Chapel By the Sea will be highlighted at the CCA show.

"I know her work is certainly popular with many of our members," Brace said. "It's really appropriate for our island setting."

The CCA is located 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.

Roberts said she is elated to get a chance to show her work at the CCA.

"It's a real honor to show my work in the same exhibit hall as Robert Rauschenberg," said Myra Roberts. "It's a perfect setting to have the show because of it being in the center of the island's history. The location is otherworldly I am definitely back in time when I go there."

Roberts said she spent weeks on Captiva sketching The Chapel By the Sea and looking at graves at the Captiva cemetery.

"I wanted to pay homage to the first families that came to Captiva such as the Brainerds and the Carters just to name a few," Roberts said.

She said she is in the process of painting two more Captiva-based pieces for the March show.

Roberts whose vintage-style work graces the Art in the Tree Tops Gallery on Sanibel, BIG ARTS on Sanibel, Lily's Jewelers and Arts for ACT in Fort Myers, has just released a book "Retro Images From The Florida Coast". Brian Johnson is the author of the book. Johnson and Roberts collaborated on the book during a series of interviews in 2009.

Roberts has been an artist for 30 years. Her work hangs in the home of many celebrities including the deceased art icon Robert Rauschenberg.

This book introduces Roberts detailed work and research of landmarks, places and famous personalities who came to Sanibel & Captiva, such as Anne Morrow Linbergh, J.N. "Ding" Darling and Thomas Edison. Historic places such as 'Tween Waters Inn, Jensen's Marina and Casa Ybel Resort can be found in the book.

To order a copy of her new book, visit or write to

There are limited edition hard copies signed by Roberts. Books will cost $65 per copy.

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