Mel Meo served up a "Pine Island Paradise Platter" at Bert's Pine Bay Gallery in Matlacha last Friday.
This was the 11th annual show and reception put on by Meo, who was dressed in a maid's uniform she put together for the occasion. She puts on the event to thank all her customers, and they are numerous as the gallery was filled from the minute the doors opened.
Hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats were provided by Island Cottage Food & Goods and were served by seven of Meo's art students. Wine and soft drinks were also available.
Mel Meo was delighted that a customer attended the show wearing a shirt she had custom painted back in 1993.
Three raffles, one for one of Meo's original art pieces, another for a Meo T-shirt and the third for a hand decorated handbag, raised money to be donated to a local charity.
"Last year I donated to FISH but I haven't decided yet who will get this year's raffle proceeds," Meo said.
Meo was delighted when one particular customer came in.
"I used to have a gallery at the four corners," she said. "This woman hybridized hibiscus and I custom painted a shirt for her depicting her flowers. That was back in 1993!"
Mitzi McCormack, one of Meo's students, had never painted before attending Meo's art classes.
"The first time I didn't do too great, the second time I did a bit better and it truly has become an addiction for me. It's great to bring home a finished painting each week," she said.
If you missed the show, Meo's works are on display and for sale at Bert's Pine Bay Gallery.