Cars were lined up from the parking lot at Matlacha Park out to Pine Island Road and all the way down to Burnt Store Road for the Pine Island Art Association's 42nd Annual Art Show last weekend.
"This is possibly the most successful art event we've ever had," artist Connie Krug, winner of Best in Show, said. "We have had so many people and we have sold hundreds of our little minis."
Krug's "Best of Show" acrylic painting is of two zebras standing crosswise with each of their heads resting on the back of the other.
Connie Krug with her “Best of Show” painting.
"They stand this way so they can watch in all directions for predators," Krug said. "I painted this from a photograph I took in Kenya. The photograph looks very similar to this but there's always differences. The underpainting was done in an orange color to show a sort of translucency and veins in the ears. I just recently finished this painting and I don't know how long it took to complete because my bliss is painting. I did start this last year and finished it sometime in December."
There were hundreds of paintings on display in all sizes from mini paintings to wall-size. Landscapes, seascapes, birds, fish, flowers and wildlife in all painting mediums: watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels. The mini paintings were 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches are double matted and cost $10 each.
"They're all so beautiful," Miriam Waks said looking at the minis. "It makes it difficult to choose so I think I'll take one of each. Actually I'm going to buy three - one for each of my daughters."