It seems wherever you look on Matlacha Island you will find art. One more artwork has been added by Matlacha resident and artist Cheryl Lamm the 16 safety posts lining the canal at the rear of Miceli's Restaurant.
"Each of the 16 posts has a painting of a fish indigenous to Southwest Florida," Lamm said. "I wanted to include fish that people here would recognize so I painted tarpon, striped mullet, grouper, snook, puffers and, of course, redfish."
In addition to the paintings of the fish, there is the common name and the Latin name of each fish.
Island artist Cheryl Lamm painting one of the posts behind Miceli’s Restaurant.
"It took four days and a total of 27 hours to complete the project," Lamm said. "There was some holdup on account of the rain."
Lamm, a member of the Pine Island Art Association, is known by many island residents as one of the premier pole painters. She has painted a number of poles in and around Pine Island including the "Eagle" pole at the south entrance to Winn-Dixie shopping center. Lamm also painted several poles on Stringfellow Road, and along Pine Island Road on Little Pine Island.
Lamm's work on canvas is also highly regarded and has received numerous awards at a variety of exhibitions throughout the country.
In addition to her work on poles and canvas, Lamm has done numerous murals like the one seen at the entrance of Matlacha Isles, as well as for private individuals throughout the Matlacha and Pine Island area.
"The art adds a lot of color to an otherwise steel post," said Joe Miceli, owner of Miceli's Restaurant. "We wanted Cheryl to do this because she has done so much at Miceli's over the years. She painted the 52-inch Miceli's sign visible to boaters on the canal as well as the eagle, monkey, Italy and Florida bird poles under the tiki."