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Pine Island's newest art gallery and event venue opens at The Center

January 13, 2016
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The owners of Island Conclave, Jennifer and Kevin Russell, Pine Island's newest art gallery, have issued an open invitation to the public to attend the grand opening Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live musical entertainment will run the gamut from Yard Dog Charlie (Florida Swamp Music - a fusion of cajun, bluegrass, zydeco, folk and rock) to Michael Anthony with his Flamenco Spanish guitar on Friday.

Visitors can also enjoy food from Currie's BBQ both days and on Saturday there will be SnowDreams snow cones, face painting, kids activities and more live entertainment.

The Russells own Marketing Mania Inc., which began in 1994 in Fort Myers as a local promoter and marketing company for local businesses, venues, bands and national acts in the Lee County area.

"Island Conclave is a gallery and event venue that will focus on the promotion of island artists and artisans, growers, businesses, charities and even the island itself," Kevin Russell said. "It's an idea completely unique to Pine Island and its culture. We truly want to show outsiders how Pine Island is different to Southwest Florida and even Florida's brand. Pine Island is insanely unique from its fishing culture to its resident artists in every imaginable genre, and from the home grown amazing exotic fruits, botanicals & more islanders grow or make here.

"We are not saying that we'll only represent Pine Island residents as there are certain Southwest Florida residents that embrace the island culture and its flora/fauna."

Island Conclave will also be an event venue that people can rent out for bacherlorette parties, showers, cocktail parties, even small weddings. Arts and other crafty vendors could also utilize the space.

"I hope everyone comes out for our grand opening," Jennifer Russell said. "I'm sure everyone will have a great time."

Island Conclave is at 5101 Pine Island Road NW, Pine Island Center, Florida.

For additional information about the new gallery, call 239-282-8488.



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