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Wickes' painting featured in Alliance juried show

March 7, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island resident and well known artist Dianne "Greenwoman" Wickes' painting "Tarpon Inn" has been selected as an entry in the Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts all juried art show.

This award-winning show features works created by artists across the state. In all there were 531 entries and Wickes' entry was one of only 50 artists selected.

"I've never been in a 'juried' art show and several of the local galleries wouldn't display my work because of that," Wickes said. "So being accepted by the Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts is very exciting for me.

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Dianne Wickes holds her painting 'Tarpon Inn’ which has been selected as an entry in the Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts all juried art show.


"I've always drawn since I was a kid," Wickes said. "I've never had an art lesson so basically I am self taught. I became more and more involved with art when I would go to Key West for the Jimmy Buffett Music Festival. I'd draw on napkins or whatever was handy while listening to the music and giving them away to other Parrot Heads."

Wickes first "passed through" Matlacha in 2002.

"Brian Travis of the Yard Dogs asked me to do a CD cover for them," Wickes said. "That's when I started painting. Then another artist wanted a CD cover and I was off and running with painting."

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Wickes moved permanently to Pine Island 3 years ago from Champaign, Ill., and began working at Century 21 Sunbelt Realty that same year.

"I just love Florida history and have learned so much by working here with Mike Shevlin," Wickes said. "Mike knows the history of the area better than most people. I love to paint Florida history, like tike bars, the fishing shacks, canal houses and things like that."

Wickes originally painted "Tarpon Inn" for herself.

"I fell in love with painting the Tarpon Inn from going to The Navigator where they have a huge tarpon on their wall that I would paint while sipping wine. I didn't plan to let this one go I wanted to keep this painting for a while. Then the Fort Myers Alliance came along.

"Much of what I paint comes from my mind," Wickes said. "This painting includes all of the little things you would likely see. Off to the side there's a message in a bottle along with some crab and lobster traps and Matlacha Reeboks near the door.

"I mostly entered this contest to make myself do it and didn't really think I'd be accepted," Wickes said. "But I am very excited about being one of 50 artists selected."

The show at the Alliance for the Arts, which is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers,, runs from March 9 29.

The opening reception is Friday, March 9, from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. A gallery talk with exhibiting artists is Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m.



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