Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No April Showers on Sanibel but Lots of Painted May Flowers

Temperatures on Sanibel Island in April are just about perfect.

It is warm, sunny and bugless, with little rain and no real storms. In fact, April has the least amount of rain of all 12 months of the year with an average of only 1.1 inches.

As point of comparison, August has 9.7 inches. (but keep in mind most of the rain in Sanibel in summer comes late afternoon and through the evening, days are generally hot and sunny!)

In addition, in April the Gulf is warming up, the crowds are leaving.

Air prices are coming down and nature is coming back.

Best of all, the month of April, while bringing few to no showers, does bring an opportunity to create beautiful May flowers. No, not those planted in the ground, but those painted on canvas.

The Sanibel Captiva Art League offers "paint-outs" all year long. So wanna be, aspiring and even seasoned artists can join together and paint outdoors, creating flowers or the scenes before them. Every Thursday throughout the season starting at 9AM –the group meets to "paint out" and has lunch at different locations on the island with a brown bag lunch each painter brings with them. According to the group, visitors are most welcome. Car pooling is encouraged due to limited parking spaces in many of the locations.

The April "paint outs" are as follows:

  • April 2 Casa Ybel Resort
  • April 9 SCCF Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation
  • April 16 Tarpon Bay Marin
  • April 23 Gramma Dots CafĂ© and Marina
  • April 30 Castaways Cottages

The Chairperson for the April paint outs is Randon Eddy who can be reached at 239. 395. 4518.

Plan your vacation for Easter Week, April 11 to 18 now and you can fill the rest of winter with the sunshine of your dreams! (and don't forget to bring your favorite paint brush when you do get to Sanibel!)

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