“The Arts Mean Business”

Did you know that Lee County’s non-profit arts organizations create 2,038 full-time jobs and $68 million in economic activity? (That’s more than the Red Sox and Twins combined!)

Those are some of the eye-opening numbers in “Arts & Economic Prosperity IV,” just released by Americans for the Arts in partnership with Lee County Alliance for the Arts.

It’s true! “The arts mean business.”

The findings from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV send a clear and welcome message: leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts.
~ Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, American for the Arts

Click here to download the full report (PDF).

Matthew Hatala Wins First Place Award


Matthew Hatala, an extraordinary wood artist, took home the “First Place 3D Award” at ArtFest Fort Myers 2016 – his first time participating with us!  His beautifully crafted forms are composed mostly of wood that he sources from all over the world. Using a lathe and hand tools, each piece is loved and finished to unique perfection. We hope you had a chance to meet him and enjoy his work.

2016 Best of Show Winner


Gregory Strachov is passionate about life and his watercolor technique is a remarkable reflection of that zeal. This 2016 Best of Show Winner impressed one and all with his ability to inspire –- We hope you had a chance to meet him and enjoy his work! Find our more about him at lawfulart.com