May 21 to August 6 – 2014

Featuring the works of Christina Wyatt and Karen Swanker.

WATER LIFE Art Opening and Reception

Meet the artists and view their work.

Friday, Jun 13 2014
6-9pm FREE to the public

Enjoy the festivities in celebration of "WATER LIFE"
—Live Street Chalk Art by Jane Portaluppi Durand
—Live Music by Alchymie
—Community Drumming Circle - bring your drums, shakers and hula hoops!
—Community Yoga for the whole family
—Light snacks and drinks available
—Beer and Wine Bar
—Trunk Jewelry Show
—Henna Tattoo Artist

Please Note

Event festivities advertised may vary from time to time due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you.

Shangri-La Springs is a pet-friendly venue but due to limited space in the main house, pets are limited to the outside grounds and deck.

WATER LIFE Art Show poster design by sj zwart

About the WATER LIFE featured artists

Christina Wyatt

Christina Wyatt
Ocean of Dreams Ocean of Dreams Love Knot Love Knot

Florida is my native home. After growing up in Miami I lived for four wonderful years in Caribou Maine beginning my formal education in fine art at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. I then relocated to Richmond Virginia. It was there where I raised my son while earning my BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Fine Art.Later,I returned to South Florida to live and work full time on my art.

Visit Christina's website @ www.cpwyatt.com.

Karen Swanker

A native Pennsylvanian, Karen Swanker retired to Marco Island, FL in 2004. Always creative and artistic since getting her 1st box of Crayola crayons, her serious study of art and design began with winning a design contest for the Horsham Township seal in PA. Awards came in the form of a scholarship for Saturday classes at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia followed by earning an Associate Degree at Hussian School of Art for illustration and advertising also in Philly.

New Blooms New Blooms 24" x 36" Homage in Orange Homage in Orange 26" x 40"

A move to the Pocono Mountains led the way to opening The Village Craftsman, a retail craft supply shop at Blueberry Hill. For the next 11 years, she taught every craft from macrame to stained glass to tole painting. After selling the craft business, she returned to college to finish her art degree. She graduated magna cum laude from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Fine Arts for Art and studies in computer graphics. During her studies, internship was done at the Gingerbread Gallery in Hawley, PA giving her gallery experience.

After graduating, she worked for Trent Graphics in Stroudsburg, PA which afforded her further experience in framing and matting. "I wanted to learn all the processes that go into finishing art work". An opening in the advertising department shifted her focus to designing the pre-sale advertising sent to over 600 colleges and universities across the country. "It was the most challenging and rewarding job I ever held." She retired after 12 years with the company.

Retirement has allowed her time to find her own style and pursue her creative voice. Working in watercolor, acrylics and currently oils, the theme of local environs, florals, shells, land & seascapes are her current subjects.

Painting with oils in the impressionist style, light and reflections of sky and foliage are translated into energetic dashes of juxtaposed colors. The result is a riotous composition of floating lily pads and colorful reflections of life around the pond.

Online at www.karens.fineartstudioonline.com

Featured in Marco Magazine

Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
United Arts Council, Naples, FL
The Von Liebig Art Center
Teton Arts Council, Driggs ID

Board Member:
M.I.F.A. - Marco Island Foundation for the Arts


No outside photography, food or drinks permitted on the property. Applies to all events.

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Art Show

NOVDEC19 Art Show

Artists Beth Schroeder and Erik Pflueger will have their original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from November 1st through December 31st 2019. Meet the artists at our Art & Soul Community Night on Wednesday December 11 2019 — 6 to 10pm.

Art Show

SEPOCT19 Art Show

Artists Marile Franco, Christopher Sweeney and Erick Montes de Orca will have their original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from September 1st through October 31st 2019. Meet the artists at our MUERTOS MONSTER MASH event on Thursday Octtober 31 2019 — 6 to 10pm.

Day of the Dead: Muertos Monster Mash

Day of the Dead: Muertos Monster Mash – Thu Oct 31 – 6 to 10pm

Enjoy a "Dia de los Muertos" themed event including Halloween favorites like a costume contest, a corn maze and haunted house along with piñatas and prizes, photo booth, free arts & crafts for kids, face painting, art exhibit, Mariachi, DJ, dancing and more activities for the whole family to experience!


ELEMENTS Art Show – Feb 13 to Apr 3 2019

Featuring the original works of Mila Apperlo and Guy Tieman in the Great House. Free to view all days we are open and during events and programs. (2019)

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