Fantasy Isles, Fort Myers, Florida
(Kansas City, Mo.)
Newspaper article about Fantasy Isles
I was one of the artists from Ringling College of Art and Design who worked on the Fantasy Isles project. My job was to do the artwork (hand done calligraphy with design), for the sandblasted signage as well as drawing and painting the illustrations for each of the storybook character sculptures.
It was a fascinating project.
I remember the private opening that was held for all of the artists who worked on the project. It was really fabulous.
Our teacher from Ringling was Ms. Ethelia Patmagrian. She was an incredible teacher and an excellent artist/sculptor/artist extraordinaire.
One of the very best ever.
What ever happened to all of the sculptures though? And the sandblasted signs? I would love to purchase the sign I designed for the parrot show, at least. I loved that piece among others....
Fond memories of a wonderful time and place. I would love to know what ever happened to the sculptures and the pieces we created for this project. I have often wondered if they were destroyed during Hurricane Charlie.
WE completed this project in 1982-1983.FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL SAYS
Peggy, thanks for this story about your work on the Fantasy Isles project in North Fort Myers. I don't know much about that lost attraction, but I'm hopeful that your article will generate some comments from earlier visitors to the park.