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Kay Foote, Lois Johnston artwork at Cape Coral Library

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The walls of the art gallery of the Cape Coral Library, located at 921 SW 39th Terrace, will feature gorgeous watercolors by artist Kay Foote from March 2 through May 2.
Kay grew up in Davenport, Iowa, where her grade school teacher fostered an interest in art by encouraging her to look for the variety of hues and shades in nature, pointing out that even a blade of grass contains many color variations. “It is because of my early education that I’ve been inspired to paint watercolors depicting the colorful world surrounding me,” Foote says. “My desire is to paint pictures that uplift people’s spirits and bring joy to their lives.”
Kay continued to take as many art courses as possible including her years at Ottawa University in Kansas. After marriage, she took private art lessons in a variety of media while living in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania until family and work responsibilities occupied most of her time. Later, Foote eagerly returned to artistic pursuits by taking classes and workshops from both local and nationally known watercolorists and volunteering at an art gallery in Tullahoma, Tenn., where she began exhibiting and teaching watercolor classes to adults. Kay also started the Kid’s Art Club on Saturday mornings, grateful for the opportunity to cultivate a love for artistic endeavors in others as her childhood teachers had done for her.
Since moving back to Cape Coral in 2018, Kay Foote became involved with Harbour View Gallery, where she is currently a managing member and the featured artist director.

Lois Johnston


The display cases at the Cape Coral Library will be filled with unique fused glass created by Lois Johnston. Born in Westchester, N.Y., Johnston studied art at the Propersi School of Art in Greenwich, Connecticut and various universities in New York.
While working in the corporate community, she continued her training with artists specializing in painting, weaving, stained glass and then fused glass after moving to Florida. Johnston feels that her extensive travels here in the U.S. and to many other countries have inspired much of her work. With experience as a commissioned artist known for her portraits, botanicals and stained glass, Lois has conducted classes in a multitude of art mediums.
She’s taught glass fusing classes at AAE Glass, Cape Coral Art League, Fort Myers Art League and Arts of the Inland in LaBelle. Lois Johnston has been teaching glass fusing at the Cape Coral Arts Center for 20 years and teaches group as well as private art and craft classes.
Changing exhibits in the library’s gallery are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists and artisans the opportunity to share their work in this public forum. For information, contact Monica Rahman, art gallery chairperson at gallery@capefriends.org or visit www.capefriends.org. Follow “Friends of the Cape Coral Library” on Facebook.

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