Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crossed Palms Gallery - Pine Island Florida Art Gallery

Crossed Palms Galleries, Pine Island, FL

Charlotte HarborWhen my friend Melanie Wright called last week and said let’s go on an adventure to Pine Island, I quickly agreed as we haven’t been to Crossed Palms Gallery in 5 years. Melanie and I took a day trip from Sarasota in 2004 right after Hurricane Charley caused its havoc on the state of Florida. I was anxious to see the progress of Pine island since that mess and to visit this quaint little art gallery in its tropical setting right across the road from beautiful Charlotte Harbor.

Bert's Bar, Matlacha, FL
We left Sarasota about 10:30 am on Sunday morning and were having lunch on the water at Bert’s Bar and Grill in Matlacha by noon. Bert’s was slowly filling up with locals, and we had a two-hour seafood lunch enjoying the sites and sounds of fishermen, friends and families. One group was celebrating a 50th birthday and another had just arrived by boat to plan their 4th of July Celebration. Bert’s has been in Matlacha since the 1920s and is the “local watering” hole so to speak.

Our main objective on this adventure, as I said, was to visit Crossed Palms Gallery at Bokeelia. Crossed Palms showcases fine art, pottery, blown glass, sculpture and jewelry. Meandering from room to room, I found a mermaid chair that I just loved. The price tag was approximately $1,200. My next closing of Sarasota real estate, and I’ll head back down to Crossed Palms for the mermaid.

Cheryl, one of the owners, kept us entertained with her island stories while we browsed. Cheryl suggested the Tarpon Lodge if you plan to spend the night on Pine Island. The Tarpon Lodge Restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am-9:00 pm if you’re enjoying Pine Island for the day.

Crossed Palms Gallery is located on Charlotte Harbor at 8315 Main Street, Bokeelia, Florida.

You can reach Cheryl at 239-283-2283. Tell her Annette and Melanie from Sarasota, Florida say “we’ll be back soon”!

For information on Sarasota waterfront homes, contact Annette Smith at 941-504-3922 or send an email for a prompt reply.

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