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Explore "Island Love Stories" at the Captiva Civic Center

Mar 08, 2023 08:00AM ● By Francesca Block

Photo courtesy of Robert Hoovis. 

There's nothing quite like the colors of an island sunset or the beauty of an iridescent night sky enjoyed on one of southwest Florida's peaceful sandy beaches.

Local artist and photographer Rob Hoovis sought to capture this natural beauty found deep within the islands of Sanibel and Captiva in a new exhibit now on display at the Captiva Civic Center. 

"Island Love Stories" is a series of photos showcasing the natural beauty of southwest Florida's islands, highlighting some of their most unique and serene spots. 

"I’ve spent years wandering and exploring some of the most remote locations in the area. Day and night… falling completely in love with the unique scenery and solitude, obsessed with capturing as much as possible. There was some danger too," Hoovis wrote about the exhibit.

Rob Hoovis is an artist and photographer whose upcoming exhibit explores the beauty of southwest Florida's nature. Photo courtesy of Rob Hoovis.  

Hoovis is a local artist with more than two decades of experience as a photographer and videographer. Hoovis's deep appreciation for nature led him to dedicate a significant portion of his time to helping the islands grow and maintain their commitment to protecting natural life. He has worked closely with local governments, various resorts, and nonprofits such as the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Hoovis was also featured as the Lee County Resident Artist. 

Hoovis said the show took on an even deeper meaning following Hurricane Ian, which left much of the islands almost unrecognizable to those familiar with their landscapes.

"I look forward to the future but am glad to have a history of what was. Every picture tells a story…I look forward to showing the photos I’ve captured and telling the often exciting stories of how they came to be," he wrote. 

A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to a local nonprofit to aid in hurricane recovery. The exhibit is open to visitors through April 28, 2023. Visitors can also gain more insight into artist's creative process at an event on March 9, 2023 featuring Hoovis. Register for free for the artist talk on Eventbrite prior to attending.