February 8, 2022 – The plein air art show is underway at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. The Sanibel-Captiva Art League plein air exhibit runs through February 24. Members of the Art League over the past months have been painting plein air (in the outdoors) on the Historical Village property. Paintings displayed in this exhibit will showcase the various historical village structures. Works are done in watercolor, acrylic, gouache (opaque watercolor), and oil.

Paintings will be on sale at the exhibit. “The exhibit offers a great opportunity to own original artwork of the village,” said Historical Village Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “We enjoy hosting the painters, who come often to the village – rain or shine – and watching them painting our unique and wonderful buildings. It’s a delight to have them exhibit their work at the Village, and we hope many people will come to see their work and possibly purchase a painting of the village for their home or office.”

One such painting by Sheila Wissner depicts Miss Charlotta’s Tea Room, one of visitors’ favorites in the village. “When I arrived at the Historical Village on a rainy November day, I was intrigued by the lacy curtains and old kitchen pump I could see through a window of the Tea Room. So I set up an easel under the roof of the nearby Packing House to paint this pastel out of the rain,” Wissner recalled.

The exhibit is located in the Shore Haven building at the historical village. The art show is open to the public at no charge. Admission to the Historical Village is available for the regular $10 fee per adult. The exhibit and Historical Village are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sanibel Historical Museum & Village opened in 1984 and consists of nine authentic historical buildings representing various aspects of life in the pioneer days of Sanibel, including a one-room schoolhouse, a fishing house, a Cracker-style farm house, a tearoom, and more. The mission of the historical village is to preserve, share, and celebrate Sanibel history.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and $15 for non-members (adults ages 18 years and up).  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

Join Us as a Volunteer Today!

If you're looking for ways to make a meaningful contribution and become a part of preserving our cherished Island history, we welcome you with open arms. The opportunities for volunteering are abundant, and there's a perfect role waiting just for you to delve into the...

Repairs to Begin as Historical Village Closes for Off-Season

After a successful two-month season, the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village will be closing beginning June 1 so repairs can be made to its nine historical buildings. "We were very grateful to be able to open in April and May to serve the community," said Board...


There is a new Lighthouse Exhibit at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. See the lens removed from the Sanibel Lighthouse after Hurricane Ian. View many photographs of the Lighthouse before and after Ian. Also, four of the Village’s buildings are open to...