Twelve large-format photographs by local artist Kyle Sweet are on display at Blue Giraffe 2 through April. The exhibit focuses on local wildlife, plants and landscapes. The canvases are hung in three different rooms in the restaurant. In the absence of an artist’s opening reception, the artist and Blue Giraffe 2 invite the public to stop by the restaurant to view the exhibit.
Kyle Sweet has lived in Southwest Florida for nearly 30 years, and has been an avid photographer since high school. Since 1993, and as course superintendent since 1997, Kyle has photographed the Sanctuary Golf Club and its native wildlife. With the help of local environmental professionals at the City of Sanibel, SCCF, and the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Kyle became a Certified Florida Master Naturalist. Images of Florida’s unique ecosystem and wildlife are a primary focus of his photographs, including the pristine bays and beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, local preserve lands, the Everglades, and the areas throughout Central Florida where Kyle grew up.
“We’re delighted to showcase the gorgeous, lush photographs Kyle has included in this exhibit,” Blue Giraffe manager Brad MacKenzie said. “It’s a great pleasure to be able to sponsor an exhibit space that promotes amazing visual artists like Kyle who live and work in our community.”
Blue Giraffe 2, at Beachview Estates, is next to the Sanibel Island Golf Club at 1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel. The restaurant is open to the public every day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Blue Giraffe 2 at (239) 558-5634.