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Exhibit of Mrachek’s Gateways to Paradise Paintings

Naples artist Kathleen “Kaata” Mrachek will unveil the first five paintings of her best thresholds on our Paradise Coast in the formal opening of her Gateways to Paradise exhibit from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 10, in the Courtyard Gallery of Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant, in Naples. Her original works of art—featuring sun-bathed color and emitting a nearly spectral light, evoking a nostalgic and treasured appreciation for the natural beauty of our coast—are visual tributes to Naples’ charming gateways to our pristine beaches.

The five original paintings—rendered in a retro, poster-style and saturated with corals, aquas, butter creams and greens—are currently on display at Food & Thought through March 20, and will be on sale for a brief period during the opening. Cards, postcards and framed prints will also be available for sale at select area locations.

Mrachek, who is classically trained in fine and graphic arts, faux finish design and art psychology and shows at juried art festivals in Naples in winters and in the Aspen Rockies during summers, says, “These tropical shore thresholds beckon us with quaint boardwalk bridges at the end streets, flanked by gracious palms and hearty sea oats stirring in the breeze, sending forth an enchanting invitation that entices us to come enjoy a perfect day at the beach.”

Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, including direct orders and private commission inquiries, call 239-963-6429, email [email protected] or visit

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