December 8 2016 to February 7 2017

Featuring the original art works of Peggy Macnamera, Megan Kissinger and Ed Takacs in the Great House.

NATURE'S EYE Art Opening and Reception

Meet the artists and view their work.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6-9pm FREE to the public

The Historic Shangri-La Springs monthly Art & Nature night will guide you through a multi-media artistic experience unique to South West Florida. If you have not visited this beautifully preserved piece of old Florida, the free community night on the second Wednesday of each month from 6pm-9pm is a great time to . You will be awed as you walk into the circa 1921 Great House with live Baby Grand Piano played by Alchymie. A featured live artist swirls colors to the music as patrons to the organic wine bar, with beer supplied by the local Brewery Momentum, take in the scene sip by sip. A glide into the dining room and guests are invited to an organic three course meal with a wall of windows overlooking the giant Mysore fig tree in the courtyard.

A walk outside and your ears will guide you towards the spa where Debo plays the Hammered Dulcimer and guests receive free mini spa treatments. A step into the longhouse with its exposed cedar beams and you can partake in free community yoga while Jane Portaluppi Durand works on her latest masterpiece in the form of sidewalk chalk art. When yoga is over you can create your very own watercolor card for free with Susan Sholle Martin.

As you enjoy the acres of verdant landscape you will be happy you brought along your drum so you can join in the community drumming circle which welcomes all levels and ages. With poetry and short films on the horizon this night will continue to amaze and highlight this historic property and all it has to offer the community.

Enjoy the festivities in celebration of "NATURE'S EYE"
—Live Painting by featured artist
—Live piano by Alchymie
—Live Street Painting by Jane Portaluppi-Durand
—Live Dulcimer Music by Debo Sylla
—Community Drumming Circle with Mark Wagner
—Live Poetry
—Free Mini Treatments in the Spa
—Organic Dinner Served 5:00pm-8:00pm
—Free Butterfly Card making
—Free Yoga 6:30-7:30
—Trunk Jewelry Show
—Beer and Wine Bar

Rain or shine.

NATURE'S EYE Art Show ad design by sandy z

Paper Grotto

Paper Grotto LIVE...

is a Video, Dance and Music performance inside a giant paper sculpture set. The performers appear and disappear inside the sculpture installation as it is built from the inside out. The video projection on sculpture and dance creates a mesmerizing look into a hyper-real "living painting".
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Please Note

Event festivities advertised may vary from time to time due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you.

Shangri-La Springs is a pet-friendly venue but due to limited space in the main house, pets are limited to the outside grounds and deck.

About the NATURE'S EYE featured artists

Peggy Macnamera

Peggy Macnamara has served as the Artist-in-Residence at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History since 1990, and as an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A large collection of Macnamara's Original Watercolor Paintings are on permanent display at the Field Museum. Macnamara has traveled with Field Museum scientists all over the world to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts. She has published 4 books in collaboration with museum scientists through University of Chicago Press: The Art of Migration (2013), Architecture of Birds and Insects (2007), Illinois Insects and Spiders (2005) and Art of the Peregrine Falcon (2017).

An enthusiastic teacher and mentor, Macnamara also published 4 other books: Painting Wildlife in Watercolor (2003), describing her unique watercolor techniques, Ten (2010) and Rosie the Spider (Spring 2016), two children's books and finally Coloring Nature (September 2016), an adult coloring book featuring drawings of birds, mammals, insects and plants. Having been associated with the Field Museum for more than thirty years and a regular visiting painter at museums across across North America and Europe for fifteen years, Macnamara has also produced a series of classical drawings as well as paintings that bring together museum architecture, natural scenes, and cultural artifacts.

Please visit to learn more about this amazing artist, author and teacher ...and all her upcoming event and adventures.

Megan Kissinger

Megan is an acrylic painter and artist who is interested in conservation. She depicts the art of southern North America in all its wild glory in order to show viewers the beautiful natural world that is disappearing before their very eyes. Growing up on Perdido Bay in the Florida Panhandle, she has always been close to nature. Her background in scientific illustration helps her to present the beauty and the connectedness that she sees in every aspect of the natural universe, but it is her passion that drives her attempt to "make viewers aware of how everything in the world is connected in some way."

In order to show the structures and designs in nature, Kissinger loves to portray the almost magical times and places where wild things normally aren't accessible. To bridge the distance that wild things have learned to maintain for their safety. That detailed precision is complemented by combinations of radiant colors in the sweeping settings in many of her paintings. Her compelling compositions do in fact reveal her fascination with light and line. "I can get lost," the fine artist admits, "in late afternoon and twilight shadows—sweeping and arching lines" and in scenes like the dappled light of oak hammocks and pine scrub. My nature artwork has brought me to places that are unbelievably beautiful but it is apparent that they are also extremely fragile. Nature only functions when every part of it: the animals, the water flow, insects, weather and soil are in balance."

"When you get off the path and up close with nature, the web of life is so apparent. I've kayaked into places where the stillness amplified the sounds of nature as if I was in a cathedral and where a hammock of dead oak trees was resurrected by thriving ferns, orchids and bromeliads. In my art, I want to show the southern landscape as both simple and complex. a single strand on the web that makes up the entire universe.

Ed Takacs

Black-crowned Night Heron by Ed Takacs

Artist Statement

I take great pride in producing works of art that are true representations of the wildlife that inhabit our world. My chosen subjects vary from the majestic animals of Africa to the delicate birds of Florida.

I range through nature with camera in hand, searching for my best angles with dramatic lighting. Armed with these reference shots, I create wildlife portraits aiming for as much authentic detail as possible.

Over the years I have learned to exploit whichever medium, (watercolor, oil or acrylic), best suites my composition. I mix the colors of nature on my palette and typically begin with the eyes of my subject. This gives me a sense of working with the animals while they peer at me from the canvas.


Ed's paintings are a celebration of wildlife in all forms. With a palette filled with the colors in nature, Ed paints his love and respect for the co-inhabitants of our world. With his great patience and extraordinary talent, his inner vision becomes a reality.

Working in watercolor, oil and acrylic, Ed has the luxury of using whichever of these mediums best captures the essence of his current composition. Painting subjects from all around the world like the majestic animals of Africa or the delicate birds we see all around us are sure to be featured in one of Ed's paintings.

Ed enjoys working in nature with his camera in hand. He looks for the right angles with proper lighting to capture his subject matter. Then once he has captured several reference shots he pulls them all together to begin his next creation.

Past Exhibits & Honors:

Society of Animal Artist 55th Annual Art and the Animal Traveling Exhibition – 2015
All Florida Juried Exhibition (Alliance for the Arts) – 2015
Bonita Art League - Annual Members Exhibit 2015 – Award Winner
Endangered Art & Photography Contest – Miami Art Basel
Bonita Art League - Annual Members Exhibit 2014 – Merit Award
ACSWF Biennial Spring Show (vonLiebig) - 2014
America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art – 2013 Traveling Exhibition
Paint the Parks 6th Annual Exhibition - 2012
Society of Animal Artist 52nd Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition - 2012
Art of the Animal Kingdom – Bennington Center for the Arts (VT) 2012
Charlie Awards Winner 2011 – Best Illustration – Association (Bronze and Silver)
Associate Member – Society of Animal Artists (May 2011)
Associate Member – Oil Painters of America (June 2011)
Art of the Animal Kingdom – Bennington Center for the Arts (VT) 2011
Florida Wildlife Magazine – Cover July/August 2010
Art of the Animal Kingdom – Bennington Center for the Arts (VT) 2010
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition 2008
Richard James Galleries – Annual Miniature Show 2008
National Parks Academy of the Arts – Arts for the Parks Top 100
National Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
Boca Raton Museum of Art – ADA World Exhibition
Federal Duck Stamp Competition
Western Waterfowl Exhibition at the San Bernardino Museum
Florida Duck Stamp Competition

Ed was born in 1952 and currently resides in Bonita Springs, FL.


No outside photography, food or drinks permitted on the property. Applies to all events.

Be Amazed

JUNSEP20 Art Show

JUNSEP20 Art Show

Taylord Dezeme will have his original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from June through September 2020.

MARAPR20 Art Show

MARAPR20 Art Show

Dennis Goodman will have his original photographs on display at Shangri-La Springs from March 1 through April 30 2020. Meet the artist at our Art & Soul Community Night on Wednesday March 11 2020 — 5 to 8:30pm.

JANFEB20 Art Show

JANFEB20 Art Show

Artist Janis McCracken will have her original work on display at Shangri-La Springs from January 1 through February 29 2020. Meet the artist at our Art & Soul Community Night on Wednesday January 8 2020 — 6 to 10pm.

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