November 30, 2015

Along the Gulfshore

Gulfshore Life’s editors explore Southwest Florida

March 2012


Kitchen Confidential

Food Network Worst Cooks in America contestant and Naples resident Melissa Rhodes. We were thrilled to see Naples resident Melissa Rhodes on Food Network’s popular reality show Worst Cooks in America, and even more excited when she made it to the final four of the competition. So we sat down with Rhodes—who, in addition to coaching softball at Community School of Naples and working at Lululemon Athletica, is also busy planning a wedding (“it’s either Naples in December or the Bahamas next summer!” she says)—to ask her some questions about her time on the show and her life in Naples. Why did you decide to go on the show? My fiancé, David, and I watched the first two seasons and we thought it was hilarious. But every time we watched, he’d tell me, “Wow,...

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Art Naples a Joy for Contemporary Art Lovers

Chuck Close Whether you’re a serious collector or just a lover of modern art, Art Naples ( offers contemporary works sure to draw interest. The fair runs through 6 p.m. on Monday at the Naples International Pavilion, giving you ample time to peruse the modern masters and pick your perfect piece. One of this year’s must-see attractions is by legendary illustrator Norman Rockwell. Island Weiss Gallery offers an oil on canvas piece that has never before exhibited publicly, Girl Asking Directions in French Rockwell created it for the Jan. 30, 1932, Saturday Post cover. And the female model, Elizabeth Willard Chew, was given the illustration, which stayed in the family for several generations before switching ands to another private collection. So it hasn't...

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Social Butterflies

Home, home on the range. Where the monarchs and swallowtails play. Where seldom is heard, more than chirping of birds—and the caterpillars pupate all day. You may have never heard that lovely song before, but we figure it’s in Ken Werner’s head most days. You see, Werner is a butterfly farmer. His Gulf Coast Butterflies is one of a handful of Florida butterfly farms that raise and sell a wide variety of butterflies, caterpillars and pupa to museums, zoos and other various organizations across the nation. Everything from the aforementioned monarchs and swallowtails to the zebra longwing (Florida’s state butterfly) can be found floating and flitting about awaiting their opportunity to be shipped to butterfly aficionados everywhere. In fact, we stumbled upon Gulf Coast...

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Photo of the Week: Sanibel Island Sunset

Like the water frozen in mid-air, this photo by Shelby Tanner freezes a moment of joyful abandon, surrounded by the beauty of a sunset off the coast of Sanibel Island. Photo Copyright: Shelby Tanner

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