Dr, Robert McNaughton

Dr. Robert McNaughton holding a jackfruit

Marvin Adams

Marvin Adams

Renowned Guests that have Visited

Historic Shadow Point and Art  Work that has been donated to us Over the Years

Many of the artists listed below have taught workshops at Historic Shadow Point. We have also hosted high school children down from the north to study the ecosystem in our area. There have been teachers with groups of guests that have taught Yoga and Reiki. We have groups that come together to dive on the famous Pennekamp Park.

buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller

Book by Philip Ondaatje

Philip Ondaatje and his Wife Linda Spalding stayed for 10 days in 1979.

Dennis Aufiery did many studies of Historic Shadow Point and one is now hanging on our wall.

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Original watercolor by Robin Makowski

Painting by Dr. David Howell

Dr. David Howell

Painting by Dr. John Kelsey

Dr. John Kelsey


Dr. Robert McNaughton, a Gastroenterologist, trained at the Mayo Clinic. In his own right, a distinguished botanist, he brought many of his cronies interested in botany to stay and experience the wonderful flora and fauna in the area. He married Marvin and Lelia Sweeting Adam'sdaughter and was always dedicated to keeping Historic Shadow Point special.

Marvin D. Adams, who married Lelia Sweeting in 18920, built the cut from Key Largo's ocean side to the bayside. The Monroe County Commission renamed the cut to the "Marvin D. Adams Waterway," and it serves the Upper Keys community. It could be the second most significant non-government private project, the railroad being the first in our Upper Keys history. Marvin was a poet and enjoyed sitting out by the water to get inspired in his own right.

Humphrey Bogart, nicknamed Bogey, was an American film and stage actor. His performances in Classical Hollywood cinema films made him an American cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute selected Bogart as the greatest male star of classic American cinema. While he was filming the Movie Key Largo, it is told that he came over to gamble and drink with Mr. Sweeting.

Buckminster Fuller was a 20th-century inventor and visionary who did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems. He stayed at Shadow Point in the '60s after a rally in CoconutGrove for Earth Day.

 Philip Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, fiction writer, essayist, novelist, editor, and filmmaker. He is the recipient of multiple literary awards such as the Governor General's Award, the Giller Prize, the Booker Prize, and the Prix Médicis étranger.

Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase, a Governor General's Literary Award winner from 2012, and A Reckoning.


Dennis Aufiery, a renowned artist, received numerous awards for his paintings, including the Josef Albers Fellowship to the Skowhegan School and the Thomas Eakins prize from the Pennsylvania Academy.

Robin Makowski Artist who has illustrated more than thirty published children’s books, also authored half of them.  Her illustrations have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The Cousteau Society’s Dolphin Log, Surfer, and New Yorker Magazines. Robin has received many honors for her artistic merit.  Her work has been featured on the annual posters for several prominent art festivals, and she has received numerous awards in juried shows and art festivals. Many can see her work in Florida in juried and gallery shows. She has stayed many times at Shadow Point with her husband Mark, and they both have several pieces of artwork created at and inspired by their surroundings.

Dr. David S. Howell Was a Professor of medicine at the Miller School of Medicine since 1967, and a  founder of its arthritis division, an international expert in the mineralization of cartilage, and author of hundreds of textbook chapters and journal articles. Dr. Howell was also an acclaimed painter of the majestic and passionate sea, from Gloucester to Key Largo, who generously agreed to support United Way with artist-approved, studio-quality prints of his work.

Dr. John Kelsey Kelsey, known as Dr. John to his thousands of patients over the past half-century, will be remembered for both his deep commitment to personalized care and for the extraordinary vision of the practice of medicine he shared with his brother, based on their training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He enjoyed visiting Historic Shadow Point and left this beautiful painting for all to enjoy.

Karen Leffel-Massengill 

Artist became a signature artist in the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Birds in Art, an annual international competition, has accepted her entry four times, twice in watercolor and twice in oils. She has held several workshops at Historic Shadow Point.

Cristina De La Vega 

Through her artwork, de la Vega seeks to articulate the beauty that exists randomly in nature, seemingly without reason? The way that layers of trees and brush and grass fall into and crowd out one another, how the light filters through, the way the clouds hang heavy and overwhelm the sky.

Cristina de la Vega paints landscapes that capture the stunning, stark beauty of nature, whether it’s a picturesque scene of a high bluff overlooking the Indian River or a pasture dotted with scrub palmetto trees under an endless sky.

 Sheila Geoffrion paints primarily in Maine but also keeps studios in Florida and Ireland. Her works are interpretations of plants in natural arrangements and seek to capture abstract elements rather than precise renderings. She is inspired by the contrasts between the fields and forests. She also paints watery surfaces of savannas, marshes, and rivers' edges, where vegetation and reflections change and engage.

Janeen Mason is a noted artist, curator, author, illustrator, speaker, and arts advocate based on Florida’s Treasure Coast, where she has curated 35 exhibits since joining The Lighthouse Art Center in 2016; ten for the State of Florida’s official galleries in Tallahassee. As an avid champion for the arts, Janeen has served in appointed positions under three governors, advising on matters regarding arts and culture as a board member for Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Citizens for Florida Arts, and as a member of the Florida Department of State’s Strategic Planning Task Force under the Division of Cultural Affairs.​Janeen’s fine art has been featured in solo exhibits at galleries and museums throughout Florida. It is part of the permanent collections at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Central Florida. Private collectors include S. Kent Rockwell, the late Burt Reynolds, and Reba McIntire. Janeen has published sixteen children’s books that have garnered ten industry awards and won the affection and favor of booksellers, libraries, schools, and families nationwide. Her latest book, Counting the Days, was published in June 2019.

Annie Potts, author and lighthouse rescuer of Hope Town lighthouse.

Hope Town features one of the last operational kerosene-fueled lighthouses in the world. This lighthouse was built in 1862 and became operational two years later; it is striped horizontally red and white. All can see its light from 23 mi (43 km) away.

The Elbow Reef Lighthouse is one of only three manual lighthouses left in the world. Hope Town's most notable hurricane is considered Hurricane Dorian, which hit on September 1, 2019, as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale.

Dan Mackin world-renowned artist famed for painting scenes from his exotic trips in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia, and the Amazon River rainforest.

William(Bill)  Whitman famed horticulturist and member of a pioneering Miami Beach family.

Kay Sweeney, Botanist and  Owner of the Kampong, Dr. David Fairchild’s private home.

Andrea Collesano 

He loves drawing in ink on paper that he himself prepares, giving the material a flavor of ancient times and a feeling of melancholy serenity. The oneiric present in his works mixes with the almost scientific, obsessive precision of detail. 

Maggie Hurchella, county commissioner of Martin County, Fl for over 20 years and famed environmentalist. In 2002, she was named the Everglades Coalition's Conservationist of the Year. In 2003 she won a National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute for volunteer leadership. In 2019 she gave the keynote address at the 50th-anniversary meeting of the Friends of the Everglades.

Roger Murray Artist and cartoonist. An American tourist saw his paintings and offered a fair sum of money for it, changing the course of Roger's French painting career. Now living on Zaca, he switched to more serious marine paintings. It was not long, with the help of a local French artist, that gallery in Nice, Cannes, and London started to sell his marine paintings. Exhibitions followed in Nice, Paris, The Royal Society of Marine Artists in London, The Royal Academy, Coasts of Britain Exhibition, the Manchester Academy, and various major marine art exhibitions.

Roger's paintings began to be owned by quite a few notable people, including The Duke of Edinburgh. But as he always maintained, he was never a proper artist in the fine art sense, always a bum quayside artist with a taste for painting boats and the sea. Never caring much for the arts community. Nevertheless, Roger's marine paintings today are commanding high prices.

Bill Baggs, journalist and writer for the Miami News. He supported early pioneering conservation efforts to rescue the southeast section of Key Biscayne from real estate developers' overdevelopment. The Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park was named in his honor on land protected from development.

Todd Daniel Snider is an American singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americanaalt-country, and folk. Snider has said, "I was trying to come up with the best ... most open-hearted ... well-thought-out lyrics I could come up with. I wanted every song to be sad and funny at the same time, vulnerable and entertaining, personal and universal. I wanted every song to be as uniquely written as possible, and then I wanted to perform them in a studio loose and rugged and hopefully as uniquely as I could. I hope to be hard to describe and/or new ... I'm not saying I am. I'm just saying that's the hope."

Aida Fry Aida Gonzalez Fry was born in Miami and maintained a studio in Stuart, Florida, where she works in oil, watercolor, and fresco.  Her work expresses the joy of spontaneous discovery while still conveying her deep respect for figure painting's great traditions.  

Known as a master of color, Aida has taken her skills and branched out into architecture with her company AidaColor.  As a colorist, Aida has been instrumental in choosing the palette for many of the large condo, office, and shopping projects we see built over the last twenty years across Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties.  









                                OUR PLATE MAKERS

Lindy McLister                                  Terri Grazzi

 Barbara McDaniels                       Caroline Smith

Pam Patterson                                Alda Fry

Lish Butler                                       Patty Childs

Barbara Icida                                  Annie Potts

 Marlee Matheson                          Cristina de La Vega

Cheryl Cooke                                    Jenny Fry

Karen Leffel-Massingill

 Sheila Geoffrion

Cristina De La Vega 

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Janeen Mason

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Todd Snider

Annie Potts

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Dan Makin

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Humphrey Bogart 


Aida Fry

Lundin Kudo Artist and ceramist who studied art in the studio of Miguel Ballesta, in Seville, Spain, from 1959-60, and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries in Florida and throughout the United States, and it can be found in private collections across North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Japan.'


Andrea Collesano

Mangos by Lundin Kudo

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