On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Shell Point Retirement Community held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a $15 million amenity to be located near The Club at Shell Point. More than 450 people attended this event, which was held on the future building site.
“It is our belief that the Tribby Arts Center will not only enrich residents’ lives today, but also do so for future generations who will call this beautiful place their home,” said Jeff Cory, executive director of The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point.
The two-level, 44,000-square-foot center, dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming, will provide expanded and first-time spaces for artists to work.
The building will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, textiles, stain glass and photography, plus, the 350-seat, state-of-the-art theatre-style Connie Brown Hall auditorium. Additional features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro, and an English sculpture garden.
The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is named in honor of the Shell Point resident who provided the initial gift to launch the fundraising campaign for the future performing arts facility. Currently $13.5 million of the $15 million campaign has been funded.
“The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is an embodiment of Shell Point’s mission to ensure, through thoughtful building and relevant programming, an exceptional quality of life for the residents we serve,” said Martin Schappell, president of Shell Point.
Once completed, the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point will join the long list of amenities that Shell Point residents and their guests enjoy, which include boating, championship golf with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, six restaurants, the Academy of Lifelong Learning, salon and spa, miles of walking and bike trails, fitness centers and much more.
Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing in an active, resort-style environment for 2,400 residents. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.