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"Hey Mrs. Postman"

by Laura Bell


Laura’s manatee was inspired by the post office and how mail keeps us all connected. “We share our adventures, dreams, encouragement, fears, accomplishments, good wishes and love through sending postcards and letters to each other all over the world,” says Laura. “I wanted to create a manatee to honor that incredible service!”


Laura attended H.S. of Art & Design in N.Y. Originally from Bayside, NY she moved to FL in 1995. You may know her from the Sanibel Post Office. When not at work she is usually painting in her art studio. Her paintings of local wildlife make it possible to bring a little bit of Florida home with you. She also paints coconut postcards that you can address and mail as is… No box necessary. You can buy them at several Sanibel stores: Suncatcher’s Dream, Tuttles & both pack & ships. Laura is very involved in the community and donates to organizations including Lions, FISH, SCCF, Ding Darling, Crow and CHR. She hides a bare foot in each of her paintings in honor of a friend who encouraged her to pursue her art. She also owns “Something to Wine About Paint” parties ( Book a party at your home or at a restaurant & she’ll supply everything needed for you & friends to paint your own beautiful work of art! She’ll help you find you inner artist!

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