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"Queen Beanie"

by Ginny Dickinson


Find “Queen Beanie” in her yellow polka dot bikini sipping a pink martini!


A native of Fort Myers, Ginny Simpson Dickinson spent thirty years in finance, including as a CPA and a CFO. While Ginny has no formal art training, she considers herself a biophilic, that is, a person who has a love of nature and all living things. She has long been a collector of shells, leaves, sticks, seeds, moss, bark, rocks, bugs, bones, fossils and driftwood.

When she turned 50, Ginny challenged herself to try 50 new things and to do something with her ever-increasing pile of local seashells. Last year Ginny created “Manatee Mer,” which was adorned with thousands of shells, crab claws, and sea urchins. It was the third in a series of large public art pieces she has created to help raise much-needed funds for various charities throughout the islands.

This year Ginny has turned her amazing talents to creating a true Southwest Florida manatee gal using beans. She is happy basking in the sun and sipping her favorite drink!

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