Fine Art -Artists at work in the "Heart of Matlacha"

Original Fine Art & Jewelry- Voted Best Art Gallery in Matlacha 

Wild Child has chosen the Ronald McDonald Houses of Lee County as  the main recipient of our charitable efforts this Season. Look for ways you can help on this page.

Juanita...better known now as Susie resides at the Ronald McDonald House in Naples awaiting the next "Fishing Tournament Auction"

Goodbye lovely lady!!  

Thank You WildChild artist, Lenea Howe

Karen Weeks Memorial

Scholarship Fund

Karen Lee Cassin Weeks

August 14, 2015

Karen Cassin Weeks, 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14th at her home in Cape Coral, Florida.

A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, and a Lee County resident since 2004, Karen was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She was a 1984 graduate of Keene State College and a working artist. An accomplished portrait and landscape painter as well as sketch artist, Karen spent her entire life creating art. She was represented by the Wild Child Gallery in Matlacha, Florida, and was a member of the Cape Coral Art League. 

Karen was a passionate, caring mother to her three children. They were her light and life. 

She loved living in Florida, her dogs, watching the sunsets and going to the beach. She will be remembered as a true natural painter of the landscapes and people in Maine and Florida, using her brilliant palette. Karen began her career with her mother under the tutelage of Maurice Easter, on Chester Street in Nashua, NH. She won her first award at the Greeley Park Art Show in 1977. 

Karen is survived by her loving father, Thomas Conway Cassin of Nashua, NH; three beloved children, Emily Weeks and her fiancé Matthew Graham of Gainesville, Wyatt Weeks of Orlando, Florida, and Owen Weeks of Cape Coral, Florida; three sisters and their spouses, Sandra & Philip Dei Dolori of Ogunquit, Maine; Michelle Cassin and James Reed of Nashua; and Kristen and James Dubord of Nashua. Karen also leaves her treasured niece and nephews, Olivia Dei Dolori and James and Myles Cassin-Reed.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Karen Lee Cassin Weeks are suggested to Wildchild Art Gallery, 4625 Pine Island Rd., Matlacha, FL 33993, and will be used to set up a scholarship in her name.

Local Real Estate Broker Publishes Children’s Book
April 14, 2016-  Estero, Fla-  Stephanie Miller, President of Select Real Estate in Estero is providing over 1000 children’s books she has written titled “Thinking Happy Thoughts” to local Children’s and Bi-Lingual charitable organizations

in Southwest Florida. 

Stephanie was a Volunteer with Headstart for years and gained a rich understanding of children. She greatly enjoyed the experience. Thinking Happy Thoughts encourages young readers to reach for the option of positive thoughts. 
The book is written in both Spanish and English.  The Lee County School district has approved Thinking Happy Thoughts for distribution to their Headstart students through the District Intervention Program. 

 For information on how to you participate so that all the Lee County Headstart and other worthy organizations classes may receive a book, contact Stephanie Miller, at Select Real Estate at 239-277-1515.

 he book can be purchased at a discounted price locally for $9 at the Shangri-La Springs Gift Shop, Wildchild Gallery, Matlatcha, or on-line at for $9.75 and kindle for 99 cents.

Memorial Contributions in memory of

Karen Lee Cassin Weeks

are suggested to Wildchild Art Gallery,

4625 Pine Island Rd., Matlacha, FL 33993, and will be used to set up a scholarship in her name.

Application forms for this 2016 Scholarship will be available on this page in the near future.

"My Dear Friend Karen Weeks passed away last summer. She was a Dreamer with Heart as Big as the Sky, A very Talented Oil and Acrylic Artist, Her Laughter always filled the room....We will Miss you Karen. But I know you will be Painting the Sky at Sunset and touching the Oceans and Beaches with shades of your Laughter." 

A scholarship Fund has been set up to honor her memory ....Peggy

We also support the Calusa Land Trust

"​The original designer of these birds, a gentleman by the name of Frank Foust, called them 'comfort birds' because they were smooth and they would fit in the palm of your hand and it was comforting just to hold them.

I decided to start carving these little birds and sell them with all proceeds going to Hope Hospice.  Very generously Peggy, the gallery owner, agreed to participate as well.  I sell them for $25 with the gallery share and my share donated to Hope Hospice.

So far the response has been very positive, and we hope to make a difference for this worthy cause.​"

WildChild Wood Carver, Bob Kozak

"Comfort Birds" to Benefit Hope Hospice​​

Making a Difference..............

Wild Child has chosen the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida as the main recipient of our charitable efforts this Season.  Thank you to Lindy Holt, Terry Lynn-Spry, Carla Wormington, Theresa Shelton, Shannon Martin Perkins, Lisa Benton, and Lenea Howe for their original art donations, (valued at almost $7,000) to be auctioned at the Cinderella Storybook Ball, February 6th in

Bonita Springs, Florida.

Meet "Susie McSushi" by Artist Lenea Howe

We ask that organizations, that receive a donation from WildChild Gallery, return a follow-up note specifying the purchase price achieved at your fundraising event, and buyer (if possible).  This report should be submitted to the  Gallery address:
WildChild Art Gallery

​4625 Pine Island Road NW
Matlacha, Florida 33993

within one month of completion of your fundraising event. This information must be received in order to be eligible for a donation

in the future.

WildChild Gallery owner Peggy McTeague and Wounded Warrior Anglers of America Inc. founders Judy and David Souders hold an acrylic painting, donated by artist Linda Kegley, which depicts their Original “Redfish Poker” Fishing Championship tournament held each May. 


Donation Request

WildChild Giving

As the continuously voted "Best Art Gallery on Pine Island," WildChild Gallery is in the unique position to provide fine art to assist the fund-raising efforts of non-profits, community groups and worthy individuals  in Southwest Florida. We choose causes dear to our heart and kind to the earth. We sometimes select a cause of our own to support as well. While demand still continues to exceed our supply, we strive to assist as many organizations as possible. If we are unable to provide your organization with a donation this year, we encourage you to reapply the following year. 

We have a group of fine artists from throughout Florida, and sincerely thank them for their amazing generosity and community spirit.

If you are interested in a donation please fill out the form on this page. Please note that we must receive the request in writing 90 days before your event.