Kathy Futch was born and lived in an Italian neighborhood in the Inner City of Detroit for 30 years. Painting & drawing a passion inherited at a young age, charcoals with television’s Nagy then oil painting lessons on Saturdays with Catholic Nuns. While living on Englewood Beach and working in Venice, I picked up my soon-to-be husband, Mark, hitchhiking when coming home from work. The first couple to be married on Boca Grande’s Banyan Street in 1975. An historic event, as it was also a first for the Hippies and the Natives to come together. Mark’s great-grandfather settled there from Key West in 1876 and had 8 sons and 3 daughters with his wife, a Creek Indian from Apalachicola. Brought up two accomplished children on Island, now living in Tampa & Orlando. Founding member and participant: Royal Palm Players; Art Alliance of Boca Grande, and the Community Center’s Pre-School. She was a column writer for the Boca Beacon of the Island Art Scene (Ars Longa, Vitae Brevis) and play reviews throughout the area. Moved to Punta Gorda in 2000, more of Mark’s family history from 1890 and also Arcadia. Founding member of the Peace River Center for Writers, elementary school mentor and New Operation Cooper Street volunteer for years. My biggest thrill was exhibiting two black/white photos with Clyde Butcher at the Historical Center in Punta Gorda.