Prince Albert to Visit Florida for Art of the Olympians Museum

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Prince Albert II of Monaco will be a special guest at the Art of the Olympians Museum and Galleries at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence in Fort Myers, Fla. this weekend.

"We're going to roll out the red carpet and show him Southwest Florida is his kind of town," said Art of the Olympians founder Liston Bochette to an NBC television affiliate.

The museum features works of art by Olympians and the prince, a five-time Olympian in the bobsleigh event and a member of the International Olympic Committee, will be on hand all weekend for a series of events.

"Sport and the arts are perhaps the greatest two fields available to leaders who want to affect the lives of an entire population," said His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. "Art and sport touch the lives of almost every person around the world and spark a creative drive to do and be their very best."

Tourists and locals will be able to mix with the prince at events open to the public, including "Painting with the Prince," where guests can paint on a giant canvas with him, a black-tie gala, and a special breakfast.

"Prince Albert's visit to Fort Myers is a milestone in the history of the city not seen since the days when Thomas Edison and Henry Ford resided here, said Randal P. Henderson, the mayor of Fort Myers.

The museum, located on the river in the Ft. Myers historic downtown district, was the vision of Al Oerter, four‐time consecutive Olympic Gold Medalist and artist. Its mission is to show the relationship between art and sport. Visitors can see works by figure skating gold medalist Peggy Fleming and gold medalist runner Florence 'Flo-Jo' Griffith Joyner, among others.

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