Monday, November 29, 2021

A Palette of Florals and Nature Bring Beauty & Calm at Center for the Arts

Photos by Maria Lamb | Pat Perrotti’s paintings at the La Petite Galerie of the Center for the Arts.


(L – R) Barbara Parisi, Hyla Crane, Debbie Kuindersma, Patricia Mills, Myriam Kriel, and Dustin Nesmith. Congratulations to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for receiving a $10,000 award from the “Collier Comes Together” Community Foundation Grant.

Pat Perrotti loves flowerstheir colors, and their movements. She loves roses, and her exhibits of nature and beautiful scenes by the sea bring a sense of calm to viewers at La Petite Galerie. 

According to Pat, her mom was an artist, and both sides of her family were architects and artists as well. As a child, if Pat wanted a dress, she would draw a dress she’d like to have – or house she would like to live in. When she got married, she did not do much drawing but once she retired and moved to Marco Island she said, “maybe it’s time”. 

She bought all the things she thought she would need to paint and visited the Art League. And as she opened the door and stepped inside, she felt slightly apprehensive, but she also felt like she was home. 

Hyla Crane, Executive Director for the Marco Island Center for the Arts, added that this was in keeping with the motto and philosophy of the Center, and that the Center has been the art home for many local artists – just like Pat Perrotti. A lot of them came to the Center and took classes and workshops.



In the News – Marco Island Center for the Arts was a recent recipient of “Collier Comes Together” Community Foundation Grant. They have been awarded $10,000 as part of the “Collier Comes Together” relief fund and this will help make up for the loss of income that many arts organizations have suffered due to COVID-19. According to Crane, they are incredibly honored and thankful to be one of the organizations being awarded a grant.  

February 11th – An Evening of Jazz: Musical Interludes with Ben Rosenblum will take place on Thursday, February 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Center for the Arts. Ben is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionistRosenblum is a 2016 graduate of the ColumbiaJuilliard School of Music program based in New York City. The ticket price is $25 for members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239.394.4221 or visit the website at 

Marco Island Center for the Arts was founded in 1969 by a dedicated group of artists and patrons. The non-profit Center has developed into a place to gather, to learn, and to become inspired. They offer classes and workshops for both adults and children. The Center also brings a wide variety of arts to the community including visual, musical, literature and special presentations. It is a showcase for local, nationaland international artists in many disciplines. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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