Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Art Around Marco

Browsing Karen Swanker’s work.

Browsing Karen Swanker’s work.


The First Friday of each month is alive with creativity and fun on Marco Island. Members of the Local Color Gallery, located above the historic Shops of Olde Marco (across from Café de Marco), have been hosting open house events since opening the gallery in April 2015. Currently, ten artists are represented in three rooms with Malenda Trick’s own gallery just next door. Photography, jewelry, fiber art, encaustic, mixed media, watercolor and fine art abound.

Friday, January 1st started off the New Year with a glittering buffet

R. Clark Lindberg talking to a guest.

R. Clark Lindberg talking to a guest.

of hors d’oeuvres and champagne worthy of any New Year’s celebration. The three rooms quickly filled with new and returning visitors to meet the artists and soak in the creativity.

To mention just a few tidbits –

Betty Newman’s hearts and abstracts charm the soul. Donald Sunshine greets his clients with stories and tales of creating watercolor impressions of Goodland and local areas. Wife Joanna Sunshine uses many colors and textures of fiber to weave a variety of creations, from wall hangings to shawls, table runners and mats.

Lindy Kowalczyk’s handmade jewelry.[/caption] class=”Paragraphcopy”>Encaustic artist Claire Keery’s work has an Asian vibe as she mixes exotic papers and images with waxes that intrigue the senses. Karen Swanker’s unique assemblages created from “found objects” off the streets of Marco Island both confound and delight.

Photographers R. Clark Lindberg and Tom Curtis differ in their subject matter. Tom catches the movement and color around him, while R. Clark’s serene landscapes quiet the space.

Peter Sottong’s replicas of Calusa Masks and life-sized waterfowl are evocative of ancient life on Marco Island. Lindy Kowalczyk has

Artist Claire Keery speaks with David and Kathy Caruso.

Artist Claire Keery speaks with David and Kathy Caruso.

created jewelry to wear for any occasion, from a casual day to an important event. You’re sure to be noticed when wearing any of her pieces.

Last but not least is the prolific artist, Malenda Trick. Her cozy gallery has been at the Shops of Olde Marco for over ten years and is filled to the brim with florals, mermaids, landscapes and much more.

Where better to spend a delightful evening every first Friday of the month from 5-7 PM than in an historic setting surrounded by great art? Visit us online at www.malendatrick.com.

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