Thursday, October 28, 2021

Center for the Arts BUZZING with Art and Activism

The Center for the Arts July exhibit drew a large crowd at its recent Second Tuesday reception. The exhibits were thought provoking, as the artists used their own style and media as a tool to convey messages of social justice, addiction, violence, homelessness, acceptance, immigration and other hot issues of the day.

The exhibits challenged the conventional ways most people see art. One wonders at the role of artists in their quests for social change – but if tonight’s attendance was any indication, they were successful in “initiating the conversation.”

Each art piece told a powerful story. Art mirrors both the beauty of the everyday and also provides a window into the darker side of humanity. And both makes you stop, look and listen!

Artist Judith Carlin wants her art to “inform, reflect and evoke strong emotions,” and believes “that a work of art can make a positive change in the world.”

Pat Kumicich, quilter/artist, says that fabric has allowed her to “create colorful and powerful statements” about the things that move her.

Photographer Nic Provenzo is “interested in challenging the comfortable notions of ‘White Middle Class America’” with his art.

Jan Fontecchio Perley, La Petite Galerie artist, says that she paints “the unpredictable moments and stories of life in the wild.”

Marco Island Center for the Arts’ Executive Director Hyla Crane told the attendees that she “hoped that the July art exhibits will inspire conversations.” She added, “I want the Art Center to be an economic driver for our area artists and we hope to bring new works to the community, and we are interested in things that you want to see.”

Crane gave special kudos to Barbara Parisi and Donald Sunshine for their roles in the successful exhibition. She introduced the artists: Judith Carlin, Pat Kumicich and Nick Provenzo (who was not present) and Jan Fontecchio Perley. Nick Provenzo authorized the Center for the Arts to make sales of his artwork, with the proceeds to be donated to the children’s program.

Hyla also acknowledged two of the Center’s corporate sponsors who attended the reception, Val Simon, publisher of the Coastal Breeze News and her daughter, Jessica; and Tom Wagor of First Florida Integrity Bank and his wife Lori. The Wagors will be the Presenting Sponsor for the 2020 Golden Gala celebrating 50 years of the Marco Island Center for the Arts on February 1, 2020. Special thanks to the State of Florida Division of Culture and to Condee Cooling and Electric.

The exhibit is on display now until July 30th, and can be viewed 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. The Marco Island Center for the Arts will be closed for the month of August and will re-open September 1st.

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