Sunday, October 17, 2021

Center for the Arts Gala a ‘Masterpiece’



By Coastal Breeze News Staff

The Gala benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts, a highly anticipated annual event on the island, took place on Sunday, February 26 at the Island Country Club. From a richly decorated room, to a scrumptious meal and star performances, guests were treated to an unforgettable evening that appealed to all of their senses and created “a masterpiece” Gala.

Exquisite and lush floral centerpieces of roses and orchids, designed by Bella Florals, decorated the room and set the scene. Fundraising was made fun with the silent and live auctions of art, jewelry, memorabilia, trips and more. Some of the sought-after auction pieces were original works of art donated by members of the Clay Guild, and by well-known local and regional artists.

The evening was a grand celebration of art; and the message was clear: Artistic expression, in all forms, is essential for everyone, regardless of age. For decades, the Center for the Arts has provided a variety of quality art education programs for both youth and adults. Events, such as the Gala, allow the Center to continue its valued programming in the community.

One of the evening’s highlights was a violin performance by Kate Anderson, age 7. Plays, which were written by Ginger Roloff, 9, and Lissa Mann, 13 were performed live by Randall Kenneth Jones and Victoria Deibler.

Acting as the Auction Master of Ceremonies was attorney William G. Morris, with Rick Gallo as auctioneer. Gala chairs were John and Emily James, Scot and Pat Kaufman and Michael and Rosemary Wick. Rosemary Wick is also the president of the board of directors for the Center.

Special honors were given during the evening to Russ and Sue Darrow, who for many years have shown their continuing support of the Marco Island Center for the Arts.

New this year was the addition of a dance floor, which stepped up the energy after dinner. Music by Billy Dean and Dawn had guests dancing long past “Marco Midnight.”

Executive director Hyla Crane was pleased with how the Gala turned out. Orchestrating the masterpiece event took months of work by Center for the Arts staff and volunteers; who, along with the many donors, sponsors, board members, committee members, artists and supporters of the arts, made the event a true success.

For more information on the Marco Island Center for the Arts, visit or call 239-394-4221.

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