Exciting new gallery shows in March bring to the Marco Island Center for the Arts the works of three great artists, in three different mediums.
The Main Gallery is featuring the works of Emily James. La Petit Galerie will showcase Annabelle Johnson. There will also be a jewelry trunk show with the jewelry of Natalie Cara. As is customary, the works of these three great artists will be for sale.
James is a native Floridian working in both oil and watercolor. She was selected as the official artist of the Masters golf tournament and is the only artist in the United States selected by the top three fine art publishers. Her work has been exhibited at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She has received numerous Best in Show ribbons and has many one-woman shows, one of which sold out before it officially opened. James is knownfor versatility in subject and style, painting landscapes, seascapes, abstracts and florals.
James has frequently said, “I didn’t decide to become an artist, I was born an artist.” Painting since she was a child, James majored in art at Florida State University and is now on its Fine Arts’ board.
Annabelle Johnson is a full time studio potter. Her work is primarily functional white or terra cotta earthenware, to which she applies bright colors in her Naples, Florida studio. The Naples environment is evident throughout her work including lizards, dragonflies, fish and an occasional Labrador retriever. Each piece is made one at a time and no commercial molds or forms are used.
Natalie Cara’s jewelry includes beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces, made with various metals and gemstones. Cara is a graduate of the prestigious Miami Jewelry School, creating unique and ever-changing designs. Cara’s jewelry will only be available for sale on Tuesday,March 8, 2016 from 3PM to 7PM at the Center. The jewelry trunk show coincides with the Center’s popular Second Tuesday opening for the gallery shows.
The Center for the Arts is hosting its Second Tuesday opening reception for the March gallery shows on March 8, 2016, 5-7 PM. The culinary arts of Ciao Bella, one of Marco’s finest Italian restaurants, along with complimentary beverages will be available to all attendees. The Center’s Second Tuesday celebration is open to the public, although donations are requested from non-members of the Center.
Jeff Leigh Violin Concert
Renowned concert violinist Jeff Leigh comes to the Center on Thursday, March 10, 2016 for a concert featuring the world premier of original musical compositions inspired by the work of prolific local fine artist Emily James. Leigh is a violinist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and is well known for his interpretation of classical music,as well as his improvisation and Gypsy jazz style.
The evening’s performance will feature Leigh’s original compositions, focused on the highly acclaimed art of Emily James. James is a native Florida artist who has received recognition through numerous awards and honors. With her acrylics and oils on canvas, James has received numerous Best in Show ribbons, including many one-woman shows. Emily James is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society.
The concert begins at 5:30 PM. Tickets are only $25, and may be obtained online or by visiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, from 9 AM- 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early.
Visit the Center’s onsite gift shop where you will find the display and sale of original art. For further information concerning Marco Island Center for the Arts activities, classes, or upcoming exhibits and performances, please visit www.marcoislandart.org.