Thursday, December 9, 2021

Cuban Artists & Ribbons to Di For at the Center for the Arts

Four Seasons Abstract Paintings

Photos by Diane Shagott | Save the Date – October 29, 10 AM – 2:30 PM – Ribbons to Di For! An online workshop with Marco Island milliner, Diane Shagott, owner of Hats to Di For. She will be sharing the art of ribbon cockades in an online class. Register call up 239-394-4221, or online at

The four seasons is a universal reminder of the passage of time and nature’s cyclical changes. The four seasons has long been a favorite topic for poets, songwriters and artists. Artist Olga Tkachyk’s exhibit at the La Petite Galerie is an abstract and impressionistic representation of the Four Seasons.

Originally from Ukraine, Olga is now living and creating beautiful paintings in her home in beautiful Naples, Florida. After receiving her Art education in Ukraine, Olga didn’t paint much for 20 years until she was inspired to revisit her creative side in 2016.

She began painting with a palette knife and immediately fell in love with it. Olga enjoys painting nature, particularly flowers, as well as abstracts filled with movement and color. Olga’s painting is full of bright colors, joy and happiness. According to Olga, you won’t find dark shades or depressed subjects in her works, but she hopes to share the positive energy and joy of life through her paintings. 

“Here and There” exhibit is part of a culturally unique exhibit featuring five world-class Cuban born artists. The works of these world-class artists that have been featured in galleries and private collections across the globe will be at Marco Island Center for the Arts for a two-month engagement from October 12 through November 20. 

Photos by Diane Shagott | Learn to make this perfect for holiday décor. Ribbon cockade from Marco Island milliner, Diane Shagott, owner of Hats to Di For.

Carlos Leandro Suarez Crespo, also known as Cale, is a graduate from the Fine Arts Program at the Pedagogical Institute Frank Pais Garcia of Santiago de Cuba. 

Juan Manuel Garcia, known artistically as Juanma, is a graduate of the reputable Leopoldo Romanach Visual Arts Academy in Santa Clara, Cuba. Juanma’s art is filled with symbolic power of Marti and creates social awareness through his paintings.

Jose L. Diaz, known artistically as Montero, is a self-taught artist. Montero has participated in over 34 shows including a solo show at Ubicuidad in 2008, won first prize at the IV Salon of Plastic Arts, Lo Africano en la Contemporaneidad, May 2008 in the Concha Ferrant Gallery, C. de la Habana, Cuba. 

Jose Luis Bermudez is a graduate of the renowned Academy of San Alejandro de La Habana, Cuba. Bermudez has participated in exhibitions such as SCOPE Miami Beach, SCOPE New York, CH. ACO Vitacura, Santiago de Chile, and The Havana Biennial. 

Raciel Gomez Golpe is a graduate of Havana’s legendary San Alejandro Academy and has been featured in art fairs such as Art Miami, Art Palm Beach, Circa Puerto Rico, Artbo Bogota Columbia, Art Moscow, Arte Americas and Houston Fine Art Fair. 

Ribbons to Di For (October 29, 10 AM – 2:30 PM). An online workshop with Marco Island milliner, Diane Shagott, owner of Hats to Di For. She will be sharing the art of ribbon cockade in an online learning class. Complete your holiday decorations with stunning ribbon cockades, use as napkin holders, party favors or as a hat accessory—the possibilities are endless. This class is for all artistic abilities and is presented as a fundraiser with 100% of the tuition given to Marco Island Center for the Arts. Register call up 239-394-4221, or online at

All paintings exhibited at the Center for the Arts are for sale! The Marco Island Center for the Arts was founded in 1969 by a dedicated group of artists and patrons and it has developed into a place to learn and to become inspired. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *