Saturday, November 27, 2021

Dillman’s Arts Festival Returns to Marco




The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings Dillman’s annual Arts Festival to the island on January 22, from noon to 4 PM. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Attendees will experience demonstrations by artists and learn about Dillman’s creative arts program. They will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments.

The Dillman’s Arts Festival, an annual event at the Center, is always well attended. In the words of Hyla Crane, “This is a great opportunity to meet some of Dillman’s teaching artists in residence, [see] their techniques and explore Dillman’s Resort and Art Workshop. The event will feature Dillman’s faculty artists David R. Becker, Jane Barnard, Caroline Jasper and Hannah Ineson.”

David R. Becker is a well-known watercolorist who has spent all of his artistic life and career in the city of Chicago. Becker is mostly recognized for his watercolor scenes of Chicago. His works hang in homes and businesses throughout the Chicago area.

Jane Barnard is also a renowned watercolorist. A member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Barnard holds a Master’s Degree from Marquette University. She has also studied at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and countless workshops from Master watercolorists. Barnard teaches through the University of Wisconsin, The Center for Visual Arts, The Riverfront Art Center and Dillman’s. Her classes often focus on works of the great masters.

Caroline Jasper works in plein air painting. Plein air painting is about leaving the interior of the studio and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice was a focus of the French Impressionists. Plein air painting is a flourishing trend in today’s art world. Although critically acclaimed as an artist, Jasper is also an art author, with numerous published works.

Hannah Ineson has been painting in watercolor since 1977 and a teacher for over 15 years. She has been an artist in residence in the Big Cypress National Preserve and is a permanent juried member of the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Ineson often teaches workshops on illustrated journal. Illustrated journal is a small book of watercolor paper in which the artist records images and text around any theme.

Reservations are suggested, but drop-ins are welcome. The Center will do its best to make sure everyone who comes to the Dillman’s Festival will be glad they did. Reservations can be made by calling the Center at 239-394-4221.

Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 1978. Dillman’s offers art workshops with 50 internationally recognized instructors. Almost all Dillman’s workshops are at its facility in the beautiful Wisconsin Northwoods, but it does tour as part of its outreach program.

For further information concerning Marco Island Center for the Arts activities, classes, or upcoming exhibits, please visit

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