Saturday, June 25, 2022

Experience the Energy of Art

Martha Fort’s studio inside a trailer. | Submitted Photo

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to the August “Power It Up: The Energy of Art” exhibition. The artwork displayed in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries reflects the dynamism of movement, vitality and strength. Rules will be followed to express the energy of balanced control and order or artistic rules will be broken to express a personal vitality.

This “Call to Artists” show is full of artistic possibilities, interpretations and potentials. The following artists will be exhibiting: Hope Atwood Dayhoff, Judy Chinski, Sandy Moore Howe, Betty Newman, Joseph Parisi, DVM, Vera Ripley, Jo-Ann Sanborn and Karen Swanker.  Many more artists will participate.

The exhibition will be judged by Juliana Meek, director of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida. The Harmon-Meek Gallery has provided residents and visitors with works by major American artists since 1964. Juliana has served as a juror for numerous local art exhibitions, as well as having been named as an “Emerging Art Leader” and “Next Generation Philanthropist” by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

“Power It Up: The Energy of Art” will be on display from August 6 to 28, 2018, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The opening reception (called Second Tuesday) is from 5:30 to 7 PM on August 14th. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. The Taste of Arts restaurant for this month’s exhibition reception is ZAZA Kitchen, 1095 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island.

Italian writer, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957) said, “If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” It is energy that creates change in the “Power It Up: The Energy of Art” exhibition.

The artist showcased in the La Petite Galerie, Martha Fort, focuses her attention on seeing the energy and emotions from art.

Martha Fort’s diverse art career led her to be a muralist for hand-carved wooden carousels that are found all over the world. In December 2016, she embarked on her dream journey as a roaming painter with her studio inside a trailer towed behind an RV. She was led by her heart, and found her art becoming more evocative and personal. She uses the energy of fantasy and symbolism to infuse her paintings with meaning.

All the artwork is for sale unless otherwise noted.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. For more information call 239-394-4221 or visit

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