Saturday, October 23, 2021

It’s a New Year at the Local Color Art Gallery

Betty Newman – “Flamingo” Work-In-Progress.

The Local Color Art Gallery celebrated its First Friday Open House Event on Friday, January 3rd with a festive display of delicious culinary selection for their guests. The First Friday Open House is a very popular destination for residents checking out what’s new with the artists’ collection at the Shops at Old Marco.  

The artists go all out with their culinary selections for each month. For November, it was a classic Thanksgiving feast; December and January were equally celebratory. It has become a local hangoutfriends get caught up and meet new friends, while spouses are introduced to art. During a summer visit to the Art Gallery, couple commissioned Malenda Trick to paint their portraits. 

In July, the Gallery celebrated its First Friday Open House serving real Memphis barbecue along with a list of July 4th favorites. According to artist Malenda Trick, she and the other artists wanted to celebrate the birth of this great nation. Malenda’s “Memorial Wall was also on display downstairs for the weekend. 

For August, the Gallery honored America’s favorite pastimebaseball! Guests were encouraged to honor their favorite team. In Marco Island during the summer months, the players for the Marco Island Senior Softball League continued to work out at the Winterberry Park. They are loosely referred to as the “boyz of summer.” The food theme for August was all about baseball! 

Visibly wearing a “boot,” artist Betty Newman had a misstep during a visit to Mexico. She is slowly on the mend. She can’t work on her larger pieces with a boot, but she is working on her birds while seating down. 

For the new year, Karen Swanker just finished a piece done with paper sculpture. Karen also is collaborating with two other artists, Tara O’Neill and Judy Wittwer, using plastic toys and collected trash from the monthly beach clean-ups. They will cover three mannequins with the “collected beach trash.” Katie O’Hara of the Chamber is planning to get the artworks displayed at the Chamber of Commerce and at the beach entrances. 

Another artist named Judy Chinski is also trying to finish a project in white and gold theme while also trying to finish an angel. Artist Lindy Kowalczyk will be busy replenishing her jewelry collection, but she is also promoting The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) Winter Film Series. 

The theme for 2020 is MIFA’s Mission through Movies. All movies are on Wednesday’s at 10 AM at the Marco Movies, 599 South Collier Blvd. at the following dates: 

  • January 8th, 2020– “GooOl Freda” 
  • January 22, 2020– “A Quiet Passion” 
  • February 5, 2020– “A Ballerina’s Tale” 
  • February 19, 2020– “At Eternity’s Gate” 

For tickets, call Lindy Kowalczyk at 239-389-1333. The Local Color Art Gallery is located at the Shops of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Drive. 

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