Friday, January 28, 2022

Music, Movies, Art at the Center for the Arts

Bob Chase with Salvador Dali

Bob Chase with Salvador Dali

By Don Manley

Officials with the Marco Island Center for the Arts have packed the facility’s schedule with programs sure to please locals and visitors to the island alike.

First, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:00-5:30 PM, the Center will feature jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson and The Rebecca Richardson Trio. They will present a program entitled “A Tribute to the Great Jazz Vocalists.”

Richardson has been compared to the great female jazz voices of the ages, such as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She began her formal training at the age of 13, winning All-State and All Northwest honors before graduating from High School. She went on to Cornish College where she obtained a degree in Jazz Vocal performance and a minor in Bass and continued studies with the esteemed Julliard School. Richardson’s popular CD “Stirred, Not Shaken” established Richardson as one of the top jazz singers of our time.

Richardson’s love for music is not limited to jazz, but also extends to Classical music. She has performed with Opera Naples, at area churches and as Founder and Director of the Naples Carolers. She teaches voice and piano privately at the Music Studio of Naples. Her classical and non-jazz endeavors have included the Seattle Symphony, Choral Civic Light Opera, The Dickens Carolers and The Hank Lane Orchestra.

Then, the Dan Heck Trio will visit the Center, Sunday, Feb. 22, to perform “A Tribute to Legends of Jazz Guitar.” Showtime is from 4 PM. Heck is a professional jazz guitarist and bassist, recording artist, composer and educator who has relocated to Naples from New York City. He is a graduate of the Berkley College of Music. As the founding member of the band “BeBop and Destruction,” he has had national success and recognition winning several awards including recording four critically acclaimed CDs.

Heck has extensive performing experience in the United States and throughout Europe, including performances at such prestigious venues as the Blue Note in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle. In addition to his four CDs, he can be heard on dozens of recordings as both a sideman and a leader. His playing is best described as “Modern Jazz” with a heavy “Bop” influence.

At the Center the Dan Heck Trio will take you on journey through jazz guitar masters, such Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Wes Montgomery. Included in the



program will be Heck’s personal story along with his recitation of historical and interesting facts about the jazz guitar masters and their careers.

You will not want to miss Rebecca Richardson or Dan Heck. Seating is limited. For more information, please contact Hyla Crane at 239-394-4221 or Tickets are $30 and may be ordered online or by visiting the Center at 1010 Winterberry Drive.

On Monday, Jan. 26, the center will welcome noted author and advocate Deena Baxter as the guest speak for the Beaux Arts Program Series. The program starts at 5 PM.

In her presentation, “The Power of Art in My Search for ‘Normal,’” she will highlight many life-affirming ways she has embraced art as a navigation tool. Baxter’s perspective is creative art is one way the mind speaks, and wherever an artist’s spirit takes her, it can speak from the heart and be a powerful, expressive tool for healing and nurturing. This view informs her writing.

After losing her youngest son to suicide in 2012, Baxter set out on a mission; a search for “Normal” and who gets to decide when the mission is accomplished. Her journey included partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County (NAMI-CC) to provide families with resources that “give mental illness a life-affirming voice.”

The Surviving Suicide Project includes a book and a creative arts website. The book, “Surviving Suicide — Searching for ‘Normal’ with Heartache and Humor records her journey through heartache and discovery. All profit flows to NAMI of Collier County.

This program is open to volunteers, members and the general public. Registration is requested. For more information, please contact Hyla Crane at 239-394-4221 or

Next, Center visitors can spend an evening with Bob Chase, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 5:30-7:00 PM. He will present his history as a fine art dealer, with a particular focus on his personal relationship with Salvador Dali in “Recollections of a Picture Dealer: Salvador Dali and Me.”

Chase has a long and illustrious career as a fine art dealer with Merrill Chase Gallery and as a publisher and gallery owner. Over the years, he has had the privilege of spending personal time with 20th century masters such as Miro, Chagall, Erte, Calder and Dali.

In the early 1970s, Chase suggested to Dali it was time to give the world Dali’s own vision of things to come. He

Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca Richardson

was aware of Dali’s interests in Leonardo DaVinci and his conceptual scientific and futuristic thinking. At the time, Dali leaned back, pulled on his mustache, rolled his eyes, and proclaimed, “Bravo! Dali will create the future.”

As a result, Dali created 10 paintings and 10 original mixed media graphics. The final works revealed the startling concepts of the future, for some of which have prophetically already come to pass. You will hear some of the fascinating stories and surreal adventures Chase and his wife experienced with Dali.

When asked about Chase’s upcoming presentation, Center Executive Director Hyla Crane gushed, “Bob is that rare combination of art lover, expert and history teller. The evening with Bob will be interesting and revealing. His personal relationship with Dali will provide special insight to the master’s works.”

Tickets to this once in a lifetime event are only $30.00 and seating is limited. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact

Finally, join the folks at the Center for the second annual “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and art house films. To be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 AM, the series features FREE theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in the art of film.

The theme for 2015 is “Wine, Women and Song,” and will feature the following movies:

January 20: “Somm”

February 3: “Annie Liebovitz—Life Through A Lens”

February 17: “Young@Heart”

March 3: “Bottle Shock”

“The Art Flicks program was such a huge success last year,” commented Rosemary Wick, board president, “so it was a real challenge for the committee to find a theme and choose interesting, thought provoking and entertaining films for 2015. I think they have managed to do that quite well!”

The “Art Flicks” program was designed to help create a more well-rounded appeal for an already robust art, class and exhibit schedule for the Art Center. While the movie and refreshments are free, donations are happily accepted at the end of each film. Last year’s program raised nearly $2,000 in donations.

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and opens its doors the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 PM to launch a new month’s worth of art exhibits. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are served.

For more information about programs and activities of Marco Island Center for the Arts, please visit


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