Thursday, January 27, 2022

Need a Laugh? Visit ‘Comic Relief’ Exhibition at Art Center 

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to the January “Comic Relief” exhibition. Using cartoons, graphics, illustrations, fanciful narratives, and images with text, the exhibit’s six artists explore how elements of comics are no longer disposable entertainment but have become their own visual language. From the most charming to the rock ‘em sock ‘em superheroes, they all tell a story, and some an opinion. The artists displaying in “Comic Relief” are: Kayleigh Castle, David Horton, Lee Horton, Betty Newman, Douglas Smith and Michael White. The curator of the exhibition is Judith Becker. 

Starting in the 1960s, pop icons such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were adopting imagery from the comics and assimilating it into their work. From that time forward, a number of artists began to use the comic-book medium in more complex artful ways. According to art critic Philip Kennicott, “We laugh with the thinking part of our brain, not the feeling part.” Comic artists never considered their art would be placed in such thought-filled institutions as galleries or museums!

Come laugh with us and attend the “Comic Relief exhibition now through January 29, 2019, Monday – Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The opening reception, called Second Tuesday, is from 5:30 – 7 PM on January 8th. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Taste of the Arts appetizers and samplings with an Italian flair for this month’s exhibition reception will be provided by the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort Pazzi’s restaurant, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. 

The artist showcased in the La Petite Galerie is Don AgnelloHis images isolate repeating forms, geometrical angles, reflective surfaces and other shapes that are observed in the modern urban high-rise landscape.  For more information visit 

Save the Date: 

January 15: Jebry and Friends  (5:30-7 PM). 

January 29: Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Trio (5:30-7 PM). 

February 16:The Gala “Celebrate Art by the Sea.


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