Time to check in with our own Marco Island Center for the Arts. You may be accustomed to calling it the Marco Island Art League, but new Executive Director Lynn Holley believes (as do I) that since the recently restructured organization aims to include as many diverse presentations, workshops, exhibits and art forms as possible, that a more inclusive name was a natural necessity
September’s multi-media juried gallery exhibit is titled Fins, Fur, and Feathers. It’s an artistic celebration of wildlife. ”Well,” said I to Holley, “the title certainly captures the whole kingdom.”
“We thought so,” she replied with a laugh, “but no soonerdid our Call-to-Artists go out when I got a call asking if alligators would be an acceptable subject.” The solution to that dilemma will rest on the juror.
What’s exciting to me is this was an open-call, meaning artists from all over were invited to submit to the jurors, and a Center for the Arts co-conspirator tells me that the turn-out was record-breaking. Who knows what fascinating new artists will arrive at our very doorstop. The subject has certainly been inspiring artists since…well, since cave walls.
Reception for the exhibit is September 13, 5:30-7:00. Which brings me to another great change at the Center forthe Arts: all receptions are OPEN to the public and FREE! Don’t ya just love those words? So liberating. So liberate yourselves from the summer doldrums and go meet the artists, experience their creative interpretations, and introduce yourself to the fabulous Ms. Holley.
Some upcoming dates worth saving:
October 6 is the 2nd annual Bras for Life live auction, a stellar event. Artists have constructed, reconstructed, and deconstructed bras to help raise breast cancer awareness, contributions for the American Cancer Society of Marco Island, and a few eyebrows. Last year the auction included an autographed bra from A-list actress Annette Bening; this year’s signed celebritybras come from Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, and Jane Fonda.
Throughout the month of October the galleries at the Center for the arts will host Forme de la Femme, an exhibit celebrating the womanly form through art. There will be a social reception held Tuesday October 11, 5:30-7pm.
For more details please contact Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island, 239.394.4221, www.marcoislandarts.org
Tara O’Neill, a lifelong artist, has been an area resident since 1967. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of South Florida, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Contact her through www.taraogallery.com