Monday, October 25, 2021

Stunning Sea Life Exhibit at Marco Island Center for the Arts

Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to “Sea Life,” an eye opening, all-mediums, judged exhibition of unique, awe-inspiring, and rib tickling marine life and related objet d’art born out of an artist’s playfulness and creative ideas. The judge for this exhibition is Jack O’Brien, curator at the Naples Art Association.

From the welcoming of the Art Center’s outdoor turtle sculpture, Miss Miranda Tartuga, with her long eyelashes and sassy headpiece, to stepping into the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries filled with the work of artists giving sea life an earthly space for fantasy and fun tales, this trip to “Sea Life” is a treat for all ages from 1 to 100.

The exhibition is on display until June 26, 2018, Monday – Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. The opening reception, called Second Tuesday, is from 5:30 – 7 PM on June 12th. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

Judge Jack O’Brien shared that “The underwater world is almost always a calm and serene place with a tremendous diversity of life forms, colors and shapes. Plunging feet or head first into the water is like taking a leap of faith and there is a small degree of trepidation involved in any water adventure. ..After plunging into the gallery, I was delighted to find all the creatures I had anticipated. There are many beautiful works representing sea life and all that supports it.”

The winning artists are:

1stPlace                                  “Smile” by Vera Ripley

2ndPlace                                 “Mother Manatee” by Marie Senechal

3rdPlace                                 “Sandbar Solutions” by Tara O’Neill

Honorable Mention #1       “Sea Pod” by Cheryl Costley

Honorable Mention #2       “Tropical Fantasy” by Margo Kostecka

The other exhibiting artists are: Martha Bennett, Carolyn Burger, Janet DeAnna, Susan M. Gross, Barney Halaschak, Christina Hutson, John Hutson, Mary Limont, Betty Newman, Barbara Parisi, Joseph C. Parisi, DVM, Zacchaeus Steed and Karen Swanker.

In the La Petite Galerie, Naples Artist Peter Sottong displays his award winning cold casted sculptures of egrets, ibis, snook and local fauna. His pieces are first carved from wood, then clad in a variety of metals, burnished, then finished using an assortment of patinas, waxes and protective coatings.

All the artwork is for sale unless otherwise noted. The Taste of Arts restaurant for this month’s exhibition reception is Pinchers, 591 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island.

Save the Date!

6thAnnual Golf Tournament of Marco Island Center for the Arts

October 27, 2018, Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club

The Gala – Celebrate Art by the Sea

February 16, 2019, Island Country Club, Marco Island

Upcoming Musical Interludes!

Abby Yetter – A Musical Cabaret Evening

June 14, 2018 (Thursday) 5:30 – 7 PM; $25 members/$30 non-members

Brennen Yetter Jazz Trio

July 18, 2018 (Wednesday) 5:30 – 7 PM; $25 members/$30 non-members

Upcoming Exhibitions!

Exhibit: Big, Bold and Beautiful

LaPetite Galerie: Gail Coppock

July 2 – 31, 2018; Second Tuesday Reception is on July 10, 2018, 5:30 – 7 PM

The 2017-2018 Exhibition Season is supported by a Community Grant from Walmart. We thank them for their support of the Arts in our community. Marco Island Center for the Arts thanks its other sponsors Florida Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling & Electric, Inc. and Coastal Breeze News.

1st Place, “Smile” by Vera Ripley

2nd Place, “Mother Manatee” by Marie Senechal

3rd Place, “Sandbar Solutions” by Tara O’Neill

Honorable Mention #1, “Sea Pod” by Cheryl Costley

Honorable Mention #2, “Tropical Fantasy” by Margo Kobstecka




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