Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Paint’s still Wet!

JJ Stinchcomb.

JJ Stinchcomb.

Attorney/Auctioneer Chris Lombardo led a spirited crowd of 125 art aficionados on January 27 at the Fourth Annual Wet Paint Live Art Auction. The auction featured 18 prominent artists, and proceeds were divided among three organizations – Marco Island area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Marco), Art League of Marco Island and the Marco Island Foundation of the Arts. The three organizations use the funds for school and art camp scholarships. 26 businesses and organizations sponsored the increasingly popular event.

The unique twist to Wet Paint Live is that the artists set out early in the morning of the



specified date and paint a scene until 3:00p.m. They then bring the canvasses to the Art League for the auction. The works produced by these talented artists in one day are remarkable. Styles varied from highly detailed and “traditional” to more modern and abstract.

Esplanade was a prime venue, but there were also works depicting scenes in Goodland, Isles of Capri, Marco Island’s Beach and the Marriott. At each location onlookers could view the progress of each painting – at warp speed! The quality of the art produced in such a short time is amazing.

After a fine dinner

Victor-Hugo Vaca, Jr.

Victor-Hugo Vaca, Jr.

catered by Kretch’s at the Art League, attendees had the opportunity to examine the artworks up for live auction as well as additional pieces by the same artists for a silent auction. The auction raised thousands of dollars to benefit deserving students.

Lombardo, a partner in the venerable Woodward, Pires & Lombardo Law Firm on Marco Island and Naples, was a superb auctioneer. As a sometime artist himself, he was able to mix knowledge and good humor to keep bidders happily engaged. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the event, and appreciated the great dedication and skill of the artists working under extreme pressure.

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