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“Mangrove Sunset” by Karen Swanker

“Mangrove Sunset” by Karen Swanker

February is a busy month at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Residents and visitors will enjoy first-rate exhibitions, performances, and the elegant Gala. For a full listing of events, visit Read more about The Gala in this issue of Coastal Breeze News.

A Magician’s Magician Visits

Marco Island Center for the Arts is pleased to present direct from New York, magician Michael “Ace” Russo. This highly awarded entertainer has performed thousands of parlor and standup shows. For over 10 years, he taught magic in New York State “After School Enrichment Programs” for elementary school children. The classes were always full.



In the magic business for 25 years, Michael is the president of the local International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has lectured to the Society of American Magicians assemblies throughout the country and is the author of “The History of Playing Cards” for magicians.

Michael “Ace” Russo will dazzle the audience with humorous magic and magical humor on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 4 PM. Reservations are only $15. Call 239-394-

4221 or book online at This show is for adult audiences only. Members Only Show

“Face in the Night” by Betty Newman

“Face in the Night” by Betty Newman

The public is invited to view the mixed media “Members Only Show” exhibit runs until February 23, 2018 from

9 AM to 4 PM. This exhibition was judged by Laura Burns, Executive Director of the

United Arts Council of Collier County.

With her fine art background and experience working in the arts, three winners and two honorable mentions were chosen from outstanding work. The winners are:

First place winner is Ann E. Vreeland for her nonfunctional clay composition “Pod Structure.”

Magician Michael “Ace” Russo Submitted Photos

Magician Michael “Ace” Russo Submitted Photos

Second place winner is Betty Newman for a mixed-media painting titled “Face in the Night”

Third place winner is Karen Swanker for her acrylic artwork “Mangrove Sunset.”

Honorable mention goes to fiber artist Cheryl Costley for “Walking Rainbow.”

Honorable mention for “Sleeping Cowboy” goes to Joseph C. Parisi, DVM for his color photography.

The exhibition will be on display in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries. The opening reception called “2nd Tuesday” is from 5:30-7 PM on February

13th. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.

In the La Petite Galerie, artist Rick Granneman’s pen/ watercolor work is being exhibited. His style is realistic with heavy influence from Vermeer, Turner, as well as Impressionism and the Hudson River School Movement. He most often depicts landscapes and seascapes. Rick Granneman also produces “romantic/nostalgic” art illustrating life of bygone eras and portrayals of the people of Southwest Florida.

All the artwork is for sale in the galleries, unless otherwise noted. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive.

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 Art Center sponsors Florida Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling & Electric, Inc. and Coastal Breeze News.

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