By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The Arts Afire committee took a new direction for its second annual event with A Walk with the Masters. The Walk showcased nine tableaus set up along the pathway at Mackle Park. A ‘tableau’ is a representation of a picture or scene, by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed. The Arts Afire committee could not have chosen a more beautiful day for the event. Many enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the lake while taking a moment to appreciate each of the different scenes along the way.
• Marco Players who portrayed the American Gothic, 1930 by Grant Woods.
• Marco Island Yacht Club as Popeye the Sailor, Michael J. Weber.
• Marco Island Lutheran Church with the scene, the Last Supper, 1491, Leonardo de Vinci.
• Marco Island Foundation for the Arts emulated the Three Musicians, 1921, Pablo Picasso.
• Marco Island Academy cheerleaders as The Dance, 1909, Henri Matisse.
• Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Red Chandelier, 2000, Dale Chihuly.
• Marco Island Historical Society set up Historical Mural, 2009, Paul Arsenault.
• The Island Players depicted The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, 1865, Sir John Tenniel.
• Artist Colony at the Esplanade, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881, Pierre August Renoir.
The afternoon event included a concert by the Marco Big Band. A few couples still managed to hit the dance floor among the standing room only crowd. In a ceremony following their performance, Arts Afire recognized individuals and organizations who make significant contributions of time and resources in furthering the arts and culture in our area with a coveted Flame Award. The 2012 Flame Awards were presented by LaVonne Johnson with help from City Council Chairman Gerry Gibson and councilmen, Joe Batte and Wayne Waldack.
Recipients of the 2012 Flame awards are:
• Cultural Leadership Award – Keith Dameron (accepted by Dave Rice.)
• Individual Artistic Achievement – Marilyn Worth.
• Emerging Artist – Gary Grant.
• Public/Private Art Business Award – Sandy Johnson.
• Arts in Education – Marco Island Historical Society.
Arts Afire is organized by the City of Marco Island Arts Advisory Committee. Serving on the committee are Craig Gruesel, Greg Glover, LaVonne Johnson, Nora Joel, Claire Keery, Gerald Masters and Jo-Ann Sanborn.