Celebrated artists of Southwest Florida will lend new meaning to the old expression, “like watching paint dry” on February 6, during 2013’s Wet Paint Live event. Presented by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, this annual day of charity gives 21 artists six hours to turn a blank canvas into their own “Marco masterpiece.”
Beginning at 9 AM, artists will be at their easels at different locations throughout Marco Island and on Goodland and Isle of Capri. Maps will be available at the Chamber and on its website, www.marcoislandchamber.org, for those who wish to view the artists as they create original artwork of our area. The artists have until 3 PM to complete their paintings.
Before the paint has the chance to dry, all 21 works will be rushed to the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive. Beginning at 5:30 PM, attendees will have the chance to view the brand new works of art, still shiny with wet paint. Promptly at 7 PM, the unique live auction will begin wherein winners will have the rare opportunity to take their artwork home and watch it dry as it hangs on their wall.
Sponsored by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, proceeds from Wet Paint Live benefit the Chamber’s educational scholarship program. Every year, through events such as Wet Paint Live, numerous deserving local students are granted scholarships thanks to Marco’s love of the arts.
This year’s participating artists are: Paul Arsenault, Carolyn Burger, Judy Chinski, Cathy Demko, Sara Jane Foltz, Judy Harthorn, Lee Horton, Inez Hudson, Mary Moran, William Ward Moseley, Betty Newman, Tara O’Neill, Phyllis Pransky, Gail Trent Risner, JoAnn Sanborn, Joan Scherer, J.J. Stinchcomb, Karen Swanker, Malenda Trick, VicorHugo Vaca, Jr., and Susan Wold.
The public is encouraged to visit the working artists on February 6 as they lend their talents to Wet Paint Live. Those interested in attending the evening auction may purchase tickets by calling 239-394-7549. Tickets are $35 and include a buffet and cash bar. RSVP by January 30 for your chance to watch the paint dry.