There’s an unorthodox gallery in town. The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Library hosts a monthly rotation of original artwork by members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts (home of the Art League) – a satellite gallery of sorts. The exhibits feature one artist a month, allowing visitors to get a more comprehensive feel for that artist.
Don’t know about you, but a reading room surrounded by art is my idea of heaven on earth.
The month of October the Library features the work of Bill Andrews. Andrews came late to the game of art, and through a side door. He and his wife, Linda, moved to Naples in 2004 from Indianapolis where he owned an auto body collision repair business. Relevant? You betcha! It’s this work experience he called upon to develop paintings under a hard resin coating. And while he experiments with several styles, it’s these pieces that really shine. (Nooo, I was not being punny.)
So what made him take that first artistic step? ‘’I have always enjoyed art & creating things,’’ he told me, ’’but didn’t decide to take up painting until one day I was shopping with an artist friend who insisted I had a great ability and talked me into buying an oil painting kit.”
Training? “My friend still gives me good advice when I need it, but other than that I’m self-taught. Painting relaxes me andallows me to express my feelings and imaginings on canvas. I enjoy the challenge of creating my own type of art & painting many different subjects.”
A trip to the Marco Library will indeed show a wide variety of methods and motifs. Some are hauntingly ethereal; others, particularly the landscapes, have a primitive charm; and then there are the popping abstracts, encased in resin, that give the viewer a feeling of looking through water. Fun stuff.
Like many emerging artists, Andrews is grateful to local art centers – Naples Art Association and Marco Island Center for the Arts – for providing him with a venue to showcase his work. I, for one, look forward to watching his talents continue to develop. You can contact Bill Andrews at 239.784.0000. Marco Library, 239.394.3272
EXTRA!! My spies were correct: artist Esau Rodriquez will be holding a Dia de los Muertos Arthouse Weekend at Little Bar Restaurant (Uptown Goodland) beginning October 28. Come all to this Day of the Dead exhibit of comically dark paintings with mixed genres and mediums, including handmade masks.
Visit with the artist Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00-4:00PM. Prepare to be amazed! www.littlebarrestaurant.com – 239-394-5663.
Tara O’Neill, a lifelong artist, has been an area resident since 1967. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of South Florida, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Contact her through www.tarao gallery.com.