The Marco Island Center for the Arts is the place where island residents and visitors can gather to learn about art, to appreciate art and to celebrate art with all their senses. A very creative fundraising event, ARTini, was recently held at the Center. Featuring a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a selection of creative martinis, the event shook up some excitement in the art of mixology.
A panel of guest mixologists served up their own creations in a friendly competition to see who would receive the most in their tip jars. All funds raised, including tips, were donated to the Center. Dianna Dohm, the classy and elegant Executive Director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce served her cool, clean version of the Classic Martini. Local real estate broker, Becky Irwin, reminded us that there is no place like home. She would love to find you a great home right here on Marco Island where you can rest your head and enjoy her amazing concoction, Sweet Dreams, a chocolate coffee martini. Samaria “Sam” Lewis, manager of Lilly Pulitzer Esplanade, shook up the Lillytini, a sophisticated version of the Cosmopolitan. The libation proved to be a concoction of which the boutique’s namesake, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau (aka the “Queen of Prep”), may have loved to imbibe!
It was the dynamic duo of photographer Joey Waves and ErinMia Milchman of the Marco Patriots that would raise the most tips as they swept the crowd away with their rendition of the Hurricane, an old-fashioned cocktail revisited.
Bidding was fierce for silent auction items that included whimsical martini-themed paintings by renowned local artist Betty Newman and an assortment of martini glasses hand-painted by Mary P. Zemel. The joint was jumping to the musical sounds of the Kellogg Duo as many in attendance, including Center for the Arts Executive Director Hyla Crane, took to the dance floor to celebrate the art of fun and frolic!
The spirit of the evening was light hearted and fun, but the mission was serious – to raise funds in support of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. And the greater mission of the Center for the Arts is to promote education and appreciation of the arts. By accomplishing that, the Center enhances the quality of life for Marco Island and its visitors.
The Marco Island Center for the Arts wishes to thank those who participated in ARTini, including Betty Newman as Art Sponsor, Ronda Balham as Music and Dance Sponsor, Publix Supermarkets, Inc. as Hors D’oeuvres Sponsor, Mary P. Zemel as Martini Glass Artist, the guest mixologists and all who attended. The Center also thanks its Art Center Sponsors, Florida Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling and Electric, Inc., and Coastal Breeze News.
To learn more about the Marco Island Center for the Arts, please visit www.marcoislandart.org or call 239-394-4221.