In October, guests took a deep breath and sighed “Oh, the Places You Have Been,” as they beheld an array of artwork inspired by the artists’ travels. Executive Director Hyla Crane welcomed the crowd, saying, “In the aftermath of hurricanes and crisis, this exhibition enables us to think both locally and globally and reflect on how we make our island and the world around us a better place.” Delicious chili, homemade by Mindy Star, cornbread baked by Hyla Crane herself, and a beautiful centerpiece donated by Theresa Chambers of Bella Florals made the evening truly special.The breathtaking collection in the Lauritzen Gallery embraced the beauty of our world as seen in places near and far. The honor of first place went to “Grand View” by JoAnn Sanborn. In this view, which is indeed one of grandeur, one can actually feel the movement of clouds across a blend of cypress and grass, with the majesty of sky reflected beneath in the stillness of water.
“Corkscrew Sanctuary – Swamp Song,” a tranquil reflection by Linda Chambers took second place with its mastery of pastels. This piece is a beautiful example of the peace one can find in nature.Black and white photography displayed another side of nature in third place recipient, “Lone Pine, CA,” by James R. Robellard. Distant storm clouds cast a dramatic veil of contrast above trees and grasslands in this artistic glimpse of reality.
Honorable mention distinctions went to “Glacial Falls, Iceland,” by Christine Cook, a photo on metal of water in motion; and “Flight of the Contours,” by Todd Tateo, a unique and beautiful image of sunshine on wood veneers.
In La Petite Gallerie, photographer Barry Howe took us out to the ballgame with his love of stadiums. In 1988, Howe began photographing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. What began as one 5×7 note card of Dodger Stadium at the Beverly Hills Art Show, led to requests from other stadiums to photograph all the Major League ballparks. Howe’s work is a salute to the great architecture of these historic stadiums. His photographs evoke memories of good times and the joyful call to “Play ball!”
Let’s not forget the fine artistic medium of the written word. Marco Island Writers, Inc. Writer of the Month, Joanne Simon Tailele was on hand at the reception with her display of novels. Her commercial writing career began in 2010 with her first novel, “Accident.” Since then she has also written three books of women’s fiction, two biographies and even a book for children, titled “What is Family?” featuring actual quotes from each member of her own family.
Hyla Crane extended her sincere gratitude to Sean and Nathan O’Donnell and their ACE Painting Team who helped the center in pre-Irma preparations and recovery, She went on to say, “The Art Center would also like to thank our special Pied Piper Clean Up volunteers who worked together to make our property sparkle and shine. Led by the Pied Piper himself, Dave Rice and his team from Total Home Services, the Art Center property was returned to its pre-Irma state. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to Phil Baratta, Judy Becker, Donna Hatlen, Mary Limont, Debbie and Marty Roddy, Chris and Ken Stroud, Valerie Trombly, Ann Vreeland, Rosemary Wick and Mary Kane Zemel.”
Mark your calendars for the opening night of the Musical Interludes season at the Center on October 18 at 5:30 PM. Come along on a musical journey with Sandra Rose Rommel as she unfolds her story as a singer through a collection of popular songs.
For more information about the Marco Island Center for the Arts, please call 239-394-4221 or visit www.marcoislandart.org.