The Marco Island Center for the Arts, Home of the Art League is hosting a number of upcoming events that are not to be missed. In the coming weeks, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization will be collaborating with different local organizations for some fun-filled fundraising activities.
The Center for the Arts is currently featuring an exhibit in their Lauritzen and Rush Galleries entitled “Off the Wall/On the Wall,” a collection of different fiber works by the Maine Craft Guild Fiber Artists. Materials used range from recycled children’s books to quilting materials to “Shibori,” a Japanese form of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dying it. These works are anything but ordinary as some come in the three-dimensional variety while others are actually wearable.
The Calusa Garden Club will be collaborating with the “Off the Wall/On the Wall” collection for the weekend of February 3rd through the 5th. Twenty-five members of the club will choose a piece from the fiber-based collection and will then create a floral arrangement based on their interpretation of it. Each floral piece will be placed next to the art that inspired its creation. They will be on display beginning on Friday, February 3rd at the Center for the Arts’ free reception,held from 4:00 until 6:00PM.
The reception will also feature photographic prints of “Lorenzo the Cat” by Joann Biondi. Lorenzo is Biondi’s cat who likes to wear clothes and be photographed in them. To see some of Lorenzo, visit www.lorenzothecat.com. Biondi will be at the event and is donating a print to be raffled off at the reception. Proceeds from the raffle will go to “For the Love of Cats,” a Marco Island-based, non-kill cat rescue foundation.
While the reception will be held on Friday evening, all of the above will be on display from 10:00AM to 4:00PM both Saturday and Sunday.
Next up: “Wet Paint Live!” This event/ auction, in its 5th consecutive year, will be held on Thursday, February 9. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts(MIFA), Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Center for the Arts all come together on this day to raise money for their individual high school scholarship funds.
Beginning at 9:00AM, mostly local artists will set out for different areas of Marco, Isles of Capri and Goodland to begin painting a brand new piece. They must finish their works, paint still wet on the canvas, by 3:00PM, when they are promptly brought to the Center for the Arts.Here they are put on display for the auction to follow. Viewing of the art is from 5:30 to 6:45PM and the live auction begins at 7:00PM.
Maps of artists’ locations will be available a week before the event at the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce as well as The Art League. Over twenty artists are scheduled to take part. All are encouraged to pick up a map and visit the artists as they paint.
Tickets to the live auction are $35 per person. This includes a food buffet and beer/wine cash bar. Chris Lombardo of Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. will be the auctioneer, volunteering his time to host the event. Many other local businesses also support the event through monetary donations.
The activities for The Marco Island Center for the Arts certainly don’t end here. Every month, new art displays in both galleries are available for viewing. Free evening receptions, such as the upcoming February 3 event are held regularly. They also feature a beautiful gift shop and many, many classes for the beginning artist all the way to the advanced.
To find out more about The Marco Island Center for the Arts, Home of the Art League, visit them at 1010 Winterberry Drive, call them at 239-394-4221 or visit their website at marcoislandart.org