The streets of Marco Island were a little less crowded on Tuesday, February 10, and now we know why.
The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its regular “Second Tuesday Reception” by hosting the opening of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s exhibit “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Art”. This was the highest attendance of all “Second Tuesday Receptions” at the Center and the exhibit was filled wall-to-wall with supporters of this worthy cause.
Patrons lined up out the door to experienceartist’s work of Bald Eagles and other protected wildlife to support the foundation’s efforts. “We need to protect these beautiful creatures,” said Linda Turner, Foundation Director. “We do this through creating awareness and special green spaces where these species can thrive.”
Currently, the Foundation leases a small plot of land where two Bald Eagles are nesting. The eagles, named Calusa and Paleo thanks to students from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, are enjoying the special protection this land provides for raising their young. The 11acre site is located at 665 Tigertail Court on Marco Island. One of the goals of the Foundation is to purchase this land as a permanent sanctuary.
Artists were specially selected and all the works exhibited are available to purchase. Already six pieces have sold and many more available. The exhibit runs through February 24 at the Center for the Arts. All proceeds go toward helping protect endangered species at a local level.
More information can be found at MarcoEagleSanctuaryFoundation.org or by contacting Linda Turner at 239-207-9116.