The Marco Island Public Library
The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of February will feature the charming watercolors of Marco Island artist Elizabeth (Betty) Sheridan. Elizabeth’s drawings are inspired by local color in both northern (Hadley, MA) and the tropical surroundings of Southwest Florida. Her work features bright tropical flora, lively greenery, landscapes, seascapes and buildings in clear tones with evocative light & shadow.
MI Chamber of Commerce
The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce office is featuring the work of husband and wife artists Joanna R. Sunshine, Hon. VSAIA and Donald Sunshine FAIA. Their work will be in the chamber office during the months of March and April 2015. A watercolorist, Donald is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, an award-winning architect, author and artist. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Arizona. In addition to the many buildings he has designed, and his six books, his architecture and art has been widely exhibited. Prior exhibits include Chicago’s Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as exhibits in Virginia, Florida, and Hawaii. Fiber artist Joanna’s exploration of techniques ranges from traditional loom methodology building upon our American/ Appalachian Folk Art and Craft heritage to innovative contemporary fiber constructions based on our Architectural heritage and such artists as Anni Albers and Loja Gesellius-Saarinen. “The satisfaction of the work results from the doing, the interest in search and experimentation of technique, media and spatial elements, spontaneity, investigation, intuition, surprise and doing, always doing.
The Marco Players
Located in Town Center across from the Crazy Flamingo restaurant, the Marco Players Gallery will feature the artwork of Marco Island artist Tara O’Neill and Naples artist Gail Trent Risner from March 18th to April 4th. Much of O’Neill’s art is inspired by Goodland, the historic fishing village off the southeast tip of Marco. “Goodland is a jewel on this coast; a community that lives not just by the sea, but from it. It’s afloat with juicecolored flowers, nested by tiny cottages, and has been worked by generations of calloused hands. To me, it’s a place of history, mystery, and endless inspiration.” Tara is currently president of the board of directors of the Goodland Arts Alliance. More of her work can be seen at Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco’s Town Center; Marco Island Historical Museum; and Marco Island Center for the Arts. Gail Trent Risner was born in South Dakota about an hour south of Mt Rushmore and has subsequently lived in Bardstown KY, Indianapolis, IN, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and for the last 10 years in Naples, FL. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. Plein air painting is now one of her main artistic pursuits, along with 6”x6” daily paintings she sells on dailypaintworks. com. You can see a selection of other paintings on her website GailTrentRisner.com.