The Gala, held by the Marco Island Center for the Arts at the beautiful Island Country Club, was an enchanted evening to remember.
From the moment the guests arrived they were made to feel welcome. The Art Center’s gracious Executive Director, Hyla Crane, along with gala chairs, John and Emily James and Mike and Rosemary Wick, personally greeted guests, starting the evening out on a warm note. The elegantly dressed attendees were photographed by a professional photographer to memorialize the special evening.
Upstairs, a sprawling silent auction with a plethora of items took place, receiving hundreds of bids both before and during dinner. The music of Billy Dean and Dawn set the mood and kept spirits high. Bella Florals by Theresa’s dramatic, richly hued floral arrangements were in themselves works of art.
Art wasn’t just celebrated at The Gala – it was experienced. Guests watched masterpieces unfold with live painting by high school students Anna Zeidman (Grade 11) and Diana Almazan (Grade 12). The students’ paintings were auctioned later in the evening. Attendees were riveted by a talented vocal performance given by Lola Green, age 8.
Dinner was a scrumptious Beef Wellington and a decadent chocolate mousse cake for dessert.
Bill Morris, who served as the event emcee, introduced Board President Jim Richards. Jim, Hyla and Bill presented Rosemary Wick with a well-deserved award for her time as president and her service to the board.
The night’s special honoree was Jacquelyn Pierce, a dedicated volunteer at the Art Center. Jacquelyn is an educator and storyteller known for her presentations that depict the lives of women who overcame great obstacles.
Once the award presentations and silent auction ended, the exciting live auction began. Bidding was easy with outstanding packages to choose from, such as a romantic getaway to Charleston, a trip to Asheville, and even an elegant antebellum stay for six in an historic Georgia charmer. These items, along with a golf getaway at Torrey Pines, dinner for ten at Shula’s, and a one-of-a-kind pendant from Kathein Jewelers, the auction raised the needed funding.
The evening concluded with a call to support plans for an upcoming digital media room for the Art Center.
The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings a wide variety of arts to our community through dynamic monthly art exhibitions, engaging educational programs for adults and children and a diverse assortment of events. The Art Center’s mission is to promote education and an appreciation of the arts.
For more information on the Marco Island Center for the Arts call 239-394-4221, visit marcoislandart.org or stop by the Art Center during business hours at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.