Marco Island Center for the Arts is introducing its new “fun”-raising event, ARTini on Marco.
This artful evening is where martini tastings meet art in the galleries of the Art Center. These carefully crafted mini cocktails will be shaken, stirred, poured and served by guest “Martini-tenders” who in their work life are known for their cheerful, captivating and cool vibes.
ARTini on Marco Party takes place on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 5:30 – 7 PM. The price is only $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Four different mini martinis will be offered. Wine and a nonalcoholic beverage will also be served. Delectable hors d’oeuvres and decadent chocolate will balance your palate. Mix, mingle and dance with this crowd of art supporters and martini lovers! Dress in your creative cocktail attire! Men, wear your funky tie or vest! Meet the “Martini-tenders”Dianna Dohm became the Executive Director of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce in January 2017. She hails from the Windy City where she worked for 30 years in the financial services industry. Dianna held the position of vice president with various Chicago banks. She has become very involved in the Marco Island community. Dianna’s Chamber motto is “Creating Commerce in the Community.” Always one to help a Chamber member, her motto for the ARTini evening is, “Creating a Cosmo for the Community.”
Always the life of the party, Becky Irwin adds class to this familiar role as a personality plus bartender having done so for ArtServe, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. Not only is Becky a real estate broker on Marco Island, but she also has over 20 years of professional experience in non-profit management. Becky has been the chair for a variety of fundraising events in Broward and Collier counties. She has received many awards for her volunteerism.
The Art Center is pleased to announce that Sam (Samaria) Lewis, Manager of the Lully Pulitzer Esplanade store on Marco Island, is joining the “Martini-tender” team. Perhaps there might be a pink tint to the mini-martinis that Sam will shake, stir and pour for the ARTini on Marco party attendees. Samaria Lewis grew up in Orlando and started her merchandising and management career with Kate Spade & Company. Her favorite title with that company was “Senior Muse.” Sam said “she is super excited to be part of the ARTini event in support of a nonprofit organization like Marco Island Center for the Arts.”
A couple of Marco Patriots are joining us for the evening and they certainly have personality plus! ErinMia Milchman and Joey Waves are local humanitarians and business owners. Erin is the co-founder of the Marco Patriots and the co-owner of Island Media Group. She believes that “Together Everyone Achieves More” and that Marco Island and the surrounding communities will continue to recover and flourish. Erin is a budding chef in her barely free time. Joey started his artistic career as a teenager with a spray can in Miami. He later taught himself digital art and worked for Southern Wine & Spirits. He may have created your favorite cocktail’s ad campaign! Joey now uses a camera to express his passion for the natural beauty of the landscapes of his native Florida. If you don’t know his photography work – you will. A Little Dance Music
Bringing the groove for the evening is the music group, The Kellogg Duo, offering a diverse repertoire that includes a variety of music from the ‘50s through ‘90s, and more. Jeff Kellogg says, “If you name it, we jam it.” Twist, rock and disco out to the music as the gallery space is turned into a dance floor. We Must Thank
ARTini on Marco Party sponsors help sustain the mission of the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The current sponsors are Betty Newman (art sponsor), Ronda Balham (music and dance sponsor), Publix Super Markets, Inc. (hors d’oeuvres sponsor), and Mary P. Zemel (martini glass artist).
Marco Island Center for the Arts thanks its Art Center sponsors Florida Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling & Electric, Inc. and Coastal Breeze News.
For more information about the Marco Island Center for the Arts, visit marco islandart.org.