Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Library and the Arts



By Karen Swanker

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist exhibits for two months. July and August 2013 will feature the work of Marco Island artist Rick Granneman.

Before retiring and moving from Chicago to Marco in 2007, Rick and his wife, Billie, were involved in the R&D of new medicines like Humira, Depakote, Kaletra, Norvir, and Synthroid. Besides pursuit of their lifelong passion for the arts, they feel “blessed to enjoy the Gulf, Everglades, 10,000 Islands, fishing, as well as church and community activities that Marco has to offer.”

Rick’s style is varied and generally realistic, with themes ranging from nostalgic to contemporary, including landscapes, seascapes, and local flora and fauna. His media selection of watercolor, acrylic, oil or pastel depends on subject matter, location and stylistic format. He paints with the Marco Island Outdoor Artists and has won multiple awards in Southwest Florida judged exhibits.

“My ultimate goal is to satisfy the elements of art aesthetics, using design, color and value to highlight images of past remembrances and the unrecognized beauty in our current surroundings. What unique, moving image or message can I create that cannot be captured by a camera?”

Checkout the full range of his work at, or contact him at 394-9663.

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