Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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First Place Award went to Karen Swanker for her interpretation of Monet’s Water Lillies which she chose for

First Place Award went to Karen Swanker for her interpretation of Monet’s Water Lillies which she chose for “freedom of stroke and juxtaposition of color.” PHOTOS BY TARA O’NEILL

By Tara O’Neill

Our Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts has a fascinating and innovative new juried gallery exhibit.

Matisse? Arcimboldo? Renoir? Cassat? O’Keefe?

Well, sort of. I’ll ‘spell’ it out for you: Art League member artists pay tribute to master artists whose names begin with M,A,R,C, or O by creating works inspired by their favorite master.

The show, called M.A.R.C.O. – A Salute to the Masters, was the brainchild of artist Rick Granneman and it has much to offer. Along with beautiful 2 and 3-dimensional works of art, each artist was asked to write a brief missive on the unique qualities particular to their chosen Master Artist and how their work reflects those qualities. It’s a delight to the eye and food for the mind.

Gallery exhibits at the Art League traditionally run for one month but M.A.R.C.O. will be on display an untraditional six weeks from April 12th until May 30th, with a

Artist Mary Ryan appreciates the fluid blend of colors and flow of form associated with Pierre August Renoir.

Artist Mary Ryan appreciates the fluid blend of colors and flow of form associated with Pierre August Renoir.

gala reception on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Receptions at the Art League, known as First Tuesdays, are wonderful events and come highly recommended by this writer, but the shows extra running length will allow visitors the time to absorb all the information available at their own pace.

The Galleries and Gallery Shop at the Art League are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10-4 and admission is free. The First Tuesday Receptions ask a $10 donation for non-members, and $5 for members and offer fine wine and light refreshments.

The Art League is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Call 239.394.4221 or check out their web-site www.marcoislandart.org.

Tara O’Neill, a lifelong artist, has been an area resident since 1967. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of South Florida, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Contact her through www.tarao

gallery.com


 

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