It was hard to tell who was happier Sunday at the Left Bank art show at the Esplanade. The customers were thrilled with their purchases and the artists were pleased with brisk sales.
It was a perfect Marco Island winter day with temperatures in the low 70s, and azure skies punctuated with cotton ball clouds.
“It’s been a great show,” said Tara O’Neill, a well-known local artist who is based on Goodland. “There are a lot of people who have moved here because of the pandemic and a lot of people who have bought new homes and are looking for wall decor.”
O’Neill said she had already sold several pieces by early in the afternoon.
Tyler MacDonald, who organizes the show, was happy with the show. The local photographer made a splash on the island with his fantastic wildlife photographs, starting when he was still in his early teens. Now he’s building custom guitars. The only problem is that he can’t build them fast enough to meet demand.
“I can build four a month,” the 24-year-old MacDonald said. “I’m sold out right now.”
Glory Spinuzzi, a native of Sri Lanka, was thrilled with the reaction she is getting to her limited edition giclee seascapes at the Marco Island shows.
“I’ve sold four paintings today,” Spinuzzi said. “These two are being shipped to Michigan, one is going to Pennsylvania and another the client is taking to their home. They are collectors – this was their second piece. It’s a very good day. Last month I sold nine pieces here which is ridiculous!”
Tamara Broker uses local palm fronds, and a touch of metal, to make her one-of-a-kind pieces.
“I started this 16 years ago,” Broker said. “I used to do shows with my paintings on the West Coast from San Diego to Washington State. We came here because we’re divers. I saw the palm fronds and I said, ‘You know what, this looks like a fish.’ It’s been a great process. I try to price them right so people keep bringing them home and I can keep making them. Every piece is original. No two are alike.”
“I’m looking for the perfect picture of Marco,” said John Kolosso of Appleton, Wisconsin. “Barry Howe’s got a lot of them. I just have to come up with the right size for our wall.”
“This is call Six Boats,” said artist Peter Sottong, who moonlights at the Marco Y. “First of all, this was a photograph I saw. It was black and white, so I had to come up with the colors. The core is marine plywood. Then it’s encapsulated in silver. A lot of people like to put these on their patio. I probably have about 80 hours in this piece. Sottong is famous for the Key Marco Cat replicas that he sells on his website at www.keymarcocat.com. The cats are also available at the Marco Historical Museum.