Friday, October 30, 2020

WET PAINT LIVE 2018

A Day to Expect the Unexpected

Tara O’Neill begins work on her palm tree triptych. Photos by Jodi Pree

Tara O’Neill begins work on her palm tree triptych. Photos by Jodi Pree

0ne of the highlights of season on Marco Island is that we are flooded with displays of our talented artists’ offerings at every farmer’s market, craft show, art exhibit, and art fair; but we get an extra special glimpse into our local talent every February at Wet Paint Live.

In fact, Wet Paint Live is a “can’t miss event” for many of our island’s locals and tourists alike, as it is an excellent opportunity to explore parts of the island, get inspired by our local talent, collect a great piece of art (sometimes at a steal), and support art education. The 11-year tradition of Wet Paint Live is a special day-long event where a collection of the island’s talented artists challenges themselves with plein-air painting, the fate of the elements, and a ticking clock.

Inez Hudson on location at the MI Historical Society

Inez Hudson on location at the MI Historical Society

The arduous day of painting begins at 8 AM as the artists get their canvases stamped at the Chamber of Commerce to insure authenticity. The artists then scatter about the island and Goodland to their chosen locations of the day; locations selected in advance then advertised and published so potential bidders may inspect the works in progress throughout the day until the 3 PM deadline when the wet canvases are turned in and set on display.

Judy Harthorn on location at her favorite spot at the Esplanade.

Judy Harthorn on location at her favorite spot at the Esplanade.

“I’ve participated in every Wet Paint Live. Funny thing is that this year, I finally remembered to wire the canvases before I began painting,” laughs Tara O’Neill while painting her palm tree triptych. “It really would have been a tricky mess with three canvases.”

“We didn’t really have anything planned today. We saw this advertised in the paper and thought we’d check it out,” explains Lynn Scraggs while at Tara O’Neill’s home. He continued later in the day while visiting with Inez Hudson on location at the Marco Island Historical Society. “We have been lucky and have found most of the artists. We’ve spent the entire day exploring the island and talking with the artists.”

Phyllis Pransky’s inspiration for the day depicts her home studio and beautiful landscaping.

Phyllis Pransky’s inspiration for the day depicts her home studio and beautiful landscaping.

“In all my years of experience with Wet Paint Live, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. The weather can change quickly. You just have to be prepared for anything,” remarks Inez Hudson referring to a gust of wind, which face-planted her just-completed wet painting on the Goodland Bridge in 2009.

JoAnn Sanborn finishes her painting... right before a gust of wind blew it off the easel.

JoAnn Sanborn finishes her painting… right before a gust of wind blew it off the easel.

This year, JoAnn Sanborn also has an incredible story to share. Shortly after 2 PM, as she was finishing off the edges of her canvas, completing her painting for the day, pausing for a quick moment to smile at the camera, an unexpected gust of wind came out of nowhere and forcefully threw her painting to the ground. Sanborn, however, was not as fortunate as Hudson. Upon landing, the handle of her brush pierced through the canvas. Although nearing the deadline, Sanborn calmly examined the damage and stated, “I can repair this. Van Gogh and Picasso repaired their canvases, too. I know how to do this.”

Kevin Dohm gives the bidders an opportunity to view Kim Belange’s painting before bidding commences.

Kevin Dohm gives the bidders an opportunity to view Kim Belange’s painting before bidding commences.

“Where did the wind come from? It has been calm all day. There was no wind before. There is no wind now,” Sanborn quietly questioned.

All paintings for the silent and live auctions were beautifully placed on display by 6 PM, including JoAnn Sanborn’s, in the Rose Auditorium for the viewing and meet the artists reception of catered hors d’oeuvres by Kretch’s. Promptly at 7 PM the bidding wars began. Participating artists in order of auction numbers drawn in the morning included: Victor-Hugo Vaca ($250), Inez Hudson ($600), Kathy Graf ($300), Phyllis Pransky ($350), Malenda Trick ($550), Donald Sunshine ($250), Nancy Norman ($600), Robert Amirault ($1,000), Judy Chinski ($350), Betty

Wet Paint Live’s auctioneer Tom Wagor in action.

Wet Paint Live’s auctioneer Tom Wagor in action.

Newman($500), Dave Klocke ($550),

Karen Swanker ($400), Tara O’Neill

($450), Kim Belange ($1,300),

Artist Robert Amirault smiles after his painting yields $1,000.

Artist Robert Amirault smiles after his painting yields $1,000.

Judy Harthorn ($300), Carolyn

Burger ($450), and JoAnn Sanborn

($625).

As the evening festivities concluded, lucky bidders carefully walked away with their newly acquired, wet masterpieces. Fifty percent of the proceeds were given to the participating artists.

The remaining 50% was divided among the Leadership Marco

Scholarship Fund, Marco Island

Center for the Arts, and Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. More pictures bottom right.

For more information on upcoming events, go to: www.marcoislandchamber.org.

Artist Donald Sunshine

Artist Donald Sunshine

The highest bid of the night went to lucky #33.

The highest bid of the night went to lucky #33.

Patrice Banton, paddle #44, happily competes and wins in a bidding war for Robert Amirault’s creation.

Patrice Banton, paddle #44, happily competes and wins in a bidding war for Robert Amirault’s creation.

Each artist entered two pieces into the silent auction.

Each artist entered two pieces into the silent auction.

Dedicated volunteers Susie Walsh, Cindy Crane, Ed Crane, & Dave Walsh

Dedicated volunteers Susie Walsh, Cindy Crane, Ed Crane, & Dave Walsh

A joyous Kim Belange cheers as her Little Bar painting fetches the highest bid of the evening at $1,300.

A joyous Kim Belange cheers as her Little Bar painting fetches the highest bid of the evening at $1,300.

Art enthusiasts at Wet Paint Live 2018.

Art enthusiasts at Wet Paint Live 2018.

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