August 27, 2020: Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) and the Marco Island Center for the Arts are proud to announce the winning artists whose artwork was selected to bring the Creative Wraps public art project to the people of Marco Island. The Creative Wraps will be installed on the 11 traffic control utility boxes at various locations on Marco Island. The partners worked together to solicit submissions from artists. The “Creative Wraps” program received submissions by 53 artists totaling 190 pieces of artwork and the winners were chosen by a selection committee comprised of local governmental officials, art center representatives, committee advisors and community members.
As a result of the selection committee’s hard work to select the pieces most reflective of Marco Island’s culture the following artists’ pieces were chosen followed by the intersection location of the boxes where the artwork will be installed: Amanda Grodman (N. Collier Blvd./E. Elkcam Cir.), Danielle Connelly (N. Collier Blvd./W. Elkcam Cir.), Debra Reed (San Marco Rd./Cushing Lane), Jim Freeman (Bald Eagle Dr./San Marco Rd.), Jo-Ann Sanborn (N. Barfield Dr./San Marco Rd.), Joe Parisi (N. Collier Blvd./Kendall Dr.), Joey Waves (N. Collier Blvd./San Marco Rd.), Kelly Reark (N. Collier Blvd./Bald Eagle Dr.), Larae Jones (N. Collier Blvd./N. Barfield Dr.), Tara O’Neill (Bald Eagle Dr./W. Elkcam Cir.), and Wanda Coady (Winterberry Dr./S. Collier Blvd.).
The artists selected received an honoraria that was provided by generous local donations from Dan Palombo, Doug & Margaret DeCamp, Ed & Braxton Young, Jean Preston, John & Sue Heckler, Larry & Patty Riden, Marco Island Yoga, Mary Holland, Michelle & Joe Betten, Pat & Nancy McNally, Patty & Jimmy Fusaro, Rich Wright, Roger & Sally Tedrick, Sharon & Bobby Watts, Shelli Connelly, Stacy & Kurt Witthoff, Steven & Donna Greenawalt, Stu & Betsy Reese, Ted & Maja Anton, The Tateo Families, Tom Christian Construction Inc., Tudy & Don Beuerlein, and 9 Anonymous Donors.
About Creative Wraps Program
A strategic partnership of the Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) and Marco Island Center for the Arts (Art Center) that was given approval by the Marco Island City Council in December 2019 to cover 11 of the Marco Island traffic control utility boxes with custom artwork.
About Marco Island Center for the Arts
Founded in 1969 by a dedicated group of artists and patrons, the non-profit Art Center has developed into a place to gather, to learn and to become inspired. The program offerings include classes and workshops for adults and children. The Art Center brings a wide variety of arts to the community including visual, music, literature, and special presentations. It is a showcase for local, national and international artists in many disciplines.