Summertime and the clay is rolling easy! Or that is what I hear from our “potters” on the Island! The Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts houses five different studio spaces, one of which is a world class clay studio!
Although summer hours are shortened, the Clay Studio continues to be busy with “potters” taking advantage of open studio use time.
Now just what exactly is open studio? This just happens to be one of the benefits of membership to the Art League. Members have the opportunity to utilize all the studios for a nominal fee when classes are not in session. As Marian Miller puts it, the “clay artists” have found a great place to be on a hot, humid Florida afternoon.
Marian is the chairperson for the Clay Guild Committee. This great committee takes on the responsibility of developing and maintaining policy and procedures for the use of the Clay Studio. A visit to the center and its Clay Studio will show you what a great job this committee does. However, it is also a perfect depiction of the Art League as the committee is also about camaraderie. In addition to working in the studio some of the members have found time for field trips and of course lunches. A trip to visit Howard Hartke at the Shell Factory in Fort Myers precipitated a return visit from Hartke to provide a free demonstration of his glazing techniques.
Now for those of you who have not yet taken the step towards membership, there is great news. A class in clay will be offered in August. Local artist Barney Halaschak will provide a six week program in clay wheel throwing. Anyone who pays attention to any of these articles knows that all our classes are open to the public, so don’t miss this chance. It just might be the perfect time for you to join, as your membership will be good through Sept. 30, 2010 and you’ll save 25 percent on the tuition in addition to the open studio use benefit!
Speaking of chances, this is the last chance to take part in the Summer Wine & Art Series. Award winning Clay Artist Richard Rosen will be the artist in residence for the month of August. You have one last chance to take part in the First Tuesday event until October. Word is that it is a great time to meet the artist, socialize with your friends and even make new ones! Hey there’s that camaraderie image again! Hmmm sounds like we may have something going here at the Center for the Arts.
In addition to the Summer Wine & Arts event, the last exhibit for the summer season takes place in August. The Center for the Arts will host a reception in conjunction with the Chamber after Hours. “Color Vibrations” is the theme of the exhibit and this event is open to the public with free admission! Another great networking opportunity or is that another interpretation of the word camaraderie? Hmmm.
Of course we have one more chance to get our children involved, Artist Visiting Kids begins in August and will provide children ages 11-14 with the opportunity to “Explore the Calusa Indians through Different Art Styles” with local artist Leslie Shannon. This is a free program thanks to the partnership of the City of Marco Island.
As Marian says, our members (and our community) is so fortunate to have such a fine facility for those who are active artists and for those who wish to try new ventures (or make new friends). Marian and her comrades invite you to come and visit the Center — especially the Clay Studio — so you can see for yourself why they enjoy their time here. I invite you to come visit whatever your reason and take part in building the circle of friendship that has always been a part of the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts!
Ah Summer time and the Art League is easy!