Marcophiles: Art League more popular than ever; yet still needs money

Keeping our eye on the new iPhone

CHRIS CURLE
Art League President Keith Klipstein and Executive Director Christine Neal pause from their exhaustive fundraising efforts just long enough for this photo in front of the Art League.

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Art League President Keith Klipstein and Executive Director Christine Neal pause from their exhaustive fundraising efforts just long enough for this photo in front of the Art League.

Patrick, front, and Michael Junkroski work in the high tech world of computer consultants and related services from their VSM.net headquarters at 992 Winterberry Drive on Marco.

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Patrick, front, and Michael Junkroski work in the high tech world of computer consultants and related services from their VSM.net headquarters at 992 Winterberry Drive on Marco.

The Marcophiles Mystery Photo last week was a close-up version of this picture — the dolphin mirrors at the Chefs’ Express store at the Shops of Old Marco. The first reader to e-mail us with the correct answer was Lauren Feinman. She wins a $50 U.S. Savings Bond, courtesy of Orion Bank on Marco Island. We’ll have another Mystery Photo contest next week.

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The Marcophiles Mystery Photo last week was a close-up version of this picture — the dolphin mirrors at the Chefs’ Express store at the Shops of Old Marco. The first reader to e-mail us with the correct answer was Lauren Feinman. She wins a $50 U.S. Savings Bond, courtesy of Orion Bank on Marco Island. We’ll have another Mystery Photo contest next week.

Strange but true, the Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, is busy signing new members and offering more and more programs to the community, but it remains in financial ill health. Why? We turned for answers to the Art League’s President, Keith Klipstein, and Executive Director Christine Neal.

“We have a good news, bad news scenario. The Art League has benefited for years from what most non-profits lack — earned income,” says Klipstein.

“Our programs generate healthy clash flow. But we had become complacent, resting heavily on programming to fund operations, to the detriment of donations.”

Christine Neal says the bad news part is that, “When money gets tight, people cut expenses and unfortunately that includes our programs. Two thirds of our funding in the past came from earned income, meaning, our classes.”

Now, after consulting with experts at the Naples Community Foundation, Klipstein says the Art League leaders have had a rude awakening.

“Our Art League Endowment is ramping up a deferred giving bequest program and we’re mounting a multi-pronged approach. To get some direction and to build momentum we have consulted with some heavyweights in that arena, such as Bill Merwin, former president of Florida Gulf Coast University.”

The current fund-raising effort, called “Our Urgent Needs Campaign,” has a goal of $150,000.

“Since we began in mid April, we’ve raised about $20,000,” says Neal. “Also we’re short in most revenue areas. Classes are down 30 percent; sales are down 40 percent; fundraising events, 40 percent, and corporate sponsorships are down by half.”

Membership in the Art League is a bargain, whether you’re the next Rembrandt or Rodin or like us, who write columns because we can spell “art” but can’t create it. Even non-members will find a lot of fun social events at and by the Art League.

In these days of tight budgets, the Art League, which truly is Marco’s Center for the Arts, is scrambling to keep providing a big bang for your charitable buck.

We hope it’s successful.

Marco computer expert weighs rumors about the new iPhone

We are Macintosh nuts and have been since our first Apple II in the 1980s. So when we hear frequent discussions among friends about which is the better system, Apple or Windows-based PC, we can only go by what others say.

It’s our impression that Apple computers are easier to learn, easier to run and a lot more reliable. It is true that Apple has a small share of the computer market, but Rolls Royce doesn’t have much market share among automobiles either, right?

Apple obviously made a quantum leap into the consciences of gadget geeks and other techno fans with iTunes, the iPod and the iPhone. Now that a new version of the iPhone will be unveiled next week and for sale soon after, we turned for the scoop on what to expect from Marco Island’s own Apple mavens, Patrick and Michael Junkroski.

Their firm, “VSM.net,” has been in business on Winterberry Drive near Marco Walk for 16 years. They have complete consulting and technical services and are largest authorized Apple consultancy south of Tampa. The Junkroskis probably are the most knowledgeable people for miles around about Apple products and services.

“Apple hasn’t released anything official yet so all we know is from rumors and speculation,” Patrick Junkroski cautions. “But they’re supposed to have a faster processor in the new iPhone and larger hard drives, 16 and 32 gigabytes instead of eight and 16 and possibly an FM transmitter. That would be for “bump” technology, swapping data from one iPhone to another.

“There also could be an enhanced GPS feature, more like the type in your car. And the camera may be upgraded from two megapixels to maybe four.”

Patrick says these are rumors and, in some cases, wild rumors. Apple likes to surprise people. One ballyhooed possibility is to improve battery time, by as much as 50 percent. And they may add video capability, “but again, I just don’t know. The younger crowd loves to be able to do video with their phones and some other smart phones have it.”

To sum up, tech lovers can expect the new iPhone to be even more of a computer than before. “This really is a mobile computer platform” as Patrick puts it.

Contact VSM.net at 642-0304.

E-mail Chris or Don at: chris@chriscurle.com and don@donfarmer.com.

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