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And with that, the pARTy of Marco Island’s Center For the Arts Annual Fundraiser got off to a rollicking start Saturday night at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.
With 135 guests arrayed in costumes ranging from Beatlejuice to Snow White, Art League Executive Director Christine Neal welcomed the throng to a night consisting of a Hollywood Walk of Fame, the sounds of Hollywood by Deb & the Dynamics, and dancing until it was a wrap.
“The whole idea of the evening is to have an especially good time by coming in character — be that black tie or come as you are because, after all, you’re going to Hollywood so anything goes,” Neal reminded.
“Since this is our annual ‘pARTy’ fundraiser, we are looking at a realistic goal of $50,000 this year for the Art League.
The heart of the evening consisted of live, spirited auctions of hand-painted and designed director chairs by local artists; in addition to silent auctions on a myriad of items together with raffles.
“These are all collector’s items and some will be part of the silent auction and some will be featured in the live auctions as well,” Neal added.
An amazing recreation with lighting of King Kong’s scaling of the Empire State Building and other silver screen props provided the theme for the ballroom dinner as the evening’s playbill stayed true to the script.
Through the generosity of Interiors Interiors Interiors, the Center for the Arts acquired nine wooden director chairs which became the blank canvas for artists to develop into one-of-a-kind collector’s items. The only rule was that all the artists began with the same exact chair. Where the artists went from there was truly at their own discretion.
The local artists were Inez Hudson, Claire Keery, a collaborative effort by LiveArt of Naples, Betty Newman, Christine Neal, Babs Snyderman, Bruce Somerville, Jarrett Stinchcomb, and the 2008/2009 Young Artists Academy.