Island Arts: Making art - A class act

If you ever wondered what types of classes have been taking place at your Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, now is the time to get some answers!

The center will be hosting an Adult Student Exhibit from April 1 through 10.

What is so exciting about this is that although it is primarily a visual arts exhibit, on April 9 the center will host a reception to meet the many varied artists, the students of the Harp Playing Made Easy program will provide a musical touch to the evening, and the students of the Cooking with Elaina program providing the culinary treats.

The Art League’s primary focus since 1969 has been to provide a learning experience. The mission of the organization is to promote education in and appreciation of the arts. What better way to promote education than to provide various opportunities in the arts for everyone to participate in?

Your center offers all levels, a multitude of media, programs in the visual, dramatic, musical, and culinary arts in a fun, art friendly, social atmosphere that is open to the public.

For those of you who may have not visited us yet, the two story 14,000 square foot facility is the home of three multimedia classrooms, a clay studio and a sculpting deck. In addition to the classrooms, it is also the home of the Lauritzen/Rush Galleries and Gift Shop.

This student exhibit is the first of its kind in five years, with exception of the Annual Stone Sculpture Exhibit which is on display now through April 3.

The history of the gallery exhibitions that have taken place have been geared more towards the professional or practiced artist. The Gallery Committee of the Center for the Arts is excited to make this addition to the annual schedule. The class participants are excited to share their accomplishments with you, the general public. As one participant states, “I would like visitors to know that six years ago I walked into the Art League clay studio, never having touched clay before, and began my love affair throwing on the wheel and hand building. I have never enjoyed anything more ... I wish I could share that joy with others.”

The Art League Center for the Arts is proud of the programs that we host for the children in our community. I have stated over and over again the importance and the impact arts education has on the overall development of a child. I guess it could be said it is my “soap box issue.”

The importance of arts education does not stop though when we grow into a young adult or as we mature. The importance of arts education continues as we age. Research shows that stimulating the brain through arts activities improves memory and cognitive thinking. Not to mention that as adults we can also reap the benefits of self expression, building our self esteem. Let us not forget the social interaction with other participants of the class.

So come on out and play! Come see all your Art League Center for the Arts has to offer. Come join the fun. Of course no reception is complete without some “spirit” so wine and beer will also be served, and the fee … a nominal $5 gets you in if you are not already a member or participating exhibitor! I personally hope to meet you soon!

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