Arts Afire: Still life with people makes Marco Island's Walk with the Masters a work of art

The Island Players presents characters from "Alice in Wonderland" for their tableau in "Arts Afire! A Walk with the Masters" to be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, in Mackle Park. Players in alphabetical order are McKenna and Morgan Broxson, Lucas Hodgdon, Olivia Neff and Andie and Ellie Strohm. Submitted

The Island Players presents characters from "Alice in Wonderland" for their tableau in "Arts Afire! A Walk with the Masters" to be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, in Mackle Park. Players in alphabetical order are McKenna and Morgan Broxson, Lucas Hodgdon, Olivia Neff and Andie and Ellie Strohm. Submitted

The Magic of Marco Big Band will perform from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m. at Mackle Park during "Arts Afire! A Walk with the Masters" on Sunday. Submitted

The Magic of Marco Big Band will perform from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m. at Mackle Park during "Arts Afire! A Walk with the Masters" on Sunday. Submitted

— Art has always been used to characterize people, their lives and history and their inspirations. The tables will be turned from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, in Mackle Park.

City of Marco Island’s Arts Advisory Committee members put some finishing touches on “Arts Afire! A Walk with the Masters” on Tuesday with a walk of their own during a scheduled workshop.

Members of the committee and heads of organizations participating in A Walk with the Masters surveyed the area around Mackle Park’s lake selecting locations to re-create their visions. Their re-creations of art, famous and fanciful, will be depicted in life-sized grandeur using people to characterize art.

Ten groups will participate in the four-hour presentation of tableaux from classical to impressionistic. Some will be accompanied by live music to enhance the art’s ambiance adding an aura of time and presence to their works.

An afternoon stroll will take viewers down the walkway and around the lake to see a variety of booths. The Arts Advisory Committee will have a welcome center at the parking lot entrance to the walkway with brochures depicting the original art re-created by each group.

Displays will follow in numeric order beginning with the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island depicting Dale Chihuly’s Red Chandelier housed in the Naples Museum of Art.

Next, Marco Island Yacht Club will depict Popeye the Sailor followed by The Island Players with “A Mad Tea-Party” by illustrator John Tenniel from the storybook “Alice in Wonderland.”

The fourth booth near the boat launch will feature the masterwork “Luncheon of the Boat Party” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicted by the Artist Colony at the Esplanade. The fifth location will re-create Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” by The Marco Players.

Just before Canine Cove, the Marco Island Historical Society will re-present its own mural depicted on the exterior of its museum based on original art by Paul Arsenault. On the other side of Canine Cove, Marco Island’s Foundation for the Arts will celebrate the masterwork “Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso.

Rounding out the tableaux are three offerings on the opposite side of the lake. Marco Island Academy will present a modest version of Henri Matisse’s “The Dance,” Marco Lutheran Church will style the great work “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, and Backstage Dance Academy will be selecting a Degas.

Undercover at the outdoor basketball courts, the Magic of Marco Big Band will perform from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m. Flame Awards, given for artistic excellence throughout the year and sponsored by the City of Marco Island, will be presented in a special ceremony at 4 p.m.

Beach dogs will be selling food and drinks as part of the event. Admission is free. Mackle Park is located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace off Winterberry Drive and close to the library and historical museum.

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