Letter to the Editor: Thanks to all the Piped Piper painters

Dear Editor; I wish to express thanks to the members and friends of the Marco Island Center for the Arts who volunteered and participated in phase one of the Pied Piper Painting Project, held on Saturday, May 18.

After presenting the project to Executive Director Lynn Holley, President Rosemary Wick and the board of directors, the go ahead was unanimously endorsed. The purpose of the project was to give the center a new and exciting look with a facelift that created a more visual affect for the building at no cost. To accomplish the no cost goal, volunteers donated $25 per person to pay for supplies, as well as supply their own tools such as, a paint brush, roller handle, cover and a paint pan.

Many people, who were unavailable or already out of town, supported the project with a donation. As director of the project, the volunteers accomplished much more than I had anticipated.

I invite all to drive by the building and see the work that was done in only five hours and included two costs of bold yellow, blue, orange and white in a distinctive pattern, clearly identifying the structure as an Art Center.

Prior to Saturday, trees were trimmed to make the building more visible, shrubbery trimmed exposing the walls, walls pressure washed, and those areas requiring ladder use and cutting the corners were done by volunteers from Total Home Services, Ramon Mendoza, Alberto Abraham and Victor Garcia-Banda.

Paint captains Ken Stroud, Russ Simmons and David Caruso, led their volunteer painters and kept them supplied with the needed supplies. Jeanne Rice was kept busy as the project “runner” purchasing additional supplies as needed from Marco Island’s Florida Paint Center which was our premier sponsor.

Everyone received a t-shirt inscribed with “I am a Pied Piper Painter” and was supplied with beverages throughout the day. Phaze one ended with a pizza and beverage luncheon on the front lawn.

Pied Piper painters and donors included in addition to the above Mike Abercrombie, Cindy Anderson, Judy Brenna, Carolyn Burger, Linda Chambers, Cherly Clausen, Cheryl Coffin, Susan Cook, William Doyle, Fran Gonzales, Bruce and Nancy Graev, Barney Halaschak, Mike and Jill Havey, Inez Hudson, Glen and Yvonne Johnson, Angelika Kade, Sue and Ken Kozlowski, Jane Laird, Linda Lee, Jerry Leeman,

Carla Mickes, Max and Tina Peterhons, Joan Rauch, Steve and Carole Roberts, Carole and Willard Rohde, Sandra Rommel, Martha Ross, Pat and Ron Rutledge, Judy Sacher, Jo-Ann Sanborn, Lola Sinelli, and Tina Zandy.

Phase two, completion of the rest of the building is planned for this fall providing the opportunity for our season residents, and those that had conflicting schedules to participate.

Thanks to all.

Dave Rice

Project director

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