MARCO ISLAND — Or maybe it was “Sunset, Sunrise.”
Tuesday evening, The Marco Island Center for the Arts bade farewell again to former executive director Lynn Holley, who returned from California just for the event, and rhapsodized on the delights of sleeping on a pullout sofabed while she gets situated in her new locale. And the center brought up the curtain on new exhibits, including the sky-themed “Sunrise, Sunset” show that had people humming the tune from “Fiddler on the Roof,” and a second show in La Petite Galerie showcasing artwork by clients of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
Turnout was strong for early October, with a full parking lot and standing room only in the gallery space a good thing, because there are no chairs in the room anyway. The summer scene stalwarts who never left mingled with the first wave of returning snowbirds, sipping, nibbling, and perusing the artwork arrayed on the walls in the juried exhibit.
Center for the Arts president Rosemary Wick thanked all those who submitted work, saying “we are grateful to the artists. They capture what we miss.” This included Kat Nimtz Rinaldo’s photograph whimsically titled “Cheers to Charlie Brown,” showing a sunset refracted through a martini glass unless it was a sunrise, which would raise other issues.
Photography was prominently featured in the entries, with first place going to Robert Kenedi for “Dwarf Cypress,” and third prize to Jim Robellard for “Tigertail Beach.” Both are members of the Naples Digital Photography Club. William Mosely’s pastel “Sunset on Marco” won second prize, and honorable mentions went to Tara O’Neill and Diane Eiler for oils, and Leigh Herndon for a batik.
September’s “Salon de Garage,” the center’s sale of donated art, has been extended through the end of the month, with more pieces added and prices “slashed even further,” Wick announced. She also pointed out there is still time to sign up to play in the Center for the Arts golf tournament Saturday at the Island Country Club or if you can’t free up the time to get out on the links, to purchase a hole sponsorship.
Following the current exhibits, the next show is “Fun & Funky Teapots” beginning on Nov. 12. The Arts Center’s headquarters and gallery is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. For more information on the Marco Island Center for the Arts or to enter the golf event, call 239-394-4221, or go to www.marcoislandart.org.