Art Center slates annual gala for Feb. 9

From left, Art Center gala board members Rosemary Wick, president; Russ and Sue Darrow, chairs; Corrie Grado, honorary chair; Bid Bakker, food and beveragemanager, the Island Club; Dennis and Penny Nelson, co-chairs. Submitted

From left, Art Center gala board members Rosemary Wick, president; Russ and Sue Darrow, chairs; Corrie Grado, honorary chair; Bid Bakker, food and beveragemanager, the Island Club; Dennis and Penny Nelson, co-chairs. Submitted

The Marco Island Center for the Arts will hold its 2nd annual gala and auction on Sunday evening, 6 p.m., Feb. 9. The glamorous event, which is being held at the Island Country Club, includes dinner, a cash bar, an auction, and entertainment plus a glass of champagne to begin the evening.

“We’re looking forward to a spectacular event, celebrating our 45th year in existence,” says Rosemary Wick, President of the Board.

The theme of the gala, Rhapsody in Black, is based on 1920’s Paris when large numbers of expatriates Picasso, Porter, Gershwin, Fitzgerald, Stein, among others were drawn to the city’s physical beauty, its sense of history, its fine restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and its lively nightlife. The Honorary Chairpersons of the Gala are Corrie and John Grado; the Chairs, Russ and Sue Darrow; and the Co-Chairs, Dennis and Penny Nelson.

Entertainment will be provided by Broadway-trained vocalist Lisa Coppoletta and her accompanist George Tuzzeo, and Marco Islander Ruthi Barber with her partner Tim Stoner will be performing dances typical of the era. A live and silent auction, with more than 50 items, is also planned for the evening. Among the auction items are an etching by Salvador Dali valued at $6,000; a week’s stay at a 4-bedroom condo in Snow Mass, Colorado; and a lease for a 2014 Kia Soul.

Proceeds from this event go to benefit the Art Center, which embraces the Art League, the Clay Guild, the Beth Rhodes Center for Art Education, and the Florida Gulf Coast University Renaissance Program. “The money that we raise from this very special evening will go to increasing the viability of all the Center’s programs,” says Wick. “This will also be a great opportunity to meet our new, incoming Executive Director, Hyla Crane.”

About 300 people have already signed up for the optional black-tie event but there are still a few more seats available. Ticket prices begin at $150. To reserve your spot, call at 239-394-4221.

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