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Wet Paint Live, 2013

See larger Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn paints the scene outside her new gallery at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn paints the scene outside her new gallery at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Artist Malenda Trick's palette is a work of art itself. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • William Ward Mosely shows his dramatic sunset scene. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Carolyn Burger takes a smile break while working on her painting at the Olde Marco Inn. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Malenda Trick paints the scene at the Collection shops in Old Marco. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Betty Newman's enigmatic canvas sold for $1,000. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Harthorn painting at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Carolyn Burger's palette shows the color scheme of her work. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn paints the scene outside her new gallery at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lynn Tuttle, Ginger Finlayson, Carol Petrelli, and Myrna O'Reilly inspect Betty Newman's painting outside her new gallery at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lee Horton paints at the yacht club. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Harthorn painting at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judy Harthorn painting at the Esplanade. The chamber of commerce Wet Paint Live event brought out art lovers all over the island watching paintings being created, and then bidding on them in a charity auction on Wednesday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Nineteen local professional artists took up the challenge in this, the sixth annual outing for the Wet Paint Live event, working "en plein air" and completing a painting from start to finish in one day. The resulting canvases were then auctioned off in a fundraiser, held for the first time at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum, with celebrity auctioneer Chris Lombardo presiding. Proceeds from Wet Paint Live were apportioned among the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, their Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund, and MIFA, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts.

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