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1. ‘The Story Behind the Art’

The Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to explore artwork that “tells a tale.”

“The Story Behind the Art” a mixed-media judged exhibition is being showcased in the Lauritzen and Rush galleries.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., now through July 28.

The winners of this show are, first place: “Guarding the Museum” by Inez Hudson; second:

“Bloom Where You Are Planted” by Cristina Hutson; third: “Angst” by Joseph Parisi; and honorable mentions go to “Lost Tourists” by Rick Granneman and “Hermes” by Nic Provenzo.

In the La Petite Galerie: Self-taught artist Kay Shaffer shares her own artistic vision. She said that she aspires to create a completely original, unabashed, true, fine art in the medium of batik. Her batik artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity.

2. Winter Wonderland Celebration

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … ” Yes, that’s right! We love Christmas at the Bargain Basket so much that we’ve decided to celebrate it twice a year!

Come out now through Saturday, July 29, and join us in our Winter Wonderland Celebration.

As always you will find your perfect treasure at the lowest prices. Share the Christmas spirit by bringing in canned goods to help support My Daily Bread and you’ll get a $3 gift certificate to use in the Bargain Basket that day.

3. J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase

The J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase is on stage every Monday, from 7 until 10 p.m., now through Aug. 28 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Advance tickets are $30 each for reserved seating and $35 at the door. Buy individual tickets or a package at TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the box office at 239-642-7270.

Each show includes a performance, intermission, Q & A with the musician, and jam session. During the shows, the musicians will share personal stories about Florida heritage that inspired their songwriting and their musical talents.

Performers are Captn Jac (July 31), Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore (Aug. 7), Andy Wahlberg (Aug. 14), “Sawgrass” Cindy Hackney (Aug. 21) and Joerey Ortiz (Aug. 28).

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