‘Whimsy’ celebrated at the Center for the Arts

Jodi Pree
Artist Mary Kane poses with Hyla Crane in the La Petite Gallerie surrounded by Kane's exhibit.

Artists and art-lovers enjoyed a bit of whimsy at the Second Tuesday reception Tuesday at the Marco Island Center for the Arts.

On display throughout the Lauritzen and Rush Galleries was an eclectic array of artists’ imaginations gone into a magical interpretation of whimsy. The “Whimsy” exhibition ranged from the odd to fun … to the fantastic.

While guests continued to enjoy the plentiful buffet provided by Pinchers, Marco Island Center for the Arts Director Hyla Crane thanked the guests for their support of the arts, then proceeded to announce the evening’s winners: First place, “Ham & Cheese & Fries” by Stan Saran; second, “Three Mermaids” by Betty Newman and third, “Alice in Wonderland” by R. Clark Lindberg. Honorable mention for “Toys Come & Toys Go” to Karen Swanker and “Watching You” by Carolyn Burger.

Crane ended her remarks with thanking her staff and the volunteers. “Without them, these events would not be possible.” She then unexpectedly presented her assistant, Mindy Star, with the exotic centerpiece from Bella Florals by Theresa in appreciation for her hard work.

In the La Petite Galerie, artist Mary P. Kane’s work spanning from the 1970s is on display celebrating her life in Miami, Malibu, and now Marco Island. The exhibit highlights Kane’s expertise across many mediums.

The current exhibition is free to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Friday through June 27.

Every Second Tuesday Reception is open to the public and is held from 5:30-7 p.m. No reservations are required. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members. July’s Exhibition theme is “The Story Behind the Art.”