Save the dates: ARTinis, musical interludes and Asian art, jewelry highlight Art Center offerings

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Inaugural ARTini on Marco Party

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is introducing its new fundraising event, ARTini, where martini tastings meet art in the galleries of the center.

These carefully crafted mini cocktails will be shaken, stirred, poured and served by guest “Martini-tenders” who in their work life are known for their cheerful, captivating and cool vibes.

Four different mini martinis will be offered. Wine and a non-alcoholic beverage will also be served. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and chocolate.

Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members. ARTini on Marco Party is from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18.

Four different mini martinis will be offered. Wine and a non-alcoholic beverage will also be served. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and chocolate.


Dianna Dohm, executive director, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. Dohm hails from the Windy City where she worked for 30 years in the financial services industry and held the position of vice president with various Chicago banks.

Becky Irwin a real estate broker on Marco Island and has over 20 years of professional experience in non-profit management. She has been the chair for a variety of fundraising events in Broward and Collier counties.

Marco Patriots Erin Mia Milchman and Joey Waves are local humanitarians and business owners. Milchman is the co-founder of the Marco Patriots and the co-owner of Island Media Group. She believes that “together everyone achieves more” and that Marco Island and the surrounding communities will continue to recover and flourish. She is a budding chef in her barely free time.

Waves started his artistic career as a teenager with a spray can in Miami. He later taught himself digital art and worked for Southern Wine & Spirits.  He now uses a camera to express his passion for the natural beauty of the landscapes of his native Florida.

Jazz Wizards return as part of Musical Interludes series

As part of the Musical Interludes series, the Juilliard-trained musicians Peter and Will Anderson bring traditional jazz to the Center for the Arts.

Peter and Will Anderson

Hailing from Washington, D.C., these brothers are known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. They have headlined at such notable venues as The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center.

The concert is slated for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Lauritzen & Rush Galleries.

Fingerstyle Guitarist Glenn Roth in February

His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it is really just one guy, 10 flying fingers, and one instrument.

Fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth is a licensed performer of the MTA’s “Music under New York” program.  His concert hall is the vaulted splendor of Grand Central Terminal or the tunnels and platforms of the New York City subway system. When he is not “underground” he plays concerts throughout the northeast and tours nationally and internationally.

Glenn Roth

Roth has released six CDs and his original compositions have been hailed as “sheer virtuosity” and “delicate, accomplished solo acoustic guitar work.”

The concert is slated for 4 p.m., Feb. 11, in the Art Center’s Lauritizen and Rush galleries.


Musical Interludes is an ongoing music series at Marco Island Center for the Arts that brings world-class intimate and affordable performances to the island and surrounding communities.

The concerts include chamber music, jazz, opera and other genres that appeal to audiences of all ages.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the Art Center at 239-394-4221.

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'Uncommonly Unique Jewelry’ 

Jewelry artist Linda Osika will be at the Marco Island Center for the Arts for an artist talk and trunk show.

As a child Osika says she was fascinated with the Asian culture and as an adult lived in China for 10 years. While there she would visit the carved stone and pearl markets on her bicycle. These merchants provided the material that would become her original signature Asian jewelry.

Osika now journeys the world in search of unique, high quality pearls, beads and other elements. She has just returned from her annual Asian buying trip which included stops in Thailand and India.

The event is from 5 until 7 p.m., Jan. 16. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. Trunk show items are available for purchase.

Friendship through flowers

A free demonstration of Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers, will be held from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Center for the Arts. Registration is required.

The presenter is internationally certified instructor Loris Dallal, who has taught this ancient art for over 30 years in venues all across the United States, Europe and South Africa.

ikebana with camellia flowers isolated on a white background

Ikebana represents the elements of heaven, earth and “man” working in harmony. It was brought to Japan by Buddhist priests from China in the sixth century and was originally only found in Buddhist temples.

Dallal will create six examples of Ikebana using local flowers, branches, rocks and other elements.

Call 239-394-4221 to reserve your spot.

On display in the galleries

The Exhibition “East Meets West” ison display. You can view the countries of Cambodia, India and Vietnam interpreted thru three different mediums – Fiber, Photography and Raku-fired Clay.

“The ancient traditions of people, breathtaking places, iconic images and sacred ceremonies will be illuminated and interpreted by artists Muffy Clark Gill (fiber), Joseph C. Parisi, DVM (photography) and Richard W. Rosen (raku-fired clay),” according to a Center for the Arts press release.

In the La Petite Galerie, artist Vera Ripley’s work is being shown. Throughout her early life in Russia, Vera was exposed to many forms of artistic expression. Upon relocating to Winnipeg, Canada she started taking oil painting classes. Initially her classes were merely a hobby. Then she began to become more fascinated with the colors and shapes of fruit and vegetables and how they translate onto canvas using oil paint. In 2014, Vera decided to become a professional artist.