3 To Do: Teen artists, Earth Day and an arts extravaganza

Marco Eagle

1. Starts Monday: High School Scholarship Show

Marco Island Center for the Arts will be exhibiting the work of Collier County High School junior and senior aspiring artists from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., April 23-27, during its long running scholarship show.

Sabidio Borgela, self portrait.

A reception will be held from 5:45 until 7 p.m., Friday, April 27. An award ceremony will take place promptly at 6. This scholarship program was established in 1983. Since then, over $200,000 has been given to eligible students.

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Funding for the program comes from private donations and/or sponsors and gives students an opportunity to exhibit their work and compete for awards. Scholarship money is given to the winning seniors and a $250 check each are given to the junior merit winners. Honorable Mention winners receive gift cards.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive just off of Collier Boulevard.  Contact the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or online at www.marcoislandart.org.

2. Visit Rookery Bay in celebration of Earth Day

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Friday, April 20, in celebration of Earth Day (which is Sunday), the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.”

Bay Environmental Learning Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located at 300 Tower Road, one mile south of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard.

Learn more and register for tours and events at rookerybay.org/calendar. Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.

3. This weekend: 15th Annual arts extravaganza

Award-winning artist Tara O’Neill, is hosting her 15th Annual Art Extravaganza at the historic Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, Goodland, from 1 until 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian.

This year O’Neill will be joined by nationally recognized guest artist, Popo Flanigan, of Naples. Their combined coastal interpretations will cover a spectrum from the dramatic to the whimsical.

The two-day reception promises great art, live music, and creative refreshments creatively served. Information: 642-0528, or email taraogallery@gmail.com.