Art show draws throngs
From afar, Veterans Community Park looked like a Game of Thrones Dothraki camp over the weekend, dotted with 160 neatly positioned white tent booths as artists plied their wide array of talents.
Sculptures, paintings in a dazzling array of styles, photography, metal art, pottery, ceramics and jewelry were the attractions, and the sheer size of the show was an attraction in itself. It was the second of its kind, taking over from a big show in the past that necessitated the closing down of a section of Winterberry Drive near the Center for the Arts.
"I'm negotiating with (promoter) Howard Alan this week for a third show next year," Marco Island Center for the Arts Executive Director Hyla Crane said Tuesday. "We want to bring the best art available to the community, which is what we try to do in the center as well."
Crane was particularly pleased that local artists Phyllis Pransky and Betty Newman, photographer Tyler MacDonald and pottery exponent Sandy Moore Howe had qualified for the show, which attracted artists from near and far.
Former registered nurse Kathleen Lapso showed off an array of metal artwork, which she fashions from copper, bronze, aluminum or brass, mixing artistry with a touch of firepower in the form of an acetylene torch for shaping.
An Ohioan, Lapso followed the example of her dad, who was a metal sculptor himself. She first worked with jewelry, then adapted jewelry designs to bigger pieces.
Her day went just fine. She was due to deliver a couple of her pieces to Marco residents after the show concluded Sunday.
Michael George of Scottsdale, Ariz., also was satisfied with interest in his work that translated into putting food on the table.
He uses Lucite acrylic, pouring and casting in assorted colors – then cutting his shapes, grinding and polishing them - and finally splitting them in two for some hand carving before putting them back together slightly off true for an angled effect.
A popular viewing item at his booth was a blue shark in a wave, which he makes by first producing a clay model, then a mold – after which he's able to reproduce them and give each his special touch to make them basically one of a kind.
Ralph Rankin of Orlando described his off-beat photo collages as "urban surrealism." He uses masses of photos to create scenery, and the effect definitely plays with the mind.
Rankin originally received a masters in clay pottery technique, but said he switched to his current artistic interest a couple of years ago.