Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

4/20/09

Marco Island, Arts Community, Palms, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn



Palms
7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)
acrylic on Panel
$150 with FREE shipping and handling in the US
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It was a busy weekend on Marco, and the Left Bank Art Show was a nice success. The Left Bank Art Show is particularly fun because it's not juried. Beginners and professionals can show together without the special equipment and all the hoopla of a more formal outdoor show. I didn't participate, but took the family along to check it out. It was fun to see the work through the eyes of grandchildren and introduce my family to my artist friends.

As a I walked along viewing some wonderful art many of the artists greeted me with a joyful hug. It felt really good, and I slowly realized that I knew most of the artists. More importantly, I realized that they also knew each other!

Here on Marco we've had an Art League for 40 years. The current Outdoor painters have been meeting every Wednesday for sixteen years. The Foundation for the Arts supports the literary, visual and performing arts. There's a City Arts Advisory Committee. Artists meet and exchange ideas at Art Tabletalk, and most island artists participate in the Marco Chamber's Wet Paint Live.

But after Saturday's walk, I feel like it's all coming together and we finally have tilled the earth enough to plant the seeds of an encouraging and supportive arts community. It's still fragile and will need some careful nurturing. You may have had a part in creating it, and can now help it to grow. Thanks, folks!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

O JoAnn!
That was lovely...you put a tiny tear in me eye! So much promise to be held in those beliefs. I, too, could feel the turn of the tide this weekend and believe the community owes you no small debt of gratitude for all you've done to promote art and artists on our Island. - TARA O'NEILL

JoAnn Sanborn said...

Thanks, Tara. It was really nice to feel that sense of community. Everyone has worked hard to make it so! I'm so grateful for all of you!

Gail Zimmer said...

JoAnn - I must say I went home smiling after the Left Bank Show - After your workshop I now have a new feeling of confidence and am ready to "fly." - Thanks for your knowledge, and your support - I have met so many great new friends through the arts on Marco Island - I will be happily painting in Michigan this summer and ready for next season on Marco - gail

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