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


Marco Art League, Beautiful Morning daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Beautiful Morning
5x7 acrylic on canvas
$125, framed

We've had a number of rainy mornings lately. Today is just a beautiful morning with bright blue skies and puffy white clouds. I'm really enjoying it, although off in the Glades I can see the beginning of some building clouds. It's just what we expect this time of year.

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is getting ready to celebrate their fortieth birthday this fall. The land was granted for an artist organization by the Deltona Corporation when modern Marco Island was designed back in the late 60's, the Art League of Marco Island was founded, and the building has grown from a small gallery into a lovely arts facility.

Most everyone on the island has benefited from having an arts organization on the island. They've given classes to adults and children and introduced the community to a wide variety of artists and exhibitions. They support the artists who live on the island and provide a forum for those who visit. They're also responsible for two great outdoor art shows each year.

Now, along with other arts organizations around the country, they're in big trouble. Big financial trouble, mostly due to this desperately difficult economy. The arts are immensely important to us as humans for many reasons, and it's vital for a community with any soul to support the arts.

Everyone can't do a lot, but if everyone does a little we can keep this valuable and contributing arts organization alive. I'm sending a check today. If you care at all about the arts, I hope that you'll do the same. Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing about the difficult times the Art League is experiencing. Although we are certainly not alone, sometimes it feels like it. Your encouragement means a lot to us.


Thank you,


Keith Klipstein
President, Board of Directors
Art League of Marco Island, Inc.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Thanks, Keith. I wish you and the board well with the difficult decisions ahead.

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