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


Flame Awards, Diversity, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Diversity, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x18"

If you are on Marco Island, don't miss the Highwaymen Exhibit, Against All Odds,  at the Marco Island Historical Society.  It's a fabulous exhibit, and tells the story of a group of black artists who sold their paintings along the highways of Florida to make a living in the mid-nineteenth century.  

We are so fortunate to have this kind of exhibition here on the island.  Get there before the end of February. 

Other places you can see a variety/divsersity of visual arts on the island is the Art Center of Marco Island.  Their galley selections have been terrific since the arrival of new director Lynn Holley.  The Marco Foundation for the Arts (check for hours) has a small, local gallery, and the Artist Colony at the Esplanade hosts the work of twelve visual artists. 

There are two terrific clay artists at the Farmer's Market and they are slowly being joined by others.  We also have two theater groups and an ongoing selection of live music to choose from. 

With all this going on, you surely know someone who might qualify for the City of Marco Island's Flame Award.  Since arts and culture are such a valuable part of our society, these awards are given by the city for people who are presenting and promoting arts on the island.  The form has been simplified, and you can learn more and get a nomination form here.  

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