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


One for All, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 5"x7"

Have you seen the exhibition at the Marco Island Center for the Arts this month?  The opening of the new gallery show last Tuesday drew a great crowd.  

With a theme of music and art, the main gallery was hung with artwork of local  artists, enhanced by old player piano rolls.  The piano rolls seemed to evoke memories of songs and stories of the past as people talked about a time when music was a more participatory event in many homes. 

In addition to the main gallery, it was a surprise and delight to turn into the Rush gallery and see the work of nationally know artist Rita Blitt.  Her abstract organic forms, inspired by the music of American composer Lancing McKlosky were refreshing after the rich  darks of much of the music exhibit.  In addition, the film about Rita in La Petite Gallerie added depth to the program. 

It was especially rewarding that the opening drew composer Lancing McKlosky himself, who came over from Miami in support of Rita's showing, and Glenn Basham, concertmaster at the Naples Philharmonic.

The Marco Art League is slowly but surely transforming into a true Center for the Arts on Marco.  if you missed it and would like to see photos, here's a link.  And if you're on the island, you can go in and see the show in person.

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