Palm in the Sun, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn,
acrylic on canvas, 7"x5"
The Art Center of Marco Island held a lovely reception last Tuesday evening for the Over 80 Exhibition. Long-time member artists over the age of 80 were invited to show their work, and fourteen artists responded with quality work of paintings, pottery, and sculpture. Many of the 80's group attended the reception, as did much of the Marco Island arts community. Great turn-out and enthusiasm for a summer show.
The work represented a wide range of styles, mediums and subjects. Many of the artists had been classically trained, and some of the pieces are just breathtaking. Among other delights, Shirley Piercy's (84) glowing watercolors in jewel tones lit up the room, and the wide variety of mediums used by Rena Tippett (92) showed her broad talent. Marilyn Wirth's (83) fanciful impressionist pieces were pure joy. Gerry Brunjulson (93), Bill Mosley (84,) Marie Senechal, (84) and Edythe Newbourne (82) are long time favorites of mine.
These people are a generation of artists on Marco Island, our forefathers in the arts. I learned something from each of them along the way, as no doubtnother artists did over the last 20 years. I value their sharing. The show is a not-to-miss island event. It will hang till the end of the month, with the gallery open from 10-4 daily. Don't miss it.