Wet Feet, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 7"x5"
One of the very first things I did when I came to Marco Island twenty years ago was to join the Marco Island Center for the Arts, then the Art League. I made my first friends there, painted en plein air for the first time, and had my first one person show there. It's been on the island nearly forty years, and has become dear to my heart.
The Art Center, like many arts organizations, has had some rough going with the economic downturn, competition from other arts organizations, and loss of membership for various reasons. Art Center director Lynn Holley is leaving the island, but has been able to get the Center off the economic rocky bottom and poised for a positive future.
Lynn has been been an inspiration about what we can become by encompassing other arts, bringing in music through the Bach Society. She's opened it up to the broader community by partnering with the Renaissance Academy and Marco Writers and the Chamber of Commerce.
Membership is up, the terrific staff is doing a great job, and the Board of Directors has grown and is finding it's footing. But there's still a lot to be done to make the Art Center fully successful again.
We're a small island, with lots of heart, and the support of both visitors and residents can make a difference. Marco Island Center for the Arts needs your support. Support can take many forms. Take a class, attend an opening (Second Tuesday, tomorrow night at 5:30) donate money, visit the gift shop, or volunteer a few hours a week or a month. Your help will be welcome and you'll have some fun, too!