Palms by the Water, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7"x5"
Things are finally calming down after a few very unsettling weeks. I'm delighted to know that I will be in the studio/gallery at the Esplanade for another three years. I just couldn't image having to start all over elsewhere! So now there's time to focus on other things.
The new director of the Marco Center for the Arts has hit the ground running, and the center is now experiencing a renaissance. There are a number of new activities for both artists and art lovers. The upcoming Miami trip on May 31 should appeal to both groups, and will be a blast! Guests will visit the new and special Perez Art Museum, (called PAMM by those in the know) and the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. A nice day trip by luxury motor coach including lunch. Space is filling up, so check it out and make your reservations now. If you are a member of the Marco Center, you will get a discount until April 30, so don't delay! Nice to have something happening in "off season."
If you can't make the trip, check out their redesigned website. There are some wonderful choices for summer classes, including classes for children, in conjunction with Marco Parks and Rec. department. You can sign up to get their emails so you'll know what's going on if you are interested in the arts on the island. There are also new member opportunities, so if you are an artist who hasn't been a member for a while you may want to re-join.
There's also a new arts alliance in the works called the Marco Island and Goodland Alliance for the Arts. The organization of Marco's cultural groups, will including the Center for the Arts, MIHS the Goodland Alliance, MIFA, and the Marco Players and the Island Players. Terrific to see them working together for the benefit of the arts!