In the Olde Historic District of Marco Island, just off Bald Eagle and Royal Palm Drive, is the Betty Newman Art Gallery. Above the Boardroom and near Leebee Fish, Betty hosts multiple artists within her quaint, colorful studios throughout the week. The first Monday of each month, through March, these 12 local artists offer a warm, hospitable open house to display and sell their creations. Whether coastal contemporary art, abstract art, jewelry, photography, prints, clothing, cards or ceramics, there is something for everyone!
Judy Chinski, one of the artists I met, is originally from Chicago, IL. Her sea turtles and burrowing owls (side picture) are beautiful. She is a natural teacher and is offering a watercolor class at the Marco Island Center for the Arts beginning January, 2024. More info below regarding this class.
As a native Floridian from Homestead, Florida, Marco Island was always our "up north" cottage getaway. We spent many weekends fishing off the dock at Marco Inn Villas (adjacent to the art gallery), swimming at Tigertail Beach, or appreciating the entertainment at The Snook Inn. Ron and I were even married on the island 25 years ago. Ironically, during the past 25 years when our family would visit, I would often go to the local YMCA to take a fitness class. Two of my favorite teachers, yogi Betty Newman and strength/cardio coach Deborah Passero, are actually also incredible artists! Deborah's Christmas ornaments are pictured above. We also purchased a set of petite, sand-dollar ear-rings she designed. You can learn more about Deborah at her facebook business page, Island Inspired.www.facebook.com/islandinspiredUS It was a funny coincidence to see these women I admired from the fitness world now sharing their love of art! It reminded me of the importance of cultivating hobbies and skills at every age. Although these women no longer teach fitness, they are clearly in their element and maximizing their interests through beautiful artwork and design.
So many of my Midwest friends venture south during "the season," that sharing about this idyllic monthly art show seemed natural. Enjoy the wine and appetizers as you explore the gallery and meet the talented artists. It makes for a sociable evening and supports small business owners and local artists.
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Artist Sandy Esham was one featured artist and demonstrated a variety of work highlighting composition and color. One of my husband's personal favorites was the colorful painting she did of Hole 6 at a nearby golf course! Many of her designs are commissioned by private individuals or businesses. We purchased pelican stationery cards from Sandy.
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My pictures and videos do not do justice to the work and studio. You really need to visit, mingle, and enjoy the show in person!