Beach Art Association to hold its annual show at Santini Marina Plaza
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL
You always seem to be able to find the Fort Myers Beach Art Association’s artists around the island keeping the arts alive. They promote education in the cultural aspects of life as well as the study, practice and appreciation of art. They hold art exhibitions and programs which are open to the public. They encourage art instruction of children and junior artists.
And they just plain paint or draw outside, well, most everywhere.
On Sunday, you’ll find them selling some of their work during the organization’s annual Art Bazaar.
“Since 2010 Art Bazaar has been an annual event,” said event co-chair Janine Lakatos. “Before then it was called the ‘Clothesline Sale’ and shoppers have been looking forward to finding that perfect piece for their home here or to take back home with them. This event is different from the shows at our gallery. There will be other original items for sale – floor cloths, jewelry, cards, etc. along with oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors. All work is an original, no prints or copies.”
As part of the group’s commitment to art education for youth, the artists have decided that 20 percent of their sales from the event will benefit FMBAA’s Student Scholarship Program.
The Art Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25. This year it will be at iconic Santini Marina Plaza at 7205 Estero Blvd.
“Instead of holding our sale at our Art Gallery, we have been invited to display our work outdoors but under cover at Santini Plaza,” Lakatos said. “My co-chair JoAnn Lapadula and I really had a great time planning our event in the new location.”
What will you find on your Sunday adventure to the Art Bazaar?
“You will find some original art at amazing prices,” Lakatos said. “There will be something for everyone. This is an event you do not want to miss.”
The Art Bazaar has become a great way to meet and greet talented island artists.
“We’ve met a lot of people (at the bazaar who) were surprised at the quality and variety of art pieces available,” Lakatos said. “Our sizes range from fitting in suitcases or carry-ons to large-scale pieces. Our theme is ‘Original Art at Amazing Prices.'”
Of course the Art Bazaar isn’t the only creative happening for FMBAA.
FMBAA’s Spring Art Show “Anything Goes” opens March 24 and runs through April 5. It will be held at the FMBAA Gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd., on corner of the Donora Street and Shell Mound Boulevard, 1 mile south of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. The must-see show will include drawings, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pastel, collage, diptychs, hand-pulled prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, batik, photography, sculpture and many more interesting pieces of art.
All artwork in this exhibit will be available for viewing and sale.
Showing in Studio 2 is the Fred and Meg Bushnell Show, which will be open to the public from March 24 to April 5. Come to the association’s gallery to witness Fred’s unique style and his use of bold, rich colors and Meg’s clay sculptures, some transformed into bronze. This is a show that needs to be viewed in person to be fully appreciated. The FMBAA gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.