Governor DeSantis implemented a stay-at-home order back in March in an effort to curb COVID-19 exposure. That shut down gyms, beauty salons/barber shops, churches, in-house dining at restaurants, and all other “non-essential” businesses. Just last week, he reopened many of these businesses in the first of his multi-phase reopening plan. Unfortunately, the Marco Island Center for the Arts remains closed. However, they site “problems in the building” as the reason for not opening at this time. Luckily, they offer Marco Island virtual art tours for the art-lover that can’t wait to step inside again.

Marco Island Virtual Art Tours

The center created its own YouTube channel five years ago. For a while, content was sparse. In the last couple of months, though, they have uploaded seven different videos for viewers to enjoy. These include Kevin Boldenow’s Vanishing Florida exhibit, Myriam Kriel’s digital artwork, a talk with artist Emily James, and the 50 Years of Fashion exhibit.

Earlier this month, the Marco Island Center for the Arts hosted an art competition for students at Collier County High. The center accepted submissions via social media. Winners were chosen by patrons of the center as well as how many “likes” each submission received. You can view the submissions on the center’s YouTube channel.

Kat Rinaldo, Editor, talks about Marco Made by Hands. This beautiful coffee table art book showcases 50 years of art as well as the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ history. The book is currently available for purchase through the center’s gift shop online.

Membership Has Its Privileges

As a member of the Marco Island Art Center, not only do you support the local art scene, but you receive some fun perks along the way. Members receive discounts for things like viewing juried exhibitions, studio time, gift shop purchases, classes and workshops, and concerts. They also gain entry into exclusive Members Only exhibitions held throughout the year. And each month, the center hosts a gallery reception for members. Each member may bring one guest with them. If you’re interested in becoming a member, visit the Marco Island Art Center’s membership page.