‘Art After Dark’ at J.McLaughlin a very unusual idea, and a great success

March 27, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

BY T MICHELE WALKER – If you happened to be walking down Park Avenue in Boca Grande Thursday evening, March 18, you would have been magnetically drawn to the sounds of Otis Redding’s “Sitting at the Dock of the Bay” and the cool grooves of Sade. The location of the festivities was outside of J.McLaughlin’s. The event, “Art After Dark” featuring the multimedia art projections of artist Patricia Christakos.

The shiraz flowed and the laughter grew louder while the art aficionados of Boca Grande were in awe of the projections on the side of the J.McLaughlin building.  

Patricia Christakos

Presented in musical movement form with accompanying music, Christakos’ innovative work “The Story of Slips” was told in “four movements, in various measures of real and imagined time” and ran in three continuous loops for one hour.

Patricia Christakos greeted her guests as she seamlessly managed her project while she interacted with the crowd.

“Thank you to J.McLaughlin for their incredible support,” said Christakos, “Particularly to creative director and store founder Kevin McLaughlin and Boca Grande store manager Caroline Farrington. Caroline was a true collaborator and innovative partner. I am honored and grateful that ‘The Story of Slips’ is being seen at such a grand scale for my Boca Grande friends, old and new.”

Patricia Christakos is a visual artist and writer from Boca Grande and Cazenovia, New York. All proceeds went to benefit The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies serving Charlotte County with centers in Punta Gorda and Englewood.