Master’s Art and Wine Festival this weekend, Island Art Days next weekend

Marcus Thomas

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Two traditional art shows are on the horizon in the near future, including the Boca Grande Master’s Art and Wine Festival and Island Art Days.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26 the wine will flow and the art will be prolific at the Master’s Art and Wine Festival. The event is held at Boca Grande Resort on the north end of the island, and will be open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. each day.
Approximately 40 nationally-known fine artists skilled in photography, jewelry, sculpture, glass, clay and painting will be displaying their work.
The featured artist for this event is award-winning painter Kelly Tracht. She was recently described in the media as “taking over the Florida art scene” as she has become a highly sought after and collectible international artist.
Originally trained as an architect at the University of Florida, Tracht graduated with honors and won a merit based scholarship to earn her Masters of Architecture at Miami University Ohio. As a successful artist and businesswoman whose pieces brighten homes throughout Florida and beyond, Tracht shares her soul-searching journey to becoming an artist.

It took Tracht a few years to find her signature style, a style she calls “painterly modernism.” Painterly, she says, describes the brush strokes in her pieces that allow one to experience the paint in a spontaneous way. Modernism describes the innocence in her work – an homage to her influences: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Come meet Kelly and many other talented artists at The Boca Grande Resort on Saturday and Sunday. For more information call (239) 293-9448 or at boulderbrook.net.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, come to downtown Boca Grande in the parking lot next to Gasparilla Outfitters and Special Effects and meet the 17 artists who are scheduled to display their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marcus Thomas is the featured artist of the show. Splitting the year between North Carolina and Florida, Marcus and his wife Anne travel the southeast United States exhibiting at juried art shows.
“We are so fortunate to have him joining us this year,” said Julie Salvetti, the coordinator of Island Art Days. “He has original oil paintings, limited prints, and he has even published a beautiful book on his life and his works. His work is soothing and moving. I find him to be one of the most talented painters I have had the privilege of meeting, and I’m honored to call him a friend. Our theme this year is ‘Meet the Artists’ and I cannot think of a more interesting man who lives an exceptional life than Marcus Thomas.”   
You can read more about Marcus in next week’s Boca Beacon.
Salvetti said they are also pleased to have Geoff Coe joining them this year. Geoff is a wildlife photographer from Fort Myers with an extensive collection of wild images of the state of Florida.
MariRyan Heschmeyer will be exhibiting at Island Art Days as well.
“MariRyan is a local acupuncture physician with an energetic creative flare,” Salvetti said. “She will be sharing with us her love of the water with her artistically designed surfboards! Surf art comes to Island Art Days!”
Other artists in the Island Art Days line-up incude:
Julie Salvetti, rare cultured pearl jewelry
Linda Welch, antique button jewelry
Meredith Balasco, custom jewlery design
Heather Kendall, interior design shell accessories
Melissa Landon, island-style paintings
Teri Causey, mixed media and contemporary abstract artist
Dana Krzwina, 3D paintings
Lisa Whitener, abstract painter (and past featured artist)
Ann Marie Solomon, a watercolorist with a beachscape flare
Carroll Swayze, original artwork which includes coloring books
Deb Marucci, sculptures and 3D designs
Alicia E. Renner, underwater photographer
Linda Tilson, silk painter and clothing designer
Erin Kaleel, luxury leather handbags
“Our boutique setting and comfortable arrangement allows both patron and artist the time to share our stories and passions,” Salvetti said. “Come to Island Art Days and meet the artists!”