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Maggie DeMarco specialized in faux fi nishing and mural painting until seven years ago, when she took some oil painting classes at the Art League of Marco Island. She too displays two very different kinds of work in her gallery... her moody Everglades landscapes with strong saturated color provide an inter-esting contrast to her bright and cheerful acrylic painted fi sh plates.Thomas Gallagher is a watercolorist who fi rst took up a paintbrush twenty years ago to paint a Halloween pumpkin for his daughter, found he loved it and never looked back. He retired to Florida seven years ago and now devotes himself to painting local scenes ...oh yes and playing golf.Amanda Ganong's hand woven decadent beadwork and intricate artisan jewelry pieces can take anything from hours to weeks to create. Using a variety of beads from around the world, as well as shells found on Marco's beaches, her goal is to design exotic and unusual jewelry that makes women feel beautiful.Inez Hudson paints to show the world as she sees it - beautiful and good, never negative. Eclectic in her choice of subject matter (paintings displayed in her gallery include sandhill cranes, a cat stretching on a bed, a woman emerging from the sea and a geisha girl) she has tried all sorts of media but always returns to her fi rst love, oils.Hailing originally from Switzerland, Claire Keery is fascinated with Asian culture. A self-confessed magpie, she collects all sorts of bits and pieces, which she uses to create her collage assemblage. Her incredibly intricate works, which often include items such as used cof-fee fi lters and tea bags, as well as her exquisite hand made paper, tell a story and need close inspection to be really appreciated.Betty Newman says "it's all about the journey". She likes to paint large and allow the colors, texture and the different qualities of acrylics, oils and watercolors she uses to lead her on "a wild ride of abandonment, freedom and liberation". Many of her works are abstract but she also paints a lot of fi gures, animals and what she describes as "Whimsy". Tara O'Neill has always been drawn to the tiny wonders of this world and she has focussed her talent on revealing the extraordinary within the seemingly ordinary. She describes herself as an oil painter with a Florida feel... "the soul of Florida is deep within me: its shad-owed shifts of sand, seas and skies; the brilliant sub-tropical fl ora and fauna; the hard-scrabbled histories and intimate village views. These are very much my story". A founding member of the Artist Colony she feels it has been good for Marco Island and Marco Islanders have been very supportive and good to it.And we end, as we started, with Jo-Ann Sanborn. Jo-Ann paints the Everglades in acrylics. Working initially on a "block-out" in the fi eld she fi nishes her paintings in the studio so as to respond to the landscape as a whole and not to get bogged down in the intricacy of detail. She aims to inspire others to see the mystery and magic of this amazingly beautiful, yet threatened environment, through her eyes. The Artist Colony at the Esplanade is located at 740-760 N. Collier Blvd. The galleries are open 11am-7pm Wednes-day to Saturday, with art walks on the last Wednesday of the month 5-8pm. www.marcoislandartistcolony.com

Page 18 www.marcoreview.com Spring 2011 and I will interview you over the phone, in my offi ce, at your place, or the Starbucks is on me. I am an expert listener. No sales pitch, just facts. Marco sells itself and I will help you make the wisest decision. There is something for every-body in all price ranges and categories.Invest in LandIf you are looking for a place to put your money and watch it appreciate with the least amount of hassle - you should buy one of our vacant lots. Some of these homesites are priced below 1999 and 2000 prices! Our land on Marco is our last limited commodity. When the land is all gone - it's gone. There will never, ever be another Marco Island. I have always said I would love to be the person who owns the last vacant waterfront lot on Marco. Of our three types of property to buy, vacant land is the lowest maintenance. Your vacant land just needs to be cut or mowed, versus the higher upkeep and main-tenance of a home or condo. If the land is on a canal, the seawall needs to be maintained. If you can hold on to your dirt for 3-5-10 years your return will be astronomical! Your real estate CD. Dirty gold. Presently there are ap-proximately two dozen vacant parcels avail-able with owner fi nancing. Call me for details.The Magic of Marco IslandThe fl ipper days are over and behind us. All real estate is a long term investment. So why not plant that inheritance or that extra cash into some dirt on Marco Island and watch it grow! It will grow beyond your wildest dreams and you don't need to fertilize it with miracle grow. The miracle is Marco, just do it and watch it grow and appreciate. Your fam-ily, your heirs will remember and thank you every time they visit Camelot.Let my experience guide youIf you have the itch to buy something but have run out of time then get started by calling me so we can discuss your options. After the telephone interview you might want to consider a three day weekend re-visit trip to capitalize on these excellent opportunities that probably won't be here next year. We have successfully done contracts via e-mail since our advanced technology will allow the buyer to view every-thing from up north as if they were actually here. Then you make your purchase contingent upon your personal inspection, which you schedule when you fl y down to view your purchase.Feel free to call me on my direct line cell phone - 239-592-3000 or stop by our main offi ce at 207 N Collier Blvd, just one block north of the Residents' Beach and San Marco Road. We are at the corner of Saturn Court and Collier Blvd. The picture of our building is at the beginning of this article. Ask for Joe Charde, aka the Guru, you have nothing to lose. My 28 years experience is your best invest-ment. Marco sells itself. We will help you make the wisest decision. The best is yet to come.Joe ChardeMarch 25, 2011Realty Review Continued from page 14