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Zonta’s online auction features iconic artists

By ZONTA CLUB - | Mar 3, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED “Jump for Joy,” a giclee from the estate of Ikki Matsumoto.

During the last half of the 20th Century, Sanibel’s reputation as an artist colony grew. Artists such as Ikki Matsumoto, Katie Gardenia and Charles McCullough became household names, inspired by the island’s ambience to develop their talent and build a community. Other artists followed, drawn to the qualities and Sanibel’s beauty.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is offering a chance to own a piece of art from these and other prominent artists in its “Peek at the Unique Repurposed” online auction, which replaces its traditional tour of island homes for just this year.

It recently received a late contribution by the Bokeelia Art Gallery: a limited-edition giclee of a painting by Darryl Pottorf, titled “Times of the Islands,” commissioned by the magazine for its 15th anniversary edition in January-February 2011. It features the style Pottorf perfected during years as a protégé of the late Robert Rauschenberg. No. 7 of 25, it is signed, stamped and dated by the artist. The gallery earlier donated “Dark Sacred Night,” an original acrylic on canvas by the late Jean Dean.

Sissi Janku, whose home was featured at the 2019 “Peek,” has contributed a framed, limited-edition lithograph titled “Remember the Islands.” Many Tower Gallery artists have also donated pieces. They include: JoAnne Bedient, Charlie Brown, Michael Danley, Sally Dutko, Ludmilla Evans, Shah Hadjebi, Sheila Hoen, Sarah Kiser, Megan Kissinger, Charles McCullough, Kelly Morrison, Carole Nastars, Susan Sadler and Buck Ward.

“The Tower Gallery is a successful artist cooperative, the longest-running gallery in Lee County with 25 artist members,” gallery member and Zontian Marianne Ravenna said. “We are so pleased to be able to help Zonta’s cause in this way and we naturally hope for enthusiastic public support.”

PHOTO PROVIDED “Times of the Islands” from a limited-edition print run by Darryl Pottorf.

The auction is open and will run through March 10. For the full catalog, visit ZontaSanCap.org.

Also part of this year’s “Peek,” antiques expert H. Peter Curran and Carlos Fernandez with Congress Jewelers will provide appraisals on March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates on Sanibel. For a $100 donation, people can receive a 15-minute session for up to three items.

To make a reservation for an appraisal, visit https://zontasancap.org/fundraising.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be awarded in grants to non-profits in Lee County, including Sanibel, whose mission of empowerment mirrors Zonta’s own — to empower women and girls.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Dark Sacred Night,” an original acrylic on canvas by the late Jean Dean.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Remember the Islands” by Sissi Janku.

PHOTO PROVIDED Hand-painted maple bowl by Marianne Ravenna.