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Art Haus MARVIN to help support SCCF's work

January 9, 2019
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A three-day multifaceted art event aims to raise awareness and funds for water quality work.

Hosted by curator Rio Gralnick, Art Haus MARVIN will take place on Jan. 11-13 at a residential compound owned by his father, Marvin Gralnick, at 10731 Bromley Lane, Fort Myers. Designed to be a celebration of life, love and more, the activities will include live music, comedy, film and fashion.

A portion of the ticket sales and proceeds from live auctions, set for Friday and Saturday, will benefit the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Lab's work on red tide and blue-green algae.

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Gralnick, owner of a healing center in Boulder, Colorado, explained that he grew up on Sanibel.

"The beach was a big part of our lives growing up in the late '80s and early '90s," he said.

"I was always active in the ocean and it was always a part of my life," Gralnick added.

Following the summer's severe red tide and algae issues, he felt inclined to do something to help.

"I wanted to merge something I do that could heal the environment," Gralnick said.

He determined the best idea would be to bridge what he practices with his artwork and that of others.

"The intention is to create awareness of the environment and clean up the red ride and blue-green algae issues with the support of the community, and bring healing to the area through the art community," Gralnick said, explaining that the environment and art are intertwined. "It's a very symbiotic thing."

On Jan. 11, Art Haus MARVIN will kick off with Friday Night Live from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening will feature Norma Miller's legendary standup comedy, creations by Urban Primalist, debut of the film "Troubled Paradise" by DreamTime Entertainment in addition to a retrospective of Marvin Gralnick's work, live music by Xerphine Musica and Kat Epple, and appetizers and drinks.

"Friday night is going to be like an opening ceremony with a lot of personalities from the community," he said.

On Jan. 12, the Saturday Art Walk will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. with a guided tour of the artwork at the compound and its grounds, with the opportunity to explore the on-site wetland nature preserve.

The Saturday Cacao Ceremony is up next from 5 to 6 p.m. with an authentic cacao ceremony with Guatemalan cacao, followed by the Saturday Night Runway from 6 to 9 p.m. The runway fashion show will feature styles from Mariapia Malerba, who has designed with Dolce & Gabbana and Versace.

Xerephine will deejay the night, with a special guest appearance, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

"Saturday will be a spectacle of live music, runway fashion show and live art exhibit," Gralnick said.

He noted that the auctions on Friday and Saturday will feature different donated items.

Most of what will be up for bid is work by artists such as John Biffar, Beth Carter Bell, Tiite Baquero, Terry Tincher, Mariapia Malerba, Avia Kalfa and Gralnick, as well as Myra Roberts. A well-known painter on the islands, Roberts donated her latest piece about the water crisis, which is titled "Algae."

"There will be other artists donating work," he said.

Other auction items include jewelry and healing retreat weekends in Colorado and Guatemala.

On Jan. 13, Art Haus MARVIN will wrap up with a qigong class from 1 to 3 p.m., along with a healing session, followed by an awareness panel from 3 to 5 p.m. to discuss water quality, art and new culture.

"Sunday is going to be more of a winding down day, an introspective day," Gralnick said.

Daily tickets range from $30 to $50, with a VIP All Weekend Access ticket for $111.

"Everything's included in the ticket price," he said of food and drinks.

The community is encouraged to pick up tickets.

"I think we can all agree that water is the essential element that binds us all," Gralnick said. "Please support our efforts with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation."

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