The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA)

Promoting the visual, literary and performing arts in public places in Marco Island

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Calendar of Events 


Left Bank ArtFest

schedule & registration form

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If you want to be part of the popular Left Bank ArtFest this season, be sure to sign up now. This art and craft outdoor art show, held at the beautiful Esplanade at 740 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL, brings outstanding artists and craftsmen to Marco Island one Sunday each month starting in October and continuing until April. Visitors and residents of Marco Island love this art show and look forward to it each season. Kudos go to Priscilla MacDonald and her son, Tyler MacDonald, who have arranged for nine exciting shows. Watch this site for the new artist application form, coming soon!

Membership Renewals are Due October 1st!

Please download this membership form and send it with your check to:


PO Box 1091

Marco Island FL 34145

MIFA Membership Form

Brushes and Paint

Art Show and Sale

If you are a budding artist or a pro, the Brushes & Paint Outdoor Art Shows are great venues to show and sell you artwork. There will be three art shows this 2017 season.

Saturday, January 21

Saturday, February 25

Saturday March 4th

For more information and registration click this link:

Brushes & Paint Art Shows

MIFA Artists

Artists: If you are an artist and member of MIFA and would like a link to your website on this page, please email:

Carolyn Burger

R. Clark Lindberg

Betty Newman

Malenda Trick

Karen Swanker 

Tara O'Neill


Treasurer - Sandi Johnson

President - R. Clark Lindberg

Vice-President - Karen Swanker

Secretary - Allie Ellis

JRobert Houghtaling
"2016 Artist of the Year"

Pictured with son Martin and wife Deborah

Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts recognizes a local artist as 'Artist of the Year.' JRobert Houghtaling was named "2016 Artist of the Year" and was recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon on Saturday, May 21, at the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island.

JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He often volunteers to play during special events on Marco Island and Naples. JRobert has been providing over 15 years of singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and steel drum. Most recently he played for Marco Island's 50th Anniversary Gala, Goodland Arts Alliance's Annual Harbor Arts and Music Festival and the CulturalCarnivale sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Marco Island and Goodland.

JRobert writes his own original music and lyrics, usually about Florida, Marco Island and the islands. His music reflects musical insights into the Florida way of life. And his enthusiasm tells you that he loves to perform.

Scholarships were awarded to seven local students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. JRobert (accompanied by his son on bass) performed a song about the mangroves titled "Walking Trees". Lunch was provided by Stonewalls Restaurant.

2016 Scholarship Winners and Honorees

From Left: Ted Schmick, Juliana Piscolli, Anastasia Baran, Ashley Johnson, Tyler MacDonald, Emily Orgass.

Kneeling: 2016 Artist of the Year ~ JRobert Houghtaling with county commissioner Donna Fiala.    Not pictured Joseph Byrnes.

To find about about applying for a scholarship from MIFA,                       click here for information. 



The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Incorporated in 2003, MIFA is a growing organization with nearly 100 members, a volunteer board of directors and an honorary committee of advisors.

Our mission is to support the visual, literary and performing arts in public places in Marco Island. We believe that the arts are a catalyst in bringing people together, and help to create a sense of community.

Through public arts events we hope to engage people, to stir their imaginations, and inspire dialogue about the meaning of art.

The arts help us shape our community, celebrate history, and encourage pride of place.

Join Us

We invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas from members and volunteers. We meet every third Tuesday from 4:30-6pm in Iberia Bank's community room.

 Contact us here

We work together to make our promote the arts, and to reach out to other groups who share our vision. Whether you’re ready to lend a hand at one of our activities or have photos or articles to share about a recent event, here’s the place to do it.

We also held our annual meeting on May 17th and had a new local individuals join our board of directors. We are excited to welcome Louise Peloquin as new board members and look forward to working with her. Incoming board officers for 2016 include R.Clark Lindberg, President, Karen Swanker, Vice-President, Allie Ellis, Secretary, Sandi Johnson, Treasurer, with supporting board members: Claire Keery, Jim Johnson, Lindy Kowalczyk, Priscilla MacDonald, Florie Enders, Joy Lynn, Ginny Lovett, Clara Avial Albers.  With a total of thirteen board directors, we will continue to bring the literary, visual and performing arts to the Marco Island community through a variety of events.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, click on the link above for a membership brochure, or call Carolyn Burger at 239-389-0280.  We need volunteers so that we can continue to bring outstanding literary, visual and performing arts events to Marco Island.  You don’t need to be an artist to join.  We are looking for individuals who love the arts and want to see that these types of events continue on our beautiful island.

PO Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 | 239-389-0280