Don’t Forget! The Deadline for Naples Art Association’s first festival is Wednesday, Sept. 5

Visitors look through art work at Fall Festival 2011

The Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Get your application in today to be a part of this Thanksgiving weekend festival that draws an art-loving crowd!

With five major festivals ahead for the 2012-2013, the Naples Art Association is excited to get the ball rolling! The first deadline for applications is for the 9th Annual Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival, November 24-25.

Festivals hosted by the NAA provide the primary funding source for the education and related programs at The von Liebig Art Center. The mission of NAA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is to promote and advance education, interest and participation in the contemporary visual arts. This year, jury fees for its festivals have been reduced to $25 per entry. “We took a close look at our costs, and realized we could make small adjustments that would allow us to reduce our jury fees,” said Festivals Director Marianne Megela. “We are looking out for artists, and we want to pass on savings to them whenever we can.”

The NAA has been hosting outdoor art fairs for 55 years that attract art-savvy collectors and attendees looking to buy. Naples is well known for its community of artists and collectors and was named “The #1 Small Art Town in America” by author John Villani in his book The 100 Best Art Towns in America. Most recently, Smithsonian Magazine also recognized Naples for its support of the arts; the Naples Art Association was highlighted as one of the main attractions for the area. They invite artists to apply for entry to five distinct festival opportunities.  NAA festivals feature organized set up and tear down, reserved parking, booth sitters and more helpful amenities.

  • 9th Annual Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival, November 24-25, 2012
    • Deadline to Apply: September 5, 2012
    • All applications should be made through Juried Art Services
    • A Thanksgiving weekend festival in Downtown Naples featuring about 100 artists, this growing festival currently draws more than 4,000 local attendees and out-of-town guests. Fine art collectors are in abundance in addition to attendees who are looking to complete their holiday shopping lists.

The Naples Art Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1954 by local artists. Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association welcomes patrons and visitors to learn, discover and create. It hosts exhibitions on a variety of genres, featuring local, national and international artists, and they offer a wide range of classes and workshops for adults and children of all skill levels. Fundraisers such as festivals and special events provide additional opportunities to get involved and support visual art.

Today, the organization includes more than 1,000 members and operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. The art center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org, like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/vonliebigartcenter or follow Twitter at http://twitter.com/vonliebigart.

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