Downtown Naples art show tradition adds new element of fun: Naples Art Association’s Art in the Park features artists, demonstrations and children’s art projects
On the first Saturdays of each month from November through April, The Naples Art Association features Art in the Park with original handmade artwork by member artists – about 50 artists will be there on Saturday, Nov. 3, to kick off this season’s “First Saturday” fun with at least 6 new artists joining the event for the first time. This festival, now in its 56th year, is thought to be Naples’ oldest outdoor art fair. Art in the Park is a free event, with artists set up on Park Street, alongside The von Liebig Art Center, just one block from Fifth Avenue South. The art center and the art show are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Outside, two member artists will be giving demonstrations alongside exhibiting artists. Teri Clemente has been both a professional artist and teacher for over 20 years. Teri views both teaching and painting as a joy she shares with others.The majority of her artwork consists of watercolor paintings, concentrating on the nature of beauty. Ken Andexler started creating abstract art with printers ink on paper about 12 years ago. In his art, he most appreciates the way the colors blend the inks overlay each other and form new colors.
Inside the art center a new art program featuring make-and-take art projects for children of all ages. The project will be changed each month and is free for families. Instructor Kim Walbert helps young artists create an easy-to-learn project. Everyone can get in touch with their creative side. This month’s project is gelatin monoprinting: it is just a little bit messy, and it’s easy to do! The instructor will help participants learn the process, working with printing ink, rice paper and newsprint.
Attendees will also enjoy browsing the exhibitions on view indoors. Currently, the Naples Art Association Faculty Biennial 2012 and Members’ Gallery Small Works show are featured. Nearly 100 artists are represented – including 31 artists who are teaching various art classes and workshops through the NAA this season.
All activities during the First Saturdays festivities at The von Liebig Art Center are free of charge. There are activities for children of all ages throughout the entire 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. window, with the make-and-take art project held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples (incomplete sentence). To learn more, 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.