Naples Art Association gala “Bleu Moon on the Seine” to support future of art in Naples

blue-moon-on-the-seine-LOGOThe nonprofit Naples Art Association presents an inaugural fundraising gala related to its long-standing outdoor festival, Naples National Art Festival. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 6 p.m. at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.

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Wear your favorite artist-created jewelry!

The gala features a French theme, Bleu Moon on the Seine, with French cuisine, beverages, a live art auction and entertainment. For the occasion, guests are encouraged to wear their favorite one-of-a-kind, artist-crafted jewelry.

Live Art Auction

Beautiful fine art will be auctioned live at the gala, thanks to the generosity of previous years’ Naples National Art Festival award-winning artists, including Scott Amrhein, Albert Benedict, John Costin, John Herbon, Gillian Kemper, James Nemnich, Steven Potts, Lin Seslar, Jon Smith, Mark Sudduth, Michael Wommack and Judith Wood. Special thanks also to those who have helped underwrite this event: artnet.com; BB&T; Wollman, Gehrke & Solomon; Naples Estate Properties; Judy and John Hushon; and Robert and Carole Leher.

If you go:  

WHERE: Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive, Naples, FL 34102

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6 p.m.

PARKING: Valet Parking

DRESS: Cocktail Attire; wear your favorite one-of-a-kind, artist-created jewelry!

COST: $150 per person

Please RSVP by Feb. 12, 2013 (call 239-262-6517, ext 100 or visit the art center)

Celebration of Art Continues with Naples National Art Festival

The 34th Annual Naples National Art Festival, held the weekend following the gala on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is consistently voted among the top 10 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The local community continues to count the Naples National among its premiere, must-see events. It showcases the talents of more than 260 artists from around the country and awards $5,000 in cash to top artists. The festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South and draws crowds in excess of 22,000.

Call for Artists

The Naples Art Association Bleu Moon on the Seine Gala committee invites you to be a fun part of the upcoming event. During cocktail hour, from 5 to 6 p.m., you can help set the artistic Parisian mood. Only five (5) spots available. Here are the details:

Live Painting by Naples Art Association Artists

  • Bleu Moon on the Seine Gala Cocktail Hour
  • Set up at Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, 896 River Point Drive, Naples, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 5 p.m.
  • Bring art materials along with a work in progress (or start on something new from scratch!)
  • Artists who participate will each receive a one-year individual membership to the Naples Art Association and be recognized in the program and in online and editorial promotions. Artists may also hand out business cards and promotional materials.
  • Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 12, by calling 239-262-6517, ext. 109.

The Naples Art Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. 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 is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org.

Naples Art Association features art by three generations of Gruppe plein air painters

It’s not every day that you get to view artwork that captured presidential attention, but that’s just what you’ll get when you visit the Naples Art Association’s newest curated exhibition, Following Footsteps: Three Generations of Gruppe Plein Air Painters.

Boating Party with FDR

Aboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s yacht the crew of the Gloucester fishing schooner, Gertrude L. Thebuad presented the president with Emile Gruppe’s painting of their schooner as a welcome gift. In this photo, taken June 1933, Artist Emile Gruppé is in the front row and is the fourth person to the left of the president.

Emile Gruppe - photo - screen resolution

Emile Gruppe in his studio, painting. Works by him, his father, Charles, and his son, Robert, will be on view in Naples at The von Liebig Art Center through April 13, 2013.

On View Feb. 9 – Apr.13, 2013
An exhibition of plein air oil paintings by Charles, Emile and Robert Gruppé. Observe their careful brushwork, and through their skill, appreciate the beauty of Naples and New England landscapes–captured moments in time since the 1930s. This exhibition includes the first public display of more than 20 works! You can preview a sampling of what’s in store at this link.
Also opening on Feb. 8, 2013:

Naples Art Association Adult Student Exhibit – on view through March 16, 2013.

Members’ Gallery “Scene in Naples” – on view through March 16, 2013

Attend a special preview reception where Artist Robert Gruppe will be in attendance, along with many other exhibiting artists, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., downtown Naples. Members are welcome at no charge, as preview receptions are a benefit of membership. Non members are also welcome for $10 per person.

Special thanks go to the Naples Daily News and WAVV 101.1 FM for their sponsorship support.

The von Liebig Art Center is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 585 Park St. Naples, Florida. For questions, please call 239-262-6517 or visit NaplesArt.org. The von Liebig Art Center is operated by the Naples Art Association, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization 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 is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys.

Naples Art Association leads landmark public art project

In a new community collaboration, the Naples Art Association teams up with the City of Naples and area schools to provide a meaningful art experience through creation of a landmark public art project. 

The mosaic mural will be on the left panel, shown here in the center, right near the entrance to the River Park Pool facility.

The mosaic mural will be on the left panel, shown here in the center, right near the entrance to the River Park Pool facility.

The Sample Foundation developed the Port Royal area and donated the River Park Pool in 1959. It was always the premise of the Sample Foundation that the area be a special place for children and residents of River Park, and a new public art project will creatively honor their intention. 

The Naples Art Association (NAA) is guiding a collaborative art education initiative among the City of Naples, school-aged students, artists and community stewards by producing a lasting display benefiting children and residents of River Park.

Through the “River Park Pool Art for Kidz by Kidz Program” a ceramic tile mosaic mural will be conceived, developed and installed at the facility. Participating schools include Seagate Elementary, Fun Time Academy, Lake Park Elementary, Gulfview Middle, St. Ann’s, and Naples High School.

NAA Executive Director Aimee Schlehr says the River Park Pool Art for Kidz by Kidz Program will provide an authentic hands-on art experience for children. “The Naples Art Association and fellow project collaborators believe in celebrating the artist in every child,” said Schlehr. “This pursuit is meant to impact everyone, promoting access to the arts for all, regardless of their ability or socioeconomic status. We believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available to help offset the cost of the project.  Please contact the Naples Art Association for details.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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 is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. The NAA operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. 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.

Naples Art Association seeks performing artists for festival entertainment

Naples National Art Festival - photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey - Calendar Girls-edited

Calendar Girls performed in 2012 on the bandshell stage during the Naples National Art Festival. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey –

Do you play a musical instrument, sing or dance? Youth performance organizations, musicians, volunteer community groups, emerging singers and songwriters are invited to apply for stage recognition at one of the most highly anticipated community art events of the season.

The Naples Art Association is looking for talent like to you to entertain and inspire attendees of the 34th Annual Naples National Art Festival! The mission of this festival is to raise money for the nonprofit association and to heighten awareness of fine art in the Naples community. An extension of this mission is to promote local creative performing artists on a unique stage and provide energizing ambiance for an family-friendly event. Though performances are unpaid, the Naples Art Association will include special promotions of the participating talents who agree to take part.

Specifications:

  • Performance slots are available for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Performance area is in Downtown Naples on the Cambier Park Bandshell Stage.
  • Accepted performance types may include, but are not limited to, children’s ensembles, chamber groups, dance teams, instrumentalists, singers and dancers.
  • Volume of performances should be kept to a level that projects to the immediate area and allows for easy conversation in the nearby artist booths. Technical assistance (microphones, amplification, and electricity) is provided. Acoustic performances are welcome.
  • Each performance is allotted 15 minutes for set up and up to 45 minutes to perform. This may be broken up into more than one set, if needed, but total time on stage per performer, from set up to final number, does not exceed one hour.
  • Performances should appeal to a broad audience that includes children and families.

Ready to apply?

Please email Marianne.Megela@naplesart.org to express your interest. Please include your  answers to the following in your message:

  1. Name of artist/group:
  2. Type of performance:
  3. Description of group/artist bio:
  4. Photo and website (if available) for promotions:
  5. Preferred/available performance time:
  6. Contact person with email and phone number:
  7. Day-of-event phone number:

The Naples National Art Festival is consistently voted among the top 10 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The local community continues to count the Naples National among its premiere, must–see events. It showcases the talents of more than 260 artists from around the country and is the largest fundraiser of the year supporting the art education and community outreach programming through the Naples Art Association. The festival is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South and draws crowds in excess of 22,000.

The Naples Art Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org.

The NAA blog’s 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for our blog. We launched this fall, and are excitedly anticipating each new month of growth. Thanks for tuning in!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

A December to Remember at the Naples Art Association

Rounding out 2012 with a great variety of fine art (both in gallery exhibition and an outdoor art festival), the Naples Art Association celebrated member artists and engaged creative enthusiasts within the community. December 2012 events included the opening of two  new exhibitions, Art in the Park, educational classes and workshops such as Wine and Dezine as well as community-coordinated activities including the Fifth Avenue South Tree Lighting on Dec. 6, 2012. For the tree lighting, Home Depot generously donated six fraiser fir trees to the Naples Art Association. These trees were decorated by attendees, and the fully decorated trees were delivered to families in need in Collier County. Event attendees to Art in the Park on Dec. 1, 2012 not only had the chance to see great art and build make-and-take art projects, but they were also invited to help glaze ceramic bowls, made by instructor and artist David Hammel. The finished bowls will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for their 2013 Empty Bowls fundraiser, which helps to feed the hungry in Collier County. Naples Art Association also awarded more than $2,500 in cash prizes to exhibiting artists in the National Art Encounter 2012-13 and the Members’ Gallery All-Media show. Relive the fun in the gallery below!