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.

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