Naples Art Association shares stories through Latin American art

Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Artist Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Retablo: An Art of Symbolic Storytelling, March 19, 5:30 p.m.

Nicario Jimenez creates retablos, folk art portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes. Nicario is a third generation retablo artist working with plaster mixed with potatoes, which are native to Peru. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints. Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies. Nicario’s compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events.

artconnectslogoAs part of the Naples Art Association series ART Connects, hear him present about his work at a special event on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. Call 239-262-6517 for tickets, which are only $10 per person.

Jimenez lives in east Collier County. Some of his work is shown in this article as preview of the artwork he’ll lend for exhibition as part of the second annual ArtsNaples World Festival, La Casa: Latin American Art at The von Liebig Art Center, opening April 27, 2013.

From April 27 through June 1, 2013, artwork by local Latin American artists will be on view in von Liebig Art Center galleries. Featured artists include three Face Award alumni (JAMA: 2011, Lucy Correa Ryback: 2012, and Juan Diaz: 2013) and pieces from the Naples Museum of Art collection. A preview reception will be held on Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. Receptions are a benefit of membership to the Naples Art Association, and the public is welcome for $10 per person. Below is a sneak peek of La Casa: Latin American Art.

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Featured during La Casa: Latin American Art will be a special ART Connects presentation with Carrie Sue Ayvar, “Latin American Influence on the Art & History of Florida. This event is made possible and offered free of charge to the public through a Florida Humanities Council grant. That takes place on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the von Liebig Art Center.

National artists win awards in Naples Art Association festival

2013 Naples National Art Festival Winners. Photo Credit: Naples Art Association

2013 Naples National Art Festival Winners. Photo Credit: Naples Art Association

The Naples National Art Festival in Cambier Park and along Park Street, hosted by the Naples Art Association, features more than 260 artists from around the country through today (Sunday, Feb. 24) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top artists will take home a total of $5,000 in prizes.

2013 Best in Show goes to Sculpture Artist John Petrey. Earning the top 2D category award was Photographer Cali Hobgood, and the top 3D award goes to ceramic artist Michael Schwegmann. Ten awards of distinction were also selected.

Two art professionals evaluate each artists’ work to select the winners. R. Lynn Whitelaw juried the 2D artwork. He is the curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. And Marisa J. Pascucci, curator of 20th Century & Contemporary Art at Boca Raton Museum of Art, juried the 3D artwork.

“Immediately when I saw John Petrey’s work, I knew I wanted to recognize his art with an award,” Pascucci said. “The whimsy and use of surprising materials and craftsmanship using those materials to create his art was just spectacular.” He uses many found objects and makes them look beautiful. She adds that Schwegmann’s work surprised her. “The quality of his work and the illusion he created really drew me in. He has an intriguing type of ceramic work with dramatic scale and great color that united his work and drew me in. As I got closer, I was surprised it was ceramic.”

Whitelaw was pleased overall with the quality of photography in the Naples National Art Festival. “It was good to see photographers moving out into new directions with the process, featuring new subjects and perspective.” Particularly taken with photographic artist Cali Hobgood’s work. “She has taken on a singular focus in each of her images, which are really just everyday objects. But she is giving them monumentality.” This idea was expressed by both judges about award winning artists this year, how every day – mundane, even – objects were used and elevated in artwork and the commentary it may suggest of idea that art makes us stop and look at details that we might not routinely notice.

Awards winners and their artist statements are listed below. For those with websites, this article links to them; just click on the blue names.

Best in Show

John Petrey - Sculpture - Best in Show
John Petrey, Sculpture
, Chattanooga, Tennessee
: I create whimsical sculptural dresses from vintage and found objects. They range in size from table top pieces to larger than life.

Best 2D

Cali Hobgood - Photography - Best 2DCali Hobgood, Photography, Urbana, Illinois: Photographs printed in a traditional wet silver-process darkroom and then painted, using oils.

Best 3D

Michael Schwegmann - Best 3DMichael Schwegmann, Ceramics, Champaign, Illinois: I hand form these pieces from wheel thrown and hand built porcelain pieces. I glaze my work to look like corroded metal, and then I also apply other glazes. These additional glazes complete the illusion of the object, indicate the true material (ceramic), and add another layer of beauty or sculptural interest.

Awards of Distinction 3D

Brianna MartrayBrianna Martray, Bronze Sculpture, Hannibal, Missouri: I’m fascinated with biomorphic shapes that are repeated throughout the microscopic and macro-cosmic. Within that context, I think of myself as a landscape artist exploring new possibilities of surreal and unique flora and fauna. Everything is unique cast bronze, or stainless steel, lost wax method. All pieces are one of a kind.

Richard RyanRichard Ryan, Glass, Bourbonnais, Illinois: Blown and hand carved glass sculptures. Colors are layers of glass. Carved using diamond wheels and sandblasting. My goal is to create work that appears to be alive.

Patti and Bob SternPatti and Robert Stern, Mixed Media 3D, Moreland Hills, Ohio: we construct clock head sculptures and curio cabinets using architectural antiques..They resemble the human form. We paint and glaze the finishes for antiquity.

Alison BearAlison Bear, Jewelry, Gainesville, Georgia: Working between historic artworks and modern aesthetics my work is a fusion of old and new. Inspired by Russian Icons and Russian architecture through the years as well as the delicate work of the Victorian period each piece has strong lines influenced by architecture, such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, with a juxtaposition of delicate, feminine, and intricate detail of Victorian wardrobe and jewelry. The pieces become modern through their contrast, boldness, and size on the wearer. They are wearable art that create a statement.

Kevin DesplanquesKevin Desplanques, Furniture, Mancos, Colorado: I craft my unique furniture using the stack lamination process. This process allows me to create unique shapes that can only be accomplished by using this technique. I believe that my sculpted chairs are the most comfortable and ergonomically correct chairs available. This level of comfort can only be achieved by hand sculpting every element of my furniture. In addition to my wooden chairs I will be introducing a full line of cast bronze furniture soon. All of my wooden creations are one of a kind and I make a conscientious effort to make every piece totally unique. I am asked by many woodworkers if I use computer automated equipment to create my forms. I take this as a great complement to the precision I achieve using only my hands, eyes and creative mind to guide me through each creation. I rarely use exotic woods but occasionally I see such beauty in a piece of wood I feel compelled to give it life in one of my pieces. I believe that my chairs re-define the term, functional art.

Awards of Distinction 2D

Bruce Peeso

Bruce Peeso, Pastel Painting, Massachusetts: Acrylic paintings on board designed to emphasize the vastness and peacefulness of the American landscape. I personally do all of the painting, matting and framing for all of my images. I travel extensively taking 4×6 photo reference for my paintings.

Steve PidcockSteve Pidcock, Photography, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The influence my father had on my life with photography has been profound. I would watch as he would waste film and my time taking a photo of a dead tree or a fence post. One Christmas I was offered cash or my father’s old used Miranda 35 SLR camera. I took the camera. I started to take pictures of fence posts and dead trees. I found the beauty thru the lens that he found in texture and lighting. George Pidcock was a semi professional photographer and taught me the basics of black and white, darkroom, and camera functions as well as the passion of exploring ideas, and environment. As an educator in the school systems he taught photography as well as other academic subjects.

Rick AbramsRick Abrams, Digital Art, Deland, Florida: Digital collage shadowbox created by combining found media, objects, and pictures into a seamless multidimensional format.

Atsuko OkamotoAtsuko Okamoto, Painting, Boynton Beach, Florida: I seek to create a new architecture of the imagination where diverse and opposing geometric elements are harmonized within a holistic visual universe. Oil on canvas features clean lines that accentuate colors and forms. NY art critic Ronny Cohen wrote: “This exquisite, visionary art depicts a vivid, captivating pictorial universe where beauty and harmony reign.”

Ummarid EitharongUmmarid (Tony) Eitharong, Mixed Media 2D, Orlando, Florida: acrylic, charcoal, oil stick on large water color paper.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1954 by local artists. It will host two more exciting national festivals this season in March, which you can read about at this link:

 

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 feature two two-day art festivals in March

In March, the Naples Art Association hosts two of Southwest Florida’s nationally top-ranked art festivals in two of the hottest spots in Naples!

Mercato Fine Arts Festival

The Mercato Fine Arts Festival, which is the association’s newest art fair, earned a national ranking of #73 (rising two ranks from 2010) from Sunshine Artist magazine. This juried festival showcases works in all media by 100 artists from across the country. Anchored by businesses including Whole Foods Market and The Capital Grille, Mercato offers a trend-setting, ultra convenient mixed-use lifestyle that combines luxury condo living, high-end retailers, restaurants and a premium movie theater all on one prime site, just minutes from the beach. Festival guests enjoy not only fine art but fine dining as well.

It also includes live entertainment on both days. On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., the band Patchouli will play, and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. features Bob Zottola and the Expandable Jazz Band.

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Photo credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

IF YOU GO

Mercato Fine Arts Festival

March 2-3, 2013
Naples, Florida
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
U.S. 41 & Vanderbilt Beach Road
100 local, regional and national artists
Free Parking
Suggested $5 donation

 

Click here to learn more about the artists who will be there.

 

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

Held along 5th Avenue South in Naples, the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts was ranked #21 best in the nation (rising three ranks from 2010) by Sunshine Artist Magazine. It’s coming up Mar. 23-24, 2013 and will showcase about 250 artists. Hosted by the Naples Art Association, this is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season in Southwest Florida. Artists are eager to meet shoppers and share with them more about their works!

Photo Credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

Photo Credit: Debi Pittman Wilkey

IF YOU GO

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

March 23-24, 2013
Naples, Florida
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
5th Avenue South
Featuring 250 local, regional and national artists
Food Court, Free Parking

 

Both festivals feature a wide variety of original handmade by the artist art work. Guests can shop for ceramics, digital art, fiber art, furniture, glass, prints, jewelry, metal works, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wood and more. Because of their variety, these festivals provide excellent opportunities to find something new and exciting! At both the Mercato Fine Arts Festival and the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, there is something for every art budget and taste!

The Naples Art Association gives special thanks to the generous sponsors of both of these festivals: Naples Daily News, Russell’s Clambakes, Lite 93.7, The News-Press Media Group, WAVV 101.1 FM, Costco Naples, and Gulfshore Life.

Naples Art Association (NAA) festivals provide a strong funding source for the nonprofit 501(c)3 organization’s  art educational programing in Collier County. The NAA has been hosting outdoor art fairs for 55 years.  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 coordinates Art in the Park with Avow Hospice butterfly release

 

Art in the Park! hosted by the Naples Art Association

DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2013

TIME: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Free Admission and activities

Located along Park Street, at the von Liebig Art Center and in Cambier Park.

This month’s Art in the Park presented by Naples Art Association will coordinate with a neighboring event by Avow Hospice, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and annual butterfly release event in Cambier Park.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include a live butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of butterflies, children’s activities, and new this year, a concert featuring Johnny T., “the man of many voices” who performs nostalgic songs from classic artists like Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra.

At noon, a community memorial service will be held and will include inspirational readings, music and the public reading of names of loved ones being honored. At the conclusion of the service, the exhibit tent will be opened to allow the butterflies to take flight.

In coordination, Naples Art Association’s Art in the Park showcases handmade, original art by its member artists. Art instructors will lead make-and-take, butterfly-themed art projects for children at the butterfly release from 10 a.m. to noon and on the front deck of the von Liebig Art Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artist David Arrowsmith will give live art demonstrations throughout the day.

Plus, WGCU’s Curious Kids will also be on site filming for an upcoming episode!

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of Art in the Park: WGCU Public Media, Happening A&E Magazine, Russell’s Clambakes, Florida Weekly, and Costco Naples.


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/.

Naples Art Association gala features live “le artiste!” art creation

Thank you to each “le artiste” for sharing their inspirational talent at the inaugural gala to benefit the Naples Art Association. Check out the great work they are up to!

A work that Linda Benson painted live at Music Walk in Fort Myers.

A work that Linda Benson painted live at Music Walk in Fort Myers.

Linda Benson, oil painting and “Portrait Xpres­sions” in tropical colors, working on something new to capture the excite­ment of the evening

Benson is often seen in Fort Myers at events such as Art Walk, Music Walk and the Saturday Art Fair where she demonstrates oil painting in tropical colors at the Arts for ACT Gallery owned by Abuse Council Treatment Inc.

She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art prior to 40 years as a commercial artist. Work history: 20 years as a Chicago Tribune Creative Artist, 10 years Furniture Illustrator, 8 years Fort Myers Creative Artist & Supervisor (print advertising), 2 years Key West Composing and Art Dept. Manager (print advertising).

Recently the city of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant program awarded her an artist grant. The focus of her 2013 project as an individual artist is to hold an Artist Journaling Workshop for fellow artists. She paints daily aboard her 46’ Chris Craft, Art-See-Studio, the “ARTIST XPRESS.”

Linda will set up her French easel and paint plein-air on site working on canvas, starting on something new for the gala event. She plans to capture the excitement of the evening and extend her participation with the Naples Art Association as a new member.

"Smiling Budda" from Susan Daly's website.

“Smiling Budda” from Susan Daly’s website.

Susan W. Daly (susandalyartwork.com), Plein air watercolor, working on something new for this event.

“I work in all water media within the range of realism to abstraction.  Printmaking is another passion for me. The doors of experimentation are always open and the joy of the search is ongoing.”

Pat DeReamer-Surgener, Fiber art, work­ing on a special gift for a star in the arts!

DeReamer-Surgener is a mixed media artist who works in watercolor, and fiber. Her work has been included in many exhibitions in Florida and Kentucky.  “Making art has always been a part of my life. I`ve `arted` through life`s stages-of childhood, youth. marriage. motherhood. widowhood and remarriages- joy, love. sickness and health. My art is a still small voice WITHIN to cherish and share.”

One of Popo Flanigan’s “smileville” renderings!

Popo Flanigan (www.popoflanigan.com), Acrylic on canvas, working on a local, soon-to-be-demolished cottage.

Popo Flanigan invites her viewer/owner to “smileville” through her use of color and pattern. “What else could an artist ask for, but to hear over and over that her work makes people happy!”

John Goodlet "Drawn and Quartered" Digital painting. John teaches classes for the Naples Art Association.

John Goodlet “Drawn and Quartered” Digital painting. John teaches classes for the Naples Art Association.

John Goodlet, Digital Painting on Laptop Screen, working on: “Dennis After Tennis” and some new pieces as yet untitled.

John was a professor at The City College of New York where he taught  engineering and computer aided design (CAD) before retiring to Naples.

Since the early 1970’s he was a serious amateur film photographer using both 35 mm SLR and Poloroid color cameras where he specialized in portraiture. In 2000, when he purchased his first digital camera, he switched completely to digital photography and computerized image editing using a variety of software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter to mention a few.

Currently, his major interest is in digital painting as a form of artistic expression to enhance, modify, or embellish digital images. Digital painting utilizes scanned images (sketches, old prints, etc.) or digital photographic images as input to digital painting software which can be used to emulate a wide variety of  conventional painting techniques and brush styles (oil, acrylic, watercolor etc.) using either a mouse or a magnetic pen and tablet to “paint” the image on-screen. Hardcopy of the digitally painted image can be printed on canvas or watercolor paper from a high resolution inkjet printer (giclee).

Digital painting techniques can be used as an original art form – as John uses it – or to supplement conventional painting methods by allowing the artist to rapidly try out new composition, color or stylistic variations on the computer before going to the brush.

At The von Liebig Art Center, John teaches a course in Digital Photography and Imaging Editing Using Photoshop Elements.  His digital paintings have been displayed in a number of juried shows at The Naples Art Association and The Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs.

Just a peek at Leigh Herndon’s work. See more of this one, and a slide show, on her website.

Leigh Herndon (www.leighherndon.com), Rozome painting, silk, work­ing on Flights of Fancy

“Silk accepts dyes very brilliantly and the joy of working with color continues to fuel Leigh’s experimentation and new designs, often inspired by nature, especially the sub-tropical plants and birds that grace SW Florida. Mixing her own dyes results in custom colors that can’t be easily found elsewhere. Overlaying one transparent dye color over another creates an entirely new color, which she finds exciting. The versatility of hot wax used to create the designs lends unique textures to the creations.”

Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

Naples Art Association Adult Student Exhibition 2013 Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

Dan Jenson, Oil on panel or oil on linen, work­ing on a representational portrait.

“After doing metal decorative art and later metal sculpture I returned to my primary interest, painting . I  have always liked the the immediate gratification from painting that is unattainable  in the slower process of metal sculpture .My work is influenced by today’s  neo-German  realists like Richter, Helinwein, and Rudolf Stingel.”

An original work by Alisha Koyanis, "Kracken," painting on vinyl records.

An original work by Alisha Koyanis, “Kracken,” painting on vinyl records.

Alisha Koyanis (www.koyaniskreations.com), Acrylics, Mixed media. Acrylic on Vinyl records. Mixed Media Paper Doll Shadow Boxes, working on a new, French-themed piece on vinyl records.

“The Paper Doll Shadow box series is my latest creation. Inspired by my crazy characters in which I am always painting or doodling. I started creating paper dolls and yet wanted more. Each piece and scene is made entirely of paper in which I carefully paint, cut and joint together. Most all pieces have one or more moveable parts to keep the scene constantly changing for the viewer. All main charachters in my shadow boxes can be moved by the viewer to change the scene.

I love painting on found materials. Vinyl records are my favorite material of choice. The scene can constantly change as my imagination grows throughout the process. I can always add on more records to grow my background. Staring at a blank canvas has little motivation for my creations. Staring at a background of records with their unforgiving texture gives me a challenge. Vinyl records provide a perfect black background for my bright colors.”

Artwork by Rona Steingart. Learn more about her on her website by clicking the image above.

Rona Steingart (artschool-rona-steingart.com), Mixed Media (acrylic, collage), working on something new tonight.

“In addition to teaching, presenting workshops, and lecturing for Six Star Entertainment, I’m an active member of the Naples Florida art community.  As a member of the Board of Friends of Art of the Naples Museum of Art, I developed, coordinated, and was a presenter in a lecture series consisting of local artists demonstrating and lecturing on their own work. I have taught an adult painting course entitled “Mixing with the Masters” at the Naples Museum of Art, designed to showcase permanent works in the Museum as teaching tools and as inspiration for my students.

I am a native of Milwaukee, and hold a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University, St. Louis.  I owned and operated a gallery in Milwaukee showing and selling works of University of Wisconsin faculty and served as consultant to private art collectors.”

34th Annual Naples National Art Festival fills Cambier Park with artistic energy

Naples National Festival Logo-2012

The annual Naples National Art Festival is consistently voted among the top 10 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and the local community continues to count the Naples National Art Festival among its premiere, must-see events. This festival features the talents of more than 260 artists from around the country and awards $5,000 in cash to top artists. The festival draws crowds in excess of 22,000. Don’t miss it! Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 23-24,  2013 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. in Cambier Park and along 8th Street South in Naples.

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To view a list of artists and their websites, click here.

This event is hosted by and benefits the Naples Art Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization presenting educational art programming for Collier County and for artists of all ages and skill levels.

2013 NNAF T-Shirt Sponsor

This T-Shirt features the work of Julie Keaten-Reed. See more by her at booth #114, 115 this weekend.

Julie Keaten-Reed is this Year’s Naples National Art Festival t-shirt artist! The commemorative fashion is sold at the festival for just $15 each, benefiting art education programs by the Naples Art Association. Check out more artwork by Julie at booth #114, 115 this weekend.

Local entertainment featured on the bandshell stage:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

11:00 am – 11:45 Philharmonic Youth Chorale

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Hot Flashz, Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Frankie Colt

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Island Dance Academy

Sunday, February 24, 2013

11:00 am – 11:45 am Paradise Brass

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm One Class Act

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Recreation Tappers

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Jessie Michael Cohen

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Sandra Rommel

Jim Holehouse - Eau Gallie Harbor

Jim Holehouse, Eau Gallie Harbor, NAA booth #107

Jim Holehouse is this year’s poster artist selected by the Naples Daily News Newspaper in Education. He is located at booth #107 throughout the festival, but he’ll also sign limited editions of this year’s NIE poster featuring his work. Posters can be purchased at booth #1.

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Naples National Art Festival: Naples Daily News, Russell’s Clambakes, WAVV 101.1 FM, Florida Weekly, Lite 93.7 and Costco Naples.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS: Driving Instructions to Parking/Shuttle Area 

  • Coming from the North: South on I75 to Exit 105 (Golden Gate/Naples Exit). Turn right (west) on Golden Gate Parkway; proceed approximately 3.4 miles to Goodlette-Frank Rd. (CR851). Turn left on Goodlette-Frank and proceed approximately 1.7 miles. Turn right at entrance.
  • Coming from the South: North on I75 to Exit 101 (Collier Blvd.). Turn left on Collier Blvd. (Rt. 951); Proceed to first light which is Beck/Davis Blvd.; turn right on Davis Blvd.; proceed approximately 5 miles where Davis Blvd and US 41 will join veering to the right. Stay in the right lane approximately .4 of a mile as you will turn right on Goodlette-Frank Rd. (CR851); Turn left at entrance.
  • US41 from the North: South on US41 into downtown Naples. After passing Central Ave. get in the left lane as US41 makes a sharp left.  Go two traffic lights after sharp left to Goodlette-Frank Rd; Turn left on Goodlette-Frank. Entrance will be on the left.
  • US41 from the South: North on US41 to Goodlette-Frank Rd. Right on Goodlette-Frank. Entrance will be on the left.

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.

Naples Art Association member artists and students take home awards

Congratulations to the recent top award winners at the Naples Art Association! See these artists works and many others in the Members’ Gallery Scene in Naples show and the NAA Adult Student Exhibition 2013, on view through March 16, 2013 at The von Liebig Art Center. Also on view (through April 13) at the von Liebig Art Center is Following Footsteps: Three Generations of Plein Air Gruppe Painters, in the Watson GalleryDaily admission to the art center is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members’ Gallery: Scene in Naples

Bold Spontaneity & Expressive Power, Anne Chaddock, A Day at the Beach

Bold Spontaneity & Expressive Power, Anne Chaddock, A Day at the Beach

Technical Achievement, Tiffany Chang, The New Naples

Technical Achievement, Tiffany Chang, The New Naples

Innovation & Experimentation, Dayna Law, Solice

Innovation & Experimentation, Dayna Law, Solice

NAA Adult Student Exhibition 2013

Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

First Place, Jacqueline Chizever, C’Mon and Rest

First Place, Jacqueline Chizever, C’Mon and Rest

Award of Excellence, Cheryl Blodgett, Equus

Award of Excellence, Cheryl Blodgett, Equus