Naples Art Association’s June 2013 in Pictures

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June 2013 brought the summer heat and ignited creativity with the Naples Art Association! Check out the gallery below to view memories from the first couple of weeks of ARTScool, the preview reception for Camera USA 2013 National Photography Exhibition … Continue reading

Naples Art Association: name, history, legacy

Naples Art Association logo

Many Naples residents and guests best know the Naples Art Association by its art programming that takes place at The von Liebig Art Center, built in 1999. But did you know the organization was founded more than four decades before it had its current building?

The Naples Art Association began in 1954 when founders E. George Rogers, Elsie Upham, and Grace Lake got together. They decided to form a nonprofit organization with local artists who lived in Naples and to enhance the quality of life in the growing small town. Over the years, the Naples Art Association has been entrenched in the development of Collier County and provision of art education. Artists who were with the organization in the earlier years recall exhibiting work at the Beach Club and the Naples Depot, among other locations. The Naples Art Association has grown in membership numbers and in services it offers since it opened the new building just off Fifth Avenue South 15 years ago.

In the organization’s newest marketing visuals, its name “Naples Art Association” features most prominently. In a cool-toned color palette and with soft curves, it sincerely expresses an organization that is woven into the fabric of the coastal community, committed to educating and promoting the value of the arts and to doing its part to energize economic development in Naples. The Naples Art Association continues to operate The von Liebig Art Center, hosting a variety of programs there each year, with a full schedule planned for its 60th Anniversary season.

The organization hopes this year that more people will begin to recognize the Naples Art Association for its commitment to the community and the art opportunities it provides – both at the art center and throughout the region – with exhibitions, professional development, educational classes, Art in the Park,  festivals and more. 

Do you have a story about how the Naples Art Association made a difference in your life? We’d love to hear your story.

Get involved today and help celebrate 60 years of creative impact through the visual arts.

Naples photographers rise to the top

The third annual Camera USA 2013: National Photography Exhibition and Award drew nearly 200 entries from across the United States. Harry Benson, the juror from the Naples Art Association’s first Camera USA, returned to help judge the 2013 competition. He was joined by Christopher Rauschenberg and Ron Bishop. All three juried the artwork submitted, and the top 45 photographs were accepted for the  exhibition. Of those, 14 photographers were nominated to receive the National Photography Award.

The Naples Art Association is proud that five local artists were a part of that list. Below, read the stories behind their photographic art.

Erin Dougherty Williams Naples, Florida Michael C., excerpt from Eugene Community Portrait Project, 2012 photograph 30 x 20 inches

Erin Dougherty Williams
Naples, Florida
Michael C., excerpt from Eugene Community Portrait Project, 2012
photograph
30 x 20 inches

Erin D. Williams: I set out to capture authentic portraits, rather than casting models into fictional narratives. I also limited myself to the basics: black and white images, plain backgrounds, sparse props and “whatever you were wearing when you made breakfast” for wardrobe. I found that by limiting the environment, little was known about the context of the subject. This forced me to develop a new visual vocabulary.  Subtle details and context clues gained importance. The texture of ones skin, a piece of jewelry, a hair out of place all became part of the story. I also tried to capture the “in between moments” when people weren’t posturing for the camera. I became very conscious that my best shots where when I was just “testing my lights.” This became part of my process. Some subjects were relit 5 times just to get the shots they thought “didn’t count.”

As I began to get comfortable behind the lens again, I realized I could give back to the community at the same time; the Eugene Community Photo Project emerged. I set up photo booths around town and opened my studio to the public for free portraits.  In exchange for their time, each of the almost 700 participants were given prints. All participants were also included in a book and an exhibit that presented the collection of images in the form of a community portrait. The project brings together demographics, personalities and characters that you might not otherwise find shoulder to shoulder. These juxtapositions are intended to be as engaging as the individual portraits.

Dennis T. Goodman Naples, Florida Deadly Reflection, 2013 photograph 14 x 40 inches

Dennis T. Goodman
Naples, Florida
Deadly Reflection, 2013
photograph
14 x 40 inches

Dennis T. Goodman: Nature’s beauty has always amazed me. I realized that I had a tremendous passion for preserving my visions through photography when I was in high school. Most of my photography comes from the Florida Everglades and Florida’s natural beauty. The connection I have when I am in the Everglades is indescribable. My inspiration comes from the beauty in nature and it has become a spiritual expedition as well. Being outdoors and being a witness to God’s creations inspires me every time I go out to take pictures.

My goal as an artist is to showcase the beauty and wonders that surround this world today as I see it. The ever changing light and the details of the swamp are captured in the hidden world we often do not see or experience.

Nic Provenzo Naples, Florida Ladder Wynwood Walls, 2012 digital photograph 38 x 32 inches

Nic Provenzo
Naples, Florida
Ladder Wynwood Walls, 2012
digital photograph
38 x 32 inches

Nic Provenzo: When photographing “Street Art” photographers must be cognizant that new images are being created from others’ works. Photographers must respect the other artists’ works and realize that their images are now elements of new artistic creations. It is imperative that the new images are not plagiarized copies of others. The new images should be vibrant statements appreciated on their own merits.

Gareth Rockliffe Naples, Florida Dead Lakes, 2011 digital photograph - archival print 40 x 30 inches

Gareth Rockliffe
Naples, Florida
Dead Lakes, 2011
digital photograph – archival print
40 x 30 inches

Gareth Rockliffe: I have a desire to capture the “soul” of a scene not just the light that falls upon it. By that I mean I want to bring more to the photograph than just what can be seen by the naked eye…

I want people to “feel” an emotion when they look at my work. By doing this, I believe, all viewers will connect with my images in a deep and meaningful way.

Colleen Provost Naples, Florida Cypress Sentinel, 2012 digital photograph 36 x 24 inches

Colleen Provost
Naples, Florida
Cypress Sentinel, 2012
digital photograph
36 x 24 inches

Colleen Provost: Day on the Water Photography is an expression of how I live my life in the belief that nature is a gift. Focusing a light on what is often unseen and making it tangible for others inspires me. There is always an adventure when out on the water; from exploring the mysterious River of Grass waist deep in the swamps looking at virgin cypress hoping not to surprise an alligator to witnessing a mother dolphin teach her calf to fish in the 10,000 Islands. I hope to capture this beauty given to us in a lens and share it with those unable to enter into this magical world.

Other artists included in Camera USA 2013: National Photography Exhibition and Award top 14 were:

  • Overall winner: Tony Hertz, Pismo Beach Califorina
  • Cindy Seip, Coral Gables, FL
  • David Rowell, St. Petersburg, FL
  • David Wensel, Geneva, Illinois
  • Zel Brook, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Caleb Charland, South Portland, Maine
  • Marita Grotee, Mississippi State University
  • Richard Auger, Summerfield, FL
  • Jason Windebank, West Hollywood, California

Also featured alongside this exhibition, “Capturing Our World” showcases the work of Naples Daily News photojournalists’ work, including 30 captivating images by six photojournalists.

Click here for a list of Camera USA 2013 and Capturing Our World artists.

Community leaders join Naples Art Association board

The Naples Art Association (http://naplesart.org), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, announces its two newest board members.

Andrew Sroka 2013Andrew Sroka, President and CEO of Fischer International, has volunteered to serve on the Naples Art Association board of directors. Sroka currently serves in a variety of leadership roles throughout Collier County. He is the father of two budding artists and says he always tries to promote art appreciation at home as well as in his professional work. He is keenly interested in the intersection on art and technology, and hopes to help the Naples Art Association along its path to create a unified artistic community in Southwest Florida that brings consistency and communication to the various disparate groups and organizations that exist. He aims to engage the community in celebrating the art that is all around us, promote art education for children, and generally help as needed.

Roger Weatherburn BakerRoger Weatherburn Baker, retired IBM executive, has also accepted an invitation to serve on the Naples Art Association board of directors. With a rich history in art dealing and collecting, and his work with several local art organizations, Baker was a natural fit for the nonprofit. Baker is the owner of International Art Gallery, former manager of the IBM Gallery of Science and Art and a past president of the Naples Fine Art Dealers Association. He says with his skills in communications and art shows, conferences and productions, he looks forward to continuing to contribute to the arts community in ways that that make a difference.

Naples Art Association awards $5,000 to Camera USA artist

"In full sunlight, I set my camera to ISO 3200 to obtain a high shutter speed with maximum depth of field. I photographed with Live View through a waterproof bag. Drying off the outside lens often, awkward camera positions and tight finger space were some of my main challenges,” Hertz said.

Tony Hertz, Gnarled Wave, black and white photography, 2012.
“My aim was to make an image contrary to what I shoot more often — long exposure photography. In full sunlight, I set my camera to ISO 3200 to obtain a high shutter speed with maximum depth of field. I photographed with Live View through a waterproof bag. Drying off the outside lens often, awkward camera positions and tight finger space were some of my main challenges,” Hertz said.

In January of 2013, the Naples Art Association issued a nationwide “call-for-photographers” and began accepting entries from across the USA. Photographers from 32 states answered the call and uploaded images of their work for an online jury process for the third annual Camera USA National Photography Award and Exhibition.

Harry Benson, Ron Bishop and Christopher Rauschenberg reviewed and scored entries for Camera USA. Forty-five photographs were accepted for the exhibition from a total of 183 submissions. The photographers presenting their work come from 15 states including all regions of Florida.

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the Naples Art Association presented Tony Hertz of Pismo Beach, California, with a $5,000 Award for his black and white photograph, “Gnarled Wave.”

Hertz appreciates the simplicity of black and white photography. “The challenge and discovery in making simple compositional elements in black and white and color deepens my personal meanings to nature. To me nature is like a sanctuary, a place apart. My intention is to photograph what is felt and not often seen. I enjoy capturing those moments that evoke mystery, mood and beauty, and sharing them,” Hertz said.

Photographic Artist Tony Hertz next to his winning black and white photo, “Gnarled Wave,” with one of the three show jurors, Ron Bishop.

Photographic Artist Tony Hertz next to his winning black and white photo, Gnarled Wave, with one of the three show jurors, Ron Bishop.

Hertz has more than 25 years of professional photography experience with 10 years as a daily newspaper photographer in California, photographing everything from U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, Pope Paul, celebrities, musicians, famous sports figures and major news and community events.  “Working as a photojournalist helped refine my compositional instincts when I turned to focus mainly on landscape and nature subjects for personal and fine art photography work,” said Hertz.

His award-winning photography has been widely published, with worldwide credits including Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic WORLD, Sunset Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor.

When he’s not out in the field shooting, he’s likely spending time in a traditional wet darkroom, editing images from a recent photo trip or teaching photography with Cuesta College Fine Arts Department in San Luis Obispo, California.

Camera USA: National Photography Award and Exhibition is on view through August 23 at The von Liebig Art Center. For details: http://bit.ly/11H1Zqv

Camera USA: National Photography Award and Exhibition is on view through August 23 at The von Liebig Art Center. For details: http://bit.ly/11H1Zqv

Also on view at The von Liebig Art Center, Capturing Our World 2: Naples Daily News Photojournalists