Arts and Alzheimer’s program helps participants connect

Arts & Alzheimer’s Program Co-Directors Angel Duncan & Bernadette La Paglia

Arts & Alzheimer’s Program Co-Directors Angel Duncan & Bernadette La Paglia

A new program hosted by the Naples Art Association will help people living with Alzheimer’s and other associated dementias to make connections within themselves and to their families through the arts. The first class begins Oct. 1, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. A second program will be offered later this spring.

In this six-week, Tuesday morning program for participants and their caregivers, the emphasis will be on the benefits of encountering, experiencing and creating art. Naples Art Association Executive Director Aimee Schlehr says this program is exactly the type of opportunity the organization wants to make available to the community. “Art has the power to lift us up, give us a voice and is such a strong connection to who we are as individuals. We enthusiastically included the Arts and Alzheimer’s course in our offerings because we believe in the healing power of art,” Schlehr said.

Interactive gallery walks and conversations will introduce participants to specific works of art while engaging their reactions and recollections. This will be followed by an opportunity to create art in various forms in the studios at The von Liebig Art Center.

Co-directors Bernadette La Paglia, BSN, M.Ed. and Angel Duncan, M.A., MFT, ATR, will be joined by several guest presenters throughout the six weeks. Violinist Daniela Shtereva, who holds the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra David & Cecile Wang Chair, and internationally acclaimed pianist, Dr. Alexandra “Sasha” Carlson, are among the musicians who will interpret works of art at the gallery through music. Additionally, Dr. Natasha Lidow, President of the Opera Naples Guild, will be contributing to program development. Renowned local artist Paul Arsenault will be also be a featured guest who will lead a discussion on art and facilitate a workshop.

Each session will conclude with helpful, practical information for caregivers. In addition, emphasis will also be placed on the Medical Arts, factoring in the importance of exercise and good nutrition. Whole Foods will be donating box lunches to be enjoyed in Cambier Park.

La Pagila, an educator, artist and registered nurse emphasizes the capacity of the arts to accommodate an aesthetic approach to working with those afflicted with Alzheimer’s. “All too often, they are left out of the loop of life, but the arts are all inclusive. They enhance our ability to empathize, affirm and engage,” La Paglia said.

Duncan, an art therapist and mental health counselor, concurs. “We want to reintegrate them back into the community and help others recognize them as individuals, not as a disease. Having the means of coming to a safe and welcoming place in the arts bridges these connections. Here they thrive in a positive, social experience that sparks recognition, brings back memories, and increases their quality of life,” she said.

Tuition for the six week program is free, thanks to a generous gift from Peter and Stella Thomas and sponsorship by Moorings Park. Of note, Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust is underwriting Paul Arsenault’s newly published book, My Journey as an Artist, for each participant.

To register, please call 239-262-6517, as space is limited.

Naples Art Association’s Show of Shows highlights and awards local artists

Show of Shows opening

The 6th Annual Non-Juried All Artist Members Show of Shows Exhibition opened on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 with an exciting preview reception at the von Liebig Art Center. Hundreds of people attended and helped choose the award winners, officiated by the Collier County Elections Office. You can view photos of selected images from the show the Naples Art Association website.

Once all the votes were counted, the following artists took home cash and donated awards sponsored by Koenig Art Emporium, Blick Art Materials and David and Joan Fuller. Levi Hayes wins Best of Show with 4.8% of the votes.

Best of Show – $200

Artist: Levi Hayes  Artwork: Hamsa Hand 1, plaster, acrylic and resin on canvas

First Place – $100 Koenig Art Emporium Gift Certificate

Artist: Yurline Franklin  Artwork: The Observer, acrylic on canvas

Award of Merit – $100

Artist: Joel Shapses  Artwork: The Agony and the Ecstasy, black chlorite sculpture

Honorable Mention – $50 Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate

Artist: Dennis Gormley  Artwork: White Horse, pen and ink

Honorable Mention – $50 Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate

Artist: Wanda Kemper  Artwork: Everglades at Dusk, Serenity, oil on canvas

Honorable Mention – $50 Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate

Artist: Nic Provenzo  Artwork: Inappropriate, photograph

There was a nine-way tie for the $50 Honorable Mention award sponsored by David and Joan Fuller. Additional funds have been donated and each of the nine artists received $25.

1)    Tania Begg  Artwork: “MAD” Michelangelo’s David, acrylic on canvas

2)    Julieta de Palacios  Artwork: Untitled 2013.5, oil

3)    Barbara Groenteman Collaborative Artwork: Summer Bloom, Plumeria Rubra, Jeannie Moragne, watercolor on paper

4)    Raud Johnson  Artwork: Lettering a Torah, oil on canvas

5)    Patty Kane  Collaborative Artwork:  Summer Bloom, Plumeria Rubra, Jeannie Moragne, watercolor on paper

6)    Sandee Kozlow  Artwork: I Still Feel It, acrylic and mixed media

7)    Dawn Lutz  Artwork: HARMONY in Platinum, steel metal sculpture

8)    Michael Moukios  Artwork: White Pelicans, acrylic

9)    David W. Sussman  Artwork: American Rose, photograph

Show of Shows will be on view at The Naples Art Association (NAA) at the von Liebig Art Center through Nov. 9, 2013. 

Alongside the Show of Shows, visitors can see Dimensions in Art presented by the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, juried by artist Muffy Clark Gill. Dimensions in Art will be on view through Oct. 4, 2013.

NAA is 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

ART Connects: Business of Being An Artist Series

The Naples Art Association offers a free opportunity for artists to access resources that help them become better at their business. The 2013 ART Connects: 
Business of Being an Artist Series is a specially designed set of workshops that delve into the business practices can make or break an artist’s career. Each speaker offers expert tips and real world experiences that offer insights on everything from financial record keeping to legal protection to marketing and more. The series is held on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center beginning on Oct. 8, 2013. Free admission!

Oct. 8, 2013 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) — Anne Dalton – A Gallery Owner, an Artist and an Attorney: 3 Perspectives on Fair Use

anne dalton professionalBringing light to the legal issues creative face, Anne Dalton, Esq. tackles the big questions. What rights do I have over my artwork images? What is considered “fair use” for my creative work?

Dalton shares her decades of experience and her expertise from her law and mediation practice, emphasizing the creative arts and entertainment law. She represents visual artists, photographers, sculptors, gallery owners and more.

Her distinguished career has included many years with ABC (the American Broadcasting Company), Radio City Music Hall, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where she provided pro bono legal services in contracts and licensing matters to dancers, writers, and musicians. Currently, she’s licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

Oct. 15 2013 – Cyndee Wooley, APR – 7 Steps to Building Brand [You]

Cyndee-WebBuilding a successful career in the art industry depends on your ability to connect with your customers in a meaningful way. In this lecture, marketing and branding expert, Cyndee Woolley, APR, will outline a strategic plan to cut through the clutter of daily life and build a brand that gets noticed and inspires action.

Woolley holds an Accredited Public Relations professional (APR) designation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has over a decade of experience in marketing and public relations.

Woolley is a consultant in public relations, social media, and community outreach strategies. She has led training initiatives in social media and public relations training programs through: The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce,American Business Women’s Association Vistage, Collier County Republican Executive Committee, Miromar Design Center, Naples Area Board of Realtors, HR Collier and for over 80 non-profit organizations at Thinking Outside the Box seminar.

Oct. 22, 2013 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) – Tracy Colleran – Organizing Your Financials

Tracy Colleran

Tracy Colleran of Straighten Up, Inc. will jumpstart your behind the scenes business organization by helping you track your income and expenses properly using QuickBooks. Artists are encouraged to bring laptops loaded with QuickBooks Pro 2013 are encouraged. Handouts will be provided, including one on Document Record Keeping as a reference tool for how long to keep certain paperwork.

Colleran began her professional organizing company in 2007 to help circumstantially and chronically disorganized individuals feel more in control of their surroundings. She works particularly well with people going through life changes, including death, divorce, job loss, relocation, marriage, and child birth. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and she guarantees not only confidentiality and discretion, but often needed motivation and compassion.

Oct. 29: (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.): ART Connects – Jury Process  with Sharon McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers 

Sharon McAllisterThis session will help artists gain more insight into what jurors are looking for when they view and select work for shows, especially in the electronic processes that are becoming more and more prevalent in the industry. ArtFest Fort Myers Executive Director Sharon McAllister leads the conversation.

With business degrees from the University of Hawaii and the University of Chicago, she became a part of the Lee County community upon her early retirement at the age of 39.  Her experience as a Divisional Vice President with H&R Block quickly transitioned into active local community service.

In 2000, at the request of Don Paight, City of Fort Myers Downtown Redevelopment Director, Sharon took over the existing “Lee Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Show”, with the understanding that she would form a not-for-profit organization and transform this annual event into ArtFest Fort Myers, a juried fine art festival.  Under her tutelage, this event has quickly gained national recognition, while bringing an unparalleled art experience to the community.

Nov. 5, 2013 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) – Lynda Fay Braun – Facebook Marketing

???????????????????????????????Did you know that over 200,000,000+ people log onto Facebook each day?   News spreads fast inside these networks. Wouldn’t it be great if Facebook users were spreading the news about your art?  If you’re not promoting your art using Facebook, you are missing out on the best opportunity to build a loyal following of your art. “Facebook’s not for me” you say? —Come on, it’s free, easy and it’s proven effective.

Building a Facebook Fan Page provides several other advantages:

  • Help with building relationships with your target audience
  • Establishes you as a serious artist
  • Provides a casual environment for you to interact (connect) with admirers of your art
  • Creates a place for Feedback. Your Facebook page offers an opportunity for your Fans to comment on your art
  • Provides another place for search engines to find you

In this lecture we will cover how to set up a Fan page. What makes an attractive Page. How to promote your page, including alternative ways to build an audience. There will be a demonstration on how to resize and upload your images to FB and organize them in albums.

Lynda Fay Braun is a 1973 graduate of the Master of Fine Art Program at Cornell University. She completed her undergraduate work at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. In the mid-1970’s Braun was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.

Nov. 12, 2013 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) – Anne Dalton – 5 Easy Pieces – Photography

5 Easy Pieces – Legal Tips for A Photographer’s Holiday in national and state parks, on the street, in museums, or on government property

Dalton shares her decades of experience and her expertise from her law and mediation practice, emphasizing the creative arts and entertainment law. She represents visual artists, photographers, sculptors, gallery owners and more.

Her distinguished career has included many years with ABC (the American Broadcasting Company), Radio City Music Hall, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where she provided pro bono legal services in contracts and licensing matters to dancers, writers, and musicians. Currently, she’s licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.