First Preview Reception of our 60th Year was a Big Success

Over 340 artists and art supporters attended the preview reception for Joan Brechin Sonnenberg: The Middle Point, Members’ Gallery: Florida Inspiration, and Breaking Through with Color: Artists Reveal the Power of Color on February 22nd.

Attendees were treated to a jazz trio from Edison College, refreshments, and gelato from Sweet Ginger’s.

Five artists received awards for works featured in the exhibitions. The winners from the Florida Inspiration exhibit were: Tanya Trinkaus Glass whose work Coco-Nuts won in the Bold Spontaneity category, Beth Wiese whose work Untitled I won in the Innovation- Experiment category, and Yelizabet Herrera whose work Origin won in the Technical Achievement category. The winners from the Breaking Through With Color exhibition were: Patricia Place Caldwell whose work Juice & Fruit won First Place, Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquet on Coral in Vase. Honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon for her work Layers and Tanya Trinkaus Glass for her work Summer Sail.

From Left to Right: Rich Kiemiri, Elizabeth Kiemiri, Elizabeth Kiegler, Bill Kiegler
From Left to Right: Rich Kumicich, Elizabeth Kumicich, Elizabeth Kiegler, Bill Kiegler

During the evening, artists and patrons enthusiastically browsed works in a variety of media. From the stark weight of Pam Schmidt’s Heavy H-art, created from cast-lead, bondo, and epoxy paint, to the heartful whimsy of Sundance Etienne Latour Genore Hughs Sheppard’s Raison d’Etre, painted with acrylic, each work offered a particular facet of the art culture that is vital to our community.

Breaking Through with Color is on view until Jan. 11th. Florida Inspiration and The Middle Point are on view until Jan. 18th.

Spotlight: Florida Inspiration and Breaking Through with Color Award Winners

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Five artists received awards for works featured in two of the exhibitions that are currently hosted by the NAA and on view at The von Liebig Art Center.
The exhibitions are Florida Inspiration and Breaking Through with Color: Artists Explore the Power of Color.
Tanya Trinkaus Glass, Coco-nuts
Florida inspiration asked artists to consider all of the features unique to Florida that have dazzled explorers, dreamers and artists for centuries. Using features and facets of Florida as inspiration, artists created many great works of art in myriad media.
Breaking Through with Color: Artists Explore the Power of Color is about showing the power and force of color within art. Color has an influential place in our lives. It can alter our emotions, affect our thoughts and inspire new ideas. Color can be pleasing and create a sense of calm serenity or it can be just the opposite. Some colors or combinations of colors can cause agitation and even make us feel uncomfortable. In Breaking Through with Color, the challenge to each artists was to be inspired by, and represent, the power of color to influence.
Five artist recevied awards for works featured in two of the exhibitions.  The Breaking Through with Color exhibit  included First Place winner Patricia Place Caldwell for Juice & Fruit, Best of Show winner Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquest on Coral in Vase. Two honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon and Tanya Trinkaus Glass.  The Florida Inspiration award winners included Tanya Trinkaus Glass whose work Coco-Nuts won for Bold Spontanity; Beth Wiese’s work Untitled I for Innovation-Experiment and Yelizebeth Herrera whose work Origin for Technical Achievement.
Beth Weise, Untitled I
Beth Weise, Untitled I
The winners from the Florida Inspiration exhibit were: Tanya Trinkaus Glass  whose work Coco-Nuts won in the Bold Spontaneity category, Beth Wiese whose work Untitled I won in the Innovation – Experiment category, and Yelizabet Herrera whose work Origin won in the Technical Achievement category.
Tanya Trinkaus Glass lives in Naples with her husband and their Golden Doodle and summers in Barrington, Rhode Island. She is a plein air, studio, and figural painter, always playing and experimenting with different media. In her art, Tanya is continually experimenting to find the best way to express herself in order to communicate her visions, her inner soul, and her impressions. Beth Wiese is an artist and sculptor whose work, Untitled I, won the Innovation – Experiment category.
Yelizabeth Herrera believes that as long as you believe in yourself, you will get to see
Yelizabet Herrera, Origin

Yelizabet Herrera, Origin

that bright light appear on the horizon just for you! She sees the power of choice and believes that it is always your choice to make “it” better. She says, “You can become that small grain of sand that became that Amazing Beautiful Pearl”!

The winners from the Breaking Through With Color exhibition were: Patricia Place Caldwell whose work Juice & Fruit won First Place and Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquet on Coral in Vase, which won Best of Show. Honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon for her work Layers and Tanya Trinkaus Glass for her work Summer Sail.
Patricia Place Caldwell prefers to use simple composition, tense color relationships and flat surfaces. She says, “Subtraction is conceptually more interesting and poetic than expression, hence the isolation of the objects [in my work]. She uses compressed space to generate intimacy between the viewed and viewer while luminous shadows formulate the external light.
Veronica Benning taught for thirteen years as Associate Professor of Painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland Maine and as Instructor at the University of Maine. In her work, she uses oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite. She often works from the still-life or landscape to produce the over-all color condition. For her, painting is the beauty of one pot of color with another in size, shape, and position relationships. She considers painting a study. She describes the importance of painting as a process and appreciates Wolf Kahn’s description of beautiful color as a “crab like” and “sideways” discovery. She and Kahn believe painting with color is sideways, because it is a trial and error process. As a painting changes, the painter discovers possibilities and makes choices.

Audubon Fall Festival of the Arts

The Naples Art Association proudly collaborated with the Audubon Country Club at The Audubon Fall Festival of the Arts on Sunday November 10th. The event, which lasted from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., featured member artists, live artwork created on site, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Artists were on hand to exhibit and discuss their work and did a great job of engaging guests to imagine, discover, and create.

Our member artists were excited for the opportunity to be exhibiting. Veli and Judy Lapinoja were in attendance with many beautiful sculpted wood pieces. Veli said, “We should be doing this all through the season… it is a great opportunity for people to experience fine art who might not normally have a chance at the experience.”

The location for the event was absolutely beautiful. The Audubon Country Club is stocked with lush foliage and fantastic trees. The building itself was beautiful and well-appointed for the event.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of the event was the opportunity to interact with the artists and discover about the creative and practical processes of creating the art. Patricia Curtis said it well, “It is fun to talk about the process.”

Leigh Herndon was on site demonstrating her process painting on silk. She was excited for the opportunity to show her process. She believes that live art demonstrations are exciting to visitors. When she began demonstrations, guests quickly collected to discuss and ask questions about Leigh’s Asian-inspired Rozome painting techniques. She relishes the interactivity of art and especially live art demonstrations. She said that her art is meant to request the viewer “to participate in the piece and see the way it works for them.” Although she was speaking about metaphor in her art when she was quoted, she undoubtedly appreciated the extra audience participation garnered from her live art demonstration.

The successful event was for Audubon members to enjoy an evening of art and create an opportunity for local artists to demonstrate and sell their work. The Naples Art Association seeks out quality opportunities, like the Audubon Festival, for local artists to showcase their work.

Great Gift Ideas

ART & OPERA!

Santa Fe, New Mexico

August 3 – 7, 2014

The Santa Fe Opera Company established in 1957, located hundreds

of miles from any major city, has grown to become recognized as one

of the world’s leading cultural festivals.

Join our unique Art, Opera and History Tour that blends

harmoniously with the high desert landscape!

We are planning to see DON PASQUALE and FIDELIO; CARMEN is optional.

Included are a Day Tour of Santa Fe and The GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM.

A Full Day Adventure is planned to ABIQUIU (G. O’Keeffe’ Home),

The TAOS MUSEUM, MILLICENT ROGERS MUSEUM and TAOS PUEBLO.

And a wonderful lunch at The Historic Taos Inn, with a complimentary

Cowboy Buddha!

Our tour will be extended for an additional four nights to MESA VERDE, DURANGO, and ASPEN for those who want more of the beautiful Southwest!

THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE DESIGNED BY GET OUT OF TOWN TRAVEL—

DON’T MISS IT !!!

For pricing and reservations contact: Nancy Sant’Angelo Reyelt at

GET OUT OF TOWN TRAVEL- (239) 596-4142; 1-877-522-4142 or nreyelt@yahoo.com,   www.getoutoftowntravel.com

A donation will be made to the Naples Art Association for each reservation.

Nancy will also be hosting several informational cruise presentations at the von Liebig Art Center, for dates and times please click on the link.

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