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.