About Naples Art Association

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing the education, interest and participation in the contemporary visual arts. It operates from The von Liebig Art Center, a community art center located in Downtown Naples, Florida The NAA was founded by local artists in 1954. Throughout the years, the community has come to treasure the camaraderie, creative inspiration and continuing education opportunities it offers. Through its programming, the NAA encourages guests of all ages to imagine, discover and create art of all media. The NAA presentsThe von Liebig Art Center as a community resource. Nestled behind 5th Avenue South in downtown, the art center provides a wide variety of attractions for residents and tourists. From nationally ranked art festivals; to ongoing exhibitions that showcase international, national and local artists; to art classes and workshops for children and adults, The von Liebig Art Center provides cultural enrichment. Please visit naplesart.org or call (239) 262-6517 for more information about our current and upcoming events. Open Monday – Friday (seasonally on Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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


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


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),


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!



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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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 http://naplesart.org.