Naples Art Association selected as a Charity for Change 2013 beneficiary

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Education Director Callie Spilane presented to Ms. Robyn Gibson’s and Mrs. Jennifer Jordan’s first grade classes at Lake Park Elementary on Thursday, May 23 on how art all comes down to math, as she showed them how shapes form the basis of any drawing. The class had chosen the Naples Art Association for its “Charity for Change” project.

The Naples Art Association is pleased to be a Charity for Change recipient.  Charity for Change is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008. It creates and promotes opportunities for charitable giving as a way of living through character education and community engagement. They aim to provide a foundation for academic achievement, anti-bullying, volunteerism, community involvement, and social and personal responsibility.

Their School “Giver” Program engages 3,500 students, bringing character education to life. Together, each class chooses its charities and sets a fundraising goal.  The students bring in change or host mini-fundraisers to contribute to the classroom bank for their charity. Recipient Charities participate by visiting the classrooms and talking about the services they provide to the community, further helping students connect with how their donations help others.

On Thursday, May 23, Education Director Callie Spilane made a presentation the first graders on how art relates to math, as she demonstrated to them how shapes form the basis of any drawing. ARTScool programming helps students apply their artistic creativity to subjects like math, science, and history enforcing how art is part of our day to day life. Spilane helped the first grader see how their donations would make a difference to others.

Students in  Ms. Gibson’s and Mrs. Jordan’s first grade Lake Park Elementary classes collected and donated their change and much needed supplies for ARTScool programs offered at the von Liebig art center this summer.

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Naples Art Association awards $8,000 in art scholarships

Alexis Simko, Tyler MacDonald, Ashley McGowan, Jessica Perez, Emilie Hofferber, Ashley Jannasch at the 2013 Jade N. Riedel Scholarship ceremony on March 21, 2013 at the von Liebig Art Center.

Alexis Simko, Tyler MacDonald, Ashley McGowan, Jessica Perez, Emilie Hofferber, Ashley Jannasch at the 2013 Jade N. Riedel Scholarship ceremony on March 21, 2013 at the von Liebig Art Center.

The Naples Art Association awarded $8,000 in merit-based scholarships to Collier County High School seniors on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at a ceremony at the von Liebig Art Center. Young artists were invited to submit works of art to the competition, which was open to all junior and senior art students in Collier County. Seniors planning to further their art education at the collegiate level were eligible for one of six $500 scholarships. Seniors who had been accepted to Ringling College of Art + Design were also considered for a $5,000 scholarship. In addition, all 29 Jade Riedel Scholarship artists now have their work on display at The von Liebig Art Center through April 13, 2013.

This year’s jurors were Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art + Design, and Gallery Owner Roger Baker.

A $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling College of Art + Design was awarded to Barron Collier High School senior Ashley McGowan.

Naples Art Association awarded six $500 scholarships to the following seniors:

Emilie Hofferber, Lely High School
Ashley Jannasch, Gulf Coast
Tyler MacDonald, Lely High School
Jessica Perez, Barron Collier High School
Alexis Simko, Community School
Nicole Drab, Community School

Jade N. Riedel Scholarship competition began in 1971 when members of the Naples Art Association initiated a college scholarship program designed to encourage young aspiring artists to realize their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts.

The scholarship’s namesake, Jade N. Riedel was an exceptional artist and Naples Art Association member who served as the chair of the scholarship exhibition program and was its chief fundraiser for many years. When she passed away in 1997, the Association renamed the scholarship in her memory.

The program has continued thanks to generous donations made during exhibitions, special events and festivals.

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Naples Art Association spring courses refresh your imagination

Carmelo Blandino, The Stillness Within, oil and spray paint on canvas. Take his floral painting workshop, April 4 -6.

Carmelo Blandino, The Stillness Within, oil and spray paint on canvas. Take his floral painting workshop, April 4 -6.

When all the weather warms up and the days get longer, many artists grow evermore passionate about creating.

“Springtime is significant for its renewal cleansing and growth. How much more inspiration can I possibly look for? Everything is alive even death as it renews itself through the fallen leaves,” said returning instructor Carmelo Blandino.

He will give a three-day workshop for the Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center from April 4-6. The focus of his course, More Than Just Flowerswill be primarily on creating a floral painting using acrylics or oils, with emphasis on color, gesture of brush, work ethics and efficiency in a studio setting. “When looking at flowers I never really recognize it for its scientific botanical name or obvious characteristics such as color and smell. What jumps at me immediately is the source of life that courses through it and its vitality.

Of course, eventually color plays a vital role, but the design and shape of the flower, the balance and symmetry become very important to me,” Blandino said.

Spaces are still open for Tammra Sigler's workshop "Finding Your Mark and Running With it" on Mar. 25-26.

Spaces are still open for Tammra Sigler’s workshop “Finding Your Mark and Running With it” on Mar. 25-26.

Expressionistic artist and instructor Tammra Sigler says spring wakes up the senses. The extra hours of springtime light have an impact on her work.  “I have come to realize that light really does play an enormous part in my life,” said expressionistic artist and instructor Tammra Sigler. “My personal well-being and the joy in my painting seem to stem from light… Light brings joy and energy, and it gets transferred into my paintings.”

She loves shedding light on her students creativity, too.  She’s teaching a workshop Finding Your Mark and Running With It on March 25-26 at The von Liebig Art Center where students will work from a “model in motion” and move toward understanding how to shift toward abstraction in painting. “When you learn to see abstractly, to see form in a pure way, and to stop identifying what you see by name, anything and everything you see can be exciting.  A “trashcan” is not a “trashcan” but a dark green with a brilliant yellow (tool apron) against it, and against a bright blue contrast (painted wall.)   I am teaching my students how to stop seeing objects but, instead, to see juxtaposition. Color, form, shapes and relationships bring the world around us alive in a new way.  You will never be bored. There is always a new and original site,” Sigler said.

Take Anne Chaddock's Color Theory workshop on March 25, and saturate your artwork with vibrant hues!

Take Anne Chaddock’s Color Theory workshop on March 25, and saturate your artwork with vibrant hues!

Instructor Anne Chaddock loves the colors of spring. “All of them, but they are fresher, brighter, newer and cleaner.” But the one color she always keeps on hand is purple to enhance her painting. “Everything is, or contains purple. Purple is warm and purple is cool. People don’t see the purple in things around them, but it’s there. I have always told my students, “if in doubt…..paint it purple!” Chaddock leads a color theory workshop on March 25 and Wine and Dezine workshops on April 4 and May 9, where she’ll help her students add vibrance to their work. Color Theory will delve into the character of pigments, color mixing and the affect colors have on our senses.

Also, sign up for exciting March workshops by Kim McLaughlin, and Mary Sheehan Winn.

Session 5 classes begin the week of April 1, with opportunities in oil and acrylic painting, portraiture, watercolors, abstract, figure drawing, pottery, photography, photoshop, sketching and drawing, sculpting and more. There is something for all creative abilities in April from the beginner wanting to get started to the advanced student looking to take their skills to the next level.

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Were you here? Naples Art Association’s February in photos

February was packed with energy and excitement with three new exhibitions, Nuts About The von Liebig, Art in the Park, our inaugural gala fundraiser, the 34th Annual Naples National Art Festival, art classes, workshops and ART Connects lectures. More than 25,000 people visited events with the Naples Art Association this month, and $5,300 was awarded in cash prizes to top artists. Were you here? Check out the photos below and share the fun with your friends!

Art gives everyone a voice at the Naples Art Association

Outreach is an important part of the Naples Art Association's programming. In this photo, children from Grace Place took center stage. JAMA, an artist recently featured with the Naples Art Association, taught an art class for these children. The NAA hosted them afterward with an evening reception and exhibit at the von Liebig Art Center afterward. Here is Executive Director Aimee Schlehr at left talking with one of the young artists.

Outreach is an important part of the Naples Art Association’s programming. In this photo, children from Grace Place took center stage. JAMA, an artist recently featured with the Naples Art Association, taught an art class for these children. The NAA hosted them afterward with an evening reception and exhibit at the von Liebig Art Center afterward. Here is Executive Director Aimee Schlehr at left talking with one of the young artists.

The Naples Art Association supports several organizations and events this season that are engaging people with social, physical or developmental barriers to creating works of art. “Art is intuitive to each one of us, regardless of socio-economic status, training or natural ability, and is an expression of who we are,” said Aimee Schlehr, executive director of the Naples Art Association.

Big Impressions by Little Artists, March 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

This Impressionistic-style image was created by a preschooler, 4-year-old

This preschool painting bears striking similarity to Monet’s Antibes. Groups of children ages 3-5 quickly painted the dynamic skywash and seascape, while the tree was detailed by petite perfectionist painters Sydney, 5, and Sophia, 4, with small brushes and fingerprints.

Members of the CCCR Business 100 and the Naples Art Association will serve as hosts of the event, Big Impressions by Little Artists, which will benefit Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. This fundraising event will feature paintings created by toddlers to pre-school children, a live auction, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and live entertainment. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will help provide scholarships for children in need and supplies for the childcare centers served by CCCR. Information or to purchase tickets, call 239-643-3908.

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc., (CCCR), is a private, non-profit child care agency that serves children, families and early learning professionals. We have had offices in Collier County since 1991 and expanded our offices to include Immokalee in 2001. Their mission is to support the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high quality education, resources and child care services.

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts showcase, March 15, 5 – 7 p.m.

Art by Aaron from Hattie Larlham Creative Arts

Art by Aaron from Hattie Larlham Creative Arts

Come see paintings and sculptures at a special reception hosted by the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Fla., on Friday, March 15 from 5–7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. During the Friday evening reception, artwork from Hattie Larlham Creative Arts will be on display in The von Liebig Art Center’s main Watson Gallery.

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts is a nationally renowned art program that empowers people with developmental disabilities to communicate through artistic expression. The program began near Cleveland, Ohio, in 2007 with six artists with developmental disabilities and has grown to serve 87 people who produce artwork that is often juried at national art shows, including the upcoming Gulf Coast Fine Art Festival.

Events produced by partner organizations such as Collier Child Care Resources and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts emphasize the fact that every person is intrinsically artistic and through art everyone has a voice. “I think people will come away from these receptions with a better appreciation for art as a language form, and this event is especially impressive because preschoolers are producing these fantastic works of art,” she said.

For more on the Naples Art Associations’ community partnerships and programming supporting students to pursue the art careers, here is more on Avow Hospice’s annual butterfly release and merit-based scholarship and exhibition opportunities for Collier County high school juniors and seniors.

Naples Art Association shares stories through Latin American art

Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Artist Nicario Jimenez will talk about how he makes retablos and how this artform tells stories.

Retablo: An Art of Symbolic Storytelling, March 19, 5:30 p.m.

Nicario Jimenez creates retablos, folk art portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes. Nicario is a third generation retablo artist working with plaster mixed with potatoes, which are native to Peru. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints. Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies. Nicario’s compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events.

artconnectslogoAs part of the Naples Art Association series ART Connects, hear him present about his work at a special event on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at The von Liebig Art Center. Call 239-262-6517 for tickets, which are only $10 per person.

Jimenez lives in east Collier County. Some of his work is shown in this article as preview of the artwork he’ll lend for exhibition as part of the second annual ArtsNaples World Festival, La Casa: Latin American Art at The von Liebig Art Center, opening April 27, 2013.

From April 27 through June 1, 2013, artwork by local Latin American artists will be on view in von Liebig Art Center galleries. Featured artists include three Face Award alumni (JAMA: 2011, Lucy Correa Ryback: 2012, and Juan Diaz: 2013) and pieces from the Naples Museum of Art collection. A preview reception will be held on Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. Receptions are a benefit of membership to the Naples Art Association, and the public is welcome for $10 per person. Below is a sneak peek of La Casa: Latin American Art.

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Featured during La Casa: Latin American Art will be a special ART Connects presentation with Carrie Sue Ayvar, “Latin American Influence on the Art & History of Florida. This event is made possible and offered free of charge to the public through a Florida Humanities Council grant. That takes place on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the von Liebig Art Center.

Naples Art Association member artists and students take home awards

Congratulations to the recent top award winners at the Naples Art Association! See these artists works and many others in the Members’ Gallery Scene in Naples show and the NAA Adult Student Exhibition 2013, on view through March 16, 2013 at The von Liebig Art Center. Also on view (through April 13) at the von Liebig Art Center is Following Footsteps: Three Generations of Plein Air Gruppe Painters, in the Watson GalleryDaily admission to the art center is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members’ Gallery: Scene in Naples

Bold Spontaneity & Expressive Power, Anne Chaddock, A Day at the Beach

Bold Spontaneity & Expressive Power, Anne Chaddock, A Day at the Beach

Technical Achievement, Tiffany Chang, The New Naples

Technical Achievement, Tiffany Chang, The New Naples

Innovation & Experimentation, Dayna Law, Solice

Innovation & Experimentation, Dayna Law, Solice

NAA Adult Student Exhibition 2013

Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

Best of Show, Dan Jensen, Cannes

First Place, Jacqueline Chizever, C’Mon and Rest

First Place, Jacqueline Chizever, C’Mon and Rest

Award of Excellence, Cheryl Blodgett, Equus

Award of Excellence, Cheryl Blodgett, Equus