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

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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.

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Inside the Artist Studio with Naples Art Association – Lynda Fay Braun

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Lynda Fay Braun will tell you right away, though she loves what modern technology has brought to the creative world, she is a painter at heart. The tactile feel of the brush against the painting surface moves and inspires her. She works from a garage studio off Taylor Road in Naples. Natural light pours in from roll up doors at either end.

Always inspired by her surroundings, Braun has lived in beautiful locations. She moved from New York to Southwest Florida in 1998 and to New Mexico in 2005. She spent eight years in Santa Fe, absorbing the stunning natural surroundings and taking thousands of photos. Living in Naples now, she keeps her camera nearby. She’s been fascinated by images of water. When she works with them in Photoshop, she simplifies the image, looking for the basic outlines and patterns on the surface. The finished result often has a topographical, outlined appearance.

“I’m reducing the image to the primary elements to find composition, balance and logic in nature. I see it as the beauty and truth in nature that the computer is distilling. Just as there is an endless pattern on the earth’s surface, that pattern is for me, a way into endless, meaningful abstract possibilities.”

Raised in upstate New York, Lynda Braun spent her early years between the rugged environment of the Adirondacks and the museums of New York City. A natural attraction toward the ineffable combined with an affinity for nature and an independent spirit compelled Braun to seek a life in art.

Braun attended Boston Museum School of Art and Cooper Union School of Art, New York City; receiving an MFA in Painting from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1973. As part of her assistantship at Cornell, she hosted a visit from Agnes Martin, a relationship which began a mentorship that lasted over 25 years until Martin’s death.

Her work has been exhibited in Santa Fe at the Center for Contemporary Art; Zane-Bennet and Linda Durham Contemporary Art Gallery.

Museum exhibitions that Braun’s work has been included in are the Tabik Museum, Vienna, Austria; Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, and the Empire State Museum in Albany, NY. University exhibits include a one-person show at FGCU and the Sibley Gallery at Cornell University. Brawn also has mentored art majors with the FGCU Internship program and continues to teach on occasion at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida.

Braun is active with the Naples Art Association as an instructor and exhibiting artist. Braun will also share a free workshop presentation on Facebook Marketing for artists as part of ART Connects in the fall. She is the featured artist for the Edison State College Collier Campus exhibition, on view through Apr. 30, 2014.

July 2013 in photos at the Naples Art Association

This July has been all about youth arts programs. Catch the excitement that their creativity ignites at ARTScool at the Naples Art Association!

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Naples Art Association: Mary Mariner

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Artist Mary Mariner remembers the Naples Art Association from earlier days. When she and her husband began travelling here as seasonal residents in 1992, one of the first things she did was to seek out the art community. She wanted a place to learn and create art and a place to meet others with similar passions. She found the Naples Art Association, and has been a member ever since.

With her newfound dedicated community of fellow artists she explored new creative territory, and just two years later, she decided she’d like to live here permanently. When she shopping for a home in Naples, she sought one with great studio space.

Mary Mariner stores beautiful finished canvases alongside one wall of her studio.

Mary Mariner stores beautiful finished canvases alongside one wall of her studio.

Her townhome in Naples includes a 500 sq. ft. working art studio, which is flooded with natural light and filled with her artwork. A couch and chair with a coffee table full of magazines sits on one side and bins of collage materials and finished paintings behind her easel and paints are set up on the other side. A closet across the way holds books by artists who inspire her. The walls of her home in every room are filled with artwork. “Art makes me happy,” she said.

Mary Mariner’s home is filled with her artwork even from the entrance. This gorgeous piece wows guests at the top of the stairs. Her studio is at the end of the hallway shown here.

Mary Mariner’s home is filled with her artwork even from the entrance. This gorgeous piece wows guests at the top of the stairs. Her studio is at the end of the hallway shown here.

Mary Mariner helped to bring in inspirational travelling artists to teach workshops and also personally taught classes for the Naples Art Association. She remembers Carol Barnes, Charles Movalli, Wolfe Kahn and especially Mary Todd Beam for the lessons and tips they shared.

Mariner taught art classes and helped arrange special guest artist workshops with the Naples Art Association at the Naples Depot. She still has the paper attendance records.

Mariner taught art classes and helped arrange special guest artist workshops with the Naples Art Association at the Naples Depot. She still has the paper attendance records.

They’ve all influenced her style in some way, she says. Mariner describes her painting as experimental art. She started out working in oil painting, then later with watercolor and charcoal techniques. No matter which medium, she lets herself get absorbed by the colors and emotions of her art. She builds on a piece, adding a fleck of light here and playing with texture. “Sometimes amazing things happen!” she said.

She still collects interesting paper from secondhand stores and other sources to be used in her work. She saves it in this bin in her studio.

She still collects interesting paper from secondhand stores and other sources to be used in her work. She saves it in this bin in her studio.

She recalls the time she participated in Art in the Park with the Naples Art Association. “I took about eight paintings or so with me. We leaned them against the trees for buyers to see. I sold five or six of them!”  She has also been a part of Naples Art Association Members’ Gallery shows and the Naples National Art Festival. Through her participation with the NAA, Mariner’s work was discovered by a curator for Gallery One (when it was located on 13th Street in Naples), and they were one of the first galleries to accept her work for representation.

Mariner talks about the golden accent that she used in this artwork to add an additional layer to her design. She’s also experimented with texture, using gesso and other materials to create a three-dimensional affect in her art.

Mariner talks about the golden accent that she used in this artwork to add an additional layer to her design. She’s also experimented with texture, using gesso and other materials to create a three-dimensional affect in her art.

Before moving to Naples, Mariner lived in Baltimore, Maryland. It was where she first fell in love with art. In high school, she had a Thursday class in art, and she anticipated it eagerly each week. She later studied fine art at Cantonsville Community College and Western Maryland College.

Fondly recalling trips to Italy and elsewhere with her late husband, Richard. She would take photos and paint scenes of the beautiful places she’d travelled. She’s worked within themes and has a full series of paintings that incorporate antique sheet music in collage with paint.

Fondly recalling trips to Italy and elsewhere with her late husband, Richard. She would take photos and paint scenes of the beautiful places she’d travelled. She’s worked within themes and has a full series of paintings that incorporate antique sheet music in collage with paint.

Art has always been a part of Mary’s life, though it hasn’t always taken a front seat. She took some time after college to focus on raising her three children. As soon as she could, she sought out art instructor Luigi “Gino” Manneli, who was known for his use of color and light, to get back into painting and to keep learning. Recently, she is coming off of a seven-year break, and is excited about getting back into her studio with more enthusiasm.

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Naples Art Association’s June 2013 in Pictures

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June 2013 brought the summer heat and ignited creativity with the Naples Art Association! Check out the gallery below to view memories from the first couple of weeks of ARTScool, the preview reception for Camera USA 2013 National Photography Exhibition … Continue reading

Naples Art Association: name, history, legacy

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Many Naples residents and guests best know the Naples Art Association by its art programming that takes place at The von Liebig Art Center, built in 1999. But did you know the organization was founded more than four decades before it had its current building?

The Naples Art Association began in 1954 when founders E. George Rogers, Elsie Upham, and Grace Lake got together. They decided to form a nonprofit organization with local artists who lived in Naples and to enhance the quality of life in the growing small town. Over the years, the Naples Art Association has been entrenched in the development of Collier County and provision of art education. Artists who were with the organization in the earlier years recall exhibiting work at the Beach Club and the Naples Depot, among other locations. The Naples Art Association has grown in membership numbers and in services it offers since it opened the new building just off Fifth Avenue South 15 years ago.

In the organization’s newest marketing visuals, its name “Naples Art Association” features most prominently. In a cool-toned color palette and with soft curves, it sincerely expresses an organization that is woven into the fabric of the coastal community, committed to educating and promoting the value of the arts and to doing its part to energize economic development in Naples. The Naples Art Association continues to operate The von Liebig Art Center, hosting a variety of programs there each year, with a full schedule planned for its 60th Anniversary season.

The organization hopes this year that more people will begin to recognize the Naples Art Association for its commitment to the community and the art opportunities it provides – both at the art center and throughout the region – with exhibitions, professional development, educational classes, Art in the Park,  festivals and more. 

Do you have a story about how the Naples Art Association made a difference in your life? We’d love to hear your story.

Get involved today and help celebrate 60 years of creative impact through the visual arts.

Naples photographers rise to the top

The third annual Camera USA 2013: National Photography Exhibition and Award drew nearly 200 entries from across the United States. Harry Benson, the juror from the Naples Art Association’s first Camera USA, returned to help judge the 2013 competition. He was joined by Christopher Rauschenberg and Ron Bishop. All three juried the artwork submitted, and the top 45 photographs were accepted for the  exhibition. Of those, 14 photographers were nominated to receive the National Photography Award.

The Naples Art Association is proud that five local artists were a part of that list. Below, read the stories behind their photographic art.

Erin Dougherty Williams Naples, Florida Michael C., excerpt from Eugene Community Portrait Project, 2012 photograph 30 x 20 inches

Erin Dougherty Williams
Naples, Florida
Michael C., excerpt from Eugene Community Portrait Project, 2012
photograph
30 x 20 inches

Erin D. Williams: I set out to capture authentic portraits, rather than casting models into fictional narratives. I also limited myself to the basics: black and white images, plain backgrounds, sparse props and “whatever you were wearing when you made breakfast” for wardrobe. I found that by limiting the environment, little was known about the context of the subject. This forced me to develop a new visual vocabulary.  Subtle details and context clues gained importance. The texture of ones skin, a piece of jewelry, a hair out of place all became part of the story. I also tried to capture the “in between moments” when people weren’t posturing for the camera. I became very conscious that my best shots where when I was just “testing my lights.” This became part of my process. Some subjects were relit 5 times just to get the shots they thought “didn’t count.”

As I began to get comfortable behind the lens again, I realized I could give back to the community at the same time; the Eugene Community Photo Project emerged. I set up photo booths around town and opened my studio to the public for free portraits.  In exchange for their time, each of the almost 700 participants were given prints. All participants were also included in a book and an exhibit that presented the collection of images in the form of a community portrait. The project brings together demographics, personalities and characters that you might not otherwise find shoulder to shoulder. These juxtapositions are intended to be as engaging as the individual portraits.

Dennis T. Goodman Naples, Florida Deadly Reflection, 2013 photograph 14 x 40 inches

Dennis T. Goodman
Naples, Florida
Deadly Reflection, 2013
photograph
14 x 40 inches

Dennis T. Goodman: Nature’s beauty has always amazed me. I realized that I had a tremendous passion for preserving my visions through photography when I was in high school. Most of my photography comes from the Florida Everglades and Florida’s natural beauty. The connection I have when I am in the Everglades is indescribable. My inspiration comes from the beauty in nature and it has become a spiritual expedition as well. Being outdoors and being a witness to God’s creations inspires me every time I go out to take pictures.

My goal as an artist is to showcase the beauty and wonders that surround this world today as I see it. The ever changing light and the details of the swamp are captured in the hidden world we often do not see or experience.

Nic Provenzo Naples, Florida Ladder Wynwood Walls, 2012 digital photograph 38 x 32 inches

Nic Provenzo
Naples, Florida
Ladder Wynwood Walls, 2012
digital photograph
38 x 32 inches

Nic Provenzo: When photographing “Street Art” photographers must be cognizant that new images are being created from others’ works. Photographers must respect the other artists’ works and realize that their images are now elements of new artistic creations. It is imperative that the new images are not plagiarized copies of others. The new images should be vibrant statements appreciated on their own merits.

Gareth Rockliffe Naples, Florida Dead Lakes, 2011 digital photograph - archival print 40 x 30 inches

Gareth Rockliffe
Naples, Florida
Dead Lakes, 2011
digital photograph – archival print
40 x 30 inches

Gareth Rockliffe: I have a desire to capture the “soul” of a scene not just the light that falls upon it. By that I mean I want to bring more to the photograph than just what can be seen by the naked eye…

I want people to “feel” an emotion when they look at my work. By doing this, I believe, all viewers will connect with my images in a deep and meaningful way.

Colleen Provost Naples, Florida Cypress Sentinel, 2012 digital photograph 36 x 24 inches

Colleen Provost
Naples, Florida
Cypress Sentinel, 2012
digital photograph
36 x 24 inches

Colleen Provost: Day on the Water Photography is an expression of how I live my life in the belief that nature is a gift. Focusing a light on what is often unseen and making it tangible for others inspires me. There is always an adventure when out on the water; from exploring the mysterious River of Grass waist deep in the swamps looking at virgin cypress hoping not to surprise an alligator to witnessing a mother dolphin teach her calf to fish in the 10,000 Islands. I hope to capture this beauty given to us in a lens and share it with those unable to enter into this magical world.

Other artists included in Camera USA 2013: National Photography Exhibition and Award top 14 were:

  • Overall winner: Tony Hertz, Pismo Beach Califorina
  • Cindy Seip, Coral Gables, FL
  • David Rowell, St. Petersburg, FL
  • David Wensel, Geneva, Illinois
  • Zel Brook, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Caleb Charland, South Portland, Maine
  • Marita Grotee, Mississippi State University
  • Richard Auger, Summerfield, FL
  • Jason Windebank, West Hollywood, California

Also featured alongside this exhibition, “Capturing Our World” showcases the work of Naples Daily News photojournalists’ work, including 30 captivating images by six photojournalists.

Click here for a list of Camera USA 2013 and Capturing Our World artists.