From the fourth annual Mercato Fine Arts Festival and the monthly installment of Art in the Park to special events with Collier Child Care Resources and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts, the Naples Art Association kept moving all month long. We opened a new exhibition at Physicians Regional Healthcare System and gave away $8,000 in scholarships to college-bound Collier County high school art students. We honored one of our amazing volunteers on the Cultural Walkway, and held the Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts on Fifth Avenue South. Goddess Night: The Fine Art of Being a Woman was a sold out event!
Art in the Park, showcasing handmade, original art by Naples Art Association member artists, takes place on the first Saturdays of the month between November and April each year. If you haven’t explored downtown Naples for Art in the Park this season, there’s still one more chance! Artists will be showing and selling their work on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission and activities all along Park Street and inside the von Liebig Art Center — just one block south of Fifth Ave. S.
April’s Art in the Park wraps up the show’s 56th season. It has been an exciting year, featuring more than 70 artists. Executive Director Aimee Schlehr says this show is a special benefit for the Naples Art Association’s members. “Art in the Park gives those member artists an opportunity to showcase their one-of-a-kind artwork, and the community gets the chance to engage with artists that live in their community,” Schlehr said.
This show has a lot of history in the community, but it shows no sign of slowing down. Over the past year, the organization’s noticed more artists applying than in recent past. Schlehr says Art in the Park is made up of artists who are emerging and exploring more career opportunities, including young people on the rise as well as artists taking on new challenges in their retirement years. “It’s great for showing and selling art as well as for professional development for the artists! As an organization with a strong educational and creative mission, these are just a couple of reasons we love Art in the Park.”
Families travelling to Art in the Park this year have had extra fun. Art instructor Kim Walbert has provided make-and-take art projects for children of all ages. This year, she’s shared creative ideas including monoprints, ornament design and more. On Saturday, join in the make-and-take action on the front deck of the von Liebig Art Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
View the slideshow below for a look back at Art in the Park’s 56th season from November 2012 through March 2013
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 in the Park! hosted by the Naples Art Association
DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2013
TIME: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Free Admission and activities
Located along Park Street, at the von Liebig Art Center and in Cambier Park.
This month’s Art in the Park presented by Naples Art Association will coordinate with a neighboring event by Avow Hospice, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and annual butterfly release event in Cambier Park.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include a live butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of butterflies, children’s activities, and new this year, a concert featuring Johnny T., “the man of many voices” who performs nostalgic songs from classic artists like Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra.
At noon, a community memorial service will be held and will include inspirational readings, music and the public reading of names of loved ones being honored. At the conclusion of the service, the exhibit tent will be opened to allow the butterflies to take flight.
In coordination, Naples Art Association’s Art in the Park showcases handmade, original art by its member artists. Art instructors will lead make-and-take, butterfly-themed art projects for children at the butterfly release from 10 a.m. to noon and on the front deck of the von Liebig Art Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artist David Arrowsmith will give live art demonstrations throughout the day.
Plus, WGCU’s Curious Kids will also be on site filming for an upcoming episode!
Special thanks to the generous sponsors of Art in the Park: WGCU Public Media, Happening A&E Magazine, Russell’s Clambakes, Florida Weekly, and Costco Naples.
The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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. The NAA operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. 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/.
Rounding out 2012 with a great variety of fine art (both in gallery exhibition and an outdoor art festival), the Naples Art Association celebrated member artists and engaged creative enthusiasts within the community. December 2012 events included the opening of two new exhibitions, Art in the Park, educational classes and workshops such as Wine and Dezine as well as community-coordinated activities including the Fifth Avenue South Tree Lighting on Dec. 6, 2012. For the tree lighting, Home Depot generously donated six fraiser fir trees to the Naples Art Association. These trees were decorated by attendees, and the fully decorated trees were delivered to families in need in Collier County. Event attendees to Art in the Park on Dec. 1, 2012 not only had the chance to see great art and build make-and-take art projects, but they were also invited to help glaze ceramic bowls, made by instructor and artist David Hammel. The finished bowls will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for their 2013 Empty Bowls fundraiser, which helps to feed the hungry in Collier County. Naples Art Association also awarded more than $2,500 in cash prizes to exhibiting artists in the National Art Encounter 2012-13 and the Members’ Gallery All-Media show. Relive the fun in the gallery below!
The Naples Art Association presents a community favorite event on Jan. 5-6, 2013 on Fifth Ave. South: the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair. At this festival, audiences can walk right up to life-size sculptures, try on handmade clothing, view memories of places and things captured by camera or paintbrush, oogle jewelry that sparkles, select from an array of functional pottery and decorative ceramic art. More than 200 artists will have their original artwork for sale. The festival on Fifth Ave. Naples is open from 10 to 5 both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday only, check out Art in the Park along Park Street for even more original art by Naples Art Association member artists, art demonstrations by Sharon Erbe and Rinny Ryan, plus art projects for the whole family! First Saturdays art projects will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.inside The von Liebig Art Center. Instructor David Hammel will lead adults in glazing ceramic bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser, helping to feed the hungry in Collier County through Harry Chapin Food Bank. Instructor Kim Walbert leads children of all ages to create make-and-take art projects.
To support the Naples Art Association’s ongoing, community-supporting arts programming, donations are accepted at the festivals, but admission to both events and participation in First Saturdays craft activities are absolutely free.
Special thanks go to sponsors: Costco, Russell’s Clambakes, Naples Daily News, WAVV 101.1, Happenings A&E Magazine, Lite 93.7, Florida Weekly and WGCU Public Media.
WHAT: Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair and January Art in the Park
WHO: Naples Art Association
DATE: Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 5-6, 2013
TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Fifth Ave South and Park Street
From the first Art in the Park of the 56th season (First Saturdays through April – mark your calendar!) to the kick off of a brand new series of make-and-take art projects, plus community events, new exhibitions and the Naples Fall Fine Art and Craft Festival on Thanksgiving weekend, there was something going on at every turn hosted by the Naples Art Association. Here’s a gallery of selected photos taken throughout the month. Special photo credits for some images go to Avant Garde Images and Debi Pittman Wilkey.
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