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.

Naples Art Association: name, history, legacy

Naples Art Association logo

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.

Community leaders join Naples Art Association board

The Naples Art Association (http://naplesart.org), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, announces its two newest board members.

Andrew Sroka 2013Andrew Sroka, President and CEO of Fischer International, has volunteered to serve on the Naples Art Association board of directors. Sroka currently serves in a variety of leadership roles throughout Collier County. He is the father of two budding artists and says he always tries to promote art appreciation at home as well as in his professional work. He is keenly interested in the intersection on art and technology, and hopes to help the Naples Art Association along its path to create a unified artistic community in Southwest Florida that brings consistency and communication to the various disparate groups and organizations that exist. He aims to engage the community in celebrating the art that is all around us, promote art education for children, and generally help as needed.

Roger Weatherburn BakerRoger Weatherburn Baker, retired IBM executive, has also accepted an invitation to serve on the Naples Art Association board of directors. With a rich history in art dealing and collecting, and his work with several local art organizations, Baker was a natural fit for the nonprofit. Baker is the owner of International Art Gallery, former manager of the IBM Gallery of Science and Art and a past president of the Naples Fine Art Dealers Association. He says with his skills in communications and art shows, conferences and productions, he looks forward to continuing to contribute to the arts community in ways that that make a difference.

Naples Art Association awards $5,000 to Camera USA artist

"In full sunlight, I set my camera to ISO 3200 to obtain a high shutter speed with maximum depth of field. I photographed with Live View through a waterproof bag. Drying off the outside lens often, awkward camera positions and tight finger space were some of my main challenges,” Hertz said.

Tony Hertz, Gnarled Wave, black and white photography, 2012.
“My aim was to make an image contrary to what I shoot more often — long exposure photography. In full sunlight, I set my camera to ISO 3200 to obtain a high shutter speed with maximum depth of field. I photographed with Live View through a waterproof bag. Drying off the outside lens often, awkward camera positions and tight finger space were some of my main challenges,” Hertz said.

In January of 2013, the Naples Art Association issued a nationwide “call-for-photographers” and began accepting entries from across the USA. Photographers from 32 states answered the call and uploaded images of their work for an online jury process for the third annual Camera USA National Photography Award and Exhibition.

Harry Benson, Ron Bishop and Christopher Rauschenberg reviewed and scored entries for Camera USA. Forty-five photographs were accepted for the exhibition from a total of 183 submissions. The photographers presenting their work come from 15 states including all regions of Florida.

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the Naples Art Association presented Tony Hertz of Pismo Beach, California, with a $5,000 Award for his black and white photograph, “Gnarled Wave.”

Hertz appreciates the simplicity of black and white photography. “The challenge and discovery in making simple compositional elements in black and white and color deepens my personal meanings to nature. To me nature is like a sanctuary, a place apart. My intention is to photograph what is felt and not often seen. I enjoy capturing those moments that evoke mystery, mood and beauty, and sharing them,” Hertz said.

Photographic Artist Tony Hertz next to his winning black and white photo, “Gnarled Wave,” with one of the three show jurors, Ron Bishop.

Photographic Artist Tony Hertz next to his winning black and white photo, Gnarled Wave, with one of the three show jurors, Ron Bishop.

Hertz has more than 25 years of professional photography experience with 10 years as a daily newspaper photographer in California, photographing everything from U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, Pope Paul, celebrities, musicians, famous sports figures and major news and community events.  “Working as a photojournalist helped refine my compositional instincts when I turned to focus mainly on landscape and nature subjects for personal and fine art photography work,” said Hertz.

His award-winning photography has been widely published, with worldwide credits including Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic WORLD, Sunset Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor.

When he’s not out in the field shooting, he’s likely spending time in a traditional wet darkroom, editing images from a recent photo trip or teaching photography with Cuesta College Fine Arts Department in San Luis Obispo, California.

Camera USA: National Photography Award and Exhibition is on view through August 23 at The von Liebig Art Center. For details: http://bit.ly/11H1Zqv

Camera USA: National Photography Award and Exhibition is on view through August 23 at The von Liebig Art Center. For details: http://bit.ly/11H1Zqv

Also on view at The von Liebig Art Center, Capturing Our World 2: Naples Daily News Photojournalists

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.

Learn more about educational programming with the Naples Art Association.

Learn more about Charity for Change.

Naples Art Association features the art of Rebeca Calderón Pittman

Rebeca shows Vi at Bentley Village residents her work on view at the von Liebig Art Center. She had taught a workshop with them earlier in the day.

Rebeca Calderón Pittman shows Vi at Bentley Village residents her work on view at the von Liebig Art Center. She had taught a workshop with them earlier in the day.

As part of its exhibition La Casa: Latin American Art, the Naples Art Association presents Recombinant Drawings by Rebeca Calderón PittmanThe artist’s work from her Recombinant Drawings, a series she created from 2011-2012, captures the world around her in finely detailed drawings in ink on multiple layers of clear acetate and vellum. The drawings combine a highly focused observation of many different settings including the artist’s studio, buildings, and nature. Fragments of different scenes are layered together to create surprising impressions of the world and the artist’s inner life. Calderón Pittman’s complex drawings are personal and engaging, dreamlike and poetic.

Her 15 works are on view at the von Liebig Art Center through June 1, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Recombinant Drawings takes its title from the process of genetic engineering used to create an organism that combines DNA from different origins. In her drawings, Calderón Pittman takes images from disparate sources to create a new vision of reality. According to the artist, “The drawings present paradoxical situations, such as when we are in one setting, yet our minds are focused on another time and place. The work inquires into the ongoing presence of memory… and a familiar yet elusive world that belongs neither to the conscious nor the unconscious mind.”

Calderón Pittman’s selection of works for the exhibition shows the range of visual and emotive approaches that she employs in the Recombinant Drawings. For example:

Rebeca Pittman - Embracing Change

Embracing Change, with its open window flanked by a heavy curtain, an ornamental grill, and the artist’s painting in the distance, reads as an homage to Matisse, one of the artists that Calderón Pittman has cited as especially important to her.

Even more examples of Calderón Pittman’s work as well as other artists in the exhibition can be seen at this link.

Rebeca Calderón Pittman studied fine art at Anderson University, based in Cincinnati. She was born and raised in Guatemala where her parents were missionaries. Calderón Pittman sees her calling as an artist in the same light as her parents’ spiritual commitment.

Rebeca Calderón Pittman teaching a workshop for Vi at Bentley Village residents.

Rebeca Calderón Pittman teaching a workshop for Vi at Bentley Village residents.

Calderón Pittman has exhibited her work extensively in Guatemala, France, Japan, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the United States. Her solo exhibitions include the Pendleton Art Gallery, Newport, KY; The Bridge (sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Museum), Mason, OH; and Banco de Guatemala Art Gallery. Her group exhibitions include Pop Revolution Gallery, Cincinnati; CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM; “Expo1” Japan, Tokyo; and “Mujeres por El Arte”, organized by the O.A.S, Washington, D.C., which traveled to The University of California, Santa Cruz and the Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala. The artist’s work is in many public and corporate collections including The Cincinnati ART Museum, Anderson University,  PNC Bank, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Banco G&T, BANCO DE GUATEMALA and Ingenio El Pilar.

The Naples Art Association presents La Casa: Latin American Art, an exhibition, celebrating the home and highlighting drawings, fiber work, mixed media, paintings, prints, repousse, retablos and sculpture by twenty-two artists from Latin America, including five Naples artists.The La Casa exhibition will be on view from April 27th through June 1st,  at the von Liebig Art Center in Downtown Naples, just one block south of Fifth Avenue South.

The Art Center is located at 585 Park Street, Naples, FL, 34102 and the hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Please call 239-262-6517 if  you have any questions.

Review more of Rebeca Calderón Pittman’s work on the Naples Art Association website.