By Aimee Schlehr
Naples Art is in full swing with a fabulous lineup of exhibitions and events already in progress for the 2019-2020 season.
In addition, Naples Art continues to offer hundreds of diverse art classes and workshops for those who just want to try something stress-free and fun, to those who want to hone their advanced skills. There truly is something for everyone and an extraordinary instructor to help get you there.
The longest running and most beloved among locals, Art in the Park has remained the favorite monthly outdoor show showcasing the talents of local artists for decades. Believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples in 1957, Art in the Park carries on the tradition of providing the community access to the very creative fine art and craftwork of exceptional local artists. Naples Art is proud to host this juried art show held on the first Saturday of each month from November through April. The first one of the new season will be Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
Look at the exhibition calendar, from now through Nov. 17, enjoy the exhibition America: What it Means to Me. Revel in the beauty of America: Its people, places, history, traditions.
Following the extraordinary Scene to be Seen event on Nov. 1, the wearable art that graced the runway at that extraordinary event is going to be showcased as an exhibition for the first time ever from Nov. 5 – 26. Fashioning Wearable Art: 2019 Scene to be Seen Collection will be on display at Naples Art.
Also exhibiting is Narrative Interplay: The Photographic Images of Penelope Breen from Nov. 7 – 30. Her black and white photographs resemble film stills and visual narrative is essential in her photography. She often includes blurred movement to engage the viewer, create mystery and build anticipation.
Join us in celebrating these diverse and wonderful exhibitions Nov. 14 for the reception for America, Fashioning Wearable Art and Narrative Interplay Exhibitions, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Naples Art.
For those who enjoy speaking engagements, we offer several opportunities for learning. ART Focus presentations focus on art. A variety of presentations are made throughout season by exhibiting artists, collectors, art professionals and exhibition jurors. We also offer 104 Gallery Talks, informal and available to all Gallery 104 jury process participants. The talks are conducted by Gallery 104 manager Olena Skiba and include general information on artwork, exhibiting and the jury process, as well as specific information on choosing the right work to enter into a jury process and proper presentation of an artwork. Join us Nov. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m,. for ART Focus with Penelope Breen, photographer, and on Nov. 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. for our 104 Gallery Talk with Olena Skiba.
WaterWorks: Artistic Celebration of Our Most Vital Resource will be on display Nov. 26 through Jan. 5. See the exceptional ways artists represent water in various types of media from paintings to pottery, glass, fiber art and more.
The last and most beloved exhibition of the year, 53rd Founders Exhibition will run from Dec. 6 – Jan. 9. Founders exhibitions commemorate the founding of the first non-profit visual art organization in Collier County. The exhibitions are held each even-numbered year and serve as a platform for local artists to share the spotlight with their peers at the national level. A reception for WaterWorks and 53rd Founders Exhibitions will be held Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Naples Art.
Naples Art is located at 585 Park St. For more details, call 239-262-6517 or visit www.naplesart.org.
Aimee Schlehr is CEO and executive director of Naples Art.