By Ricki Baker
Naples Art Board President
Naples Art welcomes you back! At Naples Art, we believe art can change lives and improve entire communities. Through our unique and engaging programs, classes, exhibitions, and events, Naples Art enhances communitywide appreciation for and understanding of the visual arts and supports artists of all ages and aspirations.
After a challenging spring and summer being closed due to COVID-19 and major A/C replacement issues, we cannot wait to get back into the swing of things! We are putting the finishing touches on plans for the upcoming season at Naples Art and it’s going to be brilliant. The summer was spent diligently working from home to come up with exciting offerings that will provide ready access to soul-nurturing arts and culture that our community is seeking and richly deserves.
New classes have been added to entice artists of all abilities and ages: from those who have always wanted to give art a try to established artists; from youngsters to seniors. Naples Art is also adding a whole new slate of online-only workshops and programs. Registration for our new online-only workshops will begin soon at Naplesart.org
Another not-to-be-missed Naples Art feature now online is Naples Art’s unique gift shop – Originals. Start shopping now at naplesart.org/shop/
To inspire more artists and would-be artists to learn and to develop their talents, Naples Art proudly continues offering a sought-after array of quality art instruction for beginners, hobbyists, and advanced practitioners. We offer more than 200 professional studio classes and workshops in painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, glass, jewelry, and more for adults and children, all taught by experienced, accomplished instructors. Learn more and register for in-person classes at www.Naplesart.org
Scene to be Seen, our beloved not-to-be-missed event of the year, has been postponed due to the challenges of COVID 19. “This truly is a unique event – the best in Naples. The energy and creative expression of Scene to be Seen will transport those who attend to experiences like the amazing Met Gala,” says Rich Cacace, events manager of Naples Art, “and we look forward to hosting it at a time when it can be fully experienced.”
Our heralded national outdoor shows are expected to start in January 2021. They regularly win the most coveted awards given to outdoor art shows across the country, including the prestigious Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best for 2020. With our community’s health and safety top of mind along with local requirements, we’ll let you know as the dates draw near whether these shows will be brought to you in person or as online experiences.
25th Annual Naples
New Year’s Art Show
January 2 – 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, on 5th Avenue South. The show features artists from across the country and abroad.
42nd Annual Naples National Art Show
February 20 – 21, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Cambier Park & 8th St. South. The show features artists from across the country and abroad.
33rd Annual Naples Downtown Art Show
March 20 – 21, 2021, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, on 5th Avenue South. The show features artists from across the country and abroad.
This is a small sample of the incredible things happening at Naples Art, and there is more to come. For more information, visit www.NaplesArt.org.