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The 2016-2017 Southwest Florida art fair and festival season promises to be an exciting one. With over fifty art festivals and fairs taking place from Marco Island to Matlacha, event organizers plan to treat both newbie art enthusiasts and veteran art collectors to an unparalleled array of new art in virtually every medium, from paintings in oil and acrylic, watercolors, drawings in pastels, charcoal, pen and ink and graphite, 2D and 3D mixed media works and collages to photography and digital artworks, bronze and metal sculpture, wood working, ceramics, pottery, glass fusion and glass art, hand-crafted art jewelry, leather works and more.

 

October, 2016

Live Music 01It all starts in the Naples Art District on Wednesday, October 5 when a dozen and a half galleries and artist studios in the Naples Art District open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Called 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE!, the event is a unique opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than dozens of emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

On Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, the anything-goeshistoric River District in Downtown Fort Myers hosts Art Walk, now starting its ninth season. The Friday component runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and First Street is closed to traffic during this time and face painting is offered at several locations. The Saturday event is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine, this “must attend event” showcases the works of local artists from over 14 downtown galleries, which include the American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans; june-2016-music-walk-01athe Art League of Fort Myers (featuring new exhibits each month); Arts for ACT Gallery (featuring three or more art exhibits every month plus co-op members art); Bootlegger Alley Gallery (outdoor gallery open only during Art Walk in The Patio de Leon); Grand Illusion Gallery (art, tee shirts and more); Marc Harris Wildlife Photography (on Jackson Street); Miville Art Gallery (art and photography in the Franklin trolley-altShops); Ollie Mack Gentry Photography (photography at 2180 West First Street); Reverie & Rock Art Gallery (concert photography and Surrealistic digital art); the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (main gallery exhibit and Capitol Exhibit on the 3rd Floor); The Barrel Room (Jazz art on Bay Street); Timeless Gallery (gallery and gift shop featuring steampunk art and more); Two horse-drawn-carriage-01-4Newts Gallery (co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway); and Unit A (urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park). New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some national and international artists as well.

soco-second-saturday-05On Saturday, October 8, the new SoCo district holds its inaugural Second Saturday monthly event with a variety of scheduled events such as artist demonstrations and talks, musical and theater performances, art exhibition receptions, wine tastings, and more. Participating venues include the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, The Union Artist Studios at the Art Loft, Ocasiocasa at the Art Loft, Luciano Deandrade’s Studio Os Urbanos, David Gittleman Studios and Yoga Bird. soco-second-saturday-04Their proximity enables participants to either structure a self-guided walking tour or drive and park. An after-party starting at 10:00 p.m. will be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. A map of the cultural stops will be located at all participating venues and can also be printed online at socoswfl.com.

From 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, the Map of Crayton Covegalleries of Crayton Cove host Art After Dark, an Art Walk type evening that gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Art Gallery Old Naples2, and Guess-Fisher Phil Fisher Gallery 2013 CGallery: Nestled In The Cove, who band together to present an evening of art receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant.

DSC03741__t588 (2)On Saturday, October 22Naples Artcrafters returns its monthly fine art and craft show to Naples Cambier Park. The Artcrafters have been committed for more than 45 years to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting. At their shows, they present a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolors, drawings in pen and ink and pencil, pastels, scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry (including metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary and beading), sculptures, pottery, clay, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, basket weaving, and more.

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November, 2016

Anne Chaddock Studio 01On Wednesday, November 21st Wednesday ART ALIVE! returns to the Naples Art District with its full complement of two dozen plus galleries and artist studios for a 5-8 p.m. drive-and-park event that affords casual, curious art lovers and serious art collectors alike an unparalleled opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 45 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

anything-goesOn Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, the historic River District in Downtown Fort Myers hosts Art Walk, now starting its ninth season. The Friday component runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and First Street is closed to traffic during this time and face painting is offered at several locations. The Saturday event is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine, this “must attend event” showcases the works of local artists from over 14 downtown galleries, which june-2016-music-walk-01ainclude the American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans; the Art League of Fort Myers (featuring new exhibits each month); Arts for ACT Gallery (featuring three or more art exhibits every month plus co-op members art); Bootlegger Alley Gallery (outdoor gallery open only during Art Walk in The Patio de Leon); Grand Illusion Gallery (art, tee shirts and more); Marc Harris Wildlife Photography (on Jackson Street); horse-drawn-carriage-01-4Miville Art Gallery (art and photography in the Franklin Shops); Ollie Mack Gentry Photography (photography at 2180 West First Street); Reverie & Rock Art Gallery (concert photography and Surrealistic digital art); the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (main gallery exhibit and Capitol Exhibit on the 3rd Floor); The Barrel Room (Jazz art on Bay Street); Timeless Gallery (gallery and trolley-altgift shop featuring steampunk art and more); Two Newts Gallery (co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway); and Unit A (urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park). New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some national and international artists as well.

Art in the Park LogoOn Saturday,  November 5, Art in the Park returns to downtown Naples. Now celebrating 59 years as Naples’ oldest art fair, Art in the Park features Naples Art Association members showcasing a variety of original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles and gifts. Nestled on Park Street just to art-in-the-park-04the west of The von Liebig Art Center, this juried art fair is held the first Saturday of the month November through April. Each art fair features hands-on-art experiences and live demonstrations from skilled artists.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11, 12 & 13, the downtown Fort Myers River District celebrates the Creative Arts creative-arts-market-01Market. Produced by the River District Alliance, the Creative Arts Market is a high-quality juried market that features a diverse mix of seasonal gift items and unique products.  Exhibitors are selected based upon their contribution to a vibrant environment of varied high-quality gifts.  Hand-made items including handmade jewelry and accessories, artwork, fiber arts and imported hand-crafts are featured in up to 50 high-peak tented booths. As an additional draw, live music and select food soco-second-saturday-05products will be part of the programming mix.

On Saturday, November 12, the new SoCo district holds its Second Saturday monthly event with a variety of events such as artist demonstrations and talks, musical and theater performances, art exhibition receptions, wine tastings, and more. Participating venues include the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, The Union Artist Studios at the Art Loft, Ocasiocasa at the Art Loft, Luciano Deandrade’s Studio Os soco-second-saturday-04Urbanos, David Gittleman Studios and Yoga Bird. Their proximity enables participants to either structure a self-guided walking tour or drive and park. An after-party starting at 10:00 p.m. will be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. A map of the cultural stops will be located at all participating venues and can also be printed online at socoswfl.com.

DSC03741__t588 (2)Saturday, November 12, the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show returns to Cambier Park. The Naples Artcrafters is an established fine art and craft organization with more than 45 years of history in Naples, Florida, and this Saturday art fair places a spotlight on a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings (in oils, acrylics and watercolors), drawings (in pen and ink, pencil, and pastels), scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry (including metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary and beading), sculpture, pottery, clay, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, and basket weaving.

Map of Crayton CoveJust steps away in Crayton Cove on Saturday, November 12 is Art After Dark, an Art-Walk-type evening that gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Art Gallery Old the-dock-01-4Naples2, and Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove, who band together from 6-9 p.m. to present an evening of art receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse estero-fine-art-logo-01Restaurant.

The Estero Fine Art Show™ takes place at Miromar Design Center on the weekend of November 19 & 20. This juried art show brings high quality artists from around the globe and top notch local artists to sell their original and personally handmade art work. The art fair’s main focus is visual arts and community enrichment. Many of the nation’s best artists exhibit at this show. Event hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10-5 daily, and both the event and parking are free. In addition to fine art, there is great food and free live entertainment from world-class favorites across the street at the Miromar Outlet Mall.

Blue Pearl 01Also taking place on the weekend of November 19 & 20 is 3rd Weekend ART ALIVE. Hosted by Art Alliance Naples, this two-day event features artist demonstrations and new exhibits in 26 independent artists’ studios and galleries in the Naples Art District (north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road). Participating galleries and sanibelmastersimagePRstudios are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

The Sanibel Masters Art Festival has been a Sanibel Island Thanksgiving weekend tradition for 23 years. It showcases paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D sanibalmixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, handmade Tiffany Style Lamps, fiber art, and jewelry produced by 75 artists and artisans from around the country. The festival is held on the grounds of The Sanibel Community House on setPeriwinkle Drive, Sanibel’s main street. The Sanibel Community House has been an island fixture since 1927 and touts itself as The Gathering Place on Sanibel Island. But Boulderbrook Productions has a little twist in store for festival-goers. This one takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26, so both the artists and the art lovers still have Sunday to enjoy the island, the weather and their purchases and sales.

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December, 2016

anything-goesOn Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, the historic River District in Downtown Fort Myers hosts Art Walk, now in its ninth season. The Friday component runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. First Street is closed to traffic during this time and face painting is offered at several locations. The Saturday event is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine, this “must attend event” showcases the works of local artists from over 14 downtown galleries, which june-2016-music-walk-01ainclude the American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans; the Art League of Fort Myers (featuring new exhibits each month); Arts for ACT Gallery (featuring three or more art exhibits every month plus co-op members art); Bootlegger Alley Gallery (outdoor gallery open only during Art Walk in The Patio de Leon); Grand Illusion Gallery (art, tee shirts and more); Marc Harris Wildlife Photography (on Jackson Street); horse-drawn-carriage-01-4Miville Art Gallery (art and photography in the Franklin Shops); Ollie Mack Gentry Photography (photography at 2180 West First Street); Reverie & Rock Art Gallery (concert photography and Surrealistic digital art); the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (main gallery exhibit and Capitol Exhibit on the 3rd Floor); The Barrel Room (Jazz trolleyart on Bay Street); Timeless Gallery (gallery and gift shop featuring steampunk art and more); Two Newts Gallery (co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway); and Unit A (urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park). New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some national and international artists as well.

art-in-the-park-logoOn Saturday,  December 3Art in the Park returns to downtown Naples. Now celebrating 59 years as Naples’ oldest art fair, Art in the Park features Naples Art Association members showcasing a variety of original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles and gifts. Nestled on Park Street just to art-in-the-park-04the west of The von Liebig Art Center, this juried art fair is held the first Saturday of the month November through April. Each art fair features hands-on-art experiences and live demonstrations from skilled artists.

The Kesslers 05On Wednesday, December 7, the more than two dozen galleries and artist studios that comprise the Naples Art District open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Called 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE!, the event is a unique opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 45 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 9, 10 & 11, the downtown Fort Myers River District celebrates the Creative Arts creative-arts-market-01Market. Produced by the River District Alliance, the Creative Arts Market is a high-quality juried market that features a diverse mix of seasonal gift items and unique products.  Exhibitors are selected based upon their contribution to a vibrant environment of varied high-quality gifts.  Hand-made items including handmade jewelry and accessories, artwork, fiber arts and imported hand-crafts are featured in up to 50 high-peak tented booths. As soco-second-saturday-05an additional draw, live music and select food products will be part of the programming mix.

On Saturday, December 10, the new SoCo district holds its Second Saturday monthly event with a variety of events such as artist demonstrations and talks, musical and theater performances, art exhibition receptions, wine tastings, and more. Participating venues include the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, The Union Artist Studios at the Art Loft, Ocasiocasa at daas-co-op-at-soco-01the Art Loft, Luciano Deandrade’s Studio Os Urbanos, David Gittleman Studios and Yoga Bird. Their proximity enables participants to either structure a self-guided walking tour or drive and park. An after-party starting at 10:00 p.m. will be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. A map of the cultural stops will be located at all naples-artcrafters-in-the-park-03participating venues and can also be printed online at socoswfl.com.

Also on Saturday, December 10, the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show returns to Cambier Park. The Artcrafters have been committed for more than 45 years to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting naples-artcrafters-in-the-park-04established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting. At their shows, they present a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolors, drawings in pen and ink and pencil, pastels, scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry (including naples-artcrafters-in-the-park-01metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary and beading), sculptures, pottery, clay, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, basket weaving, and more.

Just steps away in Crayton Cove on Saturday, December 10 is Art After Dark, an Art-Walk-type evening that gives art enthusiasts and crayton-cove-sign-02collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Arsenault Gallery, Art Gallery Old Naples2, and Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove, who band together from 6-9 p.m. to present an evening of art receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding artist-andrea-beloff-03eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant. For more information, please telephone 239-403-8393.

Taking place on Saturday, December 17, is 3rd Saturday ART ALIVE. Hosted by Art Alliance Naples, this one-day event features artist demonstrations and new exhibits in 26 independent artists’ studios and galleries in the Naples Art District (north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road). Participating galleries and nyw-2012-12-2studios are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 6th Annual Coconut Point New Years Weekend Art Festival takes place December 30 and 31 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. This is a Howard Alan event, where variety and diversity are overarching themes. At this 2-day outdoor art fair, there is something for everyone ranging from $15 handmade silver jewelry to life size sculptures costing in excess of $50,000. More than nyw-2012-01250 artists and artisans from 30 different states are expected to participate in this festival, with every medium and genre being represented. artists have been juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity ensuring a variety of original and handmade art with wide appeal.

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January, 2017:

49785_640x638On Wednesday, January 4, the more than two dozen galleries and artist studios that comprise the Naples Art District open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Called 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE!, the event is a unique opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 45 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

at-the-show-03The 19th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show also takes place on Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Miromar Design Center. As Southwest Florida’s premier destination for design professionals and the general public, the Miromar Design Center welcomes visitors to a world of luxury and elegance that is unparalleled in the design industry. jan-15-estero-crowd-shot-01Distinctive showrooms present a world-wide collection of the finest furniture and accessories, fabrics, wall coverings, lighting, kitchen and bath products, flooring, art and more. The new location gives art lovers an unparalleled opportunity to make January 7-8 a weekend of interior design and art shopping and buying that miromar-design-center-05they will remember for years to come as this top-notch fine art & craft event, which features original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, ceramics, clay, glass, sculpture, wood working and carvings, fiber art and art jewelry from the ateliers, studios and workshops of some 160 local and internationally-acclaimed artists. All jan-15-estero-crowd-shot-05are present throughout the two-day event and eager to answer questions about their work and inspiration. Live art demonstrations afford numerous opportunities for patrons to see the various processes that the artists’ go through and techniques they employ to create high-quality artworks in their chosen medium.

119The Naples Art Association‘s Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair returns to Naples’ Fifth Avenue South on the weekend of January 7-8, 2017. Last year, the artworks on display were valued collectively at more than $15 million. As in years past, every category will be represented, from original oils and acrylics on canvas, panel and galvanized aluminum to watercolors on paper, 2D naplescrowd1and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, metal sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more. Because of its national ranking (Sunshine Artist consistently ranks it in its top 100 in the nation each year) and the beautiful weather in southwest Florida during this time of year, the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair Art in the Park 04draws 200 of the finest artists in the country, which explains why more than 15,000 art enthusiasts turned out for this art fair last year. There’s lots of art for every taste and pocketbook, so bring your credit card or checkbook.

Art in the Park will run alongside the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday, January 7. Art in the Park not only features work by Naples Art Association member artists in booths set up on Art in the Park 05Park Street outside The von Liebig Art Center, but art demonstrations by NAA artists plus art projects for the whole family. There are projects inside The von Liebig Art Center for the kids as well. Art in the Park is not just an add-on to the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair. It is a festival that has stood on its own merits for more than 58 years.

pastelOn Marco Island, the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair also takes place on January 9 & 10. This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is toward the southern end of acrylicthe island. Now in its 16th year, this craft fair provides browsers and art enthusiasts with some of the region’s best original artwork, including paintings, watercolors, photography and digital art, ceramics, pottery, glass, clothing, jewelry and mixed media work.

soco-second-saturday-05On Saturday, January 14, the new SoCo district holds its Second Saturday monthly event with a variety of events such as artist demonstrations and talks, musical and theater performances, art exhibition receptions, wine tastings, and more. Participating venues include the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, The Union Artist Studios at the Art Loft, Ocasiocasa at the Art Loft, Luciano Deandrade’s Studio Os Urbanos, David Gittleman Studios and Yoga Bird. Their proximity enables participants to either naples-artcrafters-in-the-park-01structure a self-guided walking tour or drive and park. An after-party starting at 10:00 p.m. will be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. A map of the cultural stops will be located at all participating venues and can also be printed online at socoswfl.com.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017Naples Artcrafters will naples-artcrafters-in-the-park-04host a juried fine art and craft show in beautiful Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The event features incredibly diverse and talented local artists that will share paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry and metal work, as well as handcrafted sculptures, pottery and much more. The show takes place on 8th Street South, one block south of fabled Fifth Avenue South, behind Starbucks crayton-cove-sign-02and within view of the band shell and Cambier’s Quilt, the first public art project at a municipal building under the City of Naples’ public art ordinance.

Just steps away in Crayton Cove on Saturday, January 14 is Art After Dark, an Art-Walk-type evening that gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Art Gallery Old Naples2, and Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove, who band together from 6-9 p.m. to present an evening of art inside-bleu-provence-05-3receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant.

Setting the Pace During Bonita National 2The Bonita Springs National Art Festival invades Riverside Park on Old 41 in historic downtown Bonita Springs again this year, and its first of three fine art festivals takes place on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15. In 2011, Bonita Springs National was ranked the #10 art festival in the nation by The Art Fair SourceBook and #11 by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and last year it received a #2 national ranking. This festival stresses quality and originality, with the 211 artists juried into the show from across the Park BenchesUnited States, Canada, South America and even Europe exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more. Riverside Park is located at 10450 Reynold Street or 27000 Old 41 Road in central Bonita Springs, Florida 34135.

Also taking place on the weekend of January 14 and 15 is the 32nd Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts. The show takes place on the Cape Coral Parkway and includes arts and crafts by galleria-shot-03more than 200 artists in genres that include fine crafts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Naples Masters Winter Art Festival comes to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt on January 14 & 15. This festival features 60 highly successful and skilled artists who bring and exhibit paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography sanibel-island-08and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry. The festival is devoted mainly to fine art, with some fine crafts entering into the mix.

The Sanibel Community Association Fine Art and Craft Festival takes place on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. This tw0-day show is a partnership betweeen The Sanibel Community Association and Boulderbrook Productions. It features the gourmet food booths, live entertainment and 70 fine artists showcasing works in oil, acrylic and watercolor, drawings and pastels, 2D and 3D mixed media and collages, photography and digital art, woodworking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber art, and jewelry.

www-edenartfestThe 20th Annual Naples Invitational Art Fest will be held January 21-22 in Naples’ Fleischmann Park, which is located just south of the Coastland Center Mall on Fleischmann Boulevard at Goodlette-Frank Road. Ranked in the top 200 festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine last year, ArtFest Naples takes place along the sidewalks that bisect the park, connecting the tennis crowd-shot-01courts on the east with the picnic pavilion, playgrounds and one of the baseball/softball fields. Because of the festival’s size and configuration, Art Fest Naples represents an opportunity for artists and collectors to exchange ideas and information while supporting the Special Needs Children’s Fund, whose mission is to improve the lives of children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities in Collier County.

Also taking place on Saturday, January 21 is 3rd talking-art-with-andrea-beloff-05Saturday ART ALIVE. Hosted by Art Alliance Naples, this event features artist demonstrations and new exhibits in 26 independent artists’ studios and galleries in the Naples Art District (north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road). Participating galleries and studios are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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On the weekend of January 3o-31, The Bonita Springs National Art Festival returns to Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Like its January 9/10 and March Setting the Pace During Bonita National 25/6 editions, this festival places a heavy emphasis on quality and originality, with the 211 artists juried into the show from across the United States, Canada, South America and even Europe exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more. Together with the festivals held in earlier in January and March, this show is a major fundraiser for the Center of the Arts of Bonita Springs.

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February, 2016:

The Kesslers 05On Wednesday, February 3, the more than two dozen galleries and artist studios that comprise the Naples Art District open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Called 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE!, the event is a unique opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 45 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

ArtFest Fort Myers takes place Friday night, February 5, and Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2016 in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Once again, Fort Myers’ newly-completed 1.8 acre river basin will serve as backdrop for the festival, along with Fort Myers Marina, City Pier Building (former home of Art of the Olympians), the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park. The basin serves the important utilitarian function of filtering and cleaning the Aerial 03stormwater that drains from the surrounding 15-acre hardscape, thereby insulating the Caloosahatchee and downriver estuaries from nitrogen and a host of other pollutants. But for ArtFest, it will definitely provide a picturesque location for the tents and booths of many of the 200 artists who have been juried into this year’s festival. As in years past, a wide array of genres and media will be represented in this year’s Truly Nolen present An Artsy Bugs Life 06festival, including works in sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital, mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, wearable fiber and wood. And be sure to check out the chalk art competition featuring entries by area high schools.

Art in the Park 2Down the road on Saturday, February 6 is Naples Art in the Park. This one-day fair showcases paintings in oil and acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass art, jewelry and wood-working created by members in good standing of the Naples Art Association. For art lovers, it’s a casual, fun-filled venue for meeting local artists and becoming acquainted with their work. On the flip side, Art in the Park not only gives Art Demo Booth 01participating artists the opportunity to show and sell their work, it affords them a terrific platform in which to build rapport with collectors while fostering their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the the arts and their own extensive portfolios. One of the special features of this outdoor art fair is its art demonstration booths, where Naples Art members introduce the art community to process, technique and methodology.

pastelAnd on Marco Island, the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair also takes place on February 6 & 7. This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is toward the southern end of acrylicthe island. Now in its 17th year, this craft fair provides browsers and art enthusiasts with some of the region’s best original artwork, including paintings, watercolors, photography and digital art, ceramics, pottery, glass, clothing, children’s clothing, jewelry and mixed media work.

Cambier's Quilt from Above 01 (5)Saturday, February 13 is the date for the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show. Naples Artcrafters is committed to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting. At their shows, they present a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, 008 (6)including paintings in oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings in pen and ink and pencil, pastels, scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary, beading, sculptures, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, and basket weaving. The show takes place in Cambier Park along 8th Street South, within view of the Band Shell and Cambier’s Quilt, the first public art project at a municipal building under the City of Naples’ public art ordinance.

Map of Crayton CoveJust steps away in Crayton Cove on Saturday, February 13 is Art After Dark, an Art-Walk-type evening that gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Naples Bay 01 Art Gallery Old Naples2, Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove and the Cove’s newest gallery, Vintage Charm, who band together from 6-9 p.m. to present an evening of art receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant.

Lovegrove Mural 1 (2)This year the Pine Island Art Association’s 44th Annual Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will draw the largest crowds of the season to Matlacha Island, a picturesque artists’ community where pelicans and great blue herons circle above moored fishing boats, brightly painted galleries, and fresh fish markets. The show is located in the 2011_pen_and_ink_glennCommunity Building in Matlacha Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, just west of the newly-completed Matlacha Bridge. It will feature the works of more than 100 artists, and will include more than 500 paintings in acrylic, oil, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor, with an emphasis on Florida landscapes, seascapes, birds, fish and flowers – “all ready to hang in your home.” Be sure to visit the PIAA show first, then tour the local galleries and restaurants Crowd Shot 02and be delighted by the local color. Pine Island and Matlacha are remnants of a time gone by.

The weekend of February 13 & 14 is also the date of the Naples Lakes Masters Art Festival near Lely Resorts in Naples. Organized by Boulderbrook Productions, this is a cozy boutique show with spaces restricted to national artists skilled in photography, jewelry, glass blowing and painting.

And at its westernmost point, the weekend of February 14 & 15 is also time for the 33rd Annual Sanibel Island Arts and Crafts Fair. The festival is held on the lawn of The Sanibel Community House located at 2173 Periwinkle Drive, Sanibel’s main street. The Sanibel Community House has been an island fixture since 1927 and touts itself as The Gathering Place on Sanibel Island. Many festival goers are already on the island, enjoying a break from the snow and ice Art-Seekers-at-Sanibel-Captiva-Art-Faircovering the northern states this time of year. Others visit the island specifically to take in one or both days of the fair. Either way, this Rotary-sponsored classic arts and crafts fair attracts over 10,000 visitors and more than 100 artists and artisans from around the country who collectively bring paintings in oil and acrylic, watercolors, drawings and graphic art, photography and digital art, sculpture, ceramics, pottery wood working, Crowd Shot 03hand-painted furniture, hand-crafted jewelry, unique gifts, wearable art, and much more. Besides the art, this fair is known for tasty food and community displays designed to introduce visitors to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

In the geographical center of Southwest Florida, the 10th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival takes place on the weekend Crowd Shot 04of February 20 & 21. The Coconut Point Mall serves as the site for this outdoor art festival, which features more than 250 artists and artisans from 30 different states. There is something for every artistic taste and sensibility at this festival, which sets up in the parking lot just north of Panera Bread and east of U.S. 41. With 113 stores and 25 restaurants surrounding several acres of lakes and wood boardwalk, Coconut Point Mall offers a unique outdoor shopping experience, but at the art festival, the focus is exclusively on the art and artists. Variety and diversity are themes at every Howard Alan Fred Prescott 01event, and for the Coconut Point art festivals, there is something for everyone ranging from $15 handmade silver jewelry to life size sculptures costing in excess of $50,000.

The 37th Annual Naples National Art Festival takes place on the weekend of February 20 & 21 in Cambier Park and along 8th Avenue in Naples, just steps away from Naples’ historic Fifth Avenue South. This is the #18 art festival in the Cambier's QuiltUnited States according to Sunshine Artist Magazine. Because of its national ranking and the beautiful weather in Southwest Florida during this time of year, Naples National draws some of the finest artists in the country. Together, they provide a diverse array of artworks that include original oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, panel and Aerial 08galvanized aluminum, watercolors on paper, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, metal sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, art jewelry, leather works and more. There is also a gala on the Thursday night before the festival opens.

Also taking place on the weekend of February 20 and 21 is 3rd Weekend ART ALIVE. Hosted by Art Alliance Naples, this two-day event features artist demonstrations and new exhibits in 26 independent artists’ studios and galleries in the Naples Art District (north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road). Participating galleries and studios are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

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March, 2015:

Art in the ParkOn Saturday, March 5, Art in the Park returns to Park Street, adjacent to The von Liebig Art Center. Located just a block and a half from historic Fifth Avenue South, Art in the Park is within walking distance of trendy European boutiques, sidewalk cafes and iconic art galleries Crowd Shot 02such as Sheldon Fine ArtCall of Africa’s Native Visions Gallery and Shaw Gallery of Fine Art. The show is also just three minutes by car from fabled Gallery Row and the Third Street South Gallery District and the Crayton Cove art district. Since 1957, Art in the Park has been showcasing paintings in oil and acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass art, jewelry and wood-working created by members in good standing of the Naples Art Association. You can find more information on Southwest Florida’s longest running fine arts and craft fair at http://www.naplesart.org/content/art-park-2011-2012.

acrylicThe Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair takes place on the weekend of March 5 & 6. This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is toward the southern pastelend of the island. This craft fair provides browsers and art enthusiasts with some of the region’s best original artwork, including paintings, watercolors, photography and digital art, ceramics, pottery, glass, clothing, children’s clothing, jewelry and mixed media work.

Setting the Pace 01The Bonita Springs National Art Festival returns to Riverside Park in Bonita Springs for the final time in 2015 on the weekend of March 5 & 6. Like its two January editions, this festival places a heavy emphasis on quality and originality, with the 211 artists juried into the show from across the United States, Canada, South America and even Europe exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more. Together with the festivals held in January and March, this show is a major fundraiser for the Center of the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Spectrum (2)On Saturday, March 12, the Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show returns to Cambier Park along 8th Street South, within view of the Band Shell and Cambier’s Quilt, the first public art project at a municipal building under the City of Naples’ public art ordinance. Sponsored by the Public Art Advisory Committee and city council, the installation by Florida artist Mark Fuller consists of two structures that are nearly 12 feet Cambier's Quilt 04tall and weigh 1,300 pounds. Each has 108 dicroic coated panels that pivot with the wind, changing color and reflecting the surroundings as they move. Naples Artcrafters is committed to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting. The fair and parking are free. For more information, please visit http://www.naplesartcrafters.com.

Marco IsleThe 3rd Annual Marco Island Festival of the Arts takes place on March 12 and 13, 2016. “This two-day juried event will transform Veteran’s Park into an outdoor gallery-style art exhibit,” states Alan Howard Events in its press release announcing the festival. “Festival patrons can expect to see bold and vibrant paintings, NYW 2012  Buyers 03contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Admission to the art show is free and open to the public.” The festival will showcase the finest work of more than 150 leading artists in the country and will appeal to people of all ages including families, art enthusiasts and serious collectors looking for new and emerging talent. A free art giveaway will feature the work of a participating artist. No purchase will be necessary to register and the winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival.

The 27th Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts takes place on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2015. Last year, 230 artists from around the country were selected for their artistry and craftsmanship to exhibit in this show. Together, they brought an extensive variety of artworks ranging from original oils and acrylics on canvas, panel and galvanized aluminum to watercolors on paper, 2D and 3D mixed media collages, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, metal sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry and fashion accessories, leather works, fine furniture and home decor items, and numerous great gift ideas. The fair takes place on Fifth Avenue South, which is cordoned off to vehicular traffic during the two-day show. That helps explain why the artists who responded to the surveys sent out by Sunshine Artist Magazine rated this as the #24 art festival in the country last year. For more information, please visit http://www.naplesart.org/content/downtown-naples-festival-arts-1.

Map of Crayton CoveA short drive away on in Crayton Cove, Art After Dark takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 as well. This Art-Walk-type evening gives art enthusiasts and collectors an exceptional opportunity to combine fine art with fine dining alongside picturesque Naples Bay. Participating galleries include Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, The Dock 03 (2)Random Acts of Art, Art Gallery Old Naples2, and Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove. These galleries band together to present an evening of art receptions, refreshments and live music which serve as companionable backdrop for viewing the newest works in the Crayton Cove galleries. Many art lovers complete their evening of art viewing with drinks and a sumptuous meal in one of Crayton Cove’s outstanding eateries, Bleu Provence, Chez Boez, or The Dock and Boathouse Restaurant.

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April, 2017:

Art in the Park 01The Naples Art Association holds the season’s final Art in the Park on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ending its 57th season, this art fair is thought to be the longest running and oldest outdoor art show in the area. It takes place all along Park Street and inside The von Liebig Art Center on the first Saturday of each month from November to April. This fair showcases handmade, original Art in the Park 04art by Naples Art Association member artists. This has been an exciting year for the show, featuring more than 70 artists. “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,” observes Executive Director Aimee Schlehr.

On Wednesday, April 4, the more than two dozen galleries 49785_640x638and artist studios that comprise the Naples Art District open their doors to the public from 5-8 p.m. Called 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE!, the event is a unique opportunity to not only visit some of Southwest Florida’s most interesting galleries, but immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 45 emerging and mid-career artists working in a broad cross-section of genres and media.

From 2012 through 2015, the Seminole Casino in balloons 14Immokalee hosted  Balloons over Paradise on the second weekend in April. As the name suggests, it’s a hot air balloon festival that also features an art show. But last year, heavy rains and flooded fields forced the event’s cancellation. Efforts are being made to determine whether the event will resume in 2017. If it does, it will take place April 8 & 9. In years past, Balloons over Paradise featured more than 60 custom hot air balloons, tethered balloon balloons 04rides, live music by award-winning performers, food vendors, children’s activities, carnival games, acrobatic kite demonstrations, a classic car show, demonstrations by agility dogs, a polo demonstration, an equestrian drill team demonstration and more. Admission is free to the all-ages for all parts of the festival including the music concerts

SoCo Second Saturday 05On Saturday, April 8, the SoCo district holds its Second Saturday monthly event with a variety of events such as artist demonstrations and talks, musical and theater performances, art exhibition receptions, wine tastings, and more. Participating venues include the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, The Union Artist Studios at the Art Loft, Ocasiocasa at the Art Loft, Luciano Deandrade’s Studio Os Urbanos, David Gittleman Studios and Yoga Bird. Their proximity enables participants to either SoCo Second Saturday 02structure a self-guided walking tour or drive and park. An after-party starting at 10:00 p.m. will be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. A map of the cultural stops will be located at all participating venues and can also be printed online at socoswfl.com.

174826_143762879017994_7003835_nOn Saturday, April 8, 2017, Naples Artcrafters will host an exciting juried fine art and craft show in beautiful Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The event features incredibly diverse and talented local artists who will share paintings, photography, glass art, jewelry and metal work, as well as handcrafted sculptures, basketry, pottery and much more. Both admission and parking are free. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be found behind Starbucks, one block south of Fifth Avenue South. Naples Artcrafters is committed to promoting excellence in arts and crafts and to supporting established artists, craftspersons and students by providing a venue for the display and sale of their work in a beautiful setting.

Map of Crayton CoveCrayton Cove’s season-ending Art After Dark takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Seven galleries representing more than 30 Naples artists take part in the event, vis: Phil Fisher Gallery, Nora Butler Designs, Earth & Fire, Random Acts of Art, Vintage Charm, Art Gallery Old Naples2 and Guess-Fisher Gallery: Nestled In The Cove. The Galleries of Crayton Cove is a Naples City Dockprofessional artist community in Old Naples on the Bay, all within a one-block walk, where 8th St. S. & 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole by the Naples City Docks.

Taking place on Saturday, April 15, is 3rd Saturday ART ALIVE. Hosted by Art Alliance Naples, this one-day event features artist demonstrations and new exhibits in 26 independent artists’ studios and galleries in the Naples Art District (north of Pine Ridge Road and west of Airport Road). Participating galleries and studios are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

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