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Naples Invitational Art Fest


Name: 19th Annual Naples Invitational Art Fest (also known as Art Fest Naples)

Dates: January 23-24, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Fleischmann Park, which is located just south of the Coastland Center 077 (2)Mall on Fleischmann Boulevard at Goodlette-Frank Road. The park encompasses 15 acres and includes four lighted racquetball courts, three lighted baseball/softball fields, two lighted sand volleyball courts, two lighted basketball courts, a lighted football field and practice field, and new playgrounds (one for toddlers 1-5 years and one for school age children 6-12 years) with sun shades and a water splash zone. The park also has several picnic pavilions, open green space, ample parking A Five Dollar Donationand a community center with meeting rooms, a game room, two dance studios and a main room.

The festival takes place along the sidewalks that bisect the park, connecting the tennis courts on the east with the picnic pavilion, playgrounds and one of the baseball/softball fields.

Crowd Shot 01You can reach Fleischmann Park by telephoning 239-213-3020, or by fax at 239-213-3018.

National Ranking: Last year’s show was ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine in the top 200 festivals in the country.

Description: This annual show offers southwest Florida residents and visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase fine art that includes paintings in oil and acrylic, watercolors, drawings in graphite and pastels, art photography, blown Scott Causey Sculpture 2glass, turned wood pieces, sculptures, metal works, ceramics and pottery, fiber art, hand-crafted fine art jewelry and a variety of 2D and 3D mixed media pieces. Because of the festival’s size and configuration, Naples Invitational also represents an opportunity for artists and collectors to exchange ideas and information while supporting the Special Needs Children’s Fund.

A number of participating artists have gained popularity with the festivals guests’ and attendees, such as sculptors Andrew Carson and Scott Causey. Scott Causey Sculpture 06Causey’s electric fired ceramic animals stress iconic form over figurative realism. “With my glazing I seek to do something quite different, attempting to associate my work with objects and feelings of the most visceral nature,” explains Scott. “I want to recreate the feeling of a child who sees a giant lollipop and cries until she gets it. In doing this, I hope to achieve a balance Buying Jewelry 01between the quiet, simple, solid form and the rich, lush, deep and more complex surface.”

A jury of arts professionals will select the artists to participate in the show and will award prizes in numerous categories. “Some of the nation’s finest artists will be participating in Art Fest Naples, displaying and selling their work ranging from oil, acrylic and water color paintings, blown glass, turned wood pieces, sculptures, jewelry to a variety of mixed media.” states Art Fest Naples Director Taire Malloy.

Selling JewelryCost: Free, although a $5 donation to The Special Needs Children’s Fund is encouraged.

Parking: Free and ample.

Beneficiary:  Art Fest Naples at Fleischmann Park benefits the Special Needs Children’s Fund,  a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities in Collier County. Established in 2010, the Special Needs Children’s Fund serves these individuals and their families by assisting in easing the financial demands brought on by their disabilities and Crowd Shot 02promoting access to resources. The Special Needs Children’s Fund generates the majority of its revenue through fundraising events and/or through personal contributions and then donates the net funds back to organizations and individuals in our special needs community. “Art Fest Naples is a major fundraiser for us and we greatly appreciate the community’s support,” says Julie Stanley, president of the Special Needs Children’s Crowd Shot 03Fund. “The funds raised will help families ease the financial demands brought on by their disabilities and promote access to resources.” For more information, please visit or email

Sponsorships are available.  For more information about the 2016 Art Fest Naples, please contact Viewers 1Taire Malloy by telephoning 239-634-2337, emailing or visiting


Fast Facts.

  • The festival began as a fundraising idea for Eden Autism Services.
  • When Eden looked for a partner to acquire its Florida operations, Easter Seals was a natural fit since it already provides services to children and adults with autism.
  • The GroundsEaster Seals Florida officially acquired Eden Autism Services in 2013, but now the event benefits The Special Needs Children’s Fund (see above).

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