What’s happening January 1-7, 2017
Here’s what’s happening between January 1 and 7, 2017 in the arts, independent film and community theater:
Naples’ Sheldon Fine Art exhibiting mother-daughter exhibition for limited engagement (01-07-17)
Sheldon Fine Art will host a champagne reception for mother and daughter painters, Joyce Norwood and Gee Gee Collins, on Thursday, January 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sheldon Fine Art, located at 460 Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Florida. The event is open to the public and will take place during Fifth Avenue South’s monthly Evening on Fifth event.
A native of North Carolina and now long-time Naples resident, Joyce Norwood is a consummate palette knife painter whose textural canvases capture the luminous ethereal light and color of the seashore as host to innocent children at play or forgotten weathered boats at rest. She began her art education at the New York Art Students’ League, continued at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, and was personally mentored by Sam Barber, a protégé of Henry Henche.
Norwood’s daughter, Gee Gee Collins, has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is also pursuing a life of painting. Collins’ bold brushstrokes and colorful palette combine to create layers of paint that give each abstract, figure or floral subject an energy, movement and “joie de vivre” that delight the viewer.
Sheldon Fine Art is proud to present the paintings of Mother and Daughter who have dedicated their talent to artistic brilliance for over 75 combined years. Their paintings will be shown for a limited engagement as “Exposition: Mere et Fille” from January 9 through January 15.
Sheldon Fine Art opened its first location in 1983 in Newport, Rhode Island. It expanded its offerings by opening a second location in Naples in 2002, and the third location SPA Fine Art gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York in 2009. Sheldon Fine Art offers the finest in seascape, landscape, figurative, and abstract art by local, national, and international fine artists. Its staff of art professionals offers many services to make the selection of your new artwork as easy and seamless as possible. From a pleasant, relaxed gallery atmosphere to complimentary in-home consultations and professional installation, Sheldon Fine Art serves corporate and individual collectors, interior designers, architects, home developers, as well as Naples’ many residents and visitors.
For more information about Sheldon Fine Art or this special showcase, please call 239.649.6255, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the gallery located at 460 Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Florida.
Meet Estero Fine Art award-winner, abstractionist Kyra Strachov (01-07-17)
Strachov is largely self-taught. “My grandfather was an artist, and I always visited his studio,” relates Kyra of her painterly beginnings. “I learned a lot from him and have loved art from childhood.” Because of his influence, she was already painting by the time she turned seven. [Her grandfather, Ivan Diky, was known as the Michelangelo of the Russian Orthodox Church as a result of all the religious icons he painted in its cathedrals.]
Kyra was born in Venezuela in 1959, where she lived until she turned 19. The widely varied flowers, grasslands, rock formations and mountain ranges of the large Equatorial country are reflected to this day in her palette of rich earth tones and sultry reds and oranges. But her travels throughout Europe and the United States, particularly in the Southwest, have expanded and refined her use and feel for color, and informed many of the motifs that crop up in her abstract compositions.
After leaving Venezuela, Strachov landed in Vienna, where she studied not art, but hotel management, tourism and language.
Meet Estero Fine Art award-winner, sculptor Robert Cordisco (01-07-17)
One of the award winners from this weekend’s Estero Fine Art Show is Palm Beach Gardens sculptor Robert Cordisco, an accomplished, self-taught, contemporary artist with an extensive background in the construction field. All of his work is personally conceived, designed, fabricated and finished. Over the course of his 26 year career, Cordisco has completed and installed numerous works for private and public commissions.
Hot Works taps FSW Art Dean Dana Roes to judge Estero Fine Art Show (01-07-17)
Dana Roes received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, she was invited to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she had the opportunity to discuss her work with Gregory Amenoff, Per Kirby, Brice Marden, Ann Hamilton and Joan Semmel. She spent a year in Iceland on a Fulbright scholarship which culminated in an exhibition of her series, The Red Body, at the Gallery Listamidstodim. She has since received several other notable awards, including an American Cultural Center Grant and Staumar Artist Residency Grant.
Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in Sweden, Australia, and China and she has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta and the Larry Siroli Gallery in Chelsea. Her solo show, Threshold, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Ft. Myers, Florida was heavily attended and critically acclaimed.
“My time spent making paintings has been about exploring psychological and material space and my place within it,” states Roes. “I continually revisit the notion of voids; missing pieces, inaccessible or unknowable spaces. Whether it is the psychological space of a lie, the mysterious space of multiple realities, or the indescribable space I feel when I close my eyes and face the sun, it is resistance to containment and the urge towards expansion that drives my work.”
Cape artist Cheryl Fausel attains Signature status in American Water Color Society (01-07-17)
The American Watercolor Society has accepted Cheryl Fausel’s painting, View Of The World: Neckarsulm, into the 150th Annual International Exhibition to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City from April 3-22. This is the third year in a row Cheryl has had work juried into their exhibition, which means that Cheryl has attained AWS Signature status. She already holds Signature Status in The Florida Water Color Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Tri-State Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Cheryl is active in the Art League of Fort Myers, Alliance for the Arts and the National League of American Pen Women. When in Cape Coral, she teaches beginning and intermediate watercolor at her studio.
Estero Fine Art Show opens today, rain or shine (01-07-17)
The 19th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show opens today at 10:00 a.m. at the Miromar Design Center. This is a rain or shine event, so don your rain gear, unfurl you umbrella and go see the art!
This top-notch fine art & craft event 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 are 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.
Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair opens today on Fifth Avenue (01-07-17)
The Naples Art Association‘s Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair opens on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South today. The show continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 and 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 draws 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 runs alongside Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair (01-07-17)
Art in the Park will run alongside the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair today. Art in the Park not only features work by Naples Art Association member artists in booths set up on Park 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.
Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair is also this weekend (01-07-17)
On Marco Island, the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair also takes place is weekend (January 7 & 8). This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is toward the southern end of the 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.
Harbour View Gallery to open 2017 with Stirn and Bickford (01-07-16)
Harbour View Gallery will feature mixed artist Mimi Stirn and beaded jeweler Kathryn Bickford. The opening reception for their exhibit will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. Their work will be on display through January. The gallery is located at Suite 104, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, in the Shops at Cape Harbour, Cape Coral, FL.
Mimi Stirn has studied both sculpting and ceramics since high school. Early works began in the late ‘80’s using coal and colored pencils. In 1996, Mimi began working with oils and acrylics in folk-art styling. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wildlife growing up in Germany, Guam, New Mexico, Louisiana and Washington, her subjects included animal miniatures, farms, flowers, trees, and field animals. Mimi also completed several full-length wall murals during this time.
In 2010, Mimi and her husband moved to Cape Coral, Florida from Washington State. She was inspired to change her artistic styling from folk art to contemporary surrealism with a focus on ample, bold colors.
Mimi holds a degree in Arts and Business Administration from Cornell University. When she’s not in the studio, she serves as the marketing director for the Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU. Mimi and her husband have two grown sons and are looking forward to grandchildren and an exciting new life in Florida. She also is an avid paddle boarder, acoustic guitarist, and enjoys cooking and is a self-acclaimed master chef.
As a young girl, Kathryn Bickford enjoyed being with her Aunt who designed and made doll clothes for Alexandra Doll Company. Her career in the arts began with an old Singer sewing machine on which she was taught the secret techniques of putting ideas together with various colors, gems, furs and fabrics. She found it easy to create fashionable clothing and accessories and put them together with the skill of an artesian.
Kathryn’s artistic abilities expanded to music, acting, playwriting, concert and stage performances, interior designing, painting, sculpture, fashion and jewelry design. Kathryn then developed a distinct style of jewelry to enhance her love of fashion. In doing so, her collection is magnificent and very sophisticated with a unique identity that expresses a woman’s individuality. The intricate details of design and distinct coloring demonstrate expert artisanship characterized by its feminine style.
Her elegant collection of jewelry has been exhibited in public and private shows and is among private collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and thought out the eastern seaboard including Canada.
She uses only the finest quality components and top-grade precious metals in her one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces, including South Pacific Cultured Pearls, Tahitian Cultured Pearls, Ivory, Swarovski Pearls, Jade, Onyx, Coral, Lapis Lazuli, Red Sardonix, Fire Agate, Kynite, Topaz Citrine, Aquamarine, Quartz, 14Kt Gold, 22k Gold plated, Vermeil, Sterling Silver, Copper, Hand Blown Glass, Venetian Glass, Lamp Work Glass and Heirloom pieces.
For more information, please email email@example.com or telephone 239-540-5789.
Lovegrove retrospective opens at Davis Art Center tonight (01-06-17)
Matlacha Island artist Leoma Lovegrove’s long-awaited retrospective, Palettes: Past Present and Pursuits, opens tonight at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District.
Lovegrove creates an eclectic assemblage of artworks each day using found items from the environment around her. She has built driftwood “Beach Boys” along Lake Superior, painted on flat stones from the shores of Saint-Malo, France, and painted scenes along the Seine River aboard Monet’s floating studio. In addition, Leoma created a designer line of clothing with her art images that are sold in all the Bealls Florida Department stores.
Leoma Lovegrove is an impressionist-expressionist painter known worldwide for her vivid, colorful paintings. Leoma is a graduate of Florida’s prestigious Ringling School of Art. She makes her home and international headquarters on Matlacha Island and greets thousands of visitors every year at Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens. This is where Leoma is inspired to paint with endless creativity. She loves Matlacha Island and as the President of the Matlacha Island Chamber of Commerce, she promotes tourism to the Sunshine State. In the United States, her works are represented in numerous galleries. Most recently, Bealls Florida Department Stores is featuring her as their Florida artist under the designer label Leoma Lovegrove complete with her trademark eye glasses. To date, her name and imprint have been placed on more than 10 million articles. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/LeomaLovegrove.
>> When: Opens: January 6, 2017 – Art Walk, 6 – 10 p.m.
>> Ends: Closes: January 24, 2017, 5 p.m.
>> Museum Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
>> Cost: Free Admission, but donations are gratefully accepted
>> Info: Visit www.sbdac.com for info.
Fort Myers Art Walk begins at 6:00 p.m. tonight (01-06-17)
The River District comes alive tonight at 6:00 p.m. When Art Walk returns to downtown Fort Myers. Now a two-day event, Art Walk will continue tomorrow (Saturday, January 7) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With exciting new exhibits and live art demonstrations, this is a rain-or-shine “must attend event.”
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. You can meet the artists and talk art at the self-guided Friday night event, which brings together art enthusiasts, collectors and community friends who celebrate the arts each month. The Friday night Art Walk sees First Street closed to traffic. Local artists set up in the street selling their art, and face painting is offered at several locations along First Street. And at the Broadway and First Street intersection, the Fort Myers Art League will be hosting a “Make It/Take It” table for children of all ages.
Saturday Art Walk is a quieter affair with most of the galleries open for examining the art at more leisurely pace.
This new and improved version of Art Walk includes 14 galleries and art stops, including:
- American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans
- Art League of Fort Myers – new exhibits each month
- Arts for ACT Gallery – features 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 Shops
- Ollie Mack Gentry Photography – photography at 2180 West First Street
- Reverie & Rock Art Gallery – concert photography and Surrealistic digital art
- 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 Newts Gallery – co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway
- Unit A – urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park
As this survey of participating galleries reveals, Fort Myers Art Walk spans the core of downtown Fort Myers and includes the Gardener’s Park area and West First Street. Most of the action is located on First Street, but you can obtain a Fort Myers Art Walk map at any of the galleries that will lead you to all the art venues and Art Walk partners. “Enjoy cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses, plus live music,” touts the River District Alliance. “Watch live art demos on First Street, eat amazing food, shop the unique local boutiques or just enjoy the atmosphere.”
The best way to get to Fort Myers Art Walk:
- off I-75 North: Exit #141 then west on Palm Beach Blvd
- off I-75 South: Exit #138 then west on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
- From U.S. 41 Northbound: exit at Historic District McGregor Blvd., Right turn or
- From U.S. 41 Southbound Exit before the Caloosahatchee bridge.
Fort Myers Art Walk is a Pet and Family Friendly free event!
Fort Myers Art Walk is hosted by The River District Alliance, a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com. To become a volunteer, partner or sponsor of Fort Myers Art Walk, contact Claudia Goode via firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Genesis’ coming to DAAS CO-OP in January (01-06-17)
DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts will be hosting a much-anticipated members-only show in January. Titled Genesis: An Exhibition by the Artists of DAAS, the exhibition will open on Saturday, January 14, in conjunction with the SoCo Second Saturday art and cultural event.
The January exhibition will feature each artist’s interpretation of the word Genesis. Giving the term broad context, DAAS’ member artists are creating a number of intriguing pieces in a wide array of media, including painting, mixed media, sculpture and even fine crafts. All of the artwork presented will be for sale and viewers will asked to pick a favorite and explain why – as a way of interacting with the artists and each other and inspire artistic discussion.
DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts opened its doors in April of 2016 and since then has become one of the most prominent art venues in southwest Florida. In October of 2016, DAAS joined forces with the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, The Union Artist Studios and a number of other venues to create a monthly arts and cultural event in the newly-incorporated SoCo Cultural District. Filled with everything from art receptions, live music and performances, and even crafters and vendors, the SoCo Second Saturday event has been a resounding success from its inception. Like DAAS, the 13 participating art and cultural SoCo venues also host special events during the Second Saturday event. More information, programs and maps are located on the SoCo Second Saturday website at socoswfl.com.
For more information about DAAS CO-OP Gallery & Gifts or to inquire about becoming a member, please visit daascoop.com. The administration of the gallery reviews potential artist-applications year-round. DAAS CO-OP is located in the Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers. Business hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
‘Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf’ takes place at Alliance on January 12 (01-06-17)
The Alliance for the Arts is hosting the fourth annual Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf event on Thursday, January 12, 2017. For this popular event, the words of 15 poets were compiled in an anthology and given to 15 visual artists who each chose one from which to draw inspiration. The artists’ final pieces have been digitized and merged with the poems, and these ‘broadsides’ will be exhibited at and after the event.
Broadsides are a form of written communication, typically designed to be posted in a public place. Traditionally, broadsides contain a mixture of text and images. From the 1600s to the early twentieth century, this visual medium was used to convey information, issue proclamations, make revolutionary statements, or publish the lyrics to poetry and songs. Indeed, our Declaration of Independence was first printed as a broadside.
The artists participating in this year’s Broadsides are Juli Bobman, Katherine Boren, Andy Browne, Brian Cast, Geoff Coe, Laurent Dareau, Paula Eckerty, David Gittleman, Ken Lamers, Colleen North, Rick Plummer, Sherry Rohl, Beverly That, Sarah Tumm and Pat Zalisko.
The poets are Ray Baldwin, Jamilla D. Brooks, Sherry Campbell, Sara Fitzpatrick Comito, Lee Dunne, Dan Reed England, Richard Fox, Dan Graveley, John Merchant, Joseph Pacheco, Dobie Pasco, Joyce Peseroff, Sharon Whitehill, Lorraine Walker Williams and Joan Heller Winokur.
There is a $10 suggested donation. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be exhibited in the Alliance theatre lobby until January 28 and will be available for purchase. For more information on this event, please visit www.ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787.
Godfrey Zonde Shona sculpture on view at Naples Native Visions Galleries (01-06-16)
Native Visions Galleries on Naples Fifth Avenue South is showing new Shona sculpture by Godfrey Zonde through January 20. Zonde is a highly talented native Zimbabwean sculptor and artist. He is also a master restorer of artwork created in stone indigenous to Africa.
His media of choice is verdite, a very rare stone that is found in deposits in only two places worldwide. One is located in Zimbabwe and the other in South Africa. To learn his craft, Zonde apprenticed under world-renowned verdite master sculptor James Tandi. Thanks to Tandi, Godfrey is now adept at working with verdite, which he uses in both realist and abstract works.
Zonde has participated in numerous Safari Club and gallery shows during the past several years. Because of his tremendous skills and talent, his personal attendance at various shows, and his amazing character, his list of collectors is growing rapidly.
“We are proud to showcase his talents at Call Of Africa’s Native Visions Galleries,” states owner Ross Parker. “Also see the new line of craft works by Avoova. We are the first in the U.S. to carry the works from South Africa. Beautifully crafted bowls, ice buckets, frames, platters, eggs and horns all inlaid with Ostrich egg chips.”
For more information, please visit www.nativevisions.com or telephone 239-643-3785. Native Visions Galleries is located at 737 5th Avenue South, Naples.
Next ‘Dinner with Artists’ pairs artist Juan Diaz with chef Greg Shapir0 (01-06-17)
Art feeds the creative soul and the Dinner with Artists will delight your senses. Hosted by the Naples Art Association, this spectacular series is a feast for both your eyes and palate. The next Dinner with Artists occurs at 5:30 p.m. on January 17, when artist Juan Diaz partners with Chef Greg Shapiro to create a memorable affair. Tickets are $125 per person.
For more information, please telephone 239-262-6517.
Alliance to feature Krieger, Riner and Weber in January (01-05-17)
The Alliance for the Arts’ January exhibition Changing States: Krieger, Riner & Weber opens Friday, January 6 with a reception in the main gallery from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Work by A.J. Weber will be on display in the Member Gallery and Broadsides: Poetry Off the Self will be exhibited in the Theatre Gallery.
Changing States: Krieger, Riner & Weber incorporates various materials shaped by industry or nature. This show features pieces which have been repurposed to embrace concepts of symbolic imagery, grief, awareness and change.
“Everything deservers a second look, a second chance,” says exhibiting artist Dale Weber. “Perhaps together we will begin to see our surroundings with new eyes. Awareness is the first step of change.”
The opening reception will feature craft spirits and liquors by local distillery List Distillery. Meet featured artists Jim Krieger, Kimberly Riner, and Dale Weber during a conversational Walk & Talk as they discuss their works in this exhibition at 10:00 a.m. on January 7.
The exhibit, which is sponsored by Covanta Energy, continues until January 28.
‘The Wonderful World of Small’ exerts huge presence at Watson MacRae Gallery (01-05-17)
On exhibit at Watson MacRae Gallery on Sanibel is an intriguing little exhibit. Called The Wonderful World of Small, it features tiny, diminutive, small pieces with enormous presence and appeal, including plates, bowls and cups smaller than five inches in height created by four artists with larger-than-life talent –
- Betsy Williams of Riconada, New Mexico,
- Lucy Dierks of Asheville, North Carolina,
- Courtney Martin of Penland, North Carolina, and
- Wendy Olson of River Falls, Wisconsin.
“I fell in love with Betsy William’s work when I was first opening the gallery and visited her studio on my way to Sheena Cameron’s,” recalls Maureen Watson. “I am pleased to finally have her individually hand-painted Tiny Plates in this exhibition.”
Only two more days to see silk constructions of Maia at Watson MacRae Gallery (01-05-17)
Watson MacRae Gallery’s Fine Art of Contemporary Craft V show closes January 7. One of the artists featured in this show is Georgian artist Maia Tsinamdzgvrishvili. As the name suggests, that’s the Republic of Georgia not the great state of Georgia – a place that was once a stopping point on the Silk Road to China. And appropriately, Maia’s exclusive artwork is crafted entirely of silk, a material that expresses her unique heritage.
Maia’s media include pure silk fabric, thread and cocoons, which she colors and mounts on silk paper, felt and other material that she produces by hand. Hand-dyed and sliced horizontally, the cocoons resemble the millions of seashells that wash up on Sanibel beaches. Her tapestries (called gobelini in Georgian after the famous French family that founded the first tapestry center in Paris under the reign of Louis XIV) also include hundreds of silk wrapped “buttons.” Together, the cocoons, buttons and natural silk threads provide the unparalleled depth, dimension and texture that characterizes her nature-inspired contemporary constructions, which she mounts and displays under museum-quality glass.
Yeston & Kopit’s ‘Phantom’ on stage at Broadway Palm through February 11 (01-04-17)
- Broadway Palm bringing ‘the other Phantom’ to the stage December 29
- Spotlight on ‘Phantom’ choreographer Amy Marie McCleary
- Troy Bruchwalski is the Phantom in Broadway Palm’s Yeston & Kopit musical
- Spotlight on ‘Phantom’ actress Maxwell Porterfield
- Spotlight on ‘Phantom’ playwright Arthur Kopit
- ‘Phantom’ play dates, times and synopsis
‘Radical Jew’ stirs controversy at January 2 T.G.I.M. (01-04-17)
During T.G.I.M. this past Monday night, hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven screened a documentary titled The Radical Jew. While many of the films screened during Thank God for Indie Mondays have never been seen before, this film has already been juried into and shown at the Charlotte Film Festival (where it won Best Short Documentary), Tallgrass Film Festival (where it won the Golden Strands Award for outstanding short documentary), DocUtah International Film Fest, Warsaw Jewish Film Fest, Society for Visual Anthropology Film Fest, Covellite International Film Fest, Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts and the Congregation Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel.
The film follows an American-born Israeli by the name of Baruch Marzel. He was the leader of a far-right political group known as Kach, which Israel banned in 1995 as a terrorist organization. Marzel is an ideologue, and he learned the dogma he espouses today from Kach party founder, Meir Kahane. A rabbi, Kahane started the Jewish Defense League in New York City in the 1960s before moving to Israel in 1971 and winning a seat in the Israeli Parliament in 1984. Among the legislation that he proposed were laws banning marriage between Jews and Arabs and creating segregated beaches.
When filmmaker Noam Osband questioned Marzel about the similarity between those proposals and Hitler’s 1935 Nuremberg Laws, which prohibited and invalidated marriage between Jews and Germans and criminalized extramarital relations between Jews and German citizens, he flatly replied that he does not hate Arabs because they’re Arabs, but because “they are our enemy.”
New work at Thomas Riley Studio blurs lines between art and design (o1-04-17)
Art + Design opens at Thomas Riley Studio on January 12, with a 5:30-8:00 p.m. opening reception. At a time when the traditional distinctions between art and design are being widely debated and often blurred, this group exhibition highlights the fundamental importance of both disciplines. The show features new work by New York ceramicists Peter Lane and Scott Daniel, Michigan engineer and paper artist Matthew Shlian, and New York light sculptor Jason Krugman. Orley Shabahang will give a live looming demonstration during the opening night reception. The exhibition closes February 23.
Car designer Colin Phipps to discuss cross over of art and design on January 5 (01-04-17)
On January 5, Thomas Riley Studio will host internationally-recognized designer Colin Phipps for a 5:30-9:00 p.m. talk and demonstration at Silverspot Cinema in Mercato. Following a format similar in design to his Ted Talk in Mexico City, Phipps will be speak about the crossover of art and design in practice, and provide insight into what the future of design looks like from a conceptual and technological perspective. The presentation will feature a live sketch demo and a digital interactive wall.
Colin began his career at General Motors in 2001 and has held various global design posts including his most recent 13 years in Cadillac Global Design. In addition to his professional automotive career, Colin has been a faculty member at the College for Creative Studies, teaching Transportation Design from 2003-2016, where he served to inspire and develop future generations of automobile designers. Most recently, Colin has joined the SGMW Design team in China as Director of Design where he will be responsible for the future development of Baojun and Wuling.
Advance RSVP includes one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available. 100% of ticket sales will benefit the United Arts Council of Collier County. For ticket sales please visit https://thomasrileystudiolaunchparty2017.eventbrite.com.
Thomas Riley Studio is a gallery and design atelier specializing in contemporary craft, fine art, and design. By hosting various events, lectures, and exhibitions, Thomas Riley Studio strives to be the creative catalyst that stimulates the exchange of ideas and perspective within our local community and beyond.
National Art Encounter Competition 2017 entry deadline is January 16 (01-04-17)
The Naples Art Association is accepting entries through January 16 for The National Art Encounter Competition 2017, a biennial exhibition open to artists residing in the United States and all media, subject matter and genres of artwork created after January 1, 2013. There are nine artist awards with a total cash value of $3,500. Three distinguished art professionals will review all entries and nominate the award winners. The exhibition will be on display in the Naples Art Association’s Watson Gallery from March 17 – April 15, 2017. The entry fee is just $29. To participate in the jury process, set up your free account with www.callforentry.org and enter one or two artworks in either the 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional artwork category.
Gender gap still troubling on 1-year anniversary of ‘Female Pioneers’ release (01-03-17)
Local authors Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall are celebrating the first anniversary of Editorial Rx Press’ release of Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development in December of 2015. “It’s remarkable to write a book, never mind get it published, and we are deeply grateful to everyone who’s purchased and read the book,” state the authors. “But it’s never been about us. We are just the conduit through which the remarkable women who settled, saved and turned Fort Myers into a thriving arts, cultural and tourist destination are finally being recognized.”
The book came in response to a report released by the Women’s Media Center in 2014. The WMC is a progressive, non-partisan, non-profit organization that Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem founded and organized in 2005 to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women in media and ensure that women’s stories get told and women’s voices get heard. The 49 studies on which the “Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2014″ report was based provide a sobering snapshot of women in newsrooms and media platforms as diverse as news, literature, broadcast, film, television, radio, online, tech, gaming and social media. “Inequality defines our media,” said Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, summarizing the report’s findings. “Our research shows that women, who are more than half of the population, write only a third of the stories. Media tells us our roles in society – it tells us who we are and what we can be. This new report tells us who matters and what is important to media – and it is not women.”
Right here in Fort Myers, women’s contributions to the town’s settlement and early development were similarly marginalized or completely ignored. Dating back to 1948 and beyond, the official version of how Fort Myers was settled and converted between 1873 and the 1930s from a rough-and-tumble frontier cattle town into a tourist destination that featured world-class hotels, bountiful fishing and unparalleled weather had always centered on the flamboyant and irascible men who built our town – like Cow King and Civil War captain Francis Asbury Hendry, fellow cattleman “Wild Bill” Towles, battling bankers/developers Harvie Heitman and Walter Langford, and hardware magnate and hotelier W.P. Franklin. While the women of that era also played pivotal parts in the town’s early development, their roles, if mentioned at all, were generally relegated to footnotes or parentheticals in the exploits of their male counterparts.
In Female Pioneers, the previously untold and all but forgotten tales of the women who saved Fort Myers from abandonment and influenced the town’s buildings, topography, culture and amenities from 1866 through the mid-1900s are related in a clear, easy-to-read conversational style, supplemented by rare historical photographs and artwork rendered by three local artists. But Female Pioneers of Fort Myers does more than just give a fuller and more balanced version of our local history. It also provides inspirational stories at a time when girls and boys, young women and men of all ages are desperately searching for positive female role models. And what better role models are there for our local youth than the women from our collective past who were actually responsible for settling, saving and building our town?
But on the book’s first anniversary, a new study reminds us all of the disparity between men and women when it comes to business opportunities and equal pay. Statistics from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows women trailing men in business ownership by a 2:1 margin, and significant numbers of women living below the poverty line right here in Southwest Florida. For example, only 34.4 percent of Lee County businesses are owned by women, and the percentages are even lower in Collier and Charlotte counties. [Read WINK’s story here.] So changing perceptions and expectations of what women are capable of and who and what they can be remains a priority. Female Pioneers reminds us that but for our early female pioneers, there would not be a Fort Myers as we know it today.
Southwest Florida author, essayist and Florida News-Press writer Amy Bennett Williams wrote the book’s Forward. Mayor Randy Henderson, author and River Weekly local history columnist Gerri Reaves, Edison Ford CEO and President Chris Pendleton and Edison Ford Chief Curator Mike Cosden, Dared to Dream author Doris Weatherford and former Mound House director and local archaeologist/anthropologist/historian Theresa Schober all provided “back cover” endorsements for the book.
If you haven’t procured and read a copy of the book yet, you can find more information about the book here. And scroll down if you’d like to attend a presentation on the subject. Tuthill and Hall have several speaking engagements in 2017 already booked.
Tuthill and Hall seeking additional 2017 speaking engagements for ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
In Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development, Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall bring to the forefront the everyday female leaders who helped settle Fort Myers in the months following the end of the Civil War and then worked to transform the rough-and-tumble cow town that it became in the last third of the 19th century into a modern-day cultural and tourist destination. The book shares the rich personal stories of a group of exceptional women who suffered and overcame rigorous hardships, incomprehensible loss and numbing tragedies to create dynamic legacies. Their collective contributions and impact on their contemporaries and future generations demonstrate that anyone is capable of great things, regardless of gender, race, or any other personal attribute that falls outside the culturally perceived “norm.”
To help popularize the previously-untold stories of Fort Myers female pioneers, Tuthill and Hall will be giving presentations and appearing at book signings throughout Southwest Florida in 2017. Here’s what they have scheduled so far:
- Saturday, January 21, 2017: Robin & Tom will be speaking at a philanthropic educational organization consisting of approximately 150 women. For information, please contact Sharon Smith at 239-561-8655.Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Robin and Tom will be doing an Author Event book signing at Annette’s Beach Book Nook, which is located in Suite 701 of the Santini Marina Plaza Shops at 7205 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. For more information, please telephone 239-463-3999.
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Covenant Presbyterian Church; 9:30 breakfast, 10:00 program. For more information, please contact Mary Lee Mann at 239-694-1901 or MannFarmGirl@aol.com.
- Friday, February 10, 2017: at the Lakes Regional Library on Gladiolus and Bass in Fort Myers (15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 33919), where Tuthill and Hall will give a presentation and sign books for the Friends of Lakes Regional Library beginning at 1:00 p.m. following the Friends of the Library monthly meeting from 11:30-12:00 and box lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. This program is fee and open to the public. The Friends of the Library’s full author schedule is posted at www.friendsoflakeslibrary.org. For more information, please contact Cindy Ahrens at email@example.com.
- Saturday, February 18, 2017: Robin and Tom will be participating in the Annette’s Beach Book Nook parking lot sale.
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Breckenridge, 1:00 pm. Presentation with Powerpoint by Robin and Tom. For more information, please contact: Colleen Brady at 618-581-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional events and venues are in the planning stages, so refer back to Art Southwest Florida periodically for new places, dates and times. And if you would like to schedule a presentation and book signing event, please email me at email@example.com, call me on my cell at 239-691-2292 or contact Editorial Rx Press Editor and Publisher Deb Whippen. You may reach her by telephone at 239-217-0704 or leave her message on Editorial Rx Press’ website.
Portion of proceeds from sale of ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ to go to PACE Center for Girls (01-03-17)
Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Make a Difference in the City’s Development is on sale now on Amazon, Editorial Rx Press, and the Edison Ford Winter Estates. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is being donated to PACE Center for Girls.
PACE Center for Girls is a non-residential, gender-specific program for girls aged 11 to 17 who are failing in school, burdened by unhealthy relationships, combatting histories of abuse, and facing a wide range of other serious risks, including involvement in the juvenile justice system. Since opening in Jacksonville in 1985, PACE has changed the life trajectory of more than 37,000 girls. Today, it operates 19 centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year. PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential, and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.
The organization attributes its success to a researched-based counseling and support model that provides each participant with an individually-tailored mix of social services and academic instruction that takes into account how girls actually learn and develop. This model emphasizes goal-setting with an ongoing assessment and improvement process designed to identify each girl’s strengths and challenges. Community volunteer and service-learning opportunities help girls develop a strong connection with their local community, and individual and group counseling services provide each girl with the tools she needs to respond to the specific obstacles she faces, including peer pressure, family conflict, boy drama and victimization or abuse.
With a demonstrated record of success, the PACE model is now regarded as an effective alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls. In fact, PACE is today recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency among girls. Referrals are made by parents, other agencies, zoned schools, and the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the average length of stay is just 9-15 months.
For more information about PACE Center for Girls, please visit http://www.pacecenter.org.
News-Press’ Amy Bennett Williams comments on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
Amy Bennett Williams wrote the Forward for Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development, which was released by publisher Editorial Rx Press roughly one year ago (on December 6, 2106). Here’s part of what she had to say about the book:
“They wrestled tarpon, started hospitals and bred hibiscus. Shopkeepers and beauticians, socialites and teachers, the women celebrated in Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development may have had wildly different lives and times, but each helped forge this vibrant subtropical city.
“Some of their names are familiar to residents, who pass them daily on street signs or cultural centers. Others will likely be new to readers, no matter how versed they are in area history. One of the distinct pleasures of this book is discovering the ways this diverse corps of women contributed to the City of Palms. Authors Robin C. Tuthill and Thomas P. Hall sketch vivid biographies of more than 20 trailblazing women who left their mark on Fort Myers, weaving together a portrait of female achievement that completes the often male-centrically lopsided versions of the region’s history.
“One of media’s most important duties is to make the past real – and riveting – for contemporary consumers. In the nearly three decades I’ve written for the Fort Myers News-Press, I’ve tried to contribute to that effort, and along the way, I’ve had the honor of knowing several of the women highlighted in these pages, and the pleasure of researching others. To have them gathered in one place as they are here is a gift to any student of the past and to generations to come.”
There’s more. The penultimate storyteller, Amy has much more to say in the Foreward to the book. But you have to buy a copy to read the rest of the Foreward and delight in the stories contained therein just like Amy Bennett Williams has. The book is available on Amazon, at Editorial Rx Press and in the Edison Ford Winter Estates’ gift shops.
Amy Bennett Williams touches our hearts each week with a special Essay heard on NPR affiliate WGCU. From the beauty found in Southwest Florida to heart-warming stories of family, friends and neighbors, her essays take us around our community and often into our past. Her commentaries extol the beauty found in the commonplace objects and places – and are delivered with a touch of tenderness.
Williams is a long-time writer for The News-Press. She came to the News-Press in 1988 as an ashtray-emptying, obituary-writing clerk/reporter, and has gone on to cover everything from cake contests to tuberculosis outbreaks. In addition to writing features and news articles, Williams helped conceive the paper’s weekly Tropicalia magazine, where her column, Field Notes appears. She’s also author of the pictorial history book, “Along the Caloosahatchee” and is at work on another. She and her husband, Roger, also a writer, live in rural Alva with their two sons and an ever-changing menagerie.
Here’s what Mayor Randy Henderson says about ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
Here’s what Mayor Randy Henderson has to say about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development: “In my world, I cannot imagine being denied the opportunity to work side by side with smart, dedicated women. Veronica Sapp Shoemaker served as a mentor and colleague in our work together on the Fort Myers City Council. So it is indeed fitting that in Female Pioneers of Fort Myers, Tuthill and Hall offer up to us all the example and legacy of our town’s outstanding early women leaders. Priceless.”
Mayor Henderson has been a Fort Myers resident for 37 years. He was born and raised in North Carolina, where he graduated from Mars Hill College in 1979 with a degree in business administration. After graduation, he embarked upon a career in banking and worked his way up to a vice president position.
Since 1986, he has served as CEO of the family-owned real estate firm Corbin Henderson Company. He is a board member of the Lee County Horizon Council, a private-public economic development partnership seeking to improve the local business environment, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers, and was appointed to the Board of Directors at Encore Bank in January of 2015.
He has been happily married to his wife Ginny for 37 years and has 3 adult children: sons, Marcus and Alex, and daughter, Laura Fraser and son-in-law, Jay Fraser with newest addition granddaughter, Virginia Ann Fraser. Mayor Henderson is a private pilot and enjoys flying both for business and personal pleasure. He enjoys time with family and is an avid fisherman.
Written by local authors Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall, Female Pioneers of Fort Myers is available on Amazon, through the book’s publisher, Editorial Rx Press, and in the Edison Ford Winter Estates gift shops.
Local historian, author and River Weekly columnist Gerri Reaves on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
Here’s what Gerri Reaves has to say about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development: “Female Pioneers of Fort Myers introduces readers to deserving women who have been all but overlooked in local history accounts and reveals new information about the better known historical figures. Packed with facts and employing an engaging storytelling style, it both teaches and entertains. Local history buffs and newcomers to history will value Tuthill and Hall’s research and appreciate the accessible style too.”
Gerri Reaves is a local historian, published author and weekly contributor to the popular Fort Myers publication, The River Weekly News. She has served as Board President of the Southwest Florida Historical Society. Her books include Legendary Locals of Fort Myers (Arcadia Press, 2013), Fort Myers: Then and Now (Arcadia Press, 2008) and Mapping the Private Geography: Autobiography, Identity and America (2000). All three books are available on Amazon and her two latest publications can be found in area bookstores.
Whether you are a local history lover or just love to be inspired by real-life stories about strong women from our collective past, stay tuned for more details about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development.
Edison Ford President and Chief Curator weigh in on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
Here’s what Chris Pendleton and Mike Cosden have to say about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development: “Mina Edison herself would have enjoyed this very readable book as it traces local history through the lives of a group of courageous and interesting women. Female Pioneers of Fort Myers offers many fresh perspectives and is a must read for any local history lover’s bookshelf.”
Pendleton has been President/ CEO of Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida since 2001. Prior to that, Chris directed museums and historic sites in Florida, Virginia, North and South Carolina since 1977. She has been active in the museum profession for over 30 years, including various accrediting and assessment teams for the American Association of Museums, grant review panels for the State of Florida and national agencies, and various statewide museum boards and organizations such as the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and VISIT FLORIDA. Her professional expertise has been in institutional planning, constructions, restoration and business expansion. Pendleton’s foremost concentration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been the direction of the major restoration of the historic buildings, as well as transition from a publicly managed city attraction to a private non-for-profit corporation. This focus has included professional standards, diversification of community and public programs, business analysis, grant and funding growth, restoration and master planning for site and operational expansion.
In 2015, Chris was appointed to serve on the VISIT FLORIDA’S Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature (CHRN) Committee for a term that ran through June 30, 2016. This committee works with VISIT FLORIDA to develop and promote the growing segments of nature-based tourism, cultural heritage and rural tourism to increase Florida visitors and promote extended stays for greater economic benefit and quality of life for all areas of the state.
Mike Cosden (far right) is the Chief Curator at the Edison &Ford Winter Estates, and is responsible for managing the archival collections and research library. He has spent the last 3 years conducting primary research on Thomas Edison’s Botanical Laboratory, which recently received National Historic Chemical Landmark status. Mr. Cosden is currently assisting with the development of a new exhibit about Edison’s quest to find a natural source of rubber. Prior to his work at the Estates, Mike earned his Masters degree in Library &Information Science from the University of South Florida.
Like Tuthill and Hall, Pendleton and Cosden have teamed up with fellow Edison Ford Curator Brent Newman to publish a book that contributes to our understanding of local history. Released just last month, their book is titled Edison and Ford in Florida, and it includes a comprehensive look at the impact of the two friends, inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. The book contains previously-unseen photographs from the Edison Ford archives and other historic sites, artifacts from both the Edison and Ford families, as well as newly uncovered information about the history of both Estates and restoration work. The book’s introduction traces the inventors from birth through important dates in their lives, such as Edison’s arrival in Fort Myers in 1885. Published by Arcadia Press, Edison and Ford in Florida is available for purchase in the Edison Ford Winter Estates’ Museum Store, the Ford Cottage Shoppe, the Edison Ford Shop at Bell Tower Shops and many other retail outlets.
Given the foregoing, authors Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall are both pleased and honored to have the endorsement of Pendleton and Cosden and have included their kind words on the back cover of Female Pioneers of Fort Myers, which is now available on Amazon.com.
Women’s author Doris Weatherford dishes on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
Here’s what author Doris Weatherford has to say about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development: “Female Pioneers of Fort Myers is an excellent addition to modern attempts to correct a lapse of legacy in Florida’s past. Authors Tuthill and Hall bring alive the courage and ambition of some two dozen women who settled Fort Myers when it was a wilderness. Their prose is lively, and their facts are accurate. I highly recommend this book.”
Doris Weatherford is a recognized expert and acclaimed author in the field of women’s history. An adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, she is active in the political arena and has been extensively recognized for her contributions to the field of women’s studies. In 1995, she received one of five awards conferred by the Florida Commission on Human Relations at Florida’s Annual Civil Rights Conference, and in 1994, she received the National Order of Women Legislators Hall of Fame Award. She is listed in The World Who’s Who of Women, 1996, Who’s Who of American Women, 1990 plus future editions, and Who’s Who in America, 46th Edition, 1990.
Her credits include They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History (published by the University Press of Florida), A History of the American Suffragist Movement and Milestones: A Chronology of American Women’s History (Facts On File, 1997, now in its second printing), American Women’s History: An A-Z of People, Organizations, Issues and Events (Prentice-Hall, 1994), Weatherford’s American Women in World War II (published by Facts On File in 1990 and currently being translated into Japanese), Foreign and Female: Immigrant Women in America, 1840-1920 and entries in Scribner’s Dictionary of American Biography, 1994 and 1995.
Written by local authors Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall, Female Pioneers of Fort Myers is available on Amazon, through the book’s publisher, Editorial Rx Press, and at the Edison Ford Winter Estates’ gift shops, including its store in the Bell Tower Mall.
Archaeologist Theresa Schober weighs in on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ (01-03-17)
This is what Theresa Schober has to say about Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development: “In Female Pioneers of Fort Myers, Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall glean the dusty shelves of archives and pull out old family albums to show us that community histories are far from static or concrete, but continue to emerge. They chisel away at the foundations of this city, giving voice to a new set of trailblazers, who happen to be women, and craft a more intricate narrative of Fort Myers than the tales so often told.”
Theresa Schober is an archaeologist, anthropologist, cultural resource consultant and local historian. In the latter capacity, she has played an instrumental role in familiarizing area residents and visitors with the culture and societal structure of the Calusa Indians, who reigned supreme in the lands of present-day Southwest Florida between 1,100 and 1,700 A.D. but whose settlements in this area date back as far as 4,000 B.C. She is best known in Southwest Florida for her groundbreaking efforts to restore and develop the exhibitions at Mound House and Newton Park on Fort Myers Beach from 1998 to 2005. During her seven-year tenure as the director of Mound House, she secured $4 million for educational, exhibit and historic preservation initiatives and received two awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She presented much of the research she did and data that she obtained in a multi-media art exhibition titled ArtCalusa: Reflections on Representation, which opened in the City Pier Building in the downtown Fort Myers River District on November 1, 2013, and traveled throughout the State of Florida during much of 2014 and 2015.
Canadian born, Theresa spent her childhood visiting ghost towns across the United States and Canada with her father, Frank Schober. She received archaeology and anthropology degrees from the Universities of Calgary and Illinois, and has just completed work on her Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Before coming to Florida in 1998, Schober participated in or directed archaeological excavations in Canada, Mexico and Panama.
Schober has served as Vice President of the Florida Anthropological Society and of the Archaeological Research Cooperative, a member of the Lee County Historical Preservation Board, and a member and vice-president of the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage. Most recently, she has coordinated a two-year programming partnership between the Lee Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Humanities Council that explored representations of the past entitled Making History Memorable and she is in the process of completing work as Executive Producer of a documentary film about the capital of the Calusa nation on Mound Key for the Friends of Koreshan State Historic Site.
Given her illustrious background and impressive credentials, authors Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall together with publisher Deb Whippen of Editorial Rx Press, were overjoyed to have Ms. Schober’s encouragement, support and endorsement of Female Pioneers of Fort Myers.
Spotlight on ‘Female Pioneers” publisher, Deb Whippen (01-03-17)
Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development is available right now on Amazon, the publisher’s website, and in the gift shops at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower. The book’s publisher is Editorial Rx Press. North Fort Myers resident Deb Whippen is the publisher/editor.
Whippen got her first taste of historical publishing when she teamed up in 2010 with author Gertrude Petersen Winne and editor Patricia Winne Adams to publish the popular and highly successful tome, Memoirs of an Everglades Pioneer. So she was receptive and motivated when Tuthill pitched the idea for a book about the gritty women who helped settle Fort Myers and transform it from a rough-and-tumble cow town into an inviting winter retreat for late 19th century industrialists, inventors and tourists.
While Whippen sees a bright future when it comes to historical and niche biographical offerings, her expertise is actually in the field of medical writing and education. Since 1984, she has been at the forefront of medical publishing and association management. In this regard, she has served as managing editor and executive editor of the leading peer-reviewed journal for oncologists, the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She is currently the Managaing Editor for the Society of Surgical Oncology. A results-oriented publishing professional with proven accomplishments in supporting scientific-technical-medical publications, programs and products, Deborah was also instrumental in the strategic planning, development and marketing of curricula, self-study projects and other educational products at ASCO, where she was employed for 18 years.
In 2005, Deborah established Whippen Consulting. Two years later, she merged Whippen Consulting with Editorial Rx, Inc., assuming the position of Vice President to help provide a broader range of services to clients. Deborah also oversees Editorial Rx’s affiliated publishing company, Editorial Rx Press, as publisher and editor.
Whippen enthusiastically embraces new technology and routinely uses social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to network within the health care, medical communication and publishing communities, and has managed the development of applications to bring print publications to mobile device users. Deborah is an engaging speaker and has been invited to share her knowledge of publishing and social media at local events.
Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and English, graduating cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and completed postgraduate coursework in the Master of Science in Publications program at New York University in New York City.
Spotlight on ‘Female Pioneers of Fort Myers’ co-author Robin Tuthill (01-03-17)
Now available on Amazon and at Editorial Rx Press is Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City’s Development by Robin C. Tuthill and Tom Hall. Tuthill has been a writer and editor since 1980, working primarily in newspaper and magazine feature writing, medical writing/editing, and academic writing/editing.
Five years after completing a 7-day “Life and Career Renewal” Outward Bound in her late 30s, Robin earned a master’s degree in religious studies at the University of South Florida. She taught classes in comparative religion; created the inaugural issue of The Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion (JSSMR), an international academic journal; and authored four editions of the Instructor’s Manual and Test Questions that accompanied World Religions Today, a college textbook published by Oxford University Press.
Robin facilitated “Freeing the Writer Within” classes and ongoing writing groups from 1995-2015. In the creative writing workshop that she developed, she witnessed over and over again the strength and confidence that come from self-discovery as participants wrote and shared their stories. She believes that the power of the written word to achieve self-transformation cannot be over-estimated.
Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Purdue University and master’s degrees in education and religious studies from the University of South Florida. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida into a family that spent weekends boating and fishing in the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Robin lives in North Fort Myers, where she continues to write and enjoy Florida’s natural beauty.
Spotlight on ceramic artist William Kidd (01-02-17)
Kidd has worked as a ceramic artist for 25 years. He creates bowls, vessels, plates, jars and free form sculptures. Some of this work retains is original, symmetrical form – hand carved using simple wire loop tools. Others are altered and given texture which infuses them with the illusion of being formed by nature, whether here or in some otherworldly place.
“In my early years as a potter, I threw many different types of forms- both traditional as well as experimental,” Kidd relates. “My recent work is becoming much more sculptural and has a very organic quality to it.”
Indie film screenings tonight at Davis Art Center (01-02-17)
Thank God for Indie Mondays resumes tonight at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. Hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven will share some of the films being considered for inclusion in this year’s 7th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival later in March. The audience not only gets to rate each film screened tonight, it has a voice in the merits and demerits of each screening during T.G.I.M’s lively audience participation sessions, led by a panel of celebrity judges that include award-winning filmmaker Jordan Axelrod, actor Danny Rawley and Florida Weekly senior editor Betty Wells. Elijah Green and Katarina Danks will provide musical and dance entertainment. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 with the screenings beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. There’s an after-party after the screenings, as well.
For more information about the judges and entertainers, keep reading …..
And for more on Thank God for Indie Mondays:
- Dialogue is the keynote of Thank God for Indie Mondays
- Season Seven (2016-2017) T.G.I.M. Schedule
- January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Jordan Axelrod
- January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Danny Rawley
- January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Betty Wells
- January, 2017 T.G.I.M. dance performer Katarina Danks
- Fort Myers Film Festival screens local film, ‘Three Wishes,’ at T.G.I.M.
- ‘Consent’ big hit with December, 2016 judges and T.G.I.M. audience
- World premiere of ‘Bubbles’ horrifies audience and scares T.G.I.M. judges
- Multi-disciplinary artist Cesar Aguilera ventures into film at November’s T.G.I.M.
- December, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Gina Birch
- November, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Toni Gonzales
- November, 2016 T.G.I.M. musical guest Abby Fletcher
- At Monday night’s T.G.I.M., a stand-up comedy act broke out
- October, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Stephanie Davis
- October, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge, filmmaker John Scoular
- October, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge, Florida Rep actor Jason Parrish
- October, 2016 T.G.I.M. musical guest Al Holland
- September TGIM celebrity judge Jason Maughan
- September TGIM celebrity judge Dan Miller
- Recap of September’s T.G.I.M. screenings
- September T.G.I.M. singer, songwriter and celebrity judge Julia DeTomaso
- August TGIM celebrity judge Kaycie Lee
- August TGIM celebrity judge Justin Verely
- Recap of August’s T.G.I.M. screenings
- August T.G.I.M. entertainer, singer-songwriter Gabrielle MacAfee
Focus on January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Jordan Axelroad (01-02-17)
The Fort Myers Film Festival starts off 2017 right with screenings of several films that are under consideration for inclusion in this March’s 7th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Thank God for Indie Monday takes place in the grand atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Monday, January 2. Doors open at 6:30, with screenings beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
Each month, hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven empanel a group of celebrity judges to comment on each screening and kick start the lively audience participation session that follows. One of the judges for this Monday’s T.G.I.M. is N.Y.U. grad and filmmaker, screenwriter and director Jordan Axelrod.
If the name sounds familiar, good for you! That means you attended last year’s Fort Myers Film Festival. Axelrod not only had a 20-minute short titled Seven-Ten Split juried into the festival, he received Best Student Film honors for the entry.
Spotlight on January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Danny Rawley (01-02-17)
T.G.I.M. resume on Monday, January 2, and actor Danny Rawley will join Jordan Axelrod and Florida Weekly’s Betty Wells on the panel of celebrity judges assembled by hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven.
Danny Rawley was born in Cape Coral, Florida. He auditioned for his first independent film at age 11. After booking that film, he realized he loved being in front of the camera. Danny continued to book lead roles in independent films and even started working behind the camera as boom operator and production assistant. Currently, he has recurring roles on two television series, Sleepy Hallow and Clarissa’s World. He also co-starred on Lords of War and Animal Planet’s “I’m Alive.”
Danny’s film credits include The Martial Arts Kid (supporting role), One Moment (supporting), RX (in which he played the lead), La Voix (lead), Moment of Truth (supporting), Dear Danielle (lead), Loose Ends (supporting), Spin (lead), Snap (lead), Awry (lead), Fundamentals of Thought (supporting) and Road to Hollywood (supporting). He has also appeared in television commercials for, among others, Extra, the United States Marine Corps, Red Lobster, Trade Winds Resort, Euro Disney, Bass Pro Shops, Abbey Carpet and Palmira Country Club, and modeled for numerous print media advertisements.
Doors open for cocktails at 6:00, with screenings beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. Elijah Green will perform as musical guest, and Melody Lane Performing Arts Center co-owner and director Katarina Danks will perform a dance routine.
Focus on January, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Betty Wells (01-02-17)
T.G.I.M. resume on Monday, January 2, and actor Betty Wells will join Jordan Axelrod (third photo) and Danny Rawley (fourth photo) on the panel of celebrity judges assembled by hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven.
Betty works for Florida Media Group as Senior Editor of Fort Myers edition of Florida Weekly, and contributes to the content of Florida Weekly’s other four newspapers. Florida Weekly is a newsmagazine that engages sophisticated readers throughout several markets in Florida. The Florida Weekly team works tirelessly to create an informative newspaper that connects with more than 200,000 weekly readers in print, on smartphones and tablets, on social media, and online. Rather than tell its readers what’s happened, Florida Weekly focuses on what’s next and what it means. The magazine’s niche is giving the community a good, reasoned, fact-based, interesting look at Florida — its people and its issues. (And, it works. Over the past nine years, Florida Weekly’s writers, designers and ad builders have won 159 individual awards from the Florida Press Association, The Society of Professional Journalists and Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives association. In addition, the Florida Press Association has named Florida Weekly the best weekly newspaper in the state for the past four years.)
January, 2017 T.G.I.M. musical guest is (drumroll) Elijah Green (01-02-17)
T.G.I.M. resume on Monday, January 2, and actor Betty Wells will join Jordan Axelrod and Danny Rawley on the panel of celebrity judges assembled by hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven. Elijah Green will perform as musical guest, and Melody Lane Performing Arts Center co-owner and director Katarina Danks will perform a dance routine.
Green wrote and performed the music and lyrics for the uplifting video that opens each T.G.I.M. It’s a postive, feel-good rendition that has repeat cineastes looking forward to the night’s screenings all day long. A gifted songwriter/musician, Green was recently covered on Fox for generously giving an original song to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. A world-class talent, Green lives right here in town.
Doors open for cocktails at 6:00, with screenings beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. T.G.I.M. gives you a bird’s eye view of how the Fort Myers Film Festival views submissions and gives you a say in which submissions make it into the 7th Annual FMff. T.G.I.M. is brought to you in part by Riverside Realty, Capone’s Pizza, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee, Florida Weekly, Higginson Tax & Accounting and Florida SouthWestern State College and j Bert Davis MD FACS.
Melody Lane’s Katarina Danks to provide dance routine at tonight’s T.G.I.M. (01-02-17)
Starts 2017 off right by viewing on Monday night the screening of several films that are under consideration for inclusion in this March’s 7th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Thank God for Indie Monday takes place in the grand atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on January 2. Doors open at 6:30, with screenings beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
Each month, hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven empanel a group of celebrity judges to comment on each screening and kick start the lively audience participation session that follows. They also provide entertainment during intermission. On Monday night, Katarine Danks of Melody Lanes Performing Arts Center in Cape Coral, will provide a dance performance number.
Today a world-class performer trained in contortion, jazz and contemporary dance disciplines, Katarina began her training at age seven and grew to the professional level during her high school years. Since turning professional, she has won numerous awards in various recreational and professional competitions for performance, technique, stage presence, choreography, and the difficulty of her routines. She has performed for Showbiz Productions, National Geographic, Royal Hanneford Circus, International Contortion Convention, and Que Noche for Telemundo.
Second Annual Bonita Springs International Film Festival set for January 26-29 (01-02-17)
The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs introduced the inaugural Bonita Springs International Film Festival last February. It will return January 26 through January 29 with more than 70 carefully curated narrative, documentary, animated and short films from around the world. It will also conduct a wide variety of complementary workshops, demonstrations, and Q & A sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors, producers and actors.
These unique and entertaining special events begin with Thursday’s over-the-top Opening Night; moves to the ‘House Party’ on Saturday; and, of course, ends with a star-studded Awards Night and Filmmakers Party on Sunday. Each event is distinctive andfilled with great catered food, beverages, quality entertainment and, of course, lots of opportunities for filmmakers, directors, writers, actors and audiences to meet, share ideas and discuss mutual projects. Films are shown in both the 400-seat CFABS Hinman Auditorium and the newly-renovated 200-seat Moe Auditorium & Film Center.
Last year, BIFF accepted films in 12 categories including youth and teen-produced films, animated films, shorts and Florida films, as well as standard fiction/narrative and documentary works. It awarded cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.
The film festival is an expression of CFABS’ longstanding love affair with film as an art form. The Centers launched their Film for Film Lovers series in 2008, offering one film per month for three months. Over time, Film for Film Lovers was expanded and now features films every Monday. And early in 2015, the Centers added the impressive Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, with showings on the first Tuesday of each month. Today, thousands of Southwest Florida residents and visitors attend these screenings, so it was only logical to add a multi-day film festival to the equation.
The mission of the Bonita Springs International Film Festival is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world, recognizing that it is through the art of cinema that a community becomes more informed, aware and alive.
“The big point that ultimately surfaced in our discussions about having a film festival was that we, as an organization, are all about the arts, all the arts,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, who is also Co-Chair for the festival. “So, we began looking at the idea that our Bonita Springs International Film Festival might see the majority of our films showcasing an artistic connection of some kind, beyond the fact that film is an art form in itself.”
BIFF is so much more than just watching films. Festivalgoers enjoy fascinating and rewarding experiences, right alongside the discovery of each film’s unique details, inspiration, meaning and challenges.
CFABS has yet to release a schedule or pricing for the festival, so check back for details as they emerge.
Estero Fine Art Show returns to Miromar Design Center on January 7 & 8 (01-01-17)
The 19th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show 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. Distinctive 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 they will remember for years to come. This top-notch fine art & craft event 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 are 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.
Lehigh Acres mixed media artist Zaki Knapen part of Estero Fine Art Show (01-01-17)
The 19th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show returns to the Miromar Design Center on January 7 & 8. One of the artists taking part in the show is Zaki Knapen, an artist known to many River District residents and visitors.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium and educated in Europe, Zaki spent many years living and traveling throughout the world. Among his many stops and layovers were England, Spain, Morocco, St. Martin and other ports of call across the Caribbean. He eventually landed in Chicago, where he made an impact sharing his art and artistic sensibilities through membership in the Elmhurst Art Guild, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago Art Coalition, Planet Collage, Naperville Art League, Lombard Artist Coalition and DuPage Art League. Chicago is where he also first heard about Estero Fine Art Show Executive Director Patty Narozny.
Estero Fine Art Show provides glimpse into awe-inspiring creative journey of magical realist Marcus Thomas (01-01-17)
Marcus C. Thomas discovered the joy of painting after surviving a snow skiing accident in 1986 that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. It would have been understandable if the young man had given in to self-pity. After all, at the time it happened he was an athletic and physically-active college grad with a brand new degree in commercial recreation who had just taken a job as the activities director at a vacation resort.
“That Christmas,” Marcus tells, “I received a set of Crayola watercolors.” Although he had no background in art, he launched himself into a new adventure. He became not just a painter, but an artist whose works are so realistic, you’d swear you were looking at a photograph rather than an oil on canvas or panel.
“I like realism and the edginess of surrealism,” Marcus notes, and toward that end, his paintings combine hyper-realistic technique with magical surrealism imagery.
Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair descends on Fifth Avenue January 7-8 (01-01-17)
The 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 and 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 draws 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 runs alongside Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair (01-01-17)
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 Park 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.
Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair is also on January 7-8 weekend (01-01-17)
On Marco Island, the Art League of Marco Island Fine Craft Fair also takes place on January 7 & 8. This fair is held at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145, which is toward the southern end of the 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.
1st Wednesday ART ALIVE returns to Naples Art District on January 4 (01-01-17)
On 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.
Bonita Springs National profile updated (01-01-17)
Bonita Springs National Art Festival is held three times a year in picturesque Riverside Park in historic downtown Bonita Springs by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Art Southwest Florida has updated its profile of this tri-annual festival, with dates, descriptions and all new photos. You can check it out here.
Naples Masters Winter Art Festival profile updated (01-01-17)
Naples Masters Winter Art Festival takes place each January at the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt. It is organized by Boulderbrook Productions and Director Richard P. Sullivan. It’s a boutique art fair, with space limited to just 60 artists, but this gives the artists and attendees ample opportunity to get to know each other and talk a little shop. You can check out Art Southwest Florida’s profile for the show here.
Sanibel Community Association Fine Art and Craft Festival profile updated (01-01-17)
Boulderbrook Productions also holds an outdoor art festival in January. It’s called the Sanibel Community Association Fine Art and Craft Festival, and it is held on the grounds of the Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Drive. You can get all the details here.