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Here’s what’s happening September 1-7, 2017


This is what’s happening in the arts, independent film and community theater here in Southwest Florida between September 1-7, 2017:


Baker Museum’s ‘Unnatural History’ features work of artist Arik Levy (09-07-17)

Arik Levy 02On view at the Baker Museum of Art at Artis Naples is Arik Levy: Unnatural History. This exhibition features works by artist, designer, photographer and filmmaker Arik Levy, who has gained recognition for his sculpture, outdoor installation and collectable designs, which emphasize elegance, balance and minimalism.

Arik Levy 04According to the Baker Museum, Unnatural History is the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of the internationally-renowned, Paris-based artist, designer, photographer and video artist. The exhibition offers a mid-career, concentrated perspective on the artist’s work and considers the semiotics of his formal language, which synthesizes the worlds of art and design and finds expression through imaginative paradigms and syntagmatic structures.

“With a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of sculptural Arik Levy 054traditions, Levy is a technologist as much as he is an artist: He thinks in form, volume, skin, texture and material properties; he manipulates and develops cutting-edge fabrication techniques to propel his ongoing creative investigation and artistic exploration,” states the Baker Museum on the events page of its website. “Levy’s innate scientific and poetic acumen, mixed with his interest in innovation, simplicity and experimentation, allows him to translate social and emotional conceptual narratives into sculpture, paintings, Arik Levy 06photography as well as space and experiences. In this exhibition, the artist’s hand is omnipresent because Levy offered an original concept for the installation, which he gradually unpacked and turned into an environment for visitors to become acquainted with his two- and three dimensional works while considering the families and series in which they are organized by kinship.”

On a deeper level, these categories evidence the evolution of his creations from an earlyform or structure into different permutations and variations, continually unfolding in sequential experiences. “Levy’s works in various media derive inspiration in form and content from nature. They evoke minerals, arboreal structures, rocks and other forms and Arik Levy 08exist as monuments that reflect and celebrate the geometry of nature, serenely owning the spaces they occupy.”

The exhibition runs through January 7, 2018.

The Baker Museum is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108. For more information, please telephone 239-597-1111 or visit



‘Languages of Art’ now on view at Baker Museum of Art (09-07-17)

language of artLanguages of Art opened September 5 at the Baker Museum of Art at Artis Naples. This exhibition contains approximately 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection. The show explores the visual languages artists employ to depict specific themes, including mythology, domestic space, the artist’s studio, abstraction, landscape and seascape, the city and industry and the language of ar 4figure, including portraits, group portraits and nudes.

“Through a selection of works by American, European and Mexican artists, each gallery examines how artists interpret and express an idea using a unique visual vocabulary that responds to their experience and speaks to the idiosyncrasies of their historical context,” states the Baker Museum about the show. “The Artist’s Studio explores how the ilanguage of ar 3ntimate space of the atelier can be a place for reflection about the creative process. Domestic Space presents a group of paintings that addresses the concept of home and daily life by depicting interior and exterior views. In City and Industry, the urban landscape is exalted in views of its busy streets, technology and progress. While Nature emphasizes the beauty and nuance of the natural environment and the creatures that inhabit ilanguage of ar 2tt.”

The tradition of depicting arrangements of domestic, inanimate objects in an interior setting is considered in Still Life, which includes modern, abstract renditions of this art historical theme.

Figure presents a selection of works representing the human body; from idealized images of female Naples Museum of Art 05beauty to distorted and stylized figures, which invite a reflection on notions of beauty,” the Baker Museum continues. “A gallery devoted to Mythology and Mortality examines how artists respond to, and depict, faith, pain, and loss. Abstraction celebrates this modern artistic current by juxtaposing non-figurative works executed in very different styles.”

The show will be on display through July 22, 2018.

The Baker Museum is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108. For more information, please telephone 239-597-1111 or visit



Schrenk Student Photography Exhibition at Baker Museum to October 29 (09-07-17)

spi1On view at the Baker Museum of Art through October 29, 2017 is the Schrenk Student Photography Exhibition. The show contains photographic images produced by a select group of 20 highly-motivated Collier County high school students who participated in the Schrenck Student Photography Institute.

spi2Each year, a class of up to 20 students is selected to participate in the Schrenck Student Photography Institute. The program consists of four weekend-workshops during the academic year and a two-week seminar in June. The institute is designed to give students broad experiences in various areas of photography, including the camera, lighting, composition, digital technology and portfolio preparation. The primary instructor for the photography institute is J. Tomas Lopez, MF.A., professor and chair, department of art and art history, University of Miami.



Inside the Outside continues at Baker Museum through September 27 (09-07-17)

thornton 3Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis Dreyfus Foundation is on view at the Baker Museum of Art now through September 27, 2017. This is a continuation of the exhibition that opened this Spring showcasing the work of five self-taught artists — James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor and Willie Young.

These five visual artists operate within the genre of “self-taught athornton 2jpegrt,” a sweeping term applied to artists who, for various reasons, did not benefit from, nor were influenced by, a formal art education. From Nellie Mae Rowe’s vivacious patterned drawings of animals to the hushed and serene rural landscapes of a silent James Castle and the animated tableaux of Southern life created by an observant, people-loving Bill Traylor, thornton 1jpegthese artists used found and repurposed materials to describe worlds that hover between the real and the fantastical.

“Willie Young has used paper for wrapping carpets as a medium, taking a highly adaptive and functional material to an altogether new level with finely crafted and delicate images,” states the Baker Museum’s website. “Like the other artists included here, thornton 5his art blends aspects of his immediate reality with a profoundly innovative world. Whereas Thornton Dial worked with everyday materials on a larger scale to create expressive scenes, which often address history, politics and world events from a critical perspective.”

Though grouped under the self-taught heading, their work could not be more distinct. “By identifying a select group of artists to consider within this rubric, the exhibition examines the vastly different realities thornton 4that can inspire an individual to create ambitious and lasting artworks that do not fit neatly into the trends of mainstream-art practice. Drawing is a major presence in this exhibition; it is an immediate, inexpensive and intimate medium for artists of humble means from any background. The artists featured here pursued their passions while holding jobs that Naples Museum of Art 05ranged from steel working to shoe shining. Modest, lightweight and transportable materials had obvious benefits, allowing for quick sketching and alteration.

The Baker Museum is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108. For more information, please telephone 239-597-1111 or visit



Harbour View Gallery featuring Sally Schmett and Marc Geldon in September (09-07-17)  Harbour View Gallery 04

Harbour View Gallery is featuring work by Sally Schmett and Marc Geldon during the month of September.

Pastel artist Sally Schmett weaves into her art everything she sees, feels and experiences. She often has her camera in hand, trying to capture life as it happens. Then she recreates the images she captures to the best of her ability using an array of chalk pastels.

This versatile medium can look classical or modern, depending Harbour View Sally Schmett 02on the texture and depth Sally applies to her pictures. By working primarily in pastels, Schmett finds the variety of hues necessary for painting life’s vibrant colors – especially Florida’s diverse and extensive flora and fauna.

Sally prefers to work on panel. By combining pastel and wood, another dimension of texture is added. Both depth and realism are affected by the type of wood Harbour View Sally Schmett 01panel Sally uses, and part of her creative process involves experimenting with new and different kinds of wood panels. Her overarching goal is for her art to mirror the simple beauty of life around us.

Schmett has both a BS and MS Education from Indiana University. Her work has been juried into numerous fine art shows. Her pastel artwork, “Sweet Jenny” (steel mill), hangs in Harbour View Marc Geldon 02the Youngstown Historical Museum. Sally and her husband, Fred, became permanent residents of Cape Coral, Florida just this year. Prior to 2017, they had called Indiana home. Although she spent her entire life there, it was an adventure of extremes – from the shores of Lake Michigan to the farthest southern hills in the “boot” of Indiana. That environment always offered thought-provoking subjects for her art, from steel mills, landscapes and waterscapes to the people. Now she’ll look to Florida for her motifs.

Forty years ago, ceramic artist Marc Geldon began his love affair with pottery. While finishing his undergraduate degree in advertising at the Harbour View Marc Geldon 01University of Florida, he took courses in ceramics, eventually obtaining Masters both in Ceramics and Fine Arts at Northern Illinois University.

Marc has maintained a ceramic studio no matter where he settled. He’s taught at universities, sold at art shows and been represented by various galleries around the country.

Marc has won awards at the Peachtree Art Festival in Atlanta and Coconut Point in Miami. He owned and operated his own gallery in Atlanta called “Somewhere in Time.”

Fifteen years ago, Marc moved to Southwest Florida and became an avid fisherman, Harbour View Gallery 01spending time on the waters of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. A fascination with marine life, coral reefs, the ocean and sunsets emerged. His style changed to incorporate these themes into his pieces and he developed his signature “rainbow glaze” that would mirror swirling ocean waves and beautiful sunsets.

He combined this with his wheel thrown pottery and incorporated fHarbour View Gallery 02igures of marine life into his pieces. He also wanted something functional, so all his glazes are lead free and safe for any type of use. All his works are one of a kind and hand signed on the bottom of the piece.

Their work will be on display through Harbour View Gallery 03September 30.

The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 104. In the Shops at Cape Harbour, Cape Coral, FL.

For more information, please call the gallery at 239-540-4780. _____________________________________________________


Mirror Mirror’ on view at Center for Visual Arts Bonita (09-07-17)

Fenesha 2On view at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs through September 28 is Mirror Mirror. The exhibition focuses on what we do every day before we face the world.

The show was judged by popular Fort Myers artist David Acevedo, who said he loved all the submissions so much that he found it hard to choose favorites. “But in the end, I used basic aesthetic concepts as well as quality standards and medium control to make my final decisions,” Acevedo reports. “Pieces that felt unfinished or where the theme or message was too hidden did not make the cut. I favored wit, attention to detail and impeccable presentations.”

Chief 2David chose Feneshia #7 by Dirce Kennedy as Best of Show. Kennedy is a contemporary portrait painter. “Something magical happens as a subject’s inner spirit emerges onto a canvas,” remarks Kennedy. “Viewing a portrait painting can be an opportunity to slow down, open social and emotional walls, to know and feel a subject’s essence and experience a genuine connection with them.”

Kennedy found portraiture through years of travel, drawing, Molly 4painting, and study. He credits Renoir and Warhol as influences, along with his father, who gave him drawing materials when Kennedy was only two. More, his dad imparted an ongoing passion for knowledge, art, and life in general. “As a portrait painter, my goal is sensitivity to your needs while imparting your individuality to create a portrait that will be cherished now and for generations to come.

In just the last two years, Kennedy has enjoyed seven solo shows. His portraits have received numerous awards, and his Mirror Mirror 2work can be found in private collection in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Denmark and Dubai.

Acevedo’s other award winners are:

  • 1st Place:  Chief by Bransilav Suvajdzic
  • 2nd Place: Molly by Loretta J. Hamilton
  • 3rd Place:  Mirror, Mirror … All You Need is a Good ‘Pedi’ by Louise Soderlund
  • 4th Place:  Ready? by Karen E. Harris
  • 5th Place:  Isn’t She Lovely by Beth DuBay
  • Ready 46th Place: See My Heart by Marcie Karvakis
  • Merit Award:  Have We Met by Gail Noren

To be singled out by Acevedo for an award is truly an honor. Since locating in Southwest Florida in 2000, he has become a prominent face in the area’s art scene. In 2009, he was chosen as the Angel of the Arts 2009 Visual Artist of the Year. Last year, he received a FACE award for his Arts & Culture efforts. Currently, he owns and operates The Union Artist Studio and DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery in Fort Myers. While his gallery was located in the downtown Fort Myers River District, he David Acevedo 2017 Grant Recipient Show 08co-founded Fort Myers Art Walk, breathing new life into a business district reeling from both the recession and several years of road closures associated with the City’s Streetscape project. Last year, he helped organize the very popular SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl. For more on David’s art, read here.

The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.



Art of Bean, Camargo & Pascovici on view at Center for Performing Arts (09-07-17)

Beanie 1The Art of Bean, Camargo and Pascovici in on view at the Center for Performing Arts. Don’t miss this exhibition loaded with color and whimsy!

Kathleen Bean was a public school art teacher and has seen the transformation of young minds through the power of the arts. Her sculptures display a range of expression and freedom through their witty personalities, narratives and gestures. Hilarion Camargo is an accomplished puppeteer who teaches students how to make and perform with their creations. Alexander Pascovici has successfully re-invented himself many times but has found his most rewarding accomplishments in his poetry and abstract paintings.

Center for Performing Arts 05These three artists believe in the power of arts education and self-expression and have, in one way or another, dedicated their lives to the arts.

The Center for Performing Arts is located in the Hinman Auditorium at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.



Alliance closing campus in anticipation of Hurricane Irma (09-06-17)

Irma 1Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, the Alliance for the Arts campus will be closed Friday, Sept. 8 through Monday, Sept. 11. Exhibits, classes, theatre rehearsals, the GreenMarket and SoCo Second Saturday have been postponed or canceled.

For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit



Alliance getting fired up in September (09-06-17)

Fired Up 01The Alliance for the Arts’ September show is Fired Up: A Juried Exhibit.  The exhibit will feature works inspired by fire or which in some way use flames and heat in their creation, including ceramics, glass and welded pieces.

Lee Brotherton has served as juror for the show. Brotherton has over 20 years of experience in creating, marketing and selling pottery recreations and original sculpture and paintings. Her sculptures Fired Up 02are in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the world.

Lee’s fine arts career includes serving as an elementary art teacher, art museum work, art gallery manager and sales consultant. 

The opening celebration scheduled for September 8 has been cancelled in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The Alliance will determine after the storm’s passage whether it will reschedule the opening reception for a later date. But either way, the exhibit runs until September 30.

For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit



‘Your Best Shot’ photography exhibition coming to Alliance in October (09-06-17)

AA Photo 1Among artistic mediums, photography is a relatively recent arrival. Though invented in the mid-19th century, it wasn’t elevated to an art form until the 20th-century. Drawing attention to this new artistic discipline, the Alliance’s upcoming exhibition, Your Best Shot, is dedicated to photographers and photography. The show opens October 6.

SAlliance Building 03teve Chase will judge the exhibition. Chase has taught Fine Art Photography at Florida SouthWestern State College since 2008. He holds degrees in both Fine Art Photography and Motion Pictures. Prior to teaching at FSW, Chase was one of the founding faculty members of the Undergraduate Program of the School of Motion Pictures Arts at Florida State University, where he served AA Photoas a full time faculty member from 1990 – 2004.

In 1997, Steve won Florida State University’s highly coveted T.I.P. award for excellence in college teaching. In 2002 he was nominated for a university teaching award and in 2004 he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the success of the Film School.

Alliance Building 02Steve is a recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship – 1992 – Division of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida. His photography has been exhibited throughout the state and nationally. His films have been screened at festivals nationally and internationally.



‘Off the Wall’ is off the chain (09-06-17)

Off the WallEach year, the Alliance for the Arts invites 100 members to submit original 2D or 3D artworks for exhibition in the gallery beginning with the onset of the holiday shopping season. Called Off the Wall, this non-traditional art show features works of all mediums priced at $200 or less. Make supporting local arts tops on your list this year by giving a gift that gives back. Make plans to do your Christmas shopping at the Alliance for the Arts this year. Betcha there’s 100 member-artists who would be delighted to have their art under your tree.



Save the date for Naples Art’s ‘Scene to be Seen’ (09-06-17)

Seen to be Scene 1The Naples Art Association will produce its inaugural Scene to be Seen: A Runway Art Show on Thursday, November 2. This first-of-its-kind event will include a fully-staged runway show, sales gallery, and live auction featuring men’s and women’s garments, ensembles, hats, jewelry, and handbags by artists from L.A., NYC, the Philippines and Italy – as well as right here in Southwest Florida. Scene to be Seen promises to combine the sophistication of Naples with the thrill and excitement of a top international couture runway show!

The evening will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome reception that will include delicious hors d’oeuvres and Scene to be Seen 03cocktails before the extraordinary fashion show and auction. After the show, stay for a fabulous after-party with live music and a full cash bar provided by Shula’s Steakhouse of Naples.



Lab postpones September 9 audition callbacks in light of impending hurricane (09-05-17)

Musical Murders 01Lab Theater had scheduled callbacks for its production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and for Visiting Mr. Green for Saturday, but in light of the impending impacts from Hurricane Irma, these callbacks are being postponed. The Lab will announce sometime after the storm passes when to reschedule the callback auditions. Be safe!



Lab Theater bringing ‘Sordid Lives’ to the stage in September (09-05-17)

Sordid Lives Promo 02Opening September 15 at Lab Theater is Del Shores’ Sordid Lives. The action takes place in a small town in Texas, where a family gathers to deal with the death of their elderly matriarch. Their grief is made all the more difficult because the details of her demise are sure to cause embarrassment. However, the family members themselves give reason enough for embarrassment, as we see them at both their best and their wSordid Lives Promo 01orst (think big hair, lots of booze, cheating, revenge, cross-dressing and guns)! Loosely based on the playwright’s own life, this is an over-the-top black comedy about white trash … and what it means to be yourself.




Florida Rep opening Season 20 with romantic comedy ‘Outside Mullingar’ (09-05-17)

Outside Mullingar PromoFlorida Repertory Theatre will open its 20th anniversary season with “Outside Mullingar,” a delightful romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning author of “Doubt” and “Moonstruck.”

The play unfolds in a picturesque, Irish countryside and follows the unlikely romance of two lovable misfits, Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon. They’re farmers who don’t have a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, old family rivalries, and their own romantic fears before they can find happiness. Full of humor and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on Rachel 04love.

“This is the perfect play to open our 20th season,” states Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo. “Not only is it a masterfully-written love story, but it brings together some of Florida Rep’s most beloved ensemble members both onstage and in the creative team. This play is witty, charming, and was written by one of the best American writers working today. You are in for a treat.”

The ensemble members mentioned by Mr. Cacioppo are Rachel Burttram, Brendan Powers and Viki Boyle. They will be joined by guest artist Outside Mullingar Promo 4Martin LaPlatney, who returns after appearing in Florida Rep’s nationally-acclaimed 2016 production of “One Slight Hitch.

Read here for the rest of this announcement.




TNP looking for the real Kris Kringle to audition for ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (09-05-17)

Miracle 01Subject to any rescheduling necessitates by Hurricane Irma, The Naples Players (TNP) is holding open auditions for the holiday musical comedy Miracle on 34th Street from 12:00 t0 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

You know the story. Fred Gailey tries to woo single mom Doris Walker by taking her daughter to see Santa Claus at Macy’s. Doris doesn’t want to fill her six-year-old’s head with romantic notions and is not impressed. But when it turns out Macy’s Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

Sugden Theatre 02TPN is casting four men (20’s – 60’s), one women (20’s – 50’s) and one young girl (9-14) for the following roles:

  • Kris Kringle (Santa Claus), ability to grow a beard is a plus; Santa suit with brass buttons and gold thread will be provided unless, of course, you’re the genuine article and you have Sugden Theatre 03your own;
  • Doris, the Personnel Manager at Macy’s and Susan’s mother;
  • Susan, girl/youth, Doris’ daughter, precocious, doesn’t believe in Santa, ability to blow bubbles with chewing gum a plus;
  • Fred, the neighbor and Doris’ and Susan’s friend, is also a lawyer (when lawyers were still admired);
  • Shellhammer, Doris’ assistant at Macy’s;
  • JBryce Alexander 01udge Harper, presides over Kringle’s competency hearing;
  • Dr. Pierce, physician at Maplewood Home. 

Several character roles for men, women, and children are also available. 

The show will be directed by Bryce Alexander, with choreographyBryce Alexander 02 by Dawn Lebrecht Fornara and musical direction by Ksenia Leletkina. Based on the classic movie of the same name, the book and score for Miracle on 34th Street are by Meredith Willson.

TNP auditions are open to all interested persons, regardless of age, race or experience. The only requirement to audition is the desire to be involved in a production and the willingness to commit your time and effort to the project. Rehearsals begin Monday, October 2 and run through November 28, with performances November 29 through December 23, 2017 at TNP’s Sugden Theatre, 701 5th Ave South, Dawn Fornara 01Naples, FL. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Blackburn Hall at TNP’s Sugden Theatre.

If you have the time and are interested in landing a role in this musical, please prepare 32 bars (about one minute) of a song to perform with TNP’s piano aDawn Fornara 02ccompanist. Although a professional dance background is not required to audition, a short dance combination will be taught for audition hopefuls to follow. Call back readings will be on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

To prepare for auditions, TNP suggests you access and review the sides available on their website at under Get Involved/Auditions.

The Naples Players offer a full season of great shows including: Qui Nguyen’s Comedy She Kills Monsters, October 11-November 5, Jordan Harrison’s clever Maple & Vine, October 25-November 19. Tickets and information for all performances are available at or call (239) 263-7990.



Ghostbird Theatre Company announces 2017-18 season (09-05-17)

The Troupe 1Continuing its commitment to new, site-influenced theater, Ghostbird Theatre Company’s sixth season will feature three plays and one art happening.

Ghostbird is the only theater company in the American South devoted to site-specific work. And it’s precisely because Ghostbird works hard to partner with just the right venue for each of its productions that it has been recognized as one of the ten best companies in Florida for live theater.

Designing productions in relationship to specific venues excites eCavin 04veryone in the company. “We continue to grow artistically with our on-site collaborations,” observes Artistic Director Barry Cavin.

With shows such as The Perfect Island of Dr Teed (held at Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero), Antigonick (staged at artist Marcus Jansen’s warehouse-based art studio in Fort Myers), No. 27 (performed at Bonita Springs’ historic Shangri-La Springs) and The Chicken Play (performed outdoors under the super moon and inside the screened Jim Brockpavilion at the Happehatchee Center in Estero), Ghostbird has taken tremendous strides in just the past two seasons in developing performances in which the play and setting converse with one another.

The 2017-18 season starts with Writing Shadows, a play Cavin is penning specifically for the historic Langford-Kingston Home near downtown Fort Myers. The home and the play’s main character, world-renowned spiritualist Pearl Curran, come from the same era.

“To have this play performed in this historic home is such a great Langford Kingston Homeopportunity for our theatre and for the community,” says Producing Director Jim Brock. “We’re so happy to be reconnecting back to our roots in Fort Myers.”

Writing Shadows will run every Friday night through the month of November.

In January, Ghostbird will produce Samuel Beckett’s Koreshan 2Catastrophe as a free piece of guerilla theater. The exact location and time will be disclosed at the last minute.

Over the first two weekends in February, Ghostbird will return to the Koreshan State Historic Site to present The Lunar/Solar Festival, a reimagining of the Solar Festival and Procession put on by the Koreshans almost 130 years ago.

SBDAC Aerial 2013 BGhostbird will enjoy another homecoming in February when the company returns on the 19th to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers for its annual 24 Hour Festival. The festival challenges visual artists, filmmakers, and live performers to create and present new work based on prompts given 24 hours before. Best video, best visual art, best musical performance, and best live Brittney Brady 01performance will each receive $500 cash prizes.

“The 24 Hour Festival is another way we pay back to our artistic community,” says Jim Brock.

Since its inception at the Davis Art Center, Ghostbird has increasingly gravitated to site-specific, experimental productions. “We do this really well and it’s what we like to do in order to create a different-theater going experience,” adds Ghostbird co-founder Brittney Brady. “After performances, we often hear people say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before,’ with the subtext being, ‘I’ve never experienced anything like that before and thank you for that.’”

Ghostbird 06The experimental theatre company takes its name from a swamp-dwelling ivory-billed woodpecker once thought to be extinct, but which has been spotted sporadically over the past two decades. Drawing upon the elusiveness, mystery and magic of its namesake, Ghostbird Theatre seeks to draw its audiences into those deep spiritual woods where they can discover loss, beauty, communion, reconciliation and hope.

Ghostbird’s 2017-2018 season is made possible by grants from the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, and the City of Fort Myers.

More information is available at:



Jansen documentary available on VIMEO (09-05-17)

Jansen VIMEO 1You can now view Marcus Jansen: Examine & Report on VIMEO.

Examine & Report is a documentary that explores the renowned artist’s motives for painting and supplies historic insight into his socio-politically charged works, which have roots in Graffiti, Street Art and German and American Expressionism. The film dissects the social and political influences and motivations of the former U.S. soldier turned critical contemporary painter and chronicles how urban-influenced painting achieved recognition by international museums over the last several decades.

Jansen VIMEO 2The documentary premiered on April 7, 2016 at the 6th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival, where it received honors as Best Local Documentary. Since then, the film has been screened at the opening of Jansen art exhibitions in Italy, Germany and other locations. Meanwhile, the film’s trailer has received nearly 200,000 views to date on YouTube.

Not only does the documentary provide insight into Jansen’s life and art, it furnishes an introduction to the uninitiated into the larger world of contemporary art by means of a series of interviews that Emmy-winning filmmakers John and Madeline Scoular conducted with art world luminaries including Steve Examine and Report 03ALazarides (who was street artist BANKSY’s first agent), Lawrence Voytek (who was Robert Rauschenberg protégé and decades-long gallery director), West Rubinstein, Noah Becker, Dieter Rampl and Brooke Lynn McGowan (an art historian, curator and writer who is recognized worldwide as the leading expert on Jansen’s works).

The documentary was shot during 2015 at locations in New York, Miami, London and Fort Myers and is now an integral part of Jansen’s museum and DECADE book tour, which opened in 2016 in Milan, Italy.

Special footage includes revealing interviews with Jansen along with peeks of the artist at work.

Jansen Promo“I just tried to stay out of the way of the film, which kind of told its own story,” Scoular humbly stated at Fort Myers Film Festival’s champagne dessert and awards ceremony in 2015. “We’re very lucky to witness Marcus’ rise. He’s gone from [selling his art on] Prince Street in New York to museums in Milan, Germany and beyond. He’s at the top of his game, and he gets to enjoy it while he’s still alive. That’s pretty unprecedented.”

The film is being screened at each stop in Jansen’s tw0-year worldwide museum tour, which wraps up later Scoular 08this year. Scoular is trying to get it shown in New York, as well. The film will not only play a pivotal role in familiarizing art lovers, collectors and professionals around the globe with Jansen and his art, it will build upon the reputation that the legendary Robert Rauschenberg began when he made Captiva Scoular No. 5the site of his international headquarters and working studio and the loci of the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange (ROCI), an initiative that Rauschenberg launched in 1982 for purposes of forging communication with other nations through the language of art by providing carefully-selected venues where artists, sculptors, poets and authors from around the world could meet and exchange creative ideas in the John Scoular with Marcus Jansen 05spirit of collaboration.

“Jansen is not just a broad chronicler of the many mishaps in American society and politics, but a most passionate artist, a full blooded painter and colorist through and through,” notes art critic and two-time Kassel documenta curator Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger. “Today he is recognized … and I do not say this lightly… as one of the most important American painters of John Scoular with Marcus Jansen 03his generation.”

Although Examine & Report has enjoyed both critical acclaim and considerable exposure, Scoular received his Emmy for his subsequent film, Paradise Reef, which aired on PBS on June 30, 2016. It was WGCU’PBS’ most watched online video in 2016 and has been viewed in over 1195 cities and more than 29 countries around the world. It ended the year with the 2016 Paradise Reef 06Suncoast Regional Emmy in the Topical Documentary category from the Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences. The film was pitted against competing documentaries produced in the Suncoast Chapter region, Paradise Reef 11which is comprised of Mobile, Alabama, Thomasville, Georgia, the cities of Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana, the entire State of Florida and the island of Puerto Rico.

You can rent Examine & Report on VIMEO for just $5.95 or purchase a copy for $14.00.



Twenty art alumni helping FGCU celebrate 20th anniversary (09-04-17)

FGCU 20 20On view now through September 21 at the Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is 20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition. As the name of the exhibition connotes, the show features work by twenty very special FGCU art alumni in honor of Florida Gulf 20 20 Crowd Shot 01Coast University’s 20th Anniversary. The work is so extensive that it has been divided between the newly-named Wasner Gallery in the Arts Complex and the ArtLab Gallery in Library West.

The artists invited to take part in the exhibition are Lauren Ashley S. Baker (’10), Alyssa Baladad (‘15), Linda Barone (‘11), Alina Eydel (‘11), James Futral (’16), 20 20 Crowd Shot 02Ehren Fritz Gerhard (’09), Briena Harmening  (‘05), Philip Heubeck  (‘10), Hannah Johnson (‘14), Megan Leary Kissinger (’04), Erica Klopf (‘12), Jeffrey Scott Lewis (’04), Felipe Maldonado (‘16), Nick Masiello (‘12), Leila Mesdaghi (’16), Quinn Miller (‘15), Christina Penuel (’09), Mr. Revrac (’12), Grayson Stoff (‘15) and Tarra Wood (’11). They express a range of ideas and present techniques that the faculty and staff have proudly 20 20 Crowd Shot 04helped shape.

The exhibition is curated by Gallery Director John Loscuito and Gallery Coordinator Anica Sturdivant. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State for the State of Florida, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.




Focus on ’20/20′ exhibitor James Robert Futral (09-04-17)

FGCU 20 20On view now through September 21 in the Wasner and ArtLab galleries at FGCU is 20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition. Class of 2016 grad James Robert Futral is one of the artists participating in the show.

Futral has been interested from a young age in the properties of Futral 03materials and how they can be constructed or fabricated together. He also prefers to incorporate found materials in his sculptural work. “Few people know how rewarding it can be to create with items that would otherwise be discarded,” James notes.

James also uses found and repurposed materials to construct homemade tools and equipment and for Futral 01repairing commercial items.

“As an artist and fabricator, I have used a wide range of diversity and comprehension of mediums,” Futral expounds. “My preferred mediums are metal, wood and clay, but I also thoroughly enjoy working with organic materials like vines and stone.

The rest of this profile is here.



Alina Eydel’s otherworldly female portraits part of FGCU’s ’20/20′ exhibit (09-04-17)

FGCU 20 20On view through September 21 in the Wasner and ArtLab galleries at FGCU is 20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition. It features works by twenty art graduates who were invited to help the university celebrate its 20th anniversary. Included in this select group is 2014 graduate Alina Eydel.

Icon Portrait of Sarina Nichols 2015 DThe work that Alina displays in 20/20 comes from her series focusing on contemporary women from all walks of life. Each subject has a uniquely surreal, magical and otherworldly appearance that is accentuated by its distinctive Byzantine iconic edge that juxtaposes flat, two-dimensional texture-filled geometrical shapes and abstract patterns with the hyper-real portrayal of each woman’s unblemished facial features. The latter seem to jump off the canvas with a depth, dimension and animus informed by shadows, shading and Eydel’s adept blending of flesh tones. This contradistinction is homage to the technique of inverse perspective in evidence in many 15th CIcon Portrait of Asia Danielle Johnson Dentury Byzantine iconic paintings and mosaics.

“I combine traditional portrait painting with my signature, more contemporary mixed media technique in which Gold leaf, semi-precious stones, glass beads and eco-friendly butterfly wings combine to create mosaic jewels that play with contrasting textures,” Alina explains. She got the idea from the floor-to-ceiling Murano glass mosaics in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice during a trip to Italy when she was 13.

“The mosaics glowed from within, and the entire cathedral was like a giant jewelry box,” says Alina reflecting back on the experience. “It was incredibly inspiring. When I came home, I synthesized the idea of mosaic with my … paintings by gluing glass beads, Swarovski crystals, pearls, turquoise and other items onto the surfaces of my paintings.”

All of these elements are on full display in 20.20. Find out how here.



New name, renewed commitment for the Art Gallery at FGCU (09-05-17)

101 (5)In honor of Ms. Mary Wasmer, the Wasmer Family has generously made a donation to name the main gallery in the FGCU Arts Complex the Wasmer Art Gallery. 20/20: Art Alumni Exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural exhibition. The Wasmer Family have been avid collectors and FGCU supporters, so it is fitting that their support is highlighted by the success of the university’s Art Program alumni ___________________________________________________________


Lucas Century works at FGCU profiled on Art Southwest Florida (09-04-17)

B9318536411Z.1_20150821164522_000_G5CBMCLN6.1-0[1]Among the works included in Florida Gulf Coast University’s public art collection are a number of etchings and murals by Sanibel artist Lucas Century. “Luc Century’s discipline-specific recognition walls add a refinement and process appropriate to a university,” says Senior Director of Advancement Judie Cassidy, who has worked with Century on the five installations he has created at FGCU. “In the conceptual process, he CenturyDaVinci[2]encourages donor involvement and blends their ideas with his own. The resulting installations are cerebral, precise and spectacular.”

Century enjoys the largest presence by a single artist on campus, with works in five different buildings at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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About Century’s Etching Process (09-04-17)

images3HNZBCB1Since 1977, Century has been perfecting a pioneering process that enables him to etch images and text on a variety of media, including porcelain, stone and glass, with unparalleled clarity and depth. He first used the technique to etch the names of 58,000 service men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam into the granite surface of Maya Lin’s renowned Viet Nam Veteran’s Memorial in the Washington, D.C. Mall in 1984.

Dedication to Dr. Marieb“I began to explore other materials beyond granite, such as glass, ceramic and wood, all of which I now incorporate into my work utilizing photo-stenciling and grit-blasting techniques,” Century points out. “Line art from original drawings or appropriated images are transferred into a stencil that is capable of resisting the abrasive grit-blasting. The eroding process removes the substrate, penetrating and etching the surface to create a deep relief, not possible with any other etching process.”

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FGCU’s Dali lithographs part of 1,700 prints produced over course of his career (09-04-17)

1a4f5e68a1db4cb28d985ac23b8d2644[1]Salvador Dali is best known for his dream-state Surrealist paintings, but did you know that he also created more than 1,700 prints using a medley of different techniques, including etchings, engravings, woodcuts, mixed media, lithography and photo-lithography. During the 1960s, which collectors consider the Golden Age of Dali lithography, he created print images for literary works like Hamlet, The Old Man and The Sea and Alice in Wonderland, and he worked on one hundred wood block prints for an edition of The Divine Comedy. All showcase Dali’s legendary imagination and portray the unconscious world of dreams, thoughts, and perceptions.

Presentation[1]Publishers produced his prints both as individual sheets and as series in the forms of portfolios or illustrations in limited edition books. Flower Man, Dream Passage, Symphony Bicyclette, The Studio of Dali, Head of a Young Girl, Immaculate Conception, The Drawers of Memory, Fantastic Voyage, The Lucky Number of Salvador Dali, and The Persistence of Memory are some of his best works. And in 1971, Dali made a series of six lithographs that pay homage to Currier & Ives, a 19th century firm that billed itself as “the Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints” and advertised its lithographs as “colored engravings for the people.” Part of Florida Gulf Coast University’s permanent art collection, a set of these prints can be found in the Special Collections archive on the third floor of Library East.



Many FGCU public artworks and their artists profiled on Art Southwest Florida (09-04-17)

Cross Currents Showing Original Color Saturation (2)The FGCU public art collections contains over 100 monumental works and collections. In an ongoing effort, Art Southwest Florida has profiled many of them in order to provide students, faculty and surrounding residents, vacationers and visiting parents with detailed information about these works and the artists who rendered them. These profiles include:

There are still more to come, so visit the dropdown under Public Art/FGCU often.



Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair submission deadline is September 11 (09-03-17)

East Entry 02The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

Start your new year off in sunny Florida. New opportunities await you at the 22nd Annual Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair. This fine art festival draws professional artists from around the country and is ranked as one of the 100 Best Naples News Years Crowd Shot 03Fine Art Shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7, 2018
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 254 artists max
  • Application fee: $25
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Crowd Shot with Flowers 05Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 11/25/17; 50% refund: 12/05/17
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m. early morning set up only: On street set up in quads; No electrical
  • Application deadline: 09/11/17
  • Jury Process begins: 09/22/17
  • Status Notification: 10/02/17
  • Booth Fee Due: 10/25/17
  • Aerial 2Artist Info Sent: 12/01/17
  • Wait List Acceptance: 10/21/17
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2017




ArtFest Fort Myers submission deadline is September 12 (09-03-17)

Best Aerial of AllArtFest Fort Myers is currently accepting applications from professional artists for participation in its 2018 juried show. Featuring the work of 200 artists, ArtFest Fort Myers attracted 90,000 art lovers and collectors to the largest outdoor gallery in Southwest Florida on the first weekend in February in 2017. And attendance continues to grow.

“Creating an artwork-selling festival for artists is the focus of our year-round professional staff, with artfest copa di vino18 years of consistent management,” states ArtFest in its Call to Artists. “Targeting art buyers throughout Southwest Florida and beyond – from Marco Island to Sarasota and east to West Palm Beach – our promotional campaign includes all forms of media. We also understand the importance of providing great artist amenities over festival weekend to ensure that our artists are Crowd Shot 12stress free and ready to share their work with our dedicated attendees.”

How are festival artists chosen? 

Each October, ArtFest Fort Myers brings together a panel of professional artists who view submitted images and score each applying artist on a range of 1 – 7 points. The artists with the highest scores are then invited to participate in ArtFest. Crowd Shot 09“Our jury panel varies each year but always represents a broad base of expertise with regard to artistic mediums – theirs is the difficult task of evaluating who is the ‘best-of–the-best’ from the hundreds of artists who wish to join ArtFest Fort Myers!” ArtFest points out. “Our jury process is open to artists and patrons – please contact us for more information.”

ArtFest Fort Myers works year-round to produce a creative community celebration that also includes:

  • Crowd Shot 05 at BasinPublix Art Yard, an interactive arts/crafts area for children, including a “children only” shopping gallery and youth stage performances
  • Art Under 20, an exhibition and competition for Lee County high school students, offering cash awards (sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union)
  • Chalk Block, a weekend high school sidewalk chalk competition mentored by professional chalk artists (sponsored by Truly Nolen Pest Control)
  • Tents by Harborside 01 (2)VIP Experience for loyal art patrons who wait all year to make art purchases with us (sponsored by Ron Bucher, Raymond James

The deadline for submissions is September 12. ArtFest takes place in 2018 on February 2, 3 & 4. For Artist Application information, contact ArtFest Fort Myers at 239-768-3602, email or visit



Submission deadline for January’s Estero Fine Art Show is September 23 (09-03-17)

New Estero Show 02The Estero Fine Art Show is moving. Instead of taking place at the Miromar Design Center, this season’s two shows will be held at Gulf Coast Town Center. The 20th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art takes place November 18 & 19, 2017, with the 21st Bi-Annual show following on January 6 & &, 2018.

Limited to just 175 artists, the Estero Fine Art Show has been voted one of the top 100 outdoor art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine three consecutive years. One reason is because organizer Hot Works LLC takes great pains to ensure that all artwork exhibited at its show is original and personally handmade by its participating artists.

Estero October 2012 DThe show includes all categories of art, including painting, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry, photography and more. Submissions are juried by a panel of art professionals with more than 120 years of combined experience.  Submissions are evaluated on the basis of technique/execution, originality and booth presentation.

The deadline for the 20th Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show has passed. The deadline for the 21st Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show is September 23.



Naples National Art Festival deadline is October 30 (09-03-17)

Crowd Shot BestThe Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

Naples National is consistently voted among the Crowd Shot 01top 25 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. As one of the oldest festivals in Collier County, Naples National is counted by the local community as among its premiere, must–see events, thanks to the high quality of art, the engaging personalities of the artists and the festive atmosphere.

Aerial 02If you are interested in exhibiting in the 39th Annual Naples National Art Festival, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25, 2018
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Cambier Park & 8th Street South, downtown Naples
  • Accept 270 artists max
  • Application fee: $25
  • Crowd Shot GreatBooth fee: $475 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 1/12/18; 50% refund: 2/03/18
  • Set up specifics: Friday set up on 2/23,
  • Park and street setting
  • Application deadline: 10/30/17
  • Jury Process begins: 11/10/17
  • Status Notification: 11/27/17
  • Booth Fee Due: 12/15/17
  • Crowd Shot 04Artist Info Sent: 01/21/18
  • Wait List Acceptance: 12/10/17
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2017




30th Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts submission deadline is 12/08 (09-03-17) Crowd Shot 01 (4)

The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

The 30th Annual Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts is one of the last major art festivals of the winter season and a favorite festival for artists, art enthusiasts and collectors. If you would like to Tents 03exhibit in this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, 2018
  • Festival Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Premier Crowd Shot 01Accept 254 artists max
  • Application fee: $25
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 02/03/17; 50% refund: 02/20/17
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: 12/08/17
  • Jury Process begins: 12/08/17
  • Crowd Shot 11Status Notification: 12/29/17
  • Booth Fee Due: 1/19/18
  • Artist Info Sent: 02/23/18
  • Wait List Acceptance: 01/16/18
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2017




Naples Art Ass’n. accepting submissions for next season’s Art in the Park (09-03-17)

Art in the Park LogoAre you ready for the 2017-2018 season of Art in the Park? The Naples Art Association (NAA) proudly connects artists with art shoppers in another terrific season of Art in the Park.

Since 1957, Art in the Park has showcased paintings in oil and acrylics, watercolors, mixed Art in the Park 01media, 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. It is believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples. And the tradition continues for the 2017-2018 art fair and festival season.

Art in the Park 04Art in the Park is held between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from November through April. Because of its long tradition, prestige and the interest and number of people who routinely turn out for the show, many NAA members seek admission to the show. Applicants go through a jury process.

“Art in the Park is a membership opportunity, providing artists a venue to sell and market their Art in the Park 05work while broadening their customer base,” notes the Naples Art Association in its call to artists for the 2017-2018 season. “It also provides a setting for artists to interact with other artists sharing ideas, industry changes and the camaraderie of creative people. It is an opportunity for both artists and the public to engage in enlightening conversations about art.”

Make and Take Art 01The one-day fair takes place on Park Street adjacent to The von Liebig Art Center in the northwest corner of Cambier Park. 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 such as Sheldon Fine Art, Call of Africa’s Native Visions Gallery and Shaw Gallery of Fine Art Demo Booth 01Art. The show is also just three minutes by car from fabled Gallery Row and the Third Street South Gallery District. The January show is also held in conjunction with the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair, which will be held next season on Saturday and Sunday, January 6 & 7, 2018.

The submission deadlines are:

  • November 4 show – October 21
  • Art Demo Booth 03 (5)December 2 show – November 18
  • January 6, 2018 show – December 23
  • February 3, 2018 show – January 20, 2018
  • March 3, 2018 show – February 17, 2018
  • April 7, 2018 show – March 27, 2018

Submission forms can be found online at



T.G.I.M. returns to Davis Art Center on Labor Day (09-02-17)

Eric and Melissa 02Thank God for Indie Mondays returns to the grand atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Labor Day. That’s when hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven will screen a fresh set of the indie short and short short films that have been submitted for inclusion in the Fort Myers Film Festival.

While there will be celebrity judges on hand to lead the Eric and Melissa 06discussion after each screening, Eric and Melissa want to hear from you. What was your take on the film? What worked or didn’t work for you? What did you like or hate? And should the film be included in the film festival next March?

Your opinion matters. Your vote counts. And as often as not, the audience picks up on facets of the film that escape the attention of Eric and the judges. Eric and Melissa 10It’s all part of the fun of “intellectualization.”

There’s also some pretty amazing entertainment, as Eric and Melissa introduce Fort Myers audiences to some of the best talent in the area. And there’s always the opportunity to rub shoulders with filmmakers, actors and other cineastes at the after-party, where you can share an adult beverage (or two) and knosh on discounted appetizers Audience Participation 01at Twisted Vine Bistro.

This month, filmmaker John Scoular, Flyin’ Brian from 105.5 The Beat, and actor/director Stella Zuri will serve as T.G.I.M.’s celebrity judges on September 4, with homespun indie music provided by Chloe Friedman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the films starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

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Mayor Randy Henderson to provide opening remarks at Sept. 4 T.G.I.M. (09-02-17)

TGIM Sept 1Thank God for Indie Mondays returns to the downtown Fort Myers River District on Monday, September 4. This edition of T.G.I.M. will not only feature indie films submitted from around the country and abroad for inclusion in the 8th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival next March, insightful and often humorous remarks by celebrity judges John Scoular, Flyin’ Brian of 105.5 The Beat and actor/director Stella Zuri, fresh indie music from rising country/pop star Chloe Friedman and the always witty repartee of hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa Tschari DeHaven, but an introduction by the honorable mayor of the City of Fort Myers, Randall P. Henderson, Jr.

Mayor Henderson and Wife on Red Carpet 02Mayor Henderson is a familiar face at Fort Myers Film Festival screenings and events. He and wife Ginny attend every FMff opening night gala. But more significantly, the mayor has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Fort Myers a favorable filmmaking venue.

To familiarize indie and industry filmmakers with the desirability of Fort Myers as a film location, Mayor Henderson and the City Council established the Fort Myers Film Office on October 20, 2014. Managed by the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, the Fort Myers Film Office provides filmmakers with and Randall Henderson Jr. 01extensive location photo library, serves as a liaison with local government agencies, assists with hotel accommodations, and even helps filmmakers scout potential filming locations. Through its annual Production Guide, the FMFO provides filmmakers and their production staffs with the means to easily find local film industry businesses, professionals and resources. In fact, the Guide compiles product and service providers in 98 individual categories from accommodations, accounting and aerial providers (such as helicopters and seaplanes) to post-production editors, film colorists, wranglers and writers.

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Elijah Green theme song encapsulates anticipation of T.G.I.M. screenings (09-02-17)

Elijah 02For most of us, Mondays can’t suck enough. We’re groggy and low energy as a result of the weekend’s excesses and the distortion of our normal sleep patterns. And since we didn’t pre-plan our workweek on Friday, we’re desperately trying to recall where we left off and scrambling to figure out what we have to accomplish today, tomorrow and the next day. But sometime after lunch on the first Monday of each month between August and February, our mood suddenly brightens as we begin to anticipate T.G.I.M. In fact, we may find ourselves humming the melody of the Thank God for Indie Monday theme song.

Elijah 04Written and recorded by local musician Elijah Green, the song encapsulates that air of anticipation and aura of positivity that you experience as you’re waiting for T.G.I.M. to start. It’s almost like Christmas morning. You know you’re going to get presents, but you don’t know if they’re going to be good or bad, if you’re going to like them or not. But still, there’s that spirit of hopeful expectation.

The song evolved organically one night as Green was hanging Afterwards 01out with Eric Raddatz, Melissa DeHaven and several others following a T.G.I.M. “I just started making up this song as we were talking,” Elijah recalls. “The weekend’s gone and it’s not the same. It just wrote itself on the spot in one sitting, from beginning to end. When it was done, Eric said, ‘My God! We have to record that.’ But until we did, I would come every Monday night and play it live.”

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John Scoular one of T.G.I.M. celebrity judges on September 4 (09-02-17)

Scoular Opines 04Thank God for Indie Mondays resumes September 4. Among the celebrity judges who will get the discussion going after each screening is John Scoular.

Whether your interest in indie films is casual or serious, Scoular is the type of guy who can provide you with mind-blowing technical analysis and thematic insights – which is precisely what attendees of the last two film festivals and last October’s T.G.I.M. discovered to their pleasure and aggrandizement. His documentary, Marcus Jansen: Examine & Report, opened the Sixth Annual Film Festival in 2016 and last year, Paradise Reef astounded everyone. He’s Scoular Opines 06refreshingly accessible and happy to chat one-on-one, but even in the context of a post-screening Q&A or a T.G.I.M., he’s introspective, engaging, genuine and disarmingly hilarious. But when the laughter subsides, you suddenly realize that you know a lot more about the attributes that make an indie film good and worthwhile than you ever expected to learn.

Read here for the rest of this profile.



Actor/director Stella Zuri joins Sept. 4 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge panel (09-02-17)

TGIM Sept 1Thank God for Indie Mondays returns to the downtown Fort Myers River District on Monday, September 4. Helping to get the discussion going after each screening is Stella Zuri, who joins John Scoular and Flyin’Brian of 105.5 The Beat on this month’s panel of celebrity judges.

Zuri (better known as Stella Ruiz) has appeared on several occasions as a guest judge at T.G.I.M. screenings and always offers insightful observations that draw upon her extensive film and theatrical experiences. On the motion picture side, she portrayed serial killer Monique Avril in the 2012 indie film Redemption. Theatrically, she’s been on both sides of the foot lights, Stella Does TGIM 01Shaving not only as an accomplished actor, but as a playwright, director, stage manager and production manager as well.

Her playwriting credits include four full-length and several one-act plays, and she was a co-author of Lab Theater’s groundbreaking Rauschenberg Project Play, which gave Southwest Florida audiences a glimpse into the challenges faced on a daily basis by teenaged and young adult members of our local LGBTQ community.

Zuri recently directed a limited engagement of Zalman Velvel’s 55 and Over, and people familiar with Lab Theater recognize her as the organizer extraordinaire of The Lab’s annual 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge.

Stella Does TGIM 04Stella also takes an active, behind-the-scenes role in most of The Lab’s other productions. Her stage management credits include Amadeus, Five Kinds of Silence, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Extremities and Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily.

As an actor, Zuri has honed a reputation for playing smart, surly and somewhat mercurial female characters such as the acerbic Daphna in Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews and the brutally judgmental Eva in Robert Caisley’s Happy.

Read the rest of Stella’s profile here.



Freakshow’s Flyin Brian to provide blunt assessments at T.G.I.M. (09-02-17)

Flyin Brian 01Thank God for Indie Mondays returns to the downtown Fort Myers River District on Monday, September 4. Helping to get the discussion going after each screening is Flyin’ Brian of 105.5 The Beat, who joins actor/director Stella Zuri and Emmy-winning filmmaker John Scoular on this month’s panel of celebrity judges.

The Freakshow with Flyin Brian is wildest, most controversial show in all of Southwest Florida. Fan from all over listen to The Freakshow every weekday morning from 6-10 to see what host Flyin Brian, Brittany Gonzalez, Ramo G and Big Kountry Kim are going to talk about next. Agree or disagree, no topic is off limits.

You’ll find the rest of this profile here.



Singer-songwriter Chloe Friedman will perform at September 4 T.G.I.M. (09-02-17)

Chloe Friedman 09Last month, local indie artist Frankie Colt wowed those who turned out for this season’s opening T.G.I.M. films. On Labor Day, it will be Naples singer/songwriter Chloe Friedman’s turn to amp up the heat inside the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Blessed with an amazing voice, a diverse musical repertoire and a musicality honed by nearly a thousand performances over the course of her young career, this homegrown triple threat is guaranteed to please.

Ironically, Chloe did not set out to be a musician. Her first love Chloe Friedman 10was actually theater. But before she could get untracked performing roles written by Sarah Ruhl, Lauren Gunderson or Lynn Nottage, she discovered she had a knack for writing music. So instead of playing a character created by someone else, she decided to play herself and express her own thoughts, observations and emotions musically.

Chloe was all of 13 when she had this career-defining epiphany. The year was 2004.

Now 27, Chloe has three albums to her credit. Triple Threat was her debut LP, a collection of self-penned pop/rock songs that she released in 2006 at the wizened age of 15.

Read here for the rest of Chloe’s profile.



Next Fort Myers Art Walk returns tonight to River District (09-01-17)

June 2016 Music Walk 01The River District will come alive tonight when Art Walk returns to downtown Fort Myers. Now a two-day event, Art Walk will continue tomorrow (September 2) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With exciting new exhibits and live art demonstrations, this is a “must attend event” – rain or shine.

New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some June 2016 Music Walk 02national 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 Bicycles on Parade 03locations 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:

  • Anything GoesAmerican 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
  • Ford's GarageGrand 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 Hideaway Sports Bar April 2013B (3)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 Horse Drawn Carriage 01 (4)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 Trolleyand 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.”

United Cafe Under the LightsSo whether you prefer the energy of night or the calm of day, there’s something for everyone during this new-and-improved weekend of art that Fort Myers still calls Art Walk.

The best way to get to Fort Myers Art Walk:

  • off I-75 North: Exit #141 then west on Palm Lambo 2Beach 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.

Sax outside Hotel IndigoThere is free street parking and $5.00 at any of the parking garages.  In season ride the free River District Trolley. 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

To become a volunteer, partner or sponsor of Fort Myers Art Walk, contact Claudia Goode via ______________________________________________________________________


Fort Myers Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show opens tonight at Davis Art (09-01-17)

Individual Artist Grant Promo 1Each year, the City of Fort Myers provides grants to local artists who demonstrate that they are making a meaningful contribution to the arts and culture of the City. This year, current and past grant recipients will share their work in an exciting, wide-ranging show that puts on parade a diverse array of genres, media and cutting-edge techniques. It’s called the Fort Myers Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show, and it opens in the cavernous grand atrium of the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Friday, September 1, 2017. The opening reception takes place concurrently with Art Walk from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Individual Artist Grant Promo 2Participating in the show are visual artists David Acevedo, Linda Benson, Katherine Boren, Andy Brown, Cornell Bunting, Mark Cranford, Pat Collins, Scott Guelcher, David Hatchett, Lily Hatchett, Ray Hernandez, Krista Johnson, Leo Johnson, David Meo, Christine Penuel, Dana Roes, Terry Lynn Spry, Gregory Van Kirk, Warren Van Kirk and Roseline Young. Together, they will be exhibiting a stimulating array of paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor, mixed media works and collage, free-standing sculpture and wall-hangings, and wall-sized murals.

In addition, this year’s Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show will feature performance art pieces by Lily Hatchett and Kat Epple (who will be Kat Epple Performs 13joined by David Hatchett), conceptual artist Mark Cranford, Cornell Bunting, and the Brothers Van Kirk, who are the core of popular Pine Island hipster band Strange Arrangement. Introductory remarks begin at 8:00 p.m., with performances to follow immediately after.

The City of Fort Myers individual artist grant program rStrange Arrangementecognizes the importance of the arts to the cultural, educational, and economic well-being of its diverse population.  According to the recently-released Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report prepared by the Americans for the Arts in association with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers’ nonprofit arts and culture sector:

  • SoCo Second Saturday 04generates $49.7 million in annual economic activity,
  • provides $32.2 million in household income to local residents,
  • delivers $6.7 million in state and local tax revenues and
  • supports 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs.

It is to foster and enhance this level of economic activity and Dana 01provide its residents and visitors with a full range of cultural experiences that the City of Fort Myers provides funding for arts and cultural programs.

Administered by the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee, the Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show gives residents, visitors and other guests an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse the future of the arts in the City – and all of Southwest Florida – and talk shop with some of the brightest, most energetic and avant garde visual, conceptual and performance artists living and working in our local community.

Benson at Edison Ford 03The Fort Myers Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show runs through September 26.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information and gallery hours, please telephone 239-333-1933 or visit _______________________________________________________________________


Yvonne Krystman’s ‘Art of the Heart’ opens tonight at Franklin Shops on First (09-01-17)

Franklin Shops Art 01On view in the Franklin Shops on First is work by Fort Myers artist Yvonne Krystman. She will be displaying work from her Art of the Heart series.

In Art of the Heart, Krystman experiments with a wide variety of materials in order to express the ideas she conveys. In this ongoing effort, she steadfastly rejects conventional classification, rThe Franklin Shops 01esisting the demands made by society for each of us to define ourselves and preferring, instead, to remain happily undefined. The result is a multilayered visual experience that blurs perceptual parameters and establishes a complementary dialog between material, content, the exhibition space and the encounter with the viewer.

The Franklin Shops on First are located at 2200 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, please telephone 239-333-3130 or visit



Square One Improv is back at The Lab tonight (09-01-17)

square-one-improv-01Square One Improv returns to The Lab Theater tonight (September 1) with a night of hilarious antics. Every facet of the hilarious, completely improvised show is based on the audience’s suggestions. With years of experience performing and competing nationally, Square One delivers a gut-busting, one-of-a-kind show every time.

Square One ImprovPerforming a unique mixture of both short and long-form improv, the Square One team provides an entertaining evening of family friendly laughter that is fast-paced, musical and completely improvised.

“We try to give our a taste of everything,” says co-founder Shaun Johnson. “From hilarious characters to Square 1 Improvfully-improvised songs, there’s something for everybody.”

While no two shows are the same, they are always packed with hysterically funny songs, sketches, and jokes created instantaneously based on your suggestions. For the more adventurous, there are occasional opportunities to join the cast on stage!

Individual tickets for the 8:00 p.m. performance on Friday, September 1 are $12/$15 per person (plus applicable online service fees) and are available at or by calling 239-218-0481. The theater is located in the Fort Myers River District at 1634 Woodford Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901.



‘Mirror, Mirror’ exhibition opens at CFABS on September 1 (09-01-17)

Mirror MirrorFollowing on the heels of the successful Surrealist Summer exhibition, Mirror, Mirror opens tonight inside the galleries of the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. The exhibition focuses on what we do every day before we face the world.

We brush out teeth and brush our hair. Men shave. Women apply make-up. Some people become obsessed with these and related activities. Our identities are shaped by the society and culture of our times. But how we see ourselves can sometimes differ from reality. In this exhibition, the CFABS’s participating artists will submit work that reflects themes ranging from traditional portraiture to issues of vanity, narcissism and humanity as a whole.

If you’re intrigued as well, the opening night reception is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.



The Englishman is relocating its art and antique gallery to Fifth Avenue South  (09-01-17)

Exterior 2The Englishman is moving to Fifth Avenue South.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to become part of vibrant 5th Ave here in Naples,” states The Englishman in its press release announcing the move. “We have loved our time on 3rd Street South and look forward to continuing on 5th.”

The move will be completed in time for the upcoming season. The Englishman will close their 3rd Street South location over the Lab Day weekend and re-open October 1 in Suite 101 at 365 Fifth Avenue South. If you have questions during the transition, please telephone 239-649-8088 or email . You can also follow The Englishman on social media to stay up to date with the progress of the relocation.



Sheldon Fine Art notes passing of Deborah Reeg (09-01-17)

Sheldon ReegSheldon Fine Art Gallery on Naples Fifth Avenue South has announced with great sadness the passing of the gallery’s Director of Advertising, Deborah Reeg. Deborah had worked with Sheldon Fine Art for thirteen years, adding her own special flare. Among her other career accomplishments, Deborah was an interior design consultant, Arts & Crafts Editor at May Engelbreit Home Companion Magazine, the Senior Art Director of BFV&L Advertising, and Art Director at Hughes Advertising. Deborah held a B.A. in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Education from DePauw University. She died unexpectedly on August 5.

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