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Actors, artists, filmmakers and events in the news August 22-31, 2020


Grouped under headings that include art openings, film, outdoor art fairs and festivals and theater are advances, announcements and articles about the actors, artists, filmmakers and events making news in Southwest Florida this week:


1     ACTORS


Hile plays woman stranded at Reagan National in ‘Walter Cronkite Is Dead’

Cindy Hile will play Margaret when The Studio Players resumes on-stage productions September 18 with Joe Calarco’s Walter Cronkite Is Dead. In the play, Hile portrays a reserved, educated, liberal Washingtonian who is not interested in sharing her thoughts or anything else. But she’s forced into that unaccustomed and unwelcome circumstance when she’s stranded at Reagan National Airport after severe thunderstorms shut down airports up and down the East Coast. Hile is a veteran of both the screen and stage. Go here to view all of her stage and film credits.




Political paintings of artist Kyra Belan featured in three September shows

After multiple cancellations due to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic, Kyra Belan has announced exhibitions in venues in New York and abroad.

Belan’s New York representative, Ceres Gallery, will reopen in September with a group show featuring member artists. Titled Life As It Is Now, this exhibition will run from September 5 through September 26, 2020 and will include Belan’s 30 x 22” acrylic painting Your Vote Counts/Wear a Mask (1st image), which she created during the pandemic.

Dr. Belan is also exhibiting work through Netherlands-based international curator Galeria Zero Contemporary Art.

GaleriaZero is staging both a virtual exhibition and a short on-site show at the prestigious Basel Art Center in Switzerland. Titled Post Geographic, the virtual show features work by a select group of artists and will be on display through June 21, 2021. The on-site show at Basel Art Center is titled GZ Basel 2020, which runs from September 25-29, 2020. Belan is exhibiting her political artworks titled Demand Democracy (2nd image) and Climate Crisis, both of which are acrylic paintings on canvas.

Belan is known for her magical realism style of art. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts, and from Florida State University with an M.F.A. in Visual Arts. She also holds a Doctorate in Higher Education and Art History from F.I.U. Go here for more on Dr. Belan’s body of work and writing credentials.



Lesley Morrow’s ‘Feminine Mystique’ on view at Davis Art Center through August 27

Lesley Morrow’s solo show Feminine Mystique is on view in the Grand Atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the downtown Fort Myers River District through August 27. Morrow is an artist in residence at the Union Artist Studios in Fort Myers, where she breathes life into luminous works of art rendered in acrylics, oil, airbrush and mixed media. She has exhibited in numerous local art venues, including the Davis Art Center (“Textures, Tones and Textiles” group show in August of 2017),  DAAS CO-OP Gallery, Space 39 Art Bar & Martini Lounge, Bootleggers Gallery, Arts For ACT Gallery, the Loft, Chico’s TAGA Gallery and the Alliance for the Arts (in connection with ArtPoems 2018).

Bold, raw and sensitive, Lesley’s portraiture includes both celebrity and iconic women. Her work doesn’t just capture the strength she sees in her subjects. It reveals the chaos behind the façade.  Through the body of her work you can see a roadmap, almost a narrative, of the pieces of her psyche in such a way as to find her own core strength.

As a child, Lesley was influenced by her parents, who were professional illustrators. She focused on photography, attending The School of Visual Arts in New York City and City College of San Francisco, California. After becoming a wife and mother of two children she took twenty-five years off from her art. Feeling lost and needing to find herself later in life, Lesley turned back to art and found her voice through painting.



Winter Park’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum to exhibit Jansen’s first U.S. museum solo show

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is exhibiting a solo show of work by Marcus Jansen September 18, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Titled E Pluribus Unum, the exhibition represents the first ever solo museum exhibition of Jansen’s work in the United States.

This exhibition will focus on works Jansen created in the last 15 years and will be comprised of both large scale paintings and a selection of works on paper (among them a select number of new pieces on view for the first time) that examine Jansen’s visual explorations of structures of power and the struggle to grapple with the nuanced reality of our time. The exhibition is being organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in collaboration with the artist and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

While E Pluribus Unum may represent Jansen’s first solo museum show in the United States, the Bronx/Fort Myers artist has enjoyed a number of solo shows abroad, including shows at La Triennale di Milano Museum in Milan and the Museum Zitadelle  in Berlin, and he participated in the 12th International Print and Drawing Biennial in Taiwan at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art. Works by Jansen are in collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, The Housatonic Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Jansen is known for powerful, monumental canvases that address poignant social and political themes. Through the use of an arresting visual language characterized by colorful and expressive brushwork, and references to contemporary and historical issues, Jansen invites viewers to engage in a reflection about the human condition. Jansen continues to explore surveillance and social divides in society and will place his iconic 2010 piece Obscure Line Between Fact and Fiction (3rd photo) to the museum for the show.







Alliance’s ‘Plays Well With Others’ opens September 11

The Alliance for the Arts’ September and October exhibition is titled Plays Well With Others. Curated by Jessica Todd, it features work created by national and international artists that engages with play and toys in interactive, mischievous and often subversive ways. The exhibition includes works of all media that entertain while disrupting the status quo. One could easily enjoy it as a collection of nostalgia and delight, but the artists have skillfully transformed the lighthearted theme of “play” into a critical dialogue of contemporary issues. This exhibition is generously funded through the City of Fort Myers Arts and Culture Grant program.

Jessica Todd is a Tampa-based curator, writer and arts administrator. But before her recent move to Tampa, she served for six years as the Residency Manager for the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, an artists’ community serving over 70 artists of all disciplines each year. Jessica is passionate about building the creative infrastructures that support artists, as well as addressing issues of equity, access, and inclusion in the arts. Through her writing and curatorial work, she seeks to amplify the voices of artists who create work that is fresh, innovative, impactful and interdisciplinary, favoring work which lies outside of the mainstream and engages new audiences. Jessica earned an MFA from Kent State University in 2014 and a BA in Art from Penn State University in 2008.

The artists who will be exhibiting in Plays Well With Others include Isabella Baquerizo (Bonita Springs, FL), Amelia Briggs (Nashville, TN) Breana Ferrara (Fitchburg, MA), Whitney Hackett (Fort Myers, FL), Chloe Lewis (New York, NY), Alexander Martin (Peoria, IL), Lebrie Rich (Portland, OR) and Asser Saint-Val (Miami, FL). Each of these artists expertly articulates broad concepts centered around play using media ranging from animation to inflatable sculpture to beading.

Plays Well With Others will exhibit from September 11 through October 17 with limited gallery and gift shop hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment by contacting gallery director Ehren Gerhard at

The Alliance will host a free, virtual opening reception at 6:00 p.m. on September 11. Guests will be able to hear statements from the artists about their work and engage with questions and feedback throughout the night. Pre-registration is required at

The Alliance will also present a series of online artist talks throughout the exhibit. These behind-the-scenes looks offer unique insight into each artist’s inspiration, process and the context behind the work. Be part of the conversation, express your thoughts and ideas or simply sit back and enjoy the discussion.  Pre-registration is required at

While gallery admission and scheduled artists’ talks are free, a $5 suggested donation sustains the future of arts in southwest Florida.

For more information about the exhibit, visit or call 239-939-2787. For details on the Alliance’s current programs and precautions, please visit



‘Easy Listening’ on view at Center for Visual Arts Bonita through August 27

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has a new art exhibition called “Easy Listening” on display through August 27, 2020. The exhibition attempts to capture the pulse of our world. Artists explored the rhythm of life – expressing what is loud, what is quiet and everything in between. The exhibition showcases 43 artworks in various mediums including oil paintings, watercolors, photography, ceramics, sculptures, mixed media and more.

The exhibition was judged on August 4th and winners included:

  • Best of Show:  A Picture of the Future by Stephen Johnson
  • First Place:  Nature’s Rhythm by Janis McCracken
  • Second Place:  Mangroves 19 by Tanya Trinkaus Glass
  • Third Place:  Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries by Rose Jung
  • Fourth Place:  Oscillation: Sky by Barry Leaman
  • Fifth Place:  Serenade by Gilberto M. Sanchez
  • Sixth Place:  Seashore by Sue Schaffel

“This show is a rhapsody of unique works and is certain to strike a chord with visitors,” explains Susan Bridges, President of the Centers.

The exhibition is free to the public. The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center for Visual Arts campus is located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135. For more information, call (239) 495-8989 or visit



Area actors, artists, theaters and arts orgs receive Arts are Vital grants

The Alliance for the Arts has announced the recipients of The Arts are Vital grants, an emergency relief program designed to ensure the sustained viability of Lee County’s arts organizations and individual artists during a time when they are needed most. Formed in partnership with the Meisenberg Family Trust, the program provides one-time grant awards of $5,000 to arts organizations and $500 to professional artists located in Lee County with urgent financial need due to COVID-19. The funds are unrestricted and may be used by the organizations and artists to help with financial issues due to the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations, lives and livelihoods.

Individual artist grantees include Kara Ackley, Cesar Aguilera, Jan Atkielski, Marliss Brockington, Renee Rey, EllaEllis, Lily Hatchett, Monique Olsen, Brendan PowersRachel PowersDavid Rode, Caitlin Rosolen, Terry Lynn Spry, Timothy Torres, Gregory Van Kirk, Warren Van Kirk and Jeffery Whidby.

Arts organization grantees include ArtFest Fort Myers, BIG ARTS, Cultural Park Theatre Company, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, Gulfcoast Symphony Orchestra, Gulfshore Ballet, Laboratory Theatre of Florida, Lee County Black History Society, Players Circle Theatre and Southwest Florida Symphony.

This grant is made possible by a generous gift from the Meisenberg Family Trust and was facilitated by Jeremy and Paul Meisenberg in memory of their mom and former Alliance Board Member and cultural supporter Deborah Meisenberg.

“We are honored to partner with the Meisenberg Family Trust to help sustain the work of artists and cultural organizations in these uncertain times,” says Alliance for the Arts executive director, Lydia Black. “Our cultural sector is struggling to survive the massive financial and job losses caused by COVID-19. We understand how urgent the crisis is and how essential the arts are to our economy, our recovery and to our everyday lives.”

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



‘Living Art Exhibition’ on view at DAAS through August 29

Now through August 29, DAAS CO-OP Gallery is exhibiting  The Living Art Exhibition, a show which combines the beauty of exotic plants with artworks from the talented Aaron Apsley, a graduate of the Savannah School of Art and Design who has resided in Florida since 2019.

Co-hosted by neighboring Thrifty Garden, the exhibition features an amazing collection of owner Richard Molek’s indoor and outdoor specimens. “I see [plants] as exquisite sculptures or three-dimensional masterpieces, with their unique leafs and colors, created by nature itself,” says Molek. “Some of the [plant] species are rare and very dear to me, as I have been growing them for years in my personal collection.”

Located at 1815 Fowler Street in the Butterfly Estates complex, DAAS CO-OP’s business hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Thrifty Gardens is open every day during the summer from 10:oo a.m. to 7:00 p.m. More information about gallery and/or how to become a member can be found at or by calling 239-590-8645.



DAAS going ‘Artfully Vintage’ in September with Sirena Del Sol Vintage & Antiques

DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery’s September show is Artfully Vintage. Offered in collaboration with Sirena Del Sol Vintage & Antiques, the exhibition will feature a selected collection of items from the store and original art by the gallery members in an installation-style setting.

This is the first collaborative event between DAAS CO-OP and Sirena Del Sol. “The vision behind our shop is to give new life to vintage and antique pieces while lessening the impact on our environment,” says owner Marissa Keyes, whose store is just across the street from the Butterfly Estates complex. “We love when customers find the perfectly unexpected vintage item for their space.”

“I think that antique/vintage items and original art are the essential elements for good taste in decoration,” adds DAAS CO-OP president David Acevedo. “Curating this type of inventory will be a first for me, but I am definitely up for the challenge.”

“Vintage and antiques are a great way to add an element of depth and meaning to your décor,” Keyes agrees.

“Mixing old in with new is the perfect juxtaposition to take your interior to the next level,” Keyes adds. “At Sirena Del Sol, we are constantly outsourcing, trying to find beautiful pieces for any home.”

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk event. The exhibition will be on display through September 26, 2020.

“We invite all Southwest Florida art and antique collectors, supporters and enthusiasts to join us for the opening reception,” states DAAS. “As always, the gallery is filled with the most beautiful inventory of art, fine crafts, apparel, sculptures, pottery and jewelry, all produced here by the member artists. Please note that all CDC recommendations are enforced during gatherings, including mandatory masks while inside the venue and limited amount of guests inside the gallery, for everyone’s protection.

DAAS CO-OP is located at 1815 Fowler Street, in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers, FL. The gallery’s hours are Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information about gallery and/or how to become a member can be found at or by calling 239-590-8645.



Call to Artists for joint Alliance/Bailey-Matthews water exhibit

In partnership with the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the Alliance for the Arts is seeking Florida artists to submit work for an exhibition focused on water.

Water is the source of all life and has been an inspiration for writers, philosophers and artists from around the world for thousands of years. This exhibition hopes to elicit myriad pieces in multiple mediums that explore, explain and inform our infinite individual and communal connections to water.

Entries must be submitted online no later than Friday, November 6, 2020 at All mediums will be considered, including sculpture, jewelry, painting (oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor and mixed media), drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media, fiber or textiles, video and installation. Prizes will be awarded including $1,000 cash for Best in Show, $250 for 2nd place, $100 cash for 3rd place and Juror’s Choice Award of $50. Artists may submit, 1, 2 or 3 artworks for consideration.

The juried exhibit will be on display from February 9 through April 30, 2021 at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, which is located at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks. Its mission is to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them.  Bailey-Matthews uses its collections, programs, and expertise to inspire learning, support scientific research, and tell the story of mollusks and the ocean that they inhabit.  There are more mollusks in the oceans than all marine mammals and fish species combined, and mollusks are becoming extinct faster than we can name them due to climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution.

Sanibel receives 3.3 million visitors each year.  The Museum expects 100,000 visitors this year.

The exhibit space is a multi-use exhibition space with moderate security.  There are also indoor and outdoor alternative installation spaces available for proposal.

To download full guidelines, learn more or submit artwork, visit For additional questions, contact Alliance for the Arts gallery director Ehren Gerhard at or 239-939-2787.





ArtFest Fort Myers accepting applications for 21st annual art festival through 9/28 

ArtFest Fort Myers is accepting applications through September 29 for participation in its 2021 juried show. At this time, ArtFest is considering multiple scenarios to maximize both safety and success, but besides the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, new this year will be completion of the Luminary Hotel between Bay and Edwards on the western side of the 1.8 acre water basin.

Well over 1,000 artists vie for the 200 spaces historically allotted for this show. Why? It’s simple. Because ArtFest’s year-round friendly and professional staff places the focus on the artist and the art-selling experience. Targeting art buyers throughout Southwest Florida and beyond – from Marco Island to Sarasota and east to West Palm Beach – ArtFest’s promotional campaign includes all forms of media. Judging from each year’s turn-out, they’re clearly doing something right. No other art festival in Florida comes close to pulling in the number of people or the concentration of collectors that ArtFest does.

The organizers also understand the importance of providing great artist amenities over festival weekend to ensure that its exhibitors are stress free and ready to share their work with the festival’s dedicated and enthusiastic 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.

“Our jury panel varies each year but always represents a broad base of expertise with regard to artistic mediums,” ArtFest points out. “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! Our jury process is open to artists and patrons – please contact us for more information.”

The application deadline is September 28, 2020. The application fee is $35, with booth fees for a single 10×10′ space costing $454 plus 6.5% Florida sales tax and a $10 City Business Fee.

ArtFest Fort Myers 2021 opens Friday, February 5 with a limited preview and VIP event and continues on Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For Artist Application information, please contact ArtFest Fort Myers at 239-768-3602, email or visit



Deadlines loom for Boulderbrook art festivals

Boulderbrook Productions hosts a number of boutique art festivals in Southwest Florida each season. It is currently accepting submissions for:

  • Bonita Springs Invitational Art Festival (November 21 & 22, 2020); application deadline August 30, 2020;
  • Sanibel Masters Art Festival (November 27 & 28, 2020); application deadline August 30, 2020;
  • Peace River National Art Festival (December 5 & 6, 2020); deadline October 20, 2020;
  • The Sanibel SCA Art Festival (January 17 & 18, 2020); deadline: October 4;
  • The Art Festival at Mercato (January 22 & 23, 2021);  application deadline October 10, 2020;
  • The Art Festival at University Village Shops located by Miromar Lakes Country Club on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway (February 5, 6 & 7, 2021); application deadline not given;
  • Sarasota Masters Art Festival (February – dates TBA soon); deadline September 21, 2020;
  • Bonita Springs Fine Arts at The Promenade (February 13 & 14, 2021); application deadline October 15, 2020;
  • Boca Grande Masters Art Festival (March 6 & 7, 2021); application deadline October 14, 2020;
  • Bonita Springs Masters Art Festival (March 13 & 14, 2021); application deadline November 1, 2020;
  • Peace River National March (March 20 & 21, 2021); application deadline October 26, 2020; and
  • Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Arts and Crafts Fair (March 26 & 27, 2021); application deadline: October 15, 2020.

You must register and apply online at



Deadline for Hot Works’ Estero Fine Art Show is September 17

Hot Works LLC is accepting submissions for the 24th Estero Fine Art Show until September 17. The show, which features original work in a wide array of disciplines, including painting, clay, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, photography, jewelry and more, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 2 & 3, 2021 at JetBlue Park.

Voted a top 100 art show, the Estero Fine Art show is recognized as one of America’s highest quality and most respected art shows in the country. Winter home of the Boston Red Sox, JetBlue Park affords both exhibitors and attendees with numerous benefits, including a location that draws from and is easily accessible from everywhere in Southwest Florida, as well as plenty of convenient, on-site parking.

Artist applications are accepted electronically at or manually at For more information, please contact Executive Director Patty Narozny at or 248-684-2613.



Deadline for Hot Works’ Naples Fine Art Show is November 13

Hot Works LLC is accepting submissions through November 13 for its Naples Fine Art Show, which is scheduled for March 27 & 28, 2021 outdoors at the Naples Italian-American Club at the corner of Airport Pulling and Orange Blossom Roads. The show features original work in a wide array of disciplines, including painting, clay, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, photography, jewelry and more.

Artist applications are accepted electronically at or manually at For more information, please contact Executive Director Patty Narozny at or 248-684-2613.



Naples Art Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020 applications open August 20

East Entry 02The Naples Art Association will begin accepting applications for The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2021 on beginning August 20, 2020. This fine art festival draws professional artists from around the country and was ranked #15 in the nation in 2019 by Sunshine Artist Magazine and is included by in its “BLUE CHIP 100” Fine Art Events for 2019.

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

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, 2021
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m. early morning set up only: On street set up in quads; No electrical
  • Application deadline: 10/02/20
  • Jury Process begins: 10/09/20
  • Status Notification: 10/21/20
  • Booth Fee Deposit Due: 11/11/20
  • Wait List Acceptance: 11/11/20
  • Artist Info Emailed: 12/11/20
  • No Refund Deadline:  12/04/20
  • Application available online at ZAPP




Naples Art’s Naples National Art Show application window opens August 20

Crowd Shot BestThe Naples Art Association will begin accepting applications for inclusion in the 42nd Annual Naples National Art Festival on August 20, 2020. Naples National is consistently voted among the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was ranked #24 last year. In addition, Naples National was named one of ARt Fair SourceBook Blue Chip 100 Fine Art Events for 2019 and’s America’s Best Art Fairs. 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. The show is held in scenic Cambier Park and along 8th Street South, one block from downtown Naples’ premier shopping and dining district.

If you are interested in exhibiting in the 41st Naples National Art Festival, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21, 2021
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Accept 190 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $625 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 01/15/21 (subject to $25 processing fee, $75 deposit fee non-refundable)
  • Set up specifics: Friday set up on 2/19,
  • Park and street setting
  • Application deadline: 11/06/20
  • Jury Process begins: 11/13/20
  • Status Notification: 11/25/20
  • Booth Fee Deposit Due: 12/18/20
  • Artist Info Emailed: 01/22/21
  • Wait List Acceptance: 12/18/20
  • Balance of Exhibit Fee Due:  01/15/21
  • Application available online at beginning June 1, 2019

To improve the quality of the show and to provide more sales opportunities for our artists, NAA has limited the number of booths to 221, with 190 selected by the jury and 31 who are specially invited to participate in the show. “This will allow artists greater exposure and less competition,” states NAA in its prospectus for the show. “Additionally, the park layout, will consist of one loop making it easier for customers to view all artist’s booths. However, there is a corresponding increase in booth fees.”

This is the only Naples Art Association show that offers cash awards for Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D and Awards of Distinction in 2D and 3D. The amounts are:

  • Best of Show – $2,000
  • Best 2D – $500
  • Best 3D – $500
  • Awards of Distinction 2D – 5 awards at $200 each
  • Awards of Distinction 3D – 5 awards at $200 each

Awards will be presented at the band shell in Cambier Park at 3:00 pm on Saturday. NAA staff or volunteers will notify an artist if they need to be present at the awards ceremony on Saturday. Awards are given based on the same criteria used for the jury process. The winning artists are invited to participate in the following year’s show and receive jury exempt status but must still pay his/her booth fee.

The mission of the Naples Art Association is to expand cultural opportunities, broaden education and enrich SWF through the visual arts. Proceeds from the Naples National Art Show support educational programming at The Naples Art Association.



Naples Art’s Naples Downtown Art Show application window opens August 20

Crowd Shot 01 (4)The Naples Art Association will begin accepting applications for inclusion in its Naples Downtown Art Show beginning on August 30. The 33rd 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.

This festival was rated #24 by Sunshine Artist’s Magazine 2019.

If you would like to exhibit in this show, here’s what you will need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 2021
  • Festival Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5th Avenue South, Downtown Naples
  • Accept 250 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $450 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: TBA
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: TBA
  • Jury Process begins: TBA
  • Status Notification: TBA
  • Booth Fee Due: TBA
  • Artist Info Emailed: TBA
  • Wait List Acceptance: TBA

Last year’s show was cancelled and launched virtually due to COVID-19. Naples Art’s website has yet been updated to provide a prospectus, application or key dates for the 2021 show.



Naples Art accepting submissions for next season’s Art in the Park

Are you ready for the 2020-2021 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. The jury process will begin virtually on October 15. You must register by 5:00 p.m. one day before at

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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 Naples Art Association 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 ArtCall 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 2 & 3, 2021.



6      THEATER


Broadway Palm opens 2020-21 season with Dean Martin Variety Hour

Broadway Palm is open again. It has kicked off its 28th Season yesterday with the Dean Martin Variety Hour. This fun-filled trip back in time is a throwback to the old Dean Martin Variety Show, and Broadway Palm is offering a special – all tickets are just $50 for dinner and the show.

Dean Martin Variety Hour will take you for a trip down memory lane with Dean and friends. Direct from Las Vegas, Broadway Palm is proud to bring Dean Martin Impersonator Seth Abrahms to host an entertaining variety show that features great music, hilarious comedic skits and more… You never know who is going to knock on the front door of Dino’s place next. This production is sure to have you singing and laughing the night away.

The writer, director and choreographer for the Dean Martin Variety Hour is the ever-popular Victor Legarreta. Legarreta has appeared in numerous Broadway Palm productions, but two recent highlights were as Oliver Warbucks in Annie and his role of the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. In addition, he created and directed Yesterday’s: The 50s and 60s MusicalGroovin’: The 60s and 70s Musical as well as Let’s Go To The Movies.

Broadway Palm is not only committed to providing its patrons with quality entertainment, it is committed to the health and safety of staff, performers and guests. In this regard, the theater has made numerous adjustments and taken several measures to assure the health and safety of their cast members, employees, and customers. For example, the theater will be operating at 50% capacity, with social distancing being encouraged throughout the theater. Toward this end, the seating arrangement has been altered to appropriately space the tables and all tables will be private. In addition, guests will be required to wear masks while not eating or drinking. Finally, a choice of salad and soup will be served to the tables and attendants will be serving guests at the hot buffets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, there is a plated dinner option as well as the traditional buffet.

Broadway Palm has always had a rigorous sanitation process in place, but they have implemented new cleaning and sanitizing procedures including utilizing UV lights before and after performances; the entire building was treated with Vibrant’s PermaSafe Process which included a cleaning and shield application that kills up to 99.99% of germs, bacteria, viruses, other harmful microbes; and they added a bipolar ionization system into their air conditioning units which is a technology that deactivates harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and more. In addition, temperature checks will be performed on everyone that enters the building and admittance will not be allowed to anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.

Employees and cast members went through an extensive evaluation before being able to return to work and employees are required to wear protective gear and practice frequent hand washing.

The Dean Martin Variety Hour plays through September 26, 2020.  Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Broadway Palm is offering a “Season Opener Special” and all tickets are just $50 for dinner and the show. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.



Staged Reading Series returns to Moe Auditorium on Friday, September 11

The Staged Reading Series returns to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11. Be the first to experience seven new comedies from three local and four international playwrights, as actors perform in the staged reading format — scripts in hand.

The Staged Readings Series features poignant selections of written works carefully selected to enthrall and amuse. Each staged reading is unique, powerful, funny and thought-provoking as actors take on different roles. After readings, you’re invited to meet the cast and discuss the play with director and actors. This lively and informative discussion brings new insight to the art of theater.

Staged Readings take place in the Moe Auditorium located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Tickets are $20, with 10 percent off for current CFABS members.

For more information, please telephone 239-495-8989.



More on CFABS September 11 Staged Reading Series

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will present their Staged Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11 in the Moe Auditorium & Film Center at Center for Performing Arts campus. The Series showcases seven new plays from three local and four international playwrights hailing from Canada, England, New Zealand and Los Angeles.

The scripts were selected from more than 300 national and international entries during the fourth annual Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival held in January. The varied plots in the Series range from a playwright kidnapping a publisher who rejected his work and dueling soccer parents to the introduction of the Paleo diet to cavemen. Perhaps most intriguing for local audiences will be the world premiere of Don Fox’s short play, Looking for Love at the Blue Martini.

Shawn Ryan and Leslie Sanderson are the other two Southwest Florida playwrights whose work has been included in the Series.

“Our local playwrights are solid comedic writers,” notes Frank Blocker, the Centers’ Film & Theater Director. “It’s exciting to have their works presented alongside their international colleagues.”

Comedies of all styles were chosen for this iteration of the Staged Reading Series and the Centers’ return to live performance.

For the Series, actors will perform the new works in the staged reading format — scripts in hand.

The Moe Auditorium and Film Center is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Advance reservations are encouraged. For tickets, call (239) 495-8989 or visit



Lab embarks on hybrid theater-film model for Season 12

With no end to the pandemic in sight and Broadway closed until after the first of the year, area theaters are having to come up with new ideas to meet their overwhelming desire to produce and actors’ overwhelming need to perform and creatively respond to our fast-changing world. In this vein, Laboratory Theater of Florida has embarked upon a hybrid theater-film model.

After experimenting with a number of Zoom productions, Lab has shifted to a format that entails filming a small cast of actors as they perform a theatrical show. The format is premised on four supporting pillars that may provide a template for the way in which theater is performed for the foreseeable future.

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