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Actors, artists, filmmakers and events in the news July 1-7, 2019

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These are the actors, artists, filmmakers and events who are in the news in Southwest Florida this week:

 

ArtFest Fort Myers now accepting applications for 20th anniversary show (07-07-19)

ArtFest Fort Myers is now accepting applications from professional artists for participation in its 2020 juried show which, coincidentally, is its 20th anniversary show as well! Featuring the work of 200 artists, ArtFest Fort Myers will bring 90,000 art lovers and collectors to the largest outdoor gallery in Southwest Florida on the first weekend in February.

Why do so many artists vie for inclusion in the show? 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 in its press release announcing the opening of this year’s submission process. “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.”

For Artist Application information, please contact ArtFest Fort Myers at 239-768-3602, email info@ArtFestFortMyers.com or visit http://www.ArtFestFortMyers.com.

 

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Hot Works accepting applications for Estero Fine Art Show (07-07-19)

Hot Works LLC is now accepting submissions for the 23rd Estero Fine Art Show. It will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 at JetBlue Park. The show features original work in a wide array of disciplines, including painting, clay, glass, fiber, sculpture, wood, photography, jewelry and more.

Voted a top 100 art show four years running, the Estero Fine Art show is recognized as one of America’s highest quality and most respected art shows in the country. One of the show’s highlights is a Youth Art Competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-13.

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.

The application deadline is September 17, 2019. Applications can be found online at https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7668. For more information, please contact Executive Director Patty Narozny at patty@hotworks.org or 248-684-2613.

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Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020 (07-07-19)

East Entry 02The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020, 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 24th Annual Naples New Year’s Art Show. This fine art festival draws professional artists from around the country and was ranked #20 in the nation in 2018 by Sunshine Artist Magazine and is included by ArtFairSourceBoook.com 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 4-5, 2020
  • 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
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 11/22/19; 50% refund: 12/06/19 (refunds subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m. early morning set up only: On street set up in quads; No electrical
  • Application deadline: 09/08/19
  • Jury Process begins: 09/13/19
  • Status Notification: 09/23/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 10/24/19
  • Artist Info Emailed: 11/25/19
  • Wait List Acceptance: 10/24/19
  • No Refund Deadline:  12/07/19
  • Application available online at ZAPP

 

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Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples National Art Show (07-07-19)

Crowd Shot BestThe Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show 2020, Naples National Art Festival and The Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts.

Naples National is consistently voted among the top 25 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and was ranked #24 last year. 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 22-23, 2020
  • Festival Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Accept 194 artists max
  • Application fee: $35
  • Booth fee: $625 for 10×10
  • Cancellation refund policy: Full refund: 01/10/20; 50% refund: 01/31/20 (subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: Friday set up on 2/21,
  • Park and street setting
  • Application deadline: 10/28/19
  • Jury Process begins: 11/01/19
  • Status Notification: 11/25/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 12/16/19
  • Artist Info Emailed: 01/20/19
  • Wait List Acceptance: 12/16/19
  • Application available online at http://www.zapplication.org/ beginning June 1, 2019

To improve the quality of the show and to provide more sales opportunities for our artists, NAA has reduced the number of booths available from 270 to 194. “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.

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Naples Art now accepting applications for Naples Downtown Art Show (07-07-18)

Crowd Shot 01 (4)The Naples Art Association is currently accepting applications for inclusion in its three outstanding outdoor art festivals, The Naples New Year’s Art Show, Naples National Art Festival and The Naples Downtown Art Show.

The 31st 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 #34 by Sunshine Artist’s Magazine 2018 ARTIST 200 Best Shows in America.

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

  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 21-224, 2020
  • 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: Full refund: 02/07/20; 50% refund: 02/21/20 (subject to $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: 12/08/19
  • Jury Process begins: 12/13/19
  • Status Notification: 12/27/19
  • Booth Fee Due: 01/18/20
  • Artist Info Emailed: 02/26/20
  • Wait List Acceptance: 01/18/20
  • Application available online at http://www.zapplication.org/ beginning June 1, 2018

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Naples Art accepting submissions for next season’s Art in the Park (07-07-19)

Art in the Park LogoAre you ready for the 2019-2020 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 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 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 4 & 5, 2020.

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Boulderbrook accepting submissions for Southwest Florida art festivals (07-07-19)

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

  • The Art Festival at Mercato (January 25 & 26, 2020); deadline: July 16;
  • Bonita Springs Invitational Art Festival (November 23 & 24); deadline: July 16;
  • Sanibel Masters Art Festival (Novembe 29 & 30); deadline: July 16;
  • Art Festival at the Sanibel Shops (December 7 & 8); deadline: September 7;
  • The Sanibel SCA Art Festival (January 17 & 18, 2020); deadline: October 4;
  • Sarasota Masters Art Festival (February 1 & 2, 2020); deadline September 21;
  • Bonita Springs Invitational at The Promenade (February 15 & 16, 2020); October 1;
  • Boca Grande Art Festival (March 7 & 8, 2020); deadline: October 14;
  • Peace River National Art Festival (March 21 & 22, 2020); deadline October 1; and
  • Bonita Springs Masters Art Festival (March 28 & 29, 20209); deadline October 14.

You must apply online at  http://www.boulderbrook.net/.

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ARTSWFL updates profile of Caloosahatchee Manuscripts light sculpture (07-06-17)

At night, the tapered Ionic columns and limestone steps of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center glow with the images of thousands of letters like a phosphorous alphabet soup. The source of this bedazzling light show are two large bronze cylinders that sit on the sidewalk at the foot of SBDAC’s stairs. They are a dual point light sculpture called Caloosahatchee Manuscripts, a gift to the City of Fort Myers made in 2001 by Florida Power & Light Co.

FPL commissioned the work to commemorate the conversion of its power plant on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River from oil to natural gas. A national call to artists was issued and Maryland sculptor Jim Sanborn was ultimately selected. by 2001, Sanborn had built a formidable reputation for heady light sculptures, and he didn’t disappoint with the light sculptures he designed for the sidewalks in front of the Davis Art Center. One (the western drum) is a homage to the experiments Thomas Edison conducted downriver, testing between 13,000 and 17,000 plants in an attempt to find a local source of latex that might supplant the country’s dependence on South American rubber. The other light cylinder (the eastern drum) incorporates text from an ancient Creek migration legend that explains how the Creek migrated to the southeastern United States and eventually made their way into Florida, where they joined with the Seminole Nation.

When Sanborn did his research, he discovered a translation of the migration tale told to James Oglethorpe by the Creeks’ great king Tchiilli. The text had been translated from Creek into English and then German. When the English translation turned up missing, the German text was retranslated into English and that’s the version Sanborn used for the eastern light cylinder. But then, in 2015, Prince Charles Assistant Personal Secretary found the original English translation in a wooden crate somewhere in storage in a palace that’s home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. And wouldn’t you know it, the translation from the German turns out not to be all that accurate or complete.

That in no way undermines the story that Sanborn tells through Caloosahatchee Manuscripts, which is simply that the Seminoles played an important role in our early history and, derivatively, their ancestors, the Creek. But to set the record straight, ARTSWFL has updated its Caloosahatchee Manuscripts profile to include the latest information on the migration legend. And in the process, dozens of new photographs have been added to the narrative.

So check it out here.

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Public Art Committee expanding free phone app that explains public artworks (07-06-19)

Art professionals and urban planners have identified nearly four dozen benefits that flow from the presence of public artworks in outdoor spaces. However, these advantages can only be maximized to the extent that the public fully appreciates the stories they tell. And it is exactly for this reason that the City of Fort Myers has installed a free phone app that informs local residents, vacationers and other visitors about the murals, sculpture and other art installations they encounter as they work, shop, dine and walk around downtown Fort Myers and parks located in other regions within our city limits.

The app is called Otocast, and it provides Smart Phone users with narrative about the art and artists together with photographs, a number of which show the piece when it was or as it was being originally erected. But the app’s centerpiece is an audio recording made by the artists who made the pieces or local historians, authors, art professionals or public officials who are intimately familiar with the artworks or the stories they tell.

Read here to find out more about the use and purpose of the app.

And follow these links to read about some of the artists and authors who have made audios for Otocast so far:

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Spotlight on mosaic murals in the lobby of Alico Arena (07-06-19)

FGCU's sports centerLocated in the interior lobby of Alico Arena are three mosaics that are part of the Florida Gulf Coast University public are collection. Titled Competition, Pitcher and Three Athletes, the murals portray images of FGCU athletes Patrick Stubbe (baseball), Jennifer Santana (women’s basketball), Adam Gary (men’s golf) and Kristin Foelgner (women’s tennis). Created by nationally-acclaimed muralist Mike Mandel, these public Mike Mandel Sports Mosaic 4artworks combine the lush landscape of the Everglades environment with the social activity inherent in an arena. Their expression of gesture and body language evokes the physical grace, coordination and determination implicit in collegiate baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. The designs pay tribute to the virtues of university athletics by recognizing the student athletes who participate in them.

Mike Mandel 10The mosaic murals are installed on the central, west and east walls of the lobby. The central panel stands 17.5 feet high by 26 feet wide. The other two panels are 16 feet high by 20 feet wide. Mandel created the mosaics with one-inch unglazed porcelain and glass tiles from both domestic and international sources that require low maintenance, are water resistant, fire resistant, Mike Mandel 01and extremely durable. The tiles incorporate some 90 separate colors. The Florida Arts Council commissioned the artwork on June 3, 2003 pursuant to the Art in State Buildings Program, which mandated an allocation for public art of one-half of one percent of the construction budget for the Alico Arena or $100,000. Mandel visited Alico Arena on March 24, 2004 for final inspection of the completed project.

Please click here for the rest of this profile.

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Revisiting Art Southwest Florida’s profile of FGCU public artwork ‘Cosmos’ (07-06-19)

Cosmos 2014 CHanging in Howard Hall on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus is a public artwork titled Cosmos. Representing “an abstract colorful cosmos of hypothetical stars and galaxies,” the 15-foot-tall by 21-foot-wide modernist sculpture is comprised of recycled glass bottles and solar-powered electrical components stitched onto a framework of steel and welded aluminum that is suspended by stainless steel cables from beams overhead at three points of attachment.

From the white tiled floor of the student coffee bar, the piece does convey the look and feel of a galaxy of glass bottles floating upward in space like stars and cosmic bodies. However, viewed from the second floor mezzanine, the piece takes on a more dynamic and dramatic aspect, as if the assortment of midnight blue, green, purple, and rose bottles are being sucked into the vortex of some unseen black hole, a suggestion that is accentuated by the curlicues at either end of the central curved steel superstructure.

Please click here to continue reading this profile.

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Monumental sculptor Harry McDaniel’s ‘Beacons’ profiled on ARTSWFL (07-06-19)

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Beacons consists of three 10-foot-high by 4-foot-wide brushed aluminum kinetic sculptures created by metal sculptor Harry McDaniel. Enabled by stainless steel ball bearings, the tops have “branches that spin in the wind.” According to the artist, the tapering upright forms of each piece are suggestive of the lighthouses that can be seen in various places along the west coast of Florida. As the top sections move in the wind, they reflect light in all directions as do the “beacons” of a lighthouse.

Beacons1The grouping is located in a landscaped area near the drop-off entry circle/overhang area of Sugden Hall that is similar to a drop-off area that is found at a resort.

Beacons is part of the Florida Art in Public Buildings program, an initiative started in 1979 pursuant to section 255.043 of the Florida Statutes, which earmarks 0ne-half of one percent of the amount the legislature appropriates for the construction of state buildings for the acquisition of public artworks. It was installed in 2012 at a cost of $20,650.

To read about the sculptor and the three Gulf Coast lighthouses, please click here.

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‘Your Choice’ returns to Naples Art Association on August 19 (07-05-19)

Your Choice is the Naples Art Association’s annual non-juried exhibition. It provides an opportunity for local artists to present their artwork to a large audience with no jury process requirement. The exhibition is called “Your Choice” because the artists and spectators make the choices. Artists decide which artwork they will exhibit while gallery viewers attending the reception decide who will receive the awards. It opens August 19 and runs through September 25.

 

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Touchable art exhibit returning to Naples Art Association in October (07-05-19)

Art is generally considered to be a visual experience, but our appreciation of art does not need to come purely from sight. Touching is a basic instinct and a way to experience objects, gather information and build awareness. The Touch Me exhibition will feature artwork by sighted, visually impaired and blind artists. Shaking off the traditional gallery-goer behavior, visitors are encouraged to use their sense of touch to explore the exhibition. The show opens October 4 and runs through October 17 at the Naples Art Association, which is located at 585 Park Street in Naples.

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Cultural Affairs grant enables playwright to bring in artists/performers for ‘3’ (07-04-19)

James Brock has received a 2019-20 Individual Artist Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to have his new play 3 produced by Ghostbird Theatre Company. 3 will run August 1-10 at Koreshan State Park in Estero.

The matching $25,000 grant will be used to pay other contributing artists and performers and to offset some of the production costs. Ghostbird is hiring co-founder Brittney Brady (photo 2) to serve as guest resident director for the play. Brady has just completed her second year in the prestigious MFA in Directing Program at CalArts in Los Angeles. She was Ghostbird’s Producing Artistic Director for five years before leaving for the West Coast to pursue her MFA.

Go here for the rest of this advance.

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Expanding on the theme of Jim Brock’s new play, ‘3’ (07-04-19)

Opening August 1 in Art Hall at Koreshan State Park is 3, a new play from Ghostbird co-founder Jim Brock that explores how three women contend with state punishment – a patriarchal ‘correction’ that is witnessed and supported by the community.

It’s a concept that is explored in depth by Cornell Professor of Philosophy Kate Manne in her controversial book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford Press, 2018). Manne defines the latter term as ingrained cultural hostility toward women who violate patriarchal norms and expectations because they are not serving male interests in the way society expects them to.

“There’s this sense that women are doing something wrong: that they’re morally objectionable or have a bad attitude or they’re abrasive or shrill or too pushy,” Manne explained in a 2018 interview with Sean Illing of Vox Magazine. “But women only appear that way because we expect them to be otherwise, to be passive.”

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Spotlight on ‘3’ playwright Jim Brock (07-04-19)

Jim Brock is a founding member and Producing Director of Ghostbird Theatre Company. He is an actor, playwright, poet and Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. His new play, 3, will be performed by Ghostbird in Art Hall at Koreshan State Park August 1-10, 2019.

His acting credits include The Shadow Box for New Phoenix Theatre (2019), Everyone on this Train (2019), Windowstories (2018), Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe (2018), Barry Cavin’s Beckett-inspired Ibb (2018), Dr. Cyrus Teed in ORBS! (2018) and The Perfect Island of Dr. Teed (2017), Father and Old Man in No. 27 (2017), Tereisias in Antigonick (2016), Meigs in The Guardsman (which he also translated (2015)), Father in Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily (which he also wrote (2014)), Old Man in Fool for Love (2013), the Doctor in Woyzeck (2013), Henry in Mud (2012), Lucifer in Faustus Burns Brightly (2012), Venus in The Pumpkin Grower (which he also wrote (2012)), Old Man of Argos in Agamemnon (2011),  Mr. Scratch in Wooden Mouth (2010),  Nagg in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Kerch in Apocalypse: The Living Blog (2008).

Go here for the rest of Jim’s profile.

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‘Examine & Report’ being shown at East Hampton TV Festival (07-04-19)

Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report will be shown at the East Hamptons TV Festival on July 22 – 23. Created by Emmy-winning filmmaker John Scoular, the documentary made its world premiere during the red carpet opening night gala at the 2016 Fort Myers Film Festival. The film went on to receive honors as the FMff Best Local Film.

The East Hamptons TV Festival (EHTVF) is an annual event dedicated to bringing the best TV, documentaries and feature films to the Hamptons. The festival highlights and is regularly attended by celebrated filmmakers as well as rising new talent from around the world.

Examine & Report explores Jansen’s motives for painting and gives historic insight into his socio-politically charged works, which have roots in Graffiti, Street Art and German and American Expressionism. The film was shot on locations in New York, Miami, London and Fort Myers and was shown at venues around the world during Jansen’s two-year museum and DECADE book tour, which opened in Milan, Italy in 2016.

Not only does the documentary provide insight into Jansen’s life and art, it provides an introduction into the larger world of contemporary art by means of a series of interviews with art world luminaries including the street artist BANKSY’s first agent, Steve Lazarides, Robert Rauschenberg protégé and decades-long gallery director, Lawrence Voytek, West Rubinstein, Noah Becker, Dieter Rampl and Brooke Lynn Mcgowan. An art historian, curator and writer, Mcgowan is recognized worldwide as the leading expert on Jansen’s works.

The film not only played a pivotal role in familiarizing art lovers, collectors and professionals around the globe with Jansen and his art, it built upon the reputation that the legendary Robert Rauschenberg began when he made Captiva the site of his international headquarters and working studio and the loci of the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange Scoular G(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 spirit of collaboration.

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FMff accepting submissions; T.G.I.M. returns to Davis Art Center in September (07-04-19)

Thank God for Indie Monday resumes in September. Join the Fort Myers Film Festival every first Monday from September through March, and help decide which of the short indie films submitted to the Fort Myers Film Festival will make it into next year’s film festival … and which do not. 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.

So mark your calendars. The relevant first Mondays are:

  • September 2, 2019
  • October 7, 2019
  • November 4, 2019
  • December 2, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • February 3, 2020

And if you’re a filmmaker, FMff is now accepting submissions for the 10th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Yes, you read that right. Next year will be FMff’s 10th anniversary!

Submissions are being accepted in six categories: full-length features, documentaries, shorts, short shorts, strictly local and student films.

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Visions of Color’ on view at Center for Visual Arts through August 24 (07-04-19)

Visions of Color: The Artwork of Sandy Coyle, Rose Jung and Dom-O-Nick the Glass Wizard is on view now through August 24 at the Center for Visual Arts. This playful and thought-provoking exhibition places an emphasis on found object assemblage, conceptual word play, vivid color and unique design.

Rose Jung, a former costume designer, has a contemporary approach of experimental designs incorporating reused, recycled, and repurposed materials. She explores social and environmental subjects in her mask, mannequin and assemblage sculptures. Sandy Coyle is a local jewelry designer with a flair for creating discriminating pieces at a reasonable price. Dom-O-Nick the Glass Wizard is the “master of mosaic” using broken glass and resin to create his one-of-a-kind mixed media relief paintings.

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Center for Visual Arts celebrating Fourth of July with ‘This Land’ (07-04-19)

The Center for Visual Arts is celebrating the Fourth of July with This Land, and exhibition that encourages artists to explore the beauty of our country in both its visual landscapes and cultural influences, with abstract artists kicking in works that suggest topography, maps or natural resources. The show opens July 5 with a 6:00-8:00 p.m. reception and campus-wide open house. Sponsored by Spotlight News Magazine, the exhibition runs through July 25.

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‘John Cage & Other Works’ on exhibit at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (06-23-19)

Florida SouthWestern State College is continuing its celebration of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery’s 40th anniversary with JOHN CAGE: STEPS & Other Works from the Mountain Lake Workshop. The exhibition runs through July 27.

The exhibition features the world premiere of New River Rocks & Washes, one of the last two paintings Cage completed two years prior to his death in 1992. The painting was sold before it was ever exhibited to a private collector with a large and prestigious inventory of artworks. As it happened, the painting arrived, it was placed in storage still in its crate without being assigned an acquisition number. To make matters worse, the crate was mislabeled and, over the ensuing 27 years, the crate containing the 8.5 foot tall by 28 foot long painting was moved from one storage facility to another before coming to rest in Deer Park, New York.

And that’s where it was when Ray Kass and Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director Jade Dellinger started working on a planned exhibit of Cage’s collaborations with Kass, who had been present when Cage and a team of assistants created it at the Mountain Lake Workshop in 1990. Kass and Dellinger contacted the collector’s chief curator hoping to include the painting in the show. The curator ultimately found the mislabeled crate only a few weeks prior to opening of the Rauschenberg Gallery opening.

Cage was a renowned composer, music theorist, author and artist revered as a pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments. He was also a leading voice of the post-war avant-garde. Bob Rauschenberg referred to Cage as his “spiritual and philosophical soul-mate.”

One of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition “4’33”, a piece instructing the performer not to play their instrument during three timed movements over four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Cage proposed the revolutionary concepts that any sound may constitute music and that there is no such thing as silence.

A close collaborator through the 1950’s and ‘60’s while working with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Bob Rauschenberg later wrote, “John Cage [and] his work in every medium is a reward to all [and] will be for centuries.” The innocence and challenging audacity of his unique attitude, according to Rauschenberg, “created a labyrinth with no exit.”

Often applying chance-based aleatoric operations to his compositional process in an effort to eliminate aesthetic decisions, John Cage’s forays into visual art practice – perhaps best represented by his experimentation at the Mountain Lake Workshop – employed many of the same techniques. As collaborator, friend and Mountain Lake Workshop founder Ray Kass reflects, “Cage didn’t adhere to accepted aesthetic rules and patterns for the construction of works of art; he deliberately eschewed the idea that art is created solely through personal taste manipulating elements of visual form.”

As Executive Director of the John Cage Trust at Bard College Dr. Laura Kuhn succinctly notes, “One cannot overstate the importance of John Cage and his work, and its impact on 20th century music, art, and culture.”

This exhibition is made possible through a partnership with the Longwood Center for Visual Art at Longwood University and presents excerpts from “Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience” (an exhibition funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts).

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Next Fort Myers Art Walk is July 5 and 6 (07-03-19)

The River District will come alive on July 5 when Art Walk returns to downtown Fort Myers. Now a two-day event, Art Walk will continue Saturday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With exciting new exhibits and live art demonstrations, rain or shine, this is a “must attend event.”

New exhibits include exceptional art in a variety of mediums done by a bevy of local artists and some national and international artists as well.  You can meet the artists and talk art at the self-guided Friday night event, which brings together art enthusiasts, collectors and community friends who celebrate the arts each month. The Friday night Art Walk sees First Street closed to traffic. Local artists set up in the street selling their art, and face painting is offered at several locations along First Street. And at the Broadway and First Street intersection, the Fort Myers Art League will be hosting a “Make It/Take It” table for children of all ages.

Saturday Art Walk is a quieter affair with most of the galleries open for examining the art at more leisurely pace. This new and improved version of Art Walk includes 14 galleries and art stops, including:

  • American Legion Veterans Gallery showing Art done by Veterans
  • Art League of Fort Myers – new exhibits each month
  • Arts for ACT Gallery – features three or more art exhibits every month plus co-op members art
  • Bootlegger Alley Gallery – outdoor gallery open only during Art Walk in The Patio de Leon
  • Grand Illusion Gallery – art, tee shirts and more
  • Marc Harris Wildlife Photography – on Jackson Street
  • Miville Art Gallery – art and photography in the Franklin Shops
  • Ollie Mack Gentry Photography – photography  at 2180 West First Street
  • Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center – Main Gallery Exhibit and Capitol Exhibit on the 3rd Floor
  • The Barrel Room – Jazz art – on Bay Street
  • Timeless Gallery – gallery and gift shop featuring steampunk art and more
  • Two Newts Gallery – co-op gallery located off West First Street at 2064 Bayside Parkway
  • Unit A – urban contemporary gallery of internationally-acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen located in Gardener’s Park

As this survey of participating galleries reveals, Fort Myers Art Walk spans the core of downtown Fort Myers and includes the Gardener’s Park area and West First Street. Most of the action is located on First Street, but you can obtain a Fort Myers Art Walk map at any of the galleries that will lead you to all the art venues and Art Walk partners.  “Enjoy cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses, plus live music,” touts the River District Alliance. “Watch live art demos on First Street, eat amazing food, shop the unique local boutiques or just enjoy the atmosphere.”

So 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. There 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 www.fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com.

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Davis Art Center offering ‘Visions of Clean Water’ photography show in July (07-03-19)

Visions of Clean Water opens in the Grand Atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on July 5, with an opening reception from 6:00-10:00 p.m. that is co-extensive with Art Walk. This group photography exhibit offers a compelling mix of imagery, from the natural world to nightscapes and underwater scenes, and showcases the compelling and unforgettable beauty of Southwest Florida. Each exhibiting photographer has a unique photographic style, and each is fully devoted to where they call home here in SWFL.

A portion of any art sales from Visions of Clean Water will benefit Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and Captains for Clean Water.

[Photo 1 by Paul Marcellini. Photo 2 by Katy Danca Galli.]

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‘Covers by John ‘Crusher’ Healy’ upstairs in Capitol Gallery in July (07-03-19)

Just as a local band covers songs of their music heroes, John “Crusher” Healy’s work covers artists’ album covers of days past: enlarging them, making them three dimensional, and taking artistic liberties. COVERS by John “Crusher” Healy opens in the Capitol Gallery on July 5 with a 6:00-10:00 p.m. opening reception that is co-extensive with Art Walk. [Teaser: there may be a couple famous guests and theatrical “treats” awaiting attendees of his exhibition’s opening night.]

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Alliance will be ‘Uncontained’ in July (07-03-19)

Uncontained: A Juried Exhibition opens at the Alliance for the Arts on July 5, but the opening 5:00-7:00 p.m. reception is not until July 12. By converging creativity with sustainability, the work included in this unconventional show explores what it means to repurpose, reclaim, and redefine recycled materials. It also encourages viewers to reimagine the potential of discarded products. The exhibition runs through August 3 and includes a conversational walk and talk with juror Dale Weber and participating artists at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 during the Alliance GreenMarket.

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Spotlight on ‘Uncontained’ juror Dale Weber (07-03-19)

Dale Weber characterizes himself as an assemblage artist. He creates three-dimensional works made from objects he finds at Goodwill, on the side of the road or even in his own backyard. But he did not start out following in the footsteps of Captiva icon Robert Rauschenberg or any of the other artists who pioneered the field of found objects such as, for example, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso or Damien Hirst.

Weber began his artistic journey in the early 1970s pursuing the more traditional/conventional discipline of painting. As a painter, he evolved from oil to acrylic to pastel. But, inevitably, his journey of artistic expression led Weber to the world of mixed media collage and finally to found object assemblage, and he has traveled this path now for more than a dozen years, recycling a variety of discarded materials.

Here’s the rest of Dale’s profile.

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‘Albatross’ being screened in conjunction with ‘Uncontained’ opening (07-03-19)

Uncontained: A Juried Exhibition challenges artists to turn trash into treasure by presenting art made entirely of recycled and found materials, and to encourage viewers to reimagine the potential of discarded products, the Alliance will also be screening Albatross following the 5:00-7:00 p.m. opening night reception on July 12. There will also be a talk-back following the screening.

Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On a tiny atoll in the center of the vast North Pacific, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic.

“The experience was devastating, not only for what it meant for the suffering of the birds, but also for what it reflected back to us about the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption, and humanity’s damaged relationship with the living world,” writes the filmmaker about his first visit to Midway Island.

Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.

“Through this journey, I held to a principle of emergence that served as the creative foundation for the project,” Chris amplifies. “I wanted to experience the birds on their terms, imposing as few human judgments or preconceptions on them as possible. With this intention, I avoided scripting any aspect of the film in advance. The trips were approached as open-ended creative explorations, with no story or agenda in mind.”

The 97-minute documentary walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, Albatross takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

There is no charge to see the film. At the insistence of the filmmakers, Albatross is offered as a free public artwork in an effort to raise consciousness about the deleterious effect we are having on myriad species and the planet as a whole.

Although the film is free, RSVP is advisable as space in the Foulds Theatre is limited.

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Spotlight on ‘Albatross’ filmmaker Chris Jordan (07-03-19)

Two-time director Chris Jordan is well-known for his photographic work that explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture. Edge-walking the line between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, Jordan’s work confronts the enormous power of humanity’s collective will. His work reaches an increasingly broad audience through his exhibitions, books, website, interviews on radio and television, and speaking engagements and school visits all over the world. More about CJ and his work: http://www.chrisjordan.com/.

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‘The Eyes Have It’ during Alliance’s August members show (07-03-19)

The Alliance for the Arts has issued a call to artists for its August members show, The Eyes Have It. Harkening back to Henry David Thoreau, the show reminds us that “it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Artists are asked to give voice to their mind and unique perspective by turning to brush, ink, paper, sculpture or photo for this year’s Members Exhibit: The Eyes Have It. The show will be on display August 9 – 31, 2019 . You may become a member to showcase. Memberships are available onsite, by calling 239-939-278 or visiting www.ArtInLee.org/Join.

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‘Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibit’ returning to Alliance in October (07-03-19)

Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibit is returning to the Alliance for the Arts in October. It’s a show that will feature traditional Mexican sugar skulls in a variety of media ranging from painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and collage to photography, prints, drawing and sculpture. Artists interesting in participating in the show may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration. To download the prospectus or submit artwork, please visit ArtInLee.org/SugarSkulls.

What exactly is Day of the Dead? In many parts of Mexico, South America and the United States, Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of family and friends. More about reveling in life than remembering death, this unique day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present.

“Community participation is a powerful part of this holiday,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “That’s why we’re calling on local artists to contribute to this lively and fun exhibit.”

The show’s opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. on October 5, with awards being announced at 6:00. There will be a $250 prize for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place.

For more information about this exhibit, visit ArtInLee.org/SugarSkulls or call 239-939-2787.

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Alliance announces dates for ‘Off the Wall’ holiday exhibit (07-03-19)

Each year, the Alliance for the Arts invites 100 members to submit two 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 in all mediums priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will get to take the piece with them when they buy it, rather than waiting until the end of the exhibit.

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.

This year’s show runs from December 6 through December 28. The opening reception is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. For more information, please visit www.artinlee.org or telephone 239-939-2787.

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CHANGE playwriting class under way at Alliance for the Arts (07-02-19)

The  CHANGE Program’s 8-week playwriting course is under way at the Alliance for the Arts. The class has been designed to introduce the fundamentals of playwriting to aspiring minority writers and equip them with the tools to create rich characters, explore their own histories and develop stories that are relevant, inspirational and reflective of their own unique voices. The course will culminate with each student utilizing their newfound playwriting tools to write a 10 minute play and work with actors to see their creations come to life in a staged reading that will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at the Alliance for the Arts.

Derek Lively is teaching the class, which runs on Saturdays through July 27. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Derek has appeared in productions ranging from Shakespeare to Eugene O’Neill and has worked in regional theaters and Off-Broadway, including The Public Theater and LaMama E.T.C. His solo show, Welcome To My Soul, which he wrote and performed, led to a first-look development deal with NBC (Universal).

The CHANGE Program (Communities Harnessing the Arts to Nurture and Grow Equity) provides performance opportunities and a platform to convene dialogue on social issues that challenge our community through creative, artistic expression. This project is supported in part by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Florida Humanities Council. For more information on this program, visit ArtInLee.org/CHANGE.

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Spotlight on CHANGE ‘Playwriting’ instructor Derek Lively (07-02-19)

Derek Lively is an actor, playwright and screenwriter. Since relocating to Fort Myers from New York City in 2015, Lively has starred as Frederick Douglass in The Agitators, Walter Lee Younger in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Lorraine Hanberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Canewell in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. He’s a member in good standing in both the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, and you can access all of Derek’s credits by viewing his profile here. You can also read a fascinating interview that Derek gave Art Southwest Florida in May of 2018 that will provide even more and deeper insights than his Art Southwest Florida profile.

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Step into the enchanted world of Beauty and the Beast (07-02-19)

Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. The classic “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a Beast, who is really a young prince under a spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out and if the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed forever. The spirited, headstrong Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father and with the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

Starring James Arthur Douglas as the Beast, Beauty and the Beast runs through August 10, 2019.

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James Arthur Douglas is the Beast in Broadway Palm’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (07-02-19)

James Arthur Douglas is the Beast in Broadway Palm’s upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The NYC-based tenor most recently performed as Count Almaviva with The Atlanta Opera in a bilingual version of Rossini’s delightful and energetic The Barber of Seville. Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre, the 45-minute adaptation was performed in Spanish and English as is being presented to over 19,000 elementary-aged children.

James also performed with The Atlanta Opera in Verdi’s La Traviata as a member of the chorus, and earlier this year, he was awarded 2nd Prize at the 2019 Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition.

Joined by accompanist Julie Bearden Carver, James was kind enough to perform a tune from Beauty and the Beast at a benefit at Lab Theater on June 10th for theater student and performer Danica Murray, who is recovering from transplant surgery necessitated by her lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

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‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’ on stage in Off Broadway Palm through July 21 (07-02-19)

On stage in Broadway Palm’s intimate Off-Broadway venue through July 21 is Six Please We’re Sixty. As the title suggests, the play is a farce that pokes fun at the libidos and trysts of men and women over a certain age. The script is chock full of naughty jokes, unseemly inferences, brazen bawdiness and unapologetic raunchiness that combine to produce a side-splitting afternoon or evening of entertainment.

The setting is the Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast in New England. Its owner, Mrs. Stancliffe, enjoys considerable repeat business, particularly among her female clientele. Stancliffe’s next-door neighbor, Bud, takes credit for the inn’s popularity among the cottage’s female guests, harboring the belief that they come year after year primarily to hook up with him. An unabashed lothario, Bud thinks he can literally charm the socks (and clothes) off any woman.

Stancliffe’s other neighbor, Henry, is a chemist who’s developed an untested pharmaceutical called Venusia that does for post-menopausal women what Viagra does for men. The hijinx start when Bud takes the wrong little blue pill, turning from Bud the Stud into Bud the Dud much to the delight of Rose Cottage’s current guests, Victoria Ambrose, Hillary Hudson, and Charmaine Beauregard, who turn the tables on Bud and Henry in a hysterical attempt to show the men who is the smarter sex.

Written by Michael and Susan Parker, Sex Please We’re Sixty was first produced on October 17, 2008 by Play With Your Food Productions in Hemet, California. English born and raised, the Parkers write plays that combine familiar British farce with standard American settings to produce stereotypical sex comedies with over-the-top nonsensical plotlines. Some of their other works include The Sensuous Senator, There’s a Burglar in My Bed and Whose Wives Are They Anyway?

The Off Broadway Palm is an intimate 100-seat theatre, located in the main lobby of Broadway Palm. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, visiting BroadwayPalm.com or in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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‘Just for Laughs’ line-up announced by Center for Performing Arts Bonita (07-02-19)

The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs has announced the line-up for the July 12 performance of JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy/variety show. Four comedians, two local “Audience Favorite” actors, accompanied by pianist Lin Hart.

Orlando comedian Carmen Vallone, of Comedy Night School and Last Comic Standing-fame, is the headliner. Vallone brought the house down at the May performance and is back by audience demand. He will be backed on this outing by fellow comedians Peter Beebe, Matt Heilman and “New York’s Most Lovable Teddy Bear in a Get-Off-My-Lawn-Kinda Way” Craig Schaefer.

Fresh from winning “Audience Favorite” at the Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival, Melissa Hennig and Luis Pages will be special guests for the show. In addition to making other appearances throughout the evening, they will reprise their performance of Oded Gross’s brilliantly hilarious Stain.

Lin Hart returns on the piano and will share her vocals, along with her in-demand accompaniment.

Emcee for the evening will be the Center’s Theater and Film Director Frank Blocker, formerly of Stage Left Studio in Manhattan where two of his solo works ran for three years, combined.

JUST FOR LAUGHS performs July 12, Friday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moe Auditorium and Film Center, Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Beach, Florida.

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Center for Performing Arts ‘Hates Hamlet’ in July (07-02-19)

I Hate Hamlet comes to the Center for Performing Arts in the Moe Auditorium for four performances between Thursday, July 18 and Sunday, July 21.

The play centers on Andrew Rally, a man who seems to have it all – celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago – in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from L.A., spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Performances are Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and a closing 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 21.

The Moe Auditorium is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs FL 34135.

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Looking back on the making and costuming of Miss Tracy Mills (07-02-19)

Lab Theater’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride on Sunday, June 30. But it’s worth taking a trip back in time to revisit how Director Brett Marston and actor Clayton Brown built the character, the costumes and the legend that is Miss Tracy Mills.

Miss Tracy is an aging drag queen who comes to a shabby, rundown bar by the name of Cleo’s in the Florida Panhandle to help his cousin Eddie save his failing club. Following his arrival, he meets, recruits and mentors a former Elvis impersonator, converting him from a downhome, down-on-his-luck country boy into a local country drag sensation by the stage name of George McBride.

While Brown regularly performed in musicals when he was younger, his activities as a thriving muralist and make-up artist for Chanel has kept him off the boards for way too long. The Legend of Georgia McBride represented his first production in more than a decade, but he re-entered the local theater scene like a fist in a sequined glove! For the show, Brown not only lip synched a series of drag numbers, he chose – in tandem with Director Brett Marston – the songs his character performed and made each of the 16 costumes she wore over the course of the two hour and fifteen minute show.

During the play’s run, Clay took time out of his day to talk about the show, the music and the costumes. From a comfortable armchair at a local Panera Bread, the following is what he shared about the show, his character and the outfits she donned.

Go here to read the interview.

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And here’s the backstory and more about Miss Tracy Mills’ 16 spectacular outfits (07-02-19)

During the course of The Legend of Georgia McBride, Miss Tracy Mills wears one spectacular outfit after another, each marking the passage of time. Clayton Brown played the warmhearted drag queen and made her outfits, but it was (in his words) “a love-hate relationship.” That’s because he was required to do six costume changes in the first act and a whopping ten more in Act Two. For several, he had less than a minute (and as little as 35 seconds) to change costumes, which not only included the dress, but the matching shoes, jewelry, wig and more!

Read here for the backstory behind each costume and song choice, as well as the specifics of how he made the outfit and the challenges each one posed:

 

Clay refuses to pick the outfit he likes most, but clearly each is a work of art. But the one that’s perhaps the most interesting from a creative perspective is the Bob Mackie dress because for that one, Brown didn’t even use a pattern. That dress comes exclusively from his creative mind.

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Improv returns to The Lab July 6 with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab (07-02-19)

They are back and funnier than ever! Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab returns to the Laboratory Theater of Florida on July 6 at 7:00 p.m. with a night of hilarious antics, musical comedy, and spot-on on-the-spot jokes. Every facet of the uproariously improvised show is based on audience suggestions. With years of experience performing, Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab delivers a side-splitting, one-of-a-kind show every time.

Formerly Bonita City Improv, this troupe of talented performers offers a unique mixture of both short and long form improv, creating an entertaining evening of family-friendly laughter that is fast-paced, musical, and completely improvised. 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!

Scared Scriptless is composed of Leigh Shein, Nick Hernandez, Kea McElfresh, Bill Owens, Andrew Florance and Steve Cobb.

Individual Tickets are $15 per person and are available at www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or by calling (239)218-0481. The theater is located in the River District of Fort Myers at 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Leigh Shein (07-02-19)

Chicagoan, Leigh Shein took his first improv class with Second City in 1979 and has since studied and worked all over the world. He was a founding member of Bay Area Improv Theater and currently directs and hosts Harry’s Senior Moment. In addition to Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab, Leigh is also a member of Gene Pool Party, an improv group of dads and their daughters. He teaches improv to all ages including kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Nick Hernandez (07-02-19)

Nick Hernandez has been doing improv for 4 years. He has been in many productions in various theaters. He is currently in college studying to be a sound engineer for theater and artist performances. He is glad to now be a part of this improv group.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Kea ‘Mac’ McElfresh (07-02-19)

Kea “Mac” McElfresh has been with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab for nearly two years. As a Miami Improv Member of “Impromedy”, she was glad to finally find an improv family in Fort Myers. Mac is currently teaching theatre at Estero High School and serves the community as District VI Jr. Thespian Chair. She brings a wealth of knowledge and crazy characters to the stage.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Bill Owens (07-02-19)

Bill Owens has the privilege of performing with fellow cast members, Steve Cobb, Leigh Shein and Kea McElfresh in the local improv troupes Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab and Gene Pool Party. He was also a member of Harry’s Senior Moment and Dueling Swords. Bill’s passion for improvisation began only three years ago when his determined kids persuaded him to get out of his comfort zone and take an improv class. When not making a fool of himself on the improv stage, Bill practices law as a business and real estate attorney.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Andrew Florance (07-02-19)

Andrew Florance was born in Tucson, AZ in the back of the O.K. Corral. After escaping from his crib for the 6th time he started traveling with a comedy troupe of babies. They traveled through Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, before ending up in Florida. When he grew too old for the Crying Laughing baby troupe he traveled the U.S. and Europe to perfect his comedic skills in the corporate world, making jokes at the office level until he found Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab. He’s been performing with Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab happily ever after.

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Spotlight on Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab tech Steve Cobb (07-02-19)

Steve Cobb has been professionally doing improv for over 6 years. Steve currently is the creative director, show runner and cast member for the following improv groups: Scared Scriptless Comedy Lab, Gene Pool Party Improv (dads and their daughters), and Musical Swords Improv. Gene Pool Party Improv has performed locally in Southwest Florida, at the 2017 Palm Beach Improv Festival, the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival, and at the 2018 Miami Improv Festival, among several recognized national and international troupes. Musical Swords Improv debuted in the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival.

Steve coaches and trains the youth improv troupe Foot Milk Experience Improv. He is the former coach and director of Mission Improvable Youth Improv, and New and Improv’d Youth Improv.

Steve has hosted improv shows throughout the state of Florida, including at the Naples Players Sugden Theatre and the Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. Steve has taught workshops throughout the state, including at the 2018 Palm Beach Improv Festival and for the FGCU Improv Club. He has worked extensively with the FGCU Improv Club. Steve was a judge in Sarasota for the Regional College Improv Tournament in 2017. Steve has performed with many local and national improvisors all around the state, including with “Stacked- All Female Musical Revue” in Sarasota, Florida, as part of an instructor show at the Palm Beach Improv Festival, and with other troupes throughout the state as a guest featured player.

Steve is also a stage actor. His credits include Moon Over Buffalo for the CFABS Players.

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DeLappe’s ‘Wolves’ one of the hottest tickets in nation right now (07-02-19)

Between July 11 and 14, The Laboratory Theater of Florida Arts Education program will be offering a limited 5-performance engagement of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves – a Pulitzer-nominated Times Critics Pick that’s simply one of the hottest tickets in the nation right now!

The play is set in an indoor soccer facility. Each scene depicts the nine teenage girls who make up the soccer team The Wolves as they are warming up before their weekly games. Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the players navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with the vim and vigor of a wolfpack of adolescent warriors. Besides an all-female cast, The Wolves features such true-to-life, overlapping dialogue that you’ll swear it was ripped from a reality TV show or hidden camera.

The rest of this advance is here.

And for ‘The Wolves’ play dates, times and ticket information, go here.

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Lab’s August play is set in Fort Myers’ DMV (07-02-19)

Coming in August to the Laboratory Theater of Florida is the world premiere of Zalman Velvel’s DMV, a side-splitting comedy set in the Fort Myers Department of Motor Vehicles! Be among the first in the country to experience the hilarity that ensues on Bernice’s last day of work, the morning after her raucous retirement shindig. Bernice is scheduled to retire on a full pension after 30 years and she’s ready to move in with her daughter. But her last day at work takes a turn for the worse when she becomes locked in a battle of wills. DMV will open August 9 at 8:00 p.m.

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Curtain rises on TNP’s 66th season with opening of ‘Mamma Mia!’ (07-02-19)

The Naples Players (TNP) has raised the curtain on its incredible 66th theater season with the ABBA Broadway musical hit Mamma Mia! The show runs through July 28, 2019. Produced by TNP in partnership with Mercedes Benz of Naples, Mamma Mia! is directed by Naples favorite Dawn Lebrecht Fornara with musical direction by Charles Fornara.

Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. ABBA’s music tells the uplifting tale of a young woman seeking the identity of her father for her wedding and brings the three potential men from her mother’s past back to the Grecian island they visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, friendship, and sisterhood, creating an unforgettable show. Hit songs include: “Mamma Mia,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Voulez-Vous” among others.

The cast for the musical includes (in alphabetical order): Jacqueline Blanche as Lisa, Eric Bohus as Sam, Kristin Cassidy as Rosie, Adam Fasano as Sky, Jeremy Giovinazzo as Pepper, Debi Guthery as Tanya, Anthony Henerson as Eddie, James Little as Harry, John McKerrow as Bill, MaryAnne McKerrow as Donna, Erica Sample as Sophie and Lindsey Walsh as Ali. The musical ensemble includes Mackenzie Black, Elizabeth Marcantonio, Maggie Boswell, Sydney Mixon, Kelsey Browne, Tina Moroni, Jack Norkeliunas, Lawrence Cherestal, Thomas Richardson, Frankie Federico, Logan Szittai, Sawyer True, Mark Vanagas, Alexandra Igoe, Dominic Young, and Elyse Yun.

Tickets for Mamma Mia! are $45 and on sale now through the TNP Box Office at (239) 263-7990 or NaplesPlayers.org.

Generously sponsored by Diane & Sid Davis, TNP’s 66th Season is filled with spectacular musicals including Mamma Mia!, She Loves Me, and Bye Bye Birdie – alongside heartfelt comedies Escanaba in Da Moonlight, Making God Laugh, and Becky’s New Car – as well as true stories of strong women in Silent Sky and Calendar Girls, and the romantic Jazz-era stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.

Naples’ oldest and most venerable theater group, The Naples Players (TNP) Sugden Community Theatre is a vital part of the exciting experience of Downtown Naples. TNP offers a variety of plays and musicals in three intimate spaces, Blackburn Hall, the Tobye Studio Theatre and outside Baker Stage – all located in one building on Fifth Avenue South.

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Sensory friendly performance of ‘Mamma Mia!’ on July 9 (07-02-19)

There is a special Sensory-Friendly performance of Mamma Mia! on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Special pricing of $20 for adult tickets and $10 for student/educator tickets make sensory-friendly performances affordable for families.

As sensory-friendly screenings become more common in local movie theatres and even on Broadway, The Naples Players is proud to participate in this national shift towards making it possible for individuals with special needs and their families to experience the same quality theatre as everyone else. The Naples Players 2019-2020 series was so successful that they are including three sensory-friendly performances in the 66th Season: Mamma Mia! on July 9, 2019; She Loves Me on December 17, 2019; and Bye Bye Birdie on March 31, 2020.

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Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR. at Naples Players for limited engagement (07-02-19)

Alterations By Charles and Neapolitan Family Magazine presents Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR. at The Naples Players. Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-alackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Performances are July 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., July 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and July 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; $10 for children and educators. Box Office (239) 263-7990 or NaplesPlayers.org.

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Stage 2 Improv returning to TNP on July 13 (07-02-19)

The Naples Players and Stage2 Improv collaborate one weekend night each month for some of Southwest Florida’s best family-friendly comedy. Each show consists of improvisational comedy games and songs from topics suggested by the audience. Be as involved in the show as you’d like and come back each month for more and more laughs.

Frequently including special guest appearances by local celebrities, each month is an exciting new theme. It’s the 70s on Saturday, July 13. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Contact the TNP Box Office by phone at (239) 263-7990 or visit NaplesPlayers.org.

Stage 2 will return for more improv on Saturday, August 17 for Superhero Theme Night and Saturday, September 14 for Trivia Theme Night.

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TNP inviting playwrights to submit for Readers Theatre new play competition (07-02-19)

The Naples Players’ (TNP) Readers Theatre is now accepting original one-act scripts for its 16th Annual “An Evening of New Plays” contest for Southwest Florida playwrights. Winners will have the opportunity for their plays to be cast, directed, and staged at one of the most highly-rated theatres in the country.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for talented playwrights to get their work in front of an audience,” observes Jessica Walck, Associate Artistic Director.

In addition to having their play cast and performed at TNP’s “An Evening of New Plays” on Sunday, January 19, 2020, finalists will each receive a performance royalty, memorial plaque and tickets to TNP’s “An Evening of New Plays.”

Readers Theatre is devoted to developing playwrights, directors and actors through staged readings of original works as well as fresh and inventive one-acts. The Readers Theatre program allows The Naples Players to test new plays before producing them and provides critical feedback to playwrights, along with access to performance and directing opportunities through flexible and shortened rehearsal processes and augmented performance demands. Both veteran and novice actors, directors, and playwrights can call Readers Theatre home, and this flexibility helps Readers Theatre remain as one of the foundational programs of The Naples Players.

Only non-musical one-acts are accepted. Only one play per writer can be submitted. Each play must:

  • be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation;
  • not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings;
  • should not exceed 20 minutes in length;
  • may have been entered in an earlier contest, so long as it was not an earlier finalist.

Once the play is submitted, no script changes can be made for purposes of this competition.

To submit a play, playwrights must submit three copies of their script in standard stage play format to: “An Evening of New Plays 2018,” The Naples Players, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Plays may also be submitted electronically to: tnpreaderstheatre@gmail.com.

A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to each script. Include a separate page, unattached to the script, with the name of the play, playwright and contact information. This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process. For scripts to be returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The judging panel may recommend up to four finalists to the Readers Theatre Committee for review and final approval by Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck. Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media.

Deadline for submission is July 31, 2019 and winnerswill be notified by October 31, 2019.

Readers Theatre is The Naples Players’ affiliate theatre group, led by TNP’s Associate Artistic Director Jessica Walck. Performances are held throughout the year in the intimate 100-seat Tobye Studio Theatre at the Sugden Community Theatre in the center of 5th Avenue South, Naples. Readers Theatre perform a series of one-act plays and full-length works with scripts in hand and without props or costumes. Readers Theatre performances focus on the written word.

The Naples Players (TNP) Sugden Community Theatre is Naples’ oldest and premier theatre group and a vital part of the exciting experience of Downtown Naples. Celebrating its 66th season, and as one of the top theatres in the country, they offer a variety of plays and musicals in three intimate spaces, Blackburn Hall, the Tobye Studio Theatre and outside BakerStage – all located in one building on Fifth Avenue South.

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TNP audition notice for ‘Great Gatsby’ and ‘Escanaba in Da Moonlight (07-02-19)

The Naples Players will be holding auditions for The Great Gatsby and Escanaba in Da Moonlight on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Sugden Community Theatre located at 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Both shows are auditioning on the same day and you may audition for one show or both. Auditions are free and walk-ins are always welcome.

Final Casting Calls will be made starting Wednesday, August 14.

The Great Gatsby is casting 4 Women (20’s-60’s), 5 Men (20’s-60’s), with additional ensemble roles available. Rehearsal begins August 19 @ 7:00 p.m. Performances will be Wednesdays-Sundays, October 3–27.

Escanaba In Da Moonlight is casting 1 Woman (1 30’s) and 5 Men (2 30’s, 1 40’s, 1 60’s, 1 ageless). Rehearsal begins September 9 @ 7:00 p.m. Performances will take place Wednesdays-Sundays, October 23–November 17 (possible extension from November 20th–24th).

To register to audition and for audition sides, a full list of rehearsals, techs, and performances, please visit NaplesPlayers.org. For further questions or inquiries, please contact Cole Butcher, TNP Production Stage Manager, at (239) 434-7340 ext. 125 or cbutcher@naplesplayers.org.

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‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ opens July 5 at The Studio Players in Naples (07-02-19)

Don’t Talk to the Actors opens July 5 at The Studio Players in Naples.

Fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak and his fiancee are a couple of Buffalo greenhorns suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when Jerry’s play is optioned for the big-money ego-driven world of Broadway. It’s a young playwright’s dream, but the crazy characters and dilemmas they encounter are the things theatrical nightmares are made of and best laid plans go awry when the cast and crew of the Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior and chaotic abandon to get what they want.

The cast includes:

  • Jerry – Daniel Cancio
  • Arlene -Jenny Valiente
  • Luis – Reed Foster
  • Mike – Tom Rex
  • Beatrice -Danielle Channell
  • Curt – Keith Gahagan.

The show runs through July 21, with show dates and times as follows:

  • Friday, July 5 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 6 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 7 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday, July 13 – 8pm
  • Sunday, July 14 – 3pm
  • Friday, July 19 – 8pm
  • Saturday, July 20 – 8pm
  • Sunday, July 21 – 3pm

The Studio Players perform in the Joan Jenks Auditorium at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 43116. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 239-398-9192.

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to Actors’ cast member Danielle Channell (07-02-19)

Stage actor Danielle Channell plays Beatrice in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Danielle is a talented comedic actor living and working in Naples, Florida. Past credits include Lab Theater’s production of Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is …, the role of producer Julia Budder in It’s Only a Play, Broadway producer Elsa Von Grossenkneuten in The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s and the beautiful, charming and talented Meg McGrath in Beth Henley’s Southern Gothic tragi-comedy, Crimes of the Heart.

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Daniel Cancio (07-02-19)

Daniel Cancio plays the role of Jerry in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. An FGCU theatre grad, Daniel is an emerging talent in the local theater scene. While at FGCU, he appeared in productions of The Tempest, Mr. Perfect, 12 Angry Men and The Zoo. His credits also include Bear in Ghostbird Theatre Company’s production of Orbs! and Laboratory Theater of Florida’s 2016 production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews. He additionally took part in a staged reading of Robert Caisley’s The Open Hand. 

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Keith Gahagan (07-02-19)

Keith Gahagan plays Curt in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Keith Gahagan has performed in local community theater since 2007. Among his stage credits are Eddie the bar owner in The Legend of Georgia McBride and A Clockwork Orange a decade ago. Most recently, Keith took part in Stage It Playwrights Festival in Bonita Springs, which followed his performance in  the Waverly Gallery at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita.

Gahagan is also a film actor after having made his debut in Tilly, a short film that was awarded runner-up Best Overall in the inaugural Bonita Springs Film Festival.

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Jenny Valiente (07-02-29)

Jennifer Valiente plays Arlene Wyniarski in The Studio Players’ impending production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Jenny feels blessed to have been grabbed by Producing Artistic Director Scott Lilly after Diane Davis’ showcase at TNP. Her acting credits include The Naples Players’ production this past winter of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena and Mustardseed) and Speed Dating by Nedra Pezold Roberts in the Center of Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ production of Funny Shorts LIVE! earlier this month. Jenny is a certified personal trainer and theater lover

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Tom Rex (07-02-19)

Tom Rex plays the role of Mike Policzek in Studio Players’ production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Tom and his wife and her family all relocated to Naples in 2012 from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Inspired by his nephew Max, Tom started working with The Naples Players in the fall of 2018. He has worked backstage on multiple TNP shows and has trained with TNPs Diane Davis and Jessica Walck. He most recently played Willard in Upper West Side Story for TNPs Readers Theatre. Don’t Talk to the Actors marks Tom’s very first full-length play.

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Spotlight on ‘Don’t Talk to the Actors’ cast member Reed Foster (07-02-19)

 

Reed Foster plays Luis Shaw in The Studio Players’ upcoming production of Don’t Talk to the Actors. Reed is an actor from Naples, and this is his first performance with The Studio Players. He attends the University of Virginia.

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Camera USA 2019 photo exhibit closes July 5 (07-01-19)

The Naples Art Association’s Camera USA 2019 National Photography Exhibition closes Friday, July 5, so time is running out on viewing this exceptional annual show.

The Naples Art Association started the Camera USA® photography program in 2011. As a nationwide program, it serves as a platform for local photographers to share the spotlight with their peers at the national level. For photographers from other states, Camera USA® provides an opportunity to demonstrate success, exhibit in Southwest Florida and compete for the $5,000 cash prize that goes to the top photograph, as determined by a panel of three independent judges.

This year’s judging panel consists of:

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Detroit’s Riley Arthur wins Camera USA 2019 Photography Competition (07-01-19)

Detroit photographer Riley Arthur won this year’s Naples Art Association Camera USA National Photography Competition and a $5,000 cash prize. Her winning image is titled Golden Hour at Joe Juniors. It’s a tantalizing picture of a Manhattan diner bathed in the glow of late afternoon sunlight at the 5:00 hour, in that pregnant lull before the start of the dinner rush.

“Joe Juniors diner in Manhattan has been around for more than 30 years which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a long time,” Arthur explained, clearly enjoying the afterglow that accompanied the announcement of her victory in the competition, which included 239 submissions from across the U.S.A. “But for a restaurant in Manhattan, with rising costs and rents, changing tastes and shrinking profit margins, it’s quite a feat.”

The diner has been described by reviewers as both “an awesome greasy spoon” and “an oasis in the desert of luxury condos, bank branches, and 2 bite fusion tapas dish restaurants.” Eater.com’s and NYC resident carnivore Nick Solares said in 2015 that Joe Junior serves the best hamburger in NYC – a densely charred, craggy-crusted burger “that only aspires to feed the belly but ends up feeding the soul … nostalgia incarnate … the platonic ideal of what a diner burger should be.”

As delicious and Zen-like as that may be, it is not why Arthur snapped her award-winning photograph of Joe Junior.

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Utah photographer Dave Hanson wins Camera USA 2019 honorable mention (07-01-19)

The Camera USA 2019 National Photography Exhibition opened June 3 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association. This year’s judging panel issued five Honorable Mentions. Price, Utah photographer Dave Hanson snagged one for his 2018 image Road Trip.

“My work captures the objectivity and subjectivity of the people, places and things along the visual path of my life journey,” says Hanson.

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Carol Ward receives Camera USA honorable mention for ‘Milky Way’ (07-01-19)

The Camera USA 2019 National Photography Exhibition opened June 3 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association. This year’s judging panel issued five Honorable Mentions. Salisbury, Maryland photographer snagged one of them for her 2018 image Milky Way at Low Tide.

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J. Fredric May earns Camera USA 2019 honorable mention (07-01-19)

The Camera USA 2019 National Photography Exhibition opened June 3 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association. This year’s judging panel issued five Honorable Mentions. Bermuda Dunes, California photographer J. Fredric May was the recipient of one of these Honorable Mentions for his 2017 image Author’s Hallucination No. 5 “Connor.”

May is a former photojournalist and filmmaker.

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With ‘Mono Metering,’ Steve Conley makes it three Camera USAs in a row (07-01-19)

For the fourth time and third year in a row, local photographer Steve Conley has had one of his images juried into the Naples Art Association’s prestigious Camera USA National Photography Exhibition. This year, Conley’s image Mono Metering joins work by 77 other photographers from 26 states (out of 239 submissions to the competition).

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Photographer Christer Berg returns to Camera USA with ‘Knockout Punch’ (07-01-19)

Among the photographers juried into the 2019 Camera USA National Photography Exhibition on view through July 5 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association is last year’s National Photography Award winner Christer Berg. He followed last year’s winning image of boxer Dewayne Beamon with a photo of Beamon throwing a knock-out punch.

Berg is a professional commercial, editorial, and fine art photographer and educator. He has gained a national reputation for telling people’s stories through portraiture. He began this quest with a series of environmental portraits of individuals ranging from ballerinas to business people that he compiled in an exhibit called “People with Purpose.” More recently, he traveled around The Triangle in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill with one camera, one lens and one backdrop to document everyday people just as they are.

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Tony Hertz makes his presence felt again in Camera USA show (07-01-19)

Among the photographers juried into the 2019 Camera USA National Photography Exhibition on view through July 5 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association is former National Photography Award winner Tony Hertz. This year’s entry is titled Dune Anatomy No. 16. It’s a picture of the rolling sand dunes in California’s Oceano Sand Dunes Nature Preserve.

Hertz took top honors in the Camera USA 2013 competition with an imaged titled Gnarled Wave. He also had images juried into both the Camera USA 2015 and 2017 shows.

Gnarled Wave was chosen as best of the 2013 show by a panel of esteemed judges that consisted of world-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson, (then) Bob Rauschenberg Gallery Director Ron Bishop and photographer Christopher Rauschenberg. Hertz normally employs long exposure photography to capture his black and white images, but he went the other direction to capture Gnarled Wave. Setting his camera to ISO 3200 to obtain a high shutter speed with maximum depth of field, he shot the photograph using Live View through a waterproof bag. “Drying off the outside lens often, awkward camera positions and tight finger space were some of my main challenges,” explained Tony at the time.

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Katy Galli’s ‘Little Fisher Boys’ part of Camera USA 2019 (07-01-19)

Among the photographers juried into the 2019 Camera USA National Photography Exhibition on view through July 5 in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association is local photographer Katy Danca Galli, whose image, Little Fisher Boys, was also on exhibit in her May solo show at Arts for ACT Gallery in the downtown Fort Myers River District.

A master diver, Galli is former photo editor of Scuba Diving Magazine. As the first female Lee County Resident Artist, her work has been featured with Captains for Clean Water, Bare Sports, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine and Divephotoguide.com. She has won contests with the Ocean Conservancy, NOAA, World Wildlife Federation, Our World Underwater, and placed first in wide angle with the Florida Skin Divers Association. She is currently working on a ‘camp and dive’ series dedicated to Florida’s waterways.

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