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


Yuliana Garcia playing Actor 3 in Alliance Youth Theatre’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream

Yuliana Garcia made a splash in the Southwest Florida theater scene with her portrayal of The Leading Player in the Alliance Youth Theatre’s production of Pippin in 2019. Her other credits include Gabriella in Boeing Boeing, Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Anna in Spring Awakening. She reunites with Carmen Crussard and the Alliance Youth Theatre in the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Abridged outdoors on the GreenMarket stage at the Alliance for the Arts.

Go here for Yuliana’s profile.



Harvey Evans is Actor 2 in Youth Alliance Theatre’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Harvey Evans is a young Southwest Florida actor whose stage credits include Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for Players Circle Theatre, Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the Alliance Youth Theatre, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird for Florida Repertory Theatre. As a theatre major at North Fort Myers High School, he also performed as Robert in Boeing Boeing.

Born in Leeds, England, Harvey and his family relocated to Southwest Florida when he was 4.



Megan Salerno is Actor 1 in Youth Alliance Theatre’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream

Megan Salerno plays Actor 1 in the Alliance Youth Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Abridged. Megan has been involved in theater from the age of 4 years old and has appeared on the stages of the Alliance Youth Theatre, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Florida Rep, Cultural Park Theater and North Fort Myers High School.  In addition she spends her summers at Cultural Park as a counselor for their camp program.  She has also spent countless hours as a volunteer for Melody Lane Performing Arts.

Go here to view her full profile.



Dena Galyean to play Elizabeth in ‘Laundry and Bourbon’

Dena Galyean will play Elizabeth on the GreenMarket stage in the Alliance for the Arts’ upcoming outdoor production of Laundry and Bourbon. Since relocating to Southwest Florida from Chicagoland, Dena Galyean seems to have a penchant for landing fascinating roles. Among her most recent – and memorable – are Susan B. Anthony in The Agitators and Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance and Stella Kowalski in The Studio Players’ production of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Golden Gate Community Center. Her profile is here.



Shelley Sanders to play Amy Lee in ‘Laundry and Bourbon’

Shelley Sanders will play Amy Lee on the GreenMarket stage in the Alliance for the Arts’ upcoming outdoor production of Laundry and Bourbon. A true triple threat, Shelley Sanders is an actor, singer and dancer. Her recent credits include a variety of roles in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig. Columbia in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (New Phoenix Theatre) and the lead in Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance). Her profile is here.



Rachael Endrizzi in ‘Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’

Rachael Endrizzi is appearing from November 12 through December 26, 2020 at Off Broadway Palm in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Her extensive and impressive acting resume includes A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Show (Off Broadway Palm), The Medora Musical 2019 (Burning Hills Singer), Suzanne in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Actor/Violinist in The Temple Bombing, Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Maggie Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Dinah in The Dixie Swim Club, Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Lana Sherwood in It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, Bamby Lynn in Knock ‘Em Dead, Mrs. Little in Stuart Little and Wendy Darling in The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan. Go here for Rachael’s full profile.



Rachael Lord in ‘Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’

Rachael Lord is appearing from November 12 through December 26, 2020 at Off Broadway Palm in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Lord’s other stage credits include Snow White in Lab Theater’s hybrid film-theater production of Disenchanted: A New Musical Comedy!, Sabine in In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam (Gulfshore Playhouse touring production), ensemble in Shipwrecked (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest for Gulfshore Playhouse and The Naples Philharmonic at Artis-Naples), Showgirl in Step Right Up (RWS Entertainment Group), Faith in Respect: A Musical Journey of Women (Clandestine Arts), Cherry in The Impossible Club (a staged reading for the Winter Park Playhouse) and Martha in The Secret Garden (Florida Southern College). Go here for her full profile.



Cassie Sampson plays Gwendolyn Fairfax in ‘Importance of Being Earnest’

Cassie will next appear in the role of Gwendolyn Fairfax in Cultural Park Theater’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. A local stage actor, Cassie Sampson has been involved in over 20 productions at Cultural Park Theater, both on and off stage, since making her CPT debut in Godspell in 1996. Her credits include Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, Chelsea in On Golden Pond, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Red in Into the Woods and Chiffon in CPT’s 2004 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Go here for Cassie’s full profile.



Danielle Channell appears next in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Danielle Channell reprises the role of Desiree, that neck model extraordinaire, in The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Past credits include Mae Flynn in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for The Studio Players and trophy wife Kaitlyn Gordon, brainiac neurosurgeon Angela Saperstein-Koplan and caustic Bohemian author Brianna in Let Nothing You Dismay for Lab Theater. Danielle first portrayed Desiree in Lab’s SoDis virtual production of The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers earlier in the pandemic. Go here for all of Danielle’s stage and film credits. And here’s a story about how for Danielle, theater’s a group effort.



Sue Schaffel appears next in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

The only part Sue Schaffel plays better than whacky is bitch, so it’s only natural that she should be cast in the role of Revonka in LabTV’s upcoming production of The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. For those who don’t know, Sue burst onto the Southwest Florida theater scene in Lab Theater’s parody Hush Up Sweet Charlotte, but her break-out role locally was that of iconic Blanche Dubois in another parody, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf which, coincidentally, was also penned by Realish playwright Tim Sniffen! You’ll find more on Sue’s stage and film credits here.



Lucy Sundby appears next in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Lucy Sundby is plays Claudia Louise (CL) in The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Look out! The last time she played a housewife, she turned her husband and his two pals into popsicles (pun intended) after the idiots locked themselves in their new walk-in freezer. Sundby was last seen pre-pandemic in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche for the Alliance for the Arts. Go here to see all of Lucy’s stage credits.



Kendra Michele Weaver in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Kendra Michele Weaver plays Gwen in The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Weaver is an actor, stage manager, front of house manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Laboratory Theater of Florida. Kendra’s stage credits include the Vagina Monologue (Lab Theater, Season 10), stage manager Aggie Manville in Play On! (Lab Theater, Season 8), the Captain and a guard in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Lab Theater, Season 7) …. Go here for Kendra’s full profile.



Rob Green appears next in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Rob Green is hosts The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Yes, indeed, he plays Randy Bowen. Green’s credits are Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery for the Alliance for the Arts, Dr. Sanderson in Harvey, Nick Dahner in Rancho Mirage, The Teacher, Cam, in Max Frisch’s Andorra, Gerald Halverson in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderers, the Archangel Gabriel in David Javerbaum’s An Act of God, the wheelchair-confined Queen of the Hollywood Melodrama Blanche Hudson in the outrageous Lab Theater summer spoof Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror and Burton in in Burn This, as well as a supporting role in The Elephant Man. Go here for the rest of Rob’s stage credits.



Shelley Sanders is one of the ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Shelley Sanders plays Brooke in the Realish Housewives of Fort Myers in Lab Theater’s filmed theatrical production to be broadcast on three separate days in November. A true triple threat, Sanders recent credits include a variety of roles in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig. Columbia in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (New Phoenix Theatre) and the lead in Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance). She also reprised the role of Bitsy Mae for SoDis (Lab) Theater’s virtual reading of Sordid Lives during the shut-down in May of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her profile is here.



Madelaine Weymouth is Prosecco in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Madelaine Weymouth will play the role of Prosecco in Tim Sniffen and Kate James’ Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Highly accomplished and much sought after, Madelaine’s acting credits include Dr. Watson in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Robyn in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Vandy Jordan in Venus in Fur (for The Studio Players), Forgive Me; I Put You in a Play, Boberg’s Timer and Dash in the Middle in Lab Theater’s inaugural Festival of Tens, Serenity in And the Winner Is, and Jessica in Hand to God. Want more Maddy? Go here.



Stephen Hooper appears next in ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Stephen Hooper plays Dr. Ted in LabTV’s upcoming production of The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. An actor, director and playwright whose career in theater spans more than three decades, Stephen’s foray into the realm of theater was wholly unplanned. In fact, he had been practicing law for a number of years and went into acting pretty much on a whim. Go here to read the story and see Stephen’s stage and other credits.



Randall Kenneth Jones in cast of ‘Realish Housewives of Fort Myers’

Randall Kenneth Jones will play Stefan in Realish  Housewives of Fort Myers. Highly intelligent, deeply introspective and ridiculously well-connected, Jones made quite the splash in the gender-bending roles of femme fatale Cousin Miriam in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte and Baby Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane: A Parody of the Horror, both produced by Laboratory Theater of Florida in the downtown Fort Myers River District. Go here to view Randy’s full profile.



Nuniez Philor playing Chance in ‘Realish Housewives’

Nuniez “Nemo” Philor will be playing the part of Chance in LabTV’s upcoming production of Realish Housewives of Fort Myers. Nuniez Philor is an FGCU graduate whose stage credits include Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Ali/PJ), Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage (Seth Holly) and August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. He also appeared as a man who finds himself at a crossroads when people take to the street in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s slaying in Theatre Conspiracy’s virtual production of Hands Up by Kristy Thomas.



Hollis Galman to play Marty for Studio Players in ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Next up at The Studio Players is Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, in which five strangers gather in a dance studio to embark upon a unique journey in their creative drama class for adults. Hollis Galman plays the part of Marty, the free-spirited leader of the group. Hollis Galman is a Naples resident who made her directorial debut with The Studio Players in Walter Cronkite Is Dead. She has appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions. Her most recent stage credits include the larger-than-life role of Masha in Vandy and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which represented her Studio Players’ debut. Go here for moreCircle Mirror Transformation opens November 27.



Gerrie Benzing plays former actress in Studio Players’ ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Next up at The Studio Players is Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, in which five strangers gather in a dance studio to embark upon a unique journey in their creative drama class for adults. Gerrie Benzing plays the part of one of the students in that class, Theresa, an earnest former actress. Gerrie has performed in more than 14 productions at Cultural Park Theater, the Laboratory Theater of Florida and Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts, but this role marks her Studio Players debut. Go here to see Gerrie’s impressive stage and other credits, and go here for an interview Gerrie gave Art Southwest Florida in August of 2019 that provides insight into her deep and abiding love of all things theater.



Rosie DeLeon plays Lauren in Studio Players ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Next up at The Studio Players is Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, in which five strangers gather in a dance studio to embark upon a unique journey in their creative drama class for adults. Rosie DeLeon will appear as Lauren, a reserved and self-conscious high schooler who takes the class. Rosie DeLeon is best known in theater circles as a talented, go-to sound and lighting director/technician. But she has also appeared often on the boards at various Lee County venues. Go here to see her stage credits.






Alliance Youth Theatre performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ outdoors

The Alliance Youth Theatre is moving outdoors in November with four performances of A Midsummer’s Night Dream: Abridged. William Shakespeare’s classic comedy unfolds fast and furiously in this truncated one-act version, trimmed to the story’s very essence. Go here for the rest of this advance.



Galyean, Reed and Sanders star in Alliance’s ‘Laundry and Bourbon’

Laundry and Bourbon comes to the Alliance’s GreenMarket stage November 19 – 29. The show is directed by Sonya McCarter and stars Dena Galyean, Shelley Sanders and Anne Reed. Sonya McCarter directs.

The setting for the play is Elizabeth’s porch on a hot summer day in Maynard, Texas, a tiny town plunked down, like so many others of that state, in the middle of a nowhere that seems to consist of burning sun and empty vistas. The action centers on the discontent and hilarious gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than they’d hoped.



‘Mamma Mia!’ runs through November 14 at Broadway Palm

Mamma Mia! is on stage at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre through November 14. Over sixty million people around the world have fallen in love with the charming story, the delightful characters and the timeless ABBA music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. The international hit sensation is Broadway Palm’s top selling show of all time as well.

Mamma Mia! tells the story of bride-to-be Sophie and her search for her birth father on a beautiful Greek island. After reading her mom’s diary, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. This sunny, funny tale of love, laughter, family and friendship is set to ABBA classics like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS” and the title song “Mamma Mia!”

Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Tickets are $48 to $73 with children and group prices available. 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.



Great American Trail Park Christmas Musical opens November 12 at Off Broadway Palm

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical opens in the Off Broadway Palm on November 12. It’s Christmastime in Armadillo Acres mobile home community in Starke, Florida and everyone is filled with visions of kegnog and beer. But while the residents are preparing to decorate for a holiday contest, a new Scrooge-like resident begins to wreak havoc on the festivities.

Betty, Linoleum, Pickles and Rufus are bound and determined to break the “Armadillo Acres curse” and finally win this year’s contest for the most festive trailer park in Northern Florida, but newcomer Darlene is having none of it. Her trailer is sans decorations save for a few “no trespassing” signs. What ensues is a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’ rowdy good time!

The show stars Rachel Endrizzi (A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Show, Don’t Dress for Dinner), Rachael Lord (Snow White in LabTV’s Disenchanted: Stay-At-Home Version, In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam for Gulfshore Playhouse), Ken Quiricone, Erica Sample (Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Roxy Hart in Chicago for The Naples Players), Dianne Stone Fussaro (Murder in Paradise) and Rob Summers. The show runs through December 26.



CFABS Community Players holding ‘Funny Shorts LIVE!’ auditions December 8 & 9

The CFABS Community Players is holding open auditions for Funny Shorts LIVE! on December 8 & 9 in the Moe Auditorium at the Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135. Funny Shorts LIVE! is comprised of six hilariously funny short plays. They’ll be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 15. Funny Shorts LIVE! is an extension of the Center’s wildly popular Stage IT! 10-Minute Play Festival, an annual competition and book publication that draws playwrights from around the world.



‘Importance of Being Earnest’ a wildly entertaining comedy

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy The Importance of Being Earnest opens November 12 at Cultural Park Theater. The play sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. Go here for the balance of this advance.



Florida Rep to begin outdoor performances with tribute to golden age of musical theater

Florida Repertory Theatre has a new outdoor venue and its first show will be Golden: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Musical Theatre. Performances will take place November 18-22 and November 24 and 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The venue is situated on Edwards and Jackson Streets on the lawn on the northeast side of the Hall of Fifty States. Seating is socially distanced, and patrons will sit in clearly marked 12′ × 12′ squares facing the beautiful Caloosahatchee River. Florida Rep will provide seating, but encourages audiences to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for the most comfort.

Seating squares are six feet apart from one another and accommodate up to four people. The price per square ranges from $60 to $120 depending on its distance from the stage.

Tickets and information are available at or by calling the Florida Rep Box Office at 239-332-4488.

Golden: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Musical Theatre stars the 2020-2021 Professional Acting Intern Company, which consists of Patrick Agonito, Nayda Mayez, Emily Foley, Sarah Joyce, Matt Kelley and Micah Weese. Assistant Education Director Christina DeCarlo directs the production and leads an expert creative team that includes Musical Director Rosalind Metcalf, choreographer Erica Sample, stage manager Zeke Bocklage, rehearsal stage manager Susan Dohan, and sound designer Katie Lowe.

Florida Repertory Theatre produced the revue in partnership with its Education Department. Conceived by Florida Rep’s Education Director Kody C Jones, the revue also features arrangements by Rosalind Metcalf.

“We are so excited to welcome our audiences back to Florida Rep – but at a safe and healthy distance,” said Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen. “This limited engagement in partnership with our Education Department is a love letter to the magic of theatre, and being able to watch it under the stars, a stone’s throw from the river, really will be a treat. That being said, our patrons’ health and well-being is of the utmost importance, and so we’re proceeding with a great deal of caution. The venue is totally outdoors, masks are required, social distancing will be enforced, and hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout, among other protocols.”

The theater will provide a mask to anyone who does not bring their own. To maintain health and safety protocols, Florida Rep will not serve concessions at this time, so audiences should plan on providing their own refreshments if they wish. Outdoor restroom facilities will be available as well as the restrooms inside the theater lobby. However, any patron wishing to enter the Arcade Theatre Lobby must have their temperature checked before entry can be granted. For more information on Florida Rep’s safety precautions, please visit its website.

Florida Rep’s outdoor performances under the stars on the banks of the Caloosahatchee resurrects a tradition that began in 1913 with the construction of a recreation wharf at the foot of Fowler. The 450-foot pier ended in a handsome pavilion whose tongue-in-groove wooden floor was the site of waltzes, foxtrots and the Banana Peel Glide and Grape Juice Wallow along with sunset concerts. In fact, the pier’s inaugural dance was such a hit that for most of the evening, it was standing room only, “which goes to prove,” the Press waxed philosophic, “ that this will be one of the most popular places in the city” and a favored “place for the young people to congregate on beautiful moonlit evenings.”

Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance, either online at or by calling 239-332-4488. Parking is free in the theater’s lot on Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry.

For patrons who are still not comfortable venturing out, there are virtual and streaming options planned throughout the season.

Follow Florida Rep on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the most up to date information about programming and how to support Florida Rep during this difficult time.



Tune in to the ‘Realish Housewives’ for the fake smiles and the backstabbing

Up next on LabTV is The Realish Housewives of Fort Myers by Second City alum Tim Sniffen (Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: a Parody) and Kate James. This one’s also a parody, this time of the reality television show we all love to hate. But with a Fort Myers twist.

Randy Bowen (Rob Green) hosts the show, and his approach is simple and straightforward. Keeping everyone liquored up makes it so much easier to foment conflicts and foster meltdowns. No wonder he’s so pleased with himself and elated with his evolving media empire!

Go here for the rest of this advance.




The Naples Players hosting Drive-In Movie Nights off 5th Avenue

The Naples Players (TNP) is hosting bi-monthly TNP Drive-In Movie Nights. Sponsored by The Inn on 5th, these events are held in the newly refinished 50-car lot located at 300 8th Street South, just one block north of the iconic 5th Avenue South home of The Naples Players Community Theatre.

Drive-In Movie Nights are part of Discover Culture in Collier, an alternative season of outdoor arts and culture events recently announced by The Naples Players. Each month, two different films will featured.  The scheduled films  will be projected onto a 33-foot screen using a state-of-the-art projection system.  The movie soundtracks will be broadcast over short-range FM radio to the cars in attendance.

The series continues with The Wizard of Oz on November 10-11. The rest of the schedule through April 2021 is as follows:

  • November 24-25: The Goonies
  • December 15-16: A Christmas Story
  • December 29-30: Frozen II
  • January 12-13: Singin’ In the Rain
  • January 26-27: Ghostbusters
  • February 2-3: Twister
  • February 16-17: Hairspray
  • March 9-10: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • March 23-24: Beauty & The Beast
  • April 6-7 :Dirty Dancing

The lot opens for parking at 7:00 p.m. and movies begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. Concessions and non-alcoholic refreshments are available for purchase. Due to space, ticketing is required in advance. General admission is $45 per vehicle, but current TNP Season Ticket Subscribers receive free admission on select “Season Ticket Holder Nights.”  Tickets are available for purchase now at or by calling the TNP Box Office at (239) 263-7990.



‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ has feel of sitcom but delivers murder mystery intrigue

Up next in the Joan Jenks Auditorium at Golden Gate Community Center is The Studio Players’ production of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation. It’s the third in a trilogy of plays set in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont. [The other two are Body Awareness and The Aliens.] This one places the audience in a windowless community center room where a woman by the name of Marty is finally getting the chance to teach an adult acting class.

Circle Mirror Transformation takes its name from a common acting exercise, and as Marty leads her four students through word games, trust and role playing exercises over the course of the six-week class, their stories slowly emerge. But they’re not distilled so much from the dialogue that Baker provides, but rather from the tone and silences that have become associated with the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. “It’s an unpretentiously sophisticated format that demands brilliant acting, sensitive direction and the utmost simplicity,” notes San Francisco theater critic Robert Hurwitt. With Scott Lilly at the helm and a cast anchored by Hollis Galman and Gerri Benzing, the show is in proven, capable hands.

Go here for the rest of this advance.

And go here for play dates, times and ticket information.





Naples Daily News’ Harriet Heithaus being honored with TNP Ovation Award

Naples Daily News features/arts & entertainment editor Harriet Heithaus is one of three local leaders who will be honored on November 19 by The Naples Players in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the arts community during the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by the Naples Botanical Garden, TNP’s first-ever Ovation Awards is part of The Naples Players’ ongoing effort to unite and showcase arts and culture organizations in Collier County.

Heithaus was chosen as an honoree for her leadership and continued commitment to ensuring that local arts and arts organizations are represented in the Naples community during a time when their operations remain curtailed by COVID-19 safety regulations and several are in jeopardy of closing their doors forever. Harriet covers arts and entertainment in Collier County and beyond, including classical music, drama, visual arts and more. She also writes lifestyle features.

Phil McCabe, CEO and General Manager of The Inn on 5th and local businessman and President of Lake Michigan Credit Union’s West Florida Region, Tom Ray, are the other two Ovation Award honorees.

“All three of these individuals are true friends of the arts – and TNP,” said Executive Artistic Director Bryce Alexander. “In a time when organizations are struggling so deeply, it’s important to honor the people who have been there for you through it all. These three have truly made our community a better place to live and are helping us save the arts. We need the community more than ever” continued Alexander, “and these three individuals are a perfect example of the resilient and devoted nature of our community.”



Jansen solo show on view at Winter Park’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is exhibiting a solo show of work by Marcus Jansen through January 3, 2021. Titled E Pluribus Unum, the exhibition focuses on works Jansen created in the last 15 years and is 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 accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

E Pluribus Unum represents Jansen’s first solo museum show in the United States. The Bronx/Fort Myers artist has enjoyed a number of solo shows abroad, however, 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.





METHOD & CONCEPT to feature works by Arik Levy and Zoe Ouvrier

METHOD & CONCEPT’s upcoming exhibition is Beyond Nature, featuring works by Arik Levy and Zoé Ouvrier. This is the married couple’s first time exhibiting together, and Ouvrier’s debut in the United States. The show opens on November 12, 2020, at the gallery’s brand new space (111 10th St South, Unit 112) in Naples, Florida.

Levy will give an artist talk on November 13, 2020, at The Collective’s event space, The Pop Up.

The sculptural works are inspired by forms found in nature, placing emphasis on material and process. Presented together, the couple’s interwoven dynamics become heightened, offering an exploration of human nature, emotion and self.

Levy’s reflective pieces in the show expand the possibilities of material—his processes range from highly physical and intimate to monumental feats of precision engineering requiring teams of production assistants. Investigating balance and minimalism, many of his works evoke naturally-derived structures, such as minerals, rock formations and water. The relationship between the viewer and the art are central to this body of work. The series brings social signals, behavior and science to the forefront by capturing the reflection of the viewer as a moving distortion, mimicking the state of change from liquid to solid as the viewer’s perception adjusts and shifts.

Similarly inspired by the natural environment, Ouvrier engraves the sinuous and knotted shapes of trees into wood panels. Through the gesture of carving, she reconnects her material to its original element and evokes the vitality of a living tree. Ouvrier contrasts the form of the tree to the human form; through her carving, the limbs of the trees become human extremities, the wood panel becomes flesh with its own energy and life once again.

Located in beautiful Naples, Florida, METHOD & CONCEPT (M&C), formerly Thomas Riley Studio, is a gallery, art consultancy, and design atelier, serving as an incubator, catalyst and purveyor of international emerging and mid-career interdisciplinary artists. M&C believes that contemporary craft, fine art and design share a symbiotic relationship, each building upon the other to form a holistic view of the world in which we live.



METHOD & CONCEPT presenting Carmelo Blandino exhibit at Naples Botanical Garden

On November 20, 2020, ​METHOD & CONCEPT ​and​ Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Drive)​ will ​​present ​Carmelo Blandino: Convergence​, an exhibition of paintings inspired by the Garden. ​Known for his luscious, abstract floral paintings that combine the subtleties of classicism with the crackling energy of contemporary expressionism, Carmelo Blandino’s new exhibition brings the viewer in contemplative observation of our interconnected biosphere. The exhibition will run through January 10, 2021 in Kapnick Hall at the Garden.

The exhibition of large-scale, mixed-media paintings features flora and fauna in their various stages of magnificent beauty and delicate vulnerability. These paintings reflect human connection to nature and communicate the urgency of our role in its preservation.

Blandino—whose interactive painting process and creative energy encourage the viewer to become part of his work—will produce a new series for this exhibition, drawing inspiration from the living collection at the Garden. Blandino will have exclusive access to the Garden and its staff as source material, creating on-site studies and sketches for new work. ​

A self-guided audio tour featuring interviews with the artist will accompany the show.

This exhibition is part of the Garden’s 2020-21 season dedicated to ​Roots: Power of the Unseen, which seeks to explore the underground foundations that are the lifeblood of our plants, their energy source and their connection to the earth. The season includes a yearlong installation of Steve Tobin’s massive steel and bronze root sculptures and Clyde Butcher’s photography in the spring, celebrating Florida’s “roots” in the primordial, untouched landscapes he captures. Throughout the year, educational programs and other offerings will allow guests to contemplate roots, both physical and conceptual, in meaningful ways.

Located at 111​ 10th St South, Unit 112, ​Naples, METHOD & CONCEPT is a gallery, art consultancy and design atelier serving as an incubator, catalyst and purveyor of international emerging and mid-career interdisciplinary artists. METHOD & CONCEPT believes that contemporary craft, fine art and design share a symbiotic relationship, each building upon the other to form a holistic view of the world in which we live. METHOD & CONCEPT is a Thomas Riley Company.

Naples Botanical Garden​ is a 170-acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. The Garden provides arts, culture, youth and adult education, conservation, wellness and volunteer programs that contribute to the quality of life in Southwest Florida onsite and online at The Garden’s living collections are always growing and evolving, leaving our audiences with a deeper engagement with our curated gardens and preserve. Beginning October 1, seasonal hours of 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance at Regular admission is$20 for adults, $10 for children (4–14). Members and children three and under get in free.



‘When We See Further’ explores theme of the body, fragility and time

When We See Further: Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renee Rey and Terre Rybovich will be on exhibit in the Wasmer Gallery at FGCU from October 16 through November 19, 2020. There will also be a Taylor Greco dance performance on November 13 that will also be presented as an Instagram Live Event.

The exhibition’s theme is “the body, fragility and time.” Ironically, this theme was proposed in October of 2019. One bewildering year later it feels prophetic –  not to mention universal.

Too soon to be a response to Covid-19, the show is instead a record of enduring a pandemic by women artists who engage their bodies in their art.

Heather Couch, of West Palm Beach, is an uncommon ceramicist. “The idea of precariousness and fragility underlies a lot of my work,” she readily admits.

In a manner both playful and reflective, she lets the material and forms guide her, each step informed by the preceding one. The viewer encounters large vessels and even installations of ceramic (with wood) often imbalanced—even unstable—all bearing the imprint of the artist’s hand, and many further softened with raw sheep’s wool.

Marina Font is a native of Argentina who lives in Miami. She started out in photography but her work is now photo-based. The photograph is no longer the end-product but rather the starting point.

In fact, the same photo—a female figure in an anatomic pose—is used over and over, each time elaborated with embroidery and other materials. “My work is deeply rooted in psychoanalysis,” Font explains. “I want to bring the unconscious to the surface, both literally and metaphorically.” The rich materiality of the surface pulls the viewer in to discover the truths beneath.

Renee Rey lives in Bonita Springs, Florida and New York City. She is a courageous artist who aims to challenge both traditional landscapes and figurative art. As she explains it, her large, ethereal paintings “portray alternative universes and transformative self-portraits, a search for the sublime in favor of the temporal, the spiritual versus the physical.” Exploring 3- and 4-dimensionality, she seeks connections and commonalities with the hope of bridging people around the world. Recent events have led her to rethink what it means to be connected when we are so separate.

Terre Rybovich, resident of Homestead, is a life-long drawer whose technique utilizes both her hands and body. “Drawing backward” was the initial idea, to cover the paper with charcoal and then erase the image. Focused on figure drawing, she tried lying on the drawing. “What I didn’t expect was when I let the imprint guide me in the process, I made drawings I never imagined.” Also, as a devoted birder, Rybovich draws birds from her photos. In quarantine these icons of freedom grew huge, and the artist captured both the process of drawing as well as the bird.

To heighten the themes of body, time and fragility, Taylor Greco has choreographed a dance to be performed within the exhibition When We See Further. A senior dance major at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Greco designed the work in collaboration with accomplished dancer and PBAU Dance Professor Kathleen Klein.



DAAS exhibiting work of Cuban artist Alex Lago in November

In the month of November, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts will present the work of Cuban artist Alex Lago. The exhibition will feature a selection of paintings in oils and watercolors, created in recent years. The opening reception is scheduled from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6 in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk and will be on display through November 28, 2020.

The poetry in Alex Lagos’ work is mesmerizing. Words are not present, but anyone can read the imbedded messages and metaphors. This, to him, is extremely important and has become a strict practice during his creative process.  The artist faults his native Cuba for this thought process.

As he describes it, “Cuba is a country of extreme ideologies. Very few expressions are allowed in diversion from the official speech. The great lesson from these circumstances was discovering that I had a personal vision, which I needed to foster, cherish and share,” comments the artist, who developed a teaching workshop that lead him to Mexico, where he taught for several years. “Multiple circumstances [in Mexico] made me realize the oversaturated experience in my country, ultimately deciding to move to the United States.

Lagos, who has shown in various art centers, galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, is currently working on new pieces for an exhibition in 2021. Currently, he is represented by an art gallery in Madrid, Spain, but most of his recent endeavors have been independently. About the present times, he claims his optimism for better days, while embracing his current life.

“The past, now behind me, and the path I am following are the catalysts that move my world. Now, I live in a forest, where the trees and the birds are witnesses to my journey,” Alex explains.

DAAS CO-OP is located at 1815 Fowler Street, in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers, FL. The gallery’s temporary business 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.



‘Gravity of Gratitude’ at Alliance through November 28

Gravity of Gratitude: Members Exhibit is on display in the Alliance for the Arts’ main gallery through November 28. The exhibition highlights the big and little things that bring us joy and strength. Our health and mental well-being improve when we reflect on the people, places and things for which we are thankful. Taking the time to show your gratitude to others develops rich connections and relationships in our communities. Thus, the artists participating in the show reflect on what they are thankful for – whether that’s beauty in nature, humanity in others or our relationships with family and friends.

The Alliance for the Arts gallery and gift shop hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or by appointment by contacting Ehren at



Alliance annual ‘Arts & Ends’ holiday sale moves outdoors this year

The Alliance for the Arts annual Arts & Ends Holiday Sale is headed outdoors to the ArtsPark and GreenMarket grounds on Saturday, December 5. Artists will set up tables on the walkways surrounding the Alliance for the Arts building from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., allowing guests to purchase directly from them in a safe and socially distanced atmosphere. Featured Arts & Ends artists include Jayne Baker, Judy Cutler-Teeven, Carolyn Daniels, Crissy DeNoto, Wendy Drummond, Martha Grattan, Tracy Rosen, Laurie Rockwell, Inga Risk, Pamela Volz and Shannon Vickers.

This event features one-of-a-kind handmade gifts in painting, pottery, polymer clay, lamp work glass, upcycled accessories, macramé, wearable art, weaving and other fine crafts, plus an exclusive collection of creations from the Alliance gift shop. To make the holiday shopping experience even more special, Arts & Ends will take place in conjunction with the Alliance for the Arts weekly GreenMarket, which features an exclusive collection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other artisanal items. To make the shopping experience even more special, the afternoon will include a variety of events and offers, including the Alliance’s Deck the Halls and Off the Wall Exhibit and a loom and weaving artist demonstration by Carolyn Daniels.

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



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.



Calls to Artists for ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘Off the Walls’ holiday shows

The Alliance for the Artists is calling for artists for two holiday shows, Deck the Halls and Small Works Off the Walls.

For Deck the Halls, artists are asked to create works of art and installation proposals that utilize holiday decorations in unique ways, re-use, repurpose, or re-imagine the use of traditional decorations and envision an immersive installation experience to celebrate the season. Artwork that utilizes alternative media is encouraged as well as installation and video based works. The curation of this exhibition will feature colored gallery lighting, decorative lights, and other typical decorations that “deck the halls” of the gallery in innovative ways!

Deck the Halls is a juried show and will be curated by multi-media artist Scott Snyder, who assembles his visual commentaries on contemporary consumer culture with a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the nature of the commercial art market, its volatile desires and trends. Cash awards of $250, $125 and $75 will be awarded for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The deadline for submission is November 16.

For this year’s Small Works: Off the Walls Exhibition, member artists are asked to submit works valued under $200 in any medium or theme. Just as in past years, all sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will get to take the piece with them when they buy it, instead of waiting until the end of the exhibit. This year, Small Works: Off the Walls will be paired with Deck the Halls Juried Exhibition for twice the fun! Artworks will be displayed salon style from floor to ceiling in the theatre lobby. The artwork drop-off for this exhibit is 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday November 30.

Both shows will exhibit December 4, 2020 through January 4, 2021, with a virtual opening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4.





Naples Art District monthly Studio & Gallery Tour resumes on November 4

The 1st Wednesday Studio and Gallery Tour returns to the Naples Art District on November 4 with its full complement of two dozen plus galleries and artist studios for a 4:00-8:00 p.m. drive-and-park event that affords casual art lovers and serious collectors alike an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the studios of more than 50 professional artists. Just look for the magenta-and-white art flags or go to for directions.



Naples Art in the Park kicks off 2020-21 season in Baker Park

Art in the Park resumes on Saturday, November 7, but for this month, Baker Park on the Gordon River (east of Tamiami Trail where Central Avenue empties into Riverside Drive) is the venue for this one-day outdoor art fair. Now celebrating 63 years as Naples’ oldest art fair, Art in the Park features Naples Art Association members showcasing a variety of original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles and gifts.



Naples Artcrafters’ art and craft show returns to Cambier Park on November 14

The Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show returns to Cambier Park on Saturday, November 14. The Naples Artcrafters is an established fine art and craft organization with more than 53 years of history in Naples, Florida, and this Saturday art fair places a spotlight on a wide array of artistic genres, styles and media, including paintings (in oils, acrylics and watercolors), drawings (in pen and ink, pencil, and pastels), scissors art, multi-media and collage, photography, ceramics, jewelry (including metalsmithing, metal clays, lapidary and beading), sculpture, pottery, clay, stained glass and fused glass, wood turning and carving, and basket weaving. The show features work by 90 juried artists.



Howard Alan bumps Coconut Point Art Festival from December to November 14 & 15

The 10th Annual Coconut Point New Year’s Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. That’s right! Howard Alan moved it up from December 27 & 28 – and added a craft marketplace!. Variety and diversity are overarching themes at this 2-day outdoor art fair, where there is something for everyone – ranging from $15 handmade silver jewelry to life size sculptures costing in excess of $50,000. Some 200 artists and artisans from 30 different states are expected to participate in this festival, with every medium and genre being represented. artists have been juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity ensuring a variety of original and handmade art with wide appeal. (All attendees are asked to wear a mask and social distancing will be the order of the day.)



2020-2021 season now covered in Art Festival Calendar on ARTSWFL

Given COVID-19, no one really knows what to expect from Southwest Florida’s 2020-2021 art fair and festival season. At present, Florida has re-opened all venues, most at full capacity, and organizers are proceeding on the premise that they will be able to produce their outdoor art fairs and festivals as they have in the past. So subject to that caveat, here are the outdoor art fairs and festivals you will see throughout Southwest Florida between October, 2020 and April 30, 2021.



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 National Art Show application deadline is November 6

The 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 Downtown Art Show application deadline is December 11

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: February 12, 2021 full refund for artist withdrawal (subject to $75 in deposit forfeiture and $25 processing fee)
  • Set up specifics: 4 a.m., early morning set up only;
  • On street set up in quads: No electrical
  • Application deadline: December  11, 2020
  • Jury Process begins: December 18, 2020
  • Status Notification: December 29, 2020
  • Booth Fee Due: January 20, 2021
  • Artist Info Emailed: March 2, 2021
  • Wait List Acceptance: January 20, 2021

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      PUBLIC  ART


Almonicid, Schlake to join forces on ‘Buck’s Backyard’ mural

Fort Myers’ Public Art Committee has approved a plan by the Fort Myers Mural Society to have finalists JP Almonicid and Erik Schlake join forces on the Buck’s Backyard mural project that is to be installed on the block wall separating historic McCollum Hall from the adjoining residential neighborhood to the north. The ambitious 2,440-square-foot project will cover seventeen concrete panels, each measuring eight feet high by eighteen feet wide. Although the artists’ mural styles are radically different, Fort Myers Mural Society Director Shari Shifrin assured the Committee that the size and scope of the project will benefit from a blend of the design concepts that Almonacid and Schlake presented to the Public Art Committee on September 15.

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7     FILM


FMFF Season 11 starts with the resumption of TGIM on December 7

The Fort Myers Film Festival starts its 11th season with the resumption of T.G.I.M. on Monday, December 7. As in years past, T.G.I.M. gives area cineastes a look at how the Fort Myers Film Festival views submissions and a voice in the selection process.

“This is one of the highlights of our season,” says Melissa Tschari DeHaven, producer and co-host of T.G.I.M. and the Fort Myers Film Festival, who is excited for a full season of film. “It’s so much fun! Everyone loves coming out on Monday nights. There’s always something happening that you wouldn’t expect on a weeknight.”

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10th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival recap

The 10th Anniversary Fort Myers Film Festival finished with a flourish on Sunday, October 25 with a champagne and dessert awards ceremony. Following are links to all the previews, profiles and reviews that appeared on Art Southwest Florida in connection with this year’s FMFF:

  1. This year’s Fort Myers Film Festival winners are ….
  2. 10th Anniversary Fort Myers Film Festival to open October 21
  3. FMFF to open 10th anniversary film fest with Tony Rammos bull riding feature
  4. ‘Tide Till I Die’ filmmaker Tony Rammos in the frame
  5. 10th Anniversary Fort Myers Film Festival opens with bull riding documentary
  6. ‘After Selma” the fight for the right to vote shifts to voter suppression
  7. ‘After Selma’ filmmaker Loki Mulholland in the frame
  8. ‘Queen without Land’ personalizes threat posed by melting Arctic ice to polar bear survival
  9. ‘Queen without Land’ filmmaker Asgeir Helgstad in the frame
  10. ‘Lost Weekend’ is family drama disguised as rom-con
  11. How ‘Lost Weekend’ landed its star-studded cast
  12. ‘Lost Weekend’ filmmaker Ryan O’Leary in the frame
  13. ‘Helping Hand’s mind-blowing reveal packs powerful punch
  14. ‘Helping Hand’ filmmaker Brenden Hubbard in the frame
  15. ‘Love Flower’ follows two cons caught up in holistic healing scam
  16. ‘Love Flower’ filmmaker Sahm McGlynn in the frame
  17. ‘Carf*ckers’ a tale about sex in times of climate crisis
  18. Hannah Mitchell’s ‘Mother of Pearl’ set just outside Orlando
  19. Chasing moonbeams in animated short ‘Between the Shadows’
  20. ‘Ruined It’ depicts two old timers longing for good ole days
  21. ‘Ruined It’ filmmaker John Budge in the frame
  22. Truth versus lies, settling for safe versus going for it all ‘Collide’ in short film
  23. ‘Collide’ filmmaker Ralph Klisiewicz in the frame
  24. In ‘Collide,’ Heather Chrisler delivers performance that will stay with you long after final frame
  25. Short film ‘Eat the Rainbow’ a musical fable big on humor and heart
  26. ‘Eat the Rainbow’ filmmaker Brian Benson in the frame
  27. ‘Roses Are Blind’ personifies brave woman’s struggle to overcome adversity
  28. ‘Roses Are Blind’ filmmaker Gui Agustini in the frame
  29. ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ satirizes trite phrase trotted out after mass shootings
  30. ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ filmmaker Lisa Gold in the frame
  31. Let ‘El Cavil’ put a melody in your heart
  32. Filmmaker Evgeniya Radilova bringing new award-winning short to FMFF
  33. ‘El Cavil’ filmmaker Evgeniya Radilova in the frame
  34. ‘Kiwi Driver’ Foster and McFazdien’s best short film yet
  35. No Australians were harmed in the making of ‘Bad Kiwis 2’
  36. ‘Bad Kiwis 2: Kiwi Driver’ filmmaker Rebecca McFadzien in the frame
  37. ‘Bad Kiwis 2: Kiwi Driver’ filmmaker Deb Foster in the frame
  38. ‘Lamentations’ a love story between Louisiana marshes and Antarctic ice
  39. ‘Passage’ created in response to growing anti-immigrant sentiment in U.S.
  40. ‘Passage’ filmmaker Asavari Kumar in the frame
  41. Brand new Harry Chapin documentary reveals humanitarian side of legendary singer-songwriter
  42. Satirical short ‘We Have Your Wife’ sure to get rise from female viewers
  43. ’50 Shades of Silence’ shines harsh light on revenge porn and cybersexual harassment
  44. ‘The Return of the Panther’ engenders meaningful discussions among people of diverse viewpoints
  45. ‘Panther’ filmmaker Oscar Jose Corral in the frame
  46. ‘Catching Giants’ raises awareness of giraffe’s silent march to extinction
  47. ‘Catching Giants’ filmmaker Ashley Scott Davison in the frame
  48. Riveria’s thunderclap ending leaves viewers unsettled
  49. ‘Riviera’ filmmaker Jason Fragale in the frame
  50. In ‘Shooting,’ anything that can go wrong, does
  51. Filmmaker Ernesto Lasso de la Vega in the frame
  52. ‘Shooting’ actor Mike Dinko in the frame
  53. ‘Shooting’ actor Maryann Connolly in the frame
  54. ‘Shooting’ actor Cindy Hile in the frame
  55. ‘Cuba Reframed’ sets sail for Cuba from Key West aboard legendary schooner ‘Wolf’
  56. ‘Cuba Reframed’ offers many discoveries about Cuba’s history and people
  57. ‘Cuba Reframed’ filmmaker John Biffar in the frame
  58. ‘Ghostal Galaxies’ provides glimpse into the essence of Space Ghost’s George Lowe
  59. ‘Ghostal Galaxies’ filmmaker William Allen in the frame
  60. ‘Global Expo’ more about doing the right thing than algae blooms
  61. ‘Global Expo’ filmmaker Camilo Vega-Martinez in the frame
  62. ‘Love Never Forgets’ looks at Alzheimer’s from perspective of five-year-old child


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