Artful Excursions in 2015

With about 100 visual art galleries in the Naples area, it’s no wonder Naples was anointed as “The #1 Small Art Town in America” in the The100 Best Art Towns in America ranked by author John Villani. This lush and lovely subtropical playground naturally inspires a rich genre of Florida art, but the money that famously flows through Naples also supports a varied, sophisticated international visual arts market.

The United Arts Council of Collier County and the Naples Art Association are great resources to plot out your tour, and throughout the year, Naples is host to impressive arts festivals and home to quality community arts centers and museums. Click here for a great list of local galleries.

 

Gallery Row

 

Right in the heart of postcard-perfect Olde Naples is Gallery Row. Here you’ll find clusters of exceptional visual art galleries in the area of Broad Avenue South and Third Street South. Contemporary paintings and sculptures as well as 19th and 20th century art are housed in such prestigious galleries as DeBruyne Fine Art, Galerie du Soleil, Gardner Colby Gallery and Marianne Friedland Gallery. Third Street South is a wonderland for collectors of English, European, American, and Asian works.

 

Art Museum

The Baker Museum

Celebrating 15 years, the Baker Museum, formerly know as the Naples Museum of Art, is part of the Artis-Naples complex. This world-class visual arts museum showcases works of modern and contemporary artists throughout 15 galleries. Housed in a three-story, 30,000-square-foot space, the museum features a glass dome conservatory and a “Persian Ceiling” of glass.

Artis—Naples
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, Florida 34108-2740

 

Festivals and Events

 

Downtown Naples New Year’s

Art Fair

January 3 – 4, 2015
5th Avenue South

Sponsored by the Naples Art Association, the 19th Annual Naples New Year’s Art promises to delight with about 254 professional artists from around the country (65 of them new to the festival this year) displaying their imagination and skills in numerous categories from watercolors to wood carvings, mosaics to metal works. This juried art fair is ranked as one of the 100 Best Fine Arts Shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Free admission. Find a list of artists and an event map here.

 

Art Fest Naples

January 24 & 25

Fleischmann Park
1600 Fleischmann Boulevard

Art Fest Naples is a juried fine art show featuring varied and expert works from 140 of the best fine arts and fine craft artists from around the country. This arts fest is free, but proceeds benefit the Special Needs Children’s Fund, a nonprofit which works to improve the lives of Collier County chidren and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

 

Art in the Park and First Saturdays

February 7 – 8, 2015
Park Street, Downtown Naples

Now celebrating 58 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.

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Every 1st Saturday from November through April

Park Street

Just west of The von Liebig Art Center, this juried seasonal art fair is held the first Saturday of the month November through April. Each art fair features hands-on-art experiences and live demonstrations from skilled artists.

 

Third on Canvas – Painting Days

February 9 & 10, 2015

Third Street South

40 professional artists line Third Street South to capture on canvas the lush and charming features of Olde Naples. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will get the chance to watch these internationally and locally renowned artists create works of art which will be available at auction at the Art Auction Gala, Feb. 15. This art auction held at a private club in Port Royal is a benefit for the David Lawrence Center, a mental health and substance abuse center serving children, adults, and families in need in Southwest Florida.

 

Naples National Art Festival

February 21 – 22, 2015
Cambier Park and 8th Street South, Downtown Naples

Attracting more than 20,000 people each year, the Naples National Art Festival is the city’s oldest venue for high quality art and is ranked year after year among the top 25 art festivals in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Here in this 36th annual, open-air event, you will be able to meet with some 270 artists and learn more about their creative process.

Free shuttle available during festival hours.

 

National Art

Encounter

Competition

and Exhibition 2015

March 14 – April 18, 2015
The von Liebig Art Center, 5th Avenue South

National Art Encounter Competition and Exhibition 2015 is a competitive juried exhibition with recent works by U.S. artists. The fine art exhibition will be on view in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery at The von Liebig Art Center.

 

Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts

March 21 – 22, 2015
5th Avenue South

The famous Fifth Avenue South blocks off to thousands of pedestrians for this well-established fine art and fine craft festival. As one of the last major art festivals of this winter season, the 27th Annual Naples Festival of the Arts will attract about 250 professional artists from around the country and is ranked as one of the 100 Best Fine Art shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

 

ArtsNaples World Festival

April 27 – May10, 2015, various locations

Each year, the ArtsNaples World Festival celebrates the full spectrum of the arts from the culture of France. Visual arts exhibitions include The Viva la France! Featuring French artist Bernard Villemot, famous for his distinct advertising posters for companies such as Air France, Pierre, Orangina and SNCF, the French National Railway Company and The Florida French Heritage Trail Exhibit.