The Naples Art Association has announced a new lecture series that explores the power of creativity and includes workshops for artists about the business side of their career. The series begins January 14 and takes place at The von Liebig Art Center.
Five lectures will explore the subject of artistic inspiration. Attendees will hear from artists about their experiences and processes, discover the science behind rescuing precious works of art affected by natural disasters, and gain a deeper appreciation for the Latin American influence on the art and history of Florida:
- January 14, 5:30 p.m., Living the Artist Life, $10 Members /$15 Non-Members. As a gallery owner, author and art consultant, Paul Dorrell will present a workshop and sign copies of his book. Critics offer high praise for Living the Artist’s Life: Update & Revised. One example from the Harford Courant: “Dorrell’s book offers a frank and inspiring look at all aspects of the Artist’s Life, from the creative and emotional challenges to the nuts-and-bolts of the art business.”
- January 25, 7:30 p.m., A-MUSE, $20/$25. The arts collide in a special evening of music and painting. Artist Tammra Sigler paints live to the music of Ars Nova String Trio performing in concert. The evening includes wine and dessert, and a live auction for the artwork created that night, with guest auctioneer, Bill Barnett. Chapel Grill is offering a special dining deal for A-MUSE patrons only.
- February 7, 5:30 p.m., Exploring Art through Science, $10/$15. Fixing, repairing and mending our treasured objects have a long tradition on the preservation of our cultural patrimony. Viviana Dominguez will take you around the globe, from Spain to Hawaii, to the fascinating world of rescuing art affected by wars, earthquakes and hurricanes.
- March 19, 5:30 p.m., Retablo: An Art of Symbolic Storytelling, $10/$15. Nicario Jimenez creates retablos, folk art portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints. Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies. Nicario’s compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events.
- May 2, 5:30 p.m., Latin American Influence on the Art & History of Florida, no cost. Blending traditional, international and personal tales, bilingual storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English. This program is supported by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
A special series of workshops delve specifically into the business of being an artist. Three well-respected speakers have tips on getting your artwork seen and protecting your creative legal interests. Led by Shawna Devlin from the Naples Daily News, Fort Myers attorney Anne Dalton, and gallery founder Roger Weatherburn Baker, the Naples Art Association will provide the following free workshops as part of its new ART Connects series:
- Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m., Branding
- Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., Social Media
- Jan. 29, 5:30 p.m., Copyright Basics
- Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m., Fair Use & Copyright
- Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m., The Business of Art
- Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Legal Issues of Artist
- Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., Bigger Audience = More Potential Buyers.
ART Connects may be purchased as a series, with tickets available for $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers, or individually (prices noted next to each one as described in this article). The business of being an artist workshops are presented as a free service to artists in the community. Please call 239-262-6517, ext. 100 to purchase tickets and/or to reserve your seat.
The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1954 by local artists, its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys.
The von Liebig Art Center is located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. It is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org/, like NAA on Facebook at http://facebook.com/vonliebigartcenter or follow NAA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vonliebigart.