Dating back to 1957, Art in the Park is Naples’ oldest outdoor art fair. Taking place on the first Saturday of each month from November through April, Art in the Park returns this Saturday to Cambier Park with new art, new artists, live demonstrations and a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Collier County.
The first show had 37 exhibiting members and was held on the tennis courts in Cambier Park. Today, Park Street next to The von Liebig Art Center is home to the event. 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, Shaw Gallery of Fine Art and gallery O. The show is also just three minutes by car from fabled Gallery Row and the Third Street South Gallery District.
Art in the Park showcases paintings in oil and acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass art, jewelry and wood-working created by members in good standing of the Naples Art Association. Led by Kim Walbert, children can make holiday ornaments, and Instructor David Hammel leads adults in glazing ceramic bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser, helping to feed the hungry in Collier County.
For art lovers, it’s a casual, fun-filled venue for meeting local artists and becoming acquainted with their work. On the flip side, Art in the Park not only gives participating artists the opportunity to show and sell their work, it affords them a terrific platform in which to build rapport with collectors while fostering their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the the arts and their own extensive portfolios.
Recognizing the importance of these dual but complimentary roles, show director Marianne Megela has introduced a demonstration booth to the event. It is designed to place the focus on technique and methodology. On Saturday, artists Phyllis Pransky and Lisa Festa Estrada will give demonstrations throughout the day.
Admission and parking are free. The fair opens at 10 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m.
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, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples, is home of the Naples Art Association. The center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season.
For more information, please call 239-262-6517 or visit http://naplesart.org.