The 2nd annual Art and Jazz Festival at Olé in Lely Resort will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 20, 2011, at the resort in the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and CR951 in Naples. National artists skilled in photography, jewelry, glass blowing and painting will line the walkways around the reflecting Spine Fountain while the renowned Alan Darcy Jazz Band performs at the Olé Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Refreshments from The Nosh Truck and Rita’s Ice Custard will be available. Nine Olé model homes will be open for tours. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 239-793-2100 or visit www.lely-resort.com.
The Olé community features Mediterranean architecture, lush landscaping and pedestrian thoroughfares situated around a Village Center that features a pub for casual dining, bistro for special events and fine dining, ice cream parlor, internet café, movie theater and more. Olé was designed and built by Stock Development and is located in the Community of the Year for three years in a row, Lely Resort.
Adding to the festivities will be refreshments sold by Rita’s Ice Custard and The Nosh Truck, which travels throughout Southwest Florida offering “inspired street food.” The festival menu will include a Moroccan grilled chicken pita, Korean BBQ pork sliders with pickled Daikon slaw, a Market BLT with avocado, and fried arroncini risotto balls stuffed with crispy pancetta, corn and mozzarella served with a blood orange ketchup. The Nosh Truck’s owner, Scott D. Sopher, was most recently executive chef for Naples Bay Resort and its signature restaurant, Olio on Naples Bay.
Among the artists is photographer Lee-Margaret Borland of Jacksonville, who enjoys capturing underwater scenes from most of the world’s warm water oceans and has had a particular love affair with the Solomon Islands and the islands and reefs of the Caribbean. She has also developed a special interest in faces, especially those of the young and elderly, as well as flowers. “Whether on land or in the sea, my subjects are all different,” Borland says. “And yet, they are all alike in that they represent a moment in time.”
Another participant, watercolor artist Peggy Furlin from Sun City worked as an art director in Milwaukee, WI, for 20 years until she decided to follow her dream of painting full time. She works on watercolor canvas to create loose, colorful and uniquely bold images that she terms “watercolor outside the lines.” She says she loves the effects it helps her produce and the freedom it provides.
For more than a decade, Alan Darcy has performed concerts on television and radio. He has also entertained as a solo artist as well as with his band at hundreds of events and venues around the country, including the famous “Birdland” in New York City and the Historic Tampa Theater. Providing vocals as well as playing the saxophone and flute, Darcy will be joined by percussionist Gil “Nino” Garcia and Paul Buzine on guitar.
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