Fine Art & Craft Festival
This weekend marks the unofficial opening of local festival season with the Naples Fall Festival of Art and Crafts. Featuring works by 100 national artists, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 at 10th Street South in downtown Naples, near the Naples Depot. The festival is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
The United States Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots at the festival. Anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
This festival is a fundraiser for the Naples Art Association, and proceeds support arts education and related programming at the von Liebig Art Center. For more information, go to www.naplesart.org
Pottery sale Nov. 30
The annual sale of pretty, powerful, practical — and all locally made — pottery by the United Arts Council of Collier County and Interfaith Charites of Lee County is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 this year. The annual day pairs a sale of ceramic works by Collier and FGCU artists to support UAC programs, with an Empty Bowls luncheon on the same day. At the Empty Bowls luncheon, buyers purchase original handmade bowls filled with soup for $15, with proceeds going to food bank needs.
The sale, in its 12th year, has become a tradition at the FGCU arts complex at the university. This year, soups come from local restaurant partners: Hemingway Island Grill (butternut squash), Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (beef and barley), Ted's Montana Grill (bison chili), Naples Flatbread (chicken vegetable), Miller's Ale House (black bean), Carrabba's (lentil sausage), Outback Steakhouse (creamy potato), and PF Chang's (egg drop and hot & sour).
In addition, private chef Art Nicoletti will make zuppe di Napoli, and the FGCU Science of Cooking class will contribute an original vegan soup developed as a class project. Again, ciabatta bread will be donated by the Artisan Bread Company.
What: Annual Pottery Sale and Empty Bowls luncheon
Where: FGCU art complex, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Information: 239-590-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
'Forum' original here
Gloria Kristy starred on Broadway as Gymnasia and has lived in Naples for the past 20 years, remarried as Gloria Maher. So she above most people was invited to get a sneak peek at rehearsals for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the Broadway comedy opening at TheatreZone Nov. 29.
Maher graciously agreed to recapture the iconic image from the Broadway musical with TV star Eddie Mekka who is making his TheatreZone debut as Pseudolus, Original publicity photo for "Forum, featured Gloria Maher (nee Kristy) as Gymnasia and Zero Mostel as Pseudolus. The scene is from one of the show's funniest: While searching for the virgin Philia, the sly slave Pseudolus Mostel) finds himself back-to-back with Gymnasia, a voluptuous prospective concubine (Kristy). Eager salesman and brothel owner Lycus assures him they make a great fit.
"Yes," says Pseudolus, "but how often will we find ourselves in this position?"
What: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," presented by TheatreZone
Where: G&L Theatre, the Community School of Naples, 13725 Livingston Road, Naples
When: Thursday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 9; for times, which include some matinees, see www.theatreszone-florida.com
To buy tickets: See the website or call 888-966-3352
Wine & Dezine night out
Wine and Dezine, a new evening event by Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, is a class for men and women who want to enjoy a nontraditional night out or who'd like try a new hobby without committing to buying a lot of materials. It's an art workshop that embraces those who might say they can't hold a paintbrush to canvas — though they would be wrong.
The three-hour workshop session of Wine and Dezine will be held at The von Liebig Art Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. All art supplies are provided, and as the class name implies, refreshments are served.
Students who participate each come away from the session with a painting of their own.
Instructor Anne Chaddock says often her students in this type of class do not think of themselves as people who can paint, but she knows that anyone given a brush and encouragement can unleash their inner artist.
"It is exciting for me when my students find art approachable and an outlet for individual creativity and emotion. My painting reflects the energy drawn from working with people and the sharing of enthusiasm for art as a form of communication and self-expression," Chaddock said.
The cost per person, which includes all materials and refreshments, is $75 per workshop.
People can register online (http://naplesart.org/workshops) or by calling 239-262-6517 or in person at the von Liebig Art Center at 585 Park St. Naples.
Sundance champ here
The winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, "Sleepwalk with Me," comes to Naples for an exclusive showing at Silverspot Cinema, sponsored by the Naples International Film Festival, on Dec. 11.
The story follows an aspiring stand-up, who can't seem to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career. His anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
Film discussion immediately follows the screening. The trailer is on the NIFF website homepage at www.naplesfilmfest.com
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, Naples
Cost: $25 which includes one movie ticket, choice of house wine, beer or 12 oz. fountain drink, savory bites & sweet treat. Current NIFF members also receive a complimentary promo size popcorn.
Tickets are exclusively available for purchase at Silverspot Cinema: www.silverspotcinema.com
Covino intensive on Marco Island
A four-day Frank Covino workshop teaching classical oil painting in the style of the old masters is set for Jan. 7 to Jan. 11 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. This is a class taught by Covino, an internationally known professional, and uses a detailed grid system.
The process involves beginning with a detailed grid; preparing sketch from same using charcoal; then beginning a verdacio underpainting. Covino developed what's known as "controlled palette" and cardboard knockoffs of it can now be found on the Internet.
Students may record as well as take notes. He has students who attend workshops in his Vermont home, as well as those who travel to other states, to get as much time with him as possible; last year, for his first workshop with him, one of his Montana students traveled to Marco to attend.
The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. daily Jan. 7-11 at Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive
Marco Island, with a three-hour afternoon break for students to take lunch on their own and then work on their piece. Cost of the workshop is $600.
Registration deposits must be made by Dec. 1. The Marco Lakeside Inn gives special prices on rooms for those taking workshops at the Center but those must also be reserved by Dec. 1.
For more information, call the center, 239-394-4221.