Covino intensive deadline soon
Registration deadline is Saturday for the four-day Frank Covino workshop teaching classical oil painting Jan. 7-11 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. The workshop runs 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily Jan. 7-11 at the center, 1010 Winterberry Drive Marco Island, with a three-hour afternoon break for students to take lunch and then work on their pieces. 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 also must be reserved by Dec. 1. For more information, call the center, 239-394-4221.
Pottery sale Friday
The annual sale of pretty, powerful, practical — and 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. Friday. 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 luncheon, buyers purchase original handmade bowls filled with soup for $15, with proceeds going to food bank needs.
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. 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. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Information: 239-590-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundance champ here
The winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, "Sleepwalk with Me," comes to Naples for an exclusive showing Dec. 11 at Silverspot Cinema, sponsored by the Naples International Film Festival.
The story follows an aspiring stand-up who can't seem to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and 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 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 available for purchase exclusively at Silverspot Cinema: www.silverspotcinema.com
Painting in prime time
Naples artist Amy Brazil has been commissioned by the ABC television network to paint a piece for its prime time show, "Suburgatory." Brazil's painting of the show's star dog, Yakult, will be a centerpiece of the storyline in the Dec. 5 episode and will take up permanent residence on the set of the show.
Brazil, an award-winning artist originally from Minneapolis, has done commissioned, couture paintings of dogs for many years, commissioned by such businesses as Neiman Marcus for their holiday window display, Target Corp. for their Bullseye dog, and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi for his dog, Harry. Brazil and her husband, Richard D'Amico of D'Amico and Partners Restaurants, split their time between residences in Minneapolis and Naples.