Casey Weston, a popular singer-songwriter in Nashville, will be back home in Naples tonight, Feb. 28, to celebrate the release of her new album, “Find the Moon!”
Weston is also in town for two Drug-free Collier events, one honoring Judge Lauren Brodie, and another sponsored by the student members of CORE. Then she will jet off to a number of college shows.
Weston’s career got a jump-start last year when she competed on the TV competition “The Voice” and was among the eight finalists who toured nationally.
Weston had released two singles earlier from the new disc. It is on sale on Amazon and iTunes as well as on her website at caseyweston.com. (To hear a sample, check out the ballad “The Good Times” on her site.)
The release party for Weston’s new album “Find the Moon!” will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Street City Oven and Grill, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.
Art of coffee
The work of Cuban artist Reynier Llanes — created with espresso coffee — will come to the Naples Depot Museum as part of its yearlong Viva Florida 500 celebration. Llanes will showcase his collection, “The Spirit of the Coffee Bean,” from Friday through April 25.
An opening reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and will be free to visitors.
Unable to obtain the necessary paints and art supplies in his native Cuba, Llanes mastered the art of using coladito, or espresso coffee, as an essential and aromatic ingredient to create his art. The move from oils and acrylics occurred by accident, when Llanes spilled a steaming cup of coffee on one of his drawings and liked the rich shade of brown it produced, according to his biography.
Llanes’ painting process is similar to watercolor, but he prepares his palette by roasting different kinds of Cuban coffee his mother sends him from the family home, which results in different shades of brown
Llanes came to the United States in 2007 and currently resides in Charleston, S.C., where he works with renowned artist Jonathan Green, a former Naples resident.
What: The Spirit of the Coffee Bean,” art by Reynier Llanes
Where: Naples Depot Museum, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Naples
When: Friday, March 1 through April 25; reception with the artist 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1
Fundraiser set for March 7
“Big Impressions by Little Artists,” will be the focus of a fundraiser for Collier Child Care Resources at the von Liebig Art Center from 5:50 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The fundraiser will feature an auction of Impressionist-inspired artwork created by children who attend the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center, at Edison State College — Collier campus, and operated by CCCR.
The event will be hosted by the von Liebig Art Center and the CCCR Business 100, a group of local businesses that supports CCCR’s mission and programs to serve children and families, by providing scholarships to children of working families who need help with child care, as well as supplies and equipment for child care centers. In addition to the Early Childhood Development Center at Edison State College, CCCR operates two teen parent programs called A Step Up, at Immokalee and Golden Gate high schools.
Tickets cost $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a wine bar and entertainment. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 239-643-3908.
Segalman work on display
Nine paintings by contemporary impressionist Richard Segalman, including oils, pastels and monotypes, are on exhibition at the Naples Municipal Airport.
The gallery says it has organized more than 300 exhibits in 80 museums in 27 states since 1980, but this is its first in an airport. The terminal, on the east side of the airport off Airport-Pulling Road, is open to the public.
“We hope that by providing some beauty through good quality art, we can create a peaceful setting for travelers,” said Bill Meek, director-owner of the gallery, in a news release announcing the exhibition.
“We consider this a cultural outreach and decided on our most popular artist for the debut exhibit. Segalman has been visiting Naples and painting here since the late ’50s, and his name is well recognized nationally.”
Segalman, a native of New York, had his first exhibition in Naples in 1960 and now is represented in 30 museum collections. He has painted in Naples during his vacations here. He also has painted from Manhattan rooftops, on the beaches of Coney Island, his birthplace and in the fields and forests of Woodstock, N.Y., his home now.
Segalman often depicts two or three people with nondescript faces, allowing clothing and body position to communicate feelings and relationships. He has been represented by the Harmon-Meek Gallery since 1982 and has had a solo exhibition at the gallery every year.
The Harmon-Meek Gallery is at 599 Ninth St. N., Naples, and is celebrating its 50th season in Naples.
Voices soiree March 10
A Sunday afternoon musical soiree at a home in Bonita Springs on March 10, sponsored by the Voices of Naples community chorus, will raise money for its scholarship fund. The artistic director of Voices of Naples, Douglas Renfroe, a bass-baritone, will partner with pianist Mark DeMareo. Both are graduates of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
They will be joined by the 2007 scholarship winner, Sarah O’Brien, now resident artist at Central Florida Lyric Opera from 3 to 5 p.m. for music including Broadway, classical, opera, sacred and secular numbers. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Donations of $50 or more per person are requested.
Information and directions: 239-495-0792 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the scholarship fund, visit the website: www.voicesofnaples.org.