Art News: Buy a song for your valentine; Naples National Art Festival seeks performers

A glass signed by Actor Matt Damon.

Photo by Charlie McDonald

A glass signed by Actor Matt Damon.

Buy a valentine song

Two major fundraiser for local arts organizations are coming up:

■ 7 p.m. Feb. 25 — Naples Music Club: A benefit fundraiser is planned at the home of William Noll. Concert pianist Ilya Itin performs the 24 Preludes of Chopin; with commentary by William Noll. There is a Champagne reception. Tickets are $125. To buy, call 239-254-9541.

The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus sings the National Anthem at Hammond Stadium on Aug. 4, 2009 prior to the start of the Charlotte-Miracle game. Kevin Johnson/Staff

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The Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus sings the National Anthem at Hammond Stadium on Aug. 4, 2009 prior to the start of the Charlotte-Miracle game. Kevin Johnson/Staff

■ Feb. 14 — Paradise Coastmen singing valentines: Buy a singing valentine for your sweetheart and help support the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. For $50, through Jan. 31, or $60 after then, you can make an appointment for a valentine performance, two love songs sung by a barbershop quartet, at his or her home or office, along with the presentation of a rose and a personalized gift card from the buyer.

Buyers can choose times Feb. 12 to 14. For more information, call 239-352-6366 or visit naplesbarbershopchours.org.

Barbershop concert on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the March 8 and 9 Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus show, "Broadway, Our Way," with the chorus and special guests Bling and After Hours. The concert is at the North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Road, Naples. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 at the door for the 7 p.m. shows March 8 and 9 and $16 advance, $20 at the door, for the 2 p.m. March 9 concert.

Call 239-352-6366 or see naplesbarbershopchorus.org for tickets or information.

Island's 'Love Letters'

Kat Gravatt

Kat Gravatt

Walt Willey

Walt Willey

The Island Theater Company on Marco presents A.R. Gurney's poignant and feisty "Love Letters," with TV star Walt Willey and Southwest Florida actress Kat Gravatt in the roles of would-be, should-be sweethearts whose stars are crossed in this two-actor play. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

Doors open one-half hour before the performance.

The production is being staged in the Rose Hall auditorium of the Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island.

Tickets: $25 at the door, $27 online; call 239-394-0080 or visit online at www.theateronmarco.com.

UAC in new home

The United Arts Council has moved into a new address: 1495 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5, Naples.

In conjunction with the move, on February 4 the organization will open its Martin Foundation, Inc. Center for Arts Information, offering ticket sales for local performing arts groups, along with the display and sale of artworks by member artists.

The council now has new phone numbers as well:

Its new phone: 239-254-8242

New fax: 239-566-3830

Call for performers

Do you play a musical instrument, sing or dance? Youth performance organizations, volunteer community groups, emerging singers and songwriters are invited to apply for stage appearances at the 34th Annual Naples National Art Festival Feb. 24. Though performances are unpaid, the Naples Art Association will include special promotions of the participating talents who agree to take part.

Email Marianne.Megela@naplesart.org. Please include:

Name of artist/group:

Type of performance:

Description of group/artist bio:

Photo and website (if available) for promotions:

Preferred/available performance time:

Contact person with email and phone number

Celebrity sips at auction

The Feb. 18 Celebrity Martini Glass Auction is sold out, but the public still has a chance to bid on its celebrity martini glasses, created by artists and signed by celebrities for the Naples International Film Festival.

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A specially designed martini glass signed by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is among the glasses up for auction to benefit the Naples International Film Festival.

Charlie McDonald (2) A specially designed martini glass signed by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is among the glasses up for auction to benefit the Naples International Film Festival.

Among the celebrities signing glasses are designers such as Michael Kors and Roberto Coin; chefs such as Tom Colicchio; actors like Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman and Jane Seymour; singers such as Leean Rimes, Michael Crawford and Keith Urban; and sports celebrities such as Derek Jeter, New York Yankees shortstop and former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench.

To see the celebrities' names and learn more about the auction, visit www.naplescmga.com.

The auction benefits the annual film festival, set for Nov. 7-10 this year.

New NOC treasurerThe Naples Orchestra and Chorus announces the appointment of a new treasurer. Darlena Allia is a former IRS agent and is currently CEO of Allia and Associates, doing business as Tax Mistress. Other officers for the 2012-13 season are Anne Wilson, president, and Cindy Swinarski, secretary.

Art with Marco play

The Marco Players Theater current play is "The 39 Steps," and that many steps can offer a show of local artists' work as well.

Works by local artists Ginny Mueller, Clair Keery, Bill Moseley, Joanne Rose and Tyler MacDonald will be in the halls of the playhouse at 1055 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island, during the run of "The 39 Steps," which ends Sunday, Jan. 27. For more information, call 239-642-7270.

New C'MON board members

Stacey Adams and Charla Press have been added to the board of the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C'MON.)

Stacey Adams is anchor with WINK News. Born and raised in Immokalee, Charla Press is an active community volunteer and health and fitness trainer.

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