IF YOU GO
‘Art Forms — Sculpture’
What: Local sculpture exhibition and fundraiser for Bayshore CAPA
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Cost: $100 per person
Information: Call 239-775-2800 or bayshorecapa.org
Buy tickets: bayshorecapa.org/ sculpture.htm
Richard Tooke promises something for everyone at Saturday’s Art Forms Sculpture fundraiser. If you can get a ticket, that is.
Lucky patrons can sip wine, talk to artists and buy everything from gleaming 5-foot alabaster seashells to glittering “trees” that disassemble into a trove of twinkling treasures.
A collaboration between Bayshore CAPA and the Naples Art Association, Art Forms runs from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the Watson Gallery at the von Liebig Art Center in downtown Naples. Tickets ($100) are available at bayshorecapa.org/sculpture.htm.
“We’ve got 16 sculptors selling works,” Tooke, Bayshore CAPA’s visual artists coordinator, said. “It is our first sculpture-only exhibition and fundraiser.”
Attendees can browse works in wood, alabaster, aluminum, stainless steel and other mediums at Art Forms — Sculpture. Got questions? Ask the artists; they’ll be there.
Prices start in the $200 range, running to more than $4,000 for major pieces. Bayshore CAPA and the artists share a percentage of the sales.
Impetus for the show came from new Bayshore CAPA board member Charlane King, although Tooke was the one who thumbed his Rolodex, thick with contacts from years in Southwest Florida’s art scene, to bring in the artistic talent.
“The woods are filled with artists around here,” Tooke said, praising the quality of works in the show.
Amanda Jaron will show her jewelry sculptures. Tooke describes the pieces as works that can be displayed on a vanity, but then “break down into rings, bracelets, all sorts of things.” Longtime Naples raku artist Richard Rosen will bring works.
There’s even a small nude, if anyone is in the market.
From John Merchant and titled “Fragmente Gilda” or “Gilda Emerging,” the piece isn’t likely to draw much controversy. It might draw buyers.
Eighteen inches long, rendered in gorgeous African wonderstone the color of a perfect cappuccino, Merchant captures just the torso and rounded breasts of a goddess figure caught stretching, perhaps as if waking from a nap.
“It is quite beautiful and sensual,” Tooke said of the piece.
“It looks like a Greek or Roman sculpture that was dug up from the ruins.”