JULY/AUGUST 2012 Jazz Party
Watkins Lawn, Naples Beach Hotel
Art on Fifth With the help of The Inn on Fifth, the Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center has devised a creative way to beautify Fifth Avenue South while construction is under way on the inn’s expansion, and raise funds for the association’s educational programs. Nine works by eight artists—Sam Platt, Jane Mjolsness, Kelly Hollingsworth, Popo Flanigan, Judy Chinski, David Hammel, Susan Champion, and Marie Kinnear—combine to form an intriguing mural on a temporary wall across from the inn. This collection showcases the original talent and inspiration of these NAA member artists and instructors. Each piece was created using weather-resistant materials and is accompanied by the respective artists’ personal statements. The works are up for silent auction bid and will be on display through October. Forms for the auction are available at the von Liebig, and the highest bidder will be announced in the fall. More information about the local artists can also be found on the center’s Facebook page (facebook.com/vonliebigcenter). —Ashley Huntsberry-Lett
Held on the Watkins Lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, SummerJazz on the Gulf provides concertgoers with a healthy dose of live jazz, blues and R&B set against the enchanting backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico. The concert series, now in its twenty-seventh year, hosts shows one Saturday each month during summer. July 21 features the popular 10-piece band Late Night Brass. Known for its powerful lineup of songs from bands such as The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, and Earth Wind & Fire, Late Night Brass has performed at the SummerJazz concert three times. On August 25, New Groove City, featuring Gumbi Ortiz, will take the stage. With two successful albums and an extensive tour throughout the Southeast, this five-piece band will get the audience moving with a set of retro-soul, jazz/ fusion and funk. The concert series is free; bring your own blankets or lawn chairs (no coolers are permitted). Concertgoers with a Naples beach sticker can find free parking nearby at Lowdermilk Park; free trolley service to and from the resort is also available. At the concert, patrons can enjoy the hotel’s various food and drink venues, including several full bars and a food concession serving snacks and grill items, or dine at H.B.’s on the Gulf, Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, or the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. Fresh Gulf air, breathtaking sunsets, snazzy music, and delicious food and drinks—we could not ask for more on a warm summer night in Naples. Interested in staying at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club during a SummerJazz weekend? Call 239-261-2222, or visit naplesbeach hotel.com. —A.H.
Purple Sky, Judy Chinski
ART & MUSEUMS Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs— Sand, Surf, Summer exhibit, opening reception, July 6; Artist Studios Art Walk at the Promenade, July 26, Aug. 30; artcenterbonita.org. Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida, Naples— American Cartoonists, Nazi Germany 104 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
and the Holocaust, through July 31; holocaustmuseumswfl.org. Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples—Camera USA: National Photography Award 2012, through Aug. 10; ArtScool Student Exhibition, Aug. 13-17; Artists for Charity Southwest Florida, Aug. 27-Sept. 7; Fifth Annual Nonjuried All Artist Members Show of Shows
Exhibition, Aug. 27-Oct. 6; Photography and Printmaking from the Collection, Aug. 27-Nov. 24; 239-262-6517. Naples Historical Society at Historic Palm Cottage—Tours of Palm Cottage, Tuesday through Saturday; walking tours of the historic district, July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; tours of the Norris Gardens, July 5, 19, Aug. 2, 16; napleshistoricalsociety.org.