January 2017 Cultural Offerings
Art of the Heart
Love provides eternal inspiration for the arts. As February warms hearts with the approach of Valentine’s Day, sentiment turns sweet. Take a sneak-peek at romance at Artis—Naples’ frolic A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, January 17-22. The Broadway comedy won a 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.
BIFF is Back
For its second year, the Bonita Springs International Film Festival moves to January 26-29, 2017. The weekend event kicks off with a red-carpet film screening, catered cocktail party, and live music at the Centers for the Arts’ Moe Auditorium & Film Center. The festival will feature more than 50 films from 20-plus countries, at least two of which will be Florida premieres.
“Our mission has always been to feature all the arts—music, theater, art, dance, and film. This year, four of our award-winning films speak about music, art, and dance, as well as helping us experience film as art,” says Susan Bridges, president of Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, which hosts the festival.
Along with films, festival-goers can attend workshops on directing, screenwriting, and animation; Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, directors, writers, and producers; and guest speakers, including film critics, filmmakers, and directors. The event culminates Sunday, January 29, with the Awards Presentation and Filmmaker’s Party.
For Tim Cotterill, perhaps better known as The Frogman, amphibious creatures leaped into his art. His bronze frogs with their fanciful patinas are collected around the world. Each year the artist makes a pilgrimage from California to Gallery One in Naples to greet fans. This year’s event will take place February 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Gulfshore Playhouse will present the world premiere of Do This by Karen Siff Exkorn, the bestselling author of The Autism Sourcebook, January 7-29.
Renaissance at Gallery Row
Since 1998, the fine art galleries of downtown’s Broad Avenue South have collectively marketed themselves as Gallery Row. In the beginning, there were eight; today five galleries are going strong, including DeBruyne Fine Art, Galerie du Soleil, Gardner Colby Gallery, Marianne Friedland Gallery, and Quidley & Company. For the 2016-2017 season, the group will bring back Wednesday Gallery Walks February 15, and March 15.
“We have it all. There are a lot of places to buy art in Naples, but we are all within two blocks walking distance with a lot of variety, and all high-end work. It is a destination for those truly looking to acquire art. “—Nancy Winch, Owner, Gardner Colby Gallery
Marianne Friedland Gallery (359 Broad Avenue South): It takes pride in its modern and contemporary works of fine art by American masters and printmakers.
DeBruyne Fine Art (275 Broad Avenue South): Its six showrooms specialize in American and European paintings and sculpture from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries.
Galerie du Soleil (393 Broad Avenue South): Representing more than 50 eminent artists, it displays paintings, sculpture, glass, and ceramics in its three wings.
Quidley & Company (375 Broad Avenue South): It showcases landscape, marine, still life, and figurative paintings by some of today’s most significant contemporary artists.
Gardner Colby Gallery (386 Broad Avenue South): Its eclectic collection of art embraces a wide range of mediums, styles, and genres—from traditional to contemporary.