For a visual and culinary arts feat and feast, the Naples Art Association’s Dinner with Artists series will partner with the Edgewater Beach Hotel on May 14 to host a dinner with Naples-based, husband and wife photographers Gareth Rockliffe and Jan Soderquist. Known for his “Soulscapes,” soulful landscapes and seascapes that are as much emotive as they are beautiful, Rockliffe’s latest project is “a quest to capture the soulful beauty, diversity and majesty of America’s coastline, beginning with the Pacific Coast.” Dubbed “The Great American Coastline,” the photographic duo have embarked on a multi-year expedition, photographing the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coastlines, using Kickstarter to help fund the project, while posting their progress along the way on Facebook. The results have been some striking, sometimes haunting photographs of the turbid Pacific coast; stark, primeval images of Florida’s long, snaking shoreline; and an evocative, foggy visage of the Atlantic northeast—the imagery caught does true justice to the beauty the American coastline possesses. The project is ongoing.
Gareth Rockliffe, The Beach at Trinidad, California
The Dinner with Artists event will include an engaging conversation with the artists, a presentation of their work and their current project, as well as a multi-course, gourmet meal with culinary presentation Edgewater Beach Hotel’s chef.
- The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Admission costs $60 per person. To reserve a seat at the table, click here.
This dinner will act as a primer for NAA’s summer exhibition, “Gareth Rockliffe: The Great American Coastline,” a photographic journey of America’s coastline, as viewed by Rockliffe over a multi-year period. The exhibition will be on display from July 27 through September 4.
Follow along “The Great American Coastline” project in the video below: