Milestones: Six Decades in Naples

Along the Beach in Naples - Emile A. Gruppé - The Naples Art Association - Southwest Florida Artist

Along the Beach in Naples

Emile A. Gruppé

Gift to the NAA Collection by Mr. and Mrs.
Warren Ajemian

Art Scene

A sixtieth anniversary in Naples is worth noting. In 2014, two venerable institutions are celebrating six decades and looking ahead to bright futures.
   As part of its sixtieth celebration, the Naples Art Association presents a special exhibit titled “Diamonds: The Naples Art Association’s Collection” in the round galleries and lobby at The von Liebig Art Center, January 18-March 1, with works from the NAA’s collection of 200 mid to late twentieth-century paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media pieces. This special display will document the legacy of the forward-thinking artists who established the city as a vital arts community.


Natural Wonder
   Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary observes its sixtieth with “Celebrating the Roots of Corkscrew,” a yearlong series of events focusing on the history of the largest remaining old-growth bald cypress forest in the world. Every month, Corkscrew will spotlight a landmark cypress tree selected by Sanctuary Director Jason Lauritsen. Each is distinguished by a unique characteristic (fattest, tallest, most popular animal hangout), location, or a special role within the habitat. The dozen trees will be commemorated on T-shirts, mugs and banners.
   While visitors are drawn to Corkscrew by the diverse fauna, the Sanctuary staff aims to highlight the majesty of its 700-year-old trees, which were saved from deforestation by disparate environmental groups and local citizens who pooled funds to purchase the land from Collier Enterprises and Cypress Tidewater Company. To get the community even more involved, Corkscrew is calling for mementos, photos, postcards, souvenirs and other objects collected over the years by visitors to create an exhibit with the archives and, ultimately, establish a museum.

A beautiful evening at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. 60 years in Naples

A beautiful evening at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Photo by Waddy Thompson


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