Here is this week's arts news:
First Neapolitan ‘Opry’ Nov. 13
This may not be old, but it’s certainly grand — an entire evening for acoustic music, the “Neapolitan Opry” is coming Friday to the Norris Center. Some 15 local acoustic musicians and area stars, playing everything from bluegrass to blues, are on the program for an evening of nearly wall-to-wall music.
Nicknamed slyly, “Cluster Pluckin’,” the event will be staged in the format of the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, with a commercial read for sponsors by emcees Gene Vaccaro and Jon Garon. Among the entertainers are traditional performers like Frontline Bluegrass, Cindy Hackney and Robyn Schloessel & Friends. But there are also some exotic instruments such as the harp-guitar that Mark Wahlberg plays and Frank Corso’s resophonic guitar, which can be played like a regular guitar or as a slide guitar like a dobro.
This concert is the first of its kind in Naples, according to its organizers, the Accoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida. Look for music from groups such as the Whole Tones, Sawgrass Drifters, Less Is More, the Fleas, Bob & Lucia and Scott Ritter and the Bean Pickers. Individual performers include Mike McDonnell, Tim McGeary, Joe McNichols, Wayne Rice and Rob Bach and Bob Campbell, to name only a few.
This event is also to help St. Matthew’s House. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to feed the hungry.
What: The Neapolitan Opry — “Cluster Pluckin’”
Where: Norris Center, Eighth Avenue South at Eighth Street South, Naples
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 13
Tickets and information: 213-3049
Founders show winner again
Joan B. Sonnenberg, Naples. won best of show and was one of the top three award winners of the 46th Founders exhibition at the von Liebig Art Center. It’s not a new honor for Sonnenberg, who also won Best in Show for both the 41st and 40th Founders shows. One of her works, “Bow Reflections,” is in the art center’s collection.
She took the award for “Sad Smile,” a variety of pastels.
The exhibition, which is on view through Dec. 2, features 118 current works in 10 media categories by Naples Art Association member artists. Most of the works are for sale.
Cash awards totaling $2,500 were distributed at the exhibition’s opening reception Friday. The 13 winners were as follows:
* Jeanne Houle Peters, Naples, First Place Award, “Hen and Chicks #1,” an oil on stretched canvas.
* Roger Sherman, the Villages, Juror’s Choice Award, “Marissa,” an oil on linen.
* Cynthia Slack, Bonita Springs, Artisan Framers Award of Excellence in Digital Art. Photograph, “The Bride.”
* Val Wright, Naples, the Artisan Framers Award of Excellence in Watercolor Painting,“Eyes are on You.”
* Elsa Victorios, Pembroke Pines, Koenig Art Emporium Award of Excellence in Acrylic Painting, “Universal Evolution.”
* Priscila Coote, Marathon, Award of Excellence in Oil Painting, “Entwined.”
* Kathleen Dennison, Naples, Award of Excellence in Sculpture, “Spectacles for Observing the Vanishing Point.”
* Pat Kumicich, Naples, Award of Excellence in Fiber Art, “We the People — Up in Arms.”
* Tom O’Hara, Orlando, Award of Excellence in Mixed Media, “Sturgeon Spring.”
* Andy Owen, Naples, Award of Excellence in Printmaking, “Rip Tide.”
* Karen S. Stone, Naples, Award of Excellence in Pastel, “Coastal Storm.”
* Wendell Swanson, Bonita Springs, Award of Excellence in Photography, “The Book Readers.”
Juror Daniel Stetson, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, selected the show works from 230 submitted by artists from across Florida and several other states. The von Liebig Art Center, at 585 Park St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and older.
Information: 262-6517 or on the Web: naplesart.org.