Kathleen Taylor, Marketing Director
Naples Art Association
Credit is due
Your Lighthouse Project's historical look at Naples area organizations and events mentioned the Naples Art Association (NAA).
Thank you for including us.
Yet, Grace Lake's name was omitted from the article.
The late Mrs. Lake was the person who began showing artists' work in a flower shop on Third Street South, which became the first location of the NAA. She also served as the organization's first president. She, along with fellow local artists George Rogers and Elsie Upham, founded the NAA in 1954 as a non-profit visual arts organization.
In 1956, NAA members met and exhibited regularly as part of an outdoor painting group. Since art instruction was not available to Collier County public school students in 1957, NAA members volunteered there until the public schools' art program was established.
With tremendous community support, a new home for the NAA, The von Liebig Art Center (which was designed by Naples architect Alfred French), was officially dedicated and opened to the public on Nov. 22, 1998.
The Naples Art Association continues to contribute to the high quality of life in Naples today with the mission to promote and advance education, interest and participation in the contemporary visual arts. It remains a vital cultural resource, bringing excellence in the visual arts to the community. We are proud to provide a home for artists and art lovers, where creative minds of all ages can learn, explore and exhibit.