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Naples calendar artist and philanthropist discusses his journey to the arts

A sketch by John Bartoldus, photographed at the artist's home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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A sketch by John Bartoldus, photographed at the artist's home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • John Bartoldus holds one of his paintings as he stands for a portrait in front of his home in Naples on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • A sketch by John Bartoldus, photographed at the artist's home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • John Bartoldus holds one of his paintings as he stands for a portrait in front of his home in Naples on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • A sketch by John Bartoldus, photographed at the artist's home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Bartoldus has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library. Tristan Spinski/Staff

John Bartoldus, a former realtor, has been creating calendars of Naples for 15 years, and every year he donates a portion of his proceeds to the Collier County Library.

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