Fort Myers artist Veronica Benning focuses perception
Published 10/27/2011 at 4 a.m.
Veronica Benning has a large body of work, much of it reflecting her attention to perceptions.
Waxing eloquent: Naples artist Leigh Herndon creates silk art with ancient techniques
Published 09/22/2011 at 5:52 a.m.
“ Color is magic. It’s forever fascinating to see how a color changes when you place a different color next to it,” muses fiber artist Leigh Herndon in a posting on her website. Her passion for color is immediately visible ...
Small things considered Tiny artworks have big appeal for artists, collectors
Updated 08/08/2011 at 1:01 p.m.
Studio artists have a bit of lore passed down through generations regarding size in art. “If you can’t make it good, make it big,” they say. “And if you can’t make it big, make it red.”
Hot stuff: Students learn to master metal at Bonita art center
Published 06/22/2011 at 5:06 p.m.
It’s a sultry June afternoon at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, where a metalworking class is under way. On the back porch of a studio building, sparks fly and power tools buzz and clatter. In the 90-degree ...
Local artist Lynn Davison creates paintings and drawings that are 'beautiful enigmas'
Published 03/23/2011 at 5:07 p.m.
If you see one show by a local visual artist this spring, make it Lynn Davison’s. And make it soon, because her exhibit of paintings and drawings at the Naples Museum of Art closes Sunday.
New von Liebig exhibit highlights diversity of Cuban and Cuban-American art - PHOTOS
Published 03/09/2011 at 3:41 p.m.
Just in the past few years, however, as travel restrictions have eased, the island republic is opening up to the curious and culturally minded. Curators and art collectors have begun to explore, and sometimes exploit, a large and vibrant vein ...
New season brings wide-ranging exhibits to Southwest Florida
Published 12/22/2010 at 4:52 p.m.
From remote cultural vistas to subjects that are more familiar and close at hand, the new visual arts season promises to bring plenty of adventurous viewing to Southwest Florida. Topics as diverse as cutting-edge Chinese modernism and recovered memories of ...
- Venus with a cattle prod: Steven Assael at the Naples Museum of Art Published 12/15/2010 at 6:38 p.m.
'Call for Peace' embraces diverse artistic voices
Published 11/10/2010 at 4:42 p.m.
“Women Call for Peace” is a talkative show that wants to catch your ear as much as your eyes. Visually, it’s a hubbub of styles and techniques, ranging from expressionist quilting, narrative painting, and mixed-media assemblage to an obdurate, spatially ...
'On Drawing' exhibit at FGCU explores the linear dimension in art
Published 10/27/2010 at 5:44 p.m.
Contemporary artists aren’t exactly known for toeing the line in their thinking. Give them a definition of just about anything in art and they’ll stretch it almost to the breaking point, perhaps snapping it back in your face for good ...
Strong seasons: Southwest Florida art centers promise exciting, slightly edgy season
Published 09/22/2010 at 3:40 p.m.
The fall season in the visual arts is like the start of a school year, only better. It’s got all the excitement of new friends, new clothes and fresh pursuits, without the homework and the hall passes. Better yet, this ...
Clive King weaves his past and present into monumental works on paper
Published 09/15/2010 at 5:04 p.m.
Swiss artist Paul Klee used to describe drawing as taking a line for a walk. In contrast, Clive King, a professor of art at Florida International University, takes his lines on a turbulent carnival thrill ride.
NAA’s faculty exhibit covers art spectrum
Published 08/04/2010 at 10:41 p.m.
Through Aug. 28, the von Liebig Art Center Faculty Biennial 2010 fills the main gallery, and selections from the permanent collection are on display throughout the facility. Admission is free until Oct. 1 — a welcome, if temporary, return to ...
Shhhhhhh: How to block unwanted sound out of your living environment
Published 07/22/2010 at 4:10 p.m.
We’ve all got our household noise stories. Mine would include the barking dog in a nearby yard, whose mournful howls echo down my range hood in the late afternoon. The sound really doesn’t bother me. I just find it odd ...
Big & bold: Mally Khorasantchi’s paintings don’t hide behind furniture
Published 06/02/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
Sometimes, good things come in large packages. Mally Khorasantchi is a tall, exuberant woman who makes tall, extroverted paintings. The Naples resident, who will become president of the United Arts Council of Collier County’s board of directors in July, is ...
Early Ansel: Exhibition features vintage prints from as far back as the 1920s
Published 04/14/2010 at 5:06 p.m.
‘Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter,” Ansel Adams once said. Sure enough, his glorious black-and-white photographs of the American West’s mountains and valleys often seem to be divinely inspired.
Naples artist goes to Glass for inspiration
Published 03/10/2010 at 8:39 p.m.
Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, avant-garde artists were absolutely gaga over the connections between music and the visual arts.
New Chihuly work at museum's 10th birthday
Published 02/03/2010 at 11:01 p.m.
Dale Chihuly is a rock star. At least to a certain segment of the museum-going world, he’s like Eric Clapton with a glassblowing empire instead of a guitar, a god of contemporary art glass. He’s so big, “he makes his ...
Transcending tropicalism: Contemporary Latin American paintings are a blend
Published 12/23/2009 at 9:22 p.m.
For most of the 20th century, Latin American art was stereotyped as hot, hot, hot — a tropical stew of passions related to sexuality, religion and politics. Think of it, perhaps, as the Frida Kahlo effect.
PHOTOS: Art Basel is back again
Published 12/02/2009 at 8:39 p.m.
Like pilgrims to Mecca, art students bellying up to free hors d’oeuvres, or maybe both, thousands of contemporary art fans swarm Miami Beach for four days in early December. They’re coming for the big one. Art Basel Miami Beach, headquartered ...
Janet Fish's still-life art is, well, not
Published 11/18/2009 at 8:07 p.m.
A lot of contemporary art — at least, an influential portion of it — is edgy, provocative, and inscrutable. Janet Fish’s still-life paintings are none of those things. Her large, light-filled canvases are celebrations of life. Lush tabletop arrangements of ...
Landscapes from Another World: his show puts attitude in its art
Published 09/30/2009 at 5:04 p.m.
Barbed social criticism is coming to an art gallery near you. Opening Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at ArtModernGallery, a hole-in-the-wall art space in an alley just off Fifth Avenue South, is a selection of work called “Urban Eyes.” Drawn from ...
Culture stock: Public art this fall ranges from Latin to Miami-made to Seminole portraits
Published 09/23/2009 at 11 p.m.
Even though it’s still plenty hot outside in southwest Florida, the coolest art starts to come out in the fall. After a slow-as-molasses summer, local museums and galleries are more than ready to welcome a new season.
Celebrating the weathered
Published 08/03/2007 at 4:02 p.m.
How’s the local photography scene doing? It’s developing rapidly, from the looks of “Through the Lens.”
The ‘big picture’
Published 07/20/2007 at 1:08 p.m.
Size matters in art. Anyone who has spent time in museums and galleries probably knows this instinctively.
Endlessly summer: Impressionist art from both here and there
Published 02/02/2007 at midnight
French Impressionist art serves up some of the most delectable eye candy on the planet. Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and their allies, such as Manet and Degas, have given us a collective vision of the world as a perpetual summer afternoon ...
Naples Renaissance Fall Art Festival makes its debut on Tenth Street this weekend
Published 11/24/2006 at midnight
The vintage charm of a recently refurbished part of Tenth Street seems to have inspired Naples' newest outdoor art festival. A once-dreary stretch of streetscape between the Naples Depot and First Avenue South has been given a facelift over the ...
Published 10/20/2006 at midnight
If the Eskimos have 50 words for snow, Cubans must have a hundred adjectives to describe the romantic decrepitude of old Havana. Spanish photographer Angel Marcos suggests something to that effect in his stunning visual catalog of the city’s decaying ...
New exhibit reflects native traditions, modern-day influences
Published 10/06/2006 at midnight
It's not your grandmother's Navajo blankets, or your mother's deerskin moccasins. Contemporary Native American art is undergoing a renaissance. That's the message of "Changing Hands: Art without Reservation 2," which opened on Tuesday and continues through January 7 at the ...
Native art exhibit is a cultural feast
Published 10/06/2006 at midnight
The new vitality of native art shines through in objects large and small. Two mixed-media masks by the Oregon-based artist Phillip Charette, are real showstoppers. Titled "Negaquaq (North Wind Spirits)," the masks are made of wood, clay, beads, rawhide and ...
Review: Weird (in a good way)
Published 05/26/2006 at 12:07 a.m.
Sometimes, as Sigmund Freud said, a cigar is just a cigar. A painting is just a painting. Or, as the abstract painter Frank Stella reminded viewers accustomed to asking for more in their art, "what you see is what you ...
Contemporary artists confront portraiture in von Liebig exhibit
Published 04/14/2006 at midnight
Portraiture is a chameleon-like critter, as art genres go. Conceptually speaking, it can be conservative or adventurous, about putting the best face on things or blowing the buttons off conventional notions of what a person's likeness ought to be. The ...
'Memories' unfold with expressive figuration
Published 04/07/2006 at midnight
Expressive figuration must be in the air right now in Naples. Opening tonight at Longstreth Goldberg gallery is a show called "Memories," featuring sculpture by Allen Wynn and mixed-media paintings by India Cruse-Griffin, both Midwesterners. A self-taught sculptor who was ...
Function and Beauty
Published 03/03/2006 at midnight
"I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture," Frank Lloyd Wright noted in 1931. Indeed, both the brilliant, visionary architect and his famously angular furniture sometimes ...
Published 02/17/2006 at midnight
With its kaleidoscopic patterns and psychedelic swirls, the vintage 1960s art of Peter Max is an instantaneous time-travel device. Throw in some day-glo polka dots and a star map or two, and it's time to hop on the yellow submarine ...