Oh, let’s get nuts. There are so many artistic goings-on in this peculiar area all the time that I’ve decided to pluck the next few days (randomly) out of the calendar to inspire you to get out there and see how many you can experience before you become over-stimulated. Not that that’s a bad thing. Remember to nap.
January 28, Saturday, Chalk Art 2012 Festival: a good half-mile of 5th Ave. South, Naples, 8:00AM-5:00PM. A street painting extravaganza sponsored by the Naples Pelican Bay Rotary Club to help provide scholarships to area students. According to festival chairperson, Jim Richardson “We had 5-6 thousand attendees last year and we just had a ball.” Free.
More on January 28, BK Koetting Memorial Music Festival and Blood Drive: 1:00-4:00PM, St. Mark’s Church, 1101 N Collier Blvd Marco. Six exceptional bands – Frank Corso‘s Spoonful, JRobert & Martin, The Wildflowers, The Bean Pickers, Frontline, and the Bugtussle Ramblers, will play a tribute and celebrate the life of musician, comedian, and humanitarian, Bill ‘’BK’’ Koetting, while raising contributions for the Community Blood Center. Free. Go.
January 28 and 29, Saturday and Sunday: 2nd Annual Bayshore Festival of the Arts: Sugden Park in Naples. 250 local musicians and juried fine-artists, are ready to beguile you in this picturesque setting along Lake Avalon. www.bayshorecapa.com. Donations accepted.
February 4 and 5, Saturday and Sunday, Art in Bloom: The Calusa GardenClub will be botanically interpreting the works of Maine Fiber Artists at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Bonus: Art Center members will be demonstrating their talents in the courtyard both days. Still free. www.marcoislandart.org, 239- 394-4221.
February 7, Tuesday, 5:30-7:00PM, opening reception for the Rookery Bay Photography Annual: co-sponsored by United Arts Council and Friends of Rookery Bay, juried by renowned Everglades photographer, Clyde Butcher. Exhibit runs through February 29 and provides unique imagery from our backyards and beyond. The perfect venue. $3 admission to public, free to members of UAC and Friends of Rookery Bay.
February 9, Thursday, Wet Paint Live!: a scholarship fundraiser sponsored by Leadership Marco with the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Marco Island Center for the Arts, and Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. Twenty artists paint at locations around Marco Island and Goodland – visit them on site and attend the live-auction gala at Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, starting at 6:00PM. Artist tour is free, auction-gala $35 per person. For artist map and more info call 239-394-7549.
Ten days, six events, let’s get nuts.
Tara O’Neill, a lifelong artist, has been an area resident since 1967. She holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of South Florida, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Contact her through www.taraogallery.com