October 24, 2014
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Insider's Guide: Galleries & Visual Art

Art smart: From classic to contemporary, Southwest Florida has art for every taste.

Art collectors come from around the globe to acquire fine paintings, sculpture, photography and objets d’art here on the Gulfshore. Scores of galleries and ateliers reflect our love of all things beautiful. From oil and watercolor to glass, bronze and clay, from exquisite miniatures to massive one-of-a-kind installations, art treasures come in all sizes and all media.

     In addition to the spacious, world-class galleries like the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, The von Liebig Art Center (Naples) and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Fort Myers), the gallery rows in Old Naples, downtown Fort Myers and on Pine Island, you’ll encounter important works of art gracing both indoor and outdoor spaces in the form of sculpture, mosaics, murals, fountains and ironworks. You’ll discover them peeking out from private gardens, and in turn-of-the-century fisherman’s shacks, on the grounds of our nature preserves and conservancies, and on the walls of local restaurants. Don’t forget to explore the roadside shops and galleries extending to the outer reaches of Paradise, through Seminole and Miccosukee lands and deep into the Big Cypress Swamp, where world-famous Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher has his studio.

     On the first Friday of each month, the Historic River District of Fort Myers celebrates the arts with gallery open houses, receptions and live music. Old Naples has its Thursdays on Third (Third Street South) and Evenings on Fifth (Fifth Avenue South).

AVE MARIA

AVE MARIA GALLERY AND HISTORY EXHIBIT, 5072 Annunciation Circle, Suites 102–103, (239) 280-2500. Fine art gallery and source of historical records pertinent to Ave Maria and founder Tom Monaghan.

MARCO ISLAND ARTIST COLONY at the Esplanade, 740-760 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, (239) 642-0528. More than a dozen artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography and other works. marcoislandartistcolony.com.

BLUE MANGROVE GALLERY, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 417, (239) 393-2405. Painted works, glass sculpture, photography, metal work, textiles and jewelry. bluemangrovegallery.com.

MARCO ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS/ART LEAGUE OF MARCO ISLAND, 1010 Winterberry Drive, (239) 394-4221. Includes two large galleries and hosts classes, workshops, exhibits, art shows and events. marcoislandart.com.

NAPLES

ADAMS GALLERIES, 5201 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 3, (239) 403-0040. Original oil paintings in Italian, Mediterranean, impressionist, tropical and contemporary styles. adamsgalleriesflorida.com.

ALAN BROWN GALLERY, (239) 403-4487. Art by contemporary masters, including Tommy Simpson, Leo Kaplan, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers and James Rosenquist. By appointment only. alanbrowngallery.com.

ARSENAULT STUDIO, (239) 263-1214. Paintings by Paul Arsenault. Call for events and appointments. arsenaultstudio.com.

ART 41, 4115 Ninth St. N., (239) 263-0999. A wide variety of original contemporary/transitional paintings, sculptures and more created by local Naples artists. jcrabtreefi neart.com.

ART GALLERY OLD NAPLES 2, 1187 Eighth St. S., Suite 3, (239) 560-9569, (941) 587-4040. Gallery featuring the work of Karen S. Stone and Lynne B. Wilcox. Monthly shows featuring works in pastel. artgalleryoldnaples2.com.

THE ARTWORK SHOP, 1309 Third St. S., (239) 262-5272. Oil and silk portraits, prints and posters. Custom framing available.

ATELIER CONTEMPORARY, 561 Palm Circle E., (239) 213-0712. Studio of Janis Siegel and Louis Salvati. Largescale, free-form sculpture and paintings. Call for appointment. salvatisiegel.com.

AUCTIONS NEOPOLITAN & GALLERY, 1100 First Ave. S., (239) 262-7333. Consignment and auction gallery featuring unique furniture and decorative items.

BARBARA GROENTEMAN FINE ART GALLERY & STUDIO, 5760 Shirley St., Suite 7, (239) 572-3386. Features the work of Barbara Groenteman, specializing in fine-art watercolors with tropical, floral and Florida wildlife themes executed in a realistic technique. barbaragroenteman.com.

CALUSA GALLERY, 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 404, (239) 594-3888. Custom frame shop and eclectic art gallery featuring paintings, limited-edition etchings, original paintings and custom-framed mirrors. calusagallery.com.

THE CLAY PLACE, 1555 Shadowlawn Drive, (239) 775-1078. The gallery of potter Jim Rice features functional artwork, including tiles, platters, clocks, mugs, plates, and decorative and architectural pieces. naplesclayplace.com.

THE DARVISH COLLECTION INC. GALLERY OF FINE ART, 1199 Third St. S., (239) 261-7581. Nineteenth to 21st century European and American oil paintings, marble and bronze sculptures. darvishcollection.com.

DEBRUYNE FINE ART GALLERY, 275 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-4551. Contemporary artists, antique paintings and sculpture. debruynefi neart.com.

DENNISON-MORAN GALLERY, 360 12th Ave. S., (239) 263-0590. A contemporary American craft gallery featuring the work of more than 150 artists and craftsmen, including the owners, painter Mary Moran and goldsmiths Kathleen and Robert Dennison. dennisonmorangallery.com.

THE EMILY JAMES STUDIO & GALLERY, 780 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 200 (over Starbucks), (239) 777-3283. Portraits and paintings of landscapes, seascapes and European scenes and more by Emily James, a native Floridian. emilyjamesart.com.

THE ENGLISHMAN FINE ART & ANTIQUES, 1190 Third St. S., (239) 649-8088. Original antique art displayed alongside fine antique and decorative furniture and accessories. theenglishmanusa.com.

EVERGLADES GALLERY, 15505 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 273-5813. Photography gallery highlighting Southwest Florida landscapes by John Brady. timeandlight.com.

FANTASY & FAUX, 1750 J & C Blvd., Suite 1, (239) 298-1072. Hand-painted furniture, accessories and murals; specializes in Venetian plaster, faux painting and faux bois. fantasyandfaux.com.

FIFTH AVENUE DESIGN GALLERY, 365 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 417-3650. Jamali fine art, cork paper, frescoes, canvas and sculpture; high-end interior design gallery. fi fthavenuedesigngallery.com.

FOUR WINDS GALLERY, 340 13th Ave. S., (239) 263-7555. Gold and silver jewelry by award-winning Native American artists. Masterworks of art and sculpture, basketry, pottery and weavings.fourwindsnaples.com.

FUNKY FLAMINGO STUDIO, 2725 12th St. N., (239) 434-7006. Features work of batik artist Muff y Clark Gill. Call for appointment. funkyflamingo.com, muffyclarkgill.com.

GALERIE DU SOLEIL, 393 Broad Ave. S., (239) 417-3450. Original drawings, paintings, sculpture, glass, pastels and mixed media artwork. galeriedusoleil.com.

THE GALLERY AT ARTMOVE, (239) 262-8816. The exclusive U.S. marketing representative for the Mondazzi Collection, showcasing works by Italian contemporary sculptor and painter Marcello Mondazzi. artmovellc.com

THE GALLERY AT GEARY DESIGN, 4646 Domestic Ave., Suite 102, (239) 594-1600. An experience in modern art and design, featuring an ever-changing presentation of original paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper, plus original studio furniture and  contemporary lighting. gearydesign.com.

GALLERY O, 600 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 106, Naples, (239) 776-7056. Handmade arts and crafts, home décor, gifts, Belizean hardwoods, jewelry and more from Latin America, the Caribbean and South America.  hegalleryo.com.

GALLERY ONE, 770 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-0835. More than 200 artists and colorful art glass, paintings, sculpture, Frogman bronze frogs, ceramics and unique jewelry. galleryonenaples.com.

GARDNER*COLBY GALLERY, 365 and 386 Broad Ave. S., (239) 403-7787. Representing an exceptional group of living American and international artists and sculptors. gardnercolbygallery.com.

GUESS-FISHER GALLERY, 810 12th Ave. S., Crayton Cove, (239) 659-2787. Owners and artists Natalie Guess and Phil Fisher feature their artwork (batik, clay, watercolor and oils) and the work of other Florida artists. natalieguess.com.

HARMON-MEEK GALLERY, 599 Ninth St. N., Suite 309, (239) 261-2637. Promotes American artists dating from 1920 to the present. harmonmeekgallery.com.

HW GALLERY, 1305 Third St. S., (239) 263-6640. Off ering modern, contemporary and traditional art. hwgallery.com.

JO-GI GALLERY, 761 12th Ave. S., (239) 659-5644. The gallery’s niche is contemporary French fine art, bringing part of Paris and Provence to you since 2000. Jo-Gi’s unique collection offers original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition lithographs. jogigallery.com.

THE LADY FROM HAITI AND MOORE, LLC, 785 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 649-8607. Colorful Caribbean art, including native steel drum sculpture, papier-mâché, jewelry and gifts from the third world. New partner Teri Moore carries clothing lines for the elegant yet casual woman. theladyfromhaiti.com.

LAROCCO GALLERIES INC., 20 10th St. S., (239) 434-5678. French art deco furniture, lighting and decorative arts. laroccogalleriesinc.com.

LESLIE HINDMAN AUCTIONEERS, 1300 Third St. S., Suite 201, (239) 643-4448. Conducts regularly scheduled auctions of fine jewelry and timepieces, Asian works of art, post-war and contemporary art, prints, American and European art, fine furniture and decorative arts, books and manuscripts, and vintage couture and accessories. Holds general auctions and facilitates consignments to its Chicago auction house. lesliehindman.com.

MARIANNE FRIEDLAND GALLERY, 359 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-3484. Major works by modern and contemporary American masters. mariannefriedlandglry.com.

MARJORIE PESEK FINE ART, 804 River Point Drive, Suite 304B, (239) 293-4167. Specializing in commissioned portraits of dogs, cats and people, created by using a unique collage technique called “layered imagery” that involves assembling hundreds of photos into one complete mosaic portrait. marjoriepesek.com.

MARY MARINER GALLERY AND ART STUDIO, 2205 Hawksridge Drive, Suite 904, (239) 353-0013. Working studio of Mary Mariner, who specializes in impressionism and abstracts.

NATIVE VISIONS GALLERY, 737 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 643-3785. Featuring the world’s premier nature artists.  raditional and contemporary landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and fl orals. Oils, pastels, glass art, bronzes, stone and wood carvings, with limited-edition prints. nativevisions.com, callofafrica.com.

NEW RIVER FINE ART, 600 Fifth Ave. S. Suite 102, (239) 435-4515. Fine American and European contemporary, modern and impressionist paintings and sculpture, including glass. newriverfineart.com.

NORA BUTLER DESIGNS, 800 12th Ave. S., (239) 572-4701, (239) 597-9776. Art gallery, gift boutique and working studio featuring Butler’s whimsical, tropical and coastal-inspired colored-pencil drawings. norabutler.com.

NORTH NAPLES ARTS ALLIANCE, (239) 821-1061. More than 20 independent artist studios and galleries located in  the Pine Ridge Industrial Park. Offers studio art classes.

PETER GARON STUDIO. (239) 331-6024. Landscape-reminiscent oil and acrylic paintings. petergaronstudio.com.

PHIL FISHER GALLERY, 810 12th Ave. S., (239) 403-8393, Watercolors, oil and batiks by Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess. philfishergallery.com, philfisherfineart.com.

PROVENANCE NAPLES, 1300 Third St. S., Suite 103B, (239) 263-4457. An online store specializing in fine antique china, porcelains, crystal and silver as well as furnishings. provenancenaples.com.

RICK MOORE FINE ART, 838 Neapolitan Way, (239) 434-6464. Virtual gallery representing international artists and a variety of techniques. rickmooregallery.com.

ROSEN GALLERY & STUDIO, North Line Plaza at 2172 J & C Blvd., (239) 821-1061. Provides a unique artistic experience uniting three gallery spaces that surround the working studios of featured artists, including painters, sculptors and potters.

SHAW GALLERY OF NAPLES, 761 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-7828. In the heart of Old Naples, Shaw Gallery of Naples represents a group of nationally and internationally acclaimed painters, sculptors and glass artists. shawgallery.com.

SHELDON FINE ART, 460 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 649-6255. Traditional and contemporary originals and limited editions by world-renowned national and local artists. sheldonfineart.com.

SILVER EAGLE, 651 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 403-3033. Contemporary and traditional Native American arts and crafts from more than 20 Indian nations, including handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, artifacts, prints and more; plus a new gem and mineral gallery. silvereaglegallery.com.

SWEET ART GALLERY, 2054 Trade Center Way, (239) 597-2110. Featuring modern, contemporary and abstract artwork by local, national and international artists. thesweetartgallery.com.

TRUDY LABELL FINE ART, 2425 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 102, (239) 434-7778. An extensive collection of artwork ranging from cutting-edge realism to abstract minimalist construction. trudylabellfi neart.com.

UP ART & DESIGN GALLERY, 340 Eighth St. S., (239) 641-3898. The gallery’s changing shows feature mixed media sculptures, reliefs, drawings, paintings, glass works and photography. Meet resident artist and cartoonist John Carroll Long and architect Andrea Clark Brown, who share views of their in-house studios with works in process. upartanddesign.com.

THE VON LIEBIG ART CENTER, 585 Park St. (off Fifth Avenue South), (239) 262-6517. Features international, national and local art exhibitions; holds art-related lectures; hosts nationally ranked art festivals; provides art classes and workshops for adults; and hosts a summer art education program for children. naplesart.org.

OCHOPEE

BIG CYPRESS GALLERY, 52388 Tamiami Trail, (239) 695-2428. An eco-tour destination featuring the black-and-white photographs of landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. clydebutcher.com.

BONITA SPRINGS

CENTER FOR THE ARTS OF BONITA SPRINGS, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Eight studios, an art library and two galleries. artcenterbonita.org.

THE SULTAN GALLERY AT KVS INTERIOR DESIGN, 3820 Via Del Rey, (239) 949-6700. Showcases the work of Southwest Florida’s leading artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors and creators of pottery and distinctive craft items. kvsinteriordesign.com/sultan-gallery.

CAPE CORAL

CAPE CORAL ART LEAGUE, 516 Cultural Park Blvd., (239) 772-5657. A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Cape Coral and surrounding areas through classes and monthly art shows. capecoralartleague.org.

CAPE CORAL ARTS STUDIO, 4533 Coronado Parkway, (239) 574-0802. An art gallery housing works from local and state artists; art supply store, gift shop, and fi ne-crafts classes and workshops. capeparks.com.

HARBOUR VIEW GALLERY, LLC, 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 104, (239) 540-5789. A cooperative gallery with changing exhibits of paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass art and more. harbourviewgallery.com.

ESTERO

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, FGCU Arts Complex, (239) 590-7199. Exhibits student and faculty work as well as regional, national and international artists. fgcu.edu.

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FORT MYERS

ABORIGINALS: ART OF THE FIRST PERSON, 15194 Harbour Isle, (800) 305-0185. Authentic tribal art from Africa, aboriginal Australia and native North America. tribalworks.com.

ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Free monthly art gallery exhibitions and special events, year-round art classes and workshops. artinlee.org.

ART OF THE OLYMPIANS, 1300 Hendry St., (239) 332-5055. Inspiring individuals to explore, discover and value the power of their creative potential through arts, education and sport programming. The museum showcases Olympic sports memorabilia and features artwork by international Olympians. artoftheolympians.org.

ARTS FOR ACT GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE, 2265 First St., (239) 337-5050. A nonprofi t gallery featuring 75 artists. Operated by Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT). artsforactgallery.com.

ART LEAGUE OF FORT MYERS, 1451 Monroe St., (239) 275-3970. Art gallery, workshops, classes and special events. artleagueoff ortmyers.org.

 

BOB RAUSCHENBERG GALLERY, Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 489-9313. Hosts eight exhibitions annually, including one student show, to benefi t students and the public. bobrauschenberggallery.com.

BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE, 1380 Colonial Blvd., (239) 278-4422. Gallery showcases a variety of paintings, mixed media and other works from Southwest Florida artists. broadwaypalm.com.

DAAS GALLERY, 1542 Broadway, (239) 939-1194. Contemporary, edgy, modern works by local and international artists. daasgallery.com.

GALLERIE UNIQUE, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Bell Tower Shops, (239) 332-2121. Fort Myers’ landmark fine art gallery, featuring original and limited edition works of art by renowned international, national and regional artists. gallerieunique.com.

GREG BIOLCHINI’S NORTH SHORE STUDIO, 81 W. North Shore Ave., (239) 910-6088. Teaching and working studio providing workshops in oil, pastel, portraiture, figure and still life. biolchini.com.

HOWL GALLERY, 1514 Broadway, Suite 101, (239) 332-0161. Hybrid art gallery combined with a high-end custom tattoo studio and retail art store. howlgallery.com.

LAUREL FINE ARTS FOUNDATION, 12577 New Brittany Blvd., (239) 936- 0305. Featuring the Art of Vavrina, a Modern Impressionist. artofvavrina.com.

SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER, 2301 First St., (239) 333-1933. It offers regular exhibits by local, national and international artists as well as concerts, performances by theater groups and other events. sbdac.com.

SPACE 39, 39 Patio De Leon, (239) 690-0004. Modern and contemporary art gallery. spacethirtynine.com.

WM. NORTH GALLERY, 16521 S. Tamiami Trail, (239) 489-2211. Impressionist oil paintings by William North and adjacent print gallery selling North’s Work; bookstore sells hundreds of rare art books. northgallery.com.

FORT MYERS BEACH

FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION, Donora and Shell Mound Blvd., (239) 463-3909. Working gallery with classes, painting groups, artwork for sale and show, and famous artist workshops.fortmyersbeachart.com.

PINE ISLAND

BERREITTER PHOTOGRAPHY AND GALLERY, 3366 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, (239) 246-8670. Documentary photography and features Excitations Discovery Channel. berreitter.com.

BERT’S PINE BAY GALLERY, 4332 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, (239) 283-1335. An eclectic variety of art, books, and clothing. pinebaygallery.com.

CROSSED PALMS GALLERY, 8315 Main St., Bokeelia, (239) 283-2283. Pottery, glass, jewelry, paintings and metal sculptures.

ISLAND DÉCOR & MORE, 4206 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-8080. Four thousand square feet of nautical and tropic gifts, souvenirs and home décor.

KOUCKY GALLERY & GARDENS, 5971 Baypoint Road, Bokeelia, (239) 283-4414. A pottery studio and gallery nestled in a tropical setting. Pottery and watercolor classes available October through April. kouckygallery.com.

LOVEGROVE GALLERY & GARDENS, 4637 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-6453. National headquarters of renowned artist Leoma Lovegrove. Colorful art depicting Florida’s flora and fauna. leomalovegrove.com.

THE POTTER’S WORKSHOP, 3058 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. Working pottery studio with adjacent gallery. thepottersworkshop.com.

TRADER’S HITCHING POST, 4618 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-4040. The oldest gallery on the island, featuring authentic Native American jewelry and art for more than 25 years. tradershitchingpost.com.

WILDCHILD GALLERY, 4625 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-6006. More than 120 local artists. Island-inspired oils, sculptures, pottery and more. wildchildartgallery.com.

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLANDS

BIG ARTS CENTER, 900 Dunlop Road, (239) 395-0900 and BIG Arts on Periwinkle Gallery and Gift Shop, 2244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, (239) 472- 9700. Educational classes and workshops, Phillips Gallery and Founders Gallery, Schein Hall, a 414-seat concert hall and sculpture garden. bigarts.org.

HIRDIE-GIRDIE ART GALLERY, 2490 Library Way, Sanibel, (239) 395-0027. Sanibel’s premier co-op of unique, award-winning Southwest Florida art, including paintings, wood turning, jewelry, photographs, basketry, wood carving, pottery, sculpture and fused glass. hirdiegirdiegallery.com.

ISLAND STYLE, 2075 Periwinkle Way, Suite 6, Sanibel, (239) 472-6657. Fine contemporary American crafts. islandstylegalleries.com.

JUNGLE DRUMS GALLERY, 11532 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-2266. A variety of art in all price ranges. Media presented from local and international activists includes metal, wood, clay, glass, jewelry and much more. jungledrumsgallery.com.

SANIBEL ART & FRAME CO., 630 Tarpon Bay Road, Unit 8, Sanibel, (239) 395-1350. Tropical paintings and prints. sanibelartandframe.com.

SANYBEL’S FINEST, 1700 Periwinkle Way, Suite 8, Sanibel, (239) 472-8222. A gallery of arts and crafts, gifts and jewelry; features local artists on various media, including original paintings, prints, giclee, sculpture, stained glass and wood carving; custom framing and shipping available.

TOWER GALLERY, 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, (239) 472-4557. Expressionist and abstract paintings, gyotaku, black-and-white photography, raku ceramics and more by a cooperative of 24 artists. towergallery.net.

THREE CRAFTY LADIES, 1628 Periwinkle Way, Heart of the Island Plaza, (239) 472-2893. Fine art and craft supplies, beads, scrapbooking, shell crafts, quilting, books, fabrics and mixed media. threecraftyladies.com.

2 ISLANDS GALLERY FINE ART, Chadwick’s Square, (239) 472-7633. Handmade baskets, pottery, painting, fiber sculptures and weaving, gold and silver jewelry, wearable art and more. 2islandsgallery.com.

WATSON MACRAE GALLERY: A SANCTUARY OF ART, 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite B3, Sanibel, (239) 472-3386. Fine art and artisan glass, ceramics and jewelry by local and nationally know artists. watsonmacraegallery.com.

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