April 24, 2014

Visitors Guide: Galleries

Back in the dark ages (maybe 50 years ago), art here was almost exclusively housed in museums and galleries. But art is for celebrating, indoors and out … and there’s no lovelier place imaginable than our subtropical Paradise to celebrate all its forms. Collectors come from around the world to acquire the works of our established and emerging artists, and our scores of galleries and studios overflow with beautiful art in every medium, from oil and watercolor to glass and clay. Still, there’s no way to contain our passion for public art. Stunning sculptures and monuments, murals and trompe l’oeil grace our parks, public spaces and businesses. You’ll find a comprehensive list of our world-class galleries and museums on these pages. And be sure to enjoy the works of gifted artisans in unlikely places, from mailboxes to hand-wrought garden gates.

Top-tier galleries punctuate “The Avenues” of Old Naples, Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South. Just off Fifth is the magnificent von Liebig Art Center. This year the Art League of Marco Island celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Center for the Arts, and North Naples boasts the stunning architectural and artistic achievement, the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art.

MARCO ISLAND

Blue Mangrove Gallery, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 417, (239) 393-2405. A delightful mix of artistic expression in the form of painted works, glass sculpture, photography, metal work and textiles. www.bluemangrovegallery.com.

Marco Island’s Center for the Arts/Art League of Marco Island, 1010 Winterberry Drive, (239) 394-4221. Free admission to galleries, outside art shows and opening exhibits. Classes and workshops offered in its Beth Rhodes Center for Art Education. www.marcoislandart.com.

Muldoon Studios, 9 Front St., (239) 390-6013. Featuring third-generation painter Steve Muldoon. Specializing in murals, faux painting, custom portraits and oils on canvas. www.muldoonart.com.

AVE MARIA

Ave Maria Gallery and History Exhibit
, 5072 Annunciation Circle, Suite 103, (239) 280-2500. Fine art gallery and source of historical records pertinent to Ave Maria.

NAPLES

Adams Galleries, 5201 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 3, (239) 403-0040. Extensive collection of original oil paintings in Italian, Mediterranean, impressionist, tropical and contemporary styles. www.adamsgalleriesflorida.com.

The Alan Brown Gallery, 901 Seventh St. S., (239) 403-4487. Art by contemporary American masters including Tommy Simpson, Leo Kaplan, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Larry Rivers and James Rosenquist. By appointment only. www.alanbrowngallery.com.

Antinori-Arsenault Fine Art Gallery, 284 Broad Ave. S., (239) 649-7075. Art by Antinori and Paul Arsenault, and Italian-designed clothing and accessories.

Arsenault Studio, 1170 Third St. S., South, Suite E-105, (239) 263-1214. Paintings of Naples and other favorite places by Paul Arsenault. www.arsenaultstudio.com.

ArtModernGallery, 824 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-1137. Presenting a unique collection of contemporary art from national and international artists. www.artmoderngallery.com.

The Artwork Shop, 1309 Third St. S., (239) 262-5272. Featuring oil and silk portraits, prints and posters.

Atelier Contemporary, 561 Palm Circle E., (239) 213-0712. Studio of Janis Siegel and Louis Salvati. Specializing in large-scale, free-form sculpture and paintings. Call for appointment. www.salvatisiegel.com.

C. W. Smith Imported Antiques, 1260 Third St. S., (239) 213-0749. Direct importer of 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques from China and the former British, Dutch and Portuguese colonies in Asia. www.cwsmithinc.com.

Calusa Gallery
, 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 594-3888. Eclectic art gallery featuring paintings, limited edition etchings, giclées and monoprints. www.calusagallery.com.

The Clay Place
, 1555 Shadowlawn Drive, (239) 775-1078. The gallery of potter Jim Rice features functional artwork including platters, clocks, mugs and plates. www.naplesclayplace.com.

The Darvish Collection Inc. Gallery of Fine Art, 1199 Third St. S., (239) 261-7581. Nineteenth to 20th century European and American oil paintings, marble and bronze sculptures.
www.darvishcollection.com.

DeBruyne Fine Art Gallery, 275 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-4551. Contemporary artists, antique paintings and sculpture. www.debruynefineart.com.

Dennison-Moran Gallery, 696 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-0590. Features the work of 150 American artists and craftsmen, including works by the owners, painter Mary Moran and
goldsmith Kathleen Dennison. www.dennisonmorangallery.com.

The Dexter Gallery
, 707 12th Ave. S., (239) 262-5446. Showcasing paintings of Naples artist Richard Dexter.

The Englishman Fine Art & Antiques, 1170 Third St. S., (239) 649-8088. Original antique art displayed alongside a collection of fine antique and decorative furniture and accessories. www.theenglishmanusa.com.

Four Winds Gallery
, 340 13th Ave. S. and 658 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 263-7555. Featuring gold and silver jewelry by award-winning Native American artists. Masterworks of art and sculpture, basketry, pottery and weavings. www.fourwindsnaples.com.

Funky Flamingo Studio, 2725 12th St. N., (239) 434-7006. Features work of batik artist Muffy Clark Gill. Call for appointment. www.funkyflamingo.com.

Galerie du Soleil, 393 Broad Ave. S., (239) 417-3450. A collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture, glass, pastels and mixed media artwork where “art is the sun of the soul.” www.galeriedusoleil.com.

Gallery Row
, Broad Avenue South at Third Street. Offering some of the largest collections of fine art and antiques in Southwest Florida.

Gallery Matisse
, 1170 Third St. S., Suite C-106, (239) 649-7114. An eclectic mix of modern masters, exceptional Florida artists and contemporary artists. Also exhibited are 19th and 20th century American and European paintings.

Gallery One
, 1301 Third St. S., (239) 263-0835. Displays more than 200 artists and features colorful art glass, paintings, sculpture, Frogman bronze frogs, ceramics and unique jewelry. www.galleryonenaples.com.

Gallery Susan deWitt, 5405 Taylor Road, Suite 6, (239) 254-8005. Contemporary original works created by established and emerging artists. Open by appointment. www.gallerysusandewitt.com.

Gardner-Colby Gallery, 386 and 635 Broad Ave. S., (239) 403-7787. Representing an exceptional group of living American and international artists and sculptors. www.gardnercolbygallery.com.

Global Arts Alliance
, (239) 682-7511. Web site-based art center. Artists come from around the globe and are recognized major talents in various mediums of art, including oils on canvas, blown glass, mixed medium on metal, water colors and statue. www.globalartsalliance.com.

Guess-Fisher Gallery
, 824 Fifth Ave. S., (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.

Fantasy & Faux, 1750 J & C Blvd., Suite 1, (239) 591-1816. A selection of hand-painted furniture, accessories and murals. www.fantasyandfaux.com.

Harmon-Meek Gallery
, 599 Ninth St. N., Suite 309, (239) 261-2637. Promotes American artists dating from 1920 to the present. www.harmonmeekgallery.com.

HW Gallery
, 1305 Third St. S., (239) 263-6640. Offering modern, contemporary and traditional art. www.hwgallery.com.

IAG Galleries, corner of Broad Avenue South and Gordon Drive, (239) 649-7339. Presenting paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and art glass by regional and international professional artists. www.iaggalleries.com.

Jo-Gi Gallery, 586 Ninth St. S., (239) 659-5644. Contemporary French fine art. Original paintings, sculpture and lithographs by emerging and established contemporary artists living and working in France. www.jogigallery.com.

The Lady from Haiti Gallery/Boutique
, 515 Park St., (239) 649-8607. Colorful Caribbean art including native steel drum sculpture, papier-mâché, jewelry and highly collectible paintings.
www.theladyfromhaiti.com
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Longstreth Goldberg Art, 5640 Taylor Road, (239) 514-2773. Contemporary painting and sculpture by European and American artists. www.plgart.com.

Marianne Friedland Gallery, 359 Broad Ave. S., (239) 262-3484. Specializes in major works by modern and contemporary American masters. Featured artists include Wolf Kahn, Milton Avery, Hans Hofmann, Al Held, Wolf Kahn, Jules Olitski and Janet Fish. www.mariannefriedlandglry.com.

Marine Arts Gallery, 4250 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-0000. One of the country’s oldest marine galleries featuring paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. www.marineartsgallery.com.

Marjorie Pesek Fine Art
, (239) 293-4167. Specializing in privately commissioned equestrian and portrait art using a mixed-media technique called Layered Imagery. www.marjoriepesek.com.

Mary Mariner Gallery and Art Studio, 2205 Hawksridge Drive, Suite 904, (239) 353-0013. The working studio of Mary Mariner, who specializes in impressionism and abstracts.

Mitchell-Peck Gallery, 1144 Third St. S., (239) 659-5956. Master goldsmith Philip Peck and metalsmith Patrick Mitchell create Old World historical designs and custom works. www.mitchellpeck.com.

The Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., (239) 597-1900. Features revolving, world-class exhibitions and permanent collections. www.thephil.org.

Native Visions Gallery, 737 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 643-3785. Wildlife and landscapes from Africa to the Everglades. Verdite, bronze and leadwood sculpture and acrylics. www.callofafrica.com.

New River Fine Art
, the Colonnade at 600 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 435-4515. Fine American and European contemporary, modern and impressionist paintings and sculpture. www.newriverfineart.com.

Peter Garon Studio/Gallery, 374 13th Ave. S., (239) 263-3872. Landscape-reminiscent oil and acrylic paintings. www.petergaronstudio.com.

Loving Jewelry and Fine Art, 640 Fifth Ave., (239) 649-7455. Exclusive source for oil paintings by colorist Fred Nold. www.noldgallery.com.

Rick Moore Fine Art, (239) 434-6464. Virtual gallery representing international artists and a variety of techniques. www.rickmooregallery.com.

Rosen Gallery & Studios, North Line Plaza, 2172, J & C Blvd., (239) 821-1061. A unique artistic experience uniting three gallery spaces surrounding the working studios of award-winning artists.

Shaw Gallery of Naples, 761 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-7828. Exhibiting 40 local, national and international sculptors, painters and glass works artists. www.shawgallery.com. Shaw Gallery also located in Bonita Springs, 8200 Health Center Blvd. Suite 103, (239) 947-4938.

Sheldon Fine Art, 460 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 649-6255. Features traditional and contemporary originals and limited editions by world-renowned national and local artists in a gallery that has been established for more than 25 years. www.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. www.silvereaglegallery.com.

The Studio on 5th, 487 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 793-6203. Fine art and mixed-media portraiture by Karen Walsh Haupt. www.kwhfineart.com.

Sweet Art Gallery, 2054 Trade Center Way, (239) 597-2110. Featuring modern, contemporary and abstract artwork by local, national and international artists. www.thesweetartgallery.com.

Trudy Labell Fine Art
, 2425 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 434-7778. Reality Check in February features artwork ranging from hyper-realism to gently recognizable images, and Less in March features non-representational artwork where texture, line and color are the subject. www.trudylabellfineart.com.

Vallez Studio Gallery, 784 12th Ave. S., (239) 262-0381. Paintings and prints by Naples artist Jerry Vallez. www.jerryvallez.com.

The von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St. (off Fifth Avenue South), (239) 262-6517. The center includes a gallery, gift shop and library. Featuring American art from the 1950s forward. www.naplesartcenter.org.

Weatherburn Gallery, 452 Bayfront Place, (239) 263-8008. Exhibiting national and international artists and their interpretations of landscapes, interiors, urbanscapes and still life.
www.weatherburn.com.

OCHOPEE

Big Cypress Gallery, 52388 Tamiami Trail, (239) 695-2428. Features the black-and-white photographs of landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. www.clydebutcher.com.

BONITA SPRINGS

Art League of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, (239) 495-8989. Provides opportunities for all to participate in artistic expression, education and appreciation. Houses eight studios, an art library and two galleries. www.artcenterbonita.org.

CAPE CORAL

Cape Coral Arts Studio, 4533 Coronado Parkway, (239) 574-0802. Two art galleries housing works from local and state artists; art supply store, gift shop, and fine-crafts classes and workshops. www.capeparks.com.

CAPTIVA ISLAND

Jungle Drums Gallery, 11532 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-2266. Artists capture a variety of animals in bronze, wood, glass, copper, clay and more. www.jungledrumsgallery.com.

ESTERO

Artistic Surroundings, 21301 U.S. 41 S., (239) 948-2787. Work by Edna Hibel and Ben Essenburg, as well as local artists.

The Art Galleries, Florida Gulf Coast University, (239) 590-7199. Exhibits student and faculty work as well as regional, national and international artists. artgallery.fgcu.edu.

FORT MYERS

Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., (239) 939-2787. Officially designated arts organization for Lee County. Presents free monthly art gallery exhibitions and special events, year-round arts classes and workshops. www.artinlee.org.

Arts for ACT Gallery and Boutique
, 2265 First St., (239) 337-5050. A nonprofit gallery featuring 75 artists whose work may be purchased for a few dollars up to several thousand. Operated by Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT). www.artsforactgallery.com.

Art League of Fort Myers, 1451 Monroe St., (239) 275-3970. Art gallery, workshops, classes and special events. www.artleagueoffortmyers.org.

Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison State College, Humanities Hall, 8099 College Parkway, (239) 489-9313. Hosts eight exhibitions, interpretive and educational programs to benefit both students and the general public. www.bobrauschenberggallery.com.

Daas Gallery, 1542 Broadway St., (239) 939-1194. Contemporary, edgy, modern works by local and international artists. www.daasgallery.com.

Florida Fine Art Gallery, Gannon’s Antique and Art Center, 16521 S. Tamiami Trail, (239) 489-2211. Contemporary Florida artists; oils, watercolors and photography.

Indigo Gallery, a 24-hour gallery along the sidewalk of the Patio De Leon, where private windows display art to the viewing public. www.indigogallery.net.

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

The Pottery Garden
, 13251 McGregor Blvd., Suite 106-1, (239) 415-4446. A paint-your-own-pottery studio offers classes on creating pottery. www.thepotterygarden.com.

PINE ISLAND

Crossed Palms Gallery, 8315 Main St., Bokeelia, (239) 283-2283. Pottery, glass, jewelry and metal sculptures.

Koucky Gallery & Gardens
, 5971 Baypoint Road, Bokeelia, (239) 283-4414. Eclectic art and designer crafts gallery, a pottery studio and a tropical plant nursery. www.kouckygallery.com.

The Potter’s Workshop
, 3058 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. (239) 283-2775. Working pottery studio with adjacent gallery. www.thepottersworkshop.com.

Wild Child Gallery
, 4625 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, (239) 283-6006. More than 120 local artists. Island-inspired oils, sculptures, pottery and more. Weekend workshops. www.wildchildartgallery.com.

SANIBEL ISLAND

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

Hirdie Girdie Gallery, 2490 Library Way, (239) 395-0027. A cooperative of artists offering a wide variety of fine art by local and Haitian artisans. www.hirdiegirdie.com.

Tower Gallery, 751 Tarpon Bay Road, (239) 472-4557. Features expressionist and abstract paintings, gyotaku, black-and-white photography and more by a cooperative of 23 artists. www.towergallery-sanibel.com.

Watson MacRae Gallery: A Sanctuary of Art, 2340 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-3386. Fine art and artisan glass, ceramics and jewelry by local and nationally known artists. www.watsonmacraegallery.com.

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