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world-renowned painter, printmaker, occasional sculptor and filmmaker Andy Warhol recorded the ever-changing American culture through his work. Check out selected color screen prints from the Bank of America’s collection in Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends, which opens with a preview reception March 13 at The von Liebig Art Center. 262-6517.



Calling all flower enthusiasts: The Naples Garden Club and Naples Botanical Garden present their fifth annual Naples Flower Show titled “It’s in the Bag,” March 28–29 at the NBG. Catch demonstrations of horticulture and design, and purchase unusual plants, jewelry and garden ornaments. Call 643-7275 for details.



David wong’s pan asian & sushi’s Scallop Amok brings Cambodia’s national seafood dish to your table. Succulent diver scallops and fresh Napa cabbage are placed in a banana leaf bowl, seasoned with lemongrass, Thai chili, kaffir lime leaf and Khmer curry. This rich, exotic blend is bathed in coconut milk and steamed until firm, Cambodian style. (Just don’t eat the banana leaf!) David Wong’s Pan Asian & Sushi, 25301 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. 992-5600.                            —Ivan Seligman



back for another year, sasha cohen and other figure skating Olympic medalists and world champions take to the ice at Germain Arena for Smucker’s Stars on Ice, March 2 at 7 p.m. Call the box office at 334-3309 for tickets.



bring your blankets and lawn chairs (rain or shine) to Riverside Park for the Bonita Blues Festival, March 14 from noon to 8 p.m. The 2009 lineup includes four bands, and funds raised from the festival go to the Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation, which helps the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Call 947-0715 for information.



local legend randy Wayne White, whose mystery novels set in our sunny paradise have landed on The New York Times’ best seller list, stops by Borders in Naples on March 10 at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his new book Dead Silence. Call 596-7199 for more information.



Karen shapiro, who is showing new work at Trudy Labell Fine Art this month, likes to recreate visual icons from the past. Her five-foot roll of LifeSavers looks phenomenally accurate from a distance. On close observation, the fact that it is made from clay and hand painted can be appreciated. Shapiro, a former pastry chef, has an innate understanding of modeling and molding as well as crafting and decorating. A stickler for accuracy, the artist makes the object her own by raising the letters of the logo on the form and making them subtly sculptural. Her medium is Raku, which was developed by the Japanese for pottery. Shapiro continues in the tradition of pop artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol, who in the 1960s took inspiration from everyday objects and made them into works of art. She, like her predecessors, alters the scale of the referenced objects and so changes our perception of them. Shapiro’s show at Labell’s Naples gallery will include many recognizable names, such Beech-nut Gum and Campbell’s Soup.


DON’T MISS IT! March 14


Even dogs aren’t off limits as a design element for international interior design icon Charles Faudree. He incorporates everything from modern blends to farmhouse style and, yes, his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Nicholas, who makes an appearance in photographs throughout his four home design books. Faudree dishes on coordinating contemporary style with classic antiques at a brunch on March 14 at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, part of the 28th annual Naples Art & Antiques Show.


—Mark Ormond


Describe your design aesthetic.

Traditional Country French, but I’m not a purist. I like to mix and match. It’s about the mix and how you can create a different look.


How did you get started with interior designing?

When I was younger, each year I used to paint my house’s front door and shutters a different color. I’ve always had a love for decorating and designing homes. Even though it was corny, it was the beginning of me decorating.


What is your take on home décor in Southwest Florida?

I think it is true to form. Florida always seems to have a lighter palette and a cleaner look.



How does the Naples Art & Antiques Show benefit home décor?

A wonderful array of antique dealers from around the world come to Florida to show what’s new and innovative. It’s also a great opportunity to get that antique or accessory into your everyday home.


How do you begin decorating a room?

Design 101: You start from the bottom up. But like most rules, they’re meant to be broken. I like to center a room around a major piece of furniture or a pivotal fabric.


What is your favorite color?

Red. It’s warm and inviting.

—Angel Suarez


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