What happens when artists start using unconventional surfaces—rooftops, billboards, building facades and other industrial backdrops—as their canvas? Check out the creative works of established and emerging urban artists during Art Modern Gallery’s Urban Eyes exhibit, which opens with a reception Oct. 2 and continues through Oct. 23. To RSVP, call 236-1137.
It wouldn’t be naples in the fall without the Swamp Buggy Races! Join Collier County’s oldest and largest parade, now in its 60th year, from Coastland Center mall to Third Avenue South on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. Then, the traditional Budweiser Fall Classic begins at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Florida Sports Park. Tickets are available online at www.swampbuggy.com.
Get in the spirit of halloween at the Imaginarium’s annual Boo Bash, an all-day Halloween party for children chock full of fun activities, including make-and-take projects, face painting, shows, live animal encounters and a costume contest. Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 321-7420.
The french bread oven’s large raspberry charlotte brings summer’s bounty to the table with a mousse core incorporating blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. The mousse is nestled between two layers of French sponge cake. Whole glazed strawberries, raspberries and piped whipped cream perch atop the Charlotte, on a luscious dark chocolate layer. Artisanal baker Andre Gratesol crafts dozens of unique creations every day to choose from. 8793 Tamiami Trail E., Suite 105, Naples. 732-7774.
A grandfather, mother and father with careers in the arts all nurtured Janet Fish, who was born in Boston in 1938. She likes to draw with paint. We detect a soft but strong light sifting its way down from the top of the composition and observe how she has animated the surface of the tablecloth with her painted shadows. Her fluid lines of color create forms that appear to be three dimensional. The selection of a frosted coffee cake with nuts allows Fish to show off her brushwork in the gooey whitesugar paste that swirls across its surface. The colorfully striped pitcher and glasses provide the artist the opportunity to exhibit her finesse while convincing us of the solidity of these clear vessels. Fish whets our appetite with her painted still-life. Let’s eat! Coffee Cake is part of the exhibition The Art of Janet Fish on view at the Naples Museum of Art through January 2010.
It’s time to spruce up your fall makeup arsenal (smoky eyes and red lips, anyone?), and the Beauty Bash at Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops is your best bet for one-stop makeovers, tips from makeup artists, complementary facials, live music and cocktails, Oct. 1 from 5–8 p.m. Call 592-5900 for more information or to schedule a facial.
The art league of Bonita Springs unveils its new performance space at The Promenade at Bonita Bay on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of French masterworks by harpists Dickie Fleisher and Kayo Ishimaru. The space is also the home of the new “Live!” at the Promenade … theater series for children. Catch its premiere, The Reluctant Dragon, on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. 495-8989.
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in the spirit of fall and plentiful charity events to come, Eden Autism Services Florida is partnering with Stonewood Tavern & Grill and Haskell’s Wine & Spirits for its sixth annual series of Autumn Wine Tastings on the first three Mondays in October. Frank Garbarino, assistant development coordinator for the organization and founder of the wine series, gives us the scoop on these tasty—and economical—evenings out.
Q: How did the idea for these wine tastings originate?
A: I was talking one evening with Tom Sanborn, the proprietor of Stonewood, and he said they wanted to participate in some programs. I said, What about a wine tasting? Then I went to Haskell’s and they also thought it was a great idea. So now we bring in a wine specialist, Kevin Casey, of Transatlantic Wines, to talk about the wines, and it also gives back to the community by helping those with autism.
Q: How does the event benefit Eden Florida?
A: Every dollar we collect goes over to Eden.
Q: What can people expect when they attend?
A: They can sample different wines—every week there’s a different wine that they try, Sonoma County, Australian, French wines. Plus, Stonewood donates a tremendous amount of food—there’s been bruschetta, lamb chops, shrimp. For only $20 they have a great time, and there’s a lot of wine, food and camaraderie among all the people.
Q: What other perks are involved?
A: Haskell’s offers a 10 percent to 15 percent discount on whatever wines they’re trying that evening. We also offer door prizes—baskets of wines from Haskell’s and gift certificates from Stonewood that we raffle off to benefit the charity.
Q: What are October’s events’ themes? Are reservations required?
Oct. 5 will be a Tour of France; Oct. 12 features wines from Sonoma; and Oct. 19 showcases several wines from around the world. To make reservations, call 440-3524, or leave a message at 992-4690, ext. 209.