Art inspires, heals, challenges and unites us. This year, local organizations have worked overtime to provide us with visual and performing arts through pandemic-safe avenues. The online shows, virtual concerts, classes and exhibits brought much-needed entertainment and a mental getaway during the stay-at-home order and beyond. Now, as things reopen and people adjust to new ways of doing things, galleries, museums and other groups are coming up with even more ways to connect you with the arts.
With October comes the National Arts and Humanities Month, which lends the perfect opportunity to engage with creativity in all its expressions. The latest issue of Gulfshore Life is dedicated entirely to the topic, and we also continue the arts celebration here, with this comprehensive guide to the many exhibits and performances you can enjoy around Southwest Florida this month.
- Alliance for the Arts: The Plays Well with Others exhibit showcases local and national artists with work that incorporates play and toys in interactive, mischievous and subversive ways.
- Harmon-Meek Gallery presents nature-inspired abstract artist Mally Khorasantchi.
- Mercato hosts a retrospective with artist and Gulf Coast High School art teacher Dani Papanikolaou, who shares his vibrant perspective.
- Naples Botanical Garden: Experience the Steve Tobin: Nature Underground exhibit with sculptures that rise out of the landscape and blend into the gardens with perfect harmony.
- Alliance for the Arts: (Performing Arts) Live theatre returns to Fort Myers with the outdoor presentation of The Duck Variations by David Mamet, a comedy that dramatizes the adage that people who talk with the most authority on a subject are likely the ones who know the least about it. Showings on Oct. 8-11 and Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 18. The youth theatre also presents The Best Seats In Your House: Charlotte’s Web via live stream on Oct. 17th.
- Barbara B Mann presents An Enchanting Evening of Broadway on Oct. 24th.
- Florida Repertory Theatre has your Friday nights covered in October with its Stage@Home series limited fall run.
- The Naples Players presents Yours, Truly—a jazz-era musical based on a true story presented and presented cabaret-style at Cambier Park.
A Little Bit of Both
- Artis—Naples: The Naples International Film Festival returns with virtual screenings—including more than 60 films you can screen from home—as well as in-person events.
- Sidney and Berne Davis Center: Musicians, mixed media and spoken word artists can join Gulf Coast Leisure for the Art & Poetry Networking Event on Oct. 15th.
- Enjoy exhibitions and live performances throughout October at the Center for The Arts of Bonita Springs.