Art has a way of bringing people together to create a shared appreciation of beauty, creativity, and joy. Just as a writer tells a story through words, artists tell their stories through a variety of mediums for all of us to interpret and enjoy—from painting, drawing, and sculpting, to creating jewelry, pottery, or any number of creative mediums. Public art shows and exhibitions provide the perfect venue for artists to share their work, and for art lovers to step into the world of another person, even if just for a moment in time.
Luckily, the city of Naples is home to a host of quality art museums, galleries, and art shows, creating a bustling and sophisticated art scene that draws locals and visitors alike. In fact, during the last few decades, Naples has become not only one of the premier art destinations in Southwest Florida, but in the United States as well. If you’re looking for an opportunity to experience the finest artistic talent the area has to offer, here are four annual Naples art events that you simply can’t miss.
1. Naples National Art Fair
One of Southwest Florida’s most highly anticipated events of the year, Naples National Art Fair is considered one of the must-see events of the season by locals, and is consistently ranked as one of the top art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Hosted by Naples Art, this show is a competitive juried event that showcases the best art and finest crafts of artists in 17 different categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture, and wood. The 44th Annual Naples National Art Show will take place February 25-26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the scenic Cambier Park.
2. Art in the Park
Believed to be the first outdoor art show ever held in Naples, Art in the Park has been showcasing and connecting artists with shoppers since 1957. The program prides itself on providing the Naples community with access to the fine art and craftwork of its most talented local artists. Art in the Park is a juried art show that runs monthly from November to April. With three dates left this year, you'll find this event on February 4th-5th and March 4th-5th, and April 1st-2nd. Each show takes place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3. Naples Downtown Art Show
The last major art show of the winter season in Naples is the Naples Downtown Art Show. Now in its 35th season, this is a 2-day event with jury-selected artists from across the country. You'll find the perfect piece of art while strolling along 5th Avenue South, as well as a variety of music and culinary treats. The event takes place from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on March 25th-26th.
4. Art Alive! in the Naples Art District
Art Alive! is a district-wide event held throughout the Naples Art District. Over 85 artists participate in the event, which is held each year from November to May. You can meet working artists and view live demonstrations in the art studios, buy unique art directly from the artist, and even sign up for classes. With an alternating schedule of First Wednesdays (3 pm - 7 pm), First Thursdays (1:00 - 5:00 pm) and Third Saturdays (1:00 - 5:00 pm), you'll have the opportunity to enjoy this event at a leisurely pace and meet different artists each time you attend. You can view the full schedule online and find a self-guided walking tour of the Naples Art District for your convenience.
With so many amazing art events in Naples,Florida, you are sure to find an artist whose story speaks to you. Here at Moorings Park Communities, the best of Naples art scene is just a short drive away. To find out more on Moorings Park Communities, click here for our complimentary information kit or contact us today.