What’s Happening In Naples: February 16-19 Weekend Edition

Thursday, February 16

Jan Sitts Famous Artist Workshop

Join the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from Feb 13-16 for Jan Sitts Famous Artist Workshop at Fort Myers Beach Art Association

(239) 463-3909 see www.fortmyersbeachart.com

Fee: Member $395/ Non member $435
Contact: Kay Cowan 952-210-6888

email: kayzercowan@gmail.com

Katherine Way Trunk Show

We are so excited to be having our first Katherine Way Trunk Show at Lux Boutique. We’re even more excited that Katherine herself will be here. One day only so don’t miss out.

Dani with DMA Cosmetics will be here to make sure you pick the perfect lip colors to go with your new Lux attire.
DMA is an anti-aging, vitamin enriched, paraben free lip collection with long lasting color and shine.

Katherine Way Collections is a full line of stylish, fashionably appropriate apparel and resort wear for women who want to feel young and energetic as well as confident and comfortable in their clothing. Katherine thinks beyond seasons and creates timeless, simple styles that graciously fit and flatter every figure.
The collection is easy-to-wear and machine washable.

Location:  Lux Boutique
Address:  4262 Gulfshore Blvd North

Wine & Dezine with Anne Chaddock

Betcha didn’t think you could paint! Well you can. This is most fun you’ll ever have with a brush. Friends, fun, wine and leave with your own masterpiece in just three hours. Just relax as each workshop takes you step by step through the wonderful world of painting.

Cost: $55 for Members & Nonmembers
Location: Naples Art Association
Address: 585 Park Street, Naples FL

Friday, February 17

Opening Reception for Photographer Michael Kahn

Mary Martin Gallery (www.mmgnaples.com) – located at 365 5th Avenue South, Suite 101 in Naples – invites the public to an opening reception of photographer Michael Kahn’s newest works on Friday, February 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  His exhibit will be on display at the gallery through the end of February. Please call 843.830.0887 to reserve pieces in advance.

Born in 1960, Kahn is a life-long resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his family summered on the coasts of Maine and Topsail Island, North Carolina. This is where his love of the sea and sailing originated. After high school, Kahn apprenticed in a portrait studio where they used Hasselblad cameras with a square 6×6 cm film format. Here, he received hands-on training in film handling and black and white printmaking. In the mid ‘90s, Kahn took his first sailing photograph of a small boat in the fog on a lake in the Adirondacks. This image launched his nautical photography career. Kahn made the decision to stay with his film cameras instead of going with the new trends in digital equipment, and continues to make handmade photographs in his darkroom.  With his 1950s camera, Kahn travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. With a distinctive sense of composition and attention to tonal relationships, the emotional force exhibited in Kahn’s photographs has allowed him to be one of the most memorable photographers of our time.

Kahn’s stunning seascapes and sailing photographs are exhibited in art galleries and museums around the world and his works are also held in both private and large corporate collections, such as McGraw Hill, Liberty Property Trust, and MBNA Bank. Kahn has been profiled and his images showcased in prominent magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Classic Boat, Sailing World, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and ForbesLife.

Mary Martin Gallery is a unique gallery that represents over 80 outstanding artists including all styles of art, from classical to contemporary. Mary Martin Gallery has been selected as one of the top 25 galleries in America for the last three years. Mary Martin Gallery creates a fine art experience every person can enjoy.  For more information about this event or the gallery, please contact Taylor Owens by calling 843.830.0887 or by emailing Taylor@MaryMartinArt.com.

Cost: Free-of-charge
Location: Mary Martin Gallery
Address: 365 5th Avenue South, Suite 101

Barbara Bush Foundation’s Florida Celebration of Reading

Best-selling authors Chris Gardner, Elin Hilderbrand, Candice Millard and Laura Numeroff will join the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy for the 17th annual Florida Celebration of Reading on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs.

Since 2001, the Florida Celebration of Reading, founded by former Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, has raised more than $26 million in support of family literacy programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation that help children and their parents improve their literacy skills.

The annual event features guest appearances by members of the Bush family, including Jeb Bush Jr., who will serve as event honorary chair, and best-selling authors who read from their works during the event.

Funds raised from the annual Florida Celebration of Reading help support programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, including Teen Trendsetters, a high-impact program that pairs teen mentors with first- or second-grade students who are, on average, half a year behind in reading.

Sponsorships are available and include exclusive events, such as a private, intimate luncheon with members of the Bush family and guest authors, a VIP reception, and preferred seating at the reading event and dinner.

Major 2017 Florida Celebration of Reading partners include Prudential, State Farm, Publix Super Markets Charities, Mosaic, Florida Lottery and AT&T.

Individual tickets are $250 and include the reading program and dinner.

For more information about Celebration of Reading or to purchase tickets, visit www.BarbaraBush.org/events.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, and today is a public charity that aspires to achieve a vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. To learn more about the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s commitment to promote family literacy in homes across America, please visit www.BarbaraBush.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

Cost: Individual tickets are $250 and include the reading program and dinner
Location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Address: 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs FL

Saturday, February 18

Art of the Pas de Deux – A Dance Dialogue

Catch the inspiring dance of the Art of the Pas de Deux: A Dance Dialogue , featuring some of Miami City Ballet’s finest dancers. The night will be filled with grace and finesse with a variety of ballets being  performed in elegant fashion with fascinating commentary provided by gifted dancers.

Cost: $49 Loge/$44 General Admission/$5 Students
Location: BIG ARTS Schein Hall
Address: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel FL

The Spinners

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment & It$ Not Ober Yet Productions present An Evening with The Spinners when the legendary R&B group brings their iconic music to the Seminole Casino Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $50 and can be purchased online.

The Spinners embody the sound of classic R&B and have sold more than 60 million records during their illustrious career, with 18 Solid Gold Top 40 hits. The group’s Top 10 hits include “Then Came You,” “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl,” “Cupid (I’ve Love You For So Long),” “The Rubberband Man,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” and “It’s A Shame.”
Concert attendees must be 21 years of age or older. 

Cost: $50
Location: Seminole Casino Hotel
Address: 506 South 1st St, Immokalee FL

Diva Comedy Night

Join us for a night of side-splitting comedy hosted and produced by three funny and fierce females on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. for “Diva Comedy Night.” These national touring comics will commandeer the mic with gusto for a show that’s sure to fracture your funny bone. We’ve wrangled 3 of Florida’s funniest females featuring:

  • Pam Bruno, from Hollywood, FL, is the winner of 2015 Ultimate Miami Comedian. Pam has worked with many nationally known comedians, including Wendy Liebman, Emmy-winner Louie Anderson, Tommy Davidson, Bobby Lee, and the legendary singer Roberta Flack. She recently appeared with Kevin Hart in his new TV series, Hart of the City, on Comedy Central.
  • Trish Keating, from Tampa, FL, has been nominated for a 2013 STAR Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at the Francis Wilson Theater. She was a divisional semi-finalist for the Boston Comedy Festival, featured in the Tampa Bay Comedy Festival and in “The Teacher’s Lounge Comedy Show” series at The Tampa Improv. Has worked with comedians like Victoria Jackson and Wanda Sykes who said.. “Trish’s got jokes!
  • Mariannette, from Fort Myers, FL, is a professional actress and writer of over 25 years turned comedian.  She was a finalist in Nick @ Nite’s ‘America’s Funniest Mom’ and Winner of the 2nd Annual Comedians Ball in Florida and finalist in Comic Cure’s ‘Florida’s Funniest Female’. She has featured for top comedians like Craig Shoemaker, Michael Winslow, Judy Tenuta and Pauly Shore.

Cost: $15 Members/$20 Nonmembers
Location: Lee County Alliance for the Arts
Address: 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL