Your roundup of creative events and opportunities is here!
This May, connect to your neighbors and to the arts at the Alliance!
Ukraine Mural Project & Community Concert
Thursday, May 5 • Murals by local artists Erik Schlake and Roland Ruocco that have stood in front of the Alliance for the Arts for the last month has been vandalized. The 4×8 foot murals depicting Zelenskyy — one against a backdrop of a Ukrainian flag — can be seen by traffic passing on busy McGregor Boulevard.
The response is to not only restore the damaged murals, but commission 20 more with your help to show support of the Ukrainian refugee crisis as well as raise awareness about the role that arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.
The project will culminate in a big reveal and community concert with Karibbean Grooves as well as food trucks. The event is free to attend, but a suggested $10 donation supports and sustains the future of the arts in Southwest Florida.
DUO: Krista and Leo Johnson
Opening Reception: May 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. • See it first. See it free. This event is open to the public. Come meet your neighbors at this free event!
Exhibits May 6 – 28 • The power of two: commanding forces in painting and self-expression, these two lovebirds make the perfect pair! Krista and Leo Johnson combine primitivism and modernist figure painting to form a cumulative vision that delights with splendor and discovery. Join us in the gallery this month as we celebrate the work of these two amazing artists which make the perfect DUO.
LUNAFEST (Virtual + In Person)
Friday, May 13 • LunaFest celebrates a powerful and diverse set of women filmmakers and helps expose their short films to a national platform. LunaFest has empowered and shared the work of more than 170 women filmmakers giving them the opportunity to tell their stories and opening the door for filmmakers who might not otherwise be given the chance to show their art.
Free Family Art Lab
Saturday, May 21 • Make creativity part of your family routine each month during Family Art Lab! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. Come ready to imagine and create!
Connections: A Juried Exhibition at the Southwest Florida International Airport
Submissions due May 6 • In recent years, it has become increasingly important for all of us to celebrate, value, and strengthen our connections to each other and the world around us. Artists are asked to create work for this exhibition that explores this idea of connection. Artworks will feature traditional media such as painting and drawing but alternative approaches to mixed media are also encouraged.
Collage and Mixed Media (Ages 16+)
Mondays, May 2 – 23 • In this four week course, students will be exposed to various mixed media techniques with an emphasis on collage. This will be a fun and experimental class for anyone who wants to try but doesn’t know how to go about it. It will also have relevance for the seasoned artist who wants to try something different.
Zentangle for the Seasons (Ages13+)
Wednesday, May 4 -25 • Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of drawing patterns step by step. It is relaxing, gratifying and a great way to exercise the creative side of your brain! Beginning with the basics in the first class, we’ll then create a variety of Art works throughout the month, based on the season.
Summer Arts Camp for Grades 1 – 7
Sessions June – August 2022 • A camp session consists of two immersive weeks of the best summer arts camp in southwest Florida. Fill your child’s summer with an exhilarating array of activities like art, theatre, photography and movement! Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to experience, explore and engage with both visual and performing arts.
Choose your own art•venture with weekly session themes exploring the elements of wind, earth, fire and water through both visual and performing arts as well as science experiments.
Havana Nostalgia: A Night with Bernardo Lichilin
Saturday, May 28 • Join the Alliance for the Arts as we welcome Havana’s virtuoso and Cuban tenor, Bernardo Lichilin, and David Padin on the keyboard.
Group Voice Workshop (Ages 16+)
Saturday, May 10 •This workshop is an introduction to fundamentals of voice. Students will practice breath control to ensure they have the wind to power their notes. Vocal exercises will help them with identifying areas to work on such as pitch control, articulation (vowel emphasis), phrasing and other items key to building confidence and skill.
Bob Ross Classic: “Secluded Beach” – Painting Workshop (Ages 13+)
Saturday, May 14 • Join Mathew Halstead for a classic Bob Ross painting workshop with friends at the Alliance. Find freedom on a canvas as Mathew leads you from start to finish though creating the painting, “Secluded Beach.” Students will take home a finished 12X16 painting.
Paper Marbling Workshop
Saturday, May 14 • Marbling is a unique process in which paint is carefully dropped onto a liquid bath. The drops are then teased into designs and printed on paper. In this two day class students will explore all facets of this magical process.
Classical AM, PM or Painting Studio with Terry Lynn Spry (Ages 16+)
Tuesdays, May 24 – June 28 • Join long-time instructor and painter, Terry Lynn Spry, for her weekly fine art painting classes designed for the novice to the professional. Students are encouraged to work at their own level, and with their subject and medium of choice.
CHANGE Acting Class (Ages 17+)
Saturdays, June 4 – July 9 • The CHANGE Program (Communities Harnessing the Arts to Nurture and Grow Equity) engages aspiring adult actors of color in theatre education, provides performance opportunities, and a platform to convene dialogue on social issues that challenge our community through creative, artistic expression.
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