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We’re sleighing it this December!  

Our annual featured gallery exhibition will help you deck your walls for the holidays.
Small Works Off the Wall offers a cash and carry experience so there is no need to wait
till the end, and the walls will be evergreen.    

We can’t forget our highly anticipated Arts on Tap concert featuring JJ Grey & Mofro and
special guest Damon Fowler. Few tickets remain, and yule be sorry if you miss it.  

Looking for a unique gift? Come shop local vendors on Dec. 2, from 9 am-1 pm for our
annual Arts & Ends Holiday Sale!        

December’s Featured Gallery Exhibit

Small Works Off the Walls  

In the Gallery November 30- December 30 Opening Reception: November 30, 5-7pm
This event is open to the public. Come meet your neighbors and enjoy beverages and light
refreshments from Jayne Baker at this event!  

Coinciding with the onset of the holiday shopping season, this gallery show features artworks
of all mediums priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will
get to take the piece with them when they buy it, instead of waiting until the end of the exhibit.  

Member Gallery: The Students of Marilyn Hedlund 
In Fine Arts Acrylics classes taught by Marilyn Hedlund on Monday and Wednesday mornings,
students are encouraged to loosen up and enjoy the painting process as much as possible. They
are taught the basic principles of seeing and making art as originally taught at The Alliance start-
ing in the 1990’s by artist Gail Bennett in his impressionist and abstract styles. However, students
of any style or experience will benefit from these classes as works are critiqued with the goal of
learning basic elements in art of: form, composition, color, value, and size.  

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JJ Grey & Mofro LIVE at Arts on Tap  

Friday, December 1 • Arts on Tap is the Alliance for the Arts’ premier craft beer and music
event. A must-attend event, Arts on Tap features a performance by Florida Native, JJ Grey
& Mofro.  

Born and bred in Florida, JJ Grey plays music that mixes raw rural blues with tough, swampy
Southern rock, generating a sound that has a loose, natural feel while maintaining a potent
edge. JJ Grey’s songs draw deep on his heritage as well as his clear-eyed perspective on the
world around him. You’ll feel amazing listening to JJ Grey and even better knowing that pro-
ceeds from this event fund the Alliance’s programs, which ensure access to the arts through-
out the year.  

VIP tickets are SOLD OUT.  

General admission tickets include a wide selection of craft & domestic beer, food trucks and
open lawn seating. General admission tickets are $85 each.  

This event is open ONLY to those 21+.  

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Arts & Ends Holiday Sale  

Saturday, December 2, 9 am- 1 pm • Our annual Arts and Ends Holiday Sale returns December 2!  

This year’s Arts and Ends Holiday Sale is headed outdoors to our GreenMarket grounds! Located on
walkways surrounding the Alliance for the Arts building, artist’s tables will be set up in the beautiful
open air and sunshine. The sale will be held on December 2nd from 9am-1pm.  

Participating vendors include Anne Schroeder, Earth Girl Magic Gifts, Fort Myers Beach Art Associa-
tion, Kathryn Reid, Kinga Labedzki, Lehigh Acres Art League, Monica Shintani, The Mossy Cottage,
Ocean Blooms, Painting with Eunique, Pat Hart, Paula Arts, Rabbit Paws Art, Rose Jung, Trippy Shells,
and more.  

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World AIDS Day  

Sunday, December 3, 6-9 pm • AFTA is collaborating with Gulf Coast Leisure, SWFL Sistas
Organizing to Survive, Lee County Outreach Task Force for this event. There will be food,
music, speakers, and most importantly stories directly from the community.  

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Members Only Photography Club  

December 7, 6:30-8:30 pm • What a great time to be an Alliance Member! We are launching
our new and exciting Photography Club hosted by photographer and multi-faceted artist Duncan
Metts, and this club is exclusive to Alliance members.   

Duncan will focus on fostering artistic
growth and understanding amongst members through a wide range of photography assign-
ments and resulting image reviews. This supportive and encouraging environment will allow
participants to get to know themselves better and observe the natural world in a new and
beautiful way.  

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Outdoor Bluegrass Concert ft. HWY 41 S  

Sunday, December 17, 3-5:00 pm • Join fellow bluegrass music lovers for great live music
by bands from southwest Florida and beyond! Our popular Palmgrass bluegrass concerts are
always a toe-tapping good time.  

Hwy 41 S, renowned for their authentic sound and contagious energy, will transport you to
the roots of American folk music with their soulful harmonies and masterful instrumentals.
From banjos to fiddles, expect an enchanting blend of strings that pays homage to the genre’s
rich heritage.   

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Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, December 13, 5-8:00 pm • Join us under the stars every second Wednesday of
the month from 5 pm to 8 pm for our pop-up Night Market. We feature a selection of art, live
music, food trucks and beer and wine.   There will be a free family art activity hosted by our
own Youth Education Coordinator, Minna Maillakakis.   Interested in becoming a vendor?
Contact Danny at [email protected].  

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Open Mic at Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, December 13, 5-8:00 pm • Join us for Open Mic at the Night Market, celebra-
ting local musicians. Enjoy live performances in a vibrant atmosphere. Register online to
participate. Basic sound system provided. Limited to one song or 5 minutes per performer.
Spread the word and join us for an evening of talent and community spirit!  

Interested in participating? Click here or email Danny at [email protected].  

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Art-Tini Nights: Ceramic Trinket Dish (21+)  

Friday, December 15, 6-9 pm • Art-Tini Night was so popular this summer that we’re
bringing it back for the fall! Join the Alliance every second Friday of the month as we
get your creative juices flowing with craft cocktails. Each class will feature a different
art project and 3 tasty ‘Tinis per participant.  

In December we’ll create ceramic trinket dishes- great for holiday giving! This class was
so popular, we have to do it again! This class is perfect for a Girls Night Out, a fun date
night or a great way to wind down after a busy week!  

All Supplies provided. This class open to those 21 and over only.  

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The Future of Bluegrass: Duck Wallow Lane  

Sunday, December 29, 3 pm • We’re switching it up for December with The Future of Blue-
grass. Every member of the Duck Wallow Lane band is under the age of 20. This is a band of
young, accomplished Florida bluegrass musicians who have attained national exposure and
recognition – including Nashville. Don’t miss it!  

Grab your chairs and coolers and join fellow acoustic music lovers outdoors on our Green-
Market Stage for great live music by bands from southwest Florida and beyond! Presented in
partnership with the Acoustic Music Society of SWFL.

Line up:
Doors open at 2:00 pm  

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Check Out Our Gift Shop  

Tues.-Fri. 9 am-7 pm • Did you know we have a Gift Shop FULL of unique, one-of-a-kind
items crafted by our Alliance Members? Everything from jewelry and greeting cards to art-
work and books! The Gift Shop is open during business hours, so be sure to swing by and
find your next treasure. The Alliance is open Tuesday-Friday 9 am – 7 pm and Saturday
9 am – 1 pm.  

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Registration Open Now for Our Winter Break Arts Camp  

January 4 & 5, 2024 • Winter in Florida is ideal for people who love to be outside. Most days
are mild and sunny and perfect for enjoying the beaches. Manatees can be seen more often swim-
ming in warmer inland waters. Over 200 different species of birds can be viewed migrating in our
area, and so much more!  

Come participate in the two-day mini art camp and learn from Florida naturalist guest speakers,
create theme focused art projects, play fun outdoor games and more.  

Campers in grades 1st – 6th will spend the day in various workshop rotations, have plenty of out-
door break time, and get together for whole-group games with before and aftercare available.  

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Art Classes for All Ages and Abilities  

Your creative journey starts with you, so pick your level and don’t stop until you get to your
destination. Upcoming classes include:  


Fridays with Francesco
Watercolor Painting (16+)
Acrylic Painting: Lazy Santa
The Art of Self-Care with Anna Withrow
Fluid Art-A Coastal Christmas
Portrait Drawing with Terry Lynn
Wire-Wrapped Jewelry
Painting with Terry Lynn AM (16+)
Painting with Terry Lynn PM (16+)
Painting Studio with Terry Lynn
Art-Tini Nights: Painted Trinket Dish
Acrylic Painting: Christmas Pears  


Art Seekers: K-3rd
Art Seekers: 4th-6th
Free Family ArtLab
Art Seekers: PreK
Friend-Swift Bracelets  

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Free Family ArtLab  

Saturday, December 16 • Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday
of each month during Family ArtLab! 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.  

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Family ArtLabs are free and open to the
public, but a $10 suggested family donation keeps programming affordable and accessible.  

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Call To Artists

Fringe Fort Myers 2024- Applications Open Through Dec. 8!  

May 30-June 2, 2024 • Fringe Fort Myers is an unjuried performing arts festival with acts
chosen via a lottery system. In order to be considered for Fringe Fort Myers 2024 (May 30
– June 2, 2024), your application for the Lottery Drawing must be submitted no later than
Friday, December 8, 2023, at 5 pm EST. Lottery Drawing will occur on Monday, December
18, 2023, at 6:30 pm  

Fringe Fort Myers is dedicated to supporting independent performers and artists while creating
opportunities for diverse communities to experience boundary-pushing theatre and live perform-
ances at affordable rates.  

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38th Annual All Florida Exhibition

This annual show is the most anticipated of the year. As the name suggests, this
exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from
all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries come toget-
her for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s contemporary
Florida artists. The exhibition will be on display March 1–30, 2024.  

Open to all artists residing in Florida. Only original artwork will be accepted, no giclee.
An entry consists of one to three artworks. Non-refundable entry fee is $25.00 for one
entry and $5 for each additional entry up to three. Alliance for the Arts members may
use coupon code Member10 to receive $10 off the entry fee.


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