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The days are longer and the temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing: a spectacular southwest Florida summer is upon us! Why not cool down and explore the great indoors? Dive into a culture as deep as the ocean which frames us through engaging exhibits, creative camps, captivating art classes and more!
Voices and Visions – An Arts4All Exhibition
Exhibits June 4 – 26 • The mission of Arts4All Florida is to provide support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. The exhibition will feature adult artists of all abilities sharing their personal voice or statement through text and imagery as a means to celebrate inclusiveness.
Virtual Opening Reception on Zoom: June 4 • Dust off your black beret, have your cheese cubed and wine or bubbly water poured tall for this fun night of virtual art! Guests will receive a guided tour of the gallery, be able to hear statements from the juror over the selected works and engage with questions and feedback throughout the night. While this event is free to attend, an RSVP is required to receive the access link.
Youth Portrait Painting (Ages 9 – 18) – Onsite Class
Thursdays, June 3 – 24 • In this beginning portrait class, young artists will use acrylic paint and learn basic portrait skills. We will discuss the structure of the face, mixing skin tones and adding shadow. Students will complete their art with detail and backgrounds, make new friends and get creative!
Creative Macramé Workshop – Onsite
Saturday, June 5 • Create a rustic macramé hanging planter or make your own macramé French market bag! This one-day basic macramé workshop is great for beginners or those with a little more experience. Join us for this creative workshop and learn basic knots you can use on all your projects!
Hula Hoop 101 (Ages 10+) – Outdoor Workshop
Saturday, June 5 • The classic hula hoop is a fun and creative circus apparatus with endless possibilities! Join circus professional Brittany Sparkles and delve into the exciting art of hooping with the basics of two different styles. This 90-minute workshop is open to all skill levels, ages 10 and up! Come get creative and fit at the same time with a fun and unique workout experience.
Uncover Pompeii with Archaeologist, Roberto Musio – Online Event
Thursday, June 10 • Archaeologist and an authorized guide of the Campania Region. Roberto will tell you the history of the city, from the beginning to the eruption, and then to the discovery. Get an introduction to the daily life of 2000 years ago, discovering the private and public buildings that characterize the ancient city. This exciting and unique online experience has been featured in Vouge, Travel+ Leisure, Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed and more! Come escape into Roman times with your friends from the Alliance!
Paste Paper for Hand Stitched Books and Origami Star Lanterns – Onsite
Saturday, June 12 and June 19 • This two part workshop is exciting and fun for the whole family! The first Saturday features Paste Paper, a process used for centuries to create decorative paper pretty enough for greeting cards, wrapping paper, collages, and more. Pamphlet Stitched Books are made with these Paste Papers and hand-sewn for journaling and sketching. Origami Star Lanterns glow when Paste Paper is lit from within by electric candles. Create something unique with local artists instructor, Zan Lombardo.
Bread Making – Free, Onsite GreenMarket Demo and Workshop
Saturday, June 19 • Join Jay and Carolanne of Hearth Artisan Bakery for some bread-ucation and learn how to make two different styles of bread – one that requires kneading and one that doesn’t. Learn about the science behind the scenes and how time, temperature and humidity affect bread making. Topics will include gluten-free alternatives, what starter is, what gluten does, where it comes from and different ways to develop it. The demonstration will include dough preparation, kneading, shaping and final products.
Our outdoor farmer’s market is loaded with local produce, artisanal foods, edible and landscape plants, yoga on the lawn, live music, art, one-of-a-kind gifts, backyard farming workshops and all the good flavors and good vibes you can fit into your Saturday morning. Plus, there’s plenty of shade, camaraderie and community – the perfect setting to enjoy a bite and relax! Our weekly market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each and every Saturday, year-round and rain or shine.
Death & Resurrection: The History of Notre Dame Part 1 – Online Event
Thursday, June 17 • The fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in April of 2019 was an international cultural disaster of the first magnitude. This series of lectures about the Cathedral will not bemoan what has been lost but celebrate what remains intact as a gift of historical significance in world art and architecture. Imperious in its majestic scale – housing some of the most impressive architectural innovations of its age, along with sculpture, painting, stained glass and applied arts – it is a monument to the transcendental power of faith.
This captivating lecture series continues with Part 2 on July 22. Click here to register.
Wine & Paint Night with David Acevedo – Online or Onsite
Thursday, June 24 • Belly up to the brush bar and paint along with David Acevedo in the Alliance studio or virtually in your home studio! No matter what you choose, this hybrid onsite/online event will get you sipping and swirling with your friends from the Alliance!
Discovering SoulCollage®: An Introductory Workshop – Onsite
Saturday, June 26 • SoulCollage is a contemplative and insightful process of self-discovery. It gently opens you to a new way of exploring your inner wisdom. It is a practice by which you can communicate with the unique aspects of yourself while you deepen connections with self and others – all while engaging your creativity! Using simple tools – scissors, glue, magazine images, and mat board – you create cards that are uniquely yours.
Join Our Team: Part-Time Gallery Director
Come work with us! The Alliance for the Arts is hiring a part-time Gallery Director. The ideal candidate is passionate about art, possesses strong organizational skills, has a good sense of humor and a willingness to dream big.
Art & Soul of Black Broadway with Tim Wright – Online Art Lecture
Thursday, July 8 • Discover the musical heritage of Washington, DC’s U Street – also known as Black Broadway – from jazz to hip hop to punk and go-go. Through a vast collection of intimate, moving, neighborhood photographs, we will “walk” the streets and back alleys and learn how murals, theatres, music venues and memorials embrace the history of this amazing neighborhood. Also enjoy a complementary and diverse playlist that will match up with the murals and venues.
Call for Artists: Different Strokes – Members Exhibition
Exhibits: July 9 – July 31 • We invite our current members to submit one work following the theme “Different Strokes” to be displayed in the main gallery during this month-long group exhibition and asks artists to reflect on their unique styles and approaches to making art.
Our diversity as a community is what makes us strong and our perspectives and viewpoints for making art are just as important. The Alliance strives to support and foster all styles and mediums ranging from traditional 2 and 3-dimensional mediums like painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and mixed media to emerging and contemporary trends such as digital, installation, performance and experiential based works.
Showcase what you have been making and let your freak flag fly by exhibiting those pieces that didn’t quite fit into other calls to artists over the past year.
LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN! Summer Arts Camp for Grades 1 – 7
Sessions June 21 – July 30 • 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 this summer. Kids will love creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces, playing improv games, exploring our galleries and so much more – all taught and led by our team of experienced artists and educators.
Musical Theatre Intensive Camp at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for Grades 7 – 12
Sessions July 5 – 30 • Step on stage and shine with the excitement and magic of live musical theatre! This popular week-long camp is taught and led by Broadway Palm Director and Choreographer Amy McCleary, local performer Kiersten Benzing and features special guests – actors and actresses straight from the Broadway Palm stage.
Each session offers specialized courses in auditioning, vocal techniques, improv, scene study and dance. The week culminates with a performance at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre facilities, which provides plenty of space for responsible distancing.
Summer Arts Camp Volunteers for Ages 14 – 17
Volunteer positions are offered to students at least 14 years of age who want to gain experience and confidence through assisting the Summer Arts Camp Education Team. Applicants must complete the following form, submit the $35 training fee, and attend a mandatory training session on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Musical Theatre Camp for Actors with Autism
August 2 – 6 • Our final week of camp is dedicated to young artists and actors with autism spectrum disorder (ages 9 – 25). During this week, campers will work with Broadway Palm director and choreographer Amy McCleary with assistant from Family Initiative. Campers will work on all aspects of musical theatre – exploring music, dance and acting. Make new friends, laugh a lot and enjoy the excitement of musical theatre! This week will be based on connection, collaboration and letting every camper find their own way to shine.
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