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This October, we have pumpkin for everyone!  

Get lost in our Gallery as it’s transformed by our October Exhibition. Do the Time Warp with us
as we host the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show outdoors. Watch the struggle between
history and progress playout on our theatre stage. Join fellow creatives for brunch at our mixer.  

Classes, theatre, concerts, movies all add up to a spine-tingling good month!        

October’s Featured Gallery Exhibit


Moving Roots: Mariapia Malerba  

In the Gallery October 6-28 Opening Reception: Oct 6, 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!  

The gallery will be completely wrapped from top to bottom in larger-than-life works of art,
transforming it in a portal of imagination, a silent participant, a tapestry of monochromatic
hues with fleeting touches of crimson, recounting the enchanting tale of “Moving Roots and
the Comic Adventure “. This exhibit beckons souls to embark, to delve within, to illuminate
the unknown, “Moving Roots” invites us to explore, the depths of our being, leaving a trail
of questions, emotions and insights.  

Theatre Gallery Artist: Karen S. Johnson relocated to sunny Cape Coral in 2019 to pursue
her lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago,
IL, Karen has always been an artist at heart since childhood. She spent 30 years as a professional
hair stylist in Naperville, IL while taking workshops from talented artists in both Illinois and Florida.  

In the Member’s Gallery: David Hampton describes his work as an artistic effort to paint his life
experiences. Channeling Edvard Munch, he views his pieces as his soul’s diary, works of self-
confession that he hopes will help others realize that we are all human and therefore never truly

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In the Theatre this October


August Wilson’s Radio Golf  

Oct 19-29 • Set in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s, Radio Golf is the story of a successful entrepreneur
who aspires to become the city’s first Black mayor. But when the past begins to catch up with him,
secrets get revealed that could be his undoing.  

Real estate developer and entrepreneur Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first Black
mayor of Pittsburgh and is on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks
confronts the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood’s
history at risk. Both moving and funny, Radio Golf is the culmination of August Wilson’s ten-play
American Century Cycle chronicling each decade of African-American life in the twentieth century.  

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Outdoor Movie Event 2023  

Saturday, October 14 • It’s back! Bigger and wilder than ever, the Annual Rocky Horror
Picture Show outdoor movie event returns to the Alliance for the Arts on October 14th!
This nocturnal tradition has been tantalizing audiences for over 40 years. Be part of the
long tradition of crowd participation as guests are encouraged to dance along to the
Time Warp, yell back at the movie, and throw props in time with the action on screen
and our shadow cast. The event includes a costume contest, food trucks, raffles, vendors,
prop bags and a night under the stars with 700 of your favorite Transylvanians!   

Please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs – coolers are not permitted.  

Gates open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. GA, VIP and Sponsorships available.  

Open to those 18+ only.  

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Indoor Bluegrass Concert ft Bill Metts & Bluegrass Central  

Sunday, Oct 22 3-5:00 pm • Sundays are meant to be sensational! Each month we celebrate
and enjoy old fiddle and banjo tunes, alongside new country songs and close vocal harmonies
on the Alliance’s intimate stage. Join fellow bluegrass music lovers in the theatre for great live
music by bands from southwest Florida and beyond! Our popular Palmgrass bluegrass concerts
are always a toe-tapping good time.  

Join fellow acoustic music lovers in the theatre for two hours of great live music by bands from
southwest Florida and beyond! Presented in partnership with the Acoustic Music Society of SWFL.  

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JJ Grey & Mofro LIVE at Arts on Tap  

Friday, Dec. 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 proceeds
from this event fund the Alliance’s programs, which ensure access to the arts throughout the

The VIP experience includes up close seating, a full cash bar with complimentary beer, indoor
restrooms, and a commemorative tasting glass. VIP Tickets are $150 each.  

General admission ticket holders include 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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Members Only Photography Club
October 5, 6-9:00 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 assignments 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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Florida’s Ghostly Curses: A Spooky Lecture  

Friday, Oct 13, 7:00 pm • Celebrate Friday the 13th with the Alliance! Join author and podcaster
Christopher Balzano for this fascinating interactive lecture. Christopher will guide us through the
curses and lore, in our own state of Florida, where “intention is everything”!  

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Creative Mixer Brunch  

Saturday, Oct 7, 10-12:00 pm • Calling all Creatives! The Alliance Education and Exhibition
Departments are hosting a brunch for our community of creatives. Whether you’ve taught a class
with us, displayed work, had offerings in our gift shop- or just dreamed about it, this is for you!
Join your fellow artists on Saturday, October 7th between 10am and 12pm as we tour the new
facets of our facility, discuss the how-tos of working with the Alliance and enjoy a light brunch.  

This event is free, but an RSVP is requested.  

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Crossing Overtown  

Tuesday, Oct 17 6-9:00 pm • Crossing Overtown examines the integral role Miami would
play in the national civil rights movement and the long narrative of racial conflict that still
resonates in the national conversation. Overtown is the oldest Black community in Miami
and it would bear witness to the full arc of the civil rights movement.   

Join us in our Art House Cinema, as we present this independent film in partnership with
South Arts and their Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.  

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Check Out Our Gift Shop  

Normal Business Hours • 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 artwork
and books! The gift shop is open during business hours, so be sure to swing by and find your
next treasure.  

Check Out Our E-Store → Become a Vendor →  


Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, Oct 11 • 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 Minna Maillakakis.  

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Danny at [email protected].  

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Open Mic at Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, Oct 11 • Join us for the first Open Mic at the Night Market, celebrating 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? Contact Danny at [email protected]  

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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. Stay connected and inspired from your living room, kitchen table or studio with
our online art classes or connect outdoors or in our classroom. Upcoming classes include:  


Back to Basics Acrylics (18+)
Welcome Fall TV Trays in Acrylic (18+)
Jazz Dance for Fitness
Instructed Life Drawing with Francesco (18+)
Fluid Art Series: The Ribbon Pour
Painting Portraits with Terry Lynn
Painting with Francesco (18+)
Painting in Today’s World
Back to Basics Acrylics-Mr. Scarecrow (18+)
Step-by-Step Batik-Sunny Bouquet
Zentangle Pumpkins (13+)
Photography Fundamentals
Discovering SoulCollage
Needle Felting (13+)
Wire-wrapped Jewelry Making (15+)
Fine Art Acrylic-Plein Air Painting (18+)
Painting with Terry Lynn AM (16+)
Painting with Terry Lynn Afternoon (16+)
Painting with Terry Lynn Studio (16+)
Neurographica (13+)
Fine Art Acrylics (18+)
Beginning Belly Dance (18+)
Workshop Series: Getting Your Art into Retail Environments
Intro to Tribal Belly Dance (18+)
Qigong Exercise
Art-Tini Nights: Pumpkin Paint Night
Watercolor Painting (16+)
Painting on Canvas-Halloween Cats (18+)
Beginner Bonsai Workshop
The Secret Weapons of Colored Pencils
Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree Workshop
Bring Your Own Bonsai Tree: Cascade Style
Resin Intensive Workshop  


Art Seekers: K-3rd Grade
Art Seekers: 7th-12th Grade
Art Seekers: 4th-6th Grades
Art Seekers: Pre-K
Free Famly ArtLab  

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Free Free Family ArtLabArtLab  

Saturday, October 21 • Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday of 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.  

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
Family Art Labs are free and open to the public, but a $10 suggested family donation keeps
programming affordable and accessible.
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Fringe Fort Myers 2024- Applications Open Now!  

May 30-June 2, 2024 • Fringe Fort Myers is an un-juried Festival 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 p.m. EST. Lottery Drawing
will occur on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.  

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

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