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FREE Pops Concert by Gulf Coast Symphony: Symphony on the Sound

Friday, February 3 | 7:00Caloosa Sound Amphitheater2101 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers Symphony on the Soundpresented by Gulf Coast Symphony, in collaboration with ArtFest Fort Myers, is performing a FREE Pops Concert - Symphony on the Sound on Opening Night of the annual art festival. We Play the Music You Love to Hear at the brand-new…

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FREE Pops Concert by Gulf Coast Symphony: Symphony on the Sound

Friday, February 3 | 7:00
Caloosa Sound Amphitheater
2101 Edwards Dr, Fort Myers

Symphony on the Sound
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Gulf Coast Symphony, in collaboration with ArtFest Fort Myers, is performing a FREE Pops Concert – Symphony on the Sound on Opening Night of the annual art festival.

We Play the Music You Love to Hear at the brand-new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater across from Luminary Hotel. Enjoy popular hits performed by some of the best musicians in Southwest Florida. We’ll even provide chairs for you! (No personal chairs allowed for the safety of the artists and attendees.) Concert starts at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 3

On the first weekend in February, ArtFest will once again enliven the Fort Myers waterfront. Enjoy exceptional art by more than 200 selected artists, plus lively entertainment, delicious food, and fun children’s art activities.

Overlooking the beautiful Downtown Fort Myers riverfront and yacht basin, this FREE art event welcomes all members of the greater Southwest Florida community.

Join the celebration! Save the date for ArtFest Fort Myers 2023!

Join The Club – Become An ArtFest VIP

Help us paint a more beautiful picture as an ArtFest VIP Club member, supporting the success of the festival and our year-round community programs. Our VIP Club members also enjoy VIP seating at the Symphony on the Sound concert, reserved weekend parking, access to relaxation on the VIP Club Terrace and complimentary food and beverages.

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Alliance for the Arts Presents February Exhibit Unearthed on Display Feb 3-25, 2023.

Exhibition Artists are Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 5, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception of Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio on February 3 from 5-7 p.m. The free event features the works of Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio, as well as…

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Exhibition Artists are Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio

FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 5, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception of Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio on February 3 from 5-7 p.m. The free event features the works of Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio, as well as light refreshments provided by Jayne Baker. The exhibit will be on display from February 3-25, 2023 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL.

Through their individual practices, Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio create art meditating on the idea of discovery. Both artists approach their work with a sense of playfulness. Through experimentation, they allow their practice to evolve and change organically, letting one piece grow into the next. This exhibition presents a series of paintings made on the artists’ road to self-discovery. Each painting represents an idea or emotion the artist has unearthed from the tangled roots of her mind. Camyljah and Khaysie each paint in an effort to understand herself, and with the hope of being understood by the viewer.

Camyljah Rose

Camyljah Giddens is a Georgian gardener and artist with work focusing on shared human experiences and relating those with flowers. She graduated from Albany State University with a concentration on Fine Art in 2017. After graduation, Giddens shared her education and experience with children as a Visual Arts Teacher.

As a gardener, Camyljah is fascinated by the parallel between gardening and human relationships. The act of gardening, intentionally guiding the growth of a living thing, makes her reflect on her relationships. She sees flowers as the visual manifestation of the battle happening in the root. Her work uses color and florals to portray conflict, repair, and the scale of the human experience.

As a mother and gardener, Camyljah enjoys creating beautiful experiences with her family and friends. Art for her serves as a documentation of the temporary parts of life.

Khaysie Tiburcio

Khaysie Tiburcio is trumpeter and artist based in Florida. Born in the Dominican Republic in 2004, where she was first introduced to painting at 4 years old and inspired by her artist uncle Cristian Tiburcio. She views art as a direct extension of her personality and curiosity. Through the use of mixed mediums and abstract styles, Khaysie explores different themes, techniques, events, and emotions that she and others have experienced.

Khaysie’s work combines bright colors and playful ambient spaces to create a sense of curiosity. Plants feature in her work as a reference to growth. She sees her paintings as a direct reflection of her personality.

She has exhibited her work through competitions, galleries, and a billboard near I-75 in 2021. Her next goal is to continue experimenting with different mediums and incorporate sculpture into her practice in the near future.

Member Gallery: Art by Sherry Diaz

Theatre Gallery: Judy: An Art-versation by Kinfay Moroti

On a winter day in 1977, Judy Webster looked for courage on the sidewalk outside a Department of Children and Families (DCF) building in downtown Chicago.

Four years earlier, Judy’s alcoholism, mental disorders and neglect forced DCF to take her son Kenney.

Inside the DCF building, Judy met an eccentric and sensitive caseworker. Judy begged to see Kenney. The caseworker said she couldn’t. She begged more.

Moved by Judy’s love for Kenney, the caseworker found an unconventional way for Judy to reach her son. But for it to work, Judy would have to be vulnerable and trust someone she barely knew.

“Judy,” is an art-versation that explores what it means to love, communicate and trust.

Created by local storyteller, Kinfay Moroti, the one-hour interactive experience runs daily from February 3-25. Advanced tickets required.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us at www.ArtInLee.org.

Alliance for the Arts To Host Popular Spring Break Arts Camp

Registration Now Open for Visual Arts Camp to be held March 20-24, 2023.  Contact: Jessica Kleffman (239) 939-2787 education@artinlee.org FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 20, 2023) – Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Spring Break Arts Camp again this year March 20-24. Registration opens on January 27, and is limited to 45 participants.…

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Registration Now Open for Visual Arts Camp to be held March 20-24, 2023. 

Contact: Jessica Kleffman (239) 939-2787

education@artinlee.org

FORT MYERS, FL (Jan 20, 2023) – Alliance for the Arts will be hosting its popular Spring Break Arts Camp again this year March 20-24. Registration opens on January 27, and is limited to 45 participants. This camp is open to any student currently enrolled in First grade through Sixth grade. 

This session of camp will focus on visual arts, with students learning a new medium each day. This will be a part of the new concept for the Summer Arts Camp that will be unveiled later this spring. 

Adults are able to register students for single days or the full week. Prices for Spring Break Arts Camp start at $175 for Alliance members, with a daily rate of $50. Non-member weekly price starts at $225, and $60 per day. Discounts per sibling are available as well as scholarship options. 

Regular camp hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Before and after-care are available 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for an extra $10 per child. 

Individuals aged 17 and up who are interested in a paid counselor position should visit our website, ArtInLee.org for more information and to apply. 

For more information visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787. To register, visit our website or Activ page.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida. For more information, please call 239-939-2787 or visit us at www.ArtInLee.org.

Alliance for the Arts partners with Gulf Coast Writers Association on Storm Stories project

Tell your Hurricane Ian Story Where were you? How did you fare? What have you learned? Who became your hero? In partnership with The Alliance for the Arts, Gulf Coast Writers Association invites stories written by those who survived Hurricane Ian, those who volunteered in its aftermath, and those who witnessed heroic deeds. All who…

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Tell your Hurricane Ian Story

Where were you? How did you fare? What have you learned? Who became your hero?

In partnership with The Alliance for the Arts, Gulf Coast Writers Association invites stories written by those who survived Hurricane Ian, those who volunteered in its aftermath, and those who witnessed heroic deeds.

All who experienced the storm are encouraged to submit their stories. There is no fee to enter. The Alliance for the Arts and Gulf Coast Writers Association will “harvest” the stories of this unprecedented disaster, and Gulf Coast Writers will compile these stories in an anthology to be made available to the public in September 2023.

Storm stories may be submitted to gulfwriters.org. or artinlee.org. Gulf Coast Writers may edit Storm Stories for the printed book. To be included in the book, stories must be submitted to gulfcoastwriters.org by 4/1/2023. The Alliance for the Arts will continue harvesting stories beyond the print deadline.

Submissions to The Alliance of the Arts website (artinlee.org/storm stories) may be oral or written. For oral submission, participants can call 239-744-3047 and leave their story anonymously. Callers have three minutes to tell their account.  If more time is needed, story tellers can call back and continue.

Submission is open to all ages. There is no cost to enter and no word limit, although Gulf Coast Writers may edit stories for publication.

In addition to collecting Storm Stories, The Alliance for the Arts will host a month-long exhibition in September to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Ian. The exhibit will feature artworks inspired by Hurricane Ian by Florida artists and documentary-style photography by Kinfay Moroti. The book of Storm Stories will also premiere during the exhibition.

The mission of Gulf Coast Writers Association is to foster the love of words among writers and would-be writers. The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant nonprofit visual and performing arts center in Fort Myers. This partnership of Storm Stories is the first collaboration between the two organizations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Gulf Coast Writers Program Dir. Mary Charles/mary@marycharles.com/718-848-4031

Gulf Coast Writers Special Projects Dir. Christie Zarria/czarria57@gmail.com/512-632-6350

Aloia|Roland partners with nationally-recognized firm handling claims involving CPAP machines, hair relaxers

Fort Myers, FL (Jan. 30, 2023) – Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, is pleased to announce an important partnership with Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio Rafferty, recognized as one of the top mass tort law firms in the country, to pursue claims on behalf of victims who are experiencing serious health problems related to certain Continuous…

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Aloia|Roland partners with nationally-recognized firm handling claims involving CPAP machines, hair relaxers

Fort Myers, FL (Jan. 30, 2023) – Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, is pleased to announce an important partnership with Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio Rafferty, recognized as one of the top mass tort law firms in the country, to pursue claims on behalf of victims who are experiencing serious health problems related to certain Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines as well as hair relaxer and straightening products.

The law firms will work with clients who suffered health problems after using various models of the Philips CPAP machines and mechanical ventilators that were recalled in 2021 and various hair relaxer and straightening brands produced by multiple companies.

Serious illnesses have developed related to foam used in CPAP machines and ventilators. Foam particles that contain potentially toxic and harmful carcinogenic substances can disintegrate and be inhaled or ingested, according to reports. Among the health risks identified are cancer, respiratory issues, inflammation, and headaches, among many other issues.  There are time limits within which to file lawsuits after health problems have been identified, so if you have a potential claim, it is important you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Claims against manufacturers of hair relaxers and cosmetic hair straightening products are already being evaluated for clients who have developed various forms of cancer or other illnesses after using the products. A recent lawsuit was filed by a 28-year-old woman in October 2022, saying she developed uterine cancer, causing her to have a full hysterectomy the same year she was diagnosed. There have been numerous cases reported where uterine cancer was the primary injury after using certain products.

“This partnership is important, not only because of the number of potential victims being identified from using the CPAP machines defective and dangerous hair relaxer products, but also because of the experience

Levin Papantonio Rafferty brings to the table,” Aloia|Roland senior partner Evan Lubell said. “Thousands of innocent victims have suffered needlessly due to bad choices made by large corporations; we want to make sure potential victims receive full and fair compensation for the harms and losses they have already experienced and will continue to suffer in the future.”

For more information on potential CPAP or hair relaxer claims, contact Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan at 239-791-7950.

About Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan is a full-service law firm with practice areas in business and real estate law, commercial litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, civil litigation, family law, estate planning and probate. Established in 2004 and led by senior partners Frank Aloia, Jr., Ty Roland, Evan Lubell, Jack Morgan along with partners Danielle Levy Seitz, Jonathan Martin and Scott Hertz, the firm has deep roots in Southwest Florida, proudly serving its community. Aloia Roland is headquartered at 2222 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers. Learn more at www.LawDefined.com or call (239) 791-7950.

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s 15th Annual Love Your Neighbor Event Raises Record-Breaking $685,750

Event Benefits Families in Harlem Heights (Fort Myers, Fla. – January 31, 2023) The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center's 15th annual fundraiser, Love Your Neighbor, on January 20, raised a record $685,750 to support the organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in The Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. The event was held at…

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Event Benefits Families in Harlem Heights

(Fort Myers, Fla. – January 31, 2023) The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center’s 15th annual fundraiser, Love Your Neighbor, on January 20, raised a record $685,750 to support the organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in The Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. The event was held at The Heights Center.

Guests enjoyed music by Reiko & Friends and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s on the Heights Education Building’s rooftop terrace, then proceeded to The Heights Center auditorium and were greeted by emcee Gina Birch of Sunny 106.

Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s prepared a four-course dinner featuring an olive oil poached Black Bass with spinach risotto and orange basil pesto, a Prime Filet Mignon with black pepper Dijon cream, along with wine pairings selected by Harold and Gina. Norman Love Confections provided dessert, a chocolate mousse with chocolate cream crunch, vanilla gelato, and raspberry sauce.

Children from The Heights Center’s education programs entertained the guests with two songs.

Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers conducted the fundraising ask and live auction to support the organization’s educational programs. Donors met a $100,000 donation challenge match by Gaye and Jim Pigott, raising more than $500,000.

Top auction items included a one-of-a-kind necklace created and donated by Mark Loren Designs, in-home dinners by Chef Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s, Bruce Springsteen in Boston, George Strait and Chris Stapleton in Denver, and a trip to Salema, Portugal. In addition, a sign-up dinner at Harold’s with Harold and Gina raised $16,500.

Guests enjoyed live music by Eclectic after the auction.

“We believe a decent education allows at-risk kids to meet, challenge, and raise the bar on the world’s narrative of them”, said Kathryn Kelly, founder, president, and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “Our enriching preschool, charter school, afterschool, and summer camp programs ensure that parents can work while their kids learn, are safe and have fun. In addition, our adult and family programs provide opportunities for self-sufficiency. We were amazed by the outpouring of support by our friends and donors to fund our impactful work.”

Event sponsors include The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Dave & Cheryl Copham, The Masiello Family Foundation, Clayton & Kim Parks, Maria Wiles, entech, everhart advisors, Kelly Brothers, Inc., and Owen-Ames-Kimball Company.

Event supporters include Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s Restaurant, Chef Melissa Donahue of Sweet Melissa’s Café, Mark Loren Designs, Norman Love Confections, Gaye and Jim Pigott, Caroline and Bill Bloomhall, Georganne and Cliff Williams, William J. Adams, Jr., Gina Birch of Sunny 106, Lisa Bommarito, Floral Design, Brodeur Carvell Fine Menswear, Creative Sound and Lighting, Eclectic Band, Elly Hagen Marketing & PR, The Grazing Haus, Jennifer’s Boutique, The Boston Marriott Copley Place, Mix Marketing/Jeannie Cummings, PartyTime Rentals, Reiko & Friends, Scott Robertson Auctioneers, R.S. Walsh Landscaping, Total Wine & More, Violette Productions/Photography, events committee, Teri Palmer and Jamie Faust, co-chairs, event volunteers, and The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center staff, and The Heights Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information about The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center, visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706. To donate, visit www.heightsfoundation.org/donate.

About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
Our mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. Heights Early Learning serves more than 80 babies through 4 years old. The Heights Center serves 134 children in AfterSchool and SummerCamp. The Harlem Heights Community Charter School serves 180 children from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. As a result, families cannot easily access family support services in downtown Fort Myers and benefit greatly from programs within the neighborhood.###

Award-Winning Author Robert N. Macomber

FORT MYERS, FLA., January 23, 2023 – Internationally-acclaimed author Robert N. Macomber will headline the annual Cracker Dinner Monday, Feb. 20, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, hosted by the Southwest Florida Historical Society.Macomber will speak on the topic “The Adventurous Life and Strange Death of the U.S. Navy Schooner Annie on Our Coast.” Annie…

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Award-Winning Author Robert N. Macomber

FORT MYERS, FLA., January 23, 2023 – Internationally-acclaimed author Robert N. Macomber will headline the annual Cracker Dinner Monday, Feb. 20, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, hosted by the Southwest Florida Historical Society.
Macomber will speak on the topic “The Adventurous Life and Strange Death of the U.S. Navy Schooner Annie on Our Coast.” Annie was a U.S. Navy blockade ship during the Civil War that captured five ships. “Her life was impressively successful, her skipper wildly unpredictable, and her strange demise is still a mystery to this day,” Macomber said.
Macomber is a multi-award-winning author best known for his Honor Series of naval thrillers describing the life of a fictional American naval officer Peter Wake. His 16th novel in the series, “Code of Honor,” was released last April and has received the Editor’s Choice Award by Historical Novels Review. He also has been honored as the Florida Writer of the Year by the Florida Writers Association, among dozens of other awards.
In addition to his writing, Macomber is an internationally-recognized lecturer on 58 maritime topics and has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, specializing in strategic vision and planning by utilizing historical analogies.
When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours or book signings, he lives on Pine Island, the same coast where he grew up.
The presentation will be accompanied by music performed by local singer John Goulet.
Buffet dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and are available at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. There also will be door prizes, a silent auction and a book signing by Macomber.
The annual Cracker Dinner is sponsored by George T. Mann General Contractor and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C., among others.
Funds raised at the annual dinner will be used to support the mission of the Southwest Florida Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving the history of our area by archiving donated historical documents, photos and maps and stimulating public interest and appreciation for local history.

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Beaux Arts Chamber Ensemble program includes profound and exciting piano trios!

February 19 | 7:00Music & Arts Community Center13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers Anchored on the great piano trio in C minor by Mendelssohn, the program will also include works by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, as well as the "Gypsy" trio by Haydn. From the great pioneer of the piano trio, to the poetry of…

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February 19 | 7:00
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers

Anchored on the great piano trio in C minor by Mendelssohn, the program will also include works by the Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, as well as the “Gypsy” trio by Haydn. From the great pioneer of the piano trio, to the poetry of a Romantic giant, to the irresistible flavor of Spanish music, this evening is certain to inspire. Pianist Catherine Lan will be joined by violinist Huifang Chen and cellist Claudio Jaffe. These veteran artists will bring the music to life through their passion, dynamism, and virtuosity.

Tickets only $30!

Meet the Musicians

Dr. Catherine Lan

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Catherine Lan has concertized across the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Thailand, China, United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Claudio Jaffé

Cellist Claudio Jaffé launched his solo performance career at the age of 11 with an orchestral debut in his native Brazil. His recitals and guest solo appearances with multiple orchestras have brought him to play in prestigious artistic centers around the world including those in New York City, London, Tokyo, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires.

Huifang Chen

As an international violin soloist, Chen has appeared with many orchestras around the globe including New Taoyuan Philharmonic and Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Brno Philharmonic in Czech Republic, Macomb, Rochester, and Warren Symphony Orchestras in Michigan, Alhambra Orchestra, Dreyfoos Philharmonic, Florida Youth Orchestra, Frost Symphony of University of Miami and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony in Florida among others. She was the recipient of the 1999 Young Concert Artist of the Year awarded by the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan and a Concerto Competition Winner at the University of Miami in 2003.

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Douglas & Linda Garde

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Fall in Love with the Arts

Love is an art of the heart, and the heart of the arts. This February, bring your Valentine and join us for an upcoming event or theatre production, an art class or gallery exhibition! If piano music is your love language, then consider us fluent. Click here to see a list of all our upcoming…

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Love is an art of the heart, and the heart of the arts. This February, bring your Valentine and join us for an upcoming event or theatre production, an art class or gallery exhibition! If piano music is your love language, then consider us fluent. Click here to see a list of all our upcoming concerts.

February’s Featured Gallery Exhibit

Unearthed: Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio

Friday, February 3-25 • Through their individual practices, Camyljah Rose and Khaysie Tiburcio create art meditating on the idea of discovery. Both artists approach their work with a sense of playfulness. Through experimentation, both artists allow their practice to evolve and change organically, letting one piece grow into the next. This exhibition presents a series of paintings made on the artists’ road to self-discovery. Each painting represents an idea or emotion the artist has unearthed from the tangled roots of her mind. Both artists paint in an effort to understand herself, and with the hope of being understood by the viewer.

Friday, February 3 • Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 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!

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Share the Love: Dueling Pianos Dinner Under the Stars

Tuesday, February 14 • This Valentine’s Day, share the love and enjoy an interactive outdoor dueling piano concert with a catered buffet dinner benefiting two great organizations: the Alliance for the Arts and Our Mother’s Home.

Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner, dessert, entertainment and a champagne toast. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show takes place from 6 – 10 p.m. on the Alliance for the Arts festival grounds under our new café lights.

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In the Theatre this February

February’s Theatre Performance

The Last Show, Written & Performed by Derek Lively, Directed by Bill Taylor

Performances February 16 – 26 • Set in an illegal underground nightclub in a city where all public social gatherings and all forms of art have been banned, a performance artist risks arrest to perform for the first (and last time) in front of his dying mother. With nothing but props, a microphone and a bottle of cognac, the performance artist holds nothing back because this show is unlike any other that he has performed.

Performances are February 16 – 18 and 23 – 25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m.

This production contains adult content and language. Please use discretion.

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An Intimate Evening of Jazz Featuring Ben Rosenblum

Performance February 1, 7:00 pm • Join us in our Foulds Theatre for an intimate evening of Jazz by Award-winning New York City jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum. Rosenblum, the internationally-touring, multi-instrumentalist has been described as a talent not to be missed. The band never repeats the same program twice in a row – every evening is a unique experience shaped by the audience and the setting.

Tickets are $25 and available on Eventbrite.

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Storytelling Showcase: Stories of Love

Friday, February 3 • When was the last time that a story transported you into another world? Join us as our tellers get up on stage and tell their tales of love. In this second of a series of storytelling events, Storytellers of the Round Table and The Elephant Showcase Storytellers bring you stories in the oral tradition. Captivating, spellbinding, and entertaining.

Featuring Dr. Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Rhonda Brazina, Marilyn Graham.

Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members.

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Patchouli: Landscape of Guitar

Saturday, February 4 •Live music continues at the Alliance for the Arts, and what better backdrop for a performance than the gorgeous Florida sky? Patchouli is an award-winning folk festival headliner and Public Radio favorite with pure, sparkling lead vocals and beautiful harmonies. Reserve your tickets now for Patchouli’s one and only show, happening on February 4, 2023. Gates open at 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members.

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Outdoor Bluegrass Concert (Bill Metts and Bear Hill Bluegrass)

Sunday, February 5 • 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.

The concert will be held on our Green Market Stage. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. with Bill Metts playing at 3:00 p.m. and Bear Hill Bluegrass taking the stage at 4:00 p.m. Chairs and coolers are permitted.

Tickets are $15 for members, $16 for non-members.

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Grand Piano Series: Boyd Meets Girl

Saturday, February 11 • Grand Piano Series presents Boyd Meets Girl for family-friendly concerts with inspiring music.

Each Concert is limited to 30 minutes to ensure the best experience for all ages.

Our youngest community members are free to crawl, walk, play, and otherwise enjoy themselves throughout the performance!!

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Artist Mixer

February 9, 5-7:00 pm • Connect with the creative community at our Visual Artist Mixer. See familiar faces, introduce yourself to new ones and share some laughs for an evening of connection. The evening will feature light refreshments and of course, lots of art. While this event is free, an RSVP is required.

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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:

ADULT & TEEN
• Zentangle for the Seasons (13+)
• Playing with Pastels Class for Beginners and Intermediate (16+)
• Fluid Art Series: Create Big Cells!
• The Art of Qigong Exercise
• Palette Knife Painting in Oil (16+)
• Groundbreaking: Centuries of Black American Art (Lecture)
• Come Together: The Art of Assemblage
• The Art of Finding Love in the Stars (18+)
• Step-by-Step Batik Sea Turtle
• Leatherworking-Small Journal (12+)
• Getting Your Art Into the Retail Environment Series
• Fine Art Acrylic-Plein Air Painting (18+)
• Fine Art Acrylics (18+)
• Portrait Drawing
• “Are You Stuck” Workshop (16+)
• Painting with Terry Lynn (16+) Morning, Afternoon and Evening Studio
• Animal Pastels (18+)
• Beginning Belly Dancing (Ages 18+)
• Belly Dance Bliss (18+)
• Poets of the 3rd Dimension: Six Renaissance Sculptors (Lecture)
• Mosaic Jewelry Making
• The Art and Craft of the Personal Story
• 3 Day Batique Techniques Workshop

YOUTH
• Zentangle for the Seasons (13+)
• Playing with Pastels Class for Beginners and Intermediate (16+)
• Painting with Eunique (ages 5-10)
• Manga and Pizza (Ages 12-18)
• Free Family ArtLab
• Painting with Eunique (ages 5-10)
• Rising Artist Experience Mixed Media (Ages 5-9)

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Wednesday Night Market

Every 2nd Wednesday • Join us under the stars, every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm for our monthly pop-up Market. We feature a selection of fresh produce, art, live music, food trucks and beer and wine.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Emily at Exhibitions@ArtInLee.Org

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Spring Break Arts Camp

Registration, scholarship opportunities and volunteer applications open January 27 • Our Spring Break Arts Camp combines hands-on art-making activities, creative games and playtime in the park for the opportunity to connect and craft in our classrooms, galleries and theatre spaces. Participants will explore a new artistic medium each day.

Open to all students currently enrolled in First-Sixth grade. Daily and weekly rates available to members and non-members.

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Free Family Art Labs

Saturday, February 18 • Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon! This month, we’ll take inspiration from the gallery and work with pastels to explore February’s themes such as Valentines day, President’s Day and of course Black History Month. Come ready to imagine and create! After the fun, peruse local produce and products at our GreenMarket.

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Arts on Tap

March 11 • Hurricane Ian couldn’t stop us from bringing back Arts On Tap! Our popular fundraising event for the Alliance for the Arts combines all of your happiest hours into one incredible evening!

On March 11, mingle, play, sip and savor as local craft brewers pour award-winning, rare and brand new artisan brews or delight your senses with an awesome selection of hand-selected wines and tasty culinary creations, play twisted pub and oversized lawn games.

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Michael Cavanaugh is coming back to Gulf Coast Symphony!

March 5 | 7:00Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers After rocking the house with his Billy Joel concert last season, Michael Cavanaugh returns to the Gulf Coast Symphony with an all new program of some of the greatest singer-songwriters: Paul Simon, Neil Diamond & James Taylor. Get Your Tickets…

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Michael Cavanaugh is coming back to Gulf Coast Symphony!

March 5 | 7:00
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers

After rocking the house with his Billy Joel concert last season, Michael Cavanaugh returns to the Gulf Coast Symphony with an all new program of some of the greatest singer-songwriters: Paul Simon, Neil Diamond & James Taylor.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Meet the Star

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook and a charismatic performer and musician made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out. Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in Movin’ Out, Cavanaugh evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. He appeared in the show for three years with over 1,200 performances and received multiple accolades. The show culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

Sponsored in part by
JAKE GOLDBERGER & MARGARITA GALMARINI, METAMORPHOSIS COACHING

239.277.1700 | GulfCoastSymphony.org

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