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We’re sleighing it this December!  

As we get ready to deck our halls, and menorah-ify the season with light and laughter!
Come practice The Art of Self-Care before you get your tinsel in a tangle. Shop our
annual Small Works Off the Wall Gallery or the outdoor Arts & Ends market for the
perfect gift for whatever you celebrate.  

Don’t forget the kiddos in your life!
Sign them up for an art class or our
Two-Day Winter Break Arts Camp.

The Art of Self-Care with Anna Withrow  


Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 am-1 pm • This workshop is a lively blend of practical learning and
introspective reflection. Whether you’re an experienced wellness enthusiast or new to the
realm of self-care, we invite you to join us and spend some time connecting with yourself
before the rush of the holidays begins.  

Drawing from the rich traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, we’ll spend the morning exploring
approaches that inspire balance in body, mind, and spirit. With hands-on exercises and
engaging discussions, you’ll explore perspective-shifting principles, self-compassion, and 
uplifting habits that energize your lifestyle and nurture a more positive, resilient mindset.  

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Portrait Drawing with Terry Lynn  

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-9 pm • Join Terry Lynn as she guides new artists through the
art of portrait drawing. In a relaxed and fun environment, students will be introduced to
fundamental skills to create a portrait.  

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Art-Tini Nights: Painted Trinket Dish  

Friday, Dec. 15, 6-9 pm • Join the Alliance every 2nd 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 is perfect for a Girls Night Out, a fun date night or a just a great way to wind
down after a busy week! All supplies provided. This class is for those 21 and over only.  

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Acrylic Painting: Christmas Pears  

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30 am-12:30pm • Calling all Beginning and Intermediate painters!  

Join Instructor/Artist Pat Smelkoff as she guides you through this sweet Holiday project.
All supplies provided.      

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Instructor Spotlight


Nancy Mayhew  

Nancy started teaching at the Alliance for the Arts in the fall of 2022
after hurricane Ian, but has been teaching Qigong, Tai Chi and Mosaic
classes in 3 cities near my home in Wisconsin.  

Qigong is her favorite fitness class to teach. She has been a personal trainer for
15 years and her specialty is working with seniors- teaching strength training,
Zumba Gold and eventually Qigong and Tai Chi. She was amazed at the change
in her students’ overall fitness level after taking her Qigong class! Over the years
she has heard her students describe their aches and pains and their concerns with
losing their balance, and after taking just a few of Qi gong classes they have seen
how much their strength and balance has improved. Her students tell her how
important it is to them that they stay independent, and she is so happy to help
them achieve that goal.  

Her favorite mosaic class to teach is Mosaic Mania, because her students get to
pick a mosaic project that interests them. They might want to make a mosaic table,
a mirror, an address plaque, garden art, or a wall piece. Then I teach them how to
bring their work of art to life.    

The Alliance is proud to welcome this multi-talented lady into our rotation of classes!    

For Youth and Families


Art Seekers for Pre-K thru 6th  

Introducing our new Art Seekers program, daytime art classes designed for children of all ages.
Whether your child is home-schooled, an online learner, or simply on a school break, join us for
these monthly, age-appropriate art classes.

Classes meet:
Pre-K (ages 3-5)- Dec. 20
K-3rd Grade- Dec. 8
4th-6th Grades- Dec. 15  

View All Youth Classes →  


Free Family ArtLab  

Saturday, Dec. 16 • Drop in for this free, hands-on family activity based on the current
gallery show, from 10 a.m. to noon.  

Find Out More → View All Classes →  


Wednesday Night Market  

Wednesday, Dec. 13 • Join us under the stars every second Wednesday of the month
from 5 pm to 8 pm for our pop-up Market. We feature a selection of art, live music,
food trucks and beer and wine and a fun project for budding youth artists!  

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

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Arts & Ends Holiday Sale  

Saturday, Dec. 2 • This year’s Arts & 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 2, from 9am-1pm.  

Featured vendors include Anne Schroeder, Earth Girl Magic Gifts, Fort Myers Beach
Art Association, 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, Victoria Webber, and more.  

Find Out More → View All Classes →    

Check out our other classes here:  

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  

View All Classes →    

Sign up now for our Two-Day Winter Break Arts Camp!


In The Gallery


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.  

If you are an Alliance member, consider submitting three (3) original 2D or 3D artworks for
exhibit in the gallery. All works must be for sale and priced $200 or under. Members can drop
off pieces on Nov. 27.  

Theatre Gallery Artist: Martha Cantu  

Martha Cantu is a portrait artist based in Immokalee, Florida. She is well-known for her work
on the new welcome sign of Immokalee, which features her painting “Field of Dreams.”     

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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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 together 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 1 to 3 artworks. Non-refundable Entry Fee is $25.00 for one entry and $5 for each
additional entry up to 3. Alliance for the Arts members may use coupon code Member10 to
receive $10 off the entry fee.  

Submissions due January 15, 2024.  

Download the Prospectus → Submit Your Work →


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