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This month, we’re FALL-ing for new classes! Painting, needle felting, photography and more!
Don’t think we forgot about the spooky season, check out the list of classes for options you
won’t be-leaf!  

Join us for our Creatives Mixer Brunch and mingle with other guys and ghouls.


Painting in Today’s World  

Thursdays, Oct 5-26  • Each of the four-week sessions will be introduced by short lectures
on the current history of painting. You will be encouraged to create work you would never
have dreamed of making. Through exchanging ideas and searching for meaning through
experimentation, you will be pushed beyond the borders of preconceived notions about art,
life, and the world we live in.  

Register → View All Classes →


Needle Felting (13+)  

Fridays, Oct 13-27 • Needle felting is the process of transforming wool into
3D objects using a barbed needle.
Artist/Instructor, Pamela Signorelli, will guide you through this fun
(and surprisingly simple) process to create your own unique projects!
All supplies included.  

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Photography Fundamentals  

Wednesdays, Oct 11-25 •Start your photographic journey on the right foot with this
3 part class. Whether you’re a beginner or refining existing skills, this series offers a
thorough and professional overview in a relaxed learning environment.  

Register → View All Classes →    


Creatives Mixer Brunch  

Saturday, Oct 7 • 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.      

Register → View All Classes →    

Instructor Spotlight


Francesco Gillia  

Francesco originally began teaching at the Alliance in 2014. While Covid forced him to step
away from us for a while, we are thrilled that he returned to us last Spring!  

When asked about his favorite classes to teach, Francesco says “Being a figurative artist, my
favorite classes to teach are life drawing and painting as they keep me practicing foundation

Of his students, he says “I have enjoyed having senior students since moving to Florida, they
are eager to learn and more importantly I got to know well many of them through the years and
talking to them in class I learn life lessons.”  

Welcome home, Francesco, we’re all so happy you’re here!  

For Youth and Families  

Art Seekers for Pre-K thru 12th  

Introducing our new Art Seekers program, day time 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)- 3rd Weds of each month

K-3rd grade- 2nd Friday of each month

4th-6th grades- 2nd Weds of each month

7th-12th grades- 4th Friday of each month  

View All Youth Classes →


Free Family ArtLab  

Saturday, October 21 • 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, Oct 11 • 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].  

Find Out More → View All Classes →    

Check out our other adult & teen classes here:  
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 Soul Collage
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  

View All Adult & Teen Classes →    

Our Bloom & Wallace Digital Arts Lab is now OPEN
and we’re looking for Instructors:


In The Gallery


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 always taking work shops from very 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 strangers.

Learn More


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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