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16Call To Artists
The Downtown Fort Myers Saturday Art Fair committee is looking for vibrant,
accomplished artists and crafters to set up in downtown Fort Myers to sell the
works they create. Artists will set up on the First Street sidewalks. Acceptable
works include fine art, jewelry, ceramics, designer wear and unique fine crafts. Prints
from original works are also acceptable. Art vendors will be placed on the sidewalk
at prominent businesses on First Street starting at Royal Palm Avenue and ending at
Dean Street. Vendors will be given a nine-foot-long by three-foot-wide space on the
sidewalk. Vendors’ presentation space must be approved by the Saturday Art Fair jury-
The Saturday Art Fair is held the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. November through January.
The fee to artists for a spot on the sidewalk is: $50 for one month; $90 for two
months; $100 for three months. Full payment is due before November 15.
If you wish to pay monthly, the fee is $50 per month payable before the second
Saturday of the month. There are 50 art vendor spots available.
For more information, contact Claudia Goode at email@example.com or 337-
The Symphonic Chorale of South-
west Florida will start its fifth season
with a new artistic director. The
Chorale selected Dr. Trent Brown to take
up the baton of Dr. Timothy McDonnell
who is stepping down to explore oppor-
tunities in other parts of the country
“The board and Dr. McDonnell laid
the foundation for a beautiful 2015-2016
season of music,” Brown said. “This gift
to the community through our musical
efforts enhances the lives of thousands
of people. I look forward to what we will
accomplish together and how we will
adapt and grow as Southwest Florida’s
premier choral ensemble.”
Brown is also director of choral activi-
ties and an associate professor of music
at Florida Gulf Coast University.
“It is personally very important to me
that the Symphonic Chorale continue to
pursue its mission, and I’m very pleased
that the board has moved quickly to find
a successor in the remarkably capable
person of Dr. Trent Brown of the Bower
School of Music at FGCU. I have known
Trent for years, and I very much admire
his fine work throughout the region,”
The two men will collaborate during
the first Summer Sing that the Chorale is
holding August 25 at 7 p.m. at Lamb of
God Church in Estero and again at the
third annual Sing Out! Southwest Florida
Choral Festival in February.
The Chorale is currently accept-
ing new singers. For more information
about the upcoming Summer Sing or to
arrange an audition, call 560-5695 or vis-
itsymphonicchorale.org. Rehearsals begin
September 8 at Lamb of God Church.
Dr. Trent Brown
ArtFest Fort Myers is holding its poster and T-shirt design competition for the
2016 festival. “This competition is open to all professional artists,” said Sharon
McAllister, executive director. “Our commemorative poster and T-shirt always
feature inspiring original artwork and we encourage any artist, not just those applying
to participate in ArtFest Fort Myers 2016, to submit their artwork for consideration.
The artist whose work is selected for will be featured in a broad range of print,
online and VIP promotions preceding festival weekend, and continuing throughout
the year, as well as a free booth space at ArtFest Fort Myers 2016, a complimentary
three-night stay at the host hotel, plus an invitation to join ArtFest Fort Myers 2017.
“I was absolutely thrilled when Sharon McAllister told me that I had been chosen as
the ArtFest Fort Myers poster artist,” said Ellen Negley about her 2015 poster artist
experience. “The poster unveiling party was a special evening that began a month of
great exposure to a Fort Myers community that truly sustains the arts. Between robust
coverage in the media, a supportive festival committee and a very busy festival week-
end, I feel incredibly lucky to represent ArtFest Fort Myers.”
Submissions for the contest must represent original artwork in a theme that reflects
Southwest Florida and is appealing to a broad audience. Entries are being accepted
through August 17 and images can be submitted by email. For more information, visit
the website at www.ArtFestFortMyers.com and click on Poster Contest or call 768-
Proceeds from the sales of the commemorative poster and T-shirt help to support a
variety of ArtFest Fort Myers’ art education outreach programs and the Newspaper in
Education Program at the News-Press.
ArtFest Fort Myers, the annual juried fine art festival, takes place February 5, 6 and
7 in the Fort Myers River District. There are 215 professional artists from across the
county and around the world, the largest high school art exhibit and competition in
south Florida, and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages.
Alliance Extravaganza Will
Celebrate The Abstract Movement
On Saturday, September 26 the Alliance for the Arts will present its fall fundrais-
ing extravaganza, Abstraction. This highly anticipated annual art party will cel-
ebrate the abstract movement while supporting the 40-year-old nonprofit’s new
effort to convert its 10-acre campus into a true cultural hub for the entire communit.
The evening will be filled with wild interactive art elements, great live music, fas-
cinating installations and distinctive tapas provided by some of Southwest Florida’s
finest chefs. New 2D and 3D abstract works created by artists from around Southwest
Florida will be unveiled.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and are available at ArtInLee.org or
at the Alliance. Event proceeds will match the $50,000 Rauschenberg Foundation
Challenge Grant supporting the new Alliance Campus Enrichment Plan.
Details on the grant and the plan are available at artinlee.org/rauschenberg-chal-
The evening is proudly sponsored by Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC).
Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Cape Coral is providing the signature drink. Culinary
sponsors include The Prawnbroker, Gloria’s la Trattoria Cafe Napoli, Chef Pyro, and
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, call 939-2787
or visit ArtInLee.org/abstraction.
The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091
McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
Isle Of Capri Casino Trip
The Lake Kennedy Center in Cape Coral is offering a trip to Pompano Beach for
a day of gaming fun on Thursday, September 10. The destination is Isle of Capri
Casino, which has over 1,500 slot machines and 38 poker tables. There will be
an all-you-can-eat buffet, and each attendee will receive $10 in free play and a $4 off
coupon for the buffet.
Departure time from Cape Coral is 7:30 a.m. and departure time from the casino
is 4 p.m.
Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center is located at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard in
Cape Coral. For more information, call 574-0575.
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