Hop on the Bus for BIG ARTS Naples Gallery Tour

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BIG ARTS is hitting the road again in March with a comfortable bus tour that features Naples’ most prominent art galleries. This year’s bus tour, which will take place on Wednesday, March 18, includes stops at The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples; Naples Art Association; and, for lunch, Brio Tuscan Grille in the beautiful Waterside Shops. The $135 ticket includes transportation, lunch, a tour and talk at each gallery, and wine and bites on the trip back!

“Everyone had such a great time on last year’s trip we knew we wanted to do another one this year,” said Lauren Huff, BIG ARTS Programs & Gallery Manager. “We wanted this year’s trip to be different, so we decided why not head south and enjoy all the wonderful art Naples has to offer. It’s a great way for people on the island to enjoy all the incredible art Southwest Florida has to offer without the stress of fighting the traffic of season.”

Guests who hop on the tour bus and take the trip down I-75 will enjoy a full day of gallery hopping, starting with the newly renovated Baker Museum at Artis-Naples. The Baker Museum is one of the foremost fine-art museums in Southwest Florida. Emphasizing modern and contemporary art, the museum hosts several traveling exhibitions annually to complement installations of works from its permanent collections. Dedicated to stewardship and scholarship, The Baker Museum provides world-class exhibitions and educational opportunities for Southwest Florida’s diverse community. Exhibits will include:

Iconic Works from the Permanent Collection, featuring 100 selections from The Baker Museum’s permanent collection chosen for their aesthetic and historical significance
Monet to Matisse – French Masterworks from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Expressions – Matisse and Modern Art from the Permanent Collection
Color Field – a sculpture exhibition organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, for The Baker Museum
Looking at Words: A Poetry of Shape – an exhibition that features an exciting look at the formal use of text within visual art (sometimes without any other pictorial element) by artists such as Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Kruger
Magritte: Reflections of Another World – comprised of six paintings by Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967)
The Florida Contemporary exhibition – a select group of contemporary artists practicing in Florida whose work shows the diversity of approaches to personal, local and global themes.

Following the Baker, there will be a stop at the beautiful Waterside Shops for lunch. Brio Tuscan Grille offers a delicious variety of Italian entrees, dishes and drinks, all in a warm and welcoming Italian atmosphere. The Waterside Shops are set amid a lush landscape of 30,000 tropical plants and flowering shrubs; a 550-foot-long, hand-laid rock wall punctuated by cascading water; and dramatic lightning features.

Following lunch, the tour will visit the Naples Art Association. Celebrating 65 years of inspiring creativity and providing opportunities to experience the visual arts, the Naples Art Association is the community art center for Collier County. The Association hosts a variety of exhibitions by established and emerging local artists, nationally recognized outdoor shows, studio art classes, workshops and unique artistic events. Exhibits will include:

Dan Jensen: Realism in Action, by an accomplished painter and active participant in Naples Art’s education program. His work received acclaim in a number of nationally recognized furniture competitions. Jensen continued his art studies at the University of the Americas Mexico City and the Art Institute of Chicago. At Naples Art, he has received numerous awards for his work. Most recently, he was awarded second place in the Telling a Story: Narrative Art exhibition for his painting Lone Ranger Crossing the Alps. Jensen is a member of the Art Club of Chicago, where he participates in exhibitions each summer. His work has also been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club in New York.

Lifelong Learners: Art and Artists of Naples Art, Group Exhibition, featuring artists who are long-time participants in the NAA’s education program as well as other art study programs. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Jean Devine.

Tickets for The Naples gallery Tour are for sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 239-395-0900.

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