We are all aware that the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will be closing for major renovation in May. It will be missed by many for a number of reasons. From the time it was owned by the Watkins family, it was obvious how community minded they were. Not only that, they were wonderful at supporting and promoting Naples artists throughout their lobby and their rooms with works by artists painting the Naples area back then as well as those currently doing their art here today.

When entering the lobby, Paul Arsenault’s paintings are a nice accent while Jim Rice’s fish are presenting the numbers to the rooms where prints by Phil Fisher and Clyde Butcher grace the walls. In fact, for years, Phil Fisher could be found painting scenes around the hotel on any given day when the weather was right. They hired a number of wonderful musicians to perform for various events including at the beach bar, as well as every Sunday by the pool and the Saturday night summer monthly Jazz Fests for the “locals” during the summer months that were well attended. Yes they will be missed!

One other Naples area that dates back to early days is Crayton Cove where award winning restaurants and quaint shops and galleries can be found. When coming to this area to stroll the City Dock, one can get a bite to eat at The Dock Restaurant, The Cove Inn Café, Napoli’s on the Bay, or in the evening, Bleu Provence, Chez Boët or The Boathouse. Then stop in to see some of the newest paintings and prints at Phil Fisher Gallery including many views of the Naples Beach Hotel.

This month’s show features “Did You Say Beautiful Beaches?”, presenting some of Naples’ most attractive aspects along the Gulf. The galleries, including Random Acts of Art, Guess-Fisher Gallery and Phil Fisher Gallery are open regular hours, but not having music events like Art After Dark yet.

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