Artis-Naples in March: riveting art, a brilliant concerto and more!

Naples Philharmonic Assistant Principal Trumpet, Ansel Norris

With Spring just around the corner, Artis—Naples continues its reimagined 2020-21 season by safely offering the best in visual and performing arts programming. Featuring two new exhibitions on view in The Baker Museum, the Naples Philharmonic in classical and Pops performances, the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, Lifelong Learning programs and more.

“It has been our pleasure to safely welcome our community back to the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus since the Fall to The Baker Museum and Hayes Hall for stunning exhibitions and delightful concerts,” says CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen. “Our season continues with exhibitions and programs that we hope will help inspire and entertain patrons safely.

With stringent safety protocols in place we are delighted to be able to provide these wonderful – and fun – options in the visual and performing arts.”

The month begins with a socially distanced Naples Philharmonic program in Hayes Hall on March 5 and 6 featuring Assistant Principal Trumpet Ansel Norris. During the recent XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, Ansel was the first-ever American prizewinner of the brass division and will demonstrate his prize winning talent in a performance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, one of the first concertos written for the valve trumpet.

On the visual arts front in March, The Baker Museum opens two exhibitions on March 27 that encourage visitors to explore and celebrate the role of women in art and art history. Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present, traces the extraordinary contributions of the female artists who were part of American Abstract Artists (AAA), which was founded in 1936 to advocate for abstract art and the inclusion of all abstract artists in museums and galleries. Included in Blurring Boundaries are works by historic members Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Irene Rice Pereira, Alice Trumbull Mason and Gertrude Greene, as well as current members including Ce Roser, Judith Murray, Merrill Wagner and Katinka Mann. The exhibition is an awe-inspiring celebration of this intergenerational group of artists, highlighting the indelibleways in which the women of AAA have shifted and shaped the frontiers of American abstraction.

Making a Mark: American Women Artists, conceived by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum as a companion exhibition for the Blurring Boundaries exhibition, highlights the significant legacy and continuous contributions of women artists in the development of modern and contemporary art in America. The majority of the works on view are drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, which comprises more than 4,000 works, and they are augmented by several works on loan from Naples collectors. Featured artists include Alice Adams, Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, Elsie Driggs, Ruth Eckstein, Barbara Ess, Helen Frankenthaler, Helen Gilbert, Grace Hartigan, Martha Keller, Jane Marie Logemann, Joan Mitchell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Betty Bierne Parsons, Raquel Rabinovich, Irene Victoria Rousseau, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Miriam Schapiro, Helen Torr and Charmion Von Wiegand.

Making a Mark: American
Women Artists, Organized
by Artis—Naples, The Baker
Museum, Alice Trumbull Mason
(American, 1904-1971). Untitled,
1939. Oil on canvas. 36 x 25 1/4
inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker
Museum. 2000.15.154. Museum
purchase from the collection of
Ahmet Ertegün.
© 2021 Alice Trumbull Mason
Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at
Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Blurring Boundaries: The Women
of American Abstract Artists,
1936-Present was organized by
The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray
State University, Murray, KY and
the Ewing Gallery, The University
of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN and
is toured by International Arts &
Artists, Washington, DC. Rhia Hurt
(American, born 1977). Pretty in
Peach, 2018. Acrylic and watercolor
on paper. 15 x 12 inches. Courtesy
of the artist.

For tickets, information on these and all other Artis—Naples programs and presentations and our safety protocols – including face masks, social distancing and forehead temperature scans – visit artisnaples.org.

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