Take time to recharge and refresh by Claudia Polzin, Independent Consultant

Summer months in Naples Get your Ticket

Claudia Polzin Consultant to Nonprofits

Having lived in Naples for over 25 years an unfortunate fact is the majority of our performance venues are “dark” once our snowbirds leave. However, it is the time that those of us that live here year round can enjoy some things that might be a challenge during the season when the roads are crowded and parking places are at a premium.

A couple of live theatre options are still available in May: TheatreZone will have the final days of their production of Rock of Ages featuring classic 80s rock; and the story of star-crossed lovers and a lot of youthful drama. If you read the April article, this story was noted for you – so if you weren’t able to see this production in April – you still have seven days in May to get your tickets to a performance. At the same time check out their 19th season schedule on their website – many exciting productions are being planned.

Presented by The Naples Players at Naples United Church of Christ, Godspell, Jr. has an eclectic blend of songs from pop to vaudeville, all featuring themes of kindness, tolerance and love. For the young children in your life – check out the summer
programs that are a part of The Naples Players programs – they begin in June and run through the end of July.

Now to getting creative and further exploring Naples – one of the things that Florida is known for are our beautiful sunsets. So find a way to enjoy some either on the land or on one of the wonderful cruises that leave from Tin City. Just relax and enjoy the beauty that is Naples, just one of the ways to recuperate from the busy season.

Because summer can become a little warmer than is comfortable to be outside (however, I have to admit that most of the months have been warmer than we would like), take the time to explore our many wonderful art galleries. You don’t have to be planning on
purchasing art to enjoy the beautiful galleries in Naples. With well over 50 galleries in Naples, one of customers’ highest-rated is the Harmon-Meek Gallery. Currently celebrating their 60th season, William Meek is highly regarded for his knowledge of American Art and is recognized nationally.

Sheldon Art Gallery has been open for over 35 years and offers consulting to art collectors around the globe. They also have galleries in Newport, Rhode Island and a sister gallery – SPA Fine Art in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Gardner Colby Gallery is located on “Gallery Row.” Established in 1994, they represent an exceptional group of contemporary American artists. Gallery One is celebrating over 25 years and features over 250 well-known and emerging artists in all mediums and price ranges.

Emily James is a name familiar to many in the Naples area, as she is a native Florida artist. She works in watercolor, acrylics and oil and produces landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, contemporary works and portraits. For contemporary and traditional artwork, and a wide range of art-related services, Quidley & Company is a great visit. They opened in Naples in 2016 and opened their first gallery in Nantucket in 2006.

Showcasing contemporary fine art, European fine art, and decorative art, Adams Galleries was established in 1998. They also offer “Designers on Demand” if you’re looking for assistance from an interior designer. UP ART and Design Gallery also offers contemporary art and is always showcasing new collections.

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