von Liebig Art Center – January

The schedule for January has been released by the von Liebig Art Center. 

Continuing from November 18 to January 7 – 45th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition. 
January 6 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Art in the Park. Naples’ oldest outdoor art festival celebrates its 50th anniversary season by showcasing artwork from Naples Art Association members. January’s Featured Artist is Sidney Ann Pitchford. Held in Cambier Park and on Park St., alongside The von Liebig Art Center. Free admission.
January 7 (2 – 4 p.m.) – Art Lecture by historian Frank Cooper. Fee is $20 for NAA members/$25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.
January 8 – Session III Studio Art Classes for Adults begin. Most classes run three to six weeks. Traditional courses are offered, including oil/acrylic painting, wet clay modeling, photography, and mural painting. New courses offered include a five-day Tribal & African Art Week and four-day Watercolor “On-The-Go.” Full schedule online at naplesart.org.
January 11 (5 – 8 p.m.) – Hunt Slonem: From His Collection to Yours. Two hundred-forty fans of New York City-based artist Hunt Slonem will have a one-in-four chance to own one of 60 framed watercolors donated by the artist as tickets are drawn every 90 seconds and winners select the artwork of their choice. Each piece has a minimum value of $500. In addition, Slonem has donated one oil painting worth $10,000 that will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Tickets to participate in the drawing are $325 for NAA members and $350 for non-members, and more than one ticket may be purchased to increase the odds of having a winning ticket drawn. For more information, call the Naples Art Association at 239-262-6517 x102.
January 11 – Session III Studio Art Classes for Youth begin. Four six-week evening classes for students ages 10-17 are offered: oil painting, advanced drawing, photography, and introduction to theatre arts. 
January 19 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) – Members Preview Reception for Golf in American Art and Fairways, Flags and Traps: An NAA Members Juried Exhibition. Several of the artists will be in attendance.
January 20 to March 11 – Golf in American Art. Guest curator J. William Meek, III, is organizing a “blockbuster” exhibition which will “play” into the hearts of many a golfer. This exhibition will feature paintings and sculpture by American artists depicting scenes of golf courses (both local and national), personalities of the game, and the equipment. Sources for these works include artists such as Will Barnet, Hunt Slonem, Robert Vickrey, David Coolidge, Paul Arsenault, and Richard Segalman. LeRoy Neiman is loaning two oils of Tiger Woods from his private collection, the USGA Museum will loan from six to ten oils dating back to the 1940s, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine will loan an Andy Warhol of Jack Nicklaus, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio will loan a Gary Erbe oil. Additional works are being sought from the PGA Museum, fine art sales galleries, art museums and other national sources.
January 20 to March 11 – Fairways, Flags and Traps: An NAA Members Juried Exhibition. Naples Art Association members exhibit two and three dimensional artwork relating to or inspired by golf and golf courses.
January 21 (2 – 4 p.m.) – Art Lecture by historian Frank Cooper. Fee is $20 for NAA members/$25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.
January 22 (12 –2 p.m.) – Lunch With the Arts. NAA board member and guest curator J. William Meek III, will discuss the Golf in American Art exhibition being showcased from January through March at The von Liebig Art Center. Lunch sponsored and provided by Trulucks Seafood Steak Crabhouse. Admission is free for Naples Art Association members and customers of series sponsor Comerica Wealth and Institutional Management (and Comerica Bank, who show proof of relationship), and $5 for others. Lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis, while everyone is invited to stay for the lectures.
January 22 to 24 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Painting Floral Still Lifes. Ever dreamed of being Brueghel or Delacroix? Then this is the workshop for you! Renowned artist Hedi Moran will teach students to paint beautiful flowers in oil. The basic concepts of painting, how to find sources of inspiration, and how to arrange flowers to paint will all be covered. Fee is $550 for NAA members/$580 for non-member plus a $25 materials fee for all.
January 27 and 28 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Art Marketing: How to Cash in Without Selling Out. “Starving Artist” is a term often used to describe a pioneering and progressive artist. If starving is not an issue, but you are hungry to make a living as an artist, then this workshop is your ticket to artistic fortune. Instructor Kate Burridge will discuss how to market your artwork, successful self-promotion, and the “in’s and out’s” of the art business. Fee is $150 for NAA members/$175 for non-member plus book fee of $24.95 for all.
January 29 to February 1 – Postmodern Painter Meets the Contemporary Collage Artist. Get ready to break all the rules with painter Robert Burridge in this workshop for the fun and fearless! Students will combine acrylic paint with their own materials to form a collage. An introduction to the fundamental characteristics of art, including mixed media and color theory, will be included in this workshop. Students will also learn a few key art marketing and ethics tips. Burridge works with artists at all amateur and professional levels. Fee is $500 for NAA members/$550 for non-members.

The Art Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions, library and gift shop is free. For more information, the public may call 239-262-6517 or visit http://naplesart.org

Golf Art on display in Naples

Members of the Naples Art Association will partaicipate in a golf theme exhibition of two and three-dimensional artwork. Fairways, Flags and Traps is open to work in all media relating to or inspired by golf or golf courses. Artwork accepted for the exhibitioin will be displayed from January 20 until March 11th at the von Liebig Art Center on Park Street in Naples, Florida.

Michele Valencourt will serve as juror and select work for the exhibition. Valencourt is Excecutive Director of the Charlotte County Art Guild. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.

NAA members may bring one or two works for consideration on Jan 4th and 5th between 10am and 2pm.

Source: von Liebig Art Center

Flood Insurance

I recently got a newsletter along with my water and utility bill and found this information very important.

Losses due to flooding are not covered under homeowners insurance. Residents of Collier County and the City of Naples can, however protect their homes, businesses and contents thrugh the NFIP.
If a property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area, the owner is required to purchase flood insurance if receiving any form of federal or federally related financial assistance. If you currently have flood insurance, contact your insurance agent to make sure your coverage is adequate and up to date.
The following limits of insurance are available through the National Flood Insurance Program. On buildings, upto $250,000 for residential and $500,000 for commercial. On the contents, $100,000 for residential and $500,000 for commericial.

Source: Collier County Flood Protection News, November 2006

Slight Increase In Mortgage Rates

The Contra Costa Times reported on the slight increase in mortgage rates. This shouldn’t really have much impact since the 6% range is still extremely low. Buyers are starting to realize that with the combination of low rates and much lower home prices now is a great time to start to bargain hunt.

Rates on 30-year mortgages increased for the first time in about a month, rising slightly to an average of 6.12 percent this week from 6.11 percent a week ago. However, they remain close to the 2006 low of 6.10 percent reached during the week ending Jan. 19.
Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft says the small change was the result of mixed signals from recent data on job growth, retail sales, wage growth, and consumer sentiment. The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady once again this week; and many experts believe the central bank will continue to do so through May or June of next year, with hopes of achieving a soft landing.
Nothaft says he does not think a moderate rise in mortgage rates in the months to come would prevent a rebound in the housing market. Also check out these GTA mortgage pros.

Source: Contra Costa Times (Calif.), Martin Crutsinger (12/15/06)
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Internet use up in searching for that dream home

I found this article interesting concerning the growth of internet use in the search for real estate. This is especially true of the Naples, Florida area where most of our buyers are from out of town and do alot of research before contacting a local realtor.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans with Internet access go online when they are seeking a place to rent or buy, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Overall, more than 27 percent of all adults in the United States have looked online for information about housing, more than double the 13 percent of Americans who had done so in 2000.
About 51 percent of the youngest adult American Internet users, 18 to 29 years old, have searched online for housing information, compared with 43 percent of 30- to 49-year-old Internet users, 27 percent of 50- to 64-year olds; and 15 percent of Internet users age 65 and older.
Money is also a factor. 45 percent of Internet users whose household income is $75,000 or more have sought a home online.
Pew previously found that about half of Internet users have taken virtual tours, including checking out a home available for rent or for sale, nearly one-third have used an online classified service to search for housing.
The study supports data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that shows 77 percent of home buyers had used the Internet to help in their home search in 2005.

Source: Associated Press, Anick Jesdanun (12/13/06)