Art in Naples
From world class galleries with permanent and traveling exhibits to art shows featuring local and national artists, there is a lot of art in Naples. Below you will find just some of the highlights!
Take a stroll down Fifth Avenue, Third Street or Broad Avenue South and you will find out why Naples has been described as a Mecca for galleries, studios, craftsmen and traveling exhibitions. Named one of the top 25 destinations for culture in the country, Naples boasts more that 130 galleries and was ranked the number one Small Art Market. If you love antiques you will not want to miss Central Avenue with its dozens of shops offering vintage furniture and rare antiques from all over the world. Naples is truly a paradise for those who love art and antiques.
The Baker Museum in Naples is a three story 30,000 square foot museum offering 15 galleries, a glass dome conservatory and a resource room. Dedicated to stewardship and scholarship, its mission is to present world class visual arts to Naples residents and many visitors.
Starting with the museum’s doors created by famed metal artist Albert Paley and the ornate hanging glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, the Baker Museum provides a world class experience. With an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, the museum features a permanent collection including Rembrandt, Matisse, Calder and many others, paintings and drawings by American masters, and is renowned for its extensive contemporary Mexican collection featuring works by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo. Each year it presents a number of important exhibitions which in the past have included works by Andrew Wyeth, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Helen Frankenthaler, Victor Vasarely, Hans Hofmann, Alice Neel and others.
You should allow at least two hours to take it all in and free guided tours are offered every Tuesday through Saturday. If you get hungry, lunch or a light snack are available at Cafe Intermezzo.
The Baker Museum is part of the Naples Artis and is located at 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard. For more information, hours and admission fees, please visit the Museum’s website.
It is definitely the show case for Art in Naples!
The Naples National Art Festival is held annually in February in Cambier Park in scenic downtown Olde Naples. Ranked as one of the top ten national festivals for the last seven years it draws some of finest artists from all over the country. It is a juried art festival with artists competing in eighteen categories including painting, jewelry, watercolor, ceramics, metal, sculpture and wood. This is one of Naples most popular must-see events with over 20,000 visitors and residents attending each year. They not only get to see and purchase high quality art, they have the opportunity to get to know the artists as well as enjoy the fun festive atmosphere. Make sure to visit their web site for times and dates as you will definitely not want to miss it!
Just south of Fifth Avenue in heart of Olde Naples, the Von Liebig Art Center is the permanent home of the Naples Art Association and is a community art exhibition and educational facility targeted at creating a learning environment for local artists and at the same increasing the interest and appreciation of art within the community. A mainstay of Naples, it is visited each year by approximately 100,000 guests who come to attend its changing exhibitions as well as art classes, workshops and lectures. At 16,000 square feet, the Von Liebig features six studios, a lobby gallery, main exhibition gallery, four galleries-in-the-round, storage vaults, administrative offices, a library and a gift shop. Make sure to visit their website to see a schedule of the upcoming exhibits. Many feature local artists who are all quite talented.