Naples Florida Art & Entertainment
AmericanStyle magazine named Naples among the "top 25 Arts Destinations in the United States." From ballet and symphony to community theater and street sculptures, Naples demonstrates sophisticated devotion to the high arts.
Collier County Museum - This five-acre historical park explores over 10,000 years of local history and archaeology. Changing displays feature prehistoric Florida fossils, the Calusa and Seminole Indians, Spanish explorers, early frontier life and building the Tamiami Trail. Located in the County Government Center, 2 miles east of Naples at 3301 Tamiami Trail East; (239) 774-8476.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts - The elegant, 1,222-seat hall hosts plays, music, dance, comedy and art shows for children and adults. Located at 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard in Pelican Bay; (239) 597-1900.
Sugden Community Theatre -- The new home of the Naples Players, a 40-year-old community theater troupe. Completed in fall 1998, the $5.3 million complex features a main theater, studio theater and outdoor stage. Ninth Street Plaza at 701 Fifth Avenue South; (239) 263-7990.
Art galleries - Listed in John Villani's The Best Small Art Towns in America: Where To Find Fresh Air, Creative People and Affordable Living, Naples is known far and wide for its art galleries and their diverse scope. You will find colorful Haitian visions, the Gullah people portrayals of Jonathan Green, Clyde Butcher's world-renowned wilderness photographs, whimsical bird sculptures, functional art, local watercolor scenes, European-style oils and exquisite hand-blown glass. Gallery Row anchors the Third Street South shopping area with a particularly impressive array.
The von Liebig Art Center next to Cambier Park, houses the Naples Art Association, which has membership open to all and offers a variety of day and evening art classes to suit individuals of all skill levels. Visitors enjoy changing exhibitions of art in five galleries, as well as lecture series, workshops, trips and more. 585 Park Street, (239) 262-6517
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