2012-02-23 / Arts & Entertainment News

Eight Neapolitan artists open their homes and studios for tours

Ghost Essence by Connie Bransilver Ghost Essence by Connie Bransilver The Friends of Art at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art host the 17th annual Artists’ Studio Tour on Sunday and Monday, March 4-5. Participants visit the homes and studios of several nationally acclaimed local artists and can meet the artists and, if so desired, purchase works directly from them.

This year’s participating artists are:

¦ Connie Bransilver, whose dedication to conservation photography spans all seven continents with a special emphasis on Southwest Florida and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, Indonesia; and Madagascar.

¦ Ali Clift, whose mesmerizing cloth paintings are abstracted compositions depicting places that have had an impact on her life, including Cuba, Florida, Oaxaca and the Grand Canyon.

¦ Popo Flanigan, who creates colorful, vibrant paintings to make people “of all states of mind” smile. She describes her art as “anti-depressionistic impressionism.”

¦ Bonny Hawley, whose collage art, inspired by the changing tides of the ocean, involves mono-printing, stenciling, metallic paints, gold and silver leaf and hand-painted papers on raw silk and linen.

¦ Nancy Iannitelli, whose mixed media works often show an impressionistic influence.

¦ Thom Millsap, whose landscapes, seascapes, porch scenes and still life interiors are informed by the diversity of his travels.

¦ William Ward Moseley, whose brilliant oil, watercolor and pastel landscape paintings are inspired by scenes throughout the U.S. and Canada.

¦ Nicholas Petrucci, a portrait artist whose works often blend a sense of old-world drama with contemporary themes.

Tour hours are 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Refreshments will be served on Sunday; lunch will be served on Monday between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tickets, depending on availability, are $40 for Sunday tours and $55 for Monday tours including lunch.

For reservations or more information, call the Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org. ¦

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