susan mills handbagWe are once again expanding our Gift Shop  into the Main Gallery on Saturday, December 14 from 10AM-2PM when artists display and sell their hand-crafted items. This is your best chance to find truly unique gifts for your friends and relatives while supporting local artists at the same time! Coffee and refreshments will be served. Alliance members receive a 10% discount off their total purchase. This is just one of the many benefits that come with an Alliance membership.

Mix & mingle with more than a dozen local artists including Aboriginals, Jayne Baker, Stever Bufter, DLynne Designs, Katie Gardenia, David Hammel, Tom Haydock, Susan Mills, Marta Sicajan and Union Artist Studios.

Located in the Alliance lobby, the gift shop supports local, independent artists and is continuously restocked with new items including jewelry, hand bags, pottery, paintings, fabric art, repurposed art, hand-made books, photography, and more.

Winter break is approaching fast and what better way for your child to engage in the arts then at Wild Winter Arts Camp at the Alliance for the Arts! Presented by Florida Rep, K-12 students will act, sing, dance and create during four, two-day sessions:

SESSION 1: CLOWN TOWN (Dec 23 & 24)
Get serious about clowning around! Work with Instructors to develop your own, unique clown character. Focus on mime and physical storytelling in Theatre and Movement Classes and create your own clown wardrobe in Costume Craft Class!

Work it out in this two-day musical theatre intensive. Learn the moves and notes to Broadway’s Classic musical numbers. Learn the basics of theatre painting techniques as you sketch and paint like a Scenic Artist.

SESSION 3: KA-POW! (Dec 30 & 31)
Find your inner superhero or villain in this Comic Book themed camp! Learn the basics of Comic-book storyboarding and artistry and work on scenes and songs from classic comic book stories!

Show a little spontaneity and color outside the lines a little! Create scenes, songs, artwork and dance using your imagination, improv games, and a little guidance from our professional instructors. Find the artist, actor, and choreographer inside of YOU!

These two-day camps are all about acting, movement, the visual arts and HAVING A BLAST! Each camp session features classes in music, dance, drama, and visual art and will leave your camper with a true sense of ownership and pride in their work. Space is limited so register your child today. Each two-day session is $80. The camp runs 9am-4pm. Aftercare is available until 5PM for $5 per day. Contact Claire Simpson at Florida Rep by calling 239-332-4665 or go to for more information or to register your child.winter camp4


The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard.


Images Attached:

  1. Pictures from past Winter Camp Performances
Andy Wahlberg
Andy Wahlberg

Enjoy three hours of live acoustic music in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts on Sunday, December 8 from 2-5PM, presented by the Acoustic Music Society of Southwest Florida. The show begins with two great bluegrass bands, the Bugtussle Ramblers and Sawgrass Drifters, and then concludes with Andy Wahlberg and his harp guitar. The Sunday afternoon concert series continue on January 5.

Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 for Alliance members.  Seating is open and first come, first serve.  Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.  Doors open at 1:30PM.

When Generations CollideFor the past six months a group of poets have been meeting at the Alliance for the Arts, exchanging thoughts on each other’s work and dreaming up ways to raise awareness and appreciation of poetry in Southwest Florida. The group, now known as The Poetry Alliance, will embark on this mission on Saturday, November 16 from 7-9PM with its first event When Generations Collide – an Evening of Intergenerational Poetry. Poets, Spoken Word Performers, and Slam Poets are invited to share their art during this evening of variety and entertainment. Anyone interested in participating should call 239-939-2787. A second event is scheduled for February 1, 2014.

The Poetry Alliance will celebrate National Poetry Month on April 17, 2014 with an event called Broadsides – Poetry Off the Shelf.  Broadsides is both an exhibit and poetry reading, featuring new works created by twelve local poets and artists.  Broadsides, single works of visual art integrating the text of poems, will be exhibited while poets read their work. The original works and prints will be offered for sale to benefit the program.