Southwest Florida poets can share their work on Saturday, November 1st when the Poetry Alliance presents a spoken word and poetry open mic at the Alliance for the Arts from 7-9PM. It’s free and open to everyone, although a $5 suggested donation is encouraged to support future free programming at the Alliance. The Poetry Alliance gathers monthly, sharing their work and exploring ways to advocate for poetry in Southwest Florida.November 1 2014 event flyer

Angela Aradia & Al Liccardi - Raku FiringMembers of the SWFL Florida Fine Craft Guild will demonstrate their techniques on Saturday, November 1st during Artists@Work at the Alliance for the Arts. This free, family friendly demo day runs from 10AM-1PM during the weekly Alliance GreenMarket. See a wide variety of work from local artists including Martha Grattan (Hand-Built Pottery), Lorraine Capps (Fused Glass), Bobbi Robertson (Eggshell Art), Dale Eulitz (Beaded Jewelry), Lisa Tully (Beaded Embroidery), Sue Archer (Glass Painting & Casting), Angela Aradia & Al Liccardi (Raku Firing), Nancy & Bill Giffin (Nantucket-style baskets woven over glass vases), Sandra Mae Rashan (Polymer Clay Jewelry), Trudy Sampson & Lynn Ondercin (Stone Sculpture), Renee Farr (Mosaics), and Katrina Parker (Doll Making). Saturday, November 1st is also the Taste of the GreenMarket, when you can sample offerings from market vendors and participate in an interactive cooking demo and tasting beginning at 10:30AM.

Members of the SWFL Fine Craft Guild combine old world craftsmanship with contemporary techniques to produce unique works of art. For more information about Artists@Work visit or call 239-939-2787. Save the date February 28th, 2015 for the next Artists@Work which will feature additional members of the SWFL Fine Craft Guild.

Taste of GreenMarket2Local grouper, mead, focaccia bread and organically grown salads are just some of what visitors can sample on Saturday, Nov 1st at the Alliance for the Arts’ 3rd annual Taste of the GreenMarket. Market vendors will offer samples beginning at 9:00AM and at 10:30AM Chef Gloria Jordan of La Trattoria Cafe Napoli will take the stage for a cooking demo & tasting featuring local seafood, greens, exotic fruit, and baked goods. Visitors can interact with Gloria and her assistants as they prepare the food, and learn new and exciting ways to use locally grown specialties in their own kitchens. Farmer Ken Ryan of Herban Gardens will also be offering a selection of his tasty beverages.

Taste of GreenMarket1There is a free outdoor yoga session beginning at 9:30AM, a weekly GreenMarket feature led by Yoga Bird’s Anna Haney Withrow. The Alliance GreenMarket offers acres of outdoor fun to every visitor, including mossy mature shade trees, a large pond, picnic tables, and public art displays. The GreenMarket is a great place to meet new friends or show visitors from out of town a fun social hub. Kids and dogs appreciate the wide open green spaces, too! Also on Saturday, November 1st from 9AM-1PM members of the SWFL Florida Fine Craft Guild will demonstrate their specialties during Artists@Work, a free, family friendly demo day inside the Alliance main building.

Established 5 years ago, the GreenMarket gives back to the community through free events like Taste of the GreenMarket, Urban Farming workshops, and environmental awareness rallies. Whether you are a year round resident, snowbird or visitor, it is time to discover one of Fort Myers’ best kept secrets: The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket, to support local and build community. Click HERE for more information about the market.
Best in Show winners Dale & Jeff Ocasio with their winning piece.

Hundreds of people turned out for the opening reception of the Alliance for the Arts’ recent exhibit “Layers, Fiber, Collage & Assemblage.” More than 70 area artists submitted 140 pieces representing a wide variety of 2D & 3D mediums for the juried show. The juror, Fort Myers artist Jeffrey Scott Lewis, selected 39 works for the final exhibit, and awards were presented during the opening reception.

Dale & Jeff Ocasio took home $100 for their Best in Show piece “Island Birds, Vincent & Lucia.” It is sculpted layered masking tape over recycled wire with magazine paper collage. The 2nd Place winner, Leo Johnson, won $75 for his collage on canvas called “Mr. Pop.” 3rd Place winner, Sheila Elsea, won $50 for her mixed media collage “Performer: Before the Show.” Juror’s choice awards went to Katherine Boren, Dan Cronin, Juan Diaz, Katie Gardenia, Polly Matsumoto, and Michelle Rothacker.

Participating artists include: Jayne Baker, Katherine Boren, Stacey Brown, KiKi Brewsaugh, Deborah Butler, Donna Chase, Dennis Church, Dan Cronin, Juan Diaz, Sheila Elsea, Patricia Esposito, Ronald Evans, Toni Ferrell, Karen Flanders, Lia Galletti, Katie Gardenia, Gay Germain, Andy Getch, Muffy Clark Gill, Donald Gilmore, Carolyn Gora, Leo Johnson, Mike Kiniry, Kim Goins Kosek, Julie Markytan, Polly Matsumoto, Carolyn McGahey, Kellen Beck Mills, Marilyn Niederman, Jeff & Dale Ocasio, Bea Pappas, James J.R. Roberts, Ava Roeder, Michelle Rothacker, Joel Shapses, Africa Valdez, Dale Weber, Beverly Yankwitt, Barbara Yeomans and Roseline Young.

The exhibit remains on display in the Alliance Main Gallery through November, 1. Acrylic paintings by Andrew Hart are featured in the Member Gallery, and watercolors by Honey Costa are displayed in the Foulds Theatre lobby. The November Alliance Members exhibit “100 Under $200” opens with a reception on Friday, November 7. You can download the prospectus HERE. The next juried exhibit at the Alliance “Printmaking” opens March 6, 2015.