Lia Galletti-Cantoya's Balloon-Acrylic
Cantoya’s Balloon by Lia Galletti

Thanks to a decade-long partnership between the Alliance for the Arts and the Southwest Florida International Airport millions of travelers get to see works by area artists each year as they arrive and depart. The current exhibit Art In Flight: 10 Year Anniversary, which has been up since last summer, features works by 35 artists. It will be displayed next at the Alliance for their July exhibit with an opening reception on July 8 from 5-7PM.

It will be replaced on June 29 with a new exhibit called MY SKY that features paintings created by Lee County art students. The Alliance invited art teachers to work with their students to create artworks following the theme My Sky. The exhibit encourages young artists to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe. Investigate the sun, moon and stars! They were asked to explore close-up images of the sun; gaze through a telescope to study the stars and planets; invent new constellations; or even introduce us to the scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky! The Sky is the limit with this exhibit! MY SKY will be on display until June 2017.

Details about the Art In Flight program are available HERE. The Art In Flight: 10 Year Anniversary exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, July 8 from 5-7PM. Artwork by Alliance student artists will be on display in the Member Gallery. Both exhibits remain on display through July 30.

posterWhat would it look and sound like if Shakespeare put on a rock concert? You can find out on Saturday, July 16 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers! Heavy Medieval band The CRAIC Show will present something completely new: The Princess, the Beast & the Shee an Gannon. More than a concert, more than a musical, this is A Neo-Renaissance Theatrical Experience that’s not to be missed!

Come and be a part of this unique event. Dress the part if you wish and make memories with your family and friends. Relax in comfort and enjoy this theatrical interpretation of The CRAIC’s iconic song, “The Shee an Gannon.” Witness the birth of a whole new approach to Renaissance Theatre. HUZZAH!

Doors open 6:30PM. The show begins at 7:30PM and ends at 9:45PM with a fifteen minute intermission. Pre-sale tickets are $20 and tickets at the door are $25. Tickets are available online HERE or by calling 239-939-2787.

HARKEN and HEAR! People of this great land
Give ear and eye to what ye are about to behold
For pipes and drums and strings are at hand
And a tale of true love shall surely unfold…

FFTA 4x6 card front for web3The Alliance for the Arts is now accepting applications for Fall for the Arts 2016. This 14th annual free family festival will be held from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, October 15 on the field at the Alliance. It’s a fantastic way for artists and cultural organizations to engage with families from across Southwest Florida. Artists can demonstrate their talents and sell their work, and organizations can present their upcoming seasons. Fall for the Arts features live performances throughout the day, with plenty of fun games, craft stations, face painting and great food from local vendors. This year the festival will be expanded thanks to a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Online registration must be completed by August 15, 2016 to ensure inclusion in event marketing materials. The fee is $50 for Alliance member artists and organizations or $70 for non-members. The fee includes a covered 10’x10’ vendor space, 6 foot table and 2 chairs. Visit for more information or to register online. Fall for the Arts 2016 is sponsored in part by Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers-Dr. Tim Verwest, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Publix Supermarket Charities, the News Press Media Group, and Lee Family News Magazine.