Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ann Hamilton: Phora

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern College recently showed 120 images of mouths taken from carved medieval figures in a Stockholm museum.
"Phora" means "voices."

Great art?  Probably not, though the artist -- Ann Hamilton -- has won numerous honors and has exhibited at important museums.  Still, it caught the eye.  The literature for the exhibition 
indicated that it was supposed to stimulate conversations about public speaking.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


I first visited Arturo Samaniego more than two years ago.  I was impressed by his realistic paintings.  These days Arturo is experimenting with abstract paintings.
Here, he stands in front of two recent abstracts with a realistic painting in the background.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Naples Art Association

A juried show was held in the Naples Art Association's Von Liebig Art Center.

This ceramic figure by Diane Lublinski grabbed me.  Her father was a woodworker; she uses his woodworking tools to make impressions.  She incorporates her mother's jewelry.  
Stars remind her of her family.  Shells, fish and coral reflect the artist's own love of the ocean.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Marcus Zotter

Marcus is an interesting young artist.  His gallery -- RootsStudioNaples -- is in his girl friend's hair salon, four doors off Naples' main street.  He likes to paint his portraits with people around, often at a bar like 7th Avenue Social.  In February I showed Marcus' mural on a construction wall.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


An odd religious cult lived in Estero, Florida, from 1894 to 1961, with its heyday in the first two decades.  Followers of Cyrus Teed believed that the earth existed on the INSIDE of a hollow sphere.  They also demanded celibacy, a sure way to assure that the cult would die out. 

The State received the Koreshan State Historic Site in 1961 as a gift from the last Koreshans. 

I visited the day before a quilt show.  The organizers spread quilts around one of the buildings.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gulls and Sandpipers

Gulls and sandpipers have a kaffee klatsch of their own on Naples Beach.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Pilings along Naples Beach offer a fine venue for a brown pelican kaffee klatsch.