Bored? Top 5 Things to do in Naples This Weekend

family-funAs spring begins to give way to summer and snowbirds begin to pack it in and head back North, you may find yourself short of fun things to do with the family this weekend. No worries, we’ve got you covered…

Here are the top 5 family-friendly things happening in Naples and surrounding areas this weekend:

5. Show the earthy side of your life.
The 15th annual Cypress Cove Conservancy Planet Earth Festival will take place on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm. The venue will be Koreshan State Historic Site, located at 3800 Corkscrew Road in Estero.

One can expect live music performances, drum circle, animal exhibits, fun activities of kids and much more. The admission to the festival is free upon payment of the park entry fees.

For more information find it on facebook.com/events/1534171480214569/

 

4. Get artsy at Naples Art in the Park
If you are an art’s person, this is the place to be. Ensure you are at Art in the Park as this only happens from 10am till 4pm. Since this is located downtown, the cool atmosphere can be enjoyed as you go through a collection of cool art and also get the chance to meet artists.

 

3. Bargain hunts.
Bargain hunts can be done at the Vineyards Park Yard Sale starting at 8:00am in the morning till noon. This will be done at Vineyards Community Park located on Naples, 6231 Arbor Blvd. One is also likely to get what they are looking for at collierparks.com. The reserved spaces allow one to search for treasures.

2. Wearing pajamas outdoors
The SWFL Critical Mass Pajama ride takes place on Friday. The outfit for the day is your favorite pajamas. Bring your bike along with you and do not forget to bring your helmet for safety reasons. The venue is downtown at Fort Myers public side lot off McGregor Boulevard and the time is 7:15 in the evening. The gathering of April fool’s day departs for a fun ride around the city. More information can be found on twitter handle @SWFLCM.

1. Estero Saturdays.
Estero is celebrated on Saturdays between 11am till 2pm. This takes place at Miromar Outlets, 10801 on Corkscrew Road in Estero. After 1400 one can shop at the outlet mall located there. For the mini fiesta, the lovers of raffles and features activities one can get these at the village with a vision.

 

The 66th Annual FLAG Exhibition and Symposium

sw-florida-artThe 66th Florida Artists Group commonly referred to as FLAG, will have its Annual Exhibition and Symposium hosted at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. The highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place all through April till the 28th.

The attendance list will be packed with key industry players. 90 artists chosen from all the 10 areas in the state are set to showcase their works of art and compete for awards in various categories such as painting, mixed media, sculpture and graphics.

Majority of FLAG’s members are major award winning participants, experienced art teachers and highly talented artists based in Florida.

FLAG was founded in 1949 by a group of artists based all around Florida. This group was comprised of professors, curators in some of Florida’s famous museums, working artists and also artists brought together by institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum.

The founders’ main vision was creating this group as a non-profit made up of talented and professional artists who have over the years gained international and national recognition through their exemplary work of art. The Florida Artists Group sole purpose is enhancing the achievement of top-notch standards of creative visual art throughout the state of Florida. It also strives to achieve this objective by enforcing education and a wide outreach.

The exhibition will be opened for viewing from 10 am to 4 pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, Monday to Saturday. The address for the venue is 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs. Exemplary artists who shall emerge as winners will be awarded on April 2nd, at a banquet.

The Annual Exhibition and Symposium juror can either be a famous artist, a museum professional, curator or an educator. He or she is chosen from any state other than Florida. This year’s juror for instance will be a prominent Californian artist by the name of Katherine Chang Liu. She is well known for being a juror in more than 80 exhibitions all over the Unites states. Katherine is also an internationally renowned artist and instructor. Her magnificent art can be found all over the world in both private and public museums.

Monthly exhibitions at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is normally offered and promoted by the CFABS, which stands for Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. It also offers a series of full performances at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Some of the performances scheduled include “Improv Tonight” on April 2nd at 8pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia series” on April 3rd from 3 pm and foreign and independent film series every Monday evenings. Tickets for all the performances mentioned can be bought by calling the Center at 239-495-8989 or online at artcenterbonita.org.

If you choose to go, the event is the 66th Annual Exhibition and Symposium for The Florida Artists Group. The event will be running all through April till the 28th from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. It is free and open toall members of the public, regardless of age. The location is Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. You can find more information on this online by visiting artcenterbonita.org.

How Arts And Crafts Can Enrich Your Life

woman-enjoying-artIt’s known that doing arts and crafts relaxes a person. However, it can be hard to find the right hobby for your interests. Read through the tips that follow for some great ideas that will inspire you.

Don’t pressure kids too much when they are enjoying arts and crafts time. Remember that the purpose is to let the creative juices flow, and there is no right or wrong. They won’t be able to create if you’re constantly telling them they are doing something wrong.

If supplies are pricey in your area, start shopping at secondhand stores. You can find many original supplies at Goodwill and other similar stores. These supplies don’t last long, so keep checking.

Stay focused on one element at a time. Plan the projects, purchase the supplies, begin the project and complete it before starting something new. But this is how so many people never complete a craft project! Take the time to complete a project before beginning another. This gives you the best chances of finishing.

Allow your child’s creativity to determine how art projects turn out. You should not show an example at all or show off different examples so that your kids can use their imaginations. For example, they could glue an ear where an eye should be. Just let them have fun.

Etsy is a great place to purchase the supplies for arts and crafts projects. This site sells items from individuals. Besides having the ability to buy your supplies here, this website also lets you sell any arts and crafts projects you want. This is great for vintage media pieces.

Stay organized. There are different ways to do this, but you should pick something that makes sense to you. When you have organized supplies, you will be able to find them when you are working on your projects. You will always be aware of which supplies are already on hand.

Looking for supplies for a new crafting project? Take a look in your kitchen. You are sure to find lots of interesting items there that can be used. Tin foil, empty can and glass jars are some of the treasures that await. Even dried beans and pasta can be used.

There is no argument: arts and crafts are a great way for all kinds of people to enjoy themselves. You may find it hard to know which pursuit is the right one for you. Hopefully, this article has helped you in finding your passion.