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Unforgettable Arts Encounters at Artis—Naples This Fall

Natasha Paremski | Photo by Andrea Joynt

The turning of summer to autumn brings an air of excitement to Artis—Naples. With the arrival of the 2023-24 season, the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus bursts into life, offering a delightful array of experiences across artistic disciplines. From captivating visual arts to mesmerizing performances and the celebration of independent filmmaking, this season promises an unforgettable journey for art aficionados, music lovers, and film enthusiasts alike.

The Baker Museum sets the stage with a remarkable lineup of exhibitions that are bound to captivate visitors. Opening September 2, Tamara Kostianovsky: Botanical Revolution presents the work of the talented Brooklyn-based Latinx artist. Through the depiction of lifelike birds, ringed tree stumps, lush plants, and richly textured cow carcasses, Kostianovsky explores the intricate relationship between humanity and nature, shedding light on themes of consumption. Additionally, the exhibition features new works inspired by the bird and plant life of Southwest Florida, adding a local touch to the artist’s vision. Starting October 14, don’t miss Frank Stewart's Nexus: An American Photographer's Journey, 1960s to the Present, showcasing the works of acclaimed American photographer Frank Stewart. With his world travels and unique perspective, Stewart’s photos provide a compelling visual and cultural narrative. Also opening on October 14, Florida Contemporary 2023-24 spotlights the works of notable visual artists practicing in Florida, offering a glimpse into the state’s vibrant artistic scene.

L to R: Tamara Kostianovsky (Argentine, b. Israel, 1974). Red Wood, 2018. Discarded clothing, 59 x 40 x 62 in.

Courtesy of the artist and Slag Gallery. Photo by Roni Mocan

Frank Stewart (American, b. 1949). Stomping the Blues, 1997. Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in.

Collection of Rob Gibson, Savannah

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler


The Naples Philharmonic also sets a spectacular tone for the season with free chamber concerts. From September 7-10, these concerts bring world-class chamber music to conveniently located settings throughout the Southwest Florida community. Later in the fall, on October 20 and 21, the orchestra commences its 2023-24 Masterworks series with a performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Fans of jazz will groove to the season’s first All That Jazz performance on October 11, while the 13th Annual Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler on October 6 promises to showcase the incredible talent and artistry of dance. For a more intimate experience, the Sypert Salon series kicks off with a performance of Beethoven’s “Archduke” Piano Trio on October 15 and 17.

Naples International Film Festival-1953

October is a spectacular time of year for film lovers in Naples. This year, the 15th annual Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) once again brings cinema enthusiasts together for up-close and personal encounters with independent film. The festivities kick off on October 26 with the Opening Night Film and Party, an event that has become one of Naples’ most anticipated celebrations. From the glamour of the red carpet and film screening to the extravagant after-party in the illuminated Norris Garden, guests will mingle with fellow cinephiles and visiting filmmakers while reveling in the joy of cinema. Over the following three days, from October 27 to 29, NIFF presents a diverse selection of over 60 narrative, documentary and short films at partner venue Silverspot Cinema, as well as enchanting outdoor screenings in a starlit Norris Garden. The festival concludes on October 29 with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony, Film and Wrap Party, honoring the best films of the year. As a grand finale, audiences can enjoy a Hayes Hall screening of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as Jack Everly and the Naples Philharmonic perform the score live onstage.

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