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Naples is known for being a cultural and artistic hub in Southwest Florida and people come from all over to enjoy the annual two-day Naples National Art Show. In 2018, Sunshine Artists Magazine ranked it No. 18 out of 25 art shows in the country—and it’s easy to see why. The show has been a Naples stable for decades!

The Naples National Art Show is one of the oldest art shows in Naples and locals consider it to be one of its premiere must-see events. It’s also a fun event the whole family can enjoy. You can catch the show at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples and when you’re done you can stroll up and down Fifth Avenue South and eat at one of the many delicious dining options. The Naples National Art Show also features high-quality work, so if you’re looking for more home décor options, this is a great event to plan your trip to Southwest Florida around. Royal Shell has a variety of vacation homes in Naples, too. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with a large group or it’s just you and your significant other. We have homes in all shapes and sizes. 

When is the Naples National Art Show?

Come out on Feb. 22 and 23, but make sure you get there early as parking is somewhat limited. The show will be held at scenic Cambier Park at 755 Eighth Avenue South. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and there is a concert after the show on Saturday. It’s free to enter and look at all the beautiful artworks, but a $5 donation is suggested. Come enjoy the beautiful weather in Southwest Florida and celebrate these national ranking artists!

What Do I Need to Know About the Naples National Art Show?

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Not only is this a great art show, but it is also a competitive event for the artists. The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Naples National Art Festival draws more than 20,000 residents and visitors. Meet some of the finest artists from across the United States. Downtown Naples is an idyllic setting for this event, too. It features Spanish and Mediterranean architecture, the landscaping is on point and it looks like it could be on a postcard from Europe. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you visit!

The juried art show will showcase approximately 190 artists. Since the show is so prestigious and well-known, it features some seriously talented artists. The fine art and craft show features all different types of mediums, too. These include digital art, furniture, ceramics, leather and fiber, jewelry,  glass, metal, printmaking and graphics, mixed media 3D, mixed media 2D, sculpture, wood, photography and painting. 

Ceramics must be originally shaped and fired clay. This includes earthenware, stoneware, terracotta and porcelain. Digital art should be original and signed. Fiber includes non-wearable artwork from fibers such as batik, basketry, tapestry, papermaking and weaving. Wearable art includes leather goods and clothing. 

Furniture can be constructed in any material that is functional as a piece of furniture. Glass work should consist of blown glass, stained glass or fused glass. Drawings are made from pastels, graphite, wax crayon, charcoal or chalk. Jewelry should be made from precious stones, gold, enamel, gold, sterling silver or silver. 

Mixed Media 2D incorporates more than one type of media, has a relief depth of less than 1/8 of an inch and includes collage and handmade paper. Mixed Media 3D should be non-functional work and combine more than one material or media and exceed 1/8of an inch in depth.

Oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings can be a still life, landscape, portrait or abstract. Photos should be signed prints created by the artist from their own original digital files or negatives. 

Naples National Evening Concert

Make it an all-day thing and stay for the 5 to 7 p.m. concert at the Cambier Park Band Shell. Relax in your lawn chair and listen to the Blu-Tones. The weather this time of year is perfect for an outdoor concert. There will be small bites of food from Artichoke and Company in Bonita Springs. The Blu-Tones have been on the Southwest Florida music scene for about 10 years and they specialize in songs from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

What to Do After the Naples National Art Show?

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The great thing about the Naples National Art Show being in Downtown Naples is that there are so many great things to do after the show’s over. The beach at the end of Fifth Avenue South is about a 20-minute walk from Cambier Park. Driving is the best way to get there, but parking can be limited during this time of year. You’ll also be happy to know that there is a Starbucks in front of Cambier Park and an ice cream shop across the street from there. And if you have a taste for even more art, there are a handful of galleries along Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South.

Some popular restaurants near the Naples National Art Show and Cambier Park include:

  • Alberto’s On Fifth
  • Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro
  • Bistro 821
  • Hobnob Kitchen & Bar
  • Shea’s at Lansdowne Street
  • Sushi Thai Too
  • Vergina

When you’re done eating dinner, you can stroll along Fifth Avenue South and take in the sights. There are orb lights hanging from the trees and when they’re lit up at night, it gives the whole street a romantic vibe. It’s great for lovers, but also soothing enough for children and other families to enjoy. Fifth Avenue South is a hub for foodies, artists and people who appreciate the finer things in life. Visiting for the Naples National Art Show is just the icing on the cake!

Why You Should Stay At a Royal Shell Vacation Rental in Naples, Florida

Royal Shell has a variety of vacation rental homes near the Naples National Art Show. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do our very best to find it for you! If you have any questions about things to do in Naples or more questions about the Naples National Art Show, we can answer those, too. Our favorite part of what we do is helping you create lasting memories you’ll treasure forever. 

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