von Liebig Art Center
Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. Perhaps the aura of this tropical paradise serves as an attraction for artists and those that love art. With over 100 galleries in Greater Naples, the region is definitely on the map as a cultural destination. In fact, Naples was recently named the #1 Small Art Town in America.
From the outstanding permanent collections and traveling exhibits at the Naples Museum of Art
, the von Liebig Art Center
and the Marco Island Center for the Arts
, to the eclectic array of galleries located in the Fifth Avenue South
and Third Street South
shopping districts, to the Big Cypress Gallery
deep in the Everglades, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful art. Many artists are in residence at studio galleries, while other galleries serve to inspire or provide art for home and special gifts. There are also hundreds of art and cultural events happening in the area every month. For a complete schedule of arts related events, visit the United Arts Council's
There is also a distinct appreciation here for the performing arts. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
is the premiere performance hall in the region and is home to the Naples Philharmonic. The Naples Players, one of the top community theaters in the nation, has two performance stages in their state-of-the-art theater on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.
History buffs will find fascinating displays of artifacts and information dating from the height of the Calusa Indian civilization over a thousand years ago in area museums
. Also of interest is the story of the pioneers who made their way to the Southwest Florida wilderness to settle just prior to the turn of the century. And a number of tour companies specialize in helping you to experience the natural beauty of the area that is such an inspiration to area artists.View the Arts, Culture & Heritage online guide.