Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency
Dear colleagues and community partners,
 
We are excited to share this monthly communication dedicated to Arts & Culture activities within our redevelopment areas. The Fort Myers CRA with its numerous community partners have supported arts and cultural developments in the City of Palms since 1984. We invite you to share and participate in these events. Your support is invaluable to our community.
 
For questions related these activities, or to share a community art or cultural event occurring within our redevelopment areas call (239) 321-7100 or email us at cra@cityftmyers.com.
ArtFest Fort Myers
Now in its 21st year, ArtFest Fort Myers is scheduled for Feb. 6-7 on the downtown Fort Myers riverfront. It’s one of the area’s most popular art events with made-in-the-USA originals, including ceramics, jewelry, glass, unique paintings, wearable art and more by 170 artists. Also visit and shop the artists virtually on ArtFest@Home right from the art festival’s main website at ArtFestFortMyers.com.

Location: 1375 Monroe Street
Phone: 239-768-3602

Feb. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Feb. 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $7.50 General Admission
Arts for ACT Gallery
Left: Del Holt in the Main Gallery, Right: Katie Swanstrom in the White Gallery.
Arts for ACT Gallery is the non-profit art gallery, studio and boutique owned by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), the domestic violence, sexual assault and Human Trafficking Center.

Location: 2265 First Street
Phone: 239-337-5050

Feb. 5 - Mar. 1, No Cost (Opening Feb. 5, 6 p.m.)
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) was founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as Florida Arts, Inc. SBDAC hosts concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, dance, independent film, cotillion, and arts education. Its mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.

Location: 2301 First Street
Phone: 239-333-1933

Feb. 1, 7 p.m., $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Feb. 1-26, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays
(Arrive 15 minutes early to register), $16

Feb. 5-26, $1 (Opening Feb. 5, 6 p.m.)

Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., $45 General Admission/$50 Day of Concert,
$10 Students (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., $45 General Admission/$50 Day of Concert,
(Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Feb. 18, 8 p.m., $10 (Doors open 7:30 p.m.)

Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., $45 General Admission/$50 Day of Concert,
$10 Students (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., $45 General Admission/$50 Day of Concert,
$10 Students (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m., $225 Couple/$400 Party of 4

Upcoming Event Schedule
Mar. 5, Concert: Ben Allen
Mar. 17, Bluegrass Concert: Sierra Hull
Mar. 19, Tribute Concert: Hotter than July-Stevie Wonder Tribute
Apr. 9, Bluegrass Concert: The Barefoot Movement
Apr. 16, Tribute Concert: Turnstiles- Billy Joel Tribute
May 12-16, Fort Myers Film Festival
IMAG History & Science Center
The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun and educational interactive exhibits, aquariums, history displays, and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to the IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays Noon – 5 p.m., Closed Mondays

Location: 2000 Cranford Avenue
Phone: 239-243-0043

Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., No Cost with Admission,

Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., No Cost with Admission,

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - Noon, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., No Cost with Admission

Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - Noon, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., No Cost with Admission

Feb. 27, 10 a.m. - Noon, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., No Cost with Admission

Registration Open Now, $190/week Family Membership,
$240/ per week Non-Members
Paris Market Antique Mall
Paris Market Antique Mall is more than a place to shop. It features a wonderful selection of fine art and vintage furnishings, jewelry, and accouterment that nourish the eye and the soul. Paris Market's events are a celebration of all things beautiful!

Location: 2212 Cleveland Avenue
Phone: 239-476-8817
Website: http://www.parismarketantiquemall.com/

Feb. 1 - 28, Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. -
4 p.m., No Cost for Admission
Ollie Mack Gentry Photography
Ollie Mack Gentry Photography Studio & Gallery is a full-service photography studio, offering the highest quality images and service for a variety of different occasions. From individual headshots and family portraits to iconic people, places and things.

Location: 1528 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-440-0061

Feb. 5 - 28, No Cost (Opening Feb. 5, 6 p.m.)
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally-known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Visitors will enjoy touring 20+ acres of historic homes, buildings and gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum.

Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd.
Phone: 239-334-7419

Feb. 6, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., $125 Members, $135 Non-Members

Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m., No Cost (Registration Required)

Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m., $35 Members, $50 Non-Members

Feb. 11, 10 a.m., No Cost

Feb. 11, 11 a.m., No Cost

Feb. 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, Masks required

Feb. 13 - 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No Cost

Feb. 20, 10 p.m., $90 Members, $100 Non-Members

Feb. 26, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., $20 Members, $25 Non-Members, $30 At the Door
Florida Repertory Theatre
Florida Rep is committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.

Location: 2267 First Street
Phone: 239-332-4488
Feb. 27, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., No Cost to Watch on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, 100% Matching by Anonymous Donor

Feb. 1 - Mar. 15, Virtual On Demand Streaming, $15

Feb. 11, 12, 13, 7 p.m., Feb. 13, 14. 2 p.m., $60 - $100 for 12' X 12' 6-Person Square
(Safe & Socially-Distant Outdoor Seating, Masks Required, Free Parking)

Feb. 18, 19, 20, 21, 7 p.m., Feb. 20, 21. 2 p.m., $60 - $100 for 12' X 12' 6-Person Square
(Safe & Socially-Distant Outdoor Seating, Masks Required, Free Parking)
DAAS Co-Op Gallery at the Butterfly Estates
We are Southwest Florida’s premier Art Gallery, featuring some of the best artists of our area. Our gallery operates in a cooperative system, which means that we all participate, collaborate, coordinate and tend to all business matters. DAAS stands for David Acevedo Art Studio. Acevedo is the founder, curator and director of the venue. DAAS Gallery holds exhibition opening receptions every first Friday of the month, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., in conjunction with Fort Myers Art Walk.

Location: 1815 Fowler Street, Unit 3
Phone: 239-590-8645

Feb. 5 - 27, No Cost (Opening Feb. 5, 6 p.m.)
Neenie's House
Upper Left: ARTGROOVES FOUR, Lower Left: Neenie's House entrance, Right: Jessica Wajoli with some of her original Wajoli African Wear.
Neenie's House is an arts and cultural emporium in the East Palm neighborhood in Fort Myers, FL. This unique venue hosts art openings, music performances, and more. ARTGROOVES happens every 2nd Friday of the month, and has live artist, artisan vendors, Dj's, and Artful Projections. ARTGROOVES is hosted by Fresh Squeezed, and Neenie's House. Fresh Squeezed organizes events, and offers support and promotion focusing on Electronic Dance Music, DJ's, Producers, Bands, and Artist.

Location: 481 Marsh Avenue
Phone: 239-333-9267

Feb. 6, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., No Cost

Feb. 12, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., No Cost
(Outdoor event, Social Distancing per CDC Guidelines, Protective gear encouraged outside, mandatory inside)
Snouts & Strokes Pet Emporium & Art Gallery
Snouts & Strokes Pet Pub and Art Gallery is a pub for you and your pet. Stop by and partake in art, events, supplies, printing, paint workshops, groceries and more.

Location: 1518 Jackson Street
Phone: 239-628-9593

Feb. 5, 6 p.m., No Cost
River District Alliance
Watch the new River District Alliance video by clicking the image above.
The mission of the River District Alliance (RDA) is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic Fort Myers River District as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity.

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the RDA strives to preserve the essence of downtown while promoting the growth of the business and economic sectors that make the area thrive.

Location: 1401B Lee Street

Feb. 5, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., No Cost

Feb. 19, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., No Cost
Luminary Hotel & Co.
More than a hotel, Luminary is the hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers make their unique imprint on the city’s own story. A story begun years ago by a brilliant cast of audacious luminaries. Create your own story by joining in one (or more!) of the many events offered by Luminary and Co.

Location: 2200 Edwards Drive
Phone: 239-314-3800

Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., No Cost, Lobby Bar

Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., No Cost, Dean St. Coffee Roastery
Laboratory Theater of Florida
The Laboratory Theater of Florida is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work.

Location: 1634 Woodford Avenue
Phone: 239-218-0481

Feb. 4, 5, 6, 8 p.m., Feb. 7, 2 p.m., $30, $12 Students, Mature Themes: Ages 16+, Masks required

Feb. 26, 27, 8 p.m., Feb. 27, 28, 2 p.m., $30, $12 Students, Mature Themes: Ages 18+, Masks required
The venue below is located near our redevelopment areas
but not within them. We feature them as a partner in the arts to the Fort Myers CRA and other venues within the redevelopment areas.
Alliance for the Arts
The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

Location: 10091 McGregor Boulevard
Phone: 239-939-2787

Feb. 4, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., $45 Members, $50 Non-Members

Feb. 4 - 6, 7 p.m., $25

Feb. 5 - 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., No Cost/$5 Suggested Donation
(Virtual Opening Feb. 5, 6 p.m.)

Feb. 11, 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $25 Members, $30 Non-Members

Feb. 11 - 20, 7:30 p.m., $12.50

Feb. 14, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., $12.50

Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $15 - $60

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $15 - $60

Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $20

Feb. 28, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., $12.50 - $50

Ongoing, Cost Varies
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