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Quick Draw Naples to benefit Legal Aid Service of Collier County

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Legal Aid is also seeking volunteers, sponsors, and others who wish to support the cause

By Paul Arsenault, a prior participating artist in Quick Draw and Art Aid

By Paul Arsenault, a prior participating artist in Quick Draw and Art Aid

Quick Draw Naples 2021, a plein air charity art event benefitting Legal Aid Service of Collier County (Legal Aid) and the projects it operates to assist children in need, is set for November 27 at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples.

The event involves over 50 artists painting live followed by a live auction of the art created at the event. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the event — which is completely open to the public.

Quick Draw Naples will be the first event of its kind in Collier County based upon the size, scope, and the festival-like atmosphere to be experienced which will feature three live bands performing and an array of talented artists painting live, according to Legal Aid. The artists include local rising stars and those who enjoy national and international followings. For a complete listing of artists and other details visit the event webpage.

Quick Draw Naples will begin at 9 a.m. with all the artists painting until noon, with all of the artwork produced at the event to be set for auction beginning at 12:30 p.m. from the Bandshell stage and podium at Cambier Park.  The bands include Moonstone Riders, The Radar Kats (featuring Kat Eppel, Ray Nesbit, and Darrell Nutt), and Roots Almighty.

The artists are associated with Art Aid Naples, a group of over 80 philanthropic artists who have banded together since 2018 to raise funds to support Legal Aid. Art Aid Naples was founded by Laura Barnard, a retired educator who loves art, enjoys painting, and who was moved to help when she met Sister Maureen Kelleher, now retired, who was a former staff attorney with Legal Aid who served those in need in Southwest Florida for over 35 years.

The Art Aid Naples team and participating artists have held several online art auctions to raise support for Legal Aid, and conducted other events, including an initial Quick Draw in 2019 at the Naples Beach Club.  Leslie Vega, who has a Ph.D. in Art History and who has worked in the art industry locally and abroad for many years, had the vision for the first Quick Draw event and joined forces with Barnard and the Art Aid team.  More than $70,000 in proceeds has been raised to date by Art Aid Naples. Vega’s father, the late George Vega, was a local attorney who practiced in Naples for many years.

“As a wife, mother, and retired special education teacher, children have always had a special place in my heart,” Barnard said.  “I founded Art Aid Naples because I wanted to help at-risk children and their families in our community through Legal Aid while leveraging my passion for art.  The generosity of the artists who have responded to my call to action has been humbling and inspiring, and the Quick Draw Naples event coming up on November 27 is our biggest and most exciting venture to date and I urge everyone in the community to come out and support the artists, Legal Aid, and local children in need.”

Legal Aid is also seeking volunteers, sponsors, and others who wish to support the cause.

“We have wonderful opportunities available right now for anyone who wants to be a part of this event, including volunteers who want to serve, businesses who want to sponsor, and art lovers willing to spread the word and become engaged on our social media platforms,” said Jeff Ahren, Legal Aid’s director of development.  “Legal Aid is thrilled to be a part of such a great event, and we are grateful to all the artists and the Art Aid Naples team for their generosity and caring hearts.”

Those who want more information may call Legal Aid at 239-298-8138 or visit www.collierlegalaid.org.

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