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NIAAF & Art Naples to Partner with Naples Philharmonic Center For Arts

The Naples International Art and Antique Fair (NIAAF) and the newly announced contemporary art fair Art Naples, are joining with a cultural mainstay of the local community to mark each fair's first opening in 2011. David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) today announced The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts will be a sponsoring beneficiary of the inaugural preview evenings at the fairs, which will each take place at the new Naples International Pavilion next year.

"The partnership is a natural fit for the Center," said Myra Janco Daniels, Chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center Cultural Complex. "I have worked with the Lesters for many years and am excited to collaborate with them in marking the beginning of two new artistic institutions in Naples while supporting a key cultural destination."

The non-profit Philharmonic Center for the Arts, which Daniels founded in the mid-1980s, is home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, performing arts shows and the Naples Museum of Art. The complex has been enlightening, educating and entertaining regional residents of all ages for over 20 years.

"As residents of Naples, Lee Ann and I are very appreciative of the cultural contributions of the Center for the Arts," said David Lester. "This partnership will enhance NIAAF, Art Naples and the Center while continuing IFAE's tradition of support for local artistic organizations. Ms. Daniels remains one of Southwest Florida's most outspoken advocates of the importance of the arts."

NIAAF will bring 60-70 prominent art, antique and jewelry dealers to Naples for the first time from February 24 – March 1, 2011. Offerings will include old master paintings, impressionist paintings, modern and contemporary art and sculpture, furniture, decorative arts, silver, ancient arts, haute couture and period jewelry and rare books. This new fair is meant to attract prestigious international dealers to Naples immediately after the Palm Beach American International Fine Art Fair held in early February. The Naples Museum of Art will conduct special tours in conjunction with the fair.

Art Naples, to be held March 10 – 14, 2011, introduces a major contemporary art fair to Southwest Florida, with an extensive list of North American and international galleries bringing important art work by modern and contemporary masters along with emerging artists. New and experienced collectors alike will encounter paintings, photography and works on paper, fine art glass, sculpture, video and design. IFAE expects dealers from its contemporary fairs in Miami (MIA) and Palm Beach (Art Palm Beach) will be attracted to Naples in order to target an affluent, yet unserved Florida West Coast populace.

"These two newly announced art fairs reach an entirely new clientele during Florida's winter 'high season,'" said Lee Ann Lester. "The Naples fairs, along with already successful IFAE fairs in Miami and Palm Beach in January and February, create a Florida art season which allows international dealers to reach collectors from all over the world in three major markets without having to leave the state."

Both Art Naples and NIAAF will be held in a newly renovated, 55,000 square foot facility to be designated the Naples International Pavilion.

Art Naples and the Naples International Art and Antique Fair join the prestigious roster of fairs organized by IFAE, including the Miami International Art Fair (MIA), Art Palm Beach (APB), American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF), The London International Fine Art Fair (LIFAF), and SeaFair – the Megayacht Venue. AIFAF is the only art and antique event in the United States recognized as a 5-star fair by the prestigious Art Newspaper.

About IFAE
David and Lee Ann Lester, founders of International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), have been the pioneers of the Florida art fair market, establishing Art Miami in January, 1991, The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now AIFAF) in 1997, and Art Palm Beach in 1998. They have organized more than 65 international art fairs worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong.

In 2009, the Lesters resumed ownership of the two Palm Beach fairs, acquired the historically favorable January art fair dates at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and in 2010 presented the highly successful and critically acclaimed first edition of MIA – Miami's new January contemporary art fair. In 2009, IFAE entered into a joint venture with Clarion Events to serve as the partners and executive management of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, now re-branded as the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia. Most recently they have announced plans for the Naples International Art and Antique Fair and Art Naples.