When the Naples Fine Art Center opens its doors Saturday, the newest addition to Long Beach’s growing art scene will be prepared to host temporary exhibitions, live performances and lectures.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, the center’s first exhibition will feature more than 30 prints and original artwork by renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, plus the work of Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zuniga and Rafael Coronel. Titled “The Return of the Mexican Masters,” the center’s show coincides with the exhibition “Siqueiros: Landscape Painter,” at the city’s Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA).
Alex Slato, executive director of The Business of Art and founder of the Naples Fine Art Center, said he leased the storefront at 5700 E. Second St. a few months ago. It had been his goal to open an art center in Naples, Slato said.
Although the business is located in the same building as Herbal Solutions Naples, a marijuana cooperative, Slato said the art center has no affiliation whatsoever with the cooperative and he is subleasing the space from another company. The businesses have separate entrances.
Erika De La Parra, Naples Fine Art Center gallery director, said the center plans to have a lecture about Siqueiros in December. In the meantime, Alive Theatre will use the center to stage its presentation of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” from Nov. 5 to Nov. 27.
De La Parra estimated the main gallery and smaller attached exhibition space total 3,200 square feet, with enough area to feature 50 art pieces in its inaugural show. For future exhibitions, the focus will be on Southern California artists, but The Business of Art’s team of bilingual professionals specializes in Latin American art, De La Parra added.
The Business of Art also provides consulting, management, graphic design and marketing services. For more, visit www.naplesfineartcenter.com.