5th Avenue Design Experience

The Naples Art Association (NAA) is thrilled to participate in the inaugural 5th Avenue Design Experience on 5th Avenue South.  This event will give design, art, jewelry, and fashion the ultimate spotlight and VIP treatment. In addition to the NAA, Marilyn’s, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, Arabesque, Pura Vida, Jami’s, Gallery One, and English Traditions will also participate.

From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the NAA will feature:

  • Book signings with Margaret Cardillo, author of Being Audrey & Being Jackie and Stephania Pifferi, author of Colors of Naples.
  • Live artist demonstrations by glass bead and small sculptures artist, Chris Sanderson, and mixed media artist, Paul Gower.
  • A display by fashion designers, Mahboubeh Tavallali and Leeann Kroetch.

The day will also include special promotional trunk shows at participating stores from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a fashion presentation with featured designs and fashions in Sugden Plaza from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

More info about participants:

Margaret Cardillo, children’s book author

Author Margaret Cardillo holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Miami. Her first children’s book, Just Being Audrey, a biography of Audrey Hepburn, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal. Margaret’s writing for the screen won a College Television Award and received several Best of Fest awards. She also the author of Just Being Jackie.  A former children’s book editor, Cardillo now teaches screenwriting at the University of Miami, and she lives nearby with her family.



Stefania Pifferi, author of Colors of Naples

Stefania Pifferi was born in Lake Como, a charming and picturesque Italian town where as a child she was always curious as to what was around the corner; that corner quickly became the world.  Her biggest passion has always been to travel so she can discover new worlds, different lifestyle, and cultures. Her goal was to find a career that gave her the opportunity to fulfill this dream, no matter the job. What mattered was to have the bags packed and ready to go. Then at the age of 19, she discovered the camera which changed her life. Suddenly the world revolved around lights and shadows.  She initially studied photography in Milan at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia where she learned everything about the camera, the different types of photography, the use of lights and studio awareness. Pifferi then continued her education at the International Center of Photography in New York where she began to embrace her creativity and open-mindedness.  Since then it has been a crescendo of emotions, small personal successes, and fulfilling her childhood desire to travel for her job.  Today she lives with her passport in hand and has many clients that are scattered around the world. They know they can call upon my services worldwide at a moment’s notice.  She considers herself to be fortunate because there is nothing better than to get up in the morning knowing that she is fulfilling her dream.

Chris Sanderson, Glass Beads & Small Sculptures artist

Chris Sanderson was born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio and spent much of her childhood traveling with her parents and taking photographs with a Kodak Instamatic camera. Her interest in photography led to a degree in visual communications from Bowling Green State University and a career as a medical photographer and retinal angiographer. After raising her family and with retirement was on the horizon, she found the world of jewelry making . While learning to make various types of jewelry she developed a fascination with a certain type of handmade bead – Glass Lampwork Beads. Sanderson enrolled in classes at The Toledo Museum of Art to learn to make her own glass beads in July 2009. She became captivated by hot, flowing glass and found serenity while working at the torch. Sanderson enjoys making all types of beads but particularly likes making intricate pattern beads, and using specialty silvered glass in her work. She also enjoys making one of a kind memorial beads. Sanderson uses mostly Italian soft glass rods and a duel fuel table top torch to create the beads on various sized mandrels. Sanderson’s work can be seen at the NAA, businesses in Ohio and Michigan, as well as her home studio.

Artist Paul Gower’s “Aids babies” Graphite on paper’ 1990

Artist Paul Gower is originally from Troy, New York and studied fine arts at State University of New York at Potsdam. He creates his original art work using (but not limited to) oil pastels, graphite, and charcoal. His work focuses on the drawn line using mixed mediums.





Fashion designer, Mah Shahnavaz

Mah Shahnavaz was born in Tehran, Iran and studied interior design in Milan, Italy at the Brera Academy of Art.  She studied fashion design at the Katinka School in London and graduated from the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy also in London.  As a master graduate of the Ohara School of Ikebana, Shahnavaz has taught numerous classes locally.  She had a women’s boutique in Tehran and participated in fashion shows in Paris and Stockholm.




Fashion designer Leeann-Kroetsch’s work on the runway at the inaugural Scene to be Seen event

Leeann Kroetsch has always been an artist.  While at University pursuing academic courses, Kroetsch took art classes at night to satisfy her creative spirit.  While following her passion for textiles, she discovered the magic of felt making.  In 2015, she was awarded an individual Artist Grant from the Hillsborough Arts Council which allowed her to study with master felters visiting from Germany and Australia.  She advanced her approach to her craft by integrating the knowledge gained through this study with the techniques she developed through experimentation and play.  Kroetsch’s current focus is on the collaboration between silk fabric, obtained by deconstructing vintage dresses, and collage while felting to give new life to these discarded items and create sustainable art with a renewed purpose.  She is interested in preserving the ancient technique of felt-making and offers classes to promote emerging felt-makers.  Over the past four years, Kroetsch has won numerous awards for her work at high level art festival across Florida including Best of Show in the 2017 Santa Fe College Art Festival, the 2016 SunFest Juried Art Show and the 2014 Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Art Festival.



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