Music and Art
Gale Bennett’s artwork featured at Gulfshore Opera benefit
Aunique opportunity benefiting a Southwest Florida musical jewel and to view the artwork of a prominent artist is obtainable on Jan. 31. Cello Bennett and Paul Nadler are hosting An Afternoon of Music & Art at Ms. Bennett’s Fort Myers home from 4 to 7 p.m. The Sunday event for a limited guest list benefits Gulfshore Opera, a regional company supported by Gale Bennett, the artist who died in 2008. Cello Bennett is Gale Bennett’s widow. Maestro Paul Nadler was Gulfshore Opera’s musical director for 16 years, and today is a conductor with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Gale Bennett was associated with music and art in Southwest Florida, serving on the board of the Southwest Florida Symphony and helping spearhead the effort to locate an opera company in the region, Cello Bennett says.
An Afternoon of Music & Art offers a rare glimpse of Gale Bennett’s works, some of which have not been shown. Bennett was the founder of ArtStudy Giverny, a French art school in Claude Monet’s home village. Bennett’s artwork blends Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism and Cubism, earning him a lifetime achievement award from Angels of the Arts in Southwest Florida. He also taught music appreciation and wrote musical reviews, dividing his time between Fort Myers and France.
Aside from refreshments, guests at the Jan. 31 event receive a Gale Bennett gift, and a number of his works will be for sale. Proceeds support Gulfshore Opera. A surprise is also planned, Cello Bennett says, including a short program of musical and opera favorites. The company’s artistic director, Steffanie Pearce, joins the event. Paul Nadler, Cello Bennett says, “Is so excited to see his Florida friends and music fans, and do something special for Gulfshore Opera.”
Details are at 239-529-3925.
Maestro Paul Nadler was Gulfshore Opera’s musical director for 16 years, and today is a conductor with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.