Midway between South Beach’s art deco district and St. Petersburg’s picturesque Museum of Fine Arts is an aggregation of trendy boutiques, exquisite restaurants and world-class fine art galleries. You can find them dotting Naples’ storied Fifth Avenue, at Bayfront, the upscale Mediterranean-style plaza overlooking the tranquil waters of Naples Harbor, and straddling historic Gallery Row in Olde Naples’ Third Avenue shopping district. Five venerable galleries anchor the latter location.
At 5,000 square feet, DeBruyne Fine Art is the largest gallery in Olde Naples. Inside, an outstanding array of contemporary and antique art can be viewed in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. Owners Paul and Suzanne DeBruyne have assembled a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are eager to share their insights about their art and artists. You can find DeBruyne Fine Art at 275 Broad Avenue South or online at www.debruynefineart.com.
Located at 393 Broad Avenue South, Galerie du Soleil is one of the area’s prettiest fine art spots. With its purple potted plants and awning-covered entry, the exterior of this 4,900 square foot gallery accurately conveys the sophisticated elegance that owner Michael Windfeldt has created within. With roughly half of the art on display consisting of sculpture, this gallery is a treat for collectors who prefer a companionable mix of two and three-dimensional representational works. You can visit the gallery online at www.galerie-du-soleil.com.
Just down and across the street are the dual locations of the refined and tasteful Gardner Colby Gallery. As savvy as they are engaging, owner Nancy Winch, gallery director Pamela Campe and sales associate Andrea Lissette pride themselves on helping collectors find just the right piece for their homes and offices. Gardner Colby is located online at www.gardnercolbygallery.com.
The facade of the Marianne Friedland Gallery may seem spare and unadorned, but the modern and contemporary artworks waiting inside are nothing short of breathtaking. Owner Marianne Friedland and director Morley Greenberg make sure that every work of art possesses impeccable provenance and unquestioned connoisseurship. The gallery is located at 359 Broad Street South and online at www.mariannefriedlandglry.com.
Former professors Charles Szabo, Andrea Casement and William Casement founded the Darvish Collection Gallery of Fine Art in 1983. Today, they specialize in 19th and 20th Century realist and impressionist paintings, and select bronze and marble sculpture. The Darvish Collection Gallery is located at 1199 Third Street South. Their website is www.artnet.com/darvish.html.