The Alliance for the Arts continues its Member Gallery Book Club on Tuesday, October 15 with a discussion of Emile Zola’s The Masterpiece. It's an unparalleled opportunity to join fellow Alliance members in their monthly exploration of literature focused on art, artists, art history, and art appreciation.
The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist who has come from the provinces to conquer Paris but is conquered instead by the flaws of his own genius. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. It provides a unique insight into Zola's career as a writer and his relationship with Cezanne, a friend since their school days in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemian world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despite the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public.
The Member Gallery Book Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book. A discussion guide will be available for download at artinlee.org beginning October 1. Pre-registration is encouraged - an active Alliance membership is all that’s required.
This is one of many benefits of an Alliance membership! The November discussion of Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland will be held on Tuesday, November 19.
Alliance individual memberships are $50 per year, and a family can join for just $75 per year. Membership benefits include 20% discounts on all classes and workshops, a wide variety of FREE class Try It sessions, discounts on theatre tickets and youth camps, special exhibition opportunities and the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts here in southwest Florida. Visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787 to become a member today.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard.