WGCU Public Media will host an exclusive, one-night-only exhibit at The Gallery on Fifth at Mercato in Naples of J.N. Ding Darling's artwork on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The Hidden Works of J.N. Ding Darling celebrates the artistic sketches, cartoons and artwork of the renowned conservationist and Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist.
During the evening event, guests can view many of Darling's works as well as rarely-seen personal items and art tools including paint brushes, sketch books and photos. Guests also will have the opportunity to explore the only Russian art gallery and Russian/American Cultural Center in Naples.
WGCU is hosting The Hidden Works of J.N. Ding Darling in conjunction with the release of a TV documentary produced by Marvo Entertainment Group LLC America's Darling: The Story of J.N. Ding Darling.
The Darling family has provided a limited edition print to WGCU. This exclusive black-and-white sketch "Fishermen I Have Met: The Old Sanibel Slip" will be available during the event, for a donation of $125 to WGCU. This limited edition print from 1956, signed by Darling, features the Sanibel slip before the bridge to Sanibel was constructed.
The evening will include complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres and live music by Swing Set. Free parking is available.
All proceeds will benefit WGCU Public Media. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available online at wgcu.org/events or by calling 590-2361.