East West Gallery
Returns to Fifth Avenue

From Russia with Love of Art

While working at the World Bank in 2000, Harvard graduate, Pew Fellow at Georgetown, and George Washington University trained art historian Olga Arkhangelskaya had had enough of politics. She was ready to pursue her real passion and the one thing that gave her solace…art. She felt called to establish a different kind of art gallery, one that would focus on hope, peace, happiness, and shared values of people worldwide.

Living through the turbulent 1990s after the collapse of the USSR, Olga knew first-hand what it was like to live in despair and fear. Her husband and father of her young daughter Leeza died suddenly in Moscow. Olga and her husband had been prominent figures in Soviet society, which could have made them targets. She and Leeza left, with only one suitcase between the two of them, to visit the United States, but they never returned to Russia in fear for their own lives.

Fast forward a decade later, a remarried Olga, her new husband, and Leeza, by then 15 years old, followed Olga’s dream and moved to Naples where Olga had visited and considered it the perfect place to establish her gallery. It was on Fifth Avenue South they opened the original East West Art Gallery, then known as Gallery on Fifth, a highly successful venture until the economic downturn in 2008.

After closing the Gallery on Fifth, they reopened at Mercato in 2012 and began to rebuild. By then, Leeza had received her education with degrees from the University of Geneva and American University. In 2013, Leeza came home to Naples, bringing more than 10 years of international experience in project management and art fair organization, and joined the family business as co-owner.

Both mom and daughter have longed to reopen a gallery on Fifth Avenue South. This past June, Leeza was walking down the Avenue when she saw a sign saying a unit was available. Ironically, it was in the same building (472 Fifth Avenue South) where her mom opened the original East West Gallery. Leeza, who does not believe in coincidences, moved quickly and signed a lease. On July 7, 2023, East West Gallery reopened as East West Fine Art, but with Leeza in charge.

“Our gallery is full of art by non-commercial artists,” says Leeza. “They don’t pump out 200 paintings a year. It’s not about money for them. They have dedicated their lives to art and are “unruly” in their approach, channeling messages from God and creating art with redemptive qualities, which pulls you out of the doldrums of life and gives you hope.”

The gallery’s paintings are from all over the world, including Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy, and America. An eclectic contemporary gallery, East West Fine Art prides itself in showing the best selection of oil paintings, mixed media works, art glass, and sculpture, including coastal artwork specifically created for Southwest Florida (SWFL) homes.

Yet, Leeza views the gallery as more than a commercial entity. “East West Fine Art serves the community as an art cultural center. Our artist exhibitions and cultural events are entertaining and informative,” she says. This is a philosophy she and her mom have subscribed to from the beginning. In fact, Olga is a co-founder of the Russian American Cultural Club at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.

“Beauty will heal the world. We are not an art gallery, but a cultural center. No politics. I’m a diplomat. I want people to find common ground,” says Leeza, who attended the Community School in Naples. After college she worked in Washington, DC for the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing financial aid to small countries around the world, especially in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The mother-daughter duo also created RAMA, the Russian American Museum of Art, a Naples’ non-profit, featuring not-for-sale works of art for SWFL audiences to enjoy. One exhibit, owned by an American-Ukrainian collector, included paintings rescued from the Soviet Union covering the years 1918-1989 that depict people in a style of art called Socialist Realism. It shows the unglamorized life of regular people, who have the same values and want security and opportunity, like the rest of the world.

According to Leeza, the exhibit, hosted both by East West Fine Art and then by FGCU, was very well received. It was featured a second year and expanded to include well-known cultural and human condition artist Marcus Jansen, as well as local SWFL artists with messages of positivity and progress.

When asked about returning to Fifth Avenue South, Leeza is quick to respond. “I am ecstatic to be back on the most iconic street in Naples with like-minded entrepreneurs, during this very special 100 years of City history,” she says.

Interestingly, Leeza’s grandfather, who is in his 90s just took up painting. “He loves it and is actually selling his work. I guess it’s just in our DNA,” she says with a smile.


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Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for these upcoming events.

26 Miles
by Quiara Alegria Hudes

October 12 to November 5

Gulfshore Playhouse 26 Miles is the story of a broken family rediscovering understanding, redemption, and love. Directed by Laura Moreno.

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Artisan Marketplace

November 3 & 4 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Naples Woman's Club The Annual Artisan Marketplace featuring 18+ talented artisans and their wares for sale. Included will be pottery, paintings, textiles, jewelry, clothing and accessories, and more!

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Artist In Residence Reception: Introducing Tomaso Albertini

November 2 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Naples Art Institute We invite you to partake in an exclusive artistic event, as we introduce our inaugural Artist in Residence to our local community.

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Meet the Artist Regis Bobitski

November 10 to 12 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Art On Fifth Ave Naples, A Procaccini Gallery Painting demonstrations, art discussions, photo opportunities, & more! There is also an evening reception on Friday & Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

November 1 to 19

Christmas Comes Early at The Naples Players! This November, cozy up with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters and be swept into a sequel of one of the most beloved literary romances of all time with this upcoming production. Performed offsite at Naples United Church of Christ in McSpadden Hall while The Naples Players' historic Fifth Avenue South building undergoes a $20 million renovation.

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

November 9 to 26

The Naples Players Don’t be a drag - get in the groove and jive to your favorite nostalgic tunes of the 50s and 60s with The Naples Players’ upcoming production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Featuring nostalgic hits such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s In His Kiss,” and “Heat Wave,” this comedic jukebox musical will have audiences laughing, crying, and singing in their seats! Performed offsite at Naples United Church of Christ in Beverly Hall while The Naples Players' historic Fifth Avenue South building undergoes a $20 million renovation.

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Evening on Fifth

November 9 | 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more.

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36th Annual Fall Opening

November 10 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Shaw Gallery We cordially invite you and your guests to our spectacular annual fall opening, featuring the latest works from our world-renowned artists! RSVP: info@shawgallery.com.

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Fine Art & Crafts Show

November 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Naples Artcrafters An association of artists and craft artisans that sponsors juried shows in Cambier Park.

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Naples Concert Band Concert

November 12 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

With Liberty for All Celebrate veterans with guest artist Doug Renfroe.

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Winter Wonderettes

November 16 to December 17

Gulfshore Playhouse Rock around the Christmas tree with this festive confection of 1960s holiday hits sung in “marvelous” four-part harmony!

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Party with a Purpose

November 17 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Urban Meditation Benefiting: Cancer Alliance Network. Please join us for this free event including wine, charcuterie, and live entertainment.

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Fifth Avenue South Business' Updates

East West Fine Art

Visit our newest gallery on Fifth Avenue South to see stunning hand-blown glass by artist, Bethany Wood.

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Naples Historical Society

Naples Historic District Walking Tours Resume November 1
Led by Naples Historical Society’s enthusiastic docents, guests learn about the first Neapolitans, the Calusa, and hear tales of life in Naples in the late 19th century. You will stand where the Old Naples Hotel once stood and hear the storied history of the Naples Pier and its numerous reconstructions, including its current rebuilding. The admission fee is $16 for members and $22 for non-members, with funds going directly to the upkeep and maintenance of Historic Palm Cottage™ and its beautiful grounds, including the lovely Norris Gardens.

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Marilyn’s is the best destination for unique, chic apparel and accessories for women. Join us in store or online to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Located at 375 Fifth Avenue South.

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Journeys 360 Travel

Tauck Special Offer
Book a 2023 or 2024 Tauck River Cruise and get a complimentary pre- or post-night.* Tauck’s all-inclusive European river cruises offer ample opportunities for meaningful connections with like-minded guests aboard our intimately sized ships. And no single supplement in Category 1 on river cruises makes them the perfect choice for solo travelers, too. *Certain restrictions apply. Please call us for more details: 239-829-8299.

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Let the Celebration Begin!
Delicious things come to those who wait. And now, at long last, the wait is over. Florida stone crab is back at Truluck’s. As we speak, our dedicated crabbers are humanely and sustainably harvesting the finest stone crab claws from the pristine waters of the Florida Keys. They’ll be shipped directly to our restaurants and served within 24 hours, ensuring remarkable freshness.

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Sheldon Fine Art

Visit our gallery at 460 Fifth Avenue South to enjoy works by artist Robert Scott.

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Call of Africa's Native Visions Galleries

Compelling Contemporary Paintings by Kirsty May Hall
Kirsty May Hall completed her H.N.Dip.F.A. in 1997 at Witswaterand Technikon, Gauteng, South Africa, wherein she majored in both painting and sculpture. Kirsty considers birds as living symbols of freedom, joy, hope and courage. Sometimes her paintings are true to nature in their depiction and sometimes the paintings are of many birds in fantastical situations.

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Dine on Fifth

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for a great meal.

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Shop on Fifth

Shop a variety of stores here on Fifth Avenue South.

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Play on Fifth

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for some fun.

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Concierge Services on Fifth

Many concierge services are offered right here on Fifth Avenue South.

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