In 1963, Julius "Junkie" Fleischmann and local watercolor-ist,
William Henry, drove three hours up the two-lane Tamiami Trail to convince Foster Harmon
(of Frank Oehlschlaeger Galleries in Sarasota) to open a fine art gallery in Naples.
Harmon agreed to a test season of three months and signed a year lease for $1,000 in the
new Fleischmann Central Building on Third Street South. The Harmon Gallery opened to the public
on January 15, 1964. In 1972, William Meek joined Harmon as assistant director, then purchased the
gallery in 1978. In 1982, the gallery name changed to Harmon-Meek Gallery. For twenty-five years
Harmon-Meek Gallery was located on Third Street South. The gallery then moved to Broad Avenue South
in 1987, turning the street into "gallery row". From 1995 to 2003 the newly built Harmon-Meek Gallery
was a major part of the rebirth of Fifth Avenue South. Currently, Harmon-Meek Gallery is on the third
floor of the Capital Bank Center on 6th Avenue North and US 41. The office condo space provides our
clients with ample parking and a more private space to view the works in stock. We invite you to visit
the oldest gallery in Naples.
Cornerstone for Culture in Collier County since 1964
Harmon-Meek Gallery has provided Naples residents and visitors with works of art by major American
artists since 1964. Before Naples had any art museum, the gallery provided tours to area schools and
art education programs.
William Meek put together the first permanent collections of art for what would become the Naples
Museum of Art (1996), the Von Liebig Art Center (1997), and the Children's Museum of Naples (2010).
The gallery has supported a number of organizations in the community through art raffles, special
exhibitions, and cash donations. To list a few of the contributions made by the gallery: $15,000 for
Naples Community Hospital (1972); $21,000 to the Collier County Arts Council (1987); $25,000 for the
Philharmonic Center for the Arts (1988); $34,000 for the Neighborhood Health Clinic (2003); nearly
$300,000 to Von Liebig Art Center (2006-2008); nearly $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Club to supply the
art program (2009); $27,500 for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (2012).
Other organizations the gallery has supported over the years include: St. Ann School, Temple Shalom,
Hospice of Naples, Friends of Art, Naples Cultural Center, Naples Historical Society, Planned Parenthood,
Mental Health Foundation, David Lawrence Center, Naples North Rotary, Lake Park Elementary School enrichment
program, Collier Medical Alliance, Humane Society, Seacrest School, Sudgen Theater, Naples Botanical Gardens,
Naples Preserve, Community Foundation of Collier County, Trinity-by-the-Cove, Naples Art Assoc., Classic Chamber
Concert Series, Youth Haven, and the Shelter for Abused Women & Children.
What Others Are Saying...
"They have always been good and faithful supporters of worthwhile projects in the area. They are good citizens,
indeed. It seems as though, when something good is happening in Naples, the Meeks are always there." Bob
"Mr. Rotarian" Moates
"Finest sales gallery in Florida", Governor Lawton Chiles, 1994
"Foster Harmon and Bill Meek have set the tone for great art in Naples. It has been my privilege to personally know Bill Meek.
I have never known a more dedicated, caring, and involved individual-traveling all over America to bring great art to us here in Naples", local historian Peter Thomas
"I have appreciated your [Kristine Meek] help in finding art for our new condo. I value your father's [William Meek] expertise
and have realized how knowledgeable you are." P.W.*, 2012
"I am grateful Joe and I 'strolled' into your gallery in the 70's - I've enjoyed watching you 'grow' and
am happy for your success." B.M.L.*,
"You have been so instrumental in helping the arts to flourish in Naples as well as in many homes, ours being a wonderful example." D.L.*, 2010
"I wouldn?t be the connoisseur of art today without your kindness." M.S.*, 2007
"It was a pleasure to meet an artist lauded by his peers and honored by so many collectors and museums here
and abroad." H.M.*, 2002
"William and Barbara continue to keep us all happy and fill our hearts and homes with beautiful objects of
art." S.D.*, 2009
*We protect our patrons' privacy
Accomplishments and Awards
William Meek earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies; The Johns Hopkins Univ.
William Meek: first art dealer awarded the New York Artists' Equity Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Visual Arts, 1999; Naples Guide's Fine Arts Award, 1998; Gulfshore Life Men and Women of the Year, 2003; United Arts Council Stars in the Arts, 2006; and Service to the Arts Award, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 2012.
Harmon-Meek Gallery has numerous Best, Star and Choice Awards from Naples Illustrated, Gulfshore Life and Naples Daily News.
Gallery Founder Foster Harmon (1964-1977)
and current Director J. William Meek (1978-)
left to right: Juliana Meek, William Meek, Barbara Meek and Kristine Meek
Kristine Meek, Assistant Director
Juliana Meek, Assistant Director