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The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by artcenterbonita

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
10:00am-5:00pm January 12-13

By Patrice Shields

February Bonita Springs National Art FestivalJanuary marks the Bonita Springs National Art Festival’s 26th festival at the Promenade, rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The January festival is bringing a number of fresh new artists to join returning award winners.

Master of kiln formed glass, artist Scott Amrhein returns to the January festival where he won best in show in 2012. His glass sculptures show the hands-on care of an artist who has painstakingly created these timeless works of art. Scott fashions striking pedestals to complement his luminescent glass bowls. The result is Scott’s fine reputation for unique and exceptional handcrafted artwork that is known throughout the United States.

GL-005 Scott Amrhein EBLAST“It has been said that ‘man cannot duplicate nature but merely represent it.’ I hope that every piece I create, combining natural and man-made materials, is a reflection of that statement,” says Amrhein in speaking of the inspiration behind his work.

“Is it a painting or a photograph?” This is the most asked question about the larger than life oil paintings of Jeannie Maddox that have been capturing the attention of art festival crowds for over 33 years. Maddox work took Best in Show at the January 2011 Bonita Springs National Art Festival.

“To the viewer, my paintings appear to focus on photo realism. As an artist, my journey is through small abstract areas of shape, color and contrast, that, when completed and taken as a whole constantly surprise me by becoming hyper-real. I often say that I am a photo realistic painter who paints abstractly,” says Maddox.

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In 1976 Maddox took some photographs of one of her young art students in a pool. The painting sold immediately and soon art show patrons were signing up on a two-year waiting list for a commissioned painting by Maddox, which took an average of 425 hours to create. In 1977 at Burdines of Florida bought her complete display during a festival show and continued buying for several years reproducing Maddox’s work to hang in the large atrium areas of the stores that were opening every six months across Florida. Maddox became one of the most recognized artists in South Florida.

“I believe there are many ways to express the art form known as jewelry,” says Jewelry Artist Kim Koch, winner of Best of 3D at the January 2012 Bonita Springs National Art Festival. “I choose quiet refinement, in which splashes of color radiate from my design through precise goldsmithing. My craftsmanship is a process; over three decades of working metals to fulfill my artist mission, while keeping sight of the enjoyment jewelry brings us.”

Koch is recognized nationally for innovative award winning design and craftsmanship, which he maintains by personally designing and creating each piece. His techniques include: casting, forging, fabrication, and multiple surface treatments, often all utilized in a single piece. Koch specializes in rare, color gemstones set in gold and platinum.

In addition to the Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Koch is three-time winner of Wisconsin Jewelers Association, AGTA Spectrum, Signity, and The Niche Award.

If Amrhein’s glass, Maddox’s photo realistic larger than life oil paintings, or Koch’s finely crafted gold jewelry are not intriguing enough, the 208 additional artists who passed the discriminating jury process for January’s festival will certainly offer fine art to make this a festival you will remember.

All proceeds from the festival support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs programming and its mission to provide opportunities for education and artistic expression for everyone—regardless of economic ability.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our 25 festivals at the Promenade. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida,” said Susan Bridges, President of Center for the Arts.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals offer ample free parking on site with food and beverages available for purchase. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Center for the Arts programming.

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at The Promenade located at 26805 South Bay Drive in BonitaSprings. It will run on January 12-13, 2013 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13, 2013
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts of

An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by artcenterbonita

rebecca richardson cd album cover vintage retro woman girl on seamless studioAn Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson
October 18 at the Promenade at BonitaBay

By Patrice Shields

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck present, “The Jazz Forum, Live at the Promenade!”  Richardson and Heck offer a night of jazz featuring melodies that are epic and timeless, by composers including Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.  “We chose great songs with interesting changes for a soloist to work with,” explains Richardson.  “We wanted to offer the audience and evening of music that has a sub-melody or a story that wants to be told.”  The “Evening of Jazz,” is presented by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in their intimate café theater at the Promenade at BonitaBay on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm.

“The ‘Jazz Forum’ performances are fun, historical tributes that guests walk away from having learned something about the music and performers that they did not know before,” offers Craig Price, Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts.  “After intermission, Richardson and Heck briefly fields questions from the audience which adds layers to the listener’s appreciation of the music played in the last set.  We feel incredibly lucky to have such word class talent back again for a live performance this year.”  While Richardson and Heck have earned loyal local following, their talent and experience are earned through years playing jazz venues across the globe.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from CornishCollege of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the JuilliardSchool. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner. 

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.

The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where audience and performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served before performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.  Last year’s performance sold out so advance reservations are suggested.

The Center for the Arts Live! Performances are generously sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, SWFL Arts & Attractions Grant and WGCU Public Media.  A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson
October 18, 2012; 7:00pm

The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26811 South Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members

Smooth out your Thursday Night with some Cool Jazz

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

Insider tip for all of the husbands and boyfriends out there, there is not a woman alive who would not love to throw on her little black dress, some pearls and heals, sip a glass of wine and enjoy a night out listening to jazz with you.  So how do you keep your better half happy without taking a hit to your wallet? The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has got you covered this Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm with an affordable night of smooth Jazz at their intimate café theater at the Promenade in Bonita Springs.

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck, present, “An Evening of Jazz, Live at the Promenade!”  Rebecca and Dan offer a night of jazz music from the great American songbook including tunes from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Irving Berlin.  Ron Hefner and Stu Shelton will accompany Rebecca and Dan on this journey into the music that not only shaped Broadway and Jazz, but also the entire musical landscape of the 20th century.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the Juilliard School. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner.

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continued to play together, solo and with larger groups.

After moving to Naples, the two The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where the audience and the performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.

A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

The Sound of Live Music

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by meghaneasterly

     There is nothing quite like the sound of live string music. No matter how many times you listen to the strings on a recording, it just doesn’t touch the experience of listening to strings live. When listening live, the vibration of the strings sends an energy through the air. It is almost electric. It creates a response in your body that is indescribable until you experience it.

    

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The Bergonzi Quartet will play at Live! at the Promenade on Feb. 8

 I was a child the first time I went to a live string performance and I was hooked. The emotion of the music pulls and tugs at your body as you sit in your seat. No matter how many times I listen to a recording on a CD, it just doesn’t compare to that live experience.

     This coming Tuesday, a cultural jewel in the form of a string quartet will visit Bonita Springs. The Bergonzi Quartet will play at Live! at the Promenade on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the illustrious violin maker Carlo Bergonzi, celebrates its 11th anniversary as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami. Recognized as one of Florida’s cultural gems, the Quartet has also held the same position with Festival Miami and a visiting quartet at the prestigious Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. The Quartet regularly tours North America and has begun a series of recordings of the Mendelssohn chamber works for strings. Many will recognize violinist and concert master Glen Basham of the Naples Philharmonic.

Tickets to the Bergonzi Quartet performance are $30 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and $35 for non-members.

     The Bergonzi Quartet is just one of many performances that will come to Live! at the Promenade, the performance series offered by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in conjunction with The Promenade at Bonita Bay.

     The indoor performance space at The Promenade is equipped with a stage and lighting as well as comfortable chairs and tables. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres accompany each performance.

     On Feb. 10 Flute Loops will present “Flute Cocktail.” Audiences will discover all types of flutes from around the world with this group of flutists. They will have bass, alto and soprano flutes, piccolos, penny whistles, recorders and more.

Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca Richardson

     On Feb. 24 the Bonita Bay Singers will present an evening of song. This large choral group performs pop, Broadway, patriotic and other varieties of music.

The Live! series continues throughout the year with dance, music and theater performances of all types. Information and a full brochure of performances is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org, by calling 495-8989 or at the Center for the Arts 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Fl.

New York City Jazz Trumpeter Dan Miller comes to Bonita

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by artcenterbonita

WHO: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Dan Miller Jazz Quintet, LIVE! at the Promenade
WHERE: LIVE! Performance Space, The Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16
TICKETS: $15 members/ $20 non-member or at the door
INFORMATION: 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

Dan Miller has played with Harry Connick Jr, Maynard Furguson, Woody Herman and Wynton Marsalis.

Fans of Harry Connick Jr. may have heard the brassy notes New York City trumpeter Dan Miller, who comes to Live! at the Promenade on Sept. 16. Miller was part of Harry Connick Jr.’s original big band in 1990 in Dallas. He toured the world with Harry Connick Jr. several times. Miller has also played with Maynard Furguson, Woody Herman and Wynton Marsalis. When not traveling with different bands, Miller plays in New York City and Florida.

On Sept. 16 Miller brings a powerfully swinging jazz quintet to the Center for the Arts Live! at the Promenade at 7 p.m. Playing a program of classic jazz music from the 1950s and 1960s, this group features world class jazz organist Jeff Phillips, guitarist Dan Heck, tenor saxophonist Gerald Augustin and drummer Ron Hefner. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The two-hour show includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and other refreshments.

Information is available by calling 495-8989 or online at http://www.artcenterbonita.org

Jazz Forum with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by artcenterbonita

What: Jazz Forum with Dan Heck & Rebecca Richardson
When: Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Space 114, Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs, Florida
Admission: $30 members/ $35 non-members/ $40 at the door
Information: www.artcenterbonita.org, 495-8989

Rebecca Richardson

Some of Naples finest jazz musicians will come together this week for a Jazz Forum. Well known jazz vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar/bassist Dan Heck will lead an evening of jazz favorites, followed by a question and answer discussion.

The evening will take place Wednesday, March 24 as part of Live at the Promenade!

Richardson and Heck pursued their musical dreams in New York City for many years, playing in famous venues such as the Blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, the Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle and the French Consulate.

After moving to Naples, the two continued to play together, solo and with larger groups.

The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade! performance space creates an intimate venue where the audience and the performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres

Dan Heck

will be served before the performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Art League of Bonita Springs member, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door.

A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Art League of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Carla Valenti Sings & Swings

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by artcenterbonita

Carla Valenti

An evening of great jazz comes to Bonita Springs this Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 pm as part of Live at the Promenade!

This swinging evening Carla will be accompanied by her quartet as she sings songs from the great American songbook, Jazz & Blues.

A jazz vocalist in the class of Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson, Carla Valenti has recorde3d four albums. She has performed extensively in the US and as far away as the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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