Now in its 10th year, Arts Worldwide has a new venue this year at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. Presented by the Art League of Bonita Springs, Arts Worldwide gives performance and visual artists from many cultures a platform to share their art with the public. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Admission is free, with an optional $2 donation to benefit Art League community projects.

Children can create clay sculptures at one of 15 art Creation Stations.

Those in attendance will have the chance to observe, and create art. While in the past the event has been geared specifically for children, this year adults will find an abundance of visual and performing arts for them as well and will have the chance to create art.

“The event has grown each year right along with its popularity,” said Susan Bridges, Executive Director of the Art League of Bonita Springs. “In this modern age, we can access information from around the world with a click of a button, but there’s still something really exciting about meeting an artist personally, exploring the arts of another culture yourself, or actually trying to create the art form.”

Performers from cultures throughout the world — Japan, Africa, China, Greece and more — will take the stage continuously to perform traditional dances, music and theater from their countries.

Masaji Terasawa
Masaji's infuses puppets, humor and traditional Japanese arts into his one-of-a-kind act.

In the past, one of the most popular performers has been Masaji Terasawa, also known as the Candy Man.

Terasawa has been performing at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park for more than a decade. Terasawa’s art resembles glass blowing.

Masaji Terasawa
Masaji Terasawa creates fantastical creatures out of a ball of rice syrup toffee. The traditional Japanese art is similar to glass blowing.

He begins with a simple piece of rice syrup toffee, and magically transforms it into winged dragons, dolphins and other creatures. He has adapted this tradition Japanese art into a humorous, theatrical show that dazzles those watching. Terasawa will be on stage at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. He will be strolling the Promenade throughout the day performing his art.

Other live performances will take place continuously throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Delou African Dance Ensemble from Africa will convey stories of arid plains, and tribal histories through the rhythm of dance.

Delou Africa Dance Ensemble

Kellyn Celtic Arts Dance Academy will bring the traditions of centuries of Irish and Scottish social dancing. ShiMei, a performer from China, will play the Guzheng, an ancient 21-string instrument.

In other parts of the Promenade, visual artists will be creating arts of all mediums, and with influences from all cultures and time periods. Live demonstrations will take place throughout the day, and pieces will be on display and for sale throughout the Promenade in the Art League’s Artists Studios and outdoors.

For those wishing to try their own hand at art, creation stations for both children and adults will be set up throughout the Promenade. The art projects are suitable for all ages, and adults will find projects geared especially for them. All skill levels are welcome to create.

Others may enjoy getting a free caricature, having their face painted by an Art League artist or watching Magician John Roberts create sleight of hand illusions.

Lunch will be available at the refreshment stands, or one of the restaurants at the Promenade. The event is free (optional $2 donation).

“You just can’t beat the personal experience of live dance, painting, drawing and sculpture — we all want to try it; we all want to be there to experience it,” Bridges said. “It’s fun and a great experience to share with a friend or family member. The arts are perfect tools with which to build great memories and experiences.”

For more information on performers, artists, art projects or for high resolution photos, please contact the Art League of Bonita Springs.

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