Kellyn Celtic Arts Dance Academy
Members of the Kellyn Celtic Arts Dance Academy perform traditional Celtic dances at the Saturday, Nov. 21 Arts Worldwide event presented by the Art League of Bonita Springs. Jason Easterly

Artists from four continents and a dozen countries filled the Promenade at Bonita Bay with dance, music and visual art on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Arts Worldwide.

Arts Worldwide is arranged by the Art League of Bonita Springs each year as a day of art by performance and visual artists of all cultures.

Delou Africa Dance Ensemble
Members of the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble perform at traditional African music and dance at the 10th annual Arts Worldwide event at the Promenade at Bonita Bay on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Jason Easterly

The family event had live performances on stage throughout the day, visual artists giving demonstrations and creation stations for children and adults to create artwork of their own.

At the watercolor creation station adults and children sat down together to create paintings.

“That is the great thing about stations like watercolor,” said Jordan Smith, Director of Children’s Education at the Art League. “An adult or a child can sit down and create a simple or complex painting. It can be whatever you make of it.”

Art League instructor Patty Kane volunteered to run the adult watercolor station where she gave artists the choice of painting a pre-sketched piece of watercolor paper, or a blank page.

“Look at that beautiful color you have created,” Kane said, holding one artist’s painting up so they could see if from a different perspective. “Now is the time to step away and let it dry, then come back to it later. That is the thing about watercolor.”

Arts Worldwide
Maya Senecharles, 7, of Miami works at sculpting a snowman from clay at the Arts Worldwide event sponsored by The Art League of Bonita Springs held at The Promenade on Saturday. Jason Easterly

Similar lessons in art were being conducted at stations in clay, printmaking, jewelry and other mediums.

On stage the Delou Africa Dancers brought tribal histories alive through music and dance. Audience members even got a lesson in dance as they were pulled up on stage during the final performance.

Other attendees were delighted by the art of Masaji Terasawa as he roamed about the Promenade performing his traditional Japanese arts. He created creatures out of rice syrup toffee, with a technique similar to glass blowing, and kept people laughing with his unique brand of humor. But above all, he says his message is “about peace.”

Alpha Omega Performance Troupe
Dancers of the Alpha Omega Performance Troupe perform traditional Greek dance in costume at the Saturday, Nov. 21 Arts Worldwide event. Meghan Easterly

This is the 10th year that Arts Worldwide has been held. Traditionally it is held on the Center for the Arts Campus of the Art League of Bonita Springs. This year the venue was moved to the Promenade.

The Art League of Bonita Springs and the Promenade have been working together to bring several art events, including Arts Worldwide, to the people of Bonita Springs.

The Artist Studios at the promenade have visual artists creating and selling artwork Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Each month an Art Walk is held for the public to walk through the 10 studios on the last Thursday of each month. There will not be an Art Walk on Thanksgiving and the December Art Walk will be held early, on Dec. 17 due to the Christmas holiday.

The Art League also has a live performance space at the Promenade where musical, dance and theatrical productions are held several times each month.

Members of the Angela Hicks & Bohemian Geisha Belly Dance Troupe perform on stage at the Art League of Bonita Springs Saturday, Nov. 21 Arts Worldwide event held at The Promenade at Bonita Bay. Jason Easterly

All of the spaces are donated by the Promenade at Bonita Bay.

A full listing of Art League of Bonita Springs events is available on line at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239.895.8989.

Alpha Omega Performance Troupe
Dancers of the Alpha Omega Performance Troupe perform traditional Greek dance in costume at the Saturday, Nov. 21 Arts Worldwide event. Meghan Easterly
Delou Africa Dance Ensemble
A dancer with the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble plays a traditional African percussion instrument while chanting and dancing at Arts Worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Meghan Easterly
Delou Africa Dance Ensemble
A member of the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble plays a traditional African percussion instrument at the cultural event Arts Worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Jason Easterly
Angela Hicks & Bohemian Geish Belly Dance Troupe
Angela Hicks performs with the Bohemian Geisha Belly Dance Troupe at Arts Worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. Jason Easterly
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