Art Walk this Thursday at the Promenade


Peter Sargent discusses his wood carvings with a patron at his studio at The Promenade. Meghan Easterly

WHAT: Art Walk at the Promenade
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010
WHERE: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs
INFORMATION: or 495-8989

The humidity of summer has lifted, making way for beautiful weather. Everywhere you look people are out for walks and outings, enjoying the long-awaited fall.
At the Center for the Arts Artist Studios at the Promenade, artist are propping open their studio doors, inviting in the lovely weather and the public.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. artists can be found in their studios painting, creating pottery and jewelry, drawing and talking with visitors. During the Art Walks, the last Thursday of each month, the artists supply hors d’oeuvres, wine and beverages for those walking through their studios from 5 to 7 p.m. Live music plays in the courtyard at the Promenade, creating a delightful mix of art, music, fine weather and friends.

Those stopping into the studio of Renata Vigoda, will find her creating beautiful jewelry. Born in Italy, Renata grew up in Australia where she received her classical training in the visual arts. Examples of her accomplished painting techniques can be found on her walls, but in Bonita Springs, she is perhaps best known for her original dichroic glass designs.  With their unique shapes, and plethora of colors, these designs complement the large, contemporary style that is the current wave of fashion.

Other patrons may be drawn to the intricate pencil drawings and wood carvings of Peter Sargent. His walls hold graphite drawings of zebras, children, banyan trees, all on simple white paper. The intricate, yet simple drawings are so true to life and so pleasant to behold. Sargent spent years as an architect in London before moving to Florida 10 years ago. His chosen subjects range from wildlife to local scenes and he’s regularly commissioned for portraits of people, pets and homes. Although his drawings are accurately realistic his wood carvings are purely abstract—expressing the grain and form inherent in the wood itself.

Those walking into Studio 156 at The Promenade are struck by brilliant colors. Abstract canvasses fill the walls, colorful jewelry sits in cases. Looking around you notice groups caught in conversation. Beside one wall Ursula Cappelletti discusses her paintings with patrons visiting the studio.

Patrons at the monthly Art Walk at the Promenade discuss paintings by artist Ursula Cappellitti.

Lee Butera holds up a piece of her unique sea glass jewelry describing the way sea glass is made by the ocean. The process of the ocean taking a discarded bottle and turning it into a beautiful piece of art, captures all who listen.

Near the window, Eileen Johnson is describing a technique of her painting to two interested patrons. In the back of the studio Barbara Brenton stands near her unique, colorful abstract paintings talking about her love of painting.

Walking into this studio, guests are greeted by artists in their element. Each describes their passion along with the works that they have created.

This is the Center for the Arts Artist Studios at the Promenade. Conversations of art, music, life take place here several days each week when the public is invited to stop in and meet the artists.

Each month culminates in an Art Walk with live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and artists filling 11 studios. The Art Walks take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will go to 8 p.m. beginning in November. Each week artists can be found in these studios Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be nearly 40 artists in place for the Oct. 28 Art Walk.

Walking into each of the 11 studios, guests are greeted by different artists, different artwork and different stories. Each studio has a unique personality, formed by the artists in the space.

“This experience is different than walking into a gallery,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts. “Here you see artists creating, talking about their work, exploring new ideas.”

The Center for the Arts and The Promenade at Bonita Bay began these artist studios and monthly artwalks more than one year ago. Each month new artists can be found, with many artists remaining each month.

The 11 studios hold painters, photographers, potters, glass workers, illustrators and more. Each artist applies for a studio space and has their portfolio reviewed. The artist is then given a free space to show their work and create new pieces. The Promenade supplies the spaces at no cost and the Center for the Arts helps the artists with hanging, lighting, sales, marketing and other aspects of business.

Eileen Johnson speaks with visitors in her studio at The Promenade during the monthly Art Walk.

“The studios create a place for artists to show and sell their work and allows the public a place to find new artists and learn about their work,” Bridges said.

A full list of artists located in the Center for the Arts Studios at The Promenade is available at New artists are accepted each month and can apply by calling 495-8989.


Create Peace at Free Family Activity Days

WHAT: Free Family Activity Days
WHEN: Saturdays through Nov. 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
ADMISSION: FREE, must call to reserve a spot
INFORMATION: or 495-8989

Children in Bonita Springs are exploring concepts of peace this fall. Violence often seems like something that happens in far away places, but violence and conflict occur in every community. Whether experienced through a school bully, or through movies and television, children are often exposed to violence.

The traveling exhibition Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas (currently on display at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs) brings together 13 acclaimed female artists who are raising their voices against violent aggression.

“The exhibition seeks a non-violent means to conflict resolution,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. “It creates a conversation about peace.”

Each Saturday of the exhibition (through Nov. 27), children and their families can attend free Family Activity Days from 1 to 3 p.m. The events consist of art projects, foreign films, a discussion of the exhibition and interactive multi-media displays.

“Every person, no matter their age, can grasp the concept of peace,” says Jordan Smith, director of Youth Education at the Center for the Arts. “The art projects work in conjunction with the exhibition to allow each student to discover their idea of what peace is.”

Students and their parents will be able to participate in different projects each Saturday through Nov. 27. Projects include dove kites, peace bracelets, decorative pots containing peace lilies, peace pinwheels, collage and more.

Every Saturday students will be able to work on the Peace Tower, which will become a permanent sculpture on the Center for the Arts Campus. The tower will consist of hundreds of individual blocks that have been painted by students with their concept of peace.

Children and adults can add their thoughts on peace to the Women Call for Peace channel on You Tube by sitting down at the multi-media station at the exhibition and recording a video clip. Comments can be seen online at

All projects are free, with pre-registration required by calling 495-8989. Information is available at

Family Activity Day Projects

Ongoing (each Saturday)
Paint a Block Peace Tower – to become a permanent sculpture installation on campus

Children will paint hundreds of individual blocks that will become a part of the Peace Tower, a permanent sculpture installation on the Center for the Arts Campus.

Kinetic Sculpture – temporary sculptural installation in our courtyard.

 Weekly Projects
Oct. 9 Stabile Mobile – students use unique connecting colored straws and then add their kinetic hanging pieces after they create their structure. This will look like the kinetic sculpture installation on campus.  Visitors will take their mini version home with them.  They’ll also create something to attach to the outdoor installation.
Oct. 16 & Oct. 23 Peace Lily in decorated pot – youth decorate pots and take lily home to give to a friend as a symbol of peace and friendship
Oct. 30 Peace Pinwheels – youth make two – one for kinetic sculptural installation and another to take home.
Nov. 6  Dove Kites – youth make kites and fly in the courtyard. – They can also make a small dove to add to the kinetic sculptural installation
Nov. 13 Peace bracelets – using various colors of cord visitors make a peace bracelet using a braiding disc. This is Kumihimo, and ancient Japanese braiding art. Kumihimo means “coming together.”
Nov. 20 Collage – using photos, magazine images, drawings, markers, etc of anything the person feels is ‘peaceful’ like landscapes, seascapes, even photos of themselves they might want to bring.  The image is that of a large heart that’s attached to a solid color background.  Before being attached visitors trace the shape of a dove in flight.  They then attach the dove at another location (above) on the solid background.  It appears that the dove has flown out of the heart. 
Nov. 27 Peace Pinwheels – youth make two – one for kinetic sculptural installation and another to take home.