Art happens here..The Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade

Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade

Who:  Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade
What: Art Walk
When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:  The Promenade at Bonita Bay

Reflective, explosive, playful, heartfelt, riotous, monochromatic, structural, colorful, and lush describe the variety of artists and artworks at the Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade.

Thanks to the partnership of the Promenade and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, over 60 juried artists are scheduled on a rotating basis to work alongside the great retail merchants in the lovely tropical setting at the Promenade. Artists have transformed retail storefronts into studio and gallery spaces infusing them with artistic energy and creativity; and the result is an exciting blend of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, glass artists, mixed-media artists, photographers and more.

Thursdays – Saturdays from 10am to 3pm Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade are open to the public. Stop by, view their exhibitions and enjoy watching them create great art. They’re happy to share their creative process and ideas.

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Realize Your Dream at the Center for the Arts This Summer

Painting Class at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs
Painting Class at the Center for the Arts in Bonita

WHAT:  Art Classes for Adults

WHEN: Adult Classes Begin the Week of July 5 –August 13, 2011

WHERE: The Center for the Arts ofBonitaSprings

FEE: Varies by Class

INFORMATION: 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

What have you checked off of your “bucket list?”    You know, the list of the top ten things you want to accomplish in your lifetime, but have been too busy supporting and raising a family to actually make happen?  The concept was made popular by the movie of the same name, where two men in a cancer ward find out their illness is terminal, so they come up with a “bucket list” and set out on an adventure to experience as many of the items on their list as possible.  For some the list includes writing a novel, for others it is skydiving, but surprisingly the most common unrealized dream is to learn to paint.

Realizing your dream in the company of other like-minded dreamers is just a short drive away at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Start with the basics and take a “Drawing & Painting” class open to all levels of experience.  You can just drop in to this informal evening class which can help you with your drawing and painting projects.  Bring in a project you have started or begin a new one.   Do your dreams take on more pastel shades?  Then try out CFABS’s “Painting Pastels” class which runs on Tuesdays from 9:00 am –Noon, and journey through the vibrant world of art with pastels.  Learn about the proper use of pastels, the different types of paper and how the use of shadows and highlights create movement and excitement in your painting.

If your dream includes wearing a welder’s helmet and making sparks fly, then CFABS has the class to make your dreams come true.  Starting Tuesday, July 5, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm the Center offers “Introduction to Metal.”  This course combines lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience. Learn the basic techniques of cutting, forming, joining and finishing metal, and yes you do get to wear the helmet and use the torch.

If having your name up in lights on a Broadway billboard would check an item off your list, CFABS has a place for you to get started on the road to stardom with “Improv Workshop I.”  Actor, director and all around funny man, Craig Price teaches you the techniques he learned atSecondCityinChicagoand from the famous Del Close who trained comedians like Tina Fey, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner.

If you are looking for less “improv” and more acting then consider the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, “Readers Theater.”  In just two-hours a week for six weeks you’ll learn how to prepare a role for a staged reading, and then perform it on stage with others who are taking a first plunge into acting.   This class guarantees no memorization and no risks, just lots of fun.

If you have been waiting for the right time to fulfill your dreams and check at least one item off your “bucket list,” that time is July.  Your dream just got more affordable because for those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2011.  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.

A full list of Center for the Arts classes is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.

Your Summer Just Got a Little Hotter – Jay Taylor Live! at the Promenade on July 7, 2011

Jay Taylor County Western Superstar Performs Live in Bonita Springs July 7, 2011
Jay Taylor County Western Superstar Live at the Promenade in Bonita Springs July 7, 2011

If you think it’s hot now, just wait until July 7th when Jay Taylor hits the stage Live! at the Promenade in Bonita Springs.  This Country Music superstar, who has been setting off smoke alarms in Nashville is bringing his “Plain and Simple” country smolder to the stage in Bonita Springs for one show only. 

Jay’s first professional break came right after high school graduation in 2004, when he won the “Florida Super Singer” contest in Orlando, Florida, topping 856 entrants.  Following this break, Jay has opened for country headliners such as Diamond Rio, Lorrie Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Buddy Jewel, Trick Pony, Billy Dean, and Craig Morgan.   Today Jay hangs his genuine cowboy hat in Nashville, where he has recorded his second Nashville produced CD, “Plain and Simple,” and has formed his own band.

Jay is returning from Nashville for one show only Live! at the Promenade on July 7, at 7:00pm.   This concert is being held in the intimate indoor theater space at the Promenade where every seat is just a lasso throw away from Jay.  Seating is very limited so call today to reserve your tickets.  Call: 239-495-8989 or visit: www.artcenterbonita.org.  Tickets are $15 members/$20 non-members.

Enroll now for summer camps

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Summer Youth Camps
Summer Camps for Kids - Dance, Art, Theater

Enrollment for summer camps has already begun. Camps are open to ages 4 and up in a variety of subject including pottery, painting, print making, photography, clay animation, movie making, theater and more. Sign up now to guarantee a space in the camp of your choice. Catalogs are available at the Center for the Arts or online at www.artcenterbonita.org.  You can call us at: 239-495-8989.  Great scholarships are available.

Free Summer Youth Theater Program -Auditions June 15 & 16

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Youth Theater Program
Free Youth Theater Summer Program

School bells are ringing and students are singing! Audition for this popular adaptation of the original School House Rock Live! that will be performed by our Youth Theater Department in August. Auditions are open to ages 10+. Call 495-8989 to schedule an audition time on June 15 or 16. Rehearsals will begin in June.

The Youth Theater Program has no cost and is free and open to all area youth ages 10 and up. There is no previous experience required to participate in the theater program.  You can learn more by visiting us at: www.artcenterbonita.org

Free Class for New Members

Join the center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and Recieve a Free Class
Free Class for New Members

Join the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2011.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support the Center for the Arts and take that Watercolor, Sculpting, Acting or Pottery class that you promised yourself for free!  Membership entitles you to discounts and exclusive opportunities while it supports the Center for the Arts.  Call 239-494-3999 or go to www.artcenterbonita.org

“Well, Hello Summer” Exhibition Reception and Open House

Well, Hello Summer June Exhibition Art by Eileen Johnson

Join us for an opening reception for this fun exhibition which welcomes summer to Southwest Florida by paying tribute to fond summer memories.  Summer inspires days at the beach; picnics by the lake and gatherings of family and friends.  Local artists were challenged to create works reminiscent of summers in Florida or abroad.

Who:   Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings

What:  Well Hello Summer Exhibition Opening Reception

When:  Friday, June 10, 2011; 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost:    Free

A juried exhibition celebrating the many talented members of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. The annual show includes paintings, drawings, pottery, sculpting, glass fusing, photography and more. Join us for the opening reception plus a campus-wide Open House featuring artist demonstrations, and artwork displays throughout our campus.

Information 495-8989 or http://www.artcenterbonita.org