“Paint What You Are and What You Love”

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Artist Eileen Walden Johnson“You have to paint who you are,” offers Eileen Walden Johnson as she adds just the right amount of Cerulean blue to a painting she is working on at her bright and open studio gallery at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  Eileen Walden Johnson is her art. Joyful, sophisticated, intelligent, vibrant, unique and warm, describe both the art and the artist. 

“My style would probably be nonobjective abstract,” explains Johnson.  But the abstract style that wins her awards in almost every juried show she enters, evolved from criticism filtered through Eileen’s positive outlook.  The daughter of an accomplished regional landscape artist Roy Walden, Eileen began her artistic career painting landscapes as her father had.  “My father taught me to take notice of the world around me, always drawing attention to unusual shapes of rocks and trees and the vibrant colors of sunsets and flowers.  He passed away when I was young, but instilled in me and my siblings his love of nature, music and art,” says Johnson.  It was during a workshop at Notre Dame, that her landscape painting met with unexpected criticism.  “My professor told me, ‘this is great, now throw it away and do something completely different’.  I was shocked, but thought why not try something new,” explains Eileen.  Eileen tried abstract painting and found the perfect medium for expression. 

Artwork by Eileen Walden Johnson

“Eileen is bright and energetic and so is her work,” explains Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.   “Her paintings are joyous and lyrical.  People who tell me they don’t like or understand abstract paintings like Eileen’s work, they have an immediate connection when they see her art.”  It is almost impossible not to love Eileen’s work.

Although her work has universal appeal, Eileen does not paint with that intent; she paints who she is and what she loves.  Eileen credits her father and the artists Kandinsky, Jonas Gerard and Bob Burridge as her inspiration.  “I took Bob Burridge’s class at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and it taught me so much about opening up and relaxing which improved my work immensely,” explains Eileen.

Robert Burridge is offering the workshop, “Larger and Looser; The New Master’s Program for the Post Modern Painter,” again this year at CFABS from February 13-17, 2011. The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs suggests that anyone interested sign up early as Bob’s classes sell out very quickly.

Eileen’s involvement with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has included volunteering and taking classes which is where she met the two artists, Ursula Cappelletti and Barbara Brenton who share studio #156 with her at the Promenade.   Eileen lights up when she talks about her connection with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and the Artists Studios at the Promenade.

 

“I love the Art Walks, it is like a big party,” says Johnson of the event held at the Promenade on the last Thursday of each month.  “Barbara loves to cook so she makes lots of fancy hors d’oeuvres and we have a great space to watch people dance to the live entertainment that the promenade offers during the Art Walks.”  The next Art Walk at the artist studios at the promenade is on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Art Walks are free, open to the public and include wine, light-hors d’oeuvres and live music.  The Artist Studio’s are open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the summer.

Who:    The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:   The Artist Studios at the Promenade

When:   Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Art Walk- Thursday August25, 2011, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.)

Where:  Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs, Florida

Cost:    Free

 Join the Center for the Arts 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.  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.

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The kids may be back in school, but the summer fun continues at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

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The kids may be back in school, but the summer fun continues at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. 

 Now through August 25, 2011 the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ August exhibition, “Mix It Up”, is open to the public during regular business hours at CFABS. The transition from summer to fall offers the perfect opportunity to “Mix it Up.”.  “Mix it Up” is an exhibition of mixed media and multimedia artworks created by regional artists.  The exhibition is open to all artists and all media, this exhibition features artworks that combine more than one medium.  This can be a combination of pencil and paint, or possibly clay, wire, wood, metal, etc.  It can be 2D or 3D.  This exhibition offered area artists the opportunity use collage materials that have been tucked away, dried tea bags, old love letters kept in a beautiful box in the garage, natural found objects or reuse items that have been discarded.  Come see what the artists have created!

 Now that the kids are back in school, it is time to treat yourself to the creative outlet you deserve.  On August 22, adult art classes begin.  So don’t forget to pick up a full list of workshops and classes.  Classes include Oil and Acrylic Painting as well as Mastering the Potter’s Wheel.  If your children need an after school activity, then look no further than the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs for fun things to do.  After School and Saturday classes for children ages 4 and up begin on September 6, 2011 and include fun activities like, Print Making & Silk-Screening, Cookonomics, Acting for TV & Film, Wheel Throwing Pottery, Movie Makers, Cartooning and every type of Dance you can imagine.  There is even a class called “Mommy & Me” for children ages 18 months through 3 years.  So don’t allow the words “I’m bored,” in your house this fall, send them to CFABS for afternoons filled with the word “fun.”

 “Cinemaistas” can find a haven with like minded movie buffs by attending the Center for the Arts Film Society’s “Films for Film Lovers” at the Promenade atBonitaBaybeginning on Monday August 15 at 7:00pm.  The series offers 22 films and runs through June of 2012.  Don’t sit at home alone waiting for your next Netflix movie to arrive, enjoy great films at CFABS cozy space at the Promenade to watch films on their giant 9’ by 12’ screen.  This year’s series brings you the best in films from around the world.  August 15, kicks off the series with “Black Book” a film from theNetherlandsabout a young Jewish woman who becomes a spy for the resistance during WWII.  “Ginger and Fred,” a film fromItalyfollows on August 22, 2011. CFABS Promenade Theater is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables.  Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available to enhance your movie viewing experience.  Bring a group of friends or come alone and make some new friends.  You can join in the lively, fun and entertaining discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member.  General admission is $8 per person.  You can become a member of the Center for the Art’s Film Society and chose from any of the following packages that offer great savings and VIP seating as well as advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule:  22 Films (the full series) for $126.50, 11 Films (half-series) for $66 or 5 Films (starter-pack) for $35.

 Learn an ancient art while having fun on August 16, 2011 from 5:30-8:30pm at “Raku and You.”  Raku is a centuries old pottery glazing and firing process. The technique produces a lustrous, often metallic, finish. Raku & You is an evening devoted to this ancient process.Attendees choose from a number of bisque fired pots and are introduced to the history of Raku while glazing their pot in a simple or extravagant manner.

While the outdoor kiln heats up to the correct temperature; attendees enjoy a picnic-style meal. Then the fun begins as red hot pottery is plunged into metal containers filled with combustible material. The containers are lidded and the pots rest for a few moments before being quickly cooled with water. The results are spectacular and everyone is invited back into the studio to view each piece. Everyone goes home with their very own raku masterpiece.  The cost is $40 per person.

 Budding actors and actresses are in for a treat this fall with the Youth Theater Department of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  If a Mime gets murdered at a fancy bed and breakfast, does he make a sound?  What if there is no murder at all, just a lot of laughter. Auditions for this “Who didn’t do it” comedy will be held September 7 & 8 by appointment. Auditions are open to ages 12+. The Youth Theater Department is free. Those who are selected to be in the performance will rehearse throughout the fall and will perform on November 4 & 5. Join director Craig Price for this fun musical theater production where students learn not only how to act and sing but also the basics of set and costume design and show promotion.

 Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4:00p.m.-7:00 p.m., catch an evening summer breeze as you stroll through the Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade viewing Center for the Arts Member artists at work in their studios.  Painters, sculptors, photographers and glass artists, display their work in various storefront locations at the Promenade atBonitaBay. Artists Studios are open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New exhibitions, and artists, occupy the studios every 30 to 60 days. The last Thursday of each month kicks off a new group of artists and exhibitions in an evening Studio Walk, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied by musical entertainment, light hors d’ oeuvres and wine.  This event is free and open to the public.

 Friday, September 2, 2011; join fellow art lovers from 6 to 8 p.m. for The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ “Portrait and Figure Exhibition,” opening reception.  Come see what area artists have been creating as they seek to capture the complex and amazing human form.  Peruse works in abstract and realism; enjoy paintings, photography, sculpture and more. Join the artists for hors d’oeuvres, wine and conversation at the opening reception as we learn what inspires them. The exhibition is open to the public during regular business hours at CFABS from September 2 – 29, 2011.  Admission is free.

 Thursday, September 15, 2011; 5:30-8:30 p.m., grab a group of friends and join artist Patty Kane at “Alla Prima, Alla Fun.”   Learn to paint in one sitting and have fun with friends at the same time. At Alla Prima, Alla Fun, painter Patty Kane will walk guests step by step through the painting process. Join friends for pizza, wine and painting. Since Alla Prima is a style of completing a painting in one session, guests will have a masterpiece to take home with them at the end of the evening. The cost for the evening is $42 per person and includes paint, brushes, canvas, aprons, wine, pizza and guidance. This month the painting selection is Flip Flops.

 AsSouthwest Floridaheads into fall, find a date and head to Live! at the Promenade.  The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to present internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Kelvin Fischer of Love Hunter for an evening of acoustic music from his new CD “Drawn to The Light”, as well as other favorites from the band Love Hunter.  The show takes place Thursday, September15 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for members of the Center for the Arts and $20 for non-members.

 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.

 For more information on any of these events call us at 239-495-8989 or visit us www.artcenterbonita.org or join us on Facebook at Center for theArtsBonitaSprings.  The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is located at 26100 Old 41 Road,BonitaSprings.

“Tell Netflix You Won’t need them On Mondays”

The Center for the Arts Film Series Cafe TheaterThe Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 2011-2012 Films for Film Lovers Series Begins August 15, 2011

By Patrice Shields

Every Monday night my parents had a standing date to see a movie.  Even with six children they took the time to spend an evening out, allowing themselves two rare hours to get lost in a movie together.  They are still in love and have been happily married for over 55 years, which may be based on the fact that they never stopped dating each other. While a cozy night at home watching a Netflix film is nice, it does not constitute a date.  Beginning on Monday, August 15, 2011 the Center for the Arts Film Society offers you 22 great dates for 2011 and 2012 with its series “Films for Film Lovers”.

“This year we are offering the best of the best in foreign and independent films,” offers Tom Falciglia, Chairman of the Center for the Arts Film Society.  “The 22 film series are juried favorites that will offer the audience insight into the lives and cultures that exist around the world, far from Bonita Springs.”  As Bonita Springs only alternative to big box films, the Center for the Arts Film Society exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film. Beginning as an event for members of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, the film society has expanded to a full season open to the public for its second year, offering films that are a valid form of art for film lovers.

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Film Series offers two movies each month beginning in August with a uniting theme:

Films for Film Lovers Series

August  – Oppression – then Fellini

Black Book (2006) Netherlands                August 15

Ginger and Fred (1986) Italian                   August 22

 

September  – Living under Communism

The Lives of Others (2006) Germany       September 12

Goodbye Lenin! (2003)  German                September 26

October – Heaven and Earth

As it is in Heaven (2004) Sweden             October 10

Night on Earth (1991) US                           October 24

November – Women of Strength

Chocolat (2000) US/UK                              November 14

The Girl in the Cafe (2005) UK                  November 28

December – See Paris and Montevideo from different eyes

Paris, Je T’Aime (2006) French                             December 12

Gigante (2009) Uruguay                                         December 19

January –Celebrate Audrey Tautou

Coco Before Channel (2009) French                    January 9

Amelie (2001) French                                             January 23

February – French look at love

The Man Who Loved Women (1977) French     February 13

A Man and A Woman (1966) French                   February 27

March – Two versions of intimate love

Before Sunrise (1995) US                                       March 12

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) Israel                     March 26

 

April – Great artists

La Vie en Rose (2007) French                               April 9

Basquiat (1996) US                                                  April 23

May – Children’s lives

I Am David (2003) US                                             May 14

Kolya (1996) Czech                                                  May 28

 

June – Arrived at love?

In The Mood for Love (2000) Chinese                 June 11

Before Sunset (2004) US                                         June 25

 

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Films for Film Lovers”  season begins with “Black Book,” a 2006 World War II film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman and Halina Reijn. The story is about a young Jewish woman in the Netherlands who becomes a spy for the resistance during World War II after tragedy befalls her in an encounter with the Nazis.

All of the films are shown in CFABS cozy café theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.   Enjoy a romantic date at a table for two or bring a group of friends and share a larger table.  Refreshments including wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available. Doors open at 6:30pm and films begin at 7:00pm. Be sure to join their lively, fun and entertaining film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member. 

Film lovers can become a member of the Art Center’s Film Society and enjoy VIP seating and receive advance notice of films.  So take some advice from my parents, put down the Netflix envelope and phone in your happily ever after to the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and reserve your space for the best 22 dates of the season.

Who:    Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:   Films for Film Lovers Series

When:   2 Mondays Each Month Beginning on, August 15, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs, Florida

Cost:    $8 individual ticket (series discounts are available)

 Join the Center for the Arts 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.  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.

The Watercolor World of Patty Kane

The Watercolor Art of Patty Kane

If you live inSouthwest Florida, chances are you hold a deep appreciation for the water that surrounds us.  The sparkling blue gulf water nourishes, entertains and enriches our lives.  For local artist Patty Kane, water has been her medium for over 20 years.  The richness of Patty’s paintings are a result of her watercolor technique in which she patiently layers transparent color, allowing the paint and paper to do a lot of the work, producing unexpected bursts of color. Patty began her dream of leading an artistic life by studying at the Crealde School of Art inWinter Park,Florida.  When she and her husband Tom, relocated toSouthwest Floridain 2006, it offered her the opportunity to paint and teach on a full time basis.

 “My biggest inspiration is the skies, palm trees and beaches ofSouthwest Florida,” explains Patty.  “I can travel all over the world and see amazing exotic sites, but nothing compares to the beauty I see of things that are no more than an arms length away.”

Interpreting the beauty of the local scenery is something Patty does every day, one stroke at a time.  Her subjects include palms lining the everglades, lazy pool and beach scenes that feel so warm and easy that you instantly relax and the flowers and vegetation that make our world a tropical paradise.  Patty calls her style “loose, juicy and full of color.” “I paint what I love and I paint it often.  My art brings so much joy to my life.  Interestingly enough, that is the same reason why I teach.  I teach because I want my students to experience the same joy in their lives.” 

Watercolor Artist Patty Kane Teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita SpringsPatty’s love of teaching won her The Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, where she teaches a variety of classes throughout the year.  “Patty Kane is always working to become a better artist and teacher,” explains Adult Visual Arts Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, Jake Hand.  “She is the consummate student of the arts always exploring, investigating and learning.  In turn Patty generously passes along what she has learned to her students with spirit and gusto.” 

Beginning on October 3, 2011 Patty is offering a five-week watercolor class for students of all levels of skill on Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm., and Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm., at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  In this class students can explore traditional watercolor techniques with an emphasis on color and composition.  Patty teaches her technique of limiting the palette and layering transparent watercolor on color.  For those who feel intimidated by committing to a five-week class, Patty offers her extremely popular “Alla Prima, Alla Fun,” at CFABS.

Alla Prima is a style of completing a painting in one painting session. Patty offers a fun evening that sends everyone home with their own masterpiece.  It is a fun way for students to learn the basics of painting and enjoy the company of friends or co-workers.  Students are guided through the process step by step as they recreate their own impressions of a featured painting.  On September 15, 2011 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, students will be painting “Martini on the Edge,” while enjoying wine and pizza.  The cost for this fun evening of art is $42 per person and includes supplies.

When Patty is not teaching she is painting and submitting her work in juried shows, like “Mix it Up,” the August exhibition at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Artists were encouraged to bring forth all forms of mixed media and multimedia art for this exhibition that is sure to be a delight for the senses.  Artist combined acrylics with blown glass, handmade jewelry with pottery and a myriad of elements to create their art.  Patty’s work for this exhibition includes a collage symbolizing her positive approach to life and art.  The exhibition is free and open to the public from August 5 through 25, 2011.

Patty offers the advice that she lives by to aspiring artists, “Paint, paint, paint.  Take a class.  It helps you to stay focused and opens you up to new concepts, which ultimately will put you on your own path.”

For information on Patty Kane’s classes or any of the classes offered at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, call 239-495-8989 or http://www.artcenterbonita.org

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) 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.

Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:  MIX IT UP Exhibition

When:  Friday, August 5-25, 2011

Cost:    Free

Endless Summers at The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Activities for children in Bonita Springs

Spoiler alert!  Summer is coming to an end and school starts in Bonita Springs on Monday, August 8, 2011.  The smiles are starting to come back to the faces of mothers across Lee andCollier Counties, but the grins are fading on the sun kissed faces of children everywhere.  Summer camp may be a dwindling memory for some, but at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, an endless summer is available with summer camps running until August 19, 2011 and after school classes starting up as soon as September 5, 2011.

Endless summer fun is still available in with classes like “Things That Fly,” a camp for children ages 6 to 8 years-old at CFABS.  Last week, campers explored the mysteries of flight and made art too.  “This is actually a really technical class that challenges students to use a different part of their brain while engaging in art,” offers Jordan Smith, Youth Education Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Each day of camp the students created a new air craft, designing, decorating them and then watched as their creations took flight.  Starting in September, students can continue the fun with “Anything But Flat,” where 3D comes to life as students explore different materials like paper, clay and almost anything students can get their hands on.  “Students will be learning about composition, visual balance, motion and tension, taking inspiration from trees, architecture, animals and people,” adds Smith.

While some campers were launching rockets into orbit, others were putting the finishing touches on art they had created for “Art Show,” a class taught by Amy Jensen.  Students created a variety of art from acrylic painting to clay sculptures and displayed them in their own exhibition space.  Students ranging in ages form 9-11 leaned how to assemble a simple portfolio and transform the classroom space into a playful art show complete with music and hors d’oeuvres.  Amy helped the students make invitations for family and friends who attended the show on Friday.  “Amy taught students to create art from recycled objects like soil and pencil for this show,” say Jordan Smith.  “She treats the students with respect and is able to bring the best out in each. Amy has the ability to identify the student’s individual needs and adjust her teaching accordingly no matter what age or experience level.”  Students can continue learning with Amy in September when she teaches “Cookonomics.”  Move over Emeril, because here comes the next generation of celebrity chefs.  In this scrumptious course, children learn about the preparation and business of food from selection of ingredients to catering

As young artist discussed their work, a beastly looking contraption that looked like it came from a post apocalyptic future was rolled out onto the deck at CFABS.  Students ranging in age from 12-15 were glazing the pots they made in”wheel Throwing” with the ancient art of Raku.  This fall students can learn to make jewelry with “PMC Metal and Clay Jewelry” for ages 12 and up.

So put down those back to school supplies and visit http://www.centerforthearts.org, to learn more about the classes offered at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs this fall.  School may be inevitable, but the summer fun is endless in art class.

Who:   Center for the Arts ofBonitaSpringsSummer and Fall Classes for Children Ages 4-18.

When:  Summer Camps continue through August 19, 2011. FallAfter-SchoolClasses begin September 6, 2011.

Where: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs26100 Old 41 Road,BonitaSprings, FL 34135.

Cost:    Varies.  Great Scholarships are available.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) 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.