Do What You Have Always Wanted to do this Summer at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs



The heat is on in July and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs offers a month full of ways to escape the summer sizzle. 

 July 6 – 27, 2012 our July exhibition, “Sand, Surf, Summer”, is open to the public during regular business hours at CFABS. Sailors, beach lovers, and the warm weather of summer have inspired artists here for generations. Enjoy rich scenes of our coast, afternoons at the beach, relaxing on the deck of a boat, the coziness of a sidewalk café, or a sunlit glass of wine on a veranda, artworks that evoke reactions of “I’ve been there!” from admirers. From the quiet, peaceful nature of our environment and the light saturated nature of a seascape, to the colors and pure joy of a day at the beach and a candid shot of a family playing on the sand, visitors will enjoy coastal scenes, the water, boats, even abstract artworks inspired by sand, surf, and the hot, hot summer of Southwest Florida.

The opening Reception and Campus Open House on July 6, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. will feature beach themed light hors d’oeuvres and drinks and island style steel drum music.

July 9 and 23rd, 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 Fused Glass.  Summer Camps are still available for children ages 4 and up.  Children can enjoy full or half-day camps that include ”Rock Camp,” “Set Design,” “Paint Your Art Out,” “Cookonomics,” and “Duct Tape Everything.”  You will not hear the word “bored” from your children again all summer.


July 12 at 7:00p.m., internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Jodi DeSalvo takes the stage at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  Jodi will be playing the greatest classics ever written. Every piece on the program, from Bach to Gershwin, you will know, recognize and love.  Jodi DeSalvo graduated from the Hartt and Manhattan schools of music as a student of such noted teachers as John Browning, Gary Graffman, Jascha Zayde and Nina Svetlanova. Upon winning the Artist International Competition in 1988, DeSalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim, with an encore performance two years later at Lincoln Center. DeSalvo has recorded six CDs of solo and two-piano music. Refreshments including beer and wine available at the performance and tickets are $15 for members of the Center for the Arts and $20 for non-members.

 On July 18, you can join us from 5:30p.m. to 8:30p.m., for a fun and informative one-evening class which will teach you to create a lovely piece of beaded jewelry to add to your accessory wardrobe. This month’s class will teach you how to make a crystal wrap bracelet. Mix crystals and leather for a stylish piece of jewelry.  The evening will start with wine, something tasty to eat, and time to meet new friends and greet familiar ones.  Following will be a demonstration of the beading techniques used in the evening’s project.  At the end of the class, each participant will leave with a piece of jewelry to wear or give as a gift.  The evening is $50 per person and includes all materials, food and wine.

 July 21 at 3:00p.m., Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist, John Kaplan offers a screening of his film, Not As I Pictured, an autobiographical 54-minute film following Kaplan’s unexpected cancer journey. The film is presently airing on PBS stations nationwide. The film will be followed with a discussion with John Kaplan, Mayor Ben Nelson, CFABS President Susan Bridges, the event organizer Victoria Terre and others. Small group meetings will be available with groups supporting the event including the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Hope Hospice, Cancer support groups and the Ft. Myers Photography Club.  The film and discussion will be held at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ theater at the Promenade in Bonita Bay.  The event is free and open to the public. Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 5:00p.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 at Bonita Bay. Artists Studios are open Thursday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The last Thursday of each month kicks off a new group of artists and exhibitions in an evening Studio Walk, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., accompanied by musical entertainment, light hors d’ oeuvres and wine.  This event is free and open to the public.  At 7:00p.m., come see live performances from South West Florida’s best talent at Locals Live at the Promenade Theater. This is not your traditional open mic night, all performers are booked in advance. Free to come see. The Show is immediately after “Art Walk”at the Promenade at 7:00p.m.

Thursday, August 2, 2012; 5:30-8:30 p.m., grab a group of friends and join artist Patty Kane for “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 Parrot.

Friday, August 3, 2012 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs opening exhibition reception,  “Show Me Your ‘Abs.’” Many people enjoy abstract art. Some are confused by it. A few think it’s the most pure form of artistic expression. Join us on a journey into abstract visual and performing arts—share the language of form, color, line and composition. See a composition that is a departure from reality in depiction of imagery. Painting, sculpture, drawing, assemblage, video, dance and even music—all use the same language of representational art—color, form, line, shape, composition—yet while artists might start in the real world, the abstract artists’ journey takes them to a very different conclusion. Some exponents and supporters of abstract art have argued that it can reach the same heights as the greatest art of the past. Kandinsky, for example, wrote that “The impact of the acute angle of a triangle on a circle produces an effect no less powerful than the finger of God touching the finger of Adam in Michelangelo’s Creation”.  Opening Reception, August 3, will also feature live abstract artworks in music and dance, as well as opportunities for visitors to create their own abstract imagery at a unique ‘Creation Station’.  The exhibition is on display through August 30, 2012.

 Friday, August 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 4, 2:00p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department puts on “Stuart Little” at the Promenade performance center.  This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this live theatre presentation. The Center for the Arts Youth Theatre acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world.”  Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by E.B. White. Directed by Craig Price. All tickets are just $5.

August 9 at 7:00p.m. Terry Cole and the Honky Tonk Hitmen bring their down home Country Classics to the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  Put on your cowboy hats and boots for this night of country music with Terry Cole & the Honky Tonk Hitmen.  Just try to keep your boots from tapping when Terry, Chris, Dave and Scott play all of your country favorites including; “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Working Man Blues,” and “Burning Ring of Fire.”  The evening of pure country entertainment includes beer, wine, dancing, door prizes & more.  Tickets are $15 for members of the Center for the Arts and $20 for non-members.


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 Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between now and September 30, 2012 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2012.  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.

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From Carnegie Hall to Bonita Springs Jodie DeSalvo Lights up the Stage


Jodie DeSalvo has been making beautiful music since she was eight years old.  As the daughter of an opera singer, DeSalvo’s passion for music spans generations.  After beginning piano lessons at her elementary school DeSalvo announced to her mother, “I want to be a pianist.”  That dream mixed with Jodie’s unmistakable talent and passion earned her a Carnegie Hall debut where she performed to a sold out crowd and won critical acclaim at the age of 28.  This Thursday, July 12, Jodie DeSalvo will be taking the stage at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Café Theater at the Promenade for one show performing “The Greatest Classics Ever Written.” 

DeSalvo’s performance on Thursday offers the audience a more intimate experience than Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center where she has also played.  While enjoying a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres, guests will be treated to a program that includes classics from Bach to Gershwin.  “Every piece you will know, recognize and love,” promises DeSalvo. 

DeSalvo has an impressive educational background that includes graduating from the Hartt and Manhattan schools of music and as a student of such noted teachers as John Browning, Gary Graffman, Jascha Zayde and Nina Svetlanova.  Jodie found a way to pay forward all of the lessons taught to her when she began teaching at Seacrest Country Day School.  At the time Seacrest did not have a formal chorus so Jodie began a musical program that spanned pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. 

“She has had a tremendous impact,” says Erin Duffy, head of the Upper School.  “Every year the number of students participating increases.  Her enthusiasm encourages students who might never have tried music to sing.”  More than half of Seacrest’s high school students sing with the choir.  Jodie’s impact is evident when you walk through the halls of Seacrest Country Day School.  Pianos at Seacrest seem to posses a magnetic field that draws students in.  High school students appear unable to pass a piano in the school without one of them sitting down to play and a spontaneous group magically appearing around the piano to break into song.  Outside of the television show “Glee,” that type of activity rarely occurs in high schools.  With DeSalvo at the helm of Seacrest’s Perfoming Arts Academy, bursting into song is common among Seacrest students.

From the halls of Seacrest to Carnegie Hall and the cathedrals of Italy, Jodie has toured the world sharing her passion and talent for music.  “There’s nothing like performing,” offers DeSalvo.  “That feeling is a natural high.”

Tickets for Jodie DeSalvo’s Concert on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm are available by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.   Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.  Due to the popularity of DeSalvo’s concerts, advance ticket purchase is suggested.   Refreshments including beer and wine are available.

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy all of the activities at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Those who want to become members receive discounts on classes, shows and other events.  Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2012 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2012.  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.


WHAT:  Live! Jodie DeSalvo Concert Pianist

WHEN: July 12, 2012; 7:00p.m. (General admission seating) Doors open at 6:30p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts’ Café Theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  26821 South Bay Drive,  Suite 114, Bonita Springs, FL

FEE: $15 members/ $20 non-members

INFORMATION: 239-495-8989 or