Bold and Striking or Subtle and Subdued…The Masterful Color Combinations of Artist Ursula Cappelletti


Color influences every aspect of our lives. Color can affect our thoughts, change our mood, and determine our actions. It can irritate or soothe our eyes, raise our blood pressure, or lull us to sleep. BonitaSprings artist Ursula Cappelletti has spent a lifetime studying color and has learned to direct its power to express her thoughts and ideas on canvas.

“From a young age, I was interested in colors,” says Cappelletti in her distinctive, European accent.  “My earliest memories about colors go back to my childhood when my Dad, who owned a company for Jacquard Machinery, showed me how different colored threads could be combined to work together to result in a beautiful, multicolored piece.”  Both Cappelletti and her work exude a sense of effortless style, one that can only be achieved through a lifetime of immersion, observance and practice.


During her career in advertising and publishing, Cappelletti’s sense of color and design was essential to her success. In 1982, Cappelletti married and moved to Brussels, Belgium where she studied fiber arts at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. The program included working with fabric, rope, plastic materials, wood, wire and other materials.

“Touching, feeling the materials, was what I liked the most in creating a number of pieces of artwork on and off the wall,” explains Cappelletti.

Cappelletti settled in BonitaSprings in 1996 where she immediately looked for an art program similar to the one she attended in Belgium. With no fiber arts programs available in Southwest Florida, she became a member of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS.) Her first class was “Mixed Media” with artist and instructor Genie Kell.

“That was my first contact with art education in this area. I took it to keep in touch with the art world,” says Cappelletti.


At first Cappelletti hesitated to work abstractly as she was accustomed to painting representationally. She quickly discovered that applying paint abstractly on canvas was a joyful experience for her.  Since her introduction to abstract painting, Cappelletti has attended many classes at the Center for the Arts and has won numerous awards at the center’s exhibitions.

“Viewers often tell me they think of music when they see her paintings,” says Susan Bridges, president of the Center for the Arts.  “It’s like seeing a symphony of sounds on canvas with colors and strokes as notes and chords, all moving through space.  Looking at her abstract artworks, I can easily share the experience that they feel and see.  Ursula has a high degree of craftsmanship in how she orchestrates her artworks.   The strokes, marks and color sections of her paintings provide an experience, one of the joy and movement, of color captured at a moment in time, yet available for us to visit again and again.”

In addition to awards, Cappelletti’s masterful color combinations on canvas earned her a juried space at the Center for the Arts Artists’ Studios at the Promenade at BonitaBay.  Cappelletti shares studio #156 with fellow abstract artists Eileen Walden Johnson and Barbara Brenton.  It is a true pleasure to visit this group of artists in their studio during the monthly Art Walks on the last Thursday of each month.  You can feel the camaraderie and support among the three artists, which appears to foster their individual success and growth as artists.

Cappelletti’s work can also be seen at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs during the “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” exhibition celebrating abstract art during the month of August. The reception will also feature live abstract art in music and dance, as well as opportunities for visitors to create their own abstract imagery at a unique “Creation Station.”  The opening reception for “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” will be held from 6:00-8:00p.m.on August 3, 2012, and is on display through August 30, 2012.

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the many activities at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Those who want to become members receive discounts on classes, shows and other events.  New members 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.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information, or visit them at

If You Go:

Who:    The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings

What:   The Artists’ Studios at the Promenade

When:   Open daily – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday;  Art Walk – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday July 26, 2012

Where:  Promenade at BonitaBay, 26811 South Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, Fla.

Cost:    Free

If You Go:

Who:    The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings

What:   “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” Exhibition Reception

When:   6:00 – 8:00p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012

Exhibition on display through August 30, 2012

Where:  Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings, 26100 Old 41 Road, BonitaSprings, Fla.

Cost:    Free