By Patrice Shields
The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts the 66th Florida Artists Group (FLAG) Annual Exhibition and Symposium at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, April 1-28, 2016. Approximately 90 artists, representing the 10 areas in the state, display their work and competed for juried awards in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and graphics. Many of FLAG’s members are art educators and include notable Florida artists among its award-winning participants. Guests can view the exhibition Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 34135.
The juried annual symposium exhibition will present the winning artists’ awards at a banquet on April 2, 2016. The FLAG symposium juror is always a prominent artist, educator, curator or museum professional from outside Florida. This year’s juror is California artist Katherine Chang Liu, an internationally acclaimed artist, renowned instructor and juror, who has juried more than 80 prestigious exhibitions around the United States and serves in this role for this exhibition. Her art can be found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world.
The Florida Artists Group was incorporated in 1949 by pre-eminent artists throughout Florida, who were curators of Florida’s accredited museums, professors, working artists or were artists collected or acquired by national institutions like the Smithsonian Museum and Corcoran Gallery. The founders created the Florida Artists Group as a not-for-profit Florida corporation composed of professional artists whose work has earned similar international, national and statewide recognition. FLAGS’ purpose is to stimulate the attainment of the highest standards of creative visual art within the state of Florida and to foster that objective through education and outreach.
Since 1949, the Florida Artists Group has held an annual symposium in which all of its members can participate. It is held in a different area each year and includes a juried exhibition. Education and other cultural objectives are promoted at the organization’s symposia through lectures, panel discussions, films, demonstrations, workshops or immersion in an area’s visual arts. In addition to symposia and annual exhibitions, area exhibitions, meetings, educational opportunities and calls for proposal are offered to member artists and others throughout the state.
For more information on FLAG, please visit their website at www.floridaartistsgroup.org. Those members who are interested in having guests attend the awards banquet and presentation on the evening of April 2 in the hotel ballroom should contact Pat Zalisko at (386) 214-0300 to purchase tickets.
The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) offers monthly exhibitions at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs and a full performance series at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. CFABS’ performance series includes “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, April 2, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” April 3, 3:00pm, “Tuesday Art Talks,” April 5, 7:00pm, “Mama Cooks it Up,” April 9, 7:30pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Florida Artists Group 66th Annual Exhibition and Symposium
WHEN: On Display April 1-28, 2016 (Gallery hours Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm)
WHERE: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
COST: Free and open to the public