By Patrice Shields
On Saturday and Sunday, January 9 & 10; 10:00am-5:00pm, The Bonita Springs National Art Festival, one of the nations most highly rated art festivals in the country, returns to Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. 200 fine artists from the US, Canada and Europe fill our old Florida style park with fine art paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture and more.
Rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America and the top ranked show in Bonita Spring/Naples Metropolis by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the festival attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors each year who attend to view and purchase fine art. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our festivals in Bonita Springs. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida. Riverside Park is a beautiful location with old Florida charm, a perfect backdrop for our spectacular Festivals. Gorgeous sculptures, paintings, glass, photography, and clay accompanied by great music and refreshments in this fantastic setting!” said Susan Bridges.
The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals are an integral part of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and their programming. As part of their mission of “Arts for All,” the Centers for the Arts provide programming to over 12,000 at-risk youth annually. Last year they awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.
Guests can expect to see art by masters of their craft including returning award winning artists Jeannie Maddox and her larger than life, photo realistic oil paintings, Brian Becher’s stunning glass vessels, surreal sculptures by Thomas Wargin and stunning jewelry by Jayne DeMarcay to name just a few.
The Riverside Park location offer ample free parking on site with wine, beer, food and beverages available for purchase and live music to enjoy while you view and purchase fine art. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Centers for the Arts programming.
The 35th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at Riverside Park on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. It will run on January 9 & 10, 2016 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to a select Live at the Center performances at the Center for Performing Arts. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.
If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 35th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10, 2016
Where: Riverside Park, (Old 41 Road), Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs)