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Smooth out your Thursday Night with some Cool Jazz

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

Insider tip for all of the husbands and boyfriends out there, there is not a woman alive who would not love to throw on her little black dress, some pearls and heals, sip a glass of wine and enjoy a night out listening to jazz with you.  So how do you keep your better half happy without taking a hit to your wallet? The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has got you covered this Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm with an affordable night of smooth Jazz at their intimate café theater at the Promenade in Bonita Springs.

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck, present, “An Evening of Jazz, Live at the Promenade!”  Rebecca and Dan offer a night of jazz music from the great American songbook including tunes from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Irving Berlin.  Ron Hefner and Stu Shelton will accompany Rebecca and Dan on this journey into the music that not only shaped Broadway and Jazz, but also the entire musical landscape of the 20th century.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the Juilliard School. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner.

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continued to play together, solo and with larger groups.

After moving to Naples, the two The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where the audience and the performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.

A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  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. * One membership per household.

“Affairs of the Arts”

Posted in Lectures and Performances with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Affairs of the Arts,” are under way bringing you thirteen-entertaining and memorable events that help support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  From November through May, attending any or all of CFABS Affairs of the Arts will make this a season of affairs you will always remember.

Join the Center for the Arts this Wednesday, October 19, as they “Tee off for Kids” at their first annual golf tournament at Copperleaf Country Club. Gather up your most philanthropic foursome of friends for 18 holes of golf, prizes, lunch and lots of fun. Contests will include longest drive, closest to the hole and closest to the line. This event is limited to 120 guests.  Tickets are $100 per person includes golf and cart, lunch and prizes

On November 9, treat yourself to “Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell.” Hosted by Northern trust, this affair features a phenomenal performance by actress, Janina Birtolo, as Gertrude Bell, the brilliant scholar, archaeologist, mountaineer and linguist.  Beautiful red hair, fine features and piercing green eyes,Bellwas the first woman to get a degree in modern history atOxford; first woman ever to travel theSyrian Desertalone, and the first female officer in British Military Intelligence. The afternoon includes; a fun and entertaining raffle auction filled with collectibles, gift certificates and art.

On November 30, meet Doug MacGregor, book author, and cartoonist with the News-Press and enjoy a light hearted look at his process for creating cartoons that are both pointed and funny.   Author and illustrator of a number of creative books, in addition to his newspaper cartoons, Doug will explore his creative process, highlight his particularly Southwest Florida art and humor; and share insights into his published books. 

On February 6, meet Robert Wittman, the man who the ‘Wall Street Journal’ called a ‘Living Legend.’ Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, this real-life James Bond of the art world, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career working undercover to catch art thieves, scammers and black-market traders. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Wittman built a twenty-one year law enforcement career that was nothing short of extraordinary.  Armed with a scholar’s passion, a con man’s smile, and a daredevil’s nerves, he worked undercover to catch art thieves, scammers, and black-market traders inParis,Philadelphia, Rio,Santa FeandMadrid.

On March 7, Ellen Prager, Marine Scientist, president of Earth2Ocean and author of “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime,” brings you deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. 

With affairs from an evening with Judy Garland to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, fun and unique entertainment is yours for the reserving all season long.  Space is limited and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Spring’s “Affairs” sell out fast. Contact CFABS at 495-8989 to reserve your space.  Learn more on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

 Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between and receive 2 tickets to one of our Live at the Promenade performances.  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.

Full Calendar of 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series:

 November 9, 2011

“Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell”

 November 30, 2011

“Inside the Mind of a Cartoonist” –Doug MacGregor

January 11, 2012

“The Art of Food and Wine”

February 6, 2012

“Go Undercover With Robert Wittman”

February 17, 2012

“Art of Dressing Well” –Haute Looks

February 19, 2012

“Amazing Race”- Road Rally Scavenger Hunt and Urban Sleuthing Adventure

February 25, 2012

“Bonita’s Best Bridge Game!”

February 28, 2012

“An Evening with Garland & Gershwin” – American Musical Theater

March 7, 2012

“Sex, Drugs & Sea Slime”-Ellen Prager

March 14, 2012

“Lunch with Cleopatra”

April 27-28, 2012

“Who Killed the Director?” – Mystery Dinner Theatre Extraordinaire

May 12, 2012

“Up Close, Personal & Wild”

Moving Beyond Boundaries…The Art of Alan Pimentel

Posted in Artist Studios at the Promenade, Exhibitions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”

Salvador Dalí

If you ask a successful artist, actor or musician what the key to success is, they will likely give you the same advice, “be yourself.”  The advice is sound, but difficult to follow unless you know who “you” are.  Artist Alan Pimentel has bravely externalized his journey of self-awareness in oil on canvas for over twenty years and through that journey he has met with success.

Pimentel’s most recent encounter with success was taking “Best in Show” at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Portrait and Figure” exhibition.  Pimentel’s oil on shaped canvas piece “Wrestling with Myself Again,” impressed Jack Thompson, author and artist who judged the show.  “I have always been drawn to artists whose artworks take a bit of a chance,” offered Thompson about Pimentel’s piece and the Portrait and Figure Exhibition.  “Certainly I’m schooled in the traditional sense of art and techniques, but there’s something about a person who, once really perfecting his or her craft, decides to step outside the box.”

The first of Alan Pimentel’s shaped canvases emerged over twenty years ago, as his journey into the observations of his emotional nature became the subject matter of his art. For Pimentel, the geometric boundaries of the traditional canvas became limiting as his personal awareness expanded. Moving beyond the constraints normally prescribed to painters, Alan’s work took a giant step towards altering the personal boundaries he felt were imposed upon him by the demands of modern culture.  Pimentel describes his style as “my own,” explains Alan.  “I think of it as a psychological, metaphysical, spiritual portrayal of growth.  My painting style is deeply rooted in realism, with the addition of variations in textural quality through intended or casual application.”

Pimentel’s unconstrained perspective is evident in his current works where the canvases continually get shapelier and the surfaces range from utter smoothness to rich dimensional application of paint and wax medium.  The luminous lighting and savory blends of color allow us to safely venture into a realm beyond the reach of the ordinary to observe emotions that reside in the shadows. 

Alan credits his creative gifts to his father’s drawing skills and musical talents, his grandmother’s aptness with a needle, and his maternal aunts’ dressmaking and culinary skills.  At the age of ten, Alan lost his father to a tragic car accident.  A neighbor who was aware of Alan’s interest in art suggested a class in oil painting offered by a renowned portrait artist and illustrator, Carroll Jones.  At the age of fourteen Pimentel began his formal training in oil painting.

Salvador Dali was the first artist to inspire Pimentel.  “I was eleven or twelve years old when I first visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” offers Alan.  “There I viewed the ‘Persistence of Memory.’  This painting reached me on so many levels that it affected my thought process in general, and I think that is the genius of Dali.”

When asked what advice he would give to aspiring artists, Alan responded, “Peruse, persist and listen to your own inner voice.”  Be yourself.

Pimentel’s work can be seen at his studio # 166 at the promenade inBonitaSprings.  The artist studios are currently open Thursday through Saturday from 10am – 3pm.  You can view Alan’s work and the work of over 30 artists at their studios at the Promenade during Art Walk on Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade performances.  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.

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

Posted in Adult Education, Artist Studios at the Promenade, Children's Education, Exhibitions, Flims for Film Lovers, Live at the Promenade!, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

Education Art Bonita

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”

Posted in Flims for Film Lovers with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

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.

“Eccouterre” Greens the Runway at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Posted in Children's Education, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by patriceshieldspr
Lyrica Parker Trashing Fashion Show at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Lyrica Parker Trashing Fashion Show Designer

What do old magazines, bottle tops, tinsel from last season’s Christmas tree and empty juice cartons have in common?  Those recycled materials are the components of high fashion to students attending “Trashing Fashion” camp at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Summer campers ranging in ages from nine to eleven spent a week of summer afternoons, creating “Ecouterre” masterpieces that would make Jean Paul Gaultier chartreuse with envy.

 Bonita Charter School art teacher Stacey Strell created the idea for “Trashing Fashion” while leading a peer counseling leadership class for eighth grade students.   “The students really wanted to promote recycling at their school and Project Runway happened to be running an episode on using recycled materials,” offers Stacey.  “The project just took off from there.”

 Fourteen campers spent their first day brainstorming with Stacey on their design concepts.  “I asked them to think about what they had at home and what materials we had on hand,” explains Stacey.  “I wanted them to think about fashion as another way to express their individuality.  I also wanted them be conscious that great fashion did not have to cost a lot of money or have a negative effect on the environment.”   

 A pillbox hat made from an orange juice carton fashioned to a headband and a dress made completely from paint sample swatches were a direct result of Stacey’s ability to draw out the individual vision and style from each of her students.  “The girls never wanted to take a break, they were so excited about the process,” adds Stacey.  “The students were completely responsible for every aspect of the creative process, including designing their outfits and picking the music and theme for their fashion show at the end of the class.”

 Chairs full of excited parents and campers lined the lighted runway that ran down the center of the main gallery at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.   Attendees were greeted by CFABS performing Arts Director Craig Price, dressed in a garbage can and acting as the MC for the “Trashing Fashion” show.  Smoke billowed onto the stage as the first of fourteen Designer/Models strutted her recycled individuality down the catwalk.  “They came up with the smoke machine and using the garbage cans and recycle bins as stage props,” explains Stacey.  Each of the students also wrote the descriptions of their recycled masterpieces on a cue card for the MC to read. As Amanda Oleska strode down the runway Craig Price read her design description to the audience, “My name is Amanda, and I’m eleven-years old.  My dress is made out of duck tape, recycled fabric and paint samples.  My bracelet is made out of straws.”

“The really nice thing about the class is that the girls gain so much confidence about who they are because they really have to make a commitment to their vision,” offers Jordan Smith, Youth Education Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  “One student actually collected 1,500 can tabs to create her outfit.”  Jordan suggests that students check out similar classes that are being held throughout the summer at CFABS.   Eco is Green and Over the Top and Under Construction are both courses that explore using recycled and alternative materials in art.  The not to be missed Steamroller Art Week begins on July 25, 2011 offering print making classes for children six and up as well as adults.  The Culmination of this week is the ridiculously cool, print making in the parking lot with the help of an actual Steamroller driven by Jordan Smith. 

 For a full list of summer camp classes call 239-495-8989 or visit on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org

 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, 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.

 WHAT:  Trashing Fashion – Summer Camps at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

WHEN: 9am -4pm now through August 19, 2011

WHERE: The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs,Florida

FEE: Varies by Camp Class

INFORMATION: 239-495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

What’s So Funny About the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Posted in Adult Education, Children's Education, Live at the Promenade!, Youth Theater with tags , , , , on July 11, 2011 by patriceshieldspr

Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Youth Theater

What:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7:00 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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

Cost:    $5 all tickets

Information:  239-495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

What’s so funny about the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs?   Some would say it’s their Performing Arts Director, Craig Price. On a recent Tuesday morning Craig and a group of children attending his Improv class at CFABS played a game of Zip, Zap, Zop.  This well-known game, often used as a theatre preparation exercise had everyone in the circle engaged and grinning sending “zips”, “zaps” and ultimately “zops” to each other.

“When I am teaching acting to kids, the main focus for me is building self-esteem, establishing confidence and teaching teamwork,” offers Craig.

“Once they gain that confidence and they see they can do it, they just explode with pride and that light comes on in their eyes.  That is the most rewarding experience forme.” explains Price.

Price brings a “SecondCity” full of experience to the classes he teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  After graduating fromWhittenbergUniversitywith a B.A. in Theatre and English he moved on to train at the famousSecondCityand Improv Olympic and with the renowned teacher Del Close. Craig learned his craft from the same teacher who turned out talent like Tina Fey, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner.

Price lights up when he talks about teaching children.  His enthusiasm landed him in the roll of Assistant Director on WGCU’s “Curious Kids”.  Parent’s from St. Anne’s School inNaples, where he taught acting for five years suggested him for the project. 

“Taking theater to the next level with a television show starring children is an amazing opportunity,” adds Price. “If I could offer any advice to parents who think they have budding stars in their homes, it is to enroll them in a theater class.  They will gain so much confidence and learn how to work with others and not have to be the one in center stage all of the time.”  Price is currently auditioning children age 10 and up for The Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of “School House Rock Live! Jr.”

Craig teaches and coordinates all of the theater classes for adults and children in addition to coordinating all of the talent that performs at the Live! at the Promenade events CFABS puts on each month.   Price books an array of talent including Jay Taylor, Country Western singer/songwriter who will be performing on July to virtuoso pianist Naomi Niskala.

“I feel so fortunate that at 46 years old I am able to do what I love and I get paid for it,” Craig explains about his position with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Craig’s adult classes at CFABS include Improv Workshop I which is starting up the week of July 5, 2011.  Price suggests this class to anyone who wants to be more comfortable speaking in front of people or to gain an introduction to acting. Craig Price will teach you to perform improv games and scenes all based on audience suggestions.  Readers Theater is another class offered in July at CFABS.  Price guarantees that in just two-hours a week for six-weeks you’ll learn how to prepare a role for a staged reading, and then perform it on stage with others first time actors.

Craig’s favorite theater exercise is a game called Freeze.  In Freeze, two actors start an improvised scene. At any point in time another player can call Freeze. This player then tags out one of the two actors, and takes his place. Both players then start a new scene, justifying the often unusual positions they are in.

“Freeze is a great way to teach, ‘Yes – And,’” adds Price.  “If there is one thing I would want students to walk away from class with it is the concept of ‘yes-And.’  Yes, what you did was great…And now how can I enhance it.”

“Yes,” the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs offers great theater classes “And” taking a class from Craig Price would be a once in a lifetime experience.

Don’t miss the Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of School House Rock Live Jr. at the Promenade on August 5 and 6, 2011.

Who:   Center for the Arts ofBonitaSpringsWhat:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 32and 7 p.m.

Where: Promenade atBonitaBay,26811 S Bay Dr,BonitaSprings,FloridaCost:    $5 all tickets

School bells are ringing and students are singing! “Live At the Promenade!” The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to present School House Rock Live! Jr. As summer winds down and the school year starts again, it’s time to head back to the classroom. In School House Rock Live! Jr. audiences meet Tom Mizer, a young teacher, as he anxiously prepares for his first day of school. Attempting to calm his fears, he turns on the television to find the educational cartoon show everyone knows and loves, Schoolhouse Rock, playing. Tom gets drawn in and soon the teacher is sucked into the television show. We meet a slew of colorful personalities as the entire company tries to comfort him and prepare him for his first day. Featuring many crowd-pleasing favorites, such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Interplanet Janet”, this musical is sure to entertain the entire community.

Information 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2001 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.