Audition Notice: Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

On February 18 & 19, 2017 CFABS will be staging performances of 12 of the winning plays from our first ever, Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition and… WE NEED ACTORS! Robert De Niro once said, “One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

We would like to invite you to take a chance at “living another person’s life without paying the price” by coming to audition for a role (or roles) in these fantastic short plays. Open auditions for the Stage it! 10 Minute Play Competition are being held at our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 starting at 4:00pm. (Rehearsal schedules will depend upon the role, and cast member availability).  Performances will be held February 18 and 19 at the Center for Performing Arts.

We are looking to fill 36 roles, (18 men, 17 women and 1 child). The characters range in age from 10 – 70.  The audition is open, and all types are welcome.

The twelve outstanding plays being staged were each carefully selected by a jury consisting of 26 judges from across the nation. A brief description of the plays and the roles being cast is below:audition-notice

Counting On Love

by Rod McFadden

A discussion after a first date.

A smart romantic comedy.

VINCENT, 29 years old, magazine writer

SOPHIA, 27 years old NYU post-grad.


The Dating Game

by Rod McFadden

One single, one married, talking about

the current dating scene. Situational


MARGE, about 65 – 75

NETTIE, similar age as MARGE

Everyone’s Child

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

Kos, Greece, an island near where

refugees land. Dramatic.

PETER, young Greek male, age 14

KILIKINA, Greek woman,

mother of PETER

The Last Holdout

by Judd Lear Silverman

A menu change at a local senior center

finds the last holdout in final

negotiations with the only staff member

who can get the job done.

IVAN, a senior at the senior center

DOROTHY, at least 20 years Ivan’s junior,


Life Jacket

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

On a beach near Bodrum, Turkey and a

beach on the Greek Island of Kos, two

refugees cross dangerous waters.

GALIA, a Syrian woman refugee, age 20

AYLAN, a Syrian male refugee, age 20

AHMAD, a Turkish seller of life jackets to

refugees, age 28

The Nude

by William Newkirk

The opening of a new show at an art

gallery. Artist and her new model

meet accidental patron and the

snotty art critique.

CLAIRE, in her 50’s-ish

LISA, in her 50’s-ish

BRIAN, in his 50’s-ish

JEFFREY, in his 50’s-ish

Ode On A Donut Shop

by Ethan Warren

An existential, absurdist comedy

in a donut shop at 1:24 AM.

JUDD – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

SEAN – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

DWAYNE – in his 50s, friendly and

paternal but with a temper

MAN IN THE JACKET – in his 30s,

ominous and powerful

An Ordinary Woman

by Sean Patrick Nill

Ordinary Suzy Ponelle confesses a

series of vengeful crimes to the police.

SUZY PONELLE, female, late 20’s

to early 30’s

DETECTIVE MORROW, adult female, 30-40





The Professor And The Flea

by Denise Hinson

An odd farce based on a fable.

Presentational characters in an oddball,

artistic comedy.


CAPTAIN, 30-70s

GOVERNOR, 40s to 60s


PRINCESS, teens to 20s

The Promise

by Mary Lescoe-Long

A woman confronts her own demon,

literally. An emotional drama.

WOMAN, any age, preferably

late 40’s or early 50’s

BANSHEE, same age as WOMAN

Toil and Trouble

by Trevor Suthers

A retelling of Macbeth. A literal and

intellectual comedy, but still broad.

MAMMY, the grandmother witch

GRANNY, the mother witch

FANNY, the youngest of the witches

MACMETH, drug kingpin on some

crappy streets

Violating Uncle Piggy

by Judd Lear Silverman

Parental betrayal traded for loose change

must be explained in this interrogation

—Uncle Piggy was found violated.

MOMMY, 30ish

DADDY, 30s




WHO: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

WHAT:  Stage IT! 10-minute play competition

WHEN:  Auditions: 4:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Performances: Evening of February 18th & 19th, 2017

WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135

PRICE:  No fee to audition.


Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

There is no secret that today’s super heroes are seen on TV as characters with super strength, laser vision, that can fly and even leap tall buildings with a single bound, but we never see a super hero with the best super power… The power of Volunteering!!!

Yes, volunteering is in fact a super power and here at the Centesr for the Arts we have a league of super heroes using their super powers every day.

They use it to help our staff with daily tasks that have to be done in a flash, they help with stage and lighting production with amazing strength and precision. They help our instructors with super hearing and anticipating all the little summer camper’s wants and needs.

Yes, being a volunteer for the Centers for the Arts is a SUPER and POWerful way to dedicate your time. Volunteering promotes positive leadership skills for our teen volunteers, offering everyone the opportunity to learn amazing new skills, and get the chance to make a difference in our community and in doing so, inspire others to also volunteer.


So, if you want to be seen as a community super hero, consider volunteering at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

For more information on becoming a volunteer and other CFABS community events, please visit

Who: Local Community
What: Volunteering
Where: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Visual Arts Center – 26100 Old 41 Rd.
Performing Arts Center – 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE
When: All Year Around



BSNAF JAN 9 2016_25

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)

Bonita Springs’ Cultural Jewel Continues to Shine Brightly on February 11 & 12

IF YOU GO: TheBonitaSpringsNational Art Festival
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday from 10am -5pm.  February 11 & 12, 2012
NEXT FESTIVAL: March 10 & 11, 2012
Information: 495-8989 or
: Optional $5 Donation

 If a city is lucky, it finds its sweet spot with a cultural gem.  Bostonowns the 4th of July with the Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade and firework show rivaled only byHong Kong’s celebration on Chinese New Year.  Jazz lovers flock to Newport Rhode Island for the Jazz Festival that continues to draw music legends who play to growing crowds that arrive a week early to stake out their spot on the lawn. BonitaSprings found its Sweet Spot with the Bonita Springs National Art Festival.   The festival, which began 13 years ago, not only continues to draw record crowds and top national rankings, but also maintains its place as the key festival many of the nations best artists apply to each year.

 Southwest Florida’s cultural jewel shines again the weekend of February 11 and 12, when 211 national and international artists travel toBonita Springsto showcase their talent at the Promenade inBonita Springs. This acclaimed collection of fine arts and crafts draws thousands of local and out of state art collectors who visit the Festivals in search of the newest addition for their home, office or client’s collection.  It is this commitment to excellence that has earned the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals the distinction of #1 in the Southwest Floridaand #4 in the nation.

“It is one of my best shows where I meet some of my collectors and potential buyers, also I feel that my work is greatly appreciated here,” offers award winning textile artist Viviana Santamarina on the Bonita Springs National Art Festival. Originally fromBuenos Aires, Viviana lives inSan Franciscowhere she creates her crowd stopping tales told in curled paper and pencil. Santamarina’s unique art combines common elements and transforms them into elegant woven objects. 

 Wisconsin artist, Monika Fairchild’s individually hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry, embellished with natural stones and fossils turn heads at the festival. “The Bonita Springs National Festival is one of my favorite each year,” adds Monika.  “The setting of the show is beautiful and relaxing, patrons are educated and pleasant and the festival is very well organized. I always look forward to participating.” 

 Center for the Arts President, Susan Bridges explains the success of the festivals as a natural extension of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs mission. “There’s a genuine buzz around our Festivals,” offers Bridges.   “It goes to the heart of things, a defining impact both on our community and the artists.  Every single year artists tell us our patrons don’t just stroll by their booth, they stop and talk with them.  They ask them about their work, they’re interested and appreciate the creative process.  And, of course, they often buy.  What a concept!   Yet, think about it, it makes sense. Our artists do well because our Festivals are strongly supported by our residents and visitors.  Our residents and visitors rely on our commitment to originality and excellence, and we deliver.  We pair our excellence in art with the focus on two areas of human activity, which in my view, are the most important expressions of our humanity – curiosity and imagination. The result is phenomenal.” said President Susan Bridges

While the festival continues to please crowds of attendees and bring collectors to talented artists, the true value of this cultural gem is measured by what it gives back to Bonita Springs 365 days a year. “We never thought of ourselves as creating a local legacy until our 50th Anniversary, when we celebrated our service to our community. At our celebration Mayor Ben Nelson spoke about all we’ve accomplished, including our Festivals. We realized just how remarkable our legacy is and what the Festivals and our organization has given to our community.” said President, Susan Bridges.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festival has directly funded visual and performing arts programs for local Elementary Schools, Community theater programs for youth and adults, national and local art exhibitions that are free to residents, and scholarships for local youth to participate in performing arts programming.

So if you find yourself inPark City,Utah next January, be sure to stop in to the Sundance Film Festival.  But if you are in Southwest Florida this weekend, the Bonita Springs National Art Festival at the Promenade is the place to be.  For more information call 495-8989 or visit on line at

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time 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.

Angela Hicks Teaches Fairy Princesses How to Write their Own Happy Endings…

Angela Hicks Visual Performance ArtistPhotograph by Shelly Salter

“I can’t,” laments a four-year old girl in a pink tutu.  “Yes, you can,” answers Angela Hicks resolutely.  “You just need to bend at the knees.”  On this Tuesday afternoon, Visual and Performing Artist, Angela Hicks is teaching more than just ballet to a group of three year old girls attending a “Ballet Fairytales” class at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Angela is teaching seven tiny dancers that they are the choreographers of their lives story.

“Through dance I have achieved self-discipline as the greatest lesson to guiding me through life. When I practice I am literally looking into a mirror to see where my body moves and imagining where it needs to be.  I apply that to my career and personal life; constantly reviewing where I am today and think what can I do to bring myself where I want to be, need to be,” offers Angela.

“Angela is such a unique talent and teacher,” explains Craig Price Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  “She is accomplished in so many disciplines of dance and is able to teach all of these styles to such a broad range of age groups, from young children to adults.”

Angela Hicks teaches Ballet Fairytales at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Angela has been dancing since she could walk. “The house I grew up in and my parent’s jewelry store were my first studios. Just counting training in dance schools, I have been dancing a total of seventeen years. At age five I started ballet in a dance academy. I then continued into Pointe, jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballroom, Latin, and Polynesian. Along side of that, I also practiced belly dance from the instruction of my grandmother. She was a belly dance performer and instructor at a belly dance school that was next to her etiquette school in Michigan in the 70’s,” explains Angela.  “When I was thirteen years old, I was dancing behind my instructor in ballet, closely following her steps and thought, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, be a professional dancer.”

When Angela is not teaching dance she is performing at cultural fairs, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant inBonitaSprings, and special events through outFloridaandLos Angeles.  Angela has performed her sword balancing act at an exclusive vintner dinner for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, where attendees paid a minimum of $8,500 per couple to enjoy the festivities.  Angela’s captivating sword balancing dance, performed with her sister Jessica, mesmerizes crowds and was born from her desire to overcome aichmophobia, the fear of sharp objects.   While studying the different styles of belly dance and the props used for shows, she came across the idea of dancing with a sword. Initially Angela dismissed the idea due to her fear, however, one week later Angela had a sharp double edge Turkish Scimitar Sword in her hands and she was ready to break free from her fear. In 2001 Angela began the self-training process of sword balancing, using her grandmother’s old school etiquette technique of balancing books on her head for posture and grace.

 Angela places golden tiaras on the heads of the seven tiny ballerinas sitting cross-legged in a circle around her.  “Now what was that story we were telling?” Angela asks the group.  “Rapunzel,” the tiny voices echo in chorus.  Rapunzel was saved by a prince, however the lesson Angela imparts on her ballerinas is a different one learned from her sword dancing, “You are the most important person you can depend on…make that person strong.”

To lean more about the dance classes Angela Hicks teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs call: 239-495-8989 or visit:  You can learn more about Angela on her website:

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.

Record number of local artists in Bonita Springs National Art Festival

If You Go
Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10am to 5pm March 12-13
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay
Admission: Optional $5 donation
Information: 495-8989 or

Barbara Groenteman wouldn’t call herself a tree hugger, but she says that the inspiration for her paintings is mostly drawn from the beauty in Southwest Forida.

“There isn’t a better place in the U.S. where you can go and see so much fantastic wildlife and botanical life that can take your breath away,” Groenteman said. “My art is about catching a moment in time and bringing the beauty indoors in the form of my watercolors.”

Here's Lookin At Ya Too by Barbara Groenteman
Here's Lookin At Ya Too by Barbara Groenteman

Her paintings use a soft color and bright light to capture not only the beauty of the birds, but also their personality. There is an expressiveness in the eyes of her subject matter that seems to be trying to convey a message to the world.

Groenteman lives in Naples where she can be surrounded by the lush tropical beauty and wildlife throughout the year. She is one of  211 artists from throughout the United States and Canada that will show and sell their work this weekend at the Bonita Springs National Art Festival.

The March 12 and 13 festival has seen a rise in local artists. There are 17 artists hailing from Bonita Springs, Naples, Estero and Fort Myers.

“This percentage speaks highly of the artists that live in the Southwest Florida area,” Barry Witt, Festival Director, said. “The best of the best apply for this show and it is tough competition.”

There is a large diversity in the type of work that these artists create. Of these 17 artists, the public will find photography, watercolor, oil and acrylic, mixed media, jewelry and furniture artists.

The Wave by photographer Dick Cunningham of Bonita Springs
The Wave by photographer Dick Cunningham of Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Artist Dick Cunningham finds his inspiration throughout the United States. As a photographer, he travels the country in search of natural beauty. Festival goers will notice all parts of the United States represented in his booth. Cunningham’s work is filled with color showing the stark contrast between the red rock valleys of the west, the lush green forests of the east and the snow covered trees of the north.

“I enjoy the natural environment and like to capture the beauty and diversity of our country,” Cunningham said. “I do about 35 shows a year all over the country and also have a gallery in Bonita Springs. The Bonita Springs show ranks as one of the best quality shows in the country and being so close makes it an additional plus.”

A very different artist, Christiane Hampel, creates intrinsic jewelry.

“My inspiration comes from the wide variety of shapes, textures and surfaces that can be found in nature,” Hampel said. “I might be walking through a forest or a meadow and find organic forms of such beauty that drives me to express these impressions in jewelry.”

Hampel was born in 1974 in Hanover Germany and her interest in jewelry began at a young age. With degrees in both goldsmithing and jewelry design, Hampel began showing her work in the United States in 2007. She opened her first studio in 2008 in Naples.

Bamboo Flower Ring by Christiane Hampel of Naples
Bamboo Flower Ring by Christiane Hampel of Naples

“I’m so happy to be a part of the Bonita Springs National Art Festival as it is one of the highest rated shows in the country,” Hampel said. “I enjoy being featured with other quality artists striving to inspire in the medium of their choice.”

This is the 22 Bonita Springs National Art Festival. The festival is held each January and March at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. The January 2011 festival ranked number 10 in the country for Fine Art Festivals.

The festival will take place from 10am to 5 pm Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. There is an optional $5 donation for this show that is entirely run by volunteers. Proceeds from the show stay in Bonita Springs and benefit the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Information is available by calling 495-8989 or online at or

Here are comments from a few more artists that will be a part of the festival.

Hog Key # 1 by photographer John Brady of Naples.
Hog Key # 1 by photographer John Brady of Naples.

John Brady

I am a Naples based photographer and the majority of my work is done in the western everglades which is within very close distance to us. I find that in less than an hours drive/hike you can leave the hustle and bustle behind and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that is the Everglades. My goal is to help bring the real beauty of Florida to more people so they will better understand the importance of protecting this fragile ecosystem.
I make my images with a blend of old and new technology. I use an 8×10 inch wooden view camera with large sheets of film. I then scan my film and print digitally, this method allows me to create very large HD images that are almost like being there.

Baskets by artist Sheila King of Fort Myers
Baskets by artist Sheila King of Fort Myers

Sheila King

My inspiration comes from nature, I love wood and twigs and branches and there are so many different types of natural materials in this area. I say that I like to recycle Mother Natures cast-offs and make something decorative and functional. I have been making baskets for over 35 years, I started making baskets by taking old baskets apart to see how they were made,and did a lot of experimenting with different materials. I have developed a style of baskets that are unique and not like any others you may have seen before, using lathe turned bases, rims, and lids of different hard woods, then I have drilled, and woven between the rim and base. I finish off the lid with natural local materials and a burl finial for a handle. I also demostrate, work on baskets while at the show.

Church Road by Edward Park of Naples.
Church Road by Edward Park of Naples.

Edward Park

I find my inspiration in the beauty of the world we live in.  I create vibrant and distinct color combinations to capture on canvas beautiful scenery from around the world.  However my pieces, filled with scenes both familiar and unfamiliar to my audience, explore the depth and potential of our human condition; hopefully causing my viewers to reflect and question where they are now and where they wish to go.
"Bicycle" a watercolor painting by Rick Burger of Fort Myers
"Bicycle" a watercolor painting by Rick Burger of Fort Myers
Rick Burger
I am inspired by experimenting with new ideas and techniques every time I began a new painting. My art started as a child that I pursued through high school, college then continued a career with General Motors Design Staff, then accepted a teaching position in the art department at a community college in Michigan. I began doing art festivals along with man shows in the early 1970’s, however, I am now limiting my time to the top festivals such as the “Bonita Springs National Art Festival”.
"Acadia Coast" by photographer Wayne Wilmoth of Naples
"Acadia Coast" by photographer Wayne Wilmoth of Naples

Wayne Wilmoth

My work is a clean, clear, modern, color bursting out contemporary way to display landscape photography.

I love what I create and since I do all the work myself it gives me much satisfaction looking at the finished product. My landscape photography is well known in this area and for the folks that have not seen it before I offer crisp, and clear landscape scenes that float on the wall without frames.

"Wings of the Morning" Oil on Canvas by Darlene Pearse
"Wings of the Morning" Oil on Canvas by Darlene Pearse

Darlene Pearse

I have been coming to the Bonita Springs Art Festival for 7 years, but the

experience never gets old for this Neapolitan.  The Bonita Springs Art League is really a beacon.  It attracts more of the connoisseurs who have a nice feel for what’s in the artwork.  I never tire of talking to people who are intrigued at how my paintings go from concept to concrete form.  It’s amazing how much interest there is of the visitors’ desire to unearth the creative process.  It’s really an enjoyable experience.  Although there will be big ticket items for serious collectors, there will be opportunities to pick up original pieces at affordable prices

Christine Reichow

It is the often overlooked little unusual aspects of nature that grab me and send me into my creative world of painting.

Untamed by Christined Reichow of Estero
Untamed by Christined Reichow of Estero

My hope is that my paintings will inspire the viewer to look closer and enjoy the beauty when they are out in nature.  I am inspired to paint these observations so that others may enjoy my vision. Growing up in a rural environment, I was encouraged to be artistic by my oil painting mother and engineer/designer father.  Art materials were readily available for my use.  My father grew many different types of flowers and this put me on the path of loving art and nature.  I began drawing before I could talk. During “season” in Florida, I participate in many art shows around Florida.  I also do several shows up north in the summer. Having lived in this area for eleven years now, I have built a following of customers who patronize the Bonita Springs shows.  It is always a pleasure to participate in this highly regarded show.
I am presenting my latest original at the Bonita Springs show.

Other local artists in the show

Blue Gate by Photographer Jennifer Dana Deane of Naples
Blue Gate by Photographer Jennifer Dana Deane of Naples


"Dancing Egrets" a watercolor by JoAnn Ostrowski of Fort Myers
"Dancing Egrets" a watercolor by JoAnn Ostrowski of Fort Myers
Empire Bluff by photographer Jeff Ripple of Naples.
Empire Bluff by photographer Jeff Ripple of Naples.
Island Cabinet by Teri Causey of Fort Myers
Island Cabinet by Teri Causey of Fort Myers
"The Musical Instrument Maker's Workshop" by Nicario Jimenez of Naples
"The Musical Instrument Maker's Workshop" by Nicario Jimenez of Naples
"Amarylus" Oil/Acrylic by Julie Carlson of Bonita Springs
"Amarylus" Oil/Acrylic by Julie Carlson of Bonita Springs



"In the Spotlight" Oil/Acrylic by Tom Ross of Naples
"In the Spotlight" Oil/Acrylic by Tom Ross of Naples




Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Meghan Easterly

What is it about a piece of art that makes it compelling? Is it a study of technique and execution, or is it the simple evocation of emotion? For an example look at the work of Viviana Santamarina. She has taken a common item (paper), and woven it into something truly amazing. It is a sculpture. It is a statement. It is a story. Perhaps it is a bit of the artist herself.

"Wondering" Viviana Santamarina
"Wondering" Viviana Santamarina

Santamarina knits paper into sculpture, using pencils as her knitting
needles. When you look at a piece up close you see traces of graphite,
which adds a subtle change to the look of the piece. Her figures are all
doing something, whether it be climbing a ladder to look into a mind, rowing a boat of paper, or climbing out of the pages of a book. It is fun to just stare at the pieces and try to figure out what is happening. Find more examples of her work here:
Santamarina will be one of 211 artists participating in the March Bonita
Springs National Art Festival on March 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival is to be held at The Promenade at Bonita Bay located at 26821 South Bay Drive.

Some familiar artists will be returning and attendees will see many new faces as well. The January festival ranked number 10 in the United States.

The January and March festivals have always ranked in the top 20 in the
United States out of thousands of art festivals that are held each year.
The event typically draws 20,000 people or more. The Art Fair Source Book, which is one of the main sources for festival rankings, ranked Bonita Springs as Number 10 in the Nation for the January festival. The Bonita Springs National Art Festival is entirely a volunteer effort because this allows the Center for the Arts to keep the cost of the festival extremely low. This allows the Center to use all of the proceeds to fund programming for more than 6,000 at risk youths in the community.

In 2010 the Center for the Arts gave more than $70,000 in scholarships to area youth to participate in dance, painting, photography, clay, theater and more. The amount of scholarships doubled in 2010 due to the state of the economy. The Center for the Arts makes scholarships available to not only low-income families, but also the middle class.
The Center for the Arts offers one of the only free youth theater programs in the area. Students are currently in rehearsals and busy designing sets and costumes for their upcoming play “Not-So-Grimm-Tales” that will take place in May. This is one of many programs that remains free because of proceeds from the festival.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festival benefits the Center for the Arts and is one of the largest fund raisers. Proceeds from the festival help provide scholarships, exhibitions, classes, Live! performances and keep the lights on. There is an optional $5 donation at the door. All of the money raised stays in Bonita Springs and enables the Center for the Arts to offer community programs, low-cost youth and adult art programming and community events.

A full list of Center for the Arts programs and events is available online
at or by calling 495-8989.