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Potters of the World Unite for Empty Bowls

Posted in Art Outreach, Ceramics, Community Outreach, Empty Bowls, Fundraising, volunteer, Volunteer, Wheel Throwing on December 22, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Throwing Dates/ Session Times 10am-3pm
Tuesday & Thursday, December 27 & 29

Calling experienced potters!!!   Join our faculty, Sandy Lawson, Rinny Ryan & Steve Kravec at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and donate your time and talent by making bowls for our Empty Bowls Charity Event!  All proceeds go to support raising money and awareness in the local fight against hunger.

Clay provided by CFABS, as well as lunch.
For more information & to Sign Up, please call 239-495-8989

Some Holiday Ideas

Posted in Adult Education, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Live Music, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.

Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

Posted in Art Festivals, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Exhibitions, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, volunteer, Volunteer, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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


Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”

Posted in Art Outreach, Special Events with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”
6:00pm Friday January 18, 2013

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By Patrice Shields

Everyone is a winner at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs signature fundraising event “Off the Walls!” The event that brings back hundreds of loyal attendees each year is back at 6:00pm on January 18, 2013. For the ticket price of $150, every guest will leave the gallery with an original piece of artwork or collectible of his or her choice, valued at $275 to $6,000. National and international artists make this event possible with donations of original artworks that support the Center for the Arts Youth Scholarship Program. While each guest feels like a winner leaving the event with the original artworks that they chose, the real winners are local youth who will benefit from the quality art, theater and dance programming this event makes available to them throughout the year.

Enriching the lives of local children through the arts is the goal of this unique event. Guests purchase tickets for $150 prior to the event on January 18 and on arrival to Center for the Arts are greeted with catered hors d’oeuvre stations, wine, beer and a dessert and coffee bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and ticket holders are able to browse the selection of art, jewelry, sculptures, and other valuables. This is not an auction and there is no bidding —your $150 ticket secures you an item. At 6:30 p.m. ticket numbers are called and that guest selects a piece of art to take home. There are always 20 more items than ticket numbers so there’s a large selection available. Artworks and collectibles are valued from $275 to $6,000.

Prizes include a diamond tennis bracelet valued at $6,000, original paintings valued from $500 to $5,000; a pair of bronze sculptures by Merri Roderick valued at $3,000 and a wine and restaurant package worth $1,000.

While “Off the Walls” ends at 8:30 p.m., the funds raised secure an entire year of student programming. All of the money raised goes directly to scholarships for students in the youth education program at the Center for the Arts. Last year over $70,000 was awarded—much higher than the prior year’s amount.

“Twice as many parents requested financial aid this year for their children,” said Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts. “Some lost their jobs or took pay cuts to keep their jobs. The point is they wanted to provide their children with our wonderful programs and needed our help.”

Over 70 percent of students enrolled in Center for the Arts classes receive some type of scholarship assistance. All classes in the Youth Education program are available for scholarships. Classes include pottery, dance, drama, photography, along with other creative courses. A five-week semester ranges in price from $45 to $113 depending on the course selected. A portion or all of the cost may be covered by a scholarship for eligible students. A complete listing of children’s programming is available at

“Off the Walls” guests not only get to take home a beautiful piece of art from themselves, but they also provide a way for a child to experience art.

“Studies show children who participate in the arts are more likely to succeed as adults,” Bridges said.

“Off the Walls” is 6:00pm, Friday, January 18, 2013. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989. “Off the Walls!” is sponsored by FineMark National Bank and Trust.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Off the Walls
When: 6:00pm, Friday January 18, 2013
Where: Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $150 per person


Photos from Arts Worldwide on Saturday, April 16

Posted in Art Outreach, Children's Education, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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Arts Worldwide April 16

Posted in Art Outreach, Children's Education, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Delou Africa Dance Ensemble

Delou Africa Dance Ensemble

In every culture, on every continent in the world, humans create art. Archeologists have dated prehistoric artwork as old as 20,000 B.C., and continue to find examples of artwork in far corners of the globe that date even older. Humans, it seems, have always had a desire to create.

At the annual Arts Worldwide event on Saturday, April 16, from Noon to 4 p.m., the public will have the chance to observe, and create art. Now in its 11th year, the event will be held at the Promenade atBonitaBay.

Masaji Terasawa

Masaji Terasawa

“The event has grown each year right along with its popularity,” said Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs. “In this modern age, we can access information from around the world with a click of a button, but there’s still something really exciting about meeting an artist personally, exploring the arts of another culture yourself, or actually trying to create the art form.”

Performers from cultures throughout the world — Japan, Africa,China,Greeceand more — will take the stage continuously to perform traditional dances, music and theater from their countries.

In the past, one of the most popular performers has been Masaji Terasawa, also known as the Candy Man. Terasawa has been performing at Epcot for more than a decade. Terasawa’s art resembles glass blowing. He begins with a simple piece of rice syrup toffee, and magically transforms it into winged dragons, dolphins and other creatures. He has adapted this tradition Japanese art into a humorous, theatrical show that dazzles those watching. Terasawa will be strolling the Promenade throughout the day performing his art and will also be performing on stage.

Other live performances will take place continuously throughout the day from noon to 4 p.m. The Delou African Dance Ensemble will convey stories of arid plains, and tribal histories through the rhythm of dance. Celtic dancers will bring the traditions of centuries of Irish and Scottish social dancing. There will be dancers and musicians from many cultures present.

In other parts of the Promenade, visual artists will be creating arts of all mediums, and with influences from all cultures and time periods. Live demonstrations will take place throughout the day, and artists will be present throughout the Promenade in the Center for the Arts Artists Studios and outdoors.

     For those wishing to try their own hand at art, creation stations for both children and adults will be set up throughout the Promenade. The art projects are suitable for all ages, and adults will find projects geared especially for them. All skill levels are welcome to create.

     Others may enjoy getting a free caricature or having their face painted by anArtCenterartist.

     Lunch will be available at the refreshment stands, or one of the restaurants at the Promenade. The event is free (optional $2 donation).

     “You just can’t beat the personal experience of live dance, painting, drawing and sculpture — we all want to try it; we all want to be there to experience it,” Bridges said. “It’s fun and a great experience to share with a friend or family member. The arts are perfect tools with which to build great memories and experiences.”

Free art projects for kids and families

Posted in Art Outreach, Children's Education, Exhibitions with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by meghaneasterly

 I’m don’t know why I’m always amazed at the ability of children to see and create art. Children live in the same world where art comes from; that Neverland of the human mind where all magical things are created.

     I took my daughter to the Tools in Motion exhibition at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and we walked around looking at all of the fun and whimsical art. This traveling exhibition showcases art created from everyday objects such as tools. There is one huge piece on the wall that consists of many vice grips welded with steel.

School of Fishes by Arman

Patrons at the Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection exhibition admire "School of Fishes" by Arman.

When she saw it, my daughter said “Look, fish!” She was correct, the piece, titled “School of Fishes” is by the artist Arman. Born Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice in 1928, the artist came to be known as Arman due to a misprinting of his name in 1958. Arman is well known in artist circles throughout the world. During his life he created hundreds of modern works in metal, and in paint. His pieces can be found in museums and collections throughout the world.

     “School of Fishes” (as part of Tools in Motion) has become an audience favorite. Everyone that walks in, whether they are 2 or 92, comments on these fish that shimmer and shine as they swim across the wall. Arman accomplished that outstanding feat that artists can do; he transformed something simple into a brilliant work of art that strikes a chord with everyone who sees it.

     Through my work with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, I have come to recognize just how strongly the Art Center is committed to bringing art to children. This exhibition isn’t specifically for children, but people are encouraged to bring their children. On Saturdays there are free family activity days from 1 to 3 p.m. During this time, Youth Education Director Jordan Smith gives parents and their children a tour of the exhibition and then creates projects with the children. Each project uses tools to create art.

     This is just one of the many ways that local children can be exposed to art. During the week Smith can be found teaching youth classes at the Center for the Arts and also going out into Bonita schools with his Art Goes to School outreach program. With this program he, and volunteers, create art projects that they teach to area school children. On April 16, the Center for the Arts will hold its free Arts Worldwide event at the Promenade, where children and families can come and create art and experience music and dance from many cultures. In May there is a free theater production with the Youth Theater Department under the direction of Craig Price. In June it will be time for summer camps. This year camps will be offered in clay animation, theater, cooking, painting, pottery, movie making, fashion design and more. Camp catalogs are available now at the Center for the Arts.

Caitlyn Conway creates a horse from electric wire during a free Family Activity Day at the Center for the Arts.

Caitlyn Conway creates a horse from electric wire during a free Family Activity Day at the Center for the Arts.

    Many of the youth programs are free. Those that are not free have scholarship dollars available.

     Having lived in many communities, I feel very lucky to have a place like the Center for the Arts where I can bring my child to experience art. As she stood in the gallery looking at the piece “Dread Lock Box” by Bradford McDougall, she said “It’s a lady.” The piece does resemble a woman with blond hair. It is a box made of steel with yellow electrical wiring for hair.

     My husband asked my daughter, “What is it made of?” To this she replied, “It is made of art.”

     Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection will be on display at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs through April 30. It is free and open to the public. Family Activity Days take place each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Information is available at or by calling 495-8989.