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BEGINNING MOSAICS – with Mila Apperlo

Intro to Mosaics Join us for a wonderful and fun introduction to the art of Mosaics. Learn how to create your own ceramic tile mosaics, and be inspired by new projects each week.

Mila has been a stained glass and mosaics artist for almost three decades. She was a glass painter at the VitrauxArt Studio and has participated in the creation of many public and private art projects worldwide.

Culinary Battle for the Arts

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K2 Kitchens and K2 Design Group open the doors to its 2,000 sq.ft. kitchen showroom for a culinary battle between Bonita’s top chefs to benefit the Center for the Arts Youth Education Programs. Join us for inspired creativity and a little friendly competition, as four local chefs are challenged to create a dish incorporating a basket of “mystery items”. With guest judges and audience voting, it is up to the attendees to decide who takes home the trophy as the battle begins at 7! View featured art by some of the children while you enjoy wine and signature dishes by each of the chefs and bid on your favorite auction item during our Silent Auction starting at 6PM.


Competing Chefs 

Kristina San Filippo – Chef & Owner of Purple Spoon Culinary
Jeremy Hatfield – Chef Partner at C Level Wine Bar & Bistro
Lisa Fidler – Executive Chef at Fine Mark National Bank & Trust
Sebastian Mancera – Chef & Owner of Juicelation

Be there Thursday, April 20th, 6-9pm and find out who can stand the heat of the kitchen! Proceeds benefit the Center for the Arts Youth Education Programs, providing art, music, theater and dance to thousands of local kids throughout the year.

For more information please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or email

What: Culinary Battle for the Arts
Where: K2 Kitchens & K2 Design Group, 25081 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 6 – 9pm
Cost: $50 per person



Empty Bowls Event Benefiting CFABS Youth Programing

Guests at Empty BowlsThe Depth Cues Exhibition Opening Reception features an Empty Bowls experience in outside courtyard at the Center for Visual Arts Campus. Guests can purchase a beautiful handmade pottery bowl and sample varieties of delicious soups provided by local caterers. Funds from Empty Bowls benefit Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs to help fill their annual Food Pantry, AMI Kids and the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Scholarship Program. As part of the experience, enjoy musical entertainment, delicious soups created by local caterers and chefs while helping those in need. Empty Bowls donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Special Thanks to our Soup & Bread Roll Providers:
Russell’s Clambake, Cafe of Life, Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs, Gabriela’s Special Soups, AMI Kids Big Cypress, Publix & Panera.

What: Empty Bowls Event
Where: Center for Visual Arts- 26100 Old 41 Rd.
When: Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6-8pm
Cost: Donation of $10 for Adults and $5 for kids.

Graciously Sponsored by
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Potters of the World Unite for Empty Bowls

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

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!

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!”

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


Arts Worldwide April 16

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.”