Bold and Striking or Subtle and Subdued…The Masterful Color Combinations of Artist Ursula Cappelletti

 

Color influences every aspect of our lives. Color can affect our thoughts, change our mood, and determine our actions. It can irritate or soothe our eyes, raise our blood pressure, or lull us to sleep. BonitaSprings artist Ursula Cappelletti has spent a lifetime studying color and has learned to direct its power to express her thoughts and ideas on canvas.

“From a young age, I was interested in colors,” says Cappelletti in her distinctive, European accent.  “My earliest memories about colors go back to my childhood when my Dad, who owned a company for Jacquard Machinery, showed me how different colored threads could be combined to work together to result in a beautiful, multicolored piece.”  Both Cappelletti and her work exude a sense of effortless style, one that can only be achieved through a lifetime of immersion, observance and practice.

 

During her career in advertising and publishing, Cappelletti’s sense of color and design was essential to her success. In 1982, Cappelletti married and moved to Brussels, Belgium where she studied fiber arts at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. The program included working with fabric, rope, plastic materials, wood, wire and other materials.

“Touching, feeling the materials, was what I liked the most in creating a number of pieces of artwork on and off the wall,” explains Cappelletti.

Cappelletti settled in BonitaSprings in 1996 where she immediately looked for an art program similar to the one she attended in Belgium. With no fiber arts programs available in Southwest Florida, she became a member of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS.) Her first class was “Mixed Media” with artist and instructor Genie Kell.

“That was my first contact with art education in this area. I took it to keep in touch with the art world,” says Cappelletti.

 

At first Cappelletti hesitated to work abstractly as she was accustomed to painting representationally. She quickly discovered that applying paint abstractly on canvas was a joyful experience for her.  Since her introduction to abstract painting, Cappelletti has attended many classes at the Center for the Arts and has won numerous awards at the center’s exhibitions.

“Viewers often tell me they think of music when they see her paintings,” says Susan Bridges, president of the Center for the Arts.  “It’s like seeing a symphony of sounds on canvas with colors and strokes as notes and chords, all moving through space.  Looking at her abstract artworks, I can easily share the experience that they feel and see.  Ursula has a high degree of craftsmanship in how she orchestrates her artworks.   The strokes, marks and color sections of her paintings provide an experience, one of the joy and movement, of color captured at a moment in time, yet available for us to visit again and again.”

In addition to awards, Cappelletti’s masterful color combinations on canvas earned her a juried space at the Center for the Arts Artists’ Studios at the Promenade at BonitaBay.  Cappelletti shares studio #156 with fellow abstract artists Eileen Walden Johnson and Barbara Brenton.  It is a true pleasure to visit this group of artists in their studio during the monthly Art Walks on the last Thursday of each month.  You can feel the camaraderie and support among the three artists, which appears to foster their individual success and growth as artists.

Cappelletti’s work can also be seen at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs during the “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” exhibition celebrating abstract art during the month of August. The reception will also feature live abstract art in music and dance, as well as opportunities for visitors to create their own abstract imagery at a unique “Creation Station.”  The opening reception for “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” will be held from 6:00-8:00p.m.on August 3, 2012, and is on display through August 30, 2012.

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the many activities at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Those who want to become members receive discounts on classes, shows and other events.  New members who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2012 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2012.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information, or visit them at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

If You Go:

Who:    The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings

What:   The Artists’ Studios at the Promenade

When:   Open daily – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday;  Art Walk – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday July 26, 2012

Where:  Promenade at BonitaBay, 26811 South Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, Fla.

Cost:    Free

If You Go:

Who:    The Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings

What:   “Show Me Your ‘Abs,’” Exhibition Reception

When:   6:00 – 8:00p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012

Exhibition on display through August 30, 2012

Where:  Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings, 26100 Old 41 Road, BonitaSprings, Fla.

Cost:    Free

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Moving Beyond Boundaries…The Art of Alan Pimentel

“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.

“Paint What You Are and What You Love”

Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Artist Eileen Walden Johnson“You have to paint who you are,” offers Eileen Walden Johnson as she adds just the right amount of Cerulean blue to a painting she is working on at her bright and open studio gallery at the Promenade at Bonita Bay.  Eileen Walden Johnson is her art. Joyful, sophisticated, intelligent, vibrant, unique and warm, describe both the art and the artist. 

“My style would probably be nonobjective abstract,” explains Johnson.  But the abstract style that wins her awards in almost every juried show she enters, evolved from criticism filtered through Eileen’s positive outlook.  The daughter of an accomplished regional landscape artist Roy Walden, Eileen began her artistic career painting landscapes as her father had.  “My father taught me to take notice of the world around me, always drawing attention to unusual shapes of rocks and trees and the vibrant colors of sunsets and flowers.  He passed away when I was young, but instilled in me and my siblings his love of nature, music and art,” says Johnson.  It was during a workshop at Notre Dame, that her landscape painting met with unexpected criticism.  “My professor told me, ‘this is great, now throw it away and do something completely different’.  I was shocked, but thought why not try something new,” explains Eileen.  Eileen tried abstract painting and found the perfect medium for expression. 

Artwork by Eileen Walden Johnson

“Eileen is bright and energetic and so is her work,” explains Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.   “Her paintings are joyous and lyrical.  People who tell me they don’t like or understand abstract paintings like Eileen’s work, they have an immediate connection when they see her art.”  It is almost impossible not to love Eileen’s work.

Although her work has universal appeal, Eileen does not paint with that intent; she paints who she is and what she loves.  Eileen credits her father and the artists Kandinsky, Jonas Gerard and Bob Burridge as her inspiration.  “I took Bob Burridge’s class at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and it taught me so much about opening up and relaxing which improved my work immensely,” explains Eileen.

Robert Burridge is offering the workshop, “Larger and Looser; The New Master’s Program for the Post Modern Painter,” again this year at CFABS from February 13-17, 2011. The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs suggests that anyone interested sign up early as Bob’s classes sell out very quickly.

Eileen’s involvement with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has included volunteering and taking classes which is where she met the two artists, Ursula Cappelletti and Barbara Brenton who share studio #156 with her at the Promenade.   Eileen lights up when she talks about her connection with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and the Artists Studios at the Promenade.

 

“I love the Art Walks, it is like a big party,” says Johnson of the event held at the Promenade on the last Thursday of each month.  “Barbara loves to cook so she makes lots of fancy hors d’oeuvres and we have a great space to watch people dance to the live entertainment that the promenade offers during the Art Walks.”  The next Art Walk at the artist studios at the promenade is on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Art Walks are free, open to the public and include wine, light-hors d’oeuvres and live music.  The Artist Studio’s are open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the summer.

Who:    The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:   The Artist Studios at the Promenade

When:   Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Art Walk- Thursday August25, 2011, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.)

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

Cost:    Free

 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.

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

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.

Art Happens Here…Thursday July 28 4-7pm Art Walk at the Promenade

Eileen Walden Johnson Art Walk the Artist Studios at the Promenade in Bonita Bay
Eileen Walden Johnson Shows a visitor Her Technique at Art Walk

On the last Thursday evening of every month something beautiful happens inBonitaSprings.  The glistening glass doors of the retail spaces of the Promenade atBonitaBayare propped open, musicians begin tuning their instruments, plates of hors d’oeuvres are set out and bottles of wine are uncorked.  Beginning at 4:00 p.m. the Promenade becomes awash with color as over 30 of the areas most talented artists set to work on their craft during the Artist Studios Art Walk at the Promenade.  Artist Ed Takacs painstakingly adds fine feathers with his brush to an egret’s wing while Dot Lingren adds a pearl to a necklace she is working on.  InBonitaSprings, this is where art happens. Thanks, to the partnership of the Promenade and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, over 30 juried artists are scheduled on a rotating basis to work alongside the great retail merchants in the lovely tropical setting of the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 

Artists have transformed retail storefronts into studio and gallery spaces infusing them with artistic energy and creativity; and the result is an exciting blend of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, glass artists, mixed-media artists, photographers and more. The artists have created a studio environment in each location, providing visitors an opportunity to observe them creating art.

“Synergy is what I enjoy most about making art and jewelry,” offers Dot Lingren, mixed media artist, painter and jewelry artist who shares studio #116 at the Promenade.  “My jewelry focuses on the use of fine silver handcrafted into rings, necklace clasp, and beads.  I create natural shapes by hand and by using molds that I make myself from natural and found objects.”  Dot’s work wins award at local exhibitions including taking fifth place at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs July Exhibition, with her painting titled “Unforgettable – Nat ‘King’ Cole.”  Dot is a resident of Estero, but her inspiration for her jewelry came from her childhood inBelmont,Massachusettswhere she lived on a wooded hill overlookingBoston, which to Dot looked like a jewel box at night.

“There is a wonderful camaraderie between the artists at the Promenade,” offers Jordan Smith, Youth Education Director for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Jordan, who is also a ceramic artist began working and exhibiting in Studio #164 at the Promenade in June.  “Artists from the other studios just stopped in to welcome me and offer assistance.  I was really impressed with how polished the space was.”

German born artist, Ursula Cappelletti studied Fiber Art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts inBelgium, working with diverse materials including fabrics, rope, wire, plastics and aluminum.  The study of color was an equally important element inspiring Ursula to concentrate on combining colors on canvas and other supports.  Now a resident ofBonitaSprings, Ursula works out of Studio #156 at the Promenade.  “My inspiration is influenced by embracing past experiences, living everyday’s events and focus on the uniqueness of the life that surrounds us,” explains Ursula of her process.

The Studio’s are open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Mark your calendar for the last Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. when you can visit the Artists Studios, view their art, demonstrations and enjoy a live musical concert, light refreshments, and visit other great merchants of the beautiful Promenade.

Who:   Artist Studios Art Walk at the Promenade

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2011; 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. (The last Thursday Evening of every month) 

Where: Promenade atBonitaBay,26811 S Bay Dr,BonitaSprings,Florida

Cost:    Free

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 (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.

A full list of Center for the Arts classes is available online at http://www.artcenterbonita.orgor by calling 495-8989.

Maps to the Soul- The Art of Shelly Salter

Demeter by Shelly Salter
Demeter by Shelly Salter

“I have always felt a little like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole,” admits artist Shelly Salter.  “People seem to expect an artist to be a little different, and accept it!”

 Shelly Salter is a little different and that difference is the unique perspective she brings to each piece she creates, telling her stories in strokes of paint.   Shelly has been painting in oil since she was nine years old, when her parents bought her a set of oil paints and some lessons.  Her oil on linen piece, “Iphigenia” brought her one of the top awards at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs June Exhibition, “Well, Hello Summer.”

 Salter’s mystical stories on canvas are inspired by artists like John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla, both of whom were portrait and figurative painters.  Salter most easily relates to the work of the old illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, “Who was a master at narrative art,” offers Salter.  Salter’s work includes both commissioned portraits and original art.  “Faces are my specialty,” says Salter.  “I have always studied faces and find them fascinating, like road maps to the inside of a person.  I find it irresistible that there are no two alike.”

 Salter’s iridescent smile lights up when she talks about art.  Shelly’s face and entire presence offer a clear map to the depth and radiance behind her art.  Salter, whose hair is the color of ocean spray, personifies her passion for the environment.  “I am passionate about two things; my art, and our endangered environment,” says Salter.  Respect for the environment is a consistent theme in Salter’s work.   Shelly’s concern for the environment includes the effects of chemicals on us and our world, supporting green investments and the use of GMO’s in our foods.  Salter uses her ability to write to effect change in these areas.

 “I love to write and have a journalism degree from the University of Miami, so I love it when people come in and actually read the stories that accompany some of my paintings,” says Salter.  “The Demeter is a favorite painting of mine.  I love Greek mythology.  Those stories can be interpreted so many different ways and encompass so many subjects like jealousy, greed, love and war.”

 The many subjects and stories of Shelly Salter can be seen in her working studio at the Promenade in Bonita Bay.  Her studio at the Promenade is in conjunction with The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Art in Public Places program.  This program allows painters, sculptors, photographers and glass artists to regularly display their work in various storefront locations at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. 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 Art Walk, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied by musical entertainment.

 Salter offers a last thought, “The best thing about being an artist is that when you are with other artists you really feel like you finally fit in and that is why I love being at the Promenade!  It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Shelly Salter will be teaching two 5-week classes this fall at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  1.  Fundamentals of Drawing begins on Monday August 22, from 1:00-4:00pm and runs for five consecutive Mondays and 2. Intermediate Drawing begins on Monday November 14, from 1:00-4:00pm and runs for five consecutive Mondays.  If you would like to take one of Shelly’s classes, call 239-495-8989 or on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

  Who:    Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:   Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, Art Walk

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2011; 4-7 p.m.

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

Cost:    FREE and open to the public

Art happens here..The Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade

Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade

Who:  Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade
What: Art Walk
When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:  The Promenade at Bonita Bay

Reflective, explosive, playful, heartfelt, riotous, monochromatic, structural, colorful, and lush describe the variety of artists and artworks at the Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade.

Thanks to the partnership of the Promenade and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, over 60 juried artists are scheduled on a rotating basis to work alongside the great retail merchants in the lovely tropical setting at the Promenade. Artists have transformed retail storefronts into studio and gallery spaces infusing them with artistic energy and creativity; and the result is an exciting blend of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, glass artists, mixed-media artists, photographers and more.

Thursdays – Saturdays from 10am to 3pm Center for the Arts Studios at the Promenade are open to the public. Stop by, view their exhibitions and enjoy watching them create great art. They’re happy to share their creative process and ideas.

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