Be SuperHero, Volunteer!


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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.

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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 www.artcenterbonita.org.

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

 

LOCAL ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE USA THIS JULY

TOWN AND COUNTRY EXHBITION
On Display through July 28, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

Marrale_Pick Me Up PickupBy Patrice Shields

In the spirit of this month’s 4th of July celebrations, the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts its Town and Country Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs through July 28. This exhibition showcases artwork from artists working in a variety of media with over 50 pieces of art declaring what makes this country great through depictions of rolling fields and urban streets.

“This exhibition is a reflection of what makes our country special,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows and Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “Artists sunk deep into their roots and took pride in the beauty that is their nation through their art.”

The Town and Country Exhibition was judged by Scott Snyder who has worked in the field of visual arts as a museum curator at Rockford Art Museum and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and as an educator at Florida Gulf Coast University. Snyder chose the eight winning artists based on the artists adherence to the exhibit theme, the technical and aesthetic quality of the work, creativity and the works subjective value.

“Thematically, this show was open to a wide range of interpretations by the creative and talented artists who participated. Many works portray appreciation for the natural environment of Florida, while other artists present works that bring to mind, memory of home, travel and family,” says Snyder. “It is fitting with the July 4th holiday at hand that we reflect upon the things that define us; our individuality, our families, our community and our country.”

Town and Country Exhibition Award Winners:

Best of Show Award – “4th of July Dreaming” by Ed Ryman
First Place – “The View” by Anne Chaddock

Second Place – “Quit Strength” by Maggie Hofmann

Third Place
“Park in the Village – Happehatchee” by Patricia Abosch

Fourth Place – “Mother” by Rinny Ryan

Fifth Place – “13 miles to Cheyenne” by Don Jones

Sixth Place – “Let’s Get Fruity” by Louise Soderlund

Award of Merit – “Grandmothers Against the War” by Kathleen Bridget

Included in the exhibition are two pieces by artist Ed Ryman (Salop,) with his acrylic painting “4th of July Dreaming” winning Best of Show. Salop has lived most of his life in Europe and attended the French Luminasitier of Aix en Provence, and Nice. While in Europe, Salop became influenced by Matisse, Derain, Ulaminck, Dufy, and the Fauvist School of Painting. Salop’s work is recognized for its sophisticated use of color, pattern and composition with concentration on the female form.

Naples artist Anne Chaddock’s oil painting “The View,” which offers a unique sightline of the Naples Pier from the shore, won the First Place award at the Town and Country Exhibition. Chaddock has been painting, teaching and exhibiting her entire life and sees each of her paintings as an opportunity to make a visual statement. Chaddock will be teaching several classes and workshops at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs beginning in the fall and include instruction in watercolor, acrylic and oil.

The Town and Country Exhibition is on display through July 28, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Town and Country Exhibition
When: On display July 1-28, 2016
Where: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW EXHIBITION SPACE OPENS AT THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS BONITA SPRINGS

Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin
Opening Reception Thursday, June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm at the CPABS

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The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) invites art lovers to join them at their new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS) exhibition space for their Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin Opening Reception On Thursday, June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm. This exhibition includes the varied mediums of artists Jennifer Unwin, James Ballotti and John Merchant. The opening reception offers guests the opportunity to explore the CPABS campus filled with intriguing artwork in this curated exhibition.

The Opening Reception offers the public the opportunity to meet three of the area’s leading artists and to view a wide variety of their original artworks while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and wine at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

“These three artists possess an astounding complexity and variety in their work,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows & Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “This promises to be a very interesting exhibition.”

Artist, Jennifer Unwin studied commercial art, layout design, and fashion illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She led a successful career as an advertising designer and fashion illustrator in Connecticut before moving to Florida. Her earliest artistic memories are sketching on a plastic covering over a television screen following along with John Gnagy’s television show “You are an Artist” in the 1950’s. This exhibition will display both her realist and abstract work revealing the breadth and range of her vision.

James D Ballotti started photography in 1968 at the age of seventeen. Over the following years his camera went almost everywhere with him. He is self-taught and has studied everything he could find on the subject. On a limited budget, his goal was to make every shot count. The images on display for this exhibition are part of a series of original photographs taken from the back door of his condominium in Bonita Springs. You will be surprised by the intensity and variety provided by his intentionally limited vantage point.

John Merchant has drawn and painted since childhood. He studied art for five years at the College of Art in Sheffield, England. Nothing engages John Merchant as intensively as stone carving. The rock tells him how it wants to be carved. His intuitive process leads to phenomenally emotional and engaging work. Attempting to reveal indescribable thoughts and emotions, his task of shaping the stone to serve his vision is complemented by the cataclysmic forces that shaped the rock’s origin.

The Exhibition is on display from June 30 – August 24, 2016 at The Center for Performing Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibition Opening Reception Admission is free.  Future Center for Performing Arts Exhibition Opening Receptions are scheduled for August 25, and October 27 from 6-8pm, and will showcase three CFABS faculty or member artists and selected through a curation process.

For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin
When: Thursday June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (On display June 30 – August 24, 2016)
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A STEP OUT OF REALITY – ELEMENTS OF ABSTRACTION EXHIBITION

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Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

On Friday, June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) invites everyone to join them at their Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception. The first in CFABS’ monthly summer series of juried exhibitions, Elements of Abstraction showcases artwork from artists working in a variety of media with over 100 pieces of abstract representations. CFABS’ exhibition openings are a local favorite, offering residents the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow art lovers and local artists while enjoying hors d’ oeuvres, wine and music.

“Using of the elements and principles of design, artists were challenged to create a visual language that communicates ideas and emotions,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows and Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “This approach to visual art is always a great exercise for both the artist and viewer.”

The Elements of Abstraction Exhibition, which remains on display through June 23, offers visitors an opportunity to take a step out of reality and jump into a world where line, shape, texture and color influence emotions in unexpected ways. Abstract art can have a transformative effect on the viewer and artist alike. One local artist whose life and art has been transformed by the medium is Bonita Springs resident and emerging artist Betsy D’ Jamoos who has two striking acrylic pieces “Bravely Apart,” and “Making Space,” included in this exhibition.

“My artistic process began as a child when I was told she had no artistic talent by a teacher,” says D’Jamoos. “It took 40 years to conquer the voice in my head that said I cannot paint or draw.”

Betsy DJamoos Theresa Girard Workshop

Following a successful career in consulting and government policy, D’Jamoos’ picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2014 when attending a workshop by artist Theresa Girard at CFABS. Proving its never too late to follow your creative calling D’Jamoos art was chosen this year as one of only 16 artists from across the State included in the Baker Museum’s Florida Contemporary Exhibition. D’Jamoos’ art was also shown at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS) 26th Annual Members Juried Exhibition and CFAB’s 2016 “Surf and Turf” exhibition and hangs in private collections in Southwest Florida.

To meet D’Jamoos and view her artwork, join the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ at the Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception is 6:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. The exhibition is on display June 10-23, 2016. Admission is free.  For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Elements of Abstraction Exhibition
When: Friday June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (On display June 10-23, 2016)
Where: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART-WORKS The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs High School Showcase At the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs May 13-19, 2016

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By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) believes that the future is bright for creative high school graduates who are planning to continue their educations and pursue careers in the arts. CFABS hopes to make that path easier through their annual High School Showcase where local high school seniors who are planning to study art or design in college are eligible for college tuition scholarships. The High School Showcase Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs is free and open to the public. The showcase is on display through May 19, 2016.

Bonita Springs and Estero High school students gather their best work for submission to the Student Showcase Exhibition. Each senior submits a portfolio of their artwork, writes an essay and answers questions in a one-on-one interview with Centers for the Arts representatives. Winners are announced at the Opening Reception on May 13. CFABS has awarded more than $100,000 since the beginning of this program to support students wishing to pursue careers in art, design, architecture, media and performance. Funding for the scholarships is raised in part through CFABS’ annual “Off the Walls,” event and through private donor designated gifts. All students who participate receive a scholarship for Centers for the Arts programming.

“While our country struggles to keep our students in school and improve our graduation statistics of only two out of three students graduating, we are pleased to see the many students who have chosen to participate in this exhibition, compete on a high level for college tuition scholarships and make the positive choice to stay in school, graduate and even go to college,” says Susan Bridges, President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

Local elementary and middle school students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work during CFABS’ Elementary and Middle School Exhibition on display May 27-June 2, 2016 in the Main Gallery of the Center for Visual Arts Bonita. The opening reception for the Elementary and Middle School Exhibition is Friday May 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm.

The Centers for the Arts offers Summer Camps for children ages 4-18 in Art, Theater, Dance and Music beginning June 8. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs makes summer fun and learning affordable for families with great scholarships and discounts. Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

To learn more contact the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: High School Student Showcase Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (on display through May 19, 2016)
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
PRICE: Free

 

“WILDLIFE UNLEASHED” SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE Meet the Artist at the Opening Reception and Campus Open House Friday, October 2, 6-8pm at the Centers for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

Cut line: "Requiem for the Fallen” (2014) Bronze © Sandy Scott a Retrospective Exhibition, October 2 - December 31, 2015 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs
Cut line: “Requiem for the Fallen” (2014) Bronze © Sandy Scott a Retrospective Exhibition, October 2 – December 31, 2015 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

Two mallards untangle from each other and explode into flight. A grizzly bear claims a salmon from a stream and warns with his eyes that this is a meal he is not sharing. Stallions display their superiority to rival onlookers as a four foot tall swine sits appearing to be in “hog heaven.” Those are just four of the 45 sculptures on display at SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE Exhibition on display at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs October 2 through December 31, 2015. This national exhibition which also includes 35 of her etchings and drawings, opens in conjunction with a campus wide open house on Friday, October 2, 2015; 6:00-8:00pm. GuestCFABS Shows & Exhibitions Director Erin Gerhardt and Artist Sandy Scotts will have an opportunity to meet the artist Sandy Scott at the opening reception.

“SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE is a dynamic collection of work that reaches deep into the expressive and emotional characteristics of sculpture,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Shows and Exhibitions Director Ehren Gerhard. “Visitors will experience the intensity of a moment and the drama of a gesture through the eyes of Sandy Scott”

Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sandy Scott currently works in Lander, Wyoming in a studio near the foundry that casts her bronzes. Scott maintains studios on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, and in the mountains of northern Colorado and is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish. Scott has made 16 trips to Alaska and to Europe, Russia, China, South America, and Africa to visit the world’s great museums. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer.

CFABS Shows & Exhibitions Director Erin Gerhardt and Artist Sandy Scott

A lifelong interest in aviation has been invaluable to Scott’s work as an artist. A licensed pilot for 50 years, she says, “I believe my knowledge of aerodynamics has been helpful in achieving the illusion of movement in my bird sculptures,” said Scott. Her knowledge of aerodynamics was particularly evident in Mallard Duet, a sold out sculpture that won the Ellen P. Speyer Award at the National Academy of Design in New York. This sculpture is in the permanent collection of Brookgreen Gardens and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Sandy Scott is IMG_8996on the teaching staff of the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and the master sculpture workshops at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She is a member of The National Arts Club New York, NY, the Society of Animal Artists, a fellow in the American Artists Professional League, and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, October 2, 2015; 6:00-9:00pm. Engage your family in the arts by attending a Free Family Activity Day offered for children and adults at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. Families will enjoy a quick guided tour of this fun and educational exhibition and complete art projects. Family activity dates are Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 and will be held October 3 &17, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19, 2015.
SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE is a major traveling museum exhibition produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. Serving as Curator/Tour Director is David J. Wagner, Ph.D. The exhibition is graciously sponsored by The Sansom Foundation and SWFL Arts & Attractions Grant.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two free tickets to a Live at the Center Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. Some performances are not included in this promotion and promotional seating is limited.

A full listing of classes offered at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: SANDY SCOTT: A RETROSPECTIVE Exhibition Opening Reception and Campus Open House
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015, 6pm-8pm (On display through December 31, 2015)
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: Free and open to the public

FAB Fall Classes at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

NEW FALL CLASSES AT THE CENTERS FOR THE ARTS BONITA SPRINGS

New Mosaics, Sculpture and Printmaking Classes with Artist/Instructor Kel Campbell

By Patrice Shields

Kel_Campbell_Sculpture_DeckSeptember is “back to school month,” and the perfect time to try a new class at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.  The Center has added several new instructors and with them new classes that include printmaking and mosaics.

“We are very excited by the infusion of fresh energy that our new instructors bring to the center,” says Jake Hand, Education Director at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs.  Three new instructors, all graduates of FCGU will be teaching classes that include “Introduction to Metal” and “Exploring Mosaics.”  “Kel Campbell will be putting the printing press that was recently donated to the center to good use by offering a number of printmaking classes in the fall.”

Kel Campbell is an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist that considers her style in the multimedia sculptural genre, without a commitment to any particular style.  Campbell recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), with a BA in Fine Arts, views the world around her as her toolbox.  “I enjoy collecting and repurposing materials that show their history and then combine them with newly formed pieces to achieve a sense of balance,” says Campbell.

Loula_Kel_Campbell_SMALLFor as long as Campbell can remember, she has loved the arts.  “There were a few times in my life when I tried to break-up with my creative side,” says Campbell “but they were short lived due to my undeniable deep passion to create. For me, one of the hardest parts about being an artist is my interest in so many different materials.”

Campbell’s passion for creating has given her experience with multiple mediums that translate into new classes at the Center for the Arts.  For students interested in mosaics, Campbell will be offering a five-week “Exploring Mosaics” class, Mondays from 1:00-4:00p.m., beginning October 7.  Students can expect a great introduction to the world of mosaic art with a focus on the basic techniques of design, cutting and laying tile and cementing and grouting the final work.  For students interested in mosaics who don’t know where to start, a three-hour “Mosaic Introduction,” mini class will be offered on Friday, November 8.

Students interested in printmaking will enjoy “The Art of Collagraph,” a mini class offered Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5.  The collagraph is a printmaking technique based in collage.  Students will start with an idea and a blank plate, then collage diverse materials to create a surface with various thicknesses and textures.  During the second class, students will work on basic inking and printing techniques that result in prints that often surprise and delight.     Kel Campbell Mosaic Frame with Mirror Blue SMALL

In January, students interested in delving deeper into printmaking can take “The Monotype- A Printmaking Intensive.”  Often referred to as the painterly print, monotype combines the immediacy, spontaneity and expressive mark made possible in painting with the luminosity of printmaking inks. Each student will explore their own images with an emphasis on experimentation and creativity; bring your ideas and create beautiful one of a kind prints.

In January Campbell will be teaching sculpture at the Center with classes that include “Expressions in Stone,” and “Independent Study in Stone.”  Students will learn the “how-to” of stone sculpting from choosing the perfect stone to getting a feel for and working with its texture to make their very own masterpiece in stone.  Advanced stone sculptors can take “Expressions in Stone (Pneumatics)” and be guided through the intricacies of sculpting with power tools.

“From welding to pastels and everything in between I wish I didn’t have to sleep so I can just keep exploring ideas,” says Campbell.  “The positive side of it is, the words ‘I’m bored’, have never left my lips because there is always something to do or visualize.”

Metal Sculpture_Kel_Campbell_SMALLWith the assortment of new classes offed this fall at the Centers for the Arts the words bored will not be part of your vocabulary either.  Taking that printmaking, sculpting or mosaic class is even more affordable now.  Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time before September 30, 2013 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2013.  The Centers for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information or visit www.artcenterbonita.org.

Campbell’s work can be seen in the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ September exhibition, “Recording the Landscape.”  This exhibition explores art that documents changing landscapes and art that actually changes topography to draw our attention back to the planet on which we live.  The exhibition is on display through September 20, 2013.

Who: Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Recording the Landscape Exhibition
When: On display September 6 – 20, 2013
Where: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free