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

 

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21ST CENTURY MASTER OF THE ANCIENT ART OF STAINED GLASS Fifth Generation Master Stained Glass Artist Stevan Stanisic Offers Classes Beginning in May at Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Fifth generation Master Stained Glass Artisan Stevan Stanisic’s stained glass and mosaic work enliven and adorn public and private buildings across the globe. Stanisic’s family began creating works of art in glass in 1908 in Hungary as the Vitraux Art Studio, specializing in fabrication and restoration services for art glass and mosaics. With over 100 years of family experience creating glass masterworks behind him, Stanisic remains just as passionate as his great grandparents about the art, and through classes in stained glass and mosaics at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, he hopes to pass his treasure trove of knowledge and skill on to willing students.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have this master artist who also enjoys sharing his talent as a teacher, join our faculty at Centers for the Arts,” Says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Adult Education Director Donna Delsini

Stevan Stanisic’s classes at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs visual arts campus include “Intermediate/Advanced Stained Glass.” In this class that runs for five weeks on Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm beginning May 19, Stanisic will help students build a beautiful stained glass work of art. Students with some experience in stained glass can choose from ten templates and create unique patterns and colors through Stanisic’s technique of painting on glass with professional glass paints. The unique glass pieces will be kiln fired and then assembled in the traditional foil method.

Tuesdays from 9:00am-Noon beginning on May 17, Stanisic is offering a class in “Intermediate Mosaics.” In this class students will create a project with their own design using vitreous glass tiles. The project will use the direct application method on a polyester base. Glass cutting skills and glass laying techniques will be discussed and students have the opportunity to learn more advanced techniques of mosaic art using stained glass, fused glass, found objects, etc.

Stanisic’s five-week classes will be offered in June and August at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. Those who are not currently members of CFABS have the opportunity to take Stanisic’s mosaic or stained class for free (supply fee not included in promotion.) 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: Intermediate/Advanced Stained Glass with Stevan Stanisic
WHEN: Five-Week Class, Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm beginning May 19, 2016
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
PRICE: $144 CFABS members/ $194 non-members/+$60 supply fee

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Intermediate Mosaics with Stevan Stanisic
WHEN: Five-Week Class, Tuesdays, 9:00am-Noon beginning May 17, 2016
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
PRICE: $144 CFABS members/ $194 non-members/+$60 supply fee

 

ART AFTER HOURS Evening Classes in Art, Theater, Dance and Music at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

Laurent Dareau teaches How to See & Paint evenings at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs
Laurent Dareau teaches How to See & Paint evenings at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

After a long day at the office you might feel the only thing you want to do is head home, put on some comfortable clothes and search for something to watch on Netflix. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs might change your “go to” after work routine with their offering of inspiring classes designed to reconnect you with your creative. One evening each week spent feeding your creative side might just translate into a new energized outlook on the rest of your week.

“There are lots of art classes offered during the day,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Adult Education Director Donna Delseni. “We wanted to offer that same experience for people who work 9-5, understanding that working people can find relief from the daily grind through art, dance, music and theater classes. Additionally our evening classes offer a great new way for them to connect with a community of creative learners and perhaps see the world in a new way through art.”

Consider rerouting your Monday evening commute to the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs where artist Laurent Dareau will teach you “How to Paint and See.” This five week class meets on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm and is for all levels of artistic ability and background. Dareau, who received his Masters of Painting from the National Superior Decorative Art School in Paris, is passionate about art and shares that with his students. The class is designed to teach the basics of academic drawing, while using color to enhance harmony, depth and richness of your painting.

Perhaps you have always dreamed of creating your own film. On Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm you can join filmmaker Antonio Correia at the Center for Performing Arts and dive into the world of filmmaking. This class is designed to teach you what it takes to create a film under the guidance of a professional. Rotate roles in the crew and learn every aspect of the process including creating action roll, B roll footage, editing and more. This exciting class culminates in a presentational red carpet premier opening where friends can come and view your work.

Alla Prima-Alla Fun one evening painting, wine, food & fun class at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs
Alla Prima-Alla Fun one evening painting, wine, food & fun class at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

There are so many creative ways to use glass that CFABS offers more than one evening class for those wishing to learn the methods that turn glass into art at their Glass Studio at the Center for Visual Arts. On Wednesday evening 5:30-8:30pm learn “Stained Glass Basics.” This introductory class teaches the art of stained glass using the Tiffany method. Learn types of glass, equipment and supplies, the basics of glass breaking and grinding, copper foiling, layout, assembly, soldering and finishing producing a beautiful small panel. Students with fused glass experience can attend Liana Martin’s class on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm “Intermediate/Advanced Glass Fusing,” or her Tuesday evening “Intermediate/Advanced Bead Making” class. Both fused glass evening classes are for those with experience with one focusing on expanding and strengthening your glass bead making skills and the other helping you take kiln formed glass to the next level.

Clay has been said to be much cheaper than therapy and likely more fun. Instructor Steve Kravec want to help you “Discover the Potter’s Wheel,” on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts campus. Learn basic wheel throwing techniques for making a variety of clay vessels from bowls to coffee mugs. Potter and instructor Sandy Lawson offers a “Clay Independent Study,” class on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 for those who want a ceramic studio space to work on their clay projects.

Fused Glass Class at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs
Fused Glass Class at the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs

You can learn “Printmaking Techniques” on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts with artist Berry van Boekel. Explore the five basic printmaking methods of stencil, relief, monotype, engraving and lithography and print images on a professional flatbed printing press.

Find a new mode of expression through one of CFABS evening Dance and movement classes. Lisa and Keith Banks teach “Dance Basics 4 Health” on Monday evenings and “Movement for Women” at the Center for Performing Arts. These classes will help you learn gentle reminders of proper alignment for easier movement as well as offer a fresh approach to fitness through Ballet, Jazz and Creative Movement. Friday evenings are for “Flamenco,” from 6:30-7:30 pm. Instructor Irene Rimer teaches the Basics of Flamenco that include posture, arms, footwork and percussion while you enjoy a great workout and flamenco choreography.

Have fun on Tuesday evenings with “Improv” classes as you meet fun people and learn the techniques taught at Second City in Chicago and Groundlings in LA. After learning the basics you can move on to “Improv Workshop” and have the opportunity to perform what you have learned on stage. On Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm Gary Obeldobel offers “Intro to the Art of Acting,” and gain a better understanding of the craft of acting as well as terminology, movements and stage presence.

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is hoping to make your creative dreams come true with a special offer that runs through September 30, 2015. 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, 2015.

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: After Hours Art, Theater, Dance and Music Classes at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Various Evenings
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, and the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: Varies by Class

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

“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.

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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.

The Watercolor World of Patty Kane

The Watercolor Art of Patty Kane

If you live inSouthwest Florida, chances are you hold a deep appreciation for the water that surrounds us.  The sparkling blue gulf water nourishes, entertains and enriches our lives.  For local artist Patty Kane, water has been her medium for over 20 years.  The richness of Patty’s paintings are a result of her watercolor technique in which she patiently layers transparent color, allowing the paint and paper to do a lot of the work, producing unexpected bursts of color. Patty began her dream of leading an artistic life by studying at the Crealde School of Art inWinter Park,Florida.  When she and her husband Tom, relocated toSouthwest Floridain 2006, it offered her the opportunity to paint and teach on a full time basis.

 “My biggest inspiration is the skies, palm trees and beaches ofSouthwest Florida,” explains Patty.  “I can travel all over the world and see amazing exotic sites, but nothing compares to the beauty I see of things that are no more than an arms length away.”

Interpreting the beauty of the local scenery is something Patty does every day, one stroke at a time.  Her subjects include palms lining the everglades, lazy pool and beach scenes that feel so warm and easy that you instantly relax and the flowers and vegetation that make our world a tropical paradise.  Patty calls her style “loose, juicy and full of color.” “I paint what I love and I paint it often.  My art brings so much joy to my life.  Interestingly enough, that is the same reason why I teach.  I teach because I want my students to experience the same joy in their lives.” 

Watercolor Artist Patty Kane Teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita SpringsPatty’s love of teaching won her The Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, where she teaches a variety of classes throughout the year.  “Patty Kane is always working to become a better artist and teacher,” explains Adult Visual Arts Director at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, Jake Hand.  “She is the consummate student of the arts always exploring, investigating and learning.  In turn Patty generously passes along what she has learned to her students with spirit and gusto.” 

Beginning on October 3, 2011 Patty is offering a five-week watercolor class for students of all levels of skill on Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm., and Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm., at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  In this class students can explore traditional watercolor techniques with an emphasis on color and composition.  Patty teaches her technique of limiting the palette and layering transparent watercolor on color.  For those who feel intimidated by committing to a five-week class, Patty offers her extremely popular “Alla Prima, Alla Fun,” at CFABS.

Alla Prima is a style of completing a painting in one painting session. Patty offers a fun evening that sends everyone home with their own masterpiece.  It is a fun way for students to learn the basics of painting and enjoy the company of friends or co-workers.  Students are guided through the process step by step as they recreate their own impressions of a featured painting.  On September 15, 2011 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, students will be painting “Martini on the Edge,” while enjoying wine and pizza.  The cost for this fun evening of art is $42 per person and includes supplies.

When Patty is not teaching she is painting and submitting her work in juried shows, like “Mix it Up,” the August exhibition at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Artists were encouraged to bring forth all forms of mixed media and multimedia art for this exhibition that is sure to be a delight for the senses.  Artist combined acrylics with blown glass, handmade jewelry with pottery and a myriad of elements to create their art.  Patty’s work for this exhibition includes a collage symbolizing her positive approach to life and art.  The exhibition is free and open to the public from August 5 through 25, 2011.

Patty offers the advice that she lives by to aspiring artists, “Paint, paint, paint.  Take a class.  It helps you to stay focused and opens you up to new concepts, which ultimately will put you on your own path.”

For information on Patty Kane’s classes or any of the classes offered at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, call 239-495-8989 or http://www.artcenterbonita.org

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.

Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

What:  MIX IT UP Exhibition

When:  Friday, August 5-25, 2011

Cost:    Free