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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“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.

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.

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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