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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66th ANNUAL FLORIDA ARTISTS GROUP EXHIBITION AND SYMPOSIUM On Display at The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs April 1-28, 2016

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By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts the 66th Florida Artists Group (FLAG) Annual Exhibition and Symposium at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, April 1-28, 2016. Approximately 90 artists, representing the 10 areas in the state, display their work and competed for juried awards in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media and graphics. Many of FLAG’s members are art educators and include notable Florida artists among its award-winning participants. Guests can view the exhibition Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, 34135.

The juried annual symposium exhibition will present the winning artists’ awards at a banquet on April 2, 2016. The FLAG symposium juror is always a prominent artist, educator, curator or museum professional from outside Florida. This year’s juror is California artist Katherine Chang Liu, an internationally acclaimed artist, renowned instructor and juror, who has juried more than 80 prestigious exhibitions around the United States and serves in this role for this exhibition. Her art can be found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world.

The Florida Artists Group was incorporated in 1949 by pre-eminent artists throughout Florida, who were curators of Florida’s accredited museums, professors, working artists or were artists collected or acquired by national institutions like the Smithsonian Museum and Corcoran Gallery. The founders created the Florida Artists Group as a not-for-profit Florida corporation composed of professional artists whose work has earned similar international, national and statewide recognition. FLAGS’ purpose is to stimulate the attainment of the highest standards of creative visual art within the state of Florida and to foster that objective through education and outreach.

Since 1949, the Florida Artists Group has held an annual symposium in which all of its members can participate. It is held in a different area each year and includes a juried exhibition. Education and other cultural objectives are promoted at the organization’s symposia through lectures, panel discussions, films, demonstrations, workshops or immersion in an area’s visual arts. In addition to symposia and annual exhibitions, area exhibitions, meetings, educational opportunities and calls for proposal are offered to member artists and others throughout the state.

For more information on FLAG, please visit their website at www.floridaartistsgroup.org. Those members who are interested in having guests attend the awards banquet and presentation on the evening of April 2 in the hotel ballroom should contact Pat Zalisko at (386) 214-0300 to purchase tickets.

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) offers monthly exhibitions at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs and a full performance series at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. CFABS’ performance series includes “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, April 2, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” April 3, 3:00pm, “Tuesday Art Talks,” April 5, 7:00pm, “Mama Cooks it Up,” April 9, 7:30pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Florida Artists Group 66th Annual Exhibition and Symposium
WHEN: On Display April 1-28, 2016 (Gallery hours Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm)
WHERE: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
COST: Free and open to the public

 

 

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

A TOE-TAPPING GOOD TIME CFABS TEEN PLAYERS PRESENT LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

A TOE-TAPPING GOOD TIME
CFABS TEEN PLAYERS PRESENT LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22 2:00 & 7:00pm
at the new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

by Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) Teen Players present one of theLittle Shop of Horrors CFABS Teen Playerslongest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time as their first performance in the New Center for Performing Arts Moe Auditorium.  For three shows February 21-22, the new “Teen Players” prove the charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, “Little Shop of Horrors” never fails to entertain.

“’Little Shop of Horrors’ is the only production I know that can combine 1950’s Doo Wop with modern day street smarts,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Performing Arts Director Craig Price.   “I can’t wait for families to come experience our first Youth Theater production in what will be their permanent home at the new Center for Performing Arts.”This is the first teen production added to the Centers for the Arts popular Youth Theater program, designed to pique the interest of area youth and cultivate their knowledge of theater.  Price directs this and the two additional youth theater productions throughout the year with The Wizard of Oz set to play in the Hinman Auditorium May 9-11, 2014.

 Little Shop of Horrors“Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman is based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith. A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!  The two-act musical takes off from the plot of a low-budget horror movie with musical numbers by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the team responsible for the songs in Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.  The story follows what happens when nerdy, downtrodden Skid Row floral-shop employee Seymour (Maykol Palencia), who has been rescued from an orphanage and exploited by the shop’s owner, Mr. Mushnik (James Corbett), discovers an unusual and particularly demanding plant.

 

Seymour names the plant Audrey II, after fellow employee Audrey (Alana Pound), who is involved in an abusive relationship with a sadistic dentist (Alec Figueroa). When man-eating Audrey II begins demanding to be fed, Seymour comes up with a solution that solves some problems while creating others. The show bounces brightly from one musical number to the next, with equal attention to show tunes, doo-wop numbers and R&B tunes performed by the Ronettes (Faith Ferretti, Sarae Addison, Athena Kelley and Cierra Miller) and the voice of Audrey II (Eduardo Marin).Seymour_Maykol Palencia_and Audrey_Alana Pound

“Little Shop of Horrors,” presented by CFABS Teen Players is sure to please anyone hungry for a musical production where the sinister characters end up getting their just deserts. CFABS Teen Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors” three shows are Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22, 2:00 & 7:00pm.  Show run time is 2 hours. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and students. To purchase tickets call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

 A full performance and film series continues throughout the year at the new Center for Performing Arts, which includes “A Night at the Opera – Doug Renfroe” on February 27, Flamenco Puro on March 4, Noah Waddell “Eleven-Year-Old Concert Pianist” on March 6, “Moving Currents Dance Troupe” on March 7 and the “Films for Film Lovers,” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. A full listing of events is available at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or by visiting the Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live performance events including “Little Shop of Horrors.”  The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

 You can learn more about the new Center for Performing Arts, located at 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs and how you can help, by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visiting their website at www.artcenterbonita.org

 IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: CFABS Teen Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors,”
WHEN: Friday February 21, 7:00pm & Saturday February 22, 2:00 & 7:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 youth

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

Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”

Everyone is a Winner at the Center for the Arts Signature Fundraising Event “Off the Walls!”
6:00pm Friday January 18, 2013

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By Patrice Shields

Everyone is a winner at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs signature fundraising event “Off the Walls!” The event that brings back hundreds of loyal attendees each year is back at 6:00pm on January 18, 2013. For the ticket price of $150, every guest will leave the gallery with an original piece of artwork or collectible of his or her choice, valued at $275 to $6,000. National and international artists make this event possible with donations of original artworks that support the Center for the Arts Youth Scholarship Program. While each guest feels like a winner leaving the event with the original artworks that they chose, the real winners are local youth who will benefit from the quality art, theater and dance programming this event makes available to them throughout the year.

Enriching the lives of local children through the arts is the goal of this unique event. Guests purchase tickets for $150 prior to the event on January 18 and on arrival to Center for the Arts are greeted with catered hors d’oeuvre stations, wine, beer and a dessert and coffee bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and ticket holders are able to browse the selection of art, jewelry, sculptures, and other valuables. This is not an auction and there is no bidding —your $150 ticket secures you an item. At 6:30 p.m. ticket numbers are called and that guest selects a piece of art to take home. There are always 20 more items than ticket numbers so there’s a large selection available. Artworks and collectibles are valued from $275 to $6,000.

Prizes include a diamond tennis bracelet valued at $6,000, original paintings valued from $500 to $5,000; a pair of bronze sculptures by Merri Roderick valued at $3,000 and a wine and restaurant package worth $1,000.

While “Off the Walls” ends at 8:30 p.m., the funds raised secure an entire year of student programming. All of the money raised goes directly to scholarships for students in the youth education program at the Center for the Arts. Last year over $70,000 was awarded—much higher than the prior year’s amount.

“Twice as many parents requested financial aid this year for their children,” said Susan Bridges, President of the Center for the Arts. “Some lost their jobs or took pay cuts to keep their jobs. The point is they wanted to provide their children with our wonderful programs and needed our help.”

Over 70 percent of students enrolled in Center for the Arts classes receive some type of scholarship assistance. All classes in the Youth Education program are available for scholarships. Classes include pottery, dance, drama, photography, along with other creative courses. A five-week semester ranges in price from $45 to $113 depending on the course selected. A portion or all of the cost may be covered by a scholarship for eligible students. A complete listing of children’s programming is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

“Off the Walls” guests not only get to take home a beautiful piece of art from themselves, but they also provide a way for a child to experience art.

“Studies show children who participate in the arts are more likely to succeed as adults,” Bridges said.

“Off the Walls” is 6:00pm, Friday, January 18, 2013. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989. “Off the Walls!” is sponsored by FineMark National Bank and Trust.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Off the Walls
When: 6:00pm, Friday January 18, 2013
Where: Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $150 per person

 

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
10:00am-5:00pm January 12-13

By Patrice Shields

February Bonita Springs National Art FestivalJanuary marks the Bonita Springs National Art Festival’s 26th festival at the Promenade, rated one of the top Fine Art Festivals in America by The Harris List and ranked 11th nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Artists are chosen by a highly selective jury to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship in paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture, wood and more. The January festival is bringing a number of fresh new artists to join returning award winners.

Master of kiln formed glass, artist Scott Amrhein returns to the January festival where he won best in show in 2012. His glass sculptures show the hands-on care of an artist who has painstakingly created these timeless works of art. Scott fashions striking pedestals to complement his luminescent glass bowls. The result is Scott’s fine reputation for unique and exceptional handcrafted artwork that is known throughout the United States.

GL-005 Scott Amrhein EBLAST“It has been said that ‘man cannot duplicate nature but merely represent it.’ I hope that every piece I create, combining natural and man-made materials, is a reflection of that statement,” says Amrhein in speaking of the inspiration behind his work.

“Is it a painting or a photograph?” This is the most asked question about the larger than life oil paintings of Jeannie Maddox that have been capturing the attention of art festival crowds for over 33 years. Maddox work took Best in Show at the January 2011 Bonita Springs National Art Festival.

“To the viewer, my paintings appear to focus on photo realism. As an artist, my journey is through small abstract areas of shape, color and contrast, that, when completed and taken as a whole constantly surprise me by becoming hyper-real. I often say that I am a photo realistic painter who paints abstractly,” says Maddox.

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In 1976 Maddox took some photographs of one of her young art students in a pool. The painting sold immediately and soon art show patrons were signing up on a two-year waiting list for a commissioned painting by Maddox, which took an average of 425 hours to create. In 1977 at Burdines of Florida bought her complete display during a festival show and continued buying for several years reproducing Maddox’s work to hang in the large atrium areas of the stores that were opening every six months across Florida. Maddox became one of the most recognized artists in South Florida.

“I believe there are many ways to express the art form known as jewelry,” says Jewelry Artist Kim Koch, winner of Best of 3D at the January 2012 Bonita Springs National Art Festival. “I choose quiet refinement, in which splashes of color radiate from my design through precise goldsmithing. My craftsmanship is a process; over three decades of working metals to fulfill my artist mission, while keeping sight of the enjoyment jewelry brings us.”

Koch is recognized nationally for innovative award winning design and craftsmanship, which he maintains by personally designing and creating each piece. His techniques include: casting, forging, fabrication, and multiple surface treatments, often all utilized in a single piece. Koch specializes in rare, color gemstones set in gold and platinum.

In addition to the Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Koch is three-time winner of Wisconsin Jewelers Association, AGTA Spectrum, Signity, and The Niche Award.

If Amrhein’s glass, Maddox’s photo realistic larger than life oil paintings, or Koch’s finely crafted gold jewelry are not intriguing enough, the 208 additional artists who passed the discriminating jury process for January’s festival will certainly offer fine art to make this a festival you will remember.

All proceeds from the festival support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs programming and its mission to provide opportunities for education and artistic expression for everyone—regardless of economic ability.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have attended our 25 festivals at the Promenade. They come back each year because they know the art is great and there is something for everyone. It is like a walking tour of high quality art galleries, but this one is set up outside in sunny Florida,” said Susan Bridges, President of Center for the Arts.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals offer ample free parking on site with food and beverages available for purchase. While there is no admission fee for this event, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs volunteers will be asking for an optional $5 donation, directly supporting the Center for the Arts programming.

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival will be held at The Promenade located at 26805 South Bay Drive in BonitaSprings. It will run on January 12-13, 2013 from 10am-5pm. For more information, call 495-8989.

Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade events. The Center for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival
When: 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13, 2013
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26821 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Free ($5 optional donation for admission to support the Center for the Arts of

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music

Light up Your Holidays with Beautiful Music
Classical Music Virtuosos Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo & The Bay Singers Choir
Take the Stage Live! this Month at the Promenade at BonitaBay

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By Patrice Shields

Nothing encourages the spirit of the holidays like music, and nothing creates special holiday memories like listening to that music with those you love.   The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is offering two opportunities this December for you to share the music of the holidays with friends and family.   At 7:00 p.m. on December 6, virtuosos   pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo bring an evening of classical music to the stage.  At 7:00 p.m. on December 13.  The Bay Singers Choir, lift their voices to bring you the beautiful music of December.

World renowned pianist Naomi Niskala and violinist Salley Koo present an evening of music that spans the lyrical works of Schubert to the heartfelt romances of Dvorak, and even the syncopated, jazzy American Rag. These two musicians return to the Center for the Arts Live! performance space with a new program of music for the holidays. The musical synergy created by training together for years at Yale, makes Niskala and Koo a treat for the ears.

Both Niskala and Koo have a long list of accolades. From teaching to performing, each has mastered their craft. Niskala has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across the globe, with stints in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada and Japan. Additionally, her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio and NPR’s “Performance Today”. Her release of the first complete recordings of Helps’ solo piano was chosen as one of its 2007 Best of the Year cds. Her recent performances include the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall, Spectrum Concerts Berlin at Philharmonic Hall in Germany, and soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of Russia.         

Violinist Salley Koo is also no stranger to performance and teaching. She maintains her career performing solo and chamber music. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from Harvard-RadcliffeUniversity. Koo also earned her Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from YaleUniversity. Her current educational pursuits have taken her to StonyBrookUniversity where she is working on her D.M.A. under the guidance of Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer.

Then join local favorites, The Bay Singers, to celebrate the many holidays of the season with their 40-person choir.  Conductor Bruce Galbraith has planned a varied program, so the audience is sure to enjoy it all – and might even join in!
Tickets for both performances are still available, and refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available at both shows. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Open seating is available to individuals and reserved seating is available for groups of four or more.     

To purchase tickets, please call the Center for the Arts at (239) 495-8989.

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live! performance at the Promenade.   Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! An Evening of Classical Music with Naomi Niskala and Salley Koo
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! The Bay Singers Choir
When: Thursday, December 13, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $15 Members, $20 Non-Members