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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

FOLK LEGEND JONATHAN EDWARDS AT THE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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By Patrice Shields
Special to The Banner

Veteran singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards brings his four decade long repertoire of hits to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Edwards will perform the music that played on repeat on every radio station throughout the 1970s including the anthem “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”

Joining Edwards to perform his classics and music from his new album “Tomorrow’s Child,” will be his daughter Grace (of Grace and the Victory Riders), guitarist- arranger Jérôme Degey, jazz-folk pianist Tom Snow and composer-guitarist Don Campbell. When Edwards isn’t recording one of over a dozen albums or writing movie and TV score, he is on the road performing.

“I’ve been … doing what I do best,” said Edwards, “which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it.”

Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.

His new album “Tomorrow’s Child, is produced by four-time Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott, and features the venerable and beloved Edwards accompanied by such roots music luminaries Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, John Cowan, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss.

Edwards maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that have kept himperforming live for over 40 years. “It is really gratifying to hear,” says Edwards of the positive feedback from his fans.

Tickets for “Jonathan Edwards” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 for Center Seats and $30 for Side Seats and can be purchased online at artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

 What: Jonathan Edwards
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016; 8 p.m.
Where: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs — Hinman Auditorium10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
Cost: Tickets are $40 for premium seats, $35 for center seats, and $30 for side seats

Information: Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first 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. Call 239-495-8989 or visit artcenterbonita.org.

 

 

A JOYOUSE SOUND – THE BAY SINGERS CHORALE OF 70 Friday, April 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

Join Pianist and Chorale Director Cynthia Dallas for an evening filled with the joyous voices of the 70 member “Bay Singers,” Friday, April 1, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Founded in 1998, the Bay Singers have grown into a chorale of almost 70 that perform traditional Holiday music, Broadway Shows, Americana Classics, Spirituals and Patriotic music throughout the area. This season, The Bay Singers are lead by Cynthia Dallas, who has served as Principal Piano with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1989, and was the founding assistant conductor/accompanist of the Philharmonic Center Chorale.

Dallas received her degree in music from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she graduated summa cum laude. While in Philadelphia, she served as conductor and music director for over 60 regional and equity musical theater productions and was on the theatre staff at St. Joseph’s University, LaSalle University and Beaver College. She also served as choral contractor for the Pennsylvania Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Carmina Burana, and performed on the PBS production of Verdi’s Requiem with Luciano Pavarotti.

In her tenure with the NPO, she has had the privilege of accompanying Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Denice Graves, Frederica von Stade and Renee Fleming, and performed with a wide range of stars from Frank Langella and Eli Wallach to George Takei and Hayley Mills. In addition to her orchestra and show work, Cindy is the Assistant Director of Music at St. Agnes Parish in Naples. She returns to the Bay Singers as Music Director, having served as accompanist for three seasons from 2010 to 2013.

Tickets for “The Bay Singers,” are $20 Members, $25 Non-members, $30 at the door for all and can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts 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 including “The Bay Singers.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through March 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “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.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bay Singers Chorale Performance
WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $20 Members, $25 Non-members, $30 At Door

FOLK ARISTRY Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar Friday, April 22, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

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Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli for one performance at the Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS) Friday, April 22, 8:00pm. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra perform fiery Spanish guitar pieces with gorgeous vocal harmonies that take the art of guitars to another dimension with their animated multi-media concert experience.

Patchouli and Terra Guitarra is master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter, guitarist Julie Patchouli. Guitarist Bruce Hecksel is also a prolific painter with exhibitions around the country of his own style “Terra Guitarra Art,”featuring landscapes created out of guitar shapes. The performance includes Hecksel’s art projected as a colorful backdrop of lush vibrant paintings that flows through the concert. Hecksel’s animated art is shown in three-dimensional moving scenes, with guitar birds flying through guitar shaped mountains and over guitar shaped rivers, cities and oceans. The paintings come alive and merge with the music as the duo perform their unique exciting blend of fiery Spanish guitar pieces and lyrical songs floating with gorgeous vocal harmonies.

Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) calls Terra Guitarra “one of the top neuvo-flamenco groups in the world,” with a number one and two top five internationally charting albums and multiple Album of the Year nominations. Patchouli is a folk festival headliner and Public Radio favorite with pure, haunting lead vocals and beautiful harmonies. Their soulful fusion of blazing Spanish and world guitar instrumentals, spine tingling vocal harmonies, and epic folk rock anthems are infused with a visible onstage chemistry.

The duo’s instrumental guitar project Terra Guitarra – “Dragonfly” debuted at #4 on the ZMR World Music Radio Charts and was Nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2013. Their 6th instrumental album “Firelight” is nominated ZMR Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of the Year 2015 was #5 on the ZMR Charts and #1 on the OneWorldMusicUK charts. The Awards ceremony is May 7th in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre where the duo is honored to perform for the Awards show.

Patchouli & Terra Guitarra represents the very top echelon of today’s acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed. Their folk artistry is not to be missed.

Tickets for “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar,” are $15 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $20 for non-members and at the door for all. Tickets for “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar” can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts 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 including “Patchouli & Terra Guitarra.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “The BonArts Chamber Music Series: Russian/Bohemian Music Salon,” April 27, 7:00pm, “Meet the Composers: Beethoven the Bold,” May 1, 3:00pm 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.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Patchouli & Terra Guitarra: The Landscape of Guitar
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016; 8:00pm
WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
COST: Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members and at the door for all

“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