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Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

Posted in Art Festivals, Art Outreach, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Community Theater, Community Theater Bonita Springs, Community Theater Southwest Florida, Exhibitions, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, volunteer, Volunteer, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs


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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

 

TAKE A STEP OUT OF REALITY – ELEMENTS OF ABSTRACTION EXHIBITION

Posted in Adult Education, Exhibitions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKE THIS YOUR MOST ARTFUL SUMMER EVER Art-Theater-Dance & Music Summer Camps at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Summer Camp Art Classes at CFABS

By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) are poised to make this a summer to remember for hundreds of local youth with art, dance, theater and music Summer Camps that begin June 8 and run through August 12, 2016. Full and half-day, week-long camps offer opportunities for students to attend one or more their 130 creative camp offerings for children ages 4 and up. Small age specific camp classes of 15 students or less provide opportunities for children to explore classes that include “Ready Set Sew,” “Intro to Acting,” “Cookonomics,” “Wheel Throwing,” “Graffiti Art” and many more. CFABS mission is to provide affordable opportunities to experience the arts and offer generous scholarships and discounts to families so children can enjoy a summer full of art.

“Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in our community to experience the arts without financial constraints,” says CFABS’ Youth Education Director Alana Nanz. “We offer generous discounts and scholarships to everyone who applies. Applying for a scholarship is simple and confidential. Last year we awarded over $100,000 in scholarships, making experiences in the arts a possibility for hundreds of local children.”

Families with young children can chose a themed “Young at Art” class. Designed for children four to five years old, “Young at Art” opens up an art and craft closet full of activities including singing, movement, storytelling, art, crafts and game playing. There is something new each day your child arrives at camp, making drop-off a tearless experience.

Some of CFABS’creative camps include:

Theater:

  • Musical Theater Master Class
  • Intro to Improv Skills
  • Improv Skills and Performance
  • Intro to Acting
  • Stagecraft: Set & Costume Design
  • Stagecraft: Light & Sound Engineering

Dance & Music:

  • Create Move and Relax
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Dance Around the World
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Music Lab-Beginner & Intermediate
  • Makin’ Music

Painting & Drawing:

  • Art Show
  • Color My World – Paint with Watercolor
  • Cartooning
  • Paint Like Picasso
  • The Art of Pastels

Film & Photography:

  • Digital Photography
  • Clay Animation
  • Movie Makers

Clay:

  • Clay Creations
  • Cool Clay
  • Wheel Throwing

Design:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Drawing and Animation
  • Fashion Design Elements
  • Trashin’ Fashion

Other Camps include:

  • Robotic Arts
  • Artful Architect
  • Gardening & Garden Design
  • Brick by Brick Legos
  • Cookonomics
  • Duct Tape Everything
  • Graffiti Art
  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Steamroller Printmaking
  • Ready, Set, Sew

Your child’s summer will be alive with the sound of music when they audition for CFABS Free Youth Theater production of “The Sound of Music Jr.” The production is open to children ages eight and up and there is no cost to participate. Auditions are being held June 7 & 8 from 4:00-7:00pm and can be scheduled by calling 239-495-8989. Performances are August 19-21.

Morning classes run from 9:00am to noon and afternoon classes start at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. There are classes designed to inspire and engage budding artists as young as four years old and classes challenging and interesting enough to inspire teens. The Center’s summer art camps are designed so that families can choose just a 3-hour morning class for their child to attend while running errands or for working parents and those looking for a full day of enrichment for their children, morning and afternoon classes are offered with a supervised lunch in the middle for an additional $15. You can also drop your camper off as early as 8:00am or take advantage of the after-camp that includes games, drawing and videos in a supervised setting up until 5:30pm. After camp cost is $25 per week.

Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults. Great scholarships are available.

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 (includes Summer Camp Classes), 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.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Summer Art, Theater, Dance and Music Camps
WHEN: June 8- August 12. Morning Camp: 9am-Noon, Afternoon Camp 1-4pm. Early morning drop off: 8am, Lunch: Noon-1pm, After camp 4-5:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: Varies per session. Great discount and scholarships are available.

 

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

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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

Posted in Adult Education, Exhibitions with tags , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by 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

The 26th Bonita Springs National Art Festival

Posted in Lectures and Performances, Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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

An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson

Posted in Live at the Promenade! with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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October 18 at the Promenade at BonitaBay

By Patrice Shields

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck present, “The Jazz Forum, Live at the Promenade!”  Richardson and Heck offer a night of jazz featuring melodies that are epic and timeless, by composers including Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.  “We chose great songs with interesting changes for a soloist to work with,” explains Richardson.  “We wanted to offer the audience and evening of music that has a sub-melody or a story that wants to be told.”  The “Evening of Jazz,” is presented by The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in their intimate café theater at the Promenade at BonitaBay on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm.

“The ‘Jazz Forum’ performances are fun, historical tributes that guests walk away from having learned something about the music and performers that they did not know before,” offers Craig Price, Performing Arts Director at the Center for the Arts.  “After intermission, Richardson and Heck briefly fields questions from the audience which adds layers to the listener’s appreciation of the music played in the last set.  We feel incredibly lucky to have such word class talent back again for a live performance this year.”  While Richardson and Heck have earned loyal local following, their talent and experience are earned through years playing jazz venues across the globe.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from CornishCollege of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the JuilliardSchool. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner. 

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continue to play together, solo and with larger groups.

The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where audience and performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served before performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.  Last year’s performance sold out so advance reservations are suggested.

The Center for the Arts Live! Performances are generously sponsored by Northern Trust, FineMark National Bank & Trust, SWFL Arts & Attractions Grant and WGCU Public Media.  A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  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. One membership per household.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: An Evening of Jazz with Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson
October 18, 2012; 7:00pm

The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26811 South Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members