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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

 

LOCAL ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE USA THIS JULY

Posted in Exhibitions, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 7, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

TOWN AND COUNTRY EXHBITION
On Display through July 28, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

Marrale_Pick Me Up PickupBy Patrice Shields

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW EXHIBITION SPACE OPENS AT THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS BONITA SPRINGS

Posted in Exhibitions, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2016 by Centers for the 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

Ballotti_TriColoredHeronBy Patrice Shields

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A REFRESHING OPTION TO THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ Summer Film Schedule

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 20, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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It’s summer blockbuster season and movie theaters are packed with droves of fans willing to brave long lines to watch the latest large budget, star packed film extravaganza. I will be the first to admit that I have been waiting 13 years to see this summer’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” the follow up to Pixar’s 2003 release “Finding Nemo.” However, once I’ve seen Dory film offerings become limited, as summer blockbusters stay longer in theaters so movie studios can recoup their $100,000,000 plus investments.

Some of the greatest films of all time would never have made the summer blockbuster cut including “Citizen Kane (1941)” or “It’s A Wonderful Life (1946),” which barely made bank when they were released. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has put together a line up of films for their summer Monday night “Films for Film Lovers Series,” that may have missed the box office blockbuster cut, but should be on every film fans must see list.

Summer films include selections of the best of foreign and independent films, shown Monday nights at 7:00pm at the newly renovated Moe Auditorium & Film Center at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. The 200-seat auditorium includes a giant screen; a state of the art projection system and the all-important refreshments that include freshly popped popcorn, snacks, beer, wine and mixed drinks that you can enjoy in the theater as you watch a great film.

CFABS’ Summer Film Series includes:

June 2016

June 27, 2016; 7:00pm                         Kings of Pastry (Netherlands)

July 2016

July 4, 2016; 7:00pm                                    Broken Embraces (Spain)
July 11, 2016; 7:00pm                        Nicky’s Family (Czech Republic)
July 18, 2016; 7:00pm                        Therese (France)
July 25, 2016; 7:00pm                        Amelie (France)

August 2016

August 1, 2016; 7:00pm                         Young & Beautiful (France)
August 8, 2016; 7:00pm                         We Have a Pope (Italy)
August 15, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Attack (Lebanon)
August 22, 2016; 7:00pm                         A Room with a View (UK)
August 29, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Flat (Germany)

September 2016

September 5, 2016; 7:00pm                        Intimate Strangers (France)
September 12, 2016; 7:00pm                        Dark Passage (USA)
September 19, 2016; 7:00pm                        More than Honey (Germany)
September 26, 2016; 7:00pm                        Belle De Jour (France)

Be sure to join the lively film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman or Member. Film lovers can become a member of the Centers for the Art’s Film Society by purchasing ticket packages. These members enjoy advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule. Tickets for CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Monday night film series are $10 with money saving ticket packages 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, 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.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 and on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Films for Film Lovers
WHEN: Monday Evenings, 7:00pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $10 (money saving ticket packages are available)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACOUSTIC STORYTELLERS MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE ROAD Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Concerts Bonita Springs, Concerts Southwest Florida, Live Music, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Three of music’s most well-tuned and road worthy musicians Alan James, Graham Gillot and Ray Nesbit take you on an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at life on tour with legends including Roy Orbison, Rodriguez, Goo Goo Dolls, Traveling Wilburys, Moody Blues and others. Enjoy music and stories from the road with “Acoustic Storytellers” Thursday, December 3, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs’ Hinman Auditorium. Enjoy the humor, hear the tragedies, and share the triumphs and stories behind the songs. Share a glimpse of the personal lives on the road and the concert performances.

Performers include Alan James, who many may know from his group Powerhouse, a band considered one of a premier corporate act playing for Donald Trump, President Bush twice, multiple celebrity weddings, three Super Bowls and high profile celebrity fundraisers. James hails from London England and has an extensive career in the music business. As a young musician in London he became one of the most in demand rock guitar players on the club circuit and was recognized in circles with such notables as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Peter Frampton. His first single on Columbia Records was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and had a chart success amongst some of the all-time classic rock hits of that era. As a young guitarist Alan spent several years traveling and entertaining U.S. forces around the world living in Greece, Turkey, Germany, France and Italy.

Alan was hired to be the lead guitarist and vocalist for International singing star Roy Orbison and went on to become Roy’s musical director and personal manager for twelve years and has performed at all the major venues around the globe.

Joining James for this performance is guitarist Ray Nesbit, who has traveled around the US working with members of ACDC, Goo Goo Dolls, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and many more. A highlight of his career was performing a fundraising show with AC/DC. “Yeah, I got to be Malcolm Young for one night,” he remembers.

Virtuoso guitarist, singer and composer Graham Gillot rounds off the performance with his showmanship and musical range on the guitar. Gillot played lead guitar for Rodriguez, star of the 2012 Oscar winning film “Searching for Sugarmann” and was featured on NBC’s #1 show of the summer “America’s Got Talent.”

Gillot has performed in shows, festivals, theatres, concerts and stadiums internationally around the world including the US, UK, Dubai, Turkey, Spain and South Africa. After accomplishing a study record by obtaining Grade 8 Classical Guitar in just two years of study through Trinity College London, he is considered to be a new century guitar maestro.

Guests of “Acoustic Storytellers” will take away their own stories to share after this unique musical event.

Tickets for “Acoustic Storytellers,” are $40 for Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats and $30 Side Seats. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org, by calling 239-495-8989 and at the door 30 minutes before the performance.

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 including “Acoustic Storytellers.”

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” December 5, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Classical Music Series-Brahms & Clara a Love Story,” December 6, 3:00pm, “Naples Klezmer Band,” December 12, 8:00pm, “Flamenco Puro,” December 17, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at 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:   Acoustic Storytellers-Music and Stories from the Road
WHEN:   Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
PRICE: Tickets: $40 Premium Seats, $35 Center Seats, $30 Side Seats

 

EVERYONE IS A WINNER AT “OFF THE WALLS!” At the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 6:00pm Friday January 22, 2016

Posted in Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 12, 2016 by Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

It’s nearly time for everyone’s favorite charity event of the season, Off the Walls!, Friday, January 22, 2016; 6:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. This is the fundraiser that sends every guest home with a unique piece of art, jewelry or collectible. Your ticket price of $150 features not only a fun evening filled with catered hors d’oeuvres, wine and fun, but ultimately a piece of art, wine package or collectible valued between $300 and $7,000. In addition to hundreds of pieces of art, this year’s event features three exciting wine and liquor collections valued from $300 to $1600, over 20 gorgeous Jewelry selections valued up to $4,500, and exciting Art of Dining Restaurant Collections.

This unique event begins at 6:00pm, when guests are greeted with delicious food stations, wine, beer and a dessert and coffee bar. At 6:00 p.m. ticket holders browse the selection of art, jewelry, sculptures, and other valuables in anticipation of choosing their item. At 6:30 p.m. guest ticket numbers are randomly drawn from a gold drum. The first guest ticket number drawn brings cheers from the hundreds of guests as that person makes the first choice and takes their desired piece of art, jewelry or wine package right off the wall to take home. The process continues until all ticket numbers have been drawn. There are always 20 more items than ticket numbers sold, so everyone leaves the event happily toting something remarkable. Artworks and collectibles are valued from $300 to $7,000.

“Off the Walls!” guests not only get to take home something spectacular for themselves, but they also provide a way for a child to experience art,” says Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs President Susan Bridges.

Expect to leave this event feeling wonderful because in addition to taking home something fabulous, attendance guarantees the gift of art education to children in our community who might otherwise not have access. Everything is donated to this event by artists, collectors and museums and all proceeds benefit scholarships.

This consistently sold out event brings back hundreds of loyal attendees each year. For the ticket price of $150, every guest leaves the gallery with an original piece of artwork or collectible of his or her choice, valued from $300 to $7,000.

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 Centers for the Arts. Last year over $100,000 was awarded—much higher than the prior year’s amount.

“Off the Walls!” begins 6:00pm, Friday, January 22, 2016. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989. Lean more at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time receive two tickets to a select LIVE at the Center! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members only.

If You Go:

Who: Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
What: Off the Walls!
When: 6:00pm, Friday January 22, 2016
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: $150 per person