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

 

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

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

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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

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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.”

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A TRUMPET CALL TO JAZZ LOVERS – A NIGHT OF JAZZ WITH BOB ZOTTOLA Friday, May 6, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

The versatile and accomplished trumpet master Bob Zottola has played with the best performers in the music industry. His resume of accompaniments includes music legends Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee. Zottola brings his classic quintet “Jazz Simpatico,” to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Friday, May 6, 8:00pm for “A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.”

In addition to providing the trumpet sound behind some of the most memorable voices in musical history, Zottola played for the hottest show on Broadway including West Side Story, Chicago, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly and a 16-year run with Les Miserables. With a history that includes the entire who’s who of the music industry, one might think Zottola would find the audiences of Southwest Florida anticlimactic, but he loves playing for local jazz fans.

“There’s something very, very special about who I call ‘The Naples Jazz Lovers.’ Part of it might be the nostalgia factor. They lived through the big band era,” says Zottola.

Zotolla’s program for the evening traces the evolution of Jazz through the myriad of innovative musicians. Zottola and his band highlight the great music of two major Jazz influences, Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong and Miles Davis. Follow the development of Jazz as an American art form and enjoy Latin, Afro-Cuban music, then on to the great voice of Billie Holiday. The evening includes music from Bob’s ‘Old Boss’ the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

If you are a jazz lover, then heed the trumpet call of the great Bob Zottola and get your tickets for “A Night of Jazz,” at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Tickets are $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 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 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, including “A Night of Jazz.” 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.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, May 8, 3:00pm, “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14, 7:00pm & Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 2:00pm, 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
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 At Door

 

 

COME FLY AWAY WITH THE HELIOS SWINGTET ORCHESTRA Bryan Hughes and Tampa’s Top Musician’s Bring Big Band to Bonita Springs Friday, April 15, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

The Helios Swingtet Orchestra, directed by Dr. David Manson blend their very danceable ‘Big Band’ sound with the Sinatra like vocals of Bryan Hughes for a performance at the Centers for Performing Arts Bonita Springs this Friday, April 15, 8:00pm. The 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra features singer Hughes and top jazz musicians from the Tampa Bay area. Helios Swingtet’s sound is smart, stylish and great for dancing.

Led by trombonist Dr. David Manson, the group plays a wide range of music including Swing, Great American Songbook standards, Latin jazz, Rat Pack favorites, ballads, Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley and more. Vocalist Bryan Hughes lends his unmistakable, smooth as dry martini, voice to the band as they perform Big Band favorite songs made popular by the great Frank Sinatra.

The Helio’s Band is a popular feature in the Tampa area, with performances at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Palladium Theater, Ybor Jazz Festival, Sarasota Big Band Bash, the Salvador Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. Bring your best guy or gal along this Friday night because this music was made for dancing and the CPABS dance floor is open for this performance.

Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra,” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door for all. Tickets for “Helios Swingtet Orchestra” 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 “Helios Swingtet Orchestra.” 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 “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm, “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: Helio’s Swingtet Orchestra – Big Band Music

WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $30 members, $35 non-members, $40 at the door for all

 

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.