Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Upcoming Exhibitions


Each year the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs presents a dynamic and wide-ranging selection of exhibitions which both appeal to and enlighten our membership and visitors. While some exhibitions feature member, faculty or student artists from our own community, other shows feature traveling exhibitions from national institutions in the U.S. or artworks from around the world.


Our schedule provides events that focus on a particular theme, medium or concept. Summers feature regional artists, Fall features a traveling exhibition, and February features our Annual Members' Exhibition.





Crocodilian Scratchboards, Paintings and Drawings by John Agnew

● October 7 - December 31, 2016

● Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 2016, 6pm-8pm

● This reception is in conjunction with a Campus Wide Open House.

● Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

● Crocodilian Scratchboards, Paintings and Drawings by John Agnew explores crocodilians as studies in texture and form. Agnew likes the scratchboard technique for its affinity to the engravings in early texts about zoology, and its ability to treat the species in exquisite detail. The contrast of black and white lines is well suited for showing off intimate details of a crocodile’s scaly texture. Intimate portraits plus scenes from daily crocodilian life and even interactions with humans are all subjects explored in this exhibit. In addition to scratchboard, field sketches and paintings of crocodilians and their world-wide habitat round out this exhibit.


Crocodilian Scratchboards by John Agnew, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/ Tour Director,


In conjunction with the Opening Reception on October 7, a campus-wide Open House will be held. The studios will be open for those wanting to walk through campus, or who want to show it to friends. Artists and instructors will be present selling artwork and giving demonstrations.


Free Family Activity Saturdays

1:30 - 3:30pm

October 8 & 22

November 5 & 19

December 3 & 17


Bring your family and engage in the Arts! On select Saturday during the “Crocodilian Scratchboards” exhibition the Centers for the Arts offers free Family Activity Days for children and adults. Enjoy a tour of this fun exhibition and then complete art projects that engage the theme of the exhibition.


For more information or to save your space at a Saturday activity day, call the Center for the Arts 239-495-8989.


Graciously Sponsored by

The Sansom Foundation

Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Blake, Glass, Wallace and Varisco

● October 27 - December 22, 2016

● Opening Reception: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6pm-8pm

● Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

● Shirley Wilson Blake, Tanya Trinkaus Glass, Verla Wallace, and Laura Varisco will be displaying a variety of paintings, watercolors, collage, and sculpture. This exhibition includes the artwork of four women artists who utilize a wide range of styles and approaches in their work. From idealized realism to abstract expressionism, found-object collage to narrative sculpture, each of these four women evoke the power of their visual language. Their artwork is refined and successful displaying both delicacy and power.

A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time, Interviews and photographs by John Noltner

● January 4 - 25, 2017

● Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

● Since 2012, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has driven 40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all. Holocaust survivors, refugees, artists, former prisoners, teachers, immigrants, veterans, and more share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community. “In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects us.” – John Noltner

28th Annual Members Only Exhibition

● February 3 - 23, 2017

● Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 2017, 6pm-8pm

● This reception is in conjunction with a Campus Wide Open House.

● Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

● A dynamic exhibition of awe-inspiring artwork in a wide array of media. Enjoy a truly phenomenal display of work by our talented members. Each year just gets better and better. Help us celebrate 28 years of great member art!


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


© 2016 Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

 Center for Visual Arts: 26100 Old US 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida  34135

Center for Performing Arts: 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

(239) 495-8989


Last Updated: 11/09/2016