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