Current Exhibitions - Center for Visual Arts

Second Time Around: The Hubcap As Art
September 1 - October 20, 2018

Opening & Activity Day: Saturday, September 1, 2018, Noon-2pm
Millions of pounds of “trash” are discarded around the world on a daily basis. Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is a proactive response to the growing concern for human impact on the environment. This traveling exhibition opens on Saturday, September 1 and features work by artists who answered a challenge to reclaim rusted automobile hubcaps and transform them into their own statements. Not only are these metal scraps saved from the landfill, but they are repurposed to convey creative and political messages about consumption in American culture.

Second Time Around features thirty-five unique selections from Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that solicited artists from around the world to transform discarded hubcaps into fine art. Artists from around the world have answered founder and artist Ken Marquis’s call to action. The “metal canvases” serve to empower artists with a message to incite creative thinking and problem-solving for environmental issues. In turn, visitors are confronted with new perspectives of the material culture we live in. For example, Artist Marla Mclean’s piece Witness uses avian and reflective motifs to inspire viewers to recall their own involvement with the natural world from the viewpoint of a sparrow. In addition, Second Time Around features works by David Medley, Rick Dethlefsen, and Noel Molloy that will intrigue and inspire audiences to approach their own relationship to the natural world in a fresh way.

On select Saturdays in the fall, from 10am - 12pm, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers free Family Activity Days at the Center for the Visual Arts for children and adults. Families will create exciting art projects to take home! In September and October, get inspired by our “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art” exhibition and become a creative problem solver while you create your own art by re-using and recycling found objects. In November, bring fall into your home by creating Fall Tree Luminaries that are sure to light up your evening.

With a powerful message of environmental awareness, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is an exhibition that highlights a creative, thought-provoking alternative to mindless consumption. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year.

The Art of Sandra Fay Mark, John Merchant and Joan Roberts
October 18 - December 20, 2018

Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6pm-8pm
The Artwork of Mark, Merchant and Roberts will feature a range of mediums such as stone carving, mixed media, painting and drawing. Mark and Merchant are a husband and wife artistic duo both prolific and refined in their work. Mark uses conventional drawing mediums to create expressive abstract works which immerse the viewer in their simplistic stylized beauty. Merchant creates thoughtful sculptures which showcase his expansive repertoire in both stone and bronze. Roberts paints illustrious impressionistic landscapes and still lifes in oil with vivid color and bold mark making. These three artists will feature recent and past works detailing their development as visual artists. Don’t miss this sensational exhibition!