Dis­cover a Sanc­tu­ary Within the Arts

Fall pro­grams at the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - FEATURES - BY SU­SAN BRIDGES

The Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs in­vites you to es­cape the ev­ery­day and en­joy the arts. The or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers year-round pro­gram­ing to the pub­lic and its 2,000-plus mem­bers, rang­ing from art classes for all ages, ex­hi­bi­tions, film se­ries and three national art fes­ti­vals.

With two lo­ca­tions, one for vis­ual arts and one for per­form­ing arts, the cen­ters have a full sched­ule of pro­gram­ing go­ing on now and com­ing soon.

The Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts presents a lineup of live per­for­mances that any the­ater buff or mu­sic con­nois­seur would ap­pre­ci­ate, in­clud­ing:

• Staged Read­ings: South­west Florida Play­wrights Meet the World (Fri­day, Septem­ber 11). This se­ries fea­tures seven play­wrights’ new­est works—six come­dies and one drama—per­formed by ac­tors in a staged read­ing for­mat, scripts in hand.

• GO Di­vas (Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3). Six clas­si­cally trained opera singers per­form a reper­toire span­ning Bach and Han­del to a

capella Swingle Singers ar­range­ments of Bea­tles songs.

• Stage It! 10-Minute Play Fes­ti­val (Oc­to­ber 9-11, evening and mati­nee per­for­mances). This fes­ti­val fea­tures some of the best short plays from around the world.

• James & the Giant Peach Jr. (Oc­to­ber 16-18, evening and mati­nee per­for­mances). The cen­ters’ Youth Play­ers dis­play their tal­ents, as they per­form this pop­u­lar chil­dren’s novel by Roald Dahl.

• Patchouli & Terra Guitarra (Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 23). This show presents fiery Span­ish gui­tar pieces, an­i­mated vis­ual im­agery and vo­cal har­monies per­formed by Julie Patchouli and Bruce Heck­sel.

• Tab Benoit (Fri­day, Novem­ber 6). The Grammy-nom­i­nated singer, song­writer and gui­tarist is back to rock au­di­ences with his gritty and soul­ful Delta swamp blues.

• Plus, visi­tors can watch some of the best in­de­pen­dent and for­eign films from around the world with the Films for Film Lovers se­ries, held ev­ery Mon­day night at 7 pm.

For tick­ets and to learn more about up­com­ing films, visit art­cen­ter­bonita.org/films, and for live per­for­mances, visit art­cen­ter­bonita.org/per­for­mances.

The Cen­ter for Vis­ual Arts fea­tures com­pelling art ex­hi­bi­tions, all free to the pub­lic. Gallery hours are Mon­day through Satur­day from 9 am-5 pm. Ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude:

• Town & Coun­try (Septem­ber 4-24 in the Main Gallery). Ex­plores lo­cal artists’ vi­sions of travel, leisure and all things wan­der­lust.

• Or­ganic Geo­met­ric (Oc­to­ber 2-29 in the Main Gallery). Fo­cuses on shapes, a key el­e­ment of de­sign, and how they hold the at­ten­tion in both ab­stract and re­al­is­tic forms.

• Lay­ered Im­agery: Works by Mar­jorie Pe­sek (Oc­to­ber 2-29 in the Tra­novich Gallery). High­lights the lay­ered-image works of Pe­sek, whose art has been com­mis­sioned by both Dis­ney and Warner Bros. Her orig­i­nal art­works uniquely cap­ture the essence of a por­trait.

• Ma­te­rial Pulses: Seven View­points (Novem­ber 20-Jan­uary 7). Fo­cuses on the art of quilt-mak­ing and presents 17 works by seven award-win­ning fiber artists from the U.S., Canada and the UK.

To learn more about these ex­hi­bi­tions and all up­com­ing pro­grams, cour­ses and events at the cen­ters, visit art­cen­ter­bonita. org or call 239-495-8989. The Cen­ter for Vis­ual Arts is lo­cated at 26100 Old 41 Road, and the Cen­ter for Per­form­ing Arts is 10150 Bonita Beach Road, both in Bonita Springs.

For more than 21 years, Su­san Bridges has been the cre­ative force be­hind the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs. Dur­ing her ten­ure as pres­i­dent, she has set the foun­da­tion for the cen­ters’ mis­sion: to en­rich the cul­ture of the South­west Florida com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for artis­tic ex­pres­sion, education and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Clock­wise from top: Julie Patchouli and Bruce Heck­sel; El­iz­a­beth Brandt’s sewn con­struc­tion, The Habits of Be­ing; from the Mar­jorie Pe­sek col­lec­tion; and Chris­tine Mauers­berger’s Mo­men­tum in­stal­la­tion.

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