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.


A Traveling Museum Exhibition of Miniature Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist

March 1 - April 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 2017, 6pm-8pm

This reception is in conjunction with a Campus Wide Open House

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are a husband and wife team who capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification! The Artists engage and draw their viewers ever closer to the point where they often become lost within the miniature world of the Siegrists. Even so, theirs are not merely small paintings but replete works of fine art capable of standing alongside conventionally sized works and competing in color, composition, and value, in spite of the fact that their exquisite detail is presented on a greatly reduced scale. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvases or the essence of the natural world in miniature.

Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/ Tour Director, davidjwagnerllc.com

Depth Cues

April 7 - 27, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 6pm-8pm

This reception is in conjunction with a Campus Wide Open House & Empty Bowls Event

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

Depth Cues are the visual devices that suggest the illusion of space within the two-dimensional picture plane. Examples include overlap, relative size, vertical location, saturation, atmospheric and linear perspective. While depth cues can be used to create virtual three-dimensional space, the rules can also be reversed to flatten pictorial space.

The Depth Cues Exhibition Opening Reception features an Empty Bowls experience in our courtyard at the Center for Visual Arts Campus. Purchase a beautiful handmade pottery bowl and sample varieties of delicious soups provided by local caterers and chefs while you enjoy live musical entertainment. Best of all, your purchase helps those in need. Empty Bowls donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

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Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Alvarez, LePree, Spartin and Vita

April 27 - June 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

This exhibition follows the paths of four artists who are extremely prolific and experimental in their work. Their collective breadth and scope samples the majority of 21st century painting and sculpture. Alvarez’s approach to sculpture is a tour de force. The range and scope of her subject matter is only limited by her boundless imagination. The paintings of LePree, Spartin and Vita each follow their own route to arrive at similar destinations; powerful scenes driven by color, composition and technique.

High School Showcase

May 5 - 12, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

Always an intriguing show, “Student Showcase” features the artwork of area high school students. Their work is fresh and imaginative—filled with feeling and color. High school seniors compete for college tuition scholarships provided by Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs’ Donor Scholarship Program. All participants receive class scholarships good for programming at the Center for the Arts.

Elementary/Middle School Exhibition

May 15 - 19, 2017

Reception: Friday, May 19, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

The Elementary and Middle School Exhibition features artwork of area elementary and middle school students. Always a colorful and thought provoking exhibition.

The Heat of the Moment

June 2 - 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

This exhibition is inspired by spontaneity, impulse, anger or passion. What happens to the artist when their mind is completely enveloped in the process of making? What informs the decisions they make while creating a work of art? Do you create rapid, expressive paintings which involve taking risks and leaping into the unknown? Perhaps the subject matter of your work involves the human experience and decision making.

Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Harper, Jones and Kurzman

June 29 - August 19, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd

Harper, Jones and Kurzman are dedicated and prolific artists in their work. Harper pushes her paint into the cerebral with the dynamic gestures and sophisticated story lines of her abstract acrylic paintings. Jones meticulously labors over his detailed pastel paintings littered with rich local imagery expressed in new and invigorating light. Kurzman captures a different light through the lens of his camera with his perceptive compositions and complex narratives.

It Comes Naturally

July 7 - 27, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 2017, 6pm-8pm

This reception is in conjunction with a Campus Wide Open House

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

Nature has many shapes and many forms. Anything that is naturally occurring is fair game for this exhibit. From beach sand to glacial ice, monolithic rock to the leaves of a tree, everything we know and love comes from the earth. Accept the challenge and look deeper into the nature of all that is organic.

Surrealist Summer

August 4 - 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

What is real? What is imaginary? This exhibition aims to merge the two. Surrealism can have many forms but at its core is the element of surprise by contrasting elements. Artists should look for new ways to examine and deconstruct reality by use of symbolism in unanticipated ways.

Mirror, Mirror…

September 1 - 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

It’s what we do every day before we face the world. Make sure our hair is combed and our face washed. Some people become obsessed. Our identities are shaped by the society and culture of our times. How we see ourselves can sometimes differ from reality. Artists are encouraged to submit work that reflects themes ranging from traditional portraiture to issues of vanity, narcissism, and humanity as a whole.

Opposites Attract

October 6 - November 16, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 6pm-8pm

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

The concept of balance is necessary for a “successful” work of art. Movement, dynamism and energy compliment the quiet, subdued and calm. Artists are asked to look for elements or concepts that establish visual harmony in a work of art. Visual tension captivates us to watch the sparks fly!

Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

November 21 - December 28, 2017

Center for Visual Arts, 26100 Old 41 Rd

Recognized as one of the top watermedia exhibits in the country, the Florida Watercolor Society annual exhibition provides Florida artists the opportunity to exhibit with their fellow watercolorists from around the state. Judged and juried by nationally known watermedia experts, this exhibition displays some of the highest quality and innovation in contemporary watermedia. Founded in 1972 with twenty-six artists becoming charter members, membership has now grown to over 1,150. The Florida Watercolor Society works to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium as well as contribute to the cultural atmosphere and standards of the State of Florida.