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Exhibitions

The Centers proudly presents a wide-range of art exhibitions which enlighten visitors throughout the year. Some shows feature member, faculty or local student artists—others are national or international traveling exhibitions.

Our seasonal schedule focuses on a particular theme, medium or concept. Regional artists are featured in the summer, traveling exhibitions are on display in the summer and fall, and our Annual Members Exhibition is on view in the winter.

The Center's Galleries are free and open to the public. View exciting exhibitions year-round, and buy select artwork directly from the artists—a portion of the proceeds benefits the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

Next Opening Reception and Open House (Sweet Land of Liberty & On Safari with Jacke McCurdy):

July 7, 2023
6-8pm
Center for Visual Arts
26100 Old 41 Road

Open Houses are held on Friday evenings, from 6-8pm, in conjunction with select exhibition openings. For more information on our open houses, please click here.

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Stephen Johnson: Metamorphosis

April 21 - June 14, 2023

Performing Arts Center, Gallery-in-the-Round

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, April 21, 6-8pm, Performing Arts Center

Stephen Johnson was born in Tampa and raised in Southwest Florida. He studied art at the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a photography concentration in 1974. Johnson had a long and expansive career in the visual arts before his sudden passing in the fall of 2022. He is best known for his mixed-media collage paintings wherein he combined diverse imagery, varied materials and rhythmic textures to create complex works of art. Many of which serve as diagrams of the cosmos and natural worlds at both their grandest and most infinitesimal levels. In addition to being an artist, Johnson was an educator who taught art classes at Centers for the Arts. He understood the importance of art education in a democratic society and promoted education for all. Proceeds from the sale of his work will benefit the Centers’ annual Student Showcase and provide scholarships to college bound art students.

Image: Cloud Control #22, Stephen Johnson

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Elizabeth Williams: The Crossroads of Order and Chaos

May 19 - June 24, 2023

Visual Arts Center, Tranovich Gallery

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

Elizabeth Williams finds inspiration in the world around her. She is drawn to abstract forms and enjoys observing simple patterns found in nature, color and shape in a landscape, and the complex lines in a person’s face. Her artmaking process is forever expanding as she observes, mediates and synthesizes her thoughts and emotions into abstract line and form on canvas.

Image: Structure No. 2, Elizabeth Williams

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About Texture

A Themed -Juried Exhibition

May 19 - June 24, 2023

Visual Arts Center

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

Texture is one of the seven Elements of Art artists use when creating artwork. There are two types of texture. Actual Texture is physical texture. Implied texture is the suggestion or illusion of texture through marks, lines and brushstrokes repeated to create a pattern of surface texture. We feel actual texture with our hands. Implied texture is felt with the eyes. In this exhibition, artists use texture to produce a sense of space, create emotion or add impact to their artwork.

Image: Embrace, Sherry Kravitz

Artwork Submission

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Sweet Land of Liberty

July 7 - 27, 2023

Visual Arts Center, Main Gallery

Opening Reception and Open House:
Friday, July 7, 6-8 pm

(Participate in our Open House)

CFABS Annual Themed Patriotic Exhibition:
In celebration of July 4th, CFABS asks artists to use the
Samuel Francis Smith song “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” as
inspiration for one, two or three artworks. The challenge
is to freely express yourself and celebrate or critique
our nation in your art on its 247th Birthday. Open to
2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork in any media.

Artwork Submission

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On Safari with Jacke McCurdy

July 7 - August 24, 2023

Visual Arts Center, Tranovich Gallery

Opening Reception and Campus-Wide Open House:
Friday, July 7, 6-8 pm

(Participate in our Open House)

Jacke McCurdy has made seven trips to the continent of Africa where she enjoyed the natural beauty and people of Batswana, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. McCurdy has macular degeneration and recently became legally blind. Last year when she went on safari she could not see and expected to rely on her sister, Arden McCurdy, to take the photographs so Jacke could just enjoy the atmosphere and people. Much to her surprise she discovered she still has the ability to take beautiful and compelling photographs. “I gazed toward the savannah and couldn’t see a thing,” said Jacke McCurdy, “Then I picked up my camera and it was like a miracle for me. Everything was clear through the digital viewfinder. I could hardly believe it. I could see the animals again.” This exhibition features a selection of Jacke McCurdy’s 2022 safari photographs.

Image: Innocence, Jacke McCurdy

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Views: Land, Sea and Mind

August 4 - 24, 2023

Visual Arts Center, Main Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2023, 6-8 pm

This exhibition features representational and abstract 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork in any media. Landscapes and seascapes are popular examples of views, but they are not the only types of views in this exhibition. Artists finding inspiration in ideas, thoughts and feelings are encouraged to participate. There are endless possibilities for the depiction of views, be they geography in the world around us or very personal views found only in the mind.

Artwork Submission

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i♥SWFL

September 1 - 21, 2023

Visual Arts Center, Main Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 2023, 6-8 pm

See what artists love the most about Southwest Florida in this themed exhibition of two and three-dimensional artwork. Artists are challenged to depict in their work the thing or things that brought them here or that keep them in this community. See the exhibition and discover what area artists find most compelling about our small slice of the world.

Artwork Submission

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AMERICA’S EVERGLADES: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher

October 2, 2023 - January 2, 2024

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, October 6, 6-8pm

Visual Arts Center

Exhibition Installed in two locations:
Visual Arts Center, 26100 Old 41 Road
Performing Arts Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road

Clyde Butcher has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, he is recognized as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community and is a respected conservationist for using his art to bring issues to the forefront of public consciousness. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Butcher composes his photographs at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe. In 1998, Clyde Butcher was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

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