GALLERY HOURS:
VISUAL ARTS CENTER
26100 OLD 41 RD
MONDAY-SATURDAY
9AM-5PM
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10150 BONITA BEACH RD
MONDAY-FRIDAY
9AM-5PM
SATURDAY, 9AM-2PM
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
AND HOLIDAYS

EXHIBITIONS GENEROUSLY
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Exhibitions

Arts Bonita proudly presents a wide range of art exhibitions that 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.

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CONNECTIONS

January 11 - February 15, 2024

Performing Arts Center, Gallery-in-the-Round
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

“A binding or joining together”

A connection is any kind of direct relation to a person, passion, event or even science!

Colors connect, lines connect, and art, in general, is a strong connection.  Dig deep and interpret what it is that you are linked to in some way. The possibilities are endless!

Artist Pick up: Friday, February 16,  9 am- 12 pm

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MEMBERS ONLY EXHIBITION

February 8 - March 7, 2024

Visual Arts Center, Main Gallery & Tranovich Gallery
26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

Opening Reception & Campus Open House: Thursday, February 8, 6-8pm at the Visual Arts Center

Arts Bonita turns its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members with an annual member-only juried exhibition.  We are honored to present our annual Member-Only Juried Exhibition, a highly-anticipated event encapsulating our members' artistic excellence. Our Member-Only Exhibition showcases artwork created by our vibrant creative community of visual arts highlighting our members' artistic skill and vision region wide.  We invite you to be a part of our annual visual journey as we curate this beautiful exhibition.

Artist Pick up: Friday, March 8,  9am-Noon

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SELECTED WORKS OF RAMON CHIRINOS

February 22 - April 11, 2024

Performing Arts Center, Gallery-in-the-Round
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6-8pm at the Performing Arts Center

Ramon Chirinós is known internationally for his expressive abstract paintings inspired by the colors and rhythm of life in his native South America.

Chirino’s paintings have a distinctive touch and style. From his early figurative paintings to his current abstract collection, they represent an explosion of colors, forms and lines. We can distinguish the strokes of his brush and the mood of his gentle creations. His steady sense of calm, the invitation to look at the painting and yet to complete the visual process with a deeper perception that involves both mind and spirit.

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ROMANCING THE STONE 2024

March 14 - April 11, 2024

Visual Arts Center, Main Gallery
26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

Opening Reception & Campus Open House: Thursday, March 14, 6-8pm at the Visual Arts Center

Since ancient times, stone carvers have sought to set free the forms they see trapped within a stone. It is a careful and unyielding process. The relationship between the sculptor and the stone is not unlike a true romance. There are some give and takes as well as a lot of heart. When carefully and skillfully romanced, stones become extraordinary works of art. Arts Bonita is home to an exceptional stone sculpture program. This exhibition reflects the program’s level of excellence by showing the achievements of students and their instructors.

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SHARING CREATIVITY: JOYCE WADDELL BAILEY AND LAURA NISITA

March 14 - April 11, 2024

Visual Arts Center, Tranovich Gallery
26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

Opening Reception & Campus Open House: Thursday, March 14, 6-8pm at the Visual Arts Center

After a lifetime of studying and practicing art, two artists came together to share the same creative path. Laura Nisita and Joyce Bailey met as neighbors while living in Estero. A friendship budded at social gatherings and dinners and then formed around their mutual love of art. Both women share a lifetime of experience as practicing artists. Living only one block apart, the two were often found together visiting in their top-floor studios. Like artists in a Greenwich Village garret or Paris atelier, their conversations centered around all aspects of making art as well as art history and the work of the great artists. Although they have each moved away from their old neighborhood, they continue to share a path to creativity.

This joint exhibit shows two different approaches to rendering reality in a work of art. Nisita usually paints from a life form. She uses her extraordinary skill to render the effects of light, color, shadow, surface and reflection in her paintings. She has been referred to as a “Super-Realist” by art critics. Bailey presents a reality that usually goes unseen. She invites the viewer to see the subject through a change in scale and color palette. Tiny tillandsias (a genus of plants) are enlarged on a grid scale to 120 times their actual size. In Bailey’s paintings unremarkable forms are made significant through changes in scale and color palette.

Joyce Waddell Bailey wishes to thank the Marcus Jansen Foundation Fund/Collaboratory Fort Myers for grant support.