Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs offers variety of artful events, exhibits

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December is another active month for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.
It all starts with the annual fundraiser Off the Walls scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Hinman auditorium, 10150 Bonita Beach Road. Proceeds from the centers’ signature fundraiser help provide arts education scholarships for thousands of local children. This is your once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded art aficionados as you view an amazing selection of artwork, fine jewelry and themed collections.
Each guest purchases a ticket for $175, and when your number is drawn, you take your winning selection home with you. No auction, no bidding, everyone wins. The catalog of items includes beautiful art, jewelry, food, wine and liquor collections, and techie items like an apple watch or iPad—the perfect gifts for that someone special on your holiday shopping list. View the online catalog ahead of time, and pick out your favorite treasures, then join them for a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres as they call the numbers live.
The Figuratively Speaking exhibit continues in December and showcases the works from the centers figure study classes. This exhibition highlights the artists’ skill of capturing both the personality of the model and the beauty of the human form. It opened Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 20 at Hinman Gallery in the Round.
Two new exhibits will open in December at the Visual Arts Center at 26100 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.
Black & White will open Dec. 9 and run through Jan. 17 in the main gallery. This popular open-call exhibition features a stunning collection of works, which may contain 10 percent color, but must be predominantly black and white.

Andy Owen

Summer Solitude: Art by Andy Owen and Chanda Jamieson will be on display Dec. 9 through Jan. 17 in the Tranovich Gallery. Artists Andy Owen and Chanda Jamieson are both inspired by the natural ecosystem of Southwest Florida, but they express themselves through different artistic disciplines. Owen uses printmaking and photography to capture the beauty and fragility of our estuaries, bays, and islands. Born into a commercial fishing family, Jamieson writes poetry expressing her emotions, while fishing and crabbing the quiet waterways.
An opening reception will be held for both new exhibits on Friday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more about the centers and their programs, call 239-495-8989 or visit online at


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