League opens the door to art: Classes open for all skill levels, natural abilities

What does it mean to be an artist? Look up the word in the dictionary and you will find a long list of definitions ranging from “a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill” to “a person who practices one of the fine arts.”

Some live and breathe art, others paint or sculpt for relaxation or to find a creative outlet of expression.

Art is something that can be created at any age and at any level. At the Art League of Bonita Springs, courses are created for all ages and skill level. The youngest artists are 18 months.

Each year the Art League of Bonita Springs holds several open houses to introduce the community to art instructors, artists, and the Center for the Arts campus on Old 41.

Held in conjunction with the opening of the Southwest Florida Craft Guild and Abstract! Exhibitions, the first open house will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.

The open house and exhibitions give guests the opportunity to stroll about the campus of the Center for the Arts to take in artwork, talk to instructors and staff members and learn more about the Art League of Bonita Springs.

For those interested in taking an art class, or learning more about a specific medium, instructors will be in the studios completing artist demonstrations and talking with guests.

“All of the studios will be open with Art League members displaying their latest work and Art League instructors conducting demonstrations in their various mediums,” said Jake Hand, education director for the Art League. “Our instructors are very approachable so it is a great time to explore one’s curiosity and ask questions about their art and the classes they offer.”

The Art League course curriculum is very diverse and runs gamut from two-dimensional courses in drawing, painting and pastel to three-dimensional courses in glass, ceramics, and stone carving.

“We are also up to date in the digital media with classes in photography, video and Web design,” Hand said. “All the media are accessible through intro level courses and students can build from there via classes and workshops.

In the Main Gallery, the Southwest Florida Craft Guild exhibition will have fine art and fine crafts on display. The Abstract! Exhibition in the Tranovich gallery will include abstract works from many area artists.

“The open houses are held in conjunction with opening receptions at the gallery so the first step is to check out the latest exhibit,” Hand said. “From there one can pick up wine or punch perhaps an hors d’ oeuvre or two then investigate the campus. The Art League is a phenomenal place for someone to explore the arts.”

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