Planetary event celebrates art in public

Who knows what artist lies within waiting to be unleashed from those who have never held a brush, molded clay or stood at center stage.

At Arts Worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 21, the public will have the chance to create art, and enjoy live performances and visual art. Arts Worldwide is a day when artists of all cultures and mediums come together to share their art with the public. The annual event, presented by the Art League of Bonita Springs, will be held at the Promenade at Bonita Bay this year. It has been geared toward children in the past, but this year adults will find a variety of activities for them as well.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. performers from Japan, Africa, China, Greece and many other countries will take the stage at the Promenade to share music, dance and theater from their cultures.

Visual artists will be painting, sculpting and creating other types of artwork throughout the Promenade.

There will be several creation stations for adults and children to create artwork of their own. Artists will be on hand to help any skill level create a piece of art.

Others may enjoy getting a free caricature, having their face painted by an Art League artist or watching magician John Roberts create sleight of hand illusions.

In the past, one of the most popular performers has been Masaji Terasawa, also known as the Candy Man. Terasawa has been performing at Epcot for more than a decade. He has adapted an ancient Japanese art into a humorous, theatrical show. He begins with a simple ball of rice syrup toffee, and creates fantastical creatures such as winged dragons. Terasawa will be on stage at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. He will be strolling the Promenade throughout the day.

Other live performances will take place continuously throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Delou African Dance Ensemble from Africa will convey stories of arid plains, and tribal histories through the rhythm of dance. Kellyn Celtic Arts Dance Academy will bring the traditions of centuries of Irish and Scottish social dancing. ShiMei, a performer from China, will play the Guzheng, an ancient 21-string instrument.

After watching the live performances, many may choose to stroll about the Promenade watching artist demonstrations, or viewing exhibitions. Both will be set up throughout the Promenade in the Art League’s Artists Studios and outdoors.

Lunch will be available at the refreshment stands, or one of the restaurants at the Promenade. The event is free (optional $2 donation).

For a full listing of classes, workshops, exhibitions, and events call the Art League of Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989; visit the Center for the Arts at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs; or visit on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

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