Bonita Springs National Art Festival

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
42nd Bonita Springs National Art Festival
10450 Reynolds Street
Bonita Springs
Fl. 34135

Laurel D. Rund will be a participating artist at the 42nd Bonita Springs National Art Festival!

Dates:     February 10-11, 2018     Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost. $5 optional donation requested at gate that goes toward scholarships, programming and community events at the Art League.
Location:  Bonita Springs National takes place in Riverside Park on Old 41 in historic downtown Bonita Springs. (For GPS purposes, the street address is 10450 Reynold Street or 27000 Old 41 Road (34135).)

Ranking: Over the years, the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals have been consistently ranked by trade journal Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the finest in the entire country. Last year, Bonita National attained the lofty ranking of #2 in the nation.

Description: Participation in Bonita Springs National’s three winter art festivals is restricted to just 211 spots. The festivals stress quality and originality, with artists juried into the shows exhibiting and selling original paintings, drawings, pastels, photography, handcrafted jewelry, clay works and ceramics, glass art, metal sculpture and more.

Community Impact: Proceeds raised through the festivals from donations made at the gate and artist applications and booth fees stay in Bonita Springs are used by the Center for the Arts to provide scholarships, exhibitions, community events, and low-cost youth and adult art programming and classes. Specifically:  local elementary schools receive over $20,000 worth of visual and performing arts programming annually through free programs like “Art Goes to School” and “After School Express;”local youth and adults receive over $20,000 worth of free Community Theater Programs with full scale productions throughout the year.

At the Festival,  local high school students receive over $7,000 worth of free sculpture and painting classes annually through the Center’s High School Mentor Program; local high school, middle and elementary school students receive over $6,500 in free exhibitions, receptions and award programs annually; local youth receive over $60,000 in scholarships annually to participate in visual and performing arts programming.

The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals have given identity and brought recognition to Bonita Springs and Southwest Florida, giving the City of Bonita Springs its largest cultural events. “‘A community’s sense of place, its unique ‘fabric’ is not a static concept; it evolves and develops over time,” notes Operations Director Kathy Saldivar. It helps shape, reveal and enhance our identity, the unique meaning, value and character of our community.”

The Bonita Springs National Art Festival is an entirely volunteer effort, which enables the Center for the Arts to keep the cost of the festivals extremely low. The three Bonita Springs National Art Festivals are the largest fundraisers for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.

Essence of Laurel Booth

Take a tour of Laurel Rund’s ‘Art from the Heart” at the 42nd Bonita Springs National Art Festival


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