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Love Art? There’s No Lack of Opportunities in Southwest Florida

Joining an art group offers opportunities to socialize, learn, share knowledge, network, participate, volunteer and get your art out there. Southwest Florida offers a wealth of great places to do all of this. One of them is the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS), where there are opportunities galore to explore art, music, theater, film and dance; take classes; and attend concerts, films, performances and lectures.  

CFABS consists of two campuses—one dedicated to the visual arts and one to the performing arts. The Center for Visual Arts offers multiple fine art galleries, fully equipped studios, gift shop, library, sculpture garden and classes in painting, drawing, clay, sculpture and more, according to marketing and creative director Christine Elzinga. Meanwhile, at the Center for the Performing Arts, patrons can enjoy concerts, dance, theater, comedy, film, lectures and youth education classes. 

Following are some of the many organizations catering to the arts in Southwest Florida. 


Local Art Centers, Leagues and Associations 

Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 


Art League of Fort Myers
1451 Monroe Street, Fort Myers 


BIG ARTS Sanibel
900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel 


Cape Coral Art League
516 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral  


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs 

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 


Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery
3030 Shell Mound Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 


Naples Art Association
585 Park Street, Naples 


Pine Island Art Association
4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha