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Learn the Art of Calligraphy, Watercolor and Acrylics on the Bonnet House Estate

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Learn the art of painting and calligraphy at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens this season. Two six-week and one four-week workshop will be offered beginning in January.  The watercolor workshop begins January 11 and runs every Wednesday through February 15 from 9:30am – 12:30pm with Karen Eskesen. Nia Nakis will be teaching the outdoor acrylic workshop on Thursdays from January 12 through February 16, 9:30am-12:30pm. The calligraphy workshop with Tony Pastucci begins Tuesday, February 7 and runs through February 28 from 9:30am – 11:00am.

“The main house emulates a sense of charm and the surrounding grounds are home to a variety of tropical plants and wildlife native toFlorida” states Bonnet House Fine Artist and watercolorist, Karen Eskesen who returns once again to teach her very popular outdoor painting class.

Class space is limited to 15 students and the cost for each workshop is as follows: Watercolor, $114 for members and $126 for non-members; Acrylic, $114 for members and $126 for non-members; Calligraphy, $64 for members and $80 for non-members.  For registration or more information, please contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected].

"Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit" set to open Friday, February 10, 2012

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LXR Luxury Resorts and Ryder Systems, Inc. present Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit and Fundraiser Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:00p.m.  “Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit” is set to open with a private showing for V.I.P. guests starting at 5:30pm.  V.I.P. guests will be treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres, preview the exhibition, and partake in a rare viewing of the exclusive private living quarters of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett, Bonnet House’s former owners.  The reception opens to members of the public at 6:00 p.m. Lois Schmatz and Kirk Imhof are co-chairing this year’s Impressions opening and Matt Carone will be this year’s juror.

The juried art exhibit showcases artists from throughout the nation and the artists’ personal interpretations of this country’s architecture, nature, or culture.  All guests and participating artists are invited to cast votes for their favorite artist in the exhibition.  The artist receiving the highest number of votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, awarded that evening.  All of the artwork in the Impressions competition will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.  The Impressions exhibition will be on display from February 10 through April 8, 2012 during Bonnet House regular tour hours.

Additional highlights of the evening will include fine food, fine wine and live entertainment throughout the house presented by 360˚ Catering. Invitations for Impressions will be mailed in January. If you would like to add your name to the mailing list or would like to enter your work to be considered, please call (954) 653-1551 or visit us online at

Build a Bridge to the Past

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Help Build a Bridge to the Past!

Bonnet House needs your help to build a bridge to the past. The museum welcomes almost 70,000 visitors each year, most of who enter through our Welcome Center. They then cross a bridge that connects the Welcome Center with the Main House, walking back in time to South Florida of the 1930s and 1940s. The bridge is nearly 25 years old and is nearing the end of its useful life. A local donor has pledged $8,000 to help rebuild the bridge if we can match that $8,000. Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more to help us reach our goal. Tell your Facebook friends you’ve given and ask them to help too! Every gift gets us that much closer to our goal. Thanks!

Click here to help build a bridge!