Enjoy unique art time in a historic setting...
Tropical Visions
An art exhibit at the historic Casner Home. Memories keep things alive! Join us to celebrate the preservation of the treasures of Bonita Springs!


Sunday afternoon - January 28, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm

The historic Casner Home
at 7142 South Riverside Drive, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Tickets: $10.00 – includes a beverage of your choice.
Donations Accepted. Children are free.
For tickets please contact the
Bonita Springs Historical Society at (239) 992-6997

Join us to celebrate the art of Wendy White and Roland Ruocco! Original oil paintings, prints, posters, and greeting cards will be for sale in the picturesque setting of the Bonita Springs Historical Society. Purchase an original painting to help preserve the History of Bonita Springs, a percentage of all sales will go directly to the Bonita Springs Historical Society.

Music will be provided Bonita Springs young classical musical star, Daniel Holmes, who will serenade you on his piano as you enjoy the beauty of the Casner House and the surroundings.

Wendy White and Roland Ruocco, native New Yorkers, moved to Southeast Florida in July of 2001 and recently moved to the west coast and enjoy their new studio in Pine Island Florida. They and both are thrilled to continue their dream of providing cultural outreach in the arts through their 501(c)(3) non-profit public foundation, The New Light Foundation., Inc. Together, they have exhibited in over 120 shows in New York City, Miami, Paris, Amsterdam, Buenos Aries and Switzerland and have sold over 200 paintings. Join us to celebrate their new beginning in Southwest Florida.

“South Florida's elements of sea, sky, and palms influenced by time of day and weather conditions portray moments of intimacy and perfection,” states Roland Ruocco. “I am constantly inspired to paint the beauty of nature.”

“We are honored to exhibit our paintings at the Bonita Springs Historical Society,” states Wendy White. “The preservation of memories inspires my every painting stroke.”

The Bonita Springs Historical Society, Inc., is a Florida nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 1984 by a small group of dedicated individuals who shared an interest in discovering and preserving the unique heritage of this area. Over 30 years later, the Society continues to strive to build enthusiasm and share historical knowledge about Bonita Springs with its mission to record, preserve and promote its history.

For tickets please contact the Bonita Springs Historical Society at (239) 992-6997




tropic sail
Born in Rockaway Beach, New York, Wendy’s palette and writings are strongly influenced by her early environment of living by the sea. Her father was a painter and while she was growing up, she and her twin brother would frequently model for him as he painted. During her teen years, her father became blind, and she became her “father’s eyes.” She received a full academic scholarship to Barnard College of Columbia University where she fulfilled her medical school requirements hoping to find a cure for her father’s blindness. Her father regained his vision in one eye during her sophomore year at the same time she was studying painting with her mentor at Barnard, the abstract expressionist painter, Milton Resnick. Due to Milton’s continual inspiration and encouragement she rediscovered the light from her childhood, and began fully developing her abstract impressionist style paramount in her work today.

Since graduating from Barnard in 1981, Ms. White had exhibitions in galleries in New York City, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Finland, Buenos Aires and Switzerland; having sold over 120 canvases with over 200 exhibitions. She was awarded a government sponsored show by the VKI Center in Copenhagen, Denmark where she exhibited 40 new canvases and was funded for her stay in May 1995.

Wendy’s one-woman show “The Jewish Nun” was recently produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, at off-Broadway’s 59e59 theater in New York City, at the GAB Studio in Miami and to sold-out audiences at The New Light Theatre. She is the co-founder and president of the New Light Foundation, Inc. www.newlightgallery.org New Light donates a percentage of its art sales and theater ticket sales to its scholarship fund, with the goal to help a young person go to college regardless of their financial circumstances.

Ms. White is inspired by the old masters as well as the modern day expressionists and is fully committed to paint and write to utilize her gifts for the better good of the world. She continues to foster her dream of international cultural exchanges in order to create a universal bridge of peace between all the countries of the world.


Everglades Glow by Roland Ruocco
Brooklyn, New York native Roland Ruocco attended The High School of Art and Design in New York City and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Early on, his artwork was influenced by comic book illustration and urban graffiti, then in college the old masters especially the Romantic painters. This unique convergence resulted in a compelling body of work.

“My artworks convey my perception of the world around me, involving diverse topics, subject matter and artistic styles, sometimes identifying problems and offering solutions, other times focusing on the beauty of nature, or perhaps mechanical design. It depends on my mood and inspiration, I like the challenge of trying different artistic directions. My current work includes painting, drawing, sculpting and casting, LED driven structural constructions, video tracks, map-making, and digital design.”

Since the mid-nineties, Roland has actively exhibited in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, and New York City, his list of collectors has steadily increased. His Florida based studio also serves as home for his New Light Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Foundation that conducts community outreach programs that utilize the arts and education.



Casner House 1950
Purchased by the Society in 1996, the Casner-Holzmeyer House has served as the headquarters of Society, event venue, office space, work area, and storage for archives. It has been transformed into a Period House to create a living history museum, to illustrate what life was like here in Bonita Springs in the early 1900s.