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Sunday
Oct072012

Boats steered Ken Fredrickson into technical theater

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Nora Bonner
10/7/12

Ken Fredrickson’s backstage career started when he was 18 years old at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif. He enrolled in a technical theater course, aspiring to work as a roadie on tour, setting up lights and sound for a rock band. His plans changed, though, after he started spending time with the college’s theater community."

 

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Sunday
Oct072012

A few artful questions from COCA for... William Helmich

A few artful questions from COCA for William Helmich, Candidate for Leon Soil & Water Conservation, District 5.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A:  Yes, various paintings and sculptures. My favorite is a bowl by Tallahassee’s own Lucas VanSickle. 

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Sunday
Sep302012

Emotions take wing in Susan Peacock's paintings

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Laura Steadham Smith
9/30/12

"I usually begin my paintings with a feeling," explains Tallahassee artist Susan Peacock. "And then I’ll paint them over 50 times before I’m happy with them."

 

 

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Sunday
Sep302012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...John Shaw

A few artful questions from COCA for John Shaw, candidate for State Senate, District 3.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  The first instrument I learned how to play was the cello, actually. I began taking lessons when I was in fifth grade, and continued up through about seventh grade. It was only a few years ago that I decided to try it out once more, so I rented a new one from one of the local music shops. It was fun to play on, but … let's just say I'm no Yo-Yo Ma.

 

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Sunday
Sep232012

Shannon O’Bryan has dramatic impact on and off the stage

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Billy Hallal
9/23/12

When Shannon O’Bryan first moved to Tallahassee in 1999, she looked for a folk dance troupe to join. She never expected to create and operate her own performing arts dance studio and school. 

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Sunday
Sep232012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Martha Lang

A few artful questions from COCA for Martha Lang, candidate for Leon Soil & Water Conservation, District 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  When I was much younger, I played the violin for about four years. My teacher moved away, so my lessons ended. I do miss playing music, so I may pick it up again in the future, or try out a new instrument — perhaps the keyboard.

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Friday
Sep212012

Painting Paradise: An exhibition at the airport gallery from Sept. 12 to Nov. 5

After the Rain by Jill Quadagno / Special to the ChronicleSpecial to the Chronicle
Written by
Amanda Karioth Thompson
9/20/12

Plein Air painting refers to an approach of creating artwork outdoors, on location. This firsthand observation, allows artists like Jennifer Clinard and Jill Quadagno to capture atmospheric conditions, light and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us in North Florida. These two artists have an essential spontaneity which they use to record and interpret the mood, mystery and uniqueness of our rapidly disappearing wild places.

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Sunday
Sep162012

Jennifer Clinard sets the scene in film, art

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
9/16/12

When 10-year-old Jennifer Clinard started the "Mona Lisa Art Club" with her best friend, she never expected her artistic ability would lead her to a 30-year career as a scenic painter in theater and film.

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Sunday
Sep162012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Kirk Headley-Perdue

A few artful questions from COCA for Kirk Headly-Perdue, candidate for County Commission, District 2.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: How I wish I could! Unfortunately, my musical talent extends only as far as enjoying the musical talents of others.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Painting Paradise: Landscapes by Jennifer Clinard & Jill Quadagno

Twilight at Alligator Point by Jill QuadagnoA new exhibit at the Artport Gallery from September 12 - November 5, 2012

Plein Air painting refers to an approach of creating artwork outdoors, on location.  This firsthand observation, allows artists like Jennifer Clinard and Jill Quadagno to capture atmospheric conditions, light, and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us in North Florida. These two artists have an essential spontaneity which they use to record and interpret the mood, mystery and uniqueness of our rapidly disappearing wild places.

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Thursday
Sep132012

We’ve Got Art in Public Places

Snapshot: We've Got Art in Public Places
Tallahassee Magazine
September-October 2012
by Jason Dehart

Public art is all around us in Tallahassee. You just need to look up from whatever you’re doing long enough to see and appreciate it. It’s in our parks and on our sidewalks. It decorates City Hall and the airport. It enlightens us, gets us to ask questions and brightens our world.

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Monday
Sep102012

For John Parks, nothing beats playing percussion with the TSO

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
9/9/12

John Parks, associate professor of percussion at Florida State University and principal percussionist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, started off as a pianist.

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Monday
Sep102012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Leon County Commissioner Jane Sauls

A few artful questions from COCA for Leon County Commissioner Jane Sauls.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I played the flute and piccolo in my high school band, but no longer play them. I occasionally play the piano.

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Monday
Sep032012

Lawyer’s guitar dreams live in Sarah Mac Band

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
9/2/12

Charlie Vanture is an attorney practicing personal injury law by day, and a musician on the side.

"Or maybe I’m a lawyer on the side," he laughs. "I can never figure out which."

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Monday
Sep032012

Q&A: Bobby Pearce can play the kazoo

A few artful questions from COCA for Bobby Pearce, Administrator at Wakulla County School District.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I enjoy clapping along to a variety of music. My claim to fame is a kazoo and, on occasion, a tambourine.

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Sunday
Aug262012

An artful life: Gulf Coast artist Beth Appleton’s latest works offer a microcosmic view of the world around us

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/26/12

St. George Island artist Beth Appleton grew up in Ocala, and had what she calls "a truly Florida childhood."

"I practiced underwater ballet every chance I had. I was trained by my Weeki Wachee mermaid neighbor, and I aspired to be just like her," she laughs.

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Sunday
Aug262012

A few artful questions for... Linda Richards

A few artful questions from COCA for Linda Richards, owner of the Cake Shop.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I can play the clarinet, bass clarinet and piano. My mother was a music teacher, and when we were children she instilled in us that we all had to choose an instrument to play.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Sarah Mac Band Announced as Winner of COCA's Americana Music Fest Contest

Band will attend Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville

Tallahassee, FL, August 23, 2012 -- When people talk about entrepreneurs, artists and musicians rarely come to mind; however, those who make their living as artists and musicians are just that. Career development opportunities are as critical for them as they are for other entrepreneurs. To initiate an effort to further support our local arts entrepreneurs, COCA, the Council on Culture & Arts, began with an opportunity brought to us by one of our own local professional musicians, Grant Peeples

During the past month, COCA, the local arts agency for the Capital Region, held the COCA Americana Music Fest Contest with support from Grant Peeples, the Americana Music Association, Music Lessons Express, and Extended Stay Hotels. Over 22,000 votes were tallied and the local community voted to determine the winner, the Sarah Mac Band.

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Sunday
Aug192012

Littwin forges career in graphic design

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/19/12

"From the time I was a little kid I was always making things," says Larin Littwin, art director for the marketing office of the Oglesby Student Union at FSU. "I made crazy forts and toys for my sister and me, and a cardboard cityscape of Chicago, where I lived when I was really small."

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Sunday
Aug192012

A few artful questions for...Karen Cooley

A few artful questions from COCA for Karen Cooley, Financial adviser, North Florida Financial/Park Avenue Securities.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

I play the piano and the kazoo!I don’t play the piano as often as I’d like. However, I keep a kazoo in my car and play quite often at red lights. (In fact, I played just yesterday, at the corner of Mahan and Capital Circle.).

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