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Tuesday
Nov052013

The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition 2013

Untitled by Sable Thompson, Leon High SchoolThis exhibition showcases youthful talent and imagination through 76 pieces of student artwork. Thirty-nine elementary, middle, and high school art teachers submitted work on behalf of their students for the competition. And, the entries represent 29 different area public and private schools. The dedication and professionalism of our area art teachers is evident in the quality of the student artwork on display in the gallery. And the exhibition is stunning.

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Monday
Nov042013

COCA Profile: Documentary explores environmental artist

Art educator looks at artist Mark Messersmith

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Art educator and ethnographer Tom Anderson's first foray into film, “Mark Messersmith: A Sense of Place,” a documentary about his friend and local artist, has put all his creative skills to the test — with some curveballs and false starts. “I got all this raw footage ready to edit together on iMovie and I realized that it just wasn’t high definition enough," said Anderson. "It wasn’t going to hold up, so I bought a better camera and a better tripod, some new microphones, and I started over.” 

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Monday
Oct282013

COCA Profile: Jamison Walker found a home in opera

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Jamison Walker has been singing as long as he can remember. Now 38, the tenor has performed operas like Puccini’s “La Bohème” and Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” musical theater, and, while serving in the Army, with the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band.

 

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Monday
Oct212013

COCA Profile: Trinity church organist planning the Big Sing

Musical event turns audience members into performers

By S.D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Musician Jonathan Hehn has no desire for worldwide concert tours. As organist for Trinity United Methodist Church, Hehn serves his congregation by leading worship services with one eye on tradition and one eye toward the future of music.

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Monday
Oct142013

COCA Profile: Artist duo finds beauty in beasts

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

 

This time of year people engage the ghouls and beasties at Halloween events, where our fear of monsters and the unknown makes festive entertainment. MANDEM’s art engages these creatures year-round, asking audiences to challenge their views of beauty and perspectives on societal norms.

 

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Monday
Oct072013

COCA Profile: Set designer makes magic on stage

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Ruben Arana-Downs moves freely between different worlds. As FAMU’s resident set designer, he uses technical skills to build fantasy. He’s an equally invested educator and mentor of students in his scenic design classes.

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Tuesday
Oct012013

COCA Exhibition featured in On View Magazine

We are delighted to announce that COCA's exhibition, The Back of Beyond: Artworks by Carrie Ann Baade, MANDEM & James Mazza, is included in the latest edition of On View magazine.

On View Magazine is a fine art publication that explores the diverse activities surrounding art museums and related organizations across the state of Florida.

On View features articles covering an array of topics which include Florida’s newest art exhibitions and retrospectives, Q&As, and a variety of informative and entertaining general interest stories. Each edition of On View also includes an extensive exhibition calendar with listings of current and upcoming shows, artist profiles and Florida art gallery highlights.

We’re so proud to be included in this publication with this show! Click here to see (page 62).

Monday
Sep302013

COCA Profile: MBA student makes room for music

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Aaron Hayden’s musical obsessions just might have cost him a roommate or two. “I wake up and I find myself singing a lot,” he said. “I got on my roommates’ nerves because I was always singing.” Born and raised in Detroit, Hayden moved to Tallahassee after high school because it offered the perfect spot for nurturing his passions. At the time, he was after more technical pursuits.

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Tuesday
Sep242013

COCA Profile: Writer Delves into Smokey Hollow History

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

The next time you get an unexpected visitor, there’s a chance it will be historical writer Julianne Hare on the hunt for stories of Florida’s past. “I’ve been known to walk up to somebody’s door and say, ‘It appears that the center part of your house was built back in the 1700s.’ They say, ‘Yeah, it was. Come on in. We’ll show you!”

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Thursday
Sep192013

COCA presents artists who walk the line between weird, wonderful at City Hall

Meet the artists on Oct. 18

By Amanda Karioth
Thompson
Special to the Chronicle

Artists continually look to push the boundaries of creativity and local artists, Carrie Ann Baade, MANDEM and James Mazza are no exception. Gleaning inspiration from subculture, personal experience, literature, mythology and art history, each has developed a style entirely their own. Working in a wide range of media, subject matter, and conceptual approaches, these artists highlight the fine line between weird and wonderful.

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Thursday
Sep192013

Unexpected Artist

We love this article in the latest Men's Journal magazine about former NLF defensive end, Ta'u Pupu'a. After a devastaing injury, he decided to follow a slightly different career path. In the article, he discusses how he become a profesional opera singer and how it has helped him define himself.

Click here to read the entire article by Leslie Guttman.

Wednesday
Sep182013

The Back of Beyond: Artworks by Carrie Ann Baade, MANDEM & James Mazza

on display from September 18 – November 4, 2013

Iatrogenesis (Gift Series #4) by MandemArtists continually look to push the boundaries of creativity and local artists, Carrie Ann Baade, MANDEM and James Mazza are no exception. Gleaning inspiration from subculture, personal experience, literature, mythology and art history, each has developed a style entirely their own. Working in a wide range of media, subject matter, and conceptual approaches, these artists highlight the fine line between weird and wonderful.

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Monday
Sep162013

COCA Profile: Professor Studies Art in Mexican Pyramids

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Diantha Steinhilper’s work exploring ancient pyramids in Mexico is a long way from the desk job she left behind in Texas nearly a decade ago. “I looked around my little cubicle and asked myself, ‘Do I want to do this for the rest of my life?’ And the answer was no,” she said.

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Sunday
Sep082013

COCA Profile: Visiting Baroque Dancer Recreates the Past

By S. D. Green

Special to the Democrat

Exploring the past can go a long way to understanding the present. Paige Whitley-Bauguess’ passion to learn the roots of her craft led her to the world of baroque dance and will next take her to Opperman Music Hall. She will perform as one of the three guest artists, along with the Tallahassee Bach Parley and members of the FSU Baroque Ensemble, in the Artist Series of Tallahassee’s “Baroque Music and Dance.”

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Paintings by William McKeown: A Solo Exhibition

on display at the Artport Gallery from Sept. 4 - Nov. 18, 2013

Passing TimeThese days, it seems we are all in a hurry. Everyone is busy and our digital devices are never far from reach. In this modern era, you can connect to anyone, anywhere. But celebrated local artist, William H. McKeown feels the need to depict a slower way of life in his paintings. The gadgets that so many of us depend on aren’t necessary for McKeown to feel connected. He is connected to the clay hills, the salt marshes and the rapidly vanishing traditions of this area.

As a fifth generation Gadsden County resident, McKeown lives on the farm that has been home to his family for more than 100 years.

“From an early age, I was taught to preserve, respect, and enjoy the land and its beauty. It is my hope that others will be inspired to appreciate these surroundings and the people of the region through my works."

Well rooted in tradition, his acclaimed light filled watercolors and oils capture friendly faces at work and at play, shimmering coastal waterways and defiant structures that are slowly being recaptured by time.

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Monday
Sep022013

COCA Profile: Artist Paints the Beauty in Wrecks

By S. D. Green

Special to the Democrat

Watercolor painter William McKeown’s art studio is an old farm commissary, tucked behind the childhood house where he grew up in Quincy. It’s the same house where McKeown and his wife, Sara, raised their own children, the house they have lived in through McKeown’s years as a farmer, then banker, then antiques dealer.

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Monday
Sep022013

COCA Profile: Drama Instructor Teaches Life Skills

By S. D. Green

Special to the Democrat

Jeannine Meis is the theatrical equivalent of a one-woman-band. As Cobb Middle School’s dramatic arts teacher, Meis does everything from writing plays to building sets, directing to fundraising. She effectively runs a tiny theater company out of her converted home economics classroom.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

COCA Profile: Local Artist Uses Dance to Connect Cultures

By S.D. Green
COCA Profile: Special to the Democrat

“I’ve been a part of performance art ever since I was 6 years old,” said 45 year-old artist and TCC dance instructor Kwame Azalius Ross. “I worked with a dance theater called Africa One. My first production, at 9 years
old, was a story about how colonialism came into this particular village in Africa.”

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Tuesday
Aug132013

COCA Profile: Music Educator is an Unashamed "Band Nerd"

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat


TV and movies have not been kind to so-called “band kids,” often por­traying them as unpop­ular geeks. Jazz musi­cians, on the other hand, have always been known
for playing it cool. Trumpeter and high school band director John Buckley loves being both, and doesn’t shy away from the stereotypes associated with the hard­core music lover.

“I’m the ultimate band nerd, being a band direc­tor creating more band nerds. I want to give them that gift that I had: the love of music and the
friendships, that kind of bond,” said Buckley. “There’s something spe­cial about that whole band experience.”

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Monday
Aug052013

Local author’s travels inspire writing

By S. D. Green
Special to the Democrat

Writing can transport you to fantastic worlds in your mind, but for author Michael Trammell, physical location has had a major influence on his work, too. He wrote a semi-autobiographical novel about surfing Florida beaches that was based on his frequent teenage surfing expeditions with his brother growing up in Palm Beach County. He also wrote a book of poetry that is set in the property he and his wife, poet Mary Jane Ryals, own in East Tallahassee.
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