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Sunday
Aug052012

Bands vie to win a trip to the Americana music festival

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/5/12

It’s election season, and amidst the campaign signs and television ads, it’s not surprising to hear there are those out there who want your vote. But not all of these people are making campaign promises and political pitches.

About a dozen local Americana bands are competing in COCA’s Americana Music Fest Contest. The grand prize is a trip to the Americana Music Festival & Conference in September in Nashville, a professional development opportunity most could never afford on their own. The band with the most votes wins.

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Sunday
Aug052012

A few artful questions from COCA... for Steve Stewart

A few artful questions from COCA for Steve Stewart, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

My high school graduation gift from my parents was an Epiphone acoustic guitar, which I still have. I took lessons the following summer and over the years have taught myself the basics. I also have a keyboard and piano in the house.

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Sunday
Jul292012

Art in the outdoors

by Elizabeth M. Mack
Tallahassee Democrat
7/29/12

Before the medley of happy fruits and vegetables now decorating the outside wall of the Bread and Roses Co-op existed, it was just a blank canvas—a wall.

"It seemed like a big opportunity, I mean artistically it was a big open canvas," said Ralph Wilson, Bread and Roses keyholder. "It was just something that was begging to have something done to it."

Now the local grocery store’s community mural is one among many that the Council on Arts and Culture is highlighting for its outdoor art directory.

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Sunday
Jul292012

Martha Tilden and quilting are old friends

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/29/12

Though born and raised in Tallahassee, Martha Tilden spent most of her life in Gainesville and Philadelphia, alternately raising her children and working in the field of medical research. In her retirement, back home in Tallahassee, she has discovered a new passion: quilting.

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Sunday
Jul292012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Nick Halley

A few artful questions from COCA for Nick Halley, candidate for City Commission, Seat 2.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

Unfortunately, no. I figured continually getting handed the triangle in music class was a sign I had no talent.

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Tuesday
Jul242012

Candidates hear ideas from artists at forum

by TaMaryn Waters
Tallahassee Democrat
7/24/12

Monday’s forum on the arts and culture community was like speed dating for voters.

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Sunday
Jul222012

Brett Wellman is happy to be singing the blues

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Dario Sulzman
7/22/12

When he’s not on stage, you probably wouldn’t take Brett Wellman for a musician. He’s clean-shaven, with his hair cut flatandtightlygelled,and he wears striped collared shirts tucked into dark slacks.

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Sunday
Jul222012

A few artful questions for...Eric Friall

A few artful questions from COCA for Eric Friall, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

Alto sax. I don't play anymore.

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Thursday
Jul192012

Graceful Warriors: Paintings by Annie S. Harris 

Single Lady by Annie S. Harrison display through September 10, 2012 at the ArtPort Gallery.

Annie S. Harris’s paintings are an homage to what is good and strong in all of us. She has a deep respect for people, from all walks of life, and their unique ability to rise above adversity.  

While her main medium is acrylic paint, Harris often selects unconventional surfaces to paint on, including glass, driftwood, tin and even cardboard. Her art comes from her ability to see things as what they can be, rather than what they are.

“A piece of trash to someone else, to me, is a possibility,” she says.

Harris also finds infinite possibility in people and says,

"You must never look at someone and say that person is not talented, because talent comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s usually a surprise. It’s not what you see on the outside that makes people artistic or compassionate. We should look for that wherever we can find it.”

Harris often chooses to omit eyes and faces in her artwork, encouraging viewers to see aspects of themselves reflected in the paintings. She shows us that we can gain strength through our common bonds and lift each other up to overcome our struggles.   

A public reception for Graceful Warriors is scheduled at the ArtPort Gallery for Friday, July 27, 2012 from 6:00-7:30pm. Guests are asked to park in long-term/daily parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

The ArtPort Gallery itself is located in the Tallahassee Regional Airport, 3300 Capital Circle SW, and is open daily from 8:00 am until 11:30 pm. All exhibits in this space are free and open to the public.

For more information about this exciting exhibition or upcoming exhibitions contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at (850) 224-2500 or Amanda@.cocanet.org.

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Thursday
Jul192012

COCA Presents the 18th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition

Diamonds are a Queen's Best Friend by Martha Tilden

Through September 24th, Public Reception August 3rd       

The 18th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition in City Hall Gallery has brought together fiber works from talented local artists of the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited guild. This year’s exhibit promises to showcase a wide range of styles, colors and textures. The show runs through September 24, 2012.

This year over 40 quilts, by 27 quilters, will be on display. With quilts featuring playful animals, amazing geometric patterns, and vibrant colors, the range of design and inspiration will be sure to dazzle the eye. Come meet and talk with the quilters during the public reception on Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free of charge and open to the public.

City Hall Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall, 300 South Adams Street and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or COCA’s Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at (850) 224-2500, Amanda@cocanet.org and visit COCA online at www.cocanet.org.

For information about the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited, contact www.quilttallahassee.com

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Sunday
Jul152012

Annie Harris knows the art of retirement

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/15/12

Annie Harris is a well-known, long-time dedicated educator. She spent 16 years at Godby High School, first as a teacher, later as assistant principal.

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Sunday
Jul152012

A few artful questions from COCA for... Bob Fulford

A few artful questions from COCA for Bob Fulford, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

No. (I have a) houseful of instruments, none of which I can play.

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Monday
Jul092012

Judy Arthur excited about ‘Les Miz’

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/8/12

Judy Arthur grew up in Quincy, but says she studied piano in Tallahassee from an early age and always felt like it was home. She moved here right after her high school graduation in 1968 to study music at FSU.

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Sunday
Jul082012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Scott Maddox

A few artful questions from COCA for Scott Maddox, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

In school I played violin and guitar. I don’t still play, but I wish I did.

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Sunday
Jul012012

ZBT Trio is ready to take on the world

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/1/12

Zach Bartholomew began playing the piano around age 10, starting piano lessons because his younger sister wanted them. Though he liked practicing and playing for himself, he found that performing for people was stressful and nerve-wracking.

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Sunday
Jul012012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Akin Akinyemi

A few artful questions from COCA for Akin Akinyemi, candidate for re-election to Leon County Commission, At Large, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

Nothing that I would want to publicly display, but I do love beating on African drums — or any surface for that matter.

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Monday
Jun252012

Joe Goldberg brings the swing to everything

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Christopher Cartright
6/24/12

Jazz clarinetist Joe Goldberg might be the hippest kid in Tallahassee, but when asked what it means to be hip, the 22-year-old professional musician laughed.

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Monday
Jun252012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Emily Fritz

A few artful questions from COCA for Emily Fritz, candidate for Leon County Commission, At Large, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  No. I took guitar lessons for a short time in junior high, but I wasn’t very good.

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Sunday
Jun172012

This looks like a job for Susan Gage

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
6/17/12

Susan Gage always liked theater, but never felt she fit in anywhere in the traditional genres. In high school, a drama teacher saw her perform a monologue in class and insisted she audition for a show, declaring that he had never seen a freshman with her intensity.

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Sunday
Jun172012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Daniel Parker

A few artful questions from COCA for Daniel Parker, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  I took piano lessons as a kid but didn’t stay with it. Wish I had. My sons take piano and I would like to someday learn to play something again.

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