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Sunday
Apr152012

‘If I see something that speaks to me, I paint it’

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Dana Edwards
4/15/12

Tallahassee artist Natalia Andreeva was classically trained at the Art Institute in Novosibirsk in Siberia, Russia, where she grew up. She followed those studies with graduate work at the Moscow Pedagogical Institute. Before moving to the U.S., she was on the faculty at the Novosibirsk Art Institute as well.

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Sunday
Apr082012

Roopali Kambo knew early on that she wanted an art career

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
4/8/12

Artist Roopali Kambo describes herself as "totally international."

"I feel like I’m a little bit of a mutt," she laughs. "I was born in India, but my family emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-'80s. I went to college and grad school here, and I go back and forth a lot. I love traveling and I like having that kind of exposure to different cultures."

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Sunday
Apr082012

Conley principal saw Eagles in the Swamp

A few artful questions from COCA for Laura Brooks, principal of Conley Elementary School.

Q: What was the first concert you ever attended?  

A: The Eagles in the Swamp at UF. I am pretty sure I attended some others prior, but this is the one that sticks in my memory most.

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Sunday
Apr012012

Peeples’ latest album voices blind convictions

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Holly Thompson
4/1/12

Grant Peeples has been writing songs for decades, but didn’t stand in front of a microphone to sing them until his 50th birthday. In the five years since, he’s recorded four albums and built a demanding national touring schedule with more than 100 dates a year, including seven gigs promoting his music at last month’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

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Sunday
Apr012012

A few artful questions from COCA for Chris Clark, owner of Avenue Eat & Drink.

A few artful questions from COCA for Chris Clark, owner of Avenue Eat & Drink.

Q: What book is on your nightstand right now?  

A: Barron's "The Food Lover’s Companion" and "The Widow Clicquot" by Tilar J. Mazzeo.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

H2O: Photographs by David Moynahan

Exhibit now on display at the ArtPort Gallery until May 28, 2012

Public Exhibit Reception: April 13, 2012 from 6:00-7:30

As a conservation photographer, David Moynahan's goal is to help raise awareness of the natural and beautiful world that still surrounds us. At this time of spiraling environmental crises, many people are disconnected from nature. By adding his work to the efforts of environmental groups, scientists, and policy makers - honoring the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" - he believes that we can re-inspire awe, respect, and stewardship of our remaining wild places.

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Sunday
Mar252012

Photos reflect David Moynahan’s love of life and the natural world

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Amanda Karioth Thompson
3/25/12

Wakulla resident David Moynahan loves life in every sense of the word. As a retired physician, life was what he studied and worked to preserve. He comes by this passion honestly — he has been interested in nature and its life-giving properties ever since childhood. As a conservation photographer, his images of plants, animals, insects and sea creatures depict the beauty of the natural world.

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Sunday
Mar252012

Swift Creek principal plays trombone, dances for kids

A few artful questions from COCA for Joseph L. Burgess, principal of Swift Creek Middle School.

Q: When was the last time you danced?  

A: About two weeks ago, at our school’s Black History Program, just having fun and giving the kids something to laugh at.

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Sunday
Mar182012

Yrabedra’s art is a reflection of life’s journey

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
3/18/12

"From my earliest childhood I drew on the walls. My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University. "She put a chair in front of it to block the view, but whenever company would come over she’d make them look behind the chair to show off what I drew."

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Sunday
Mar182012

Jeff Burlew is a fan of Charles Laughton and Red Tornado

A few artful questions from COCA for Jeff Burlew, senior government editor at the Tallahassee Democrat.

Q: What movie has most affected you?  

A: "The Night of the Hunter," which is just one of the coolest movies ever for a whole bunch of reasons. It was the first and last movie Charles Laughton ever directed. And nobody saw it when it came out, which makes it all the more endearing now. But beyond that, it’s genuinely terrifying and beautifully shot with an amazing cast. As terrific as Robert Mitchum is, I think he’s upstaged by Lillian Gish.

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Monday
Mar122012

Creative Tallahassee 2012

The Boat Mender by William McKeown, 2011 Creative Tallahassee 1st Place WinnerCelebrate the skill, talent, ingenuity and creativity of some of the most exciting artists in the Big Bend area. In this multi-media show at the City Hall Gallery, the Council on Culture & Arts’ Creative Tallahassee 2012 highlights the work of many well-known Tallahassee artists, as well as emerging artists in this highly-anticipated annual juried exhibition. The exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles and sculptures will be on display from March 14th until May 14th.

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Sunday
Mar112012

Doctoral student’s career meshes her love of literature and theater

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
3/11/12

Kate Lechler, 30, grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and got her undergraduate degree in English at Union College, a small liberal arts school in Lincoln, Neb. In her spare time, she acted in plays with the college’s theater troupe.

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Sunday
Mar112012

Gilchrist principal enjoys ‘Hunger Games,’ local art

A few artful questions from COCA for David Solz, principal of Gilchrist Elementary School.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A: Most of the original art I own at home is from my 5-year-old and 8-year-old. However, I have a beautiful framed black-and-white photograph of a live oak from local photographer Kay Meyer. Also, our school has original artwork displayed in our cafeteria by local artist Su Ecenia. The vibrant scenes from around the world make our cafeteria one of the most welcoming and beautiful I have ever seen.

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Monday
Mar052012

Chip Bloyd enjoys building exhibits at museum

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
3/4/12

Chip Bloyd has a job at the Museum of Florida History that most people don’t even realize exists. He is an exhibit builder and museum artisan.

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Monday
Mar052012

Angelica Alvarez enjoys painting

A few artful questions from COCA for Angelica Alvarez, anchor/reporter for WCTV.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A: The only original art I own is my own. Despite my lack of musical talent, I was a pretty good art student. I am particularly proud of a watercolor I painted of a bouquet of flowers. I used to sketch quite a bit as well.

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Monday
Feb272012

Lucas Brown, 19, performing with Tallahassee Youth Orchestra

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Dana Edwards
2/26/12

As a fifth-grader at Roberts Elementary School, Lucas Brown followed a friend’s advice to take a violin class as an elective. He enjoyed music, but didn’t consider it a career option then; throughout middle school, he thought he would become a biologist. But the summer before his senior year of high school, he realized he couldn’t imagine doing anything else but music. The 19-year-old fresh-man now studies violin performance at Florida State University and serves as concertmaster for the University Philharmonia.

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Monday
Feb272012

Principal makes stage props for SAIL

A few artful questions from COCA for Dave Crandall, principal of SAIL High School.

 Q:  What was the last thing you made by hand?  

A: I built stage props and set items for a theater production at SAIL High School.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Gallery Talk for Mark Fletcher’s Critter Talk: A Solo Exhibit

COCA hosted a gallery talk on Saturday, Feb 18th for the current show on display at the ArtPort Gallery called Mark Fletcher’s Critter Talk: A Solo Exhibit. Attendees were able to see the exhibit, mingle with Mark Fletcher and ask him questions about his artwork. He led a discussion of his background, techniques, inspirations and various special projects he is currently involved in.

This exhibit includes examples of Fletcher's paintings, poems and sculpture. It is on display at the ArtPort Gallery from February 1-March 26, 2012. 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 are in this space are free and open to the public.

Another gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 2pm. Gallery talks are also free and open to the public.

Monday
Feb202012

Robert Stuart relishes ability to meld teaching and theater at Young Actors

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
2/19/12

Robert Stuart, artistic director at Young Actors Theatre, is a Tallahassean born and bred, but for the two years when he was in first and second grade, his family lived in Pisco, a small fishing village in Peru, while his father, a meteorology professor at FSU, participated in a field study.

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Monday
Feb202012

Wakulla commissioner dances when whim strikes

A few artful questions from Wakulla County Commissioner Randy Merritt.

 

Q:  When was the last time you danced?  

A: A couple of weeks ago, when some friends were over. We were just out in the garage listing to Pandora — it was very impromptu.

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