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Sunday
Jan202013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Brooke Lochore...

Brooke Lochore, vice president of public relations, Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend; board member, the Sharing Tree and Tallahassee-Haiti medical team.

Can you play a musical instrument?

No, not at all.

Do you own any original art?

I have a few favorites: “Clouds over Barra” by Clodagh Norriss from London, “Well Hung Grouse” by Alisdiar Hilliary from Scotland, that my mother-in-law had commissioned from a story I told, and one from local artist Dean Gioia. 

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Sunday
Jan132013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Steve Jacobsen...

Steve Jacobsen, offi­cial court reporter for the Second Judicial Circuit; board member of the Capital Chordsmen.

Can you play a mu­sical instrument?


I have a 5-string banjo, 4-string banjo, guitar, fiddle (not a violin, mind you, a fiddle), piano, a mandolin and a ukelele. I can play at least one song on each of those instru­ments.


Do you own any orig­inal art?


In addition to the works of five creative geniuses known as my grandchildren displayed proudly on my refriger­ator door, I picked up one piece of original artwork in a shop on Gaines Street
some years back. It's a stylized guitar done in wood, and it hangs in my living room.

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Wednesday
Jan092013

Tallahassee Faces and Places: Photography by Roger Raepple and Mark Wallheiser

Untitled 16 by Roger RaeppleOn display in the City Hall Gallery from January 9, 2013- March 4, 2013

This new exhibition gives viewers an artful look at some of the area's most recognizable people and locations. From notable politicians, athletes, and visionaries to our unique architecture and natural landmarks, this exhibit promises to be a celebration of Tallahassee at its finest.

Roger Raepple shows us the beauty of our own backyard. In his photographs, he elevates the surroundings that we may have grown immune to and reminds us to take in the scenery of the city. Raepple often experiments with different styles, processes, cameras and accessories, allowing the viewer to see a familiar sight from a completely new perspective. Using SLR, infared and even iPhone technology, his images encourage gallery goers to take a walk around town and maybe travel down the road a bit to take in some unique settings. “For me photography encourages the fun of exploring and discovering new ways to relate to and reveal a subject or a feeling.”

Mark Wallheiser has taken portraits of some of the Big Bend’s most memorable faces. In his 27 years as staff photographer at the Tallahassee Democrat, he documented the people of our area and all Movie Director Victor Nunez by Mark Wallheiseraspects of the fabric of Tallahassee. Now an independent business owner, Wallheiser creates imagery for businesses and individuals.  Many of his photos on display were created in the days prior to Photoshop.  “A photographer was forced to capture everything he wanted in the final photograph on one sheet or frame of film.” Because of this training, Wallheiser’s current work remains 95%+ Photoshop free meaning his digital images are in front of his camera, not composited or created in the computer.

A public exhibit reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the City Hall Gallery. There is no charge for the reception or the exhibition.

The 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.

This exhibit is one of over a dozen annual exhibitions curated by the Council on Culture & Arts. The exhibit is part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places program. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at (850) 224-2500, Amanda@cocanet.org and visit COCA, online at www.cocanet.org.

 

Sunday
Jan062013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Lester Abberger...

Lester Abberger, managing partner of B.L. Abberger & Com­pany and senior adviser of Florida First Cap­ital Fi­nance Corpora­tion; board member of the Talla­hassee Bach Parley and Florida Humanities Council.

Can you play a mu­sical instrument?


Sadly, no.


Do you own any
original art?

We collect Florida landscape art. A local artist, Steve Andrews, is a particular favorite.

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Sunday
Dec302012

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Chris Gorsuch...

Chris Gorsuch, Head of Technical Services for the LeRoy Collins Leon County Library System and board member of Tallahassee Civic Chorale, Tallahassee Communi­ty Chorus and Theatre A La Carte.

Can you play a musical instrument?


Not anymore. In high school, I played clarinet, cello and bass violin. That stopped when I went to college.


Do you own any original art?


I own two seascapes painted by a childhood neighbor, Ruth Beers, which always remind me of the shore, to which I frequently escape.

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Thursday
Dec202012

Photofest 2012 Winners

Luxembourg Gardens by Roger RaeppleCongratulations to all of the artists who have artwork on display in this year's Photofest exhibition. It is an honor to have been selected and the artists listed below were awarded additional honors during a recent public reception and awards presentation.

1st Place Winner:
Roger Raepple for Luxembourg Gardens

2nd Place Winner:
Amy Higgins for Inheriting the Past

3rd Place Winner:
Dave Gilbertson for Peaceful Morning

Honorable Mention Winners:
Wayne Denmark for Dream Dancer
Todd Jones for Reconstruction
Sean Pushor for The Heron

The 2012 Photofest Exhibition is on display at the Artport Gallery until January 21, 2013. It is free and open to the public.

Monday
Dec172012

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Marguerite Foxon...

Marguerite Foxon, president of Perfor­mance Improvement Consulting and board member of Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend

Can you play a mu­sical instrument?

I’ve played piano, violin, clarinet and guitar over the years. I can still play guitar but you wouldn’t want to be around when I start on the oth­ers. Howev­er, this year I took up alto recorder and am abso­lutely
loving it.

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Monday
Dec172012

"Quark" gets a facelift

After four years in the sun, the monumental 70-foot-tall sculpture "“Quark,"” located in Doug Burnette Park, got a bit of spiffing up on Thursday. Artist, John Henry and members of his team, Merrill Love and Bryan Rasmussen, came from Chattanooga to repaint this artwork. John Henry graciously footed the entire bill. 'Quark' was brought to Tallahassee by the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA) in 2008 and continues to be on loan to the City of Tallahassee.

Sculptor, John Henry and COCA's Art in Public Places Director, Amanda Karioth Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merrill Love and Bryan Rasmussen repaint "Quark"

Sunday
Dec092012

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Michael Mascagni

Michael Mascagni, Board President of the Artist Series/Big Bend Community Orchestra

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?

A: I started playing violin in the 4th grade in Lake Forest, Ill. Locally I’ve played for many years with the Big Bend Community Orchestra (BBCO).

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Sunday
Dec092012

Barbershop Quartets Celebrate by Singing in Perfect Harmony

COCA Special to the Democrat TLH Magazine
by Peggy Brady
12/09/12 

Barbershop quartet singing owes a great deal to African-Amer- ican barbers and their customers, who sang to entertain themselves. Retired FSU English professor and avid bar- bershopper Bruce Bick- ley explained his attrac- tion to this art form.

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Monday
Dec032012

Annual Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit Reception and Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all the student artists who are a part of the exhibition this year and to those who were selected as award winners!

Some of the reception guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raa Middle School's Steel Band provded the musical entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the elementary school artists with their art teachers, school administrators and Superintendent Pons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COCA's Education and Exhibitions Director, Amanda Karioth Thompson introducing Superintendent Pons to make awards presentations

Middle School Honorable Mention winner Lauren Nichols from Deerlake Middle School with her art teacher, Linda JohnsonMiddle School Honorable Mention winner Maggie Williams from Holy Comforter Episcopal Middle School with her art teacher, Carol TaggartMiddle School Honorable Mention winner Victoria Wise from Fort Braden School with her art teacher, Pat PoitingerArt Teacher Donald Sheppard accepting the Middle School 3rd Place award for his student, My Vuong from Montford Middle SchoolMiddle School 2nd Place winner Jacob Whittington from Cobb Middle School with his art teacher, Emily Westfall-CrouchMiddle School 1st Place winner Caitlyn Colvin from Fairview Middle School with Superintendent PonsHIgh School Honorable Mention Winner Renee Benjamin from Chiles High School with her art teacher, Julie ChildersHigh School Honorable Mention Winner Jasmine Gay from Florida State University School with her art teacher, Barb DavisHigh School Honorable Mention winner Xiomara Gary from Godby High School with her art teacher, Ruth MattsonHigh School 3rd Place winner Larkin Keys from SAIL High School with his art teacher, Becki RuttaHigh School 2nd Place winner Alicia Ten from SAIL High School with her art teacher, Sheri NillesHigh School 1st Place winner Kalyn Kelso from Lincoln High School with her art teacher, Marilyn Proctor-GivensMayor's Award "Best in Show" winner Madison Sutherland from Raa Middle School with her art teacher, Superintendent Pons and COCA's Amanda Thompson

Wednesday
Nov212012

Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit

Iris by Morelia Hernandez; SAIL High SchoolThe Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit 2012 showcases youthful talent and imagination through 54 pieces of student artwork. This year, an additional 25 pieces of artwork by art teachers will also be on display, celebrating our local visual art teachers as not only gifted educators but also gifted artists in their own right.  Forty-one elementary, middle, and high school art teachers submitted artwork for this exhibition. 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 artwork on display in the gallery. And the exhibition is stunning.

A public reception for the exhibition begins at 6:00pm on Friday, November 30th in the City Hall Gallery, and lasts until 7:30. The awards ceremony will start at 6:30pm and Jackie Pons, Superintendent of Schools, will be handing out awards. Mayor John Marks has chosen one piece of artwork to receive the best in show, "Mayor's Award." It promises to be an evening of great pride for the students and awe-inspired admiration for those who see the exhibit.

The exhibit is now hanging in City Hall Gallery, 300 South Adams Street, second floor lobby of Tallahassee’s City Hall. The show will remain there until January 7th, 2013. It is free to the public and open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parking is available in Kleman Plaza.

For nearly 20 years, the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) has partnered with the City of Tallahassee’s Parks and Recreation Department to present the Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibit. It is one of a dozen exhibitions curated by COCA and is part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places program. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson (Amanda@cocanet.org) at COCA, (850) 224-2500.

Friday
Nov092012

Photofest 2012 

Cutting Tools by Jack HoltThe Council on Culture & Arts is pleased to present Photofest 2012 an annual exhibition at the Artport Gallery from November 7th 2012 - January 21st, 2013 as part of the Arts in Public Places program.

From breathtaking landscapes to the mind-bending use of extreme close ups, the Photofest 2012 exhibition features photographs by twenty eight local artists. The artists were selected by this year’s Arts Advisory Panel. COCA recruits a citizen committee of accomplished fine artists and non-artists to review images and select work for exhibition.

Photofest 2012 opens November 7th and a free public reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  Awards will be announced at 6:30 pm. Guests are asked to park in long-term parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

The exhibit continues through January 21st, 2013 and is an annual event presented by the Council on Culture & Arts as part of the Art in Public Places program sponsored by the City of Tallahassee.  The 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.

The exhibition is curated by the Council on Culture & Arts’ Arts in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. For more information about this program, visit www.cocanet.org.

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

For a schedule of other exhibitions and arts and culture programs throughout north Florida, visit www.morethanyouthought.com. Learn more about COCA and sign up to receive COCA’s weekly email blast at www.cocanet.org.

Sunday
Oct282012

Captivated by bamboo flute, Ryan Sullivan learns the shakuhachi, will perform duet

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Randi Atwood
10/28/12

Tallahassee native Ryan Sullivan, 28, studies and plays a musical instrument most people have probably never heard of: the shakuhachi flute.

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Sunday
Oct282012

Q & A with candidate

A few artful questions from COCA for Halsey Beshears, candidate for Florida House, District 7.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A: Brian Chamberlain is a local artist who painted an original of my hunting dog and my friend, Chuck. Brian is an extremely talented wildlife artist who lives in Monticello and has done work all over the Southeast. Thatis the only original I have.

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Sunday
Oct212012

'Crazies About Halloween'

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Randi Atwood
10/21/12

"Name a year, I’ll give you a place," says Ann Durham, educator at the Tallahassee Museum and lover of all things unusual. "I was an army brat. I lived everywhere from Texas to the Azore Islands, but I’ve been in Tallahassee since 1981, and it's home now." 

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Sunday
Oct212012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Tabitha Frazier

A few artful questions from COCA for Tabitha Frazier, candidate for re-election for Leon Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor, District 3.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A:  I have several pieces of original art, mostly photographs and paintings. My current favorite is a folk art piece by Janet Moses that I bought at her gallery in Madison, Florida.

 

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Sunday
Oct142012

Kevin Covert: FSU launched his theater career

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Randi Atwood
10/14/12

"I was a dancer first, before I became an actor," says Kevin Covert, the Broadway veteran and FSU alumnus who is currently a visiting artist at the School of Theatre. "It was the typical chorus line story. When I was little, I saw my sister dancing so I started jumping around, imitating her." 

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Sunday
Oct142012

A few artful questions from COCA for.... Peter Williams

A few artful questions from COCA for Peter Williams, candidate for State Attorney.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  I played piano as a child but did not master it, and now my kids (ages 6 to 10) are much better than I am.

 

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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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