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Monday
Jun112012

Bob Homme: World-travelin’, music-makin’ hillbilly

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
6/10/12

Bob Homme, half of the Tallahassee duo Cheap and Easy, hails from a small town at the north end of the Appalachian mountains called Clover Hill, Penn., just east of Wheeling, W.V.

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Sunday
Jun032012

Dance is life force for Marcus Robinson

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
6/3/12

Though Havana resident Marcus Robinson knows a lot about the latest technology — he retired in February after 32 years as a micro-computer specialist for the City of Tallahassee — his passion is for something much older.

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Sunday
Jun032012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Mary Ann Lindley

A few artful questions from COCA for Mary Ann Lindley, candidate for Leon County Commission, At Large, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I studied piano as a pre-teen and can read music, but I can’t play much now beyond a few bars of "Fur Elise," which would make my long-ago piano teacher Helen Keyes (yes, really) happy

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Thursday
May312012

Shifting Shadows, Changing Light: Watercolors by René Lynch and Cassie Tucker

Suzy's Blues by Rene LynchWith deft hands and keen eyes, René Lynch and Cassie Tucker join forces in this tribute to color, texture and light. Viewers will be transported to sultry, tropic locals and romantic, European sidewalks without even packing a suitcase.

Tallahassee artist, René Lynch, draws inspiration from her year long sabbatical in Hawaii and various other travels to exotic shores. She captures the lushness of lilies and birds of paradise with bold, vibrant, light filled compositions. Using water based media that mimics the organic qualities of her subject matter, she recreates the exuberance of our natural world.

 

 

Passion Portal by Cassie TuckerCassie Tucker is a Crawfordville based artist who freezes moments in time with nothing more than water and pigment. She’s intrigued by elongated shadows as they stretch across faded Parisian façades and how light plays on the underside of majestic magnolias. Her ideas come from journeys abroad as well as the wealth of beauty we have right here at home.

A public reception for Shifting Shadows, Changing Light is scheduled at the ArtPort Gallery for Thursday, May 31st from 6:00-7:30pm. Guests are asked to park in long-term parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

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Sunday
May272012

‘My students help me stay fresh’

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
5/27/12

Though Cassie Tucker always knew she wanted to be an artist, and preferably a painter, for most of her life she didn’t think that was a practical option.

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Sunday
May272012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Fred Varn

A few artful questions from COCA for Fred Varn, candidate for city commission, seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: When I was young I played the piano, but I did not keep up with the lessons and am limited to playing "Chopsticks" now. I wish I had continued!

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Wednesday
May232012

Arts Empowerment: Revised Arts Exchange Needs Community Support

Tallahassee Democrat, 5/23/12

Cultural attractions are critical to any community’s success — including Tallahassee’s — but so often those working most passionately behind the scenes face challenge after challenge as they seek solid footing.

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Wednesday
May232012

The Eighth Annual TOWN Show – Tallahassee’s Own

Petrushka Music by Leslie PuckettGiving the same commitment to fine art as they do for excellent public service, more than 35 current and retired City of Tallahassee employees are part of this exhibition. The diverse artists come from many departments of public service. There are more than 80 pieces of artwork on display in a variety of mediums including photography, watercolors, glass, basket weaving, wood carvings and jewelry. The exhibit will be on display until July 9, 2012.

Meet the artists and review the artworks on display during a public reception and awards ceremony on Friday evening, June 1, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at City Hall.

The City Hall Art Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This exhibit is part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places program which is managed by the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA). For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@cocanet.org.

 

Monday
May212012

FSU’s director of opera activities has a long-time love of music

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
5/20/12

Douglas Fisher, director of opera activities for FSU’s College of Music, doesn’t recall asking his mother for piano lessons when he was 3 years old, but she tells him he was mesmerized by pianos wherever he saw them.

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Monday
May212012

A few artful questions from COCA for …

A few artful questions from COCA for Kelly Dozier, senior vice president and general manager, Mad Dog Construction.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A: I own many pieces of original art from all over the world. I love to collect art and my main criteria is, "Does it make me feel good?" Some of my favorite pieces are by local artists Natalia Andreeva, Ralph Hurst, Steve Andrews and Eluster Richardson. I have bought most of my art at LeMoyne and the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival. I also like to buy art when I travel; art is my favorite type of souvenir from a trip.

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Sunday
May132012

Nomads owner says her art is the art of display

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
5/13/12

Bev Glazer, 67, owner of the newly re-opened Nomads Gallery, loves everything about art but never felt like her talents warranted her becoming an artist herself.

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Sunday
May132012

Attorney says the courtroom is his stage

A few artful questions from COCA for Charles Stratton, attorney with Broad and Cassel, Attorneys at Law.

Q: When was the last time you were on a stage?  

A: Apparently the courtroom is my stage. I perform for 12 jurors at a time. Otherwise, last time I was on stage was when I was a kid.

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Sunday
May062012

Artist paints a tribute to women around the world for exhibit

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
5/6/12

Mary Sterner Lawson, 65, has been a compulsive sketcher since she was 15 years old.

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Sunday
May062012

Bobby Bacon: His agency sponsors Seven Days 

A few artful questions from COCA for Bobby Bacon, president of the Earl Bacon Agency.

Q: What was the last live performance you saw?  

A: As proud sponsors of Seven Days of Opening Nights, we go to many of those events. Most recently, we saw Rick Steves’ travel lecture at Ruby Diamond, and the Tallahassee Symphony with Rachel Barton Pine.

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Sunday
Apr292012

Welding sparked artist’s imagination

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
4/29/12

Sculptor Mark Dickson credits a great deal of his artistic inspiration to his paternal grandmother.

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Sunday
Apr292012

A few artful questions from COCA for Kevin Hattaway, Realtor.

A few artful questions from COCA for Kevin Hattaway, Realtor.

Q: What was the last live performance you saw?  

A: "An Evening of Dance" at Florida State. My friend Tim Glenn choreographed (one of the pieces). It was a beautiful program.

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Sunday
Apr222012

State worker John Butler sharpens up his skills 

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
4/22/12

By day, John Butler is the records management coordinator in the Florida Department of Financial Services. The rest of the time, his world is more primitive — he is a blacksmith, a knife-maker and he occasionally boils huge vats of cane syrup.

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Sunday
Apr222012

Raa principal’s first concert was a gospel show at the Ryman

A few artful questions from COCA for Donna Callaway, principal of Augusta Raa Middle School, featuring the Magnet Program of Fine and Performing Arts.

Q: What was the first concert you ever attended?  

A: My first was a gospel music concert in the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Sunday
Apr152012

Business executive has the heart of a poet and playwright

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
4/15/12

Mike Sheridan is a man of many talents. He is probably best known in Tallahassee as a businessman — the founder and chairman of four companies, including FBMC Benefits Management Inc. Many also know him as an active civic leader, serving on the boards of the Economic Club of Florida, the Blueprint 2000 Citizens Advisory Committee and others.

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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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