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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.

Read the rest of his answers

 

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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Sunday
Oct072012

A few artful questions from COCA for... William Helmich

A few artful questions from COCA for William Helmich, Candidate for Leon Soil & Water Conservation, District 5.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

A:  Yes, various paintings and sculptures. My favorite is a bowl by Tallahassee’s own Lucas VanSickle. 

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Sunday
Sep302012

Emotions take wing in Susan Peacock's paintings

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine 
by Laura Steadham Smith
9/30/12

"I usually begin my paintings with a feeling," explains Tallahassee artist Susan Peacock. "And then I’ll paint them over 50 times before I’m happy with them."

 

 

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Sunday
Sep302012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...John Shaw

A few artful questions from COCA for John Shaw, candidate for State Senate, District 3.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  The first instrument I learned how to play was the cello, actually. I began taking lessons when I was in fifth grade, and continued up through about seventh grade. It was only a few years ago that I decided to try it out once more, so I rented a new one from one of the local music shops. It was fun to play on, but … let's just say I'm no Yo-Yo Ma.

 

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Sunday
Sep232012

Shannon O’Bryan has dramatic impact on and off the stage

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Billy Hallal
9/23/12

When Shannon O’Bryan first moved to Tallahassee in 1999, she looked for a folk dance troupe to join. She never expected to create and operate her own performing arts dance studio and school. 

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Sunday
Sep232012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Martha Lang

A few artful questions from COCA for Martha Lang, candidate for Leon Soil & Water Conservation, District 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A:  When I was much younger, I played the violin for about four years. My teacher moved away, so my lessons ended. I do miss playing music, so I may pick it up again in the future, or try out a new instrument — perhaps the keyboard.

Read the rest of her answers

Friday
Sep212012

Painting Paradise: An exhibition at the airport gallery from Sept. 12 to Nov. 5

After the Rain by Jill Quadagno / Special to the ChronicleSpecial to the Chronicle
Written by
Amanda Karioth Thompson
9/20/12

Plein Air painting refers to an approach of creating artwork outdoors, on location. This firsthand observation, allows artists like Jennifer Clinard and Jill Quadagno to capture atmospheric conditions, light and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us in North Florida. These two artists have an essential spontaneity which they use to record and interpret the mood, mystery and uniqueness of our rapidly disappearing wild places.

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Sunday
Sep162012

Jennifer Clinard sets the scene in film, art

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
9/16/12

When 10-year-old Jennifer Clinard started the "Mona Lisa Art Club" with her best friend, she never expected her artistic ability would lead her to a 30-year career as a scenic painter in theater and film.

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Sunday
Sep162012

A few artful questions from COCA for ...Kirk Headley-Perdue

A few artful questions from COCA for Kirk Headly-Perdue, candidate for County Commission, District 2.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: How I wish I could! Unfortunately, my musical talent extends only as far as enjoying the musical talents of others.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Painting Paradise: Landscapes by Jennifer Clinard & Jill Quadagno

Twilight at Alligator Point by Jill QuadagnoA new exhibit at the Artport Gallery from September 12 - November 5, 2012

Plein Air painting refers to an approach of creating artwork outdoors, on location.  This firsthand observation, allows artists like Jennifer Clinard and Jill Quadagno to capture atmospheric conditions, light, and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us in North Florida. These two artists have an essential spontaneity which they use to record and interpret the mood, mystery and uniqueness of our rapidly disappearing wild places.

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