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Wednesday
Apr172013

Creative Process: Artworks by Robert R. Burke and Stephen J. Fox

on display at the ArtPort Gallery from April 17 – June 24, 2013

A rare glimpse into the creative process, this exhibition reveals the gradual and deliberate way artists translate ideas into tangible art pieces. Digital artist, Robert R. Burke and woodworker, Stephen J. Fox work in very different mediums but in laying out their methods for the viewers, they show the commonalities within their art making process.

 

"Amusements Series-Headless Helga" by Robert R. BurkeBurke creates digital photographic collage compositions using images that he captures in his travels and day to day activities. With an impressive manipulation of color and texture, Burke reflects the essence of the music, poetry and literature that often moves him to create. Typically beginning with a single image, he selects others to layer in and then explores the possible outcomes by repeating, altering and adjusting.

“Like all adventures there are highlights and pitfalls, hard work and perseverance, but as the creative journey progresses it hopefully concludes with renewed inspiration for the next trip.”

 

"A Disturbing Twilight" by Stephen J. FoxFox has been working as a craftsman and woodworker for decades and frequently adds metal, paper or fabric to enhance his sculptural pieces, many of which are on view in this exhibition. In what might seem an odd departure, he recently began to experiment with printmaking techniques, specifically the reduction woodcut process. Fox, however, was curious about placing the emphasis not on the final printed, paper image but on the carved wooden block which is usually discarded after printing takes place.

“As a woodworker, I was biased toward the wooden panel, and I began to wonder what would happen if the panel itself became the ­final product, the piece of art.”

 

In addition to the artwork on view in this exhibition, each artist has prepared an instructional panel which will allow visitors in-depth exploration of the techniques and methods used to create the imagery on display.

The works in the exhibit will reveal the intuitive creative process on its course to a finished piece of art and will highlight the steps of generating, developing and communicating new ideas through imagery.

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.

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 COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@cocanet.org.

Monday
Apr152013

Local Actress Loves to Play for Laughs...

COCA Notes in TLH Magazine
By S. D. Green
4-14-13

A funny thing happened to Debbie Frost on her way to becoming administrator at aTallahassee law firm—she
played the male lead in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

“I listed my name in the program with only my first initial and last name, so [the audience] didn’t know I was a
woman,” Frost said. “During the performance, I went in the audience andkissed the men. One man put two
fingers up making a cross so that I wouldn't kiss him.

Read the rest of the article: page 1 and page 2.

Monday
Apr152013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Barbara Goldstein...

Barbara Goldstein, president of the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC).

Can you play a musical instrument?

I do not play a musical instrument now. I used to take piano lessons when I was younger and wish I continued as I grew older.

Read the rest of her answers

Tuesday
Apr092013

Art manager champions art and science

COCA Notes in TLH Magazine
By Gabriela Mendizabal
4-7-13

North Carolina native Emily Brown believes that music is in her blood. Her mother recently retired after 30 years of teaching choral music and her older brother just received his doctoral degree in trombone performance.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Jennifer Humayun

 

Jennifer Humayun, homemaker and board member of the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc.

Can you play a musical instrument?

I play the clarinet and goof around with a harmonica. I'll play any percussion instrument that someone hands me.

Read the rest of her answers

Monday
Mar252013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Jay Revell...

Jay Revell, executive director of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority.

Can you play a musical instrument?

Unfortunately my brother got all the musical talent in our family. I do a mean Elvis karaoke, though!

Read the rest of his answers

Monday
Mar252013

Artist fuses clay, craft and culture

COCA Notes in Democrat TLH Magazine
By S.D. Green
3/24/13

Tallahassee ceramic artist Yvonne Edwards-Tucker is driven by spiritual inspiration, cultural exploration and a Zen-like sense of creative discovery. Growing up in Chicago, she was originally interested in painting.

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Monday
Mar182013

A few artful questions from COCA for Kevin Doar

Kevin Doar, IT auditor for the Florida Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General and board president of Tallahassee Little Theatre.

Can you play a musical instrument?

I have vague memories of playing a recorder in middle school.

Rest the rest of his answers

 

Thursday
Mar142013

Mezzo-soprano to sing tributes to women

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
Angela Freier
3/10/13

Mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell, who is performing the solo concert “Witches, Bitches and Women in Britches” on March 17 for the Artist Series, remembers the day she decided to become a professional singer.

“At about age 14, life went from black and white to Technicolor,” she said. “Singing was something that I was good at, that I loved, that made the days brighter. So when you discover something like that, you become addicted to it fairly quickly.”

Read the rest of the article

Thursday
Mar142013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Paige Scott...

Paige Scott, member of the Tallahassee Writers Association.

Can you play a musical instrument?
I play guitar but I strangely do not own one. I do, however, own a banjo and a cello and they both work beautifully
as door stops.

Read the rest of her answers

Monday
Mar042013

A Few Artful Questions for Commissioner Howard Kessler...

Howard Kessler, M.D., Wakulla County Commissioner

Can you play a mu­sical instrument?


In college I played guitar in a ‘60s rock band. Now I occasionally fool around with the
clarinet.

Do you own any
original art?

My wife and I are fortunate to own original art, some of which was created by a family art­ist and others that we purchased or received
as gifts.

Read the rest of his answers

Friday
Mar012013

Creative Tallahassee 2013 

A Walk in the Sky by Gerald GrowExhibit Opens at the City Hall Art Gallery on March 6, 2013

Public Reception Slated for Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrate 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 2013 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 6th until April 29th.

 

From an Artist Eye by Debra BrienenCompetition in 2013 was fierce. More than 175 individual pieces were submitted for consideration. And from those, forty five artists were selected by a special jury to have their work shown in this year’s Creative Tallahassee show.

Meet the artists in the City Hall Art Gallery during a reception and awards ceremony on Friday evening, April 5th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and enjoy light refreshments. Awards will be presented at 6:30 pm. There is no charge for the reception or the exhibition.

The City Hall Art Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall at 300 South Adams Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.

 

Trumpet Cluster by Joseph GreinerCreative Tallahassee 2013 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 COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@cocanet.org.

 

Monday
Feb252013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Meghan Mick...

Meghan Mick, founder of From the Ground Up and board member of the Sharing Tree.

Can you play a mu­sical instrument?


I learned piano as a kid and can still play a little bit. I started to learn the banjo, claw hammer style, last year but I wouldn’t claim to
know it well.

Do you own any orig­inal art?


I have an original piece by Mary Proctor and a piece of original folk art from an artist named Eric Legge out of
North Carolina.

Read the rest of her answers

Tuesday
Feb192013

Baroque oboe player is fan of live performance

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Erica Thaler
2/17/13

John Abberger, brother of Tallahassee’s Lester Abberger, will play the baroque oboe as a guest artist with the Tallahassee Bach Parley next Sunday. A native of Orlando, his parents were music lovers.

“I liked listening to my parents’ records, and my parents took me to the symphony and the opera,” he said. “They really encouraged me, although I do remember my mother getting very nervous when it looked like I was getting seriously interested in studying [music] – and she was wondering how I was going to make a living.

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Tuesday
Feb192013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Darryl Bollinger...

Daryl Bollinger, author and board member of the Tallahassee Writers Association.

Can you play a musical instrument?

No. I wanted to be a guitar player in my younger days, but I didn’t stick with it.

Read the rest of his answers

Monday
Feb112013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Commissioner Nancy Miller...

Nancy Miller, Tallahassee City Commissioner.

Can you play a musical instrument?

I can pick out a few notes on the piano, but just what I picked up from my dad

Read the rest of her answers

Monday
Feb042013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Rita Hebert...


Rita Hebert, retired state worker; board member, Tallahassee Writers Association.


Can you play a mu­sical instrument?


Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with the musical talent I so de­sire.


What was the first concert you attended?


Country music star
Kenny Rogers.

Read the rest of her answers

Monday
Jan282013

A Few Artful Questions from COCA for Bruce Bickley...

Bruce Bickley, FSU Professor of English, Emeritus; board member, Capital Chordsmen.

Can you
play a mu­sical instrument?

I occasionally play the piano and acoustic guitar.


 Do you own any orig­inal art?

We have original wa­tercolors from sidewalk artists in Paris, Mont­marte and Venice, and an acrylic by a Jackson Square painter in New Orleans. We also own signed and numbered prints from Jodi Berg­sma of Bellingham, Washington.
 

Read the rest of his answers

 

Wednesday
Jan232013

Visiting cellist works to inspire young musicians

The Jupiter String Quartet

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Erica Thaler and Claire Thaler
1/20/13 

Daniel McDonough, a member of the Jupiter String Quartet, which will be visiting Tallahas- see next week, was en- rolled in a Saturday morning Suzuki-method string program in Austin, Texas, at the age of 5.

Read the article

Wednesday
Jan232013

American Road: Paintings by Dean Gioia

Sweetwater Road, Autumn #3 by Dean GioiaAt the Artport Gallery from January 23-April 15, 2013

Dean Gioia does nostalgia well. His acrylic paintings of canopy roads, overgrown trails and waterways are reminiscent of a slower pace in an era gone by. In this exhibition, he captures the notion of wandering, exploring uncharted lands, and discovering out of the way places that are unique to our area.

Gioia (pronounced Joya) lives in Tallahassee and is well known for his ethereal landscapes. His career as an artist spans four decades and in that time he has become widely celebrated. Most recently, his artwork has been included in Schiffer Publishing's coffee table book, "100 Southern Artists.”

Renowned for his use of light and atmosphere, Gioia explores an emotional relationship with the land, its structures and people. Our region provides plenty of inspiration, from dilapidated antique fords to hole in the wall hang outs. You never know what you might find at the end of that sun dappled clay drive.

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.

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 COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@cocanet.org.