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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!

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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