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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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Thursday
Sep132012

We’ve Got Art in Public Places

Snapshot: We've Got Art in Public Places
Tallahassee Magazine
September-October 2012
by Jason Dehart

Public art is all around us in Tallahassee. You just need to look up from whatever you’re doing long enough to see and appreciate it. It’s in our parks and on our sidewalks. It decorates City Hall and the airport. It enlightens us, gets us to ask questions and brightens our world.

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Monday
Sep102012

For John Parks, nothing beats playing percussion with the TSO

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

John Parks, associate professor of percussion at Florida State University and principal percussionist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, started off as a pianist.

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Monday
Sep102012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Leon County Commissioner Jane Sauls

A few artful questions from COCA for Leon County Commissioner Jane Sauls.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I played the flute and piccolo in my high school band, but no longer play them. I occasionally play the piano.

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Monday
Sep032012

Lawyer’s guitar dreams live in Sarah Mac Band

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
9/2/12

Charlie Vanture is an attorney practicing personal injury law by day, and a musician on the side.

"Or maybe I’m a lawyer on the side," he laughs. "I can never figure out which."

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Monday
Sep032012

Q&A: Bobby Pearce can play the kazoo

A few artful questions from COCA for Bobby Pearce, Administrator at Wakulla County School District.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I enjoy clapping along to a variety of music. My claim to fame is a kazoo and, on occasion, a tambourine.

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Sunday
Aug262012

An artful life: Gulf Coast artist Beth Appleton’s latest works offer a microcosmic view of the world around us

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/26/12

St. George Island artist Beth Appleton grew up in Ocala, and had what she calls "a truly Florida childhood."

"I practiced underwater ballet every chance I had. I was trained by my Weeki Wachee mermaid neighbor, and I aspired to be just like her," she laughs.

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Sunday
Aug262012

A few artful questions for... Linda Richards

A few artful questions from COCA for Linda Richards, owner of the Cake Shop.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

A: I can play the clarinet, bass clarinet and piano. My mother was a music teacher, and when we were children she instilled in us that we all had to choose an instrument to play.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Sarah Mac Band Announced as Winner of COCA's Americana Music Fest Contest

Band will attend Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville

Tallahassee, FL, August 23, 2012 -- When people talk about entrepreneurs, artists and musicians rarely come to mind; however, those who make their living as artists and musicians are just that. Career development opportunities are as critical for them as they are for other entrepreneurs. To initiate an effort to further support our local arts entrepreneurs, COCA, the Council on Culture & Arts, began with an opportunity brought to us by one of our own local professional musicians, Grant Peeples

During the past month, COCA, the local arts agency for the Capital Region, held the COCA Americana Music Fest Contest with support from Grant Peeples, the Americana Music Association, Music Lessons Express, and Extended Stay Hotels. Over 22,000 votes were tallied and the local community voted to determine the winner, the Sarah Mac Band.

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Sunday
Aug192012

Littwin forges career in graphic design

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/19/12

"From the time I was a little kid I was always making things," says Larin Littwin, art director for the marketing office of the Oglesby Student Union at FSU. "I made crazy forts and toys for my sister and me, and a cardboard cityscape of Chicago, where I lived when I was really small."

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Sunday
Aug192012

A few artful questions for...Karen Cooley

A few artful questions from COCA for Karen Cooley, Financial adviser, North Florida Financial/Park Avenue Securities.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

I play the piano and the kazoo!I don’t play the piano as often as I’d like. However, I keep a kazoo in my car and play quite often at red lights. (In fact, I played just yesterday, at the corner of Mahan and Capital Circle.).

Read the rest of her answers

Sunday
Aug122012

For Derek Nieves, acting is all about empathy and the art of being human

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Nora Bonner
8/12/12

If you ask Derek Nieves where he’s from, he’ll start rattling off locations: Spain, Maryland, Germany, Brooklyn. He’s a self-proclaimed military brat, and while some might describe such a childhood with a pang of sadness, Nieves grows more excited with each place he mentions, as though he’s rediscovering a favorite pair of jeans that somehow got lost in the back of a dresser drawer.

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Sunday
Aug122012

A few artful questions from COCA for... Andrew Gillum

A few artful questions from COCA for Andrew Gillum, candidate for re-election to City Commission, Seat 2.

Q: Do you own any original art?  

My wife and I have bought a few pieces of original art. Most recently we purchased a painting titled "Anonymous" on a trip to a jazz festival in New Orleans.

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Wednesday
Aug082012

A word about contest voting...

For those of you following the voting tallies for COCA’s Americana Music Fest Contest, you’ll note that the numbers have changed a couple of times. Unfortunately, some overzealous fans continue to "stuff the ballot box" by working around certain website security features. In close consultation with IT professionals and some of the bands themselves, COCA is systematically removing fraudulent votes from our website’s daily logs. This is what’s causing the occasional fluctuations in the grand totals. We want to assure you of our confidence that the current and final results will be based on actual voting trends.

Voting continues through August 17th, so be sure to check out each of the bands, listen to their tunes, and vote (by the rules ☺) for your favorite at www.cocanet.org/americana. COCA’s Artist Directory can also connect you with even more of our area’s great musicians in all genres. That link is: www.cocanet.org/artistdirectory. Happy listening!
Sunday
Aug052012

Bands vie to win a trip to the Americana music festival

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
8/5/12

It’s election season, and amidst the campaign signs and television ads, it’s not surprising to hear there are those out there who want your vote. But not all of these people are making campaign promises and political pitches.

About a dozen local Americana bands are competing in COCA’s Americana Music Fest Contest. The grand prize is a trip to the Americana Music Festival & Conference in September in Nashville, a professional development opportunity most could never afford on their own. The band with the most votes wins.

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Sunday
Aug052012

A few artful questions from COCA... for Steve Stewart

A few artful questions from COCA for Steve Stewart, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

My high school graduation gift from my parents was an Epiphone acoustic guitar, which I still have. I took lessons the following summer and over the years have taught myself the basics. I also have a keyboard and piano in the house.

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Sunday
Jul292012

Art in the outdoors

by Elizabeth M. Mack
Tallahassee Democrat
7/29/12

Before the medley of happy fruits and vegetables now decorating the outside wall of the Bread and Roses Co-op existed, it was just a blank canvas—a wall.

"It seemed like a big opportunity, I mean artistically it was a big open canvas," said Ralph Wilson, Bread and Roses keyholder. "It was just something that was begging to have something done to it."

Now the local grocery store’s community mural is one among many that the Council on Arts and Culture is highlighting for its outdoor art directory.

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Sunday
Jul292012

Martha Tilden and quilting are old friends

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/29/12

Though born and raised in Tallahassee, Martha Tilden spent most of her life in Gainesville and Philadelphia, alternately raising her children and working in the field of medical research. In her retirement, back home in Tallahassee, she has discovered a new passion: quilting.

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Sunday
Jul292012

A few artful questions from COCA for...Nick Halley

A few artful questions from COCA for Nick Halley, candidate for City Commission, Seat 2.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

Unfortunately, no. I figured continually getting handed the triangle in music class was a sign I had no talent.

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