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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.).

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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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Tuesday
Jul242012

Candidates hear ideas from artists at forum

by TaMaryn Waters
Tallahassee Democrat
7/24/12

Monday’s forum on the arts and culture community was like speed dating for voters.

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Sunday
Jul222012

Brett Wellman is happy to be singing the blues

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Dario Sulzman
7/22/12

When he’s not on stage, you probably wouldn’t take Brett Wellman for a musician. He’s clean-shaven, with his hair cut flatandtightlygelled,and he wears striped collared shirts tucked into dark slacks.

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Sunday
Jul222012

A few artful questions for...Eric Friall

A few artful questions from COCA for Eric Friall, candidate for City Commission, Seat 1.

Q: Can you play a musical instrument?  

Alto sax. I don't play anymore.

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Thursday
Jul192012

Graceful Warriors: Paintings by Annie S. Harris 

Single Lady by Annie S. Harrison display through September 10, 2012 at the ArtPort Gallery.

Annie S. Harris’s paintings are an homage to what is good and strong in all of us. She has a deep respect for people, from all walks of life, and their unique ability to rise above adversity.  

While her main medium is acrylic paint, Harris often selects unconventional surfaces to paint on, including glass, driftwood, tin and even cardboard. Her art comes from her ability to see things as what they can be, rather than what they are.

“A piece of trash to someone else, to me, is a possibility,” she says.

Harris also finds infinite possibility in people and says,

"You must never look at someone and say that person is not talented, because talent comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s usually a surprise. It’s not what you see on the outside that makes people artistic or compassionate. We should look for that wherever we can find it.”

Harris often chooses to omit eyes and faces in her artwork, encouraging viewers to see aspects of themselves reflected in the paintings. She shows us that we can gain strength through our common bonds and lift each other up to overcome our struggles.   

A public reception for Graceful Warriors is scheduled at the ArtPort Gallery for Friday, July 27, 2012 from 6:00-7:30pm. Guests are asked to park in long-term/daily parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

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.

For more information about this exciting exhibition or upcoming exhibitions contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at (850) 224-2500 or Amanda@.cocanet.org.

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Thursday
Jul192012

COCA Presents the 18th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition

Diamonds are a Queen's Best Friend by Martha Tilden

Through September 24th, Public Reception August 3rd       

The 18th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition in City Hall Gallery has brought together fiber works from talented local artists of the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited guild. This year’s exhibit promises to showcase a wide range of styles, colors and textures. The show runs through September 24, 2012.

This year over 40 quilts, by 27 quilters, will be on display. With quilts featuring playful animals, amazing geometric patterns, and vibrant colors, the range of design and inspiration will be sure to dazzle the eye. Come meet and talk with the quilters during the public reception on Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free of charge and open to the public.

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. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or COCA’s Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at (850) 224-2500, Amanda@cocanet.org and visit COCA online at www.cocanet.org.

For information about the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited, contact www.quilttallahassee.com

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Sunday
Jul152012

Annie Harris knows the art of retirement

COCA Notes from TLH Magazine
by Randi Atwood
7/15/12

Annie Harris is a well-known, long-time dedicated educator. She spent 16 years at Godby High School, first as a teacher, later as assistant principal.

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