January 1, 2008

Volume 4 Issue 1




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Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art undergo scrutiny in Can You Find It? by Judith Cressy.

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Upcoming Events this Month...


Collector's Choice III, Audacity in Art

Where: Orlando Museum of Art


East Coast
Hot Bed Hotel
The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach

Gulf Coast
Connectivity & Austerity
West Tampa Center for the Arts

Miami & the Keys
Child's Play: Propaganada Puzzles, War Games, and Children's Books
: Green Library, FIU

North Central
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Phillips Center

The First Artist Member Exhibition
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach


Robert ParkeHarrision: The Architect's Brother
Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science


GODS AND HEROES: The Painting & Sculpture of Sandro Chia
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Pure Confidence
FST’s Keating Theatre

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The 2007-2008 Daniel Mandleker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award Recipient
Sarasota - Florida Studio Theatre is pleased to announce its 2007-2008 Daniel Mandleker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award recipient, Christine Scarfuto. Each year FST chooses an outstanding young intern to be awarded this prestigious scholarship made possible by the Daniel Mandleker and Marlene Harris Foundation.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Announces New Board Members and Officers
Orlando - The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF recently added a number of new members to their board of directors.Joining the board at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season are W. Michael Black from Dean Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouana and Bozarth, PA; Keith Hesse with Carlton Fields; Tony Jenkins, Market President for the Central Florida Region with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida; Joyce Johnson with Tiffany & Company; Barry Miller, President of The Closing Agent; community leader Alexis Pugh; Jeffrey Ramsey, Private Banking Executive with Regions Bank; Mark Terry with the advertising firm Terry Kane Orlando; and James Tyson, Vice President of External Affairs with Insurance Office of America. The slate of officers beginning a new two-year term include community leader Debbi Toohey as president; John Quigley with Morgan Keegan Investments as first vice-president; Steven Jamieson, General Manager at the Mall at Millenia as second vice-president; Dan McIntosh with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed as secretary and Janet Rapp with Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer & Creel as treasurer. Community leader Rita Lowndes continues as board chair.

Mayor Buddy Dyer To Proclaim “Davis Gaines Day” in the City of Orlando
Orlando– Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, proclaimed December 31, 2007, as “Davis Gaines Day” in the City of Orlando. Gaines, a graduate of Edgewater High School and Orlando native, has brought tremendous recognition to Central Florida throughout this successful career as a performer. Gaines has performed on Broadway, in films, and for television with exceptional recognition. He has sun for five U.S. Presidents and with every major symphony orchestra in North America, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.

Orlando Opera Company Launches $2.1 Million “50 and Forever” Campaign
Orlando - The Board of Trustees of Orlando Opera Company is celebrating the company’s golden anniversary season in 2007-08 with the launch of a plan for the company’s future that will enhance its artistry and stabilize its finances. These are ambitious goals, but eminently realizable as the company continues its current course of building the subscription base, of attracting professional and experienced staff, and of remaining fiscally sound in annual operations. By the announcement of the public phase of the campaign at a 50th anniversary gala concert and dinner, Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Mitch Levin announced that $1.6 of the $2.1 million had already been raised. In October, 2006, Orlando Opera Company began the quiet phase of the 50 and Forever Campaign, both to celebrate the first fifty years of the company and to demonstrate the organizational capacity necessary for today’s mature performing arts institutions before entering the public phase.

Women Contemporary Artists Celebrate the Holidays With Donations of Children’s Art Supplies to be Distributed by SPARCC
Sarasota - Women Contemporary Artists held their annual holiday party Sunday, December 2, in the community room of the Pinebrook South Clubhouse, Venice. In lieu of the usual gift exchange the 50+ attending members as well as members unable to attend all donated new, unwrapped arts/crafts related gifts appropriate for children. Members packaged the gifts for donation to SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center of Sarasota, Inc.)


WPI and Orlando Repertory make History
Orlando– Women Playwrights’ Initiative (WPI) is pleased to announce that the 2007-08 season brings another upswing in Central Florida productions of plays written by women. Last season’s percentage was 19 – an encouraging 3-5% increase over two previous seasons – and the current season’s programming reveals 22% written by women playwrights. WPI’s Board of Directors voted to reward this year’s bellwether theater with a traveling award named for its awareness campaign: WOWW! the Wave of Women Writers. Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Jeffrey Revels was eager to report details. “Out of our eight season shows, four are written by women!” wrote The Orlando REP’s new Artistic Director. The WOWW award was presented to Orlando Repertory at a meeting of the Board, staff and invited guests on Tuesday, December 11 at CityWalk’s Red Cocoanut.The fused glass award was designed by Fern Matthews, a sculptor-mixed media artist with a theater background.

Bach Festival Society Announces New Media Page
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to announce a new resource for the media: the Bach Festival Society Media Page. This webpage provides a wealth of information on the Bach Festival Society, members of the Bach Festival Choir, and story ideas, as well as a high-quality photo library. The site can be accessed at



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This month's featured artist is painter, Jeanne' Cadman. Jeanne'developed a love of painting at age 13. Throughout her youth she painted constantly and continued to increase her creative ability. Then, as she finished high school, there were signs of failing eyesight and she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease which ultimately causes total, permanent blindness.
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