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Gulf Coast
A Sense of Space
West Tampa Center for the Arts

Miami & the Keys
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

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The Foreigner
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PICTURE PERFECT: Photorealism Revisted
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New Pensacola Opera Center to be Dedicated June 5th
Pensacola - On Thursday, June 5th, Pensacola Opera supporters will gather for a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Pensacola Opera Center at 75 S. Tarragona St. A luncheon, hosted by Building Committee chairs Vaughan Hedrick and Don Partington, will be followed by the official reopening of the Opera Center and dedication of the new office and conference spaces.


More Than $18,000 Raised at Cuisine for Art Fund-Raiser
Hollywood– More than $18,000 was raised for the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood at its 11th Annual Cuisine for Art fund-raiser, which was held Thursday, May 8 at the Hollywood Beach Marriott. Over 200 people attended this innovative event, where public and appointed officials became celebrity waiters.


Jacksonville JEDC Office of Film & Television is pleased to announce that the movie RECOUNT premiered May 25th on HBO. In the movie, Jacksonville doubles for such locations as Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Austin, Nashville, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the State Cabinet Room.


St. Petersburg – The Florida Holocaust Museum will honor 84 high school juniors from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota counties with the seventh annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. The two award presentations will be held at the Museum on June 3 and June 5, and will be followed with dessert receptions. Dr. Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida president, and Gayle Sierens, co-anchor WFLA-TV News Channel 8 and the AFHA program’s Honorary Co-Chairman, will be attending as special guest speakers on June 3 and June 5, respectively.


Sarasota - The Capitol Gallery on the 22nd floor of the New Capitol Building will host an exhibition of paintings from Sarasota this summer. Petticoat Painters, a group of 20 women artists from Sarasota, is honoredto have received an invitation to exhibit their work at the gallery during the summer months. This vibrant group of artists was formed in l953, during a time when women had difficulty getting their work exhibited. Women artists from the community who shared in this struggle were invited to show their work in space generously donated by Bill and Marty Hartman, owners of one of Sarasota’s first galleries. The show was so successful that the group (which they named Petticoat Painters) has exhibited every year since l953, making it the oldest continuously showing women’s art group in the United States.


The Manatee Players Capital Campaign Gets Boost
Bradenton - The Manatee Players Capital Campaign got a boost with a $50,000 grant from SunTrust Bank Foundation. SunTrust, Southwest Florida, Chairman, President and CEO Margaret Callihan presented the check from the right mezzanine box, which will be named in SunTrust's honor in the new Manatee Players Performing Arts Center under construction in Bradenton.


Kravis Center Elects Three New Board Members
West Palm Beach - The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has named three new community leaders to its board of directors. At its annual meeting on April 30, the Kravis Center board elected Rory Brown of North Palm Beach, Stephen Brown of Palm Beach and Ted Mandes of West Palm Beach to three-year terms. The new board members will begin their terms July 1.


Boca Raton’s Karen LynnE Gallery Selected to Represent America At Prestigious Louvre Museum In Paris
Boca Raton– Boca Raton’s premiere contemporary art gallery, Karen Lynne Gallery has been chosen for the second consecutive year as the only American Delegation ever to represent the United States in the prestigious Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France. This year’s exhibit will take place from December 11 to December 14, 2008. This is a unique honor, as America had never been represented in the hundred plus years the SNBA has been in existence before the Karen Lynne Gallery became involved. Karen Lynne Gallery will send 12 artists to exhibit at SNBA in the Carrousel du Louvre, and will be among one of twelve delegations invited.


Caldwell Theatre Company Winner of FOUR New Times BEST OF 2008 AWARDS
Boca Raton – New Times Broward/Palm Beach honored Caldwell Theatre Company with four Best of 2008 Awards for Best Play, Doubt, A Parable; Best Set Design – Tim Bennett for The Clean House; Best Supporting Actor – Terry Hardcastle in Doubt and Best Supporting Actress, Pat Bowie in Doubt.


UF alumna performs with Pittsburgh Symphony
GAINESVILLE— Kira Bokalders, an alumna of the University of Florida Clarinet Studio in the School of Music, performed as second clarinetist in five concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts during May 2008. Ms. Bokalders graduated Summa Cum Laude from UF in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. She studied clarinet at UF under the tutelage of Mitchell Estrin, an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts School of Music and director of the Clarinet Studio.


City of Miami Beach & Aqua Foundation Honor
Festival Director Carol Coombes

Miami - Prior to the commencement of the Centerpiece Gala Film, Festival Director Carol Coombes was surprised on stage by City of Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn with a special certificate of appreciation on behalf of the City of Miami Beach and Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Carol was recognized for her amazing contributions to LGBT culture and life.


Kravis Center Volunteers Honored at Annual Salute
West Palm Beach - At its annual Volunteer Salute in April, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts honored the hundreds of people who dedicate their time and talent to the Center and the community each year. Caryl Russell of Boynton Beach received the 2008 Volunteer of the Year award, which recognizes an individual’s enthusiasm and unyielding support to the Center. In presenting the award, Kravis Center Chief Executive Officer Judith Mitchell noted that Mrs. Russell has generously volunteered her time at the Kravis Center for two years, serving in areas of hospitality, public relations and administration.


Junior from Spanish River High School, Jean Zhuang named winner of Congressman Robert Wexler’s 2008 Congressional Arts Competition at Gallery Center
Boca Raton - Congressman Robert Wexler announced on Monday at the Gallery Center in Boca Raton, that Jean Zhuang, a junior from Spanish River High School won the 2008 Congressional Arts Competition. As the winner, Zhuang’s artwork will hang in the US Capitol building for one year. In addition Zhuang won two roundtrip tickets to Washington, DC courtesy of Southwest Airlines. She will tour Washington DC and attend seminars with other talented high school students from across the country. Runner up of the competition was Alana Slutsky from Stoneman Douglas High School and honorable mention was Meynardo Garcia from Coconut Creek High School.


UF Clarinet Ensemble to perform at the international ClarinetFest 2008
GAINESVILLE— The University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble has been invited to perform a feature recital at the prestigious International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2008 at 11 a.m. July 6 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. The ensemble is under the direction of Mitchell Estrin, an associate professor of clarinet in the UF College of Fine Arts School of Music and the Buffet Crampon USA Education and Creative Development Manager.


College of Fine Arts faculty member named a UF Research Foundation professor
GAINESVILLE— Melissa L. Hyde, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Art + Art History in the College of Fine Arts has been named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Hyde is one of 33 UF faculty members chosen by the University of Florida Research Foundation to receive the award for 2008-2011. Recognition as Florida Research Foundation Professor goes to faculty members who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Plans Membership Drive During Broward Attractions and Museums Month
Hollywood– The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (ACCH) is having a membership drive during the month of June 2008, otherwise known as Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM). During that month, Center members will receive free admittance to 20 other institutions in Broward County.


Bach Festival Society Wins Seventh Annual LYNX Public Service Bus Award
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is one of twelve nonprofit organizations to win the seventh annual LYNX Public Service Bus Award. Each of the selected nonprofits will have its logo painted on the Public Service Bus that will run normal routes in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, giving the twelve winners free exposure all over Central Florida. The bus will be in service for a year and is available for each of the twelve nonprofits to display at one of their events. “We’re delighted that Lynx is recognizing the contribution of the nonprofit community in such a fantastic way. The Bach Festival Society is thrilled to have its logo included on this bus,” said Betsy Gwinn, Executive Director.


Friends of Theatre and Dance awards UF students 2 new scholarships
GAINESVILLE — Two new scholarships were awarded to College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance students at the University of Florida recently in the Constans Theatre. A newly formed support group, The Friends of Theatre and Dance, created and funded the two $750 annual scholarships. Each year, the Friends of Theatre and Dance will award one of the scholarships to a theatre student, the other to a dance student. Brandon Washington, a dance performance major, and Matthew Lindsay, a graduate student in theatre, became the first students to win the award in an April 23 ceremony at the School of Theatre and Dance.


MIAMI – At its recent 68th Annual Membership Meeting, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida appointed five new board members to its 2008-09 slate of Trustees. They are Sara Gutierrez-Hernandez, Phillip M. Hudson III, Leslie J. Lott, Francis X. Sexton, Jr. and the Honorable Donald Slesnick II.


Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Announces An Artistic Discovery Award Winners
Tarpon Springs - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art was pleased to present An Artistic Discovery: The 27th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition. First launched in 1982, the annual Congressional High School Art Competition is coordinated by members of the U.S. Congress, and by Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis locally. This year’s competition was judged by artist Brooke Alison and the cash awards were provided by the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.

The following is a list of the 2008 award winners including the artwork title, the high school the artist attends and the high school art teacher.

Best of Show -- $250 and ribbon
Lindsay Rapp
Borders, Oil
Calvary Christian High School, Grade 11
Art Teacher: Jon Seals

Award of Merit -- $100 each and ribbon
Michelle Brittingham
Moonlit Island, Silk Painting/ Gutta Resist / French Dyes,
Freedom High School, Grade 9
Art Teacher: Jane Lewis

Caity Paulter
Floral City, Ink & Colored Pencil,
Wharton High School, Grade 12
Art Teacher: Judy Oliveri

Kelly Rosado
Moonlit Monkey, Scratchboard
Clearwater High School, Grade 12
Art Teacher: Clayton W. Burkey

Honorable Mention -- $50 each and ribbon
Gretchen Dhondt
Pieuvre De amour, Ink Wash
Clearwater High School, Grade 11
Art Teacher: Clayton W. Burkey

Kelli Fleiss
Untitiled, Pencil
J. W. Mitchell High School, Grade 11
Art Teacher: Donna Fulton

Georgia Hourdas
Children’s Secrets, Photography
Tarpon Springs High School, Grade 10
Art Teacher: Doug Wood

Joshuah Howard
Quovis, Acrylic / Oil Paint
Bloomingdale High School, Grade 11
Art Teacher: Karen Marcos

Kelly Libert
Dolphins, Painting
Clearwater High School, Grade 9
Art Teacher: Marcia Reybitz

Watermedia Awards
Presented by the Florida Watercolor Society
The judges: Gary deBroekert and Mary Alice Harley, FWS

First Place -- $200 and ribbon
Brandi Cannara
Homage to Bright Eyes, Watercolor
J. W. Mitchell High School, Grade 10
Art Teacher: Donna Fulton

Second Place -- $150 and ribbon
Arielle Myers
Their Eyes were Watching, Watercolor
Clearwater High School, Grade 11
Art Teacher: Clayton W. Burkey

Third Place -- $50 and ribbon
Dillon Diaz
Waterflowers, Watercolor
J. W. Mitchell High School, Grade 12
Art Teacher: Richard Fisher

Art Teacher Award - $100
Presented to the first place winner’s teacher to purchase watermedia supplies
Donna Fulton
J. W. Mitchell High School


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Seeks Volunteers
to Serve as Gallery Monitors, Tour Guides for “The Art of the Brick” Exhibition
Hollywood– The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is currently seeking volunteers to serve as gallery monitors and tour guides for Nathan Sawaya’s “The Art of the Brick” exhibition, which will open at the Center’s galleries on Friday, June 6, and be on display through Sunday, Aug. 10.


Estelle Parsons to Receive Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award
GAINESVILLE— Academy Award winning actress Estelle Parsons, perhaps best known for her 1967 role in Bonnie and Clyde, received the 2008 Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre from representatives of the University of Florida. The UF College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance presented the award to the famed actress at New World Stages, 340 West 50th St.


Professor Terri Witek wins John Hague Teaching Award at Stetson University
DeLand – Poet Terri Witek, director of Stetson University’s Sullivan Creative Writing Program, is the recipient of the university’s 2008 John Hague Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the liberal arts and sciences. A professor of English who holds the university’s Art and Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing, Witek joined the Stetson faculty in 1989. She is the faculty adviser for the literary magazine Touchstone and was one of the founders of Stetson’s late-night series of poetry readings, “Poetry at an Uncouth Hour.” She previously won the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Hand Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

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