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Upcoming Events this Month...
Where: IceHouse Theatre
Where: Sands Theater Center
Dorothy Gillespie: Shaping Sculpture
Where: The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Miami & the Keys
Under the Radar
Where: ArtSpace / Virginia Miller Galleries
Visions of Bahia, Brazil, in the Work of Jorge Amado and His Illustrators
Where: Grinter Gallery
The High Kings
Where: Times Union Performing Arts Center
Where: Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, FSU
The High Kings
Where: Pensacola Civic Center
Where: Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Where: FSTs Keating Theatre
ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS TO THE PERFORMING
ARTS CENTER TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Miami Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
County announces the appointment of three new members to the Performing
Arts Center Trust Board of Directors - Gilbert Cabrera, appointed
by County Commissioner Rebecca Sosa; Scott Robins and Richard Milstein,
both appointed by City of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower.
ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PEFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE
COUNTY APPOINTS VETERAN MIAMI FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE AS THE CENTERS
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
MIAMI Arthur Hernandez has been appointed vice president
of development for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing
Arts of Miami-Dade County, announced Ron Esserman, chairman of the
Performing Art Center Foundation Board of Directors. Effective April
7, 2008, Hernandez joins the Adrienne Arsht Center after 12 years
with United Way of Miami-Dade, one of the nations leading
Gallery Center Celebrates 20 Years with Affair of the
Boca Raton Twenty years ago the first art gallery in town
Gallery Camino Real was approached by a young art entrepreneur looking
to open a state of the art gallery featuring a relatively new art
medium glass. Together Gallery Camino Real and the new Habatat
Galleries opened Gallery Center in 1988 with hopes that other galleries
would join them to form an art super gallery in central Boca Raton
. The Gallery Center, heralded as the first art super gallery in
South Florida, celebrated their 20th anniversary with a cocktail
reception themed Affair of the Arts on March 26 with
proceeds going to the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
Its De-lightful, Its De-licious, Its
De-lovely! A De-winning Benefit for Palm Beach
First-Ever Shelly Award given to Theater Impresario
Palm Beach - Even the jaded regulars on West Palms busy
Clematis Street were rubber necking to get a glimpse of the elegant
party goers entering the Its De-lightful, Its
De-licious, Its De-lovely! benefit for West Palm Beachs
only professional theater company, Palm Beach Dramaworks (on Wednesday,
March 26th). Close to one hundred of Palm Beachs veteran theatre
patrons paraded by a handsome regiment of white-tie clad greeters
to enter the cocktail reception and dinner by Ann Z Caterers with
sophisticated 1920's art deco décor by Sutka
Productions International, Inc. at the downtown hot spot "Main
Street" at 416 Clematis. Entertainment was provided by South
Floridas ever popular Bob Hoose And His fabulous trio. Mayor
Lois Frankel gave theatre impresario Shelly Gross the first Shelly
Awarda new award to be given annually to a dedicated
person in the community who has made an extraordinary commitment
to developing and supporting the theatre community in South Florida.
The evening which raised over $45,000.
2007 - 2008 Record-Breaking Year!
FST's Young Playwrights Festival Winners Announced!
Sarasota - Play titles such as; The Homeless Star,
The Magic Lizard, T.V. Turn On! and Life in the
Hood represent the creativity in the minds of the Young Playwrights,
visited by Florida Studio Theatre's award-winning WRITE A PLAY program.
On Saturday, May 17, 2008, Florida Studio Theatre will celebrate
the achievements of the winning playwrights with the Young Playwrights
Festival Day. Over 500 people will travel to Sarasota from as far
as Miami and across the seas (Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel;
and Dunfermline, Scotland) to see the plays and receive recognition.
FST received a record-breaking number of playwright submissions
this year, totaling 9326!
ACTORS' PLAYHOUSE AWARDED THEATRE COMPANY OF THE YEAR AT 32nd
ANNUAL CARBONELL AWARDS
CORAL GABLES -Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral
Gables was awarded the distinguished Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical
Excellence at the 32nd Annual Carbonell Award Ceremony on April
7, 2008 at the Broward Center. The Bill Von Maurer Award is given
to the theater company that exemplifies excellence for the totality
of its programming, including productions, educational outreach,
developmental programs and audiences served. Actors' Playhouse is
only the second theatre company to receive this celebrated award.
Winter Haven Resident Wins Best of Show in Eighth Annual Florida
Outdoor Sculpture Competition
LAKELAND - Polk Museum of Art and the City of Winter Haven are
proud to announce that Winter Haven artist Albert Kriston has been
selected as the Best of Show winner in the Eighth Annual Florida
Outdoor Sculpture Competition. His winning sculpture, Reach, is
a 9½ foot tall bronze tower made up of human figures lifting
each other into the sky. Kriston's sculpture also received the most
votes cast by the public attending the Central Park Stroll and was
awarded the People's Choice Award at the end of the evening. 296
votes were cast and Kriston received well over 100 of those.
The winning sculptures are:
Best of Show: Albert Kriston (Winter Haven, FL), Reach, Bronze,
9'6" x 32"w x 36"d
Second Place: Rob Lorenson (Middleboro, MA), Red Lion, Painted aluminum,
96" x 108" x 50"
Honorable Mention: Dennis J. Howland (Tallahassee, FL), Steppin
Out (To the Moon, Alice!), Cast recycled aluminum and acrylic, 11'3"
x 8'6" x 9'6"
People's Choice Award: Albert Kriston (Winter Haven, FL), Reach,
Bronze, 9'6" x 32"w x 36"d
Michael McKeever's Play Wins 2008 Carbonell Award!
The Miamians (Melt) now on the Keating Mainstage
Sarasota - Florida Studio Theatre congratulates Florida Playwright
Michael McKeever on winning the 2008 Carbonell Award for "Best
New Work!" The Miamians (Melt) opened at FST to audience praise
on April 4th. On Monday April 7th the play was recognized at South
Florida's prestigious award ceremony. The award is among the nation's
senior regional arts awards, along with the Drama Desk Award, Joseph
Jefferson Award, Helen Hayes and the Barrymore Awards. The Carbonell
Award honors and celebrates excellence in South Florida professional
theatre. With more than 100 shows that opened in the Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach counties, 30 productions and 13 different
companies were nominated. Commissioned by New Theatre in Coral Gables,
Melt (The Miamians) opened in April 2007.
UF professor directs off-Broadway production of Dinner for
Two in NY
GAINESVILLE - A University of Florida professor premieres a
new Off-Broadway production, Dinner for Two (Cena Para Dos) May
8 in New York. Tony Mata, an associate professor in the College
of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance will direct the production
at the Obie Award-winning The Puerto Rican Travelling Theatre, 403
West 47th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Situated in the heart
of the Broadway district, the PRTT has been an institution in the
New York theatre scene since its founding in 1967.
Steven Caras Helms New Development Office At Palm Beach Dramaworks
Palm Beach - Steven Caras of Palm Beach has been named as the
new Director of Development at West Palm Beachs only resident
professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks. A highly regarded member
of the international arts scene, Caras has watched the companys
recent growth and recognizes its continued emerging fiscal and artistic
strength as a vital part of the cultural landscape of South Florida.
A Year in Review: The Hannibal Square Heritage Center
WINTER PARK The City of Winter Park and Crealdé
School of Art are proud to announce the successful completion of
the first year at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The center
opened on April 28, 2007 after several years of conversation, planning,
and community rallying. The grand opening celebration was attended
by over 400 people and featured jazz music by Jackie Jones and a
community painting project with renowned Plant City folk artist
Ruby Williams. Over the past year, the center has hosted a dozen
events, including the Winter Park Collects Folk Art Gala event,
opening receptions for the Mr. Imagination and Hannibal Square Portrait
art exhibitions, as well as numerous open houses and community receptions.
During the year, visitation grew to over 400 visitors per month
at the center.
Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) Approves $210,000 in Grants for
Fort Lauderdale At a luncheon meeting on Monday, April
14, the members of Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) approved $210,000
in grants for 19 non-profit, arts organizations for their 2008/2009
programming season. These cultural groups will receive their grants
at FAB!s Annual Meeting and Grant Awards Presentation on Wednesday,
May 7, at the Tower Club.
Robert E. and Monica A. Jacoby Give $1 million Gift to Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens
Jacksonville The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces
a gift of $1 million from Robert E. and Monica A. Jacoby supporting
the expansion of The Cummer campus. Robert Jacoby served a ten-year
term as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2003.
He continues to serve as an Honorary Trustee at the museum.
Father, son create art to honor Stetson Universitys Howard
DeLand A bronze bust of the great theologian Howard Thurman
has been presented to Stetson University in honor of the namesake
of the universitys Howard Thurman Program. A companion bas-relief
portrait of the programs director, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson
P. Rogers, was given to Stetson at the same time during the
last of this semesters Howard Thurman Lectures on campus.
Activist, attorney and professor of law Derrick Bell was the speaker
at the program. Orlando attorney and artist Steven Woody
Igou sculpted the Howard Thurman piece, a bust slightly larger than
life-size. His father, retired Orlando businessman Phil Igou, crafted
the bas-relief portrait of Rogers. The foundry work for both pieces
was done by Harry Messersmith, son of longtime Stetson Art Department
Chair Fred Messersmith. The university will display both pieces,
and copies of the art also will be displayed at Thurmans boyhood
home in Daytona Beach.
This month's featured artist is
Artistic Director and Conductor, Jo-Michael Scheibe, DMA
. Jo-Michael has served as Artistic Director of the Master Chorale
of South Florida since its inception in October 2003. First named
conductor of the Florida Philharmonic Chorus in 2000, Dr. Scheibe
has been known for his work with community, church, university and
school choruses for more than 30 years.. Learn
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