September 1, 2007

Volume 3 Issue 9




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Colors of Life: Anita Wooten
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

East Coast

Twentieth Century
The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach

Gulf Coast
Kaddish in Wood
: Florida Holocaust Museum


North Central
Parsons Dance Company
Phillips Center

Oh Say Can You See: American Art from the West Foundation Collection
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


Combined Talents: The Florida International


Jukebox Gala
New World Landing


Southeast & Keys
Latin American Masters III

Sarasota & Her Islands 30 Days of Discovery 2007

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Art and Culture Center of Hollywood-Published Hollywood 360°™ Magazine Nets State Award for City Agency
The City of Hollywood’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts (PRCA) will receive a state award later this month for the 2006-2007 issue of Hollywood 360°™ magazine, which is published by the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (ACCH). A partner with ACCH on the publication, PRCA will receive the 2007 Florida Recreation and Park Association Media Excellence Award on Thursday, Aug. 30, at a state convention banquet in Orlando. The annual award recognizes an agency or individual who has significantly contributed to the public’s increased awareness and recognition of public parks, recreation and leisure services programs.


Boca Raton Museum of Art Acknowledges Tolksdorf Bequest
Boca Raton - As the recipient of a bequest from the Simone Stakolt Tolksdorf estate valued at more than $1 million, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, along with the cultural and educational community it serves, will benefit from her generosity for years to come. The late Simone Stakolt Tolksdorf had a vision for the future that included her ongoing support and development for the Boca Raton Museum of Art's community education and outreach programming. The generous bequest to the Museum in Mrs. Tolksdorf's estate will be acknowledged and celebrated during the upcoming exhibition Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures.

Palm Beach Photographic Centre Announces Student FOTOcamp Winners
Delray Beach - The Palm Beach Photographic Centre announced the young winners of its current FOTOcamp exhibition, which is running through September 22 in downtown Delray Beach. The winning students, each of whom attended one of two FOTOcamp sessions this summer, include:
1st place: Brook Goldman, 13, of Delray Beach
Received the Canon Student Award & Canon Digital Camera. 2nd place: Jaclyn Karasik, 12, of Lake Worth
Received a Family Plus INFocus Membership. 3rd place: Madison Davell, 14, of Boca Raton Received a Family Plus INFocus Membership. The FOTOcamp exhibition was judged by Arnold Drapkin, a retired Editor for Time Magazine, who selected the winners based on their overall portfolios.


Bach Festival Society Announces Partnership with Knight
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to announce a new partnership with Knight, an internationally-respected Orlando-based marketing and creative agency. With Knight's support for marketing and public relations, the Bach Festival Society will be able to grow organizationally and expand its reach. "Working together, we will ensure the Bach Festival continues to be a pillar of Winter Park and a cornerstone of the region's fine-arts scene, as it has been since the mid-1930s," said Ken Jones, COO of Knight.


Orlando Opera Company Commissions International Artist Robert Silvers to Produce Signature “Photomosaic” in Commemoration of 50th Anniversary
ORLANDO – Entering its 50th Anniversary Season in 2007-2008, Orlando Opera Company has been establishing ways to commemorate a half-century of production excellence and community collaboration. To serve as a visual centerpiece for the celebration, and as a permanent commemoration of the many faces, productions, community support, and educational outreach programs that have been a part of the company’s presence in Central Florida for the past 50 years, Orlando Opera Company has commissioned artist Robert Silvers to create a “Photomosaic” art image. In his signature style that combines technology and art, an image representing Orlando Opera Company has been created using thousands of smaller photos from the company’s productions, behind-the-scenes work, educational programs, special events, and various other activities found in the company’s photo archives. Many of these images date back to the earliest performances when Orlando Junior League held “An Evening of Opera in Concert” to benefit the Florida Symphony Orchestra and feature many distinguished guest artists that have performed with Orlando Opera Company such as Luciano Pavoratti, Denyce Graves, and the then-unknown Placido Domingo.


The Orlando Shakespeare Theater Annoucnes Availability of Online Ticket Sales
Orlando - The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is pleased to announce the availability of online ticket sales via its website, The Theater has undergone numerous changes resulting from a growth spurt over the past few months including a name change, new logo and website, as well as its new ticketing system, Theatre Manager. Theatre Manager is a vast improvement and will assist customers with much more efficiency than before.


J. Barry Lewis is Named Resident Guest Director at Palm Beach Dramaworks
Palm Beach - A regular stage director for West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks. J. Barry Lewis has been named the theatre’s Resident Guest Director. “We are pleased and honored that J. Barry Lewis is officially joining the Dramaworks staff. He has had a long affiliation with our organization, serving as guest director and board member. For several years he has worked collaboratively with me, and he has become a trusted advisor," stated William Hayes, Dramaworks’ Producing Artistic Director. In addition, Mark C. Perlberg of Palm Beach Gardens, FL has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Palm Beach Dramaworks. An active Dramaworks Board Director for close to two years, Mr. Perlberg has been enthusiastic with the company's recent growth and looks forward to it continued strength as a vital part of the cultural landscape of the Palm Beaches.


Miami Teens Reach Semi-Finals At International Poetry Slam Festival
Miami - Six Miami-area teenagers traveled as a “team” to San Josc, California from July 17 to 22 to compete in the Brave New Voices 10h Annual International Youth Poetry Slam Festival and made it to the semi-finals in the competition. The festival included over 400 participants from almost 40 cities from across the country participating in workshops and readings with established poets and performers, open mics, and the National Youth Poetry Slam itself, the competitive event. The Miami team, which included a diverse range of some of South Florida’s best young writers, was selected from participants in the local WordSpeak program sponsored by the noted arts non-profit Tigertail Productions.

Women Playwrights' Initiative selects Deborah Brevoort for its National Council
Orlando - Women Playwrights' Initiative (WPI) is pleased to announce that internationally known playwright-lyricist Deborah Brevoort has joined WPI's National Advisory Council. A former student of Paula Vogel's at Brown University, Brevoort is the author of The Women of Lockerbie which won the Kennedy Center's fund for New American Plays Award and the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition. Lockerbie was produced Off-Broadway and in London, and was produced this year by Tim Robbins' Actors Gang in L.A. who will tour the play internationally beginning in 2008.


2007-2008 Orlando Opera Studio Artists Announced
ORLANDO – Orlando Opera Company President and C.E.O. Jim Ireland is pleased to announce the Orlando Studio Artists and new touring shows for the 2007-08 50th Anniversary season. The Orlando Opera Studio affords an interim training ground for young artists who have completed their formal studies and who are looking to increase their experience and education before embarking on professional careers in opera. The four singers are provided coaching on voice, movement, and acting during their one to two-year tenure at the opera. All artists increase their experience by performing in the company’s mainstage productions and go on tour for the opera, performing for Florida schools, senior centers, fundraising events, theaters, community centers, and corporations. The 2007-2008 Orlando Opera Studio Artists are soprano Angela Mortellaro; mezzo-soprano Sarah Limper; tenor Jon-Michael Ball; and baritone Nimrod Weisbrod.


The Bach Festival Society Announces Debut of Sing, O Ye Heavens Moravian Recording
Winter Park - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to announce the release of its first nationally distributed CD, Sing, O Ye Heavens: Moravian Sacred Vocal Music Performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. The product of a partnership between the Bach Festival Society and the Moravian Music Foundation, this CD features some of the most beloved music of the Moravian Church performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra along with visiting Moravian singers.


Boca Raton Museum of Art Appoints Roberta Stewart as Administrative Director
Boca Raton - After a thorough national search, the Boca Raton Museum of Art today announced that Roberta Hickson Stewart has been chosen to fill the position of Director of Administration. Ms. Stewart has spent the last 28 years in the service of one of the premier fine arts institutions in this country, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


ArtServe’s Exhibit Paints Fort Lauderdale Red Once Again
Fort Lauderdale — It’s the art exhibit Fort Lauderdale waits for every year. It’s the Red Eye. For one night only, underground artists come together to prove that the city they live in has what it takes to put on an art show that is talked about for months to come. ArtServe opened its entire facility in order to create an art experience 7/27/07, which included installation pieces, short film premieres, an interactive art room, an open MIC room and street artists painting live. It was “the infusion of cutting edge art into the predictable and sleepy art scene of South Florida,” said local artist Selene Vasquez. It’s this type of show that proves that this city contains the talent to create a strong network of artists to keep up with progressive art havens, like Miami.


Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Joins Elephant Eye Theatrical
West Palm Beach - The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has announced that is has joined ELEPHANT EYE THEATRICAL in an initiative to create new book musicals for Broadway. Formed in late 2005 by producers Stuart Oken, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions, ELEPHANT EYE is capitalized at $8,000,000 and has three projects in advanced stages of development, including the recently announced The Addams Family.

Assistant Conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony to Compete in International Conducting Competition
Sarasota - Dirk Meyer, assistant conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony and principal conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony's Youth Orchestra, has been selected as a finalist to compete in the third Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, hosted by Instrumenta, which will take place in Mexico City September 4-9. Nearly 100 conductors from around the world participated in the contest. They were each examined by a jury of accomplished conductors and musicians who narrowed the pool to 18 finalists to compete in the final round. That group will in turn be narrowed to six, then three and then to the winner who will receive a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to guest conduct more than 15 professional orchestras.


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