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FREE CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER GALLERY OPENINGS:
WARRIORS - AN INVITATIONAL SHOW AND
REFLECTIONS OF CEDAR KEY - BY JUDI CAIN
November 8, 2017

 

OPENING RECEPTION: November 18th, 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

All invited. Appetizers, drinks and conversation available to all.

Come share a little time with the art community of Cedar Key during the first Opening reception for the 2017-18 season.  The work of the Military Veterans from the Veteran’s Art Center of Tampa, entitled WARRIORS, will be shown in the Main CKAC Gallery.

The CKAC Member’s Gallery show features portraits by Judi Cain. Her portraits will be of fellow Cedar Key artists.

The opening will start at 5 pm and run through 7 pm with refreshments and drinks. This and all opening receptions are free and opened to the public. The shows will be in the gallery until January 2nd, 2018.

About the shows:

NOV 8 CKAC PIC 1The wound is the place where the light enters you.” - Rumi

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 we are invited to witness how art has guided six talented veteran artists on their individual path from military to civilian life.

The Veteran's Art Center of Tampa will be providing us with this exciting opportunity. We will be honoring our often unsung Heroes in our first show of the Cedar Key 2017-2018 winter season entitled: WARRIORS.

Painting by Major John McKitrick

You are invited to view a unique perspective on the reintegration of these brave men and women back into civilian life using Art as a means of expression. See how their personal experiences have been interpreted through painting and sculpture.

Participating Veteran Artists include: Greg Crumbly, Larry Busby, Soari Murphy, John Katerberg, Scott O.Suits, John McKitrick and Mary Barrett.

As a bonus to the gallery show, please join us on Nov.15th for a talk at the Cedar Key Library given by Major John McKitrick, (US Army Retired), Operation Director Veterans Art Center

Tampa Bay, and Staff Sgt. John Katerberg (US Army Retired). Highlighted will be the the Veteran’s Art Center's goals and programs that provide therapy, healing/wellness and educational programs for Military Veterans, First Responders and Families.

The Veteran's Art Center of Tampa Bay : " A Force For Art"

Make sure to check out the Member’s Gallery that is featuring our friend andNOV 8 CKAC PIC 2 Doc2 fellow artist: Judi Cain. Judi has taken a year to honor the many artists that call Cedar Key Arts Center home by painting their portraits. Each and every portrait exudes the life force that Judi sees in each one of er subjects. They are all delightful and well executed by her expert paint brush.

NOV 8 CKAC PIC 3Judi is living her life’s purpose to reach as many people as she can through her work and to encourage everyone to re-discover the creative

energy that is our birthright.  She says “It’s never too late to explore creativity like a child.”

The Cedar Key Arts Center is a Tax Exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity, our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts . To promote and encourage the arts in our community. To provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.*

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APPLICATIONS
November 5, 2017

Just a quick note to remind you that the deadline for applications for the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, March 24 and 25 in Cedar Key is just two weeks away.  If you have already applied, thank you; if not, we hope you will!

Applications will be accepted through November 15 via Zapplication.org.  We will notify artists no later than December 15.

Thanks for considering the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key. We look forward to having you back.‚Äč

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REMINDER, PLEASE,
TO VOTE FOR THE
OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
October 29, 2017

Please help the Cedar Key Arts Center and Cedar Key community by voting for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in ArtFairCalendar.com's annual survey. 

Last year the event was named one of the Top Ten Art Fairs in America.  Being on this list helps attract top artists and art enthusiasts to our annual Spring Arts Festival which in turn helps participating non-profit groups and local businesses in addition to the Cedar Key Arts Center, which serves as the Coordinating Sponsor.

LOGO CKAC OFCA CONTEST

 

 

Voting only takes a couple of minutes. Deadline Nov 9, so vote now at: 2017BestArtFairSurvey

The 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is planned for March 24 & 25. For information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or 352-543-5400).

 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
FALL WORKSHOPS ARE HERE
October 31, 2017

The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend, and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You may register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff on Tuesday, November 7 from 10 am-2 pm. Make a lovely crystal star bracelet.  Cost $20 for CKAC members ($25 for non members) plus $15 for supplies. Contact Joni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at Keyhole.

Pasty Paint Party with Darlene White on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Make a unique Paper Art Creation while enjoying socialization and light refreshments, provided by CKAC. Cost $20 for members, $25 for non members.  Contact Darlene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at Keyhole.

Colored Pencils, A Fine Art Medium with Anda Chance on Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14 from 9 am-4 pm. Participants will use elements of design and a few supplies to learn new skills and achieve fantastic results using colored pencils.  Cost to include both days $180 for members ($185 for non members) plus supply fee of $50 or less.  Register at Keyhole or with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register today to come and enjoy creating together!

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION
LOGO OFCA
OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
 
 
VOTE FOR THE OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
October 29, 2017

Please help the Cedar Key Arts Center and Cedar Key community by voting for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in ArtFairCalendar.com's annual survey. 

Last year the event was named one of the Top Ten Art Fairs in America.  Being on this list helps attract top artists and art enthusiasts to our annual Spring Arts Festival which in turn helps participating non-profit groups and local businesses in addition to the Cedar Key Arts Center, which serves as the Coordinating Sponsor.

LOGO CKAC OFCA CONTEST

 

 

Voting only takes a couple of minutes. Deadline Nov 9, so vote now at: 2017BestArtFairSurvey

The 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is planned for March 24 & 25. For information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or 352-543-5400).

 
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GARY FINROCK,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
October 5, 2017
 
 
 

The October Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is  Gary Finfrock. Gary is a potter who creates functional pieces distinguished by their bi-color glazes. Aside from bowls, plates, platters, cups, mugs and casseroles, Gary makes a number of very interesting and unusual items which are used in the kitchen.  There is a microwave bacon cooker, a microwave grill, berry bowls, garlic keepers, and honey pots.  All have Gary’s distinctive glazes in blues, greens, lilac, yellow, tan, and turquoise.  Most of his work are wheel thrown, but many pieces are created by the slab method.  All of the pieces are oven and microwave safe.

The Cedar Keyhole
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op which has been in business in Cedar Key for 48 years, providing a venue for scores of regional artists to exhibit and sell their art.  The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, a community famous for its dedication to  the arts and its thriving eco-tourism.  The Keyhole is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closing its doors only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
 
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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
September 13, 2017
 
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THE WABI SABI LIVE OAK:
ACCEPTANCE OF
TRANSIENCE AND IMPERFECTION
August 12, 2017

As a native of or visitor to Cedar Key, you have probably experienced the utterly magnificent live oak that surrounded the Wabi Sabi Cottage on E Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. 

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Typical of aged, healthy live oaks in Florida, the huge, over 75-foot, rich, verdant canopy covered the Wabi Sabi Cottage, the lot itself, and a good portion of E Street, providing cool shade for passersby and lower electricity bills for shaded structures under and around it.

Indeed, some have called it "the lovliest of trees," "spectacular, dramatic", and consummately graceful."

According to Wes Langston of Langston Tree Service in Trenton, this grandfather live oak was at least two hundred years old.  The codominant trunk allowed the tree to grow, at its base, in two different directions.  One trunk grew west, toward E Street, and the other grew east, toward D Street.  As a codominant tree trunk, great stress focused upon the juncture at its base;  as the tree grew larger and heavier, stress increased.  Also, as codominant, the massive two-trunked tree had only one root system.

On August 5, 2017, Saturday evening or night, the west half of the huge Wai Sabi live oak split at its base and quietly lowered itself to the street.

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On Monday, August 7, Langston cut and removed the west half massive oak, making way for traffic.  On Saturday, August 12, Langston cut and removed the east trunk of the live oak, unbalanced and weakened by the loss of its other half.

Cedar Keyan Ada Lang, the owner of the 98-year-old Wabi Sabi Cottage and live oak, chose the name Wabi Sabi because of the Japanese tradition regarding the accrptancer of transience and imperfection.  The weighty, yet consummately simple, philosophy is best explained by Robyn Griggs Lawrence in her September-October 2001 article in the Utne Reader.   Two paragraphs follow; the Utne link follows as well.  http://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/wabi-sabihttp

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Wabi-Sabi: The Art Of Imperfection

          The Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi offers an inspiring

           new way to look at your home, and your whole life.

by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, from Natural Home

September-October 2001

According to Japanese legend, a young man named Sen no Rikyu sought to learn the elaborate set of customs known as the Way of Tea. He went to tea-master Takeeno Joo, who tested the younger man by asking him to tend the garden. Rikyu cleaned up debris and raked the ground until it was perfect, then scrutinized the immaculate garden. Before presenting his work to the master, he shook a cherry tree, causing a few flowers to spill randomly onto the ground.

To this day, the Japanese revere Rikyu as one who understood to his very core a deep cultural thread known as wabi-sabi.  Emerging in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of lavishness, ornamentation, and rich materials, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in earthiness, of revering authenticity above all.  In Japan, the concept is now so deeply ingrained that it’s difficult to explain to Westerners; no direct translation exists. 

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EXPLORATIONS IN ART…
ADDITIONAL PICTURES 
Agust 3, 2017
 
 

On Friday, July 21, the students invited their parents, friends, and relatives to join them to celebrate the display of their works created at the Cedar Key Arts Center Summer Program "Explorations in Art."  Cedar Key News published numerous pictures in a previous article that you may view by clicking on the following link: http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/10-arts/3177-ckac-summer-art-program-2017-exhibit

Here are several additions to the wonderful exhibit.  Photos by Patty Jett and Katherine Dunlop.

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RICHARD LEVINE,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
August 2, 2017
 
 
 

The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Richard Levine. Richard is an exceptionally talented and skilled wood turner who uses indigenous woods to create bowls, platters, goblets, urns and pens.  He uses the natural grains and faults in the wood to great advantage, making all of his works virtually one-of-a-kind.    Elm, southern maple, dogwood, camphor, cedar and sycamore are some of the woods which Richard utilizes in his craft.   Additionally, he will make inclusions filled with semi-precious stone, carve designs or even create decorative holes in his works, making each piece unique.

The Cedar Keyhole
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op which has been in business in Cedar Key for 48 years, providing a venue for scores of regional artists to exhibit and sell their art.  The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, a community famous for its dedication to  the arts and its thriving eco-tourism.  The Keyhole is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closing its doors only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
 
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 OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
July 23, 2017
 
 
JULY 23 CKAC OFCA Call to artists 2

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EXPLORATIONS IN ART…
WHAT EXPERIENCES…
WHAT A DISPLAY!
July 23, 2017
 
 
Kids of all sizes…little ones, medium-sized ones, and big ones, enjoyed the 2017 Cedar Key Ars Center Summer Art Program this year.  Students’ art productions were  creative, colorful, and thoughtful, and most importantly, as CKAC President Susan Rosenthal quipped, “Everyone had fun!”
 
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On Friday, July 21, the students invited their parents, friends, and relatives to join them to celebrate the display of their works.  Each student had his special place to exhibit his art:  room dividers held tie-dyed shirts; gallery walls displayed robot and other-motif art; tables held ceramics pieces and sculptures;  bulletin boards displayed silk productions.   
 
Not a soul left the art exhibition hungry.  Food galore, handily all bite sized, was presented and gobbled up by all. Artists-to-be ate fruit, cakes, sandwiches, and cookies.
 
 
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Titled “Explorations in Art,” this summer program operated from July 10 through 21 and enrolled 22 rising first through fifth grade students and 11 teens. 
  
 
TEENS
The teens enjoyed five different teachers and media.  With Dave Treharne’s expertise, students produced mosaic tiles.  “So much creativity; it’s amazing,” reflected Treharne.  With Bunny Hand, students produced silk screenings and tie-dyed tee shirts.  With Amy Gernhardt, teens made clay houses with cut outs and surface decorations.  Virginia Stevenson taught teens to silk paint using wax and dyes.   Lynn Sylver worked with students designing and constructing jewelry.
 
 
 
 
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Certified art teacher Jessie Rothbard, with the help of “wonderful, amazing” volunteers,  managed the littler students’ adventures in art. 
 
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Perhaps most striking were the “sculptures” produced by the students.  Upon blocks of wood, students placed wire and contorted the wire into forms of their choosing….amazing results! Then, upon the wire, they wrapped, placed, spread hosiery (“knee-highs” to be exact) …even more amazing!  Then, students pointed and otherwise decorated the hosiery…truly multiple opportunities for creativity to emerge.
  
The younger students also created art from the robot theme. They also produced textured pieces, layering object beneath foil, paint, and other media.  
 
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EXPLORATIONS IN ART
STUDENT EXHIBIT
 
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
SUMMER ART PROGRAM,
TEEN ART PROGRAM
July 16, 2017

WHAT:  Explorations in rt ART EXHIBIT

WHERE:  CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER

WHEN:  FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
10 – 11:30 AM
The exhibit is from 10 am until 11:30am. 
The students may take down their work at 11:00,
so please come early to make sure you see the whole exhibit and
have a chance to ask the young artist about their work.
 
WHY:  Enjoy the students, their works, their proud parents, their teachers.
 Talk to the students about their work.
 
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Dear Previous Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Artists,

Applications for the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key March 24 and 25, open today through www.zapplication.org.  We are hoping you are interested in joining us next year for our 54th Annual Event which will host 120 fine artists and artisans all on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key.

For those of you who were not with us in 2017, artists surveys were positive with 71% of artists being moderately or extremely satisfied but based on artist comments the following concerns are being addressed:

  • working to improve WiFi service during the event;
  • assuring that our judge(s) follow our requirement that each is booth entered and the artist engaged if possible; and
  • closing the venue at 4pm on Sunday. 

Our organization, hospitality and artists amenities were commended by numerous artists and we hope that our move to March will draw a significantly larger crowd as it did in 2015.

Here is your direct URL: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5831

Also, as a reminder, we are still accepting entries for the 2018 Design Contest. The theme this year is "What Floats Your Boat?"  Entries should be submitted electronically to by August 1 toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Max 2/artist).  The winning design is featured on festival promotional materials and the application and booth fees are waived for the winning artist. A news release containing more information about the design contest is attached.

Thanks for considering the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key.  Application Deadline is November 15... so why put it off!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 352-543-5400 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information about the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, can be found on our website at www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com.

 
 
CALL TO ARTISTS
2018 OLD FLORIDA
 CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
DESIGN CONTEST
THEME: What Floats Your Boat?
April 30, 2017
 

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Boats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key.  Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer island, or kayaking through the mangroves, boats an important feature of our island community.  Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest.

The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards, and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.  In addition to waived application and booth fees, the winning artist will be featured in news releases, on social media and on our website.

  

 

Submit Digital Entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Max of 2 entries/artist.
Deadline Aug 1, 2017
More Information at www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com. 

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 EXPLORATIONS IN ART
CEDAR KEY ART CENTER SUMMER ART PROGRAM,
TEEN ART PROGRAM AND EXHIBIT
July 12, 2017

What happens when you combine art teachers, an assortment of art materials, and students for two hours a day for nine days? You get an explosion of creativity, learning, and exploration of art materials that generates inspired artwork.

On Monday, July 10th, 2017 the Summer Art Program for the elementary students began at 9:00 am.   Jessie Rothbard, a certified art teacher from Polk County led the children through an exploration of many art styles and mediums.  This facilitated the students in making choices to create individual pieces based on common themes.

In the afternoon, the teen students started at 1:00 and their exploration was led by five instructors who were willing to share their talent and knowledge.  Bunny Hand spent two days facilitating printing on fabric and then sewing the fabric into useful pieces of art.  For two days Amy Gernhardt guided the students in making a hand built clay project with cut outs and surface decorations.  Virginia Stevenson took two days to teach the teens how to silk paint using wax and dyes.  Dave Treharne directed the adolescents in how to use color theory and design to create an artistic mosaic tile.  Lynn Sylver shared her knowledge on designing and constructing jewelry.

If you want to be amazed at what can be created at the Cedar Key Arts Center Summer Art Program and Teen Art Program come to an exhibit of the students’ work on Friday, July 21st, 2017.  The exhibit is from 10 am until 11:30am.  The students may take down their work at 11:00, so please come early to make sure you see the whole exhibit and have a chance to ask the young artist about their work. 

 

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SUE TANCK,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
July 7, 2017
 
 
 

The July Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Sue Tanck.  Sue is a florist, working in both preserved and fresh flowers.  Her works at the Cedar Keyhole use permanent flowers in imaginative and colorful creations.  Sue puts together arrangements marking the seasons and holidays,  as well as creating decorative groupings for display any time of the year. Additionally, Sue makes handmade gift bags and specialized gift tags. 


 

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JUDI CAIN,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
March 10, 2017
 
 
 
 Judi Cain is The Cedar Keyhole’s June Artist of the Month. Judi is principally an acrylic painter but she uses her creativity to produce works of art in diverse mediums.  She is a gifted portrait artist and has produced a wide array of indigenous bird paintings as well. Judi’s art was chosen to be featured on all publicity, including t-shirts and posters, for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key’s annual fine arts festival.  


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CALL TO ARTISTS
2018 OLD FLORIDA
 CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
DESIGN CONTEST
THEME: What Floats Your Boat?
April 30, 2017

APR 30 OFCA PIC CKACBoats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key.  Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer island, or kayaking through the mangroves, boats an important feature of our island community.  Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest.

The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards, and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.  In addition to waived application and booth fees, the winning artist will be featured in news releases, on social media and on our website.

 

Submit Digital Entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Max of 2 entries/artist.
Deadline Aug 1, 2017
More Information at www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com.

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LOCAL WRITER WINS
 STATE COMPETITION
April 12, 2017

APR 13 WRITER Cover 1 for NewsSusan Roquemore, Cedar Key writer, has placed first in theAPR 13 Cover 2 for News short story category for the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs-Florida creative writing contest for the year 2016.  Her short story entitled “An Unholy Baptism” is a humorous look at a not-so-funny hiking experience in the north Florida woods.  She and her hiking buddy Joan Hobson (Clermont, Florida) were mapping sections of the Florida Trail when they met an unexpected challenge crossing Econfina Creek. 

Susan’s story will now travel to Wisconsin where it is entered in the national competition for the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

Susan is the author of books of local color chronicling her years as a feature writer for the Cedar Key Beacon (1988-1993): “Water under the Number Four Bridge" and “Turn Left at the Big Osprey Nest.” Both books are available at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, the Cedar Key Historical Society, and from members of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.  Proceeds from sales of the books go to the organization selling the books to benefit Cedar Key and Cedar Keyans.  

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION
 OF THE ARTS 2017!
A WOW!
April 10, 2017
 

Cedar Key’s Fifty Third Old Florida Celebration of the Arts features some one hundred twenty three artists skilled in ceramics/pottery, drawing, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or wood.  A full array of work was exhibited while judges spent the Saturday absorbing and pondering it all. 

ARTIST RECEPTION
In a splendid reception in the Cedar Key Arts Center Garden at 5 until 6:30 pm on Saturday evening, newly-elected CKAC president Susan Rosenthal    announced the winners judged by the Ringling Brothers Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota George Ellis. The full listing is available by clicking on    http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/3011-ckac-ofca-2017-awards-winners.
 
Music by Medicine-Mind Music Bamboo Flutes George Tortorelli pleasantly filled the 70 degree, cool Garden air.  Healthful, abundant snacks of cheese, shrimp, nuts, grapes, and other fruits filled the artists’ late afternoon cravings.  Endless wine, beer, and more were graciously served by volunteers.
 
APPRECIATIVE ARTISTS
Artists exhibiting at the OFCA here in Cedar Key expressed much appreciation for their fine treatment by the CKAC and community.   Amiable, adept, abundant volunteers met artists early to provide assistance setting up their tents if needed.  Saturday and Sandy breakfasts provided a place for companionship and shoring up the energy for the days’work. 
 
Saturday evening’s reception in the CKAC Garden provided another opportunity for collegiality and exhalation.  Festival Design Winner Judi Cain said, this community is “really caring, so supportive.”
 
MUSIC
Orchestrated expertly by Anna White Hodges, was the Music in the Park for the two days. Even ground covers, blankets upon which to sit and/or picnic, were provided, so carefully thought out was this aspect of the festival.  Shade Tree, Carly Bak, E.T. Morris, Lucky Mud,   and the Fishin’ Musicians filled the Park with great performances from 10 am to after 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
NON-PROFITS
The A Street strip along the west of the City Park was lined with non-profit groups educating visitors about their missions.  Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy, Audubon, University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station, University of Florida Levy Extension Master Gardeners, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, and others engrossed festival goers with information. 
  
AUDUBON
The most dominant force in the non-profit realm was the fledgling Cedar Keys Chapter of Audubon.  Both Horatio, the horned owl with a left-wing injury, and a screech owl stole the show.  Booth birds, after encountering accidents with humans, were damaged so that they could not be returned to the wild.  Cedar Keys Audubon Co President Deborah Anderson reported over 400 visitors to the booth.
 
And….that was just what was going on in the front of the Audubon booth.  In the back of the booth were some fifteen tiny newly-born, motherless possums.  The critters were deposited with the Audubon group because they needed feeding every three hours.  And….fed they were.  At the end of the day, they were taken off the island, south to a rehabilitation center and eventually released into thee wild.
  
SMOKE FREE
The festival was [partially sponsored by Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, which encourages all to be tobacco free.  The group’s message, coupled with that of the OFCA, is clearly stated in the festival brochure: “The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is committed to providing a health conscious event for all patrons.  Smoking & vaporing are permitted in designated areas only (east of Pavilion in the Park and behind the Welcome Center).  Thank you for not smoking.”
 
SUSTAINABLE
Cedar Key School students, with help from several dedicated parents, manned the Recycle/Sustainable station at City Park.  After being initially trained by sponsor Tom Deverin, the students were able to guide visitors in the proper disposal of materials into different bins:  recyclable, compostable, or neither, the latter destined to the landfill.  The Cedar Key Lions works closely with Waste Pro to coordinate this sustainability effort.
 
Ain 2015, after the collection of approximately 600 pounds of compost, 700 pounds of clam shells, and twenty 96 gallon carts of recyclables, it has been calculated that 53% of that festival's waste was diverted from the landfill.
 
We hope for great results again this year.  When the data come in, Cedar Key News will report them.
 
2018 OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
Next year, the OFCA will occur on March 24 and 25, 2018.  
 
 
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Cedar Key Arts Center
457    Second Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
 
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
ANNOUNCES APRIL SHOWS
March 23, 2017
 
MAR 23 CKAC artist photo “Re-Generation: About Nature”
Many dynamic nature inspired artistic creations  will be on display for your enjoyment during the month of April.  You are invited to the April Show Opening, April 4, 2017, at the Cedar Key Arts Center , Upstairs Art Gallery, from 5 - 7 pm.

The Main Gallery hosts the group exhibition, “Re-Generation: About Nature”. Featuring the work of fourteen artists, current students and recent

alumni from University of Florida’s School of Art and Art History Masters of Fine Arts program, explore the idea of nature. Some of the artists interpret the idea of nature by examining the ecologies of humans, plants, animals and the land.  Others look within, inviting the audience to reflect upon our relationships with others and ourselves.  The media on display are varied: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography, and ceramics. The participating artists are Ariel Bowman, David Kaleb Foshee, Annemarie Poyo Furlong, Setareh Ghoreishi, Jessi Hamilton, Logan Marconi, Sue Montoya, Ashley Ortiz-Diaz, Peter Palfi, Robert Perez, Carin Sankus, Kailey Shea Smith, Stephanie Wilhelm, and Ernie Williams.

“Re-Generation: About Nature” opens at the Cedar Key Arts Center on Saturday, April 4th and runs through May 6, 2017.

MAR 23 CKAC TheWhiteHartCedar Key Artist-in-Residence Show Featuring Daniel Gottsegen, Vermont
The Member’s Gallery exhibit includes seven of the paintings from Daniel Gottsegen’s short stay on Seahorse Key as the Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence recipient for 2017.  The exhibit also contains examples of some work from his residency in Lower Corris, Wales. Daniel shares, “The environment was powerfully different from Seahorse Key in many ways. My working process was similar though, and though I often make very large paintings in my studio at home, the demands of traveling with my work invited me to make a series of quite small paintings in both places, trying to capture an essence of form, color and light.”

The gallery at Cedar Key Art Center is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.

About Cedar Key Arts Center
The Cedar Key Arts Center is a Tax Exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity.  Our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts, to promote and encourage the arts in our community, to provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts, and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
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TRENTON’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL
SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL
MARCH 18, 2017, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Trenton's Quilt Festival Welcomes Large
Crowds on a Picture-Perfect Day
March 21, 2-17

MAR 21 TRENTON PIC 2 Trenton Floral Inside Display DSC 9396Trenton, Florida - On Saturday, March 18th, Trenton's Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival visitors enjoyed a wonderful spring day on Main Street strolling among the booths of over sixty craft and antique sellers, and those of numerous quilting groups.  With quilts hung all over downtown, quilt lovers could take a very close look at many colorful exemplars.  Visitors expressed their amazement at the talent and creativity on view.  MAR 21 TRENTON PIC 1 Quilt Museum Outdoor Display DSC 9402

Special quilt exhibits were displayed in The Florida Quilt Museum, at Trenton's Historic Train Depot, in the Ice House and in the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe.  Enthusiastic quilters and quilt collectors who developed the exhibits were on hand to talk about their projects.  "The quilts were outstanding.  Quilt vendors came from as far away as Sarasota," says festival founder and Quilting Coordinator, Stephanie Metts.

Food vendor offerings included brick oven pizza, barbecue, seafood, burgers and hotdogs.  "We try to arrange for a variety of food alternatives from local vendors, and many festival patrons take time out to dine at popular Trenton restaurants while they are here," says Pat Watson, the Festival Chairperson and Craft Coordinator.

With the exceptional weather, the number of visitors returned to the historic highs of 7,000-8,000.  "It’s amazing how everything comes together at the wire.  Not that we don't have glitches, but most things seemed to run smoothly," says Stephanie.  "We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather," says Pat.


TRENTON’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL
SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL
MARCH 18, 2017, 9 AM - 4 PM
RUG MAKER SHOWS HOW TO GET ‘HOOKED’ AT THE
2017 TRENTON’S SUWANNEE VALLEY
QUILT FESTIVAL
March 15, 2017
                                                                                                

MAR 15 TRENTON Backbone Rock by Annie TalleyAnnie Talley does rug hooking.  It sounds like it could be slightly salacious, but it is a craft that she has demonstrated over the last several years at Trenton's Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival.  For 2017, she will be 'doing her thing' at Trenton's Historic Depot so visitors can learn about the techniques employed and see her completed rugs.

Annie learned to hook rugs from her mother, who took it up as a hobby in the late 1970s.  Her mother made about 100 rugs altogether, and they've been shared among Annie's siblings and other relatives.  Annie also took classes in Naples, Florida, and she usually attends annual conferences, held all over the U.S., hosting about 80-100 participants.

Annie usually makes 'pictorials'; most often landscapes because she likes earth tones.  Others make portraits, geometrics, and orientals. One of Annie's favorite rug hooking artists is Sibyl Osicka, who makes animal portraits.  Two of her works are auctioned each year at fundraisers for the Cincinnati Zoo.

By selecting 3-by-5 foot or 2-by-3 foot sized projects, Annie can complete a rug in two years or less.  Her favorite rug, Backbone Rock, took her only six months to make.  She tends to hold onto her completed projects because after spending that long to make them, they are like "members of the family."  Her husband does the framing to display them.


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BOB GOODLETT,  CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
March 10, 2017

The March Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op is Bob Goodlett.  Bob creates stunning Florida landscapes using oil paints.  He has won numerous awards in Florida Art festivals, including many Best of Show.  Bob has the amazing ability to create light in his paintings, whether it be a streak of lightning or the unique hues in the sky at sunset or sunrise.  To make his work accessible to everyone, Bob has made giclee prints of many of his original paintings.   All of his paintings are already framed and included in the price of the work. 


 
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I noted in one of my jottings a long time ago that Cedar Key is famous for its prolific birdlife, its restaurants and all the other things that make it such a jewel. I forgot, however, to mention the slew of entertainments that make the town hum during the season – the list of coffees, talks, art shows and fashion shows, roadside and trail clean-ups listed in the Cedar Key News, let alone the meetings of the City Commission, must add up to make more activities per head of population than one can shake a stick at. But after another busy day the aficionados know that Andy and Stanley will have left a light on for us at the Island Hotel and that Angie and Kelly will be ready to dispense refreshments in the Neptune Lounge.
 
So far, so wonderful, but on Sunday 26 February the hotel provided your correspondent with an unexpected journey to another place and another time in the company of Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff. The vocal duet, with Dick playing the mandolin and Judith the guitar, specialise in playing those traditional style vocals and instrumentals that, according to Dick, “make your heart bleed” and can “get you right in the kishke.” 

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The couple have been playing together since they met in 1993, and are now based in Montreal. Dick has been a professional musician for many years, apart from three years spent in the Army, traveling with blue grass bands on the road. Judith, on the other hand, was employed in Canada as a social worker and, although she had studied music for most of her life, didn't play professionally until she met Dick. The duo have toured Europe several times; they have also been spending their winter seasons down in Florida since Dick retired in 2004, performing at various area parks, as well as at the Neptune Lounge. (And so here's the obvious question: How on earth have I managed to miss such a pleasurable experience in all of my years in Cedar Key?) 
 


 

 CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
MARCH, APRIL OFFERINGS
  MARCH 4, 2017
 
 
Please note that, as of today, the Ties That Bind workshop
has been rescheduled to Monday, April 10, 2017.
 
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February 11, 2017
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Cedar Key Arts Center
457    Second Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
February 26, 2017
 
LIQUID STRENGTH - FOUR CERAMISTS SHOW OPENING
 
 
What do David Mack, Joseph Frye, Tom Guirl, and Henry Gernhardt all have in common? They all made a successful career by following their passion by creating beautiful artworks from clay.FEB 26 CKAC HENRY PIC March show PR 1
 
This bond that the four men have formed will be shared with you during the March show at the Cedar Key Arts Center.
Through long years of hard work and dedication to artistic principle, they have perfected the art of clay.  Please join us Saturday night at the opening upstairs at the Arts Center on Second Street in Cedar Key; the event is free and open to the public.
 
Next month the gallery will feature the ceramics of four well-established artists in the Main Gallery and Lowell Reception Center Inmates’ presenting “Journey Daybooks: From the Inside” in the Member’s Gallery.
 
Plaque by Henry Gernhardt
 
About Cedar Key Arts Center
The Cedar Key Arts Center is a tax exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity.  Its purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts, promote and encourage the arts in our community, provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts, and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
 
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Cedar Key Arts Center
457    Second Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
February 26, 2017
 
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER HOSTS SELECTED
JOURNEY DAYBOOK ARTWORK
PRODUCED BY FEMALE LOWELL PRISON INMATES,
TITLED FROM THE INSIDE
 
Peggy Herrick, Robin Gillies, and Patty Jett, from the Cedar Key Arts Community have volunteered for the past four years at the Florida Women’s Reception Center at Ocala’s Lowell Prison to facilitate the Journey Daybook Program.  Bringing an introspective and creative (and sometimes emotional) outlet for the prisoners.FEB 26 CKAC PRISON PIC March show PR 1
 
Peggy Herrick is the founder of Journey Daybook (JDB), a non-profit organization which teaches and encourages drawing, painting, collaging and journaling.  Four years ago the members of JDB decided it would be beneficial to offer this program to the prisoners.
 
Journey Daybook founder Peggy Herrick created a non-profit organization to teach these skills.  It includes drawing, painting, collaging and journaling. It isn’t uncommon, but it’s a bit disconcerting to hear your neighbors and friends say, “Oh, I can’t meet you, I have to go to prison.”  Journey Daybook member, and CKAC gallery chair, Robin Gillies, was inspired to curate this show by her numerous trips and experiences attending this program at Lowell.  Robin says, “Getting to work with these women and realizing we have more in common than you may think was eye and heart opening.”
 
The culmination of these classes is on display at the Cedar Key Arts Center. Venture into the inner world of the female inmates, their thoughts, their loves, and their dreams.  Plan to visit the show and then see how you feel.
 
Artist: LaTesha
 
The Opening Reception for the March 2017 gallery shows is March 4, 2017, 5-7 pm at the Upstairs Gallery above the Keyhole Co-op on Second Street in downtown Cedar Key.  This is a free event and open to the public. From the Inside will run the whole month of March and the gallery is open 10 – 5 daily.
 
 About Cedar Key Arts Center
The Cedar Key Arts Center is a tax exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity.  Its purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts, promote and encourage the arts in our community, provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts, and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
 
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