Susan Roquemore, Cedar Key writer, has placed first in the 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.
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.
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.
The gallery at Cedar Key Art Center is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.
Trenton, 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.
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.
Annie 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.
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.
The class of five students successfully created pinch pots and fired them under the tutelage of Henry K. Gernhardt Professor emeritus from Syracuse University. Henry and his wife Amy have been sponsoring a Raku Party at their studio Cedar Key Pottery for 17 years.
The students were Nancy Hanson, Nita Cox, Anne Lindgren, Joan Selby, and Carola. They expressed a desire to repeat the class next year. This party was an extension of the Cedar Key Arts Center adult education program.
Photos by Joan Selby.
Pictured here is the raku pot made by Nancy Hanson.
Despite a somewhat rainy day, nearly 200 people enjoyed the Second Annual Art-Filled Home Tour in Cedar Key this past weekend. Visitors enjoyed exploring homes of seven local artists, many filled from floor to ceiling with creativity, in addition to the home of a life-long art collector who shared her collection of artwork from around the world.
The Cedar Key Arts Center would like to thank the hosts and hostesses for generously opening their home for the tour and the Gulf Kart Company and 1842 Daily Grind for supporting the event. Proceeds benefit the Arts Center Renovation Project (www.CedarKeyArtsCenter.org).
The January Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Sheila Thomas. Sheila is the co-op’s photographer and her specialties are the birds, wildlife and local scenery in and around Cedar Key. In addition, Sheila makes pottery, cloth bookmarks, ornaments of homemade paper and colorful pinecone flowers. Sheila is constantly creating new and interesting works and her inventory changes frequently.
Tickets are on sale at the Keyhole for the January 20th, 2016 Cedar Key Arts Center Benefit Dinner that funds the Summer Art Program. The evening starts off with a cocktail hour, live music by Lisa Mitchell and the chance to view Silent Auction and Raffle items. The Island Room will cater the dinner.
This dinner is the fundraiser that allows us to hire a certified teacher for the elementary Summer Art Program, hire instructors for the Teen Art Program, purchase materials and offer scholarships for students. The event will be held at the Community Center and begins at 5:15 pm. Purchase a $25 ticket or make a donation so that for two weeks during the summer so that local students can have the opportunity to create and learn about art.
The teens were exposed to sewing during the Summer Art Program which created interest. In November Bunny Hand and Sue Wooley started a Middle School Sewing Club that meets on Wednesdays at 3 pm at the Arts Center. Two of the students have completed pillows and one a soft sculpture. The students also created some sewn felt Christmas ornaments. The class is currently full with eight students.
Pictured is a picture of a wire sculpture created by a elementary student during the Summer Art Program 2016. *******
CALLING ALL CEDAR KEY ARTISTS WHO MAY HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES TO THEIR ART WORK, THEIR SUPPLIES, OR THEIR STUDIOS DURING HURRICANE HERMINE
The Cedar Key Arts Center Board is reaching out to Cedar Key Artists who may have suffered damage or losses to their art work or their supplies or studios during Hurricane Hermaine. We would like to offer each of you an opportunity to display a few of your works of art at the Cedar Key Arts Center during January. You could attach your card with a contact number on it to your art and people could call you directly if they are interested in purchasing a piece.
The Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence Program has selected painter Daniel Gottsegen as artist in residence for 2017. Known for his meditative renderings of the natural world, Gottsegen will live and work at the University of Florida Seahorse Key facilities Feb. 12 to 18.
Sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, the artist-in-residence program gives artists the opportunity to draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Nature Coast, said Mendy Allen, program coordinator for the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key, Florida.
For the last four years, artists in residence have stayed at the Seahorse Key Lighthouse, a pre-Civil War structure that offers excellent views of the key and the Gulf of Mexico. Seahorse Key is also the site of the UF/IFAS Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, which provides lodging and other resources for researchers studying local wildlife and coastal systems.
We hope the meeting of art and science in a place such as Seahorse Key will be a fruitful one,” Allen said.
Please, be sure to register at the Keyhole or with the instructor. This is important so that the instructor is prepared with enough supplies for all attendees, and so we do not cancel workshops prematurely.
November 20, 2016
SPARKLE: GIFT SHOW IN THE MEMBERS GALLERY
Cedar Key jewelry and glass artist display their glittery and sparkly wares just in time for the holiday season! Sparkly crafts and jewelry by:
Donna Bushnell, current president of the CKAC, creates hand wire wrapped gold filled and sterling silver jewelry. Most pieces are made with stones hand cabbed by her husband, Jay.
Joan Keinath, stained glass artist at Island Arts, will have Christmas items and wall hangings at the Sparkle show. They will make lovely holiday gifts!
Marie Lewis, Cedar Key area resident, began wire wrapping sea glass eight years ago. From sea glass only, she evolved to include glass beads and crystals. Copper, gold filled and silver have allowed her to create custom shapes and styles, sometimes combining a variety in one piece.
Fused glass artist, Bev Ringenberg, has created a variety of giftable glass pieces and seasonal decorations that will add sparkle to your holiday.
FEBRUARY OPEN ART SHOW THEME IS WINGS
Area artists will be interested to learn that February is the Open art show. This season’s theme is WINGS. All art that depicts some sort of wing or feeling of wing will be displayed. A judge will pick the top three pieces that reflect the theme to receive cash awards. More information will be released at a later date.
IMAGE BY LELAND WILLIAMS