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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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OLD TIMEY MUSIC
March 7, 2017
 
 
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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WINGS WINNERS
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.
 
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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.
 
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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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TRENTON’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL
SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL
MARCH 18, 2017, 9 AM - 4 PM
February 24, 2017

FEB 24 TREENTON EMBLEMTrenton, Florida – The 2017 and eleventh annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Trenton, Florida.  The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  Festival leaders have selected the “Watermelons and Sunflowers” quilt block as its central theme.  This image will be used for advertising and promotional materials.  Last year the festival selected Trenton’s Compass Rose, from that particular block located at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe on Main Street, as its theme.  Each block is part of the Trenton Quilt Trail, which is the starting point for The Florida Quilt Trail.  “We’ve decided to celebrate a different quilt block each year at the festival,” says founder Stephanie Metts.  “Since the Trenton Trail has eighteen blocks now, we have many to choose from.”  The quilt trail provides visual signposts throughout the community that celebrate quilting and are situated near local landmarks, businesses, and historic places.


RAKU PARTY
PRODUCES PINCH POTS
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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. 

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RAIN DOESN'T STOP
ART-FILLED HOME TOUR IN CEDAR KEY
February 21, 2017

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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).

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DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS
FOR THE ART-FILLED HOME TOUR?
February 15, 2017
 
The Art-Filled Home Tour is coming fast: February 18, 10 am – 4 pm.  Don't forget to pick up your tickets ($20) at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op this week.  Visit the homes and studios of local artists and art collectors.  Four home on tour in the morning 10am-1pm, four in the afternoon 1 pm - 4 pm. Refreshments served. 
 
Proceeds benefit the Cedar Key Arts Center Renovation Project.
 
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WINGS WINNERS
February 11, 2017
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HOME TOUR IN CEDAR KEY DXHIBIT
February 5, 2017
 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
RAKU PARTY!
February 3, 2017
 
What is raku?
Raku  is the method of hot fire
to quick reduction of a ceramic piece.
 
The annual Cedar Key Pottery Raku Party will be held at the Cedar Key Arts Center the first two Sunday's in February (5 and 12).    On the first Sunday from 2-4 pm, you will design and hand build a raku piece.  The second Sunday, you will fire the piece under the direction of Henry Gernhardt, Professor Emeritus Syracuse University.
 
Please, register at the Keyhole on Second Street
prior to the event so we can bring enough supplies.
Class is limited to 10 people minimum.
 
Call Henry Gernhardt if you have any questions. 352-543-9165
 
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CEDAR KEY ART CENTER TRANSFORMS
COMMUNITY CENTER,
GATHERS DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN’S ART
January 21, 2017
 

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The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Children’s Art Benefit Dinner, Raffle, and Silent Auction occurred in a completely transformed Cedar Key Community Center.  All about the room and hanging from the ceiling, seemingly hundreds of children’s silhouettes flew kites, bounced balls, tumbled, ran, and played.  Attendees felt they were in the center of a playground, filled with active, happy, creative youngsters.  Robin Gillies and her ladder-climbing, inventive, energetic decorating team built the splendid playground. 
 
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Table decorations, in keeping of the evening, were wire figures made by children in the 2016 Summer Art Program.   Each wire figure was sent home with a local artist who dressed the figure as he/she saw fit.  The figures were placed within a bed of multicolored flowers which brought the Children’s Art theme solidly to each table.


CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
CALL FOR ART –
“WINGS” OPEN ART SHOW
January 20, 2017
 
INFORMATIONAL PROSPECTUS
AND CALL FOR ENTRIES
 
In February Cedar Key Arts Center will present WINGS an open art show
 
Flight. Airiness. Grace. Angel. Beauty. Frilly. Aerodynamic. Buffalo. These are just a few trigger words that encompass our theme for the February Open Show.
 
Seeking artistic representations that demonstrate the ‘Wings’ attribute, literally and of course figuratively.
 
All mediums and materials working within this theme are eligible including 2-D, 3-D, mixed-media, photography and video (must provide your own display equipment). All subject matter following the WINGS theme from landscapes to abstractions are eligible. Three monetary awards will be given out for this exhibition: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and ribbons for Award of Excellence.
 
SUBMISSIONS: a maximum of three pieces per artist.


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SHEILA THOMAS, CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
January 14, 2017

 

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.


CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
JANUARY OPENING
January 10, 2017
 
The Cedar Key Arts Center’s January gallery opening displayed a fascinating breadth of work.
 
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In the main gallery, Gene Rantz and Michael Buchanan showed their works.  Rantz a previous graphic artist and current landscape painter, captures Michigan-scapes in the summer months and the Suwannee-scapes in the winter months.  Buchanan is a painter and co-authors novels and screenplays. In the Members Gallery, author and basket maker, D. G. Stern displayed his pieces.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ROBIN GILLIES, ARTIST MICHAEL BUCHANAN
 AND CO-GALLERY DIRECTOR ANNE LINDGREN
 
 
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In the Studio Gallery, the works of three artists who suffered damage to their work during Hurricane Hermine were featured.  Marsha Schwartz’s pieces included mosaic and driftwood mirrors and her “watchdog.”  Sandi Allen showed her watercolors.  Anna Hodges featured her first children’s book about Cedar Key sea animals and a hurricane. 
 
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BEV RINGENBERG AND DONNA BUSHNELL
 
 
CKAC President Donna Bushnell welcomed all in attendance and, with Bev Ringenberg, spotlighted upcoming events.
  • January 20 Children’s Art Benefit Dinner, Raffle, and Silent Auction.  Bushnell advised purchasing tickets quickly as few remain.
  • January 31 CKAC Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. 
  • February 18  Art-Filled Home Tour.  Ringenberg noted that this is the second annual event of this nature and will largely focus on artists’ homes. 
  • April 8 - 9 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.  Susan Rosenthal modeled the $20 tee-shirt for the festival, currently on sale.
 
Co-Gallery Director Anne Lindgren announced the upcoming February opening of “Wings.”   
 

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COCKTAIL HOUR? LIVE MUSIC? ISLAND ROOM DINNER? PLUS HELPING KIDS LEARN AND PRACTICE ART?
AN ABSOLUTE MUST…
Hope you purchase a ticket!
January 2, 2017

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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.

 

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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER JANUARY 2017 WORKSHOPS
December 20, 2016
 
 
PLAN TO COME AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW OR SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS AND HAVE FUN WITH ART.
BE SURE TO REGISTER AT CEDAR KEYHOLE OR WITH ARTIST SO INSTRUCTOR CAN BE PREPARED.
 
 
 
ANDA CHANCE-BEYOND THE COLORING BOOK
WITH COLORED PENCILS
January 9 and 10, Monday and Tuesday, 9 am – 4 pm
$70 for members; $75 for non-members;
plus $35 for supplies for all.
Minimum five students.
Introduction to colored pencils by building your color wheel, under painting and building layers, addressing individual questions, completing a series of exercises to increase proficiency and skills. Start a take-home painting with follow up through social media. Some drawing skills would be helpful but beginners welcome.
Contact Anda at 386-330-2424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
GYOTAKU T-SHIRT WORKSHOP WITH SANDI JACKSON
January 14, Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm
$45 per member; $50 for nonmembers;
 plus $10 for supplies for all.
Minimum six students.
Join Sandi Jackson for a Gyotaku T-shirt workshop.  Create a unique fish print on your very own shirt.  Bring your own T-shirt or shirts in your size and style, light weight, and light colored cotton or cotton blends. Wear old clothes and an apron.
Deadline is December 31.
Contact Sandi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
407-920-0920.
 


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CKAC OFFERS ASSISTANCE
TO ARTISTS
December 7, 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 CKAC would be open daily between 10 am and 5 pm, but you will have to handle your own sales.  The good news is that you will not have to pay the usual 25% handling fees.  We hope that in small way we can help you get back on your artistic feet after the devastations of the storm. Please contact Donna Bushnell, CKAC President (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), as soon as possible (deadline December 20), if you would like to be a part of the Hurricane Relief Show at Cedar Key Arts Center.

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ARTIST NAMED FOR SEAHORSE KEY
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
November 2016

dec 5 ckac uf artist photoThe 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.dec 6 ckac uf artist photo 2

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.


NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
AT CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
November28, 2016

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. 

 
MINI HOLIDAY PROJECTS
December 3, Saturday.  Scallop shell angels-Donna Bushnell, Ugly Sweater Ornament with Bunny Hand, Cork Ornament with Joan Selby and more. Free.
 
ACID ETCHING ON COPPER
December 7, Wednesday, 10 am - 2 pm.  Lori Kay Olling (An OFCA award winner) Learn to create jewelry using acid to etch the patterns onto copper. You can use your own drawings or stencils provided by Lori to make a copper bracelet, pair of earrings and a pendant. This skill can be easily done at home with a minimum of investment in materials.  Cost $160 plus $35 in supplies for members, $165 non-members. Minimum 4, max 6 students. Contact: Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
PAINT PARTY
December 8, Thursday-, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Color Mixing Paint Party with Sandy Allen, Play with paints and create your own color wheel to take home and use in other classes too.
 

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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
SAVE THESE DATES
November 27, 2016
 
 
December 3, 2016
 Free Holiday Mini Projects
 
January 20, 2017
 Summer Art Program Benefit Dinner, Auction, and Raffle
 
January 31, 2017
 CKAC Annual Meeting and Election of Officers/Board Members
 
February 18, 2017
 Art-Filled Home Tour
 
April 8 and 9, 2017
 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, 10 am – 5 pm
 
 
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HOLIDAY MINI PROJECTS  
AND PAINT PARTY 
November 26, 2016
 
AT CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
(Please register at Keyhole or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
HOLIDAY MINI PROJECTS 
FREE WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
 9 AM UNTIL 1 PM
 
Bring a snack to share. We
will provide beverages and everything needed to complete five crafts:
SCALLOP SHELL ANGEL - Donna Bushnell
FELT SNOWMAN ORNAMENT - Marie Lewis
CORK ANGEL - Joan Selby
CORK SNOWFLAKE-Patty Jett
“UGLY  S WEATER” EMBELLISHMENT - Bunny Hand
 
COLOR MIXING PAINT PARTY
WITH SANDI ALLEN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
 6:30-8:30 PM
 
Play with paints and create your own color wheel
to take home and use in other classes too.
Refreshments provided.
Cost: $20
Contact Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at Keyhole.
 
 
FOR MORE WORKSHOPS IN 2017.
 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER EXHIBIT

November 20, 2016  

 
Explore the artwork by our invited area artists as they display their vision of the theme Time & Time. We are sure your emotions will be sparked by the many wonderful pieces on display in the newly renovated gallery space.
 
James Callis: Florida photographer and now artist, James Callis is just getting recognized for his wildlife art. His photography has been displayed in the lighthouse at St. Marks, where very few artists have ventured. http://www.jwcallisarts.org/
 
Donna Leeward: Donna is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Marion County. “I strive to capture the serenity and peacefulness I find in central Florida landscapes on a canvas using oil and acrylic paint. Painting on location can add so much more than just paint to a canvas.
 
There are many more things our senses pick up when we are there in the moment: smells, sounds, varying light, and infinitesimal color changes. As an artist, there is nothing to quite as astonishing as being able to express all of these sensory images when creating a piece of art and helping others find the serenity I feel while watching the scene emerge around me.”
http://donnaleeward.com/
 
Bill Roberts: (as written on the StAugustine.com website, Jan. 14, 2016) Bill Roberts knew when he was 3 exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: A real Cowboy. He spent his life fulfilling that dream, and along the way developed an eye and appreciation for images of rural Florida. Bill’s life experiences: his youth spent in the Everglades followed by 35 years as a transient cowboy and, more recently, as a fishing guide off the Levy County coast, have all inspired the art he now creates.
 
Susan Dauphinee: Susan Dauphinee pursued her art education at Ringling School of Art. She feels her most valuable experiences are endless hours of observation and painting of the landscape. She has taught numerous seminars and has exhibited in art shows and Galleries throughout Florida. Dauphinee has lived on a marsh in Cedar Key, FL for the past 22 years but will soon be moving to a home that she and her husband designed and built on the Suwannee River. Waste Management of North America, Walt Disney Corporation, Santa Fe Community College, Senator Bob Graham, and Adams Mark Hotel are just a few of her collectors. http://www.dauphineecottage.com/
 
Keith Martin Johns has been known for many years for his romantic landscapes of Florida’s natural wilderness, Keith Martin Johns began another journey. After receiving a Master of Fine Art degree he diversified his art in large format multi-figure narratives, still life, cityscapes, and portrait work. As a professional landscape and wildlife artist, Johns has painted over 500 images from around the state of Florida archiving over 400 into collectible limited edition Giclée prints.
http://keithmartinjohns.com/
 
Leland Williams: You will be mesmerized by the exquisite detail achieved in Mr. William’s mixed media sculptural work that invites the viewer to examine the connection between industrial shapes of man-made structures and the threatened representation of the natural world. His 2-D art includes oil pastel in miniature, composite, as well as panoramic presentations the subject is nature, comment, and hope. His artistic message is clear: respect, value, and protect the natural world that we have been given. http://lelandwilliamsnatureartist.weebly.com/
 
 

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.

 

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IMAGE BY LELAND WILLIAMS

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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
CELEBRATES ADDITION & SCULPTURE
November 20, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cedar Key Arts Center President Donna Bushnell and her colleagues recognized the many significant contributors to the actualization of its new addition in a 4:30 pm ceremony yesterday afternoon in the CKAC patio. 
 
 
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Bev Ringenberg thanked founder Catherine Christie, now 92 and temporarily unable to travel and thus not in attendance, for her vision and generosity.  Ringenberg then thanked the 29 lifetime members and presented a plaque, soon to be posted to the new addition, thanking and naming them.  Their $52,000 did much to boost the construction process, she remarked.
 
 
 
 

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CLAMMER SCULPTURE
Bushnell introduced artist Chick Schwartz, who noted that his job of announcing would be “much easier with a teleprompter,” but nevertheless performed his task of recognizing his colleagues masterfully.  Schwartz is the creator of the new clammer sculpture located in the CKAC patio.  The art work depicts three clammers, two men and a woman, complete with perching pelican,  pulling clams in a dripping net up into their birddog.
 
The whole team of Bob Treat, Royce Nelson, Frank Offerle, Joe Hand, Gordy Burrows, and many others performed admirably, reported Schwartz.   Most important, he said, was Sue Colson, who wanted to memorialize the clamming industry to Cedar Key.  In response, “We needed to do this because Sue Colson has done so very much for all of us here in for Cedar Key,” said Schwartz. 
  
Colson was presented with a bottle of champagne to break over the birddog.  Colson said, “He saw my dream!” Practical as always, when the champagne bottle did not crack over the fiberglass birddog, Colson popped the cork and poured the bubbly liquid over the hull.
 

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Cedar Key Aquaculture Association representatives Rosie Cantwell, Leslie Sturmer, and Sue Colson presented Schwartz with their most meaningful recognition, the Golden Clam Award, a golden clam shell upon a ribbon of blue placed about Schwartz’’s neck.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 MORE THANKS
President Bushnell again thanked the absent, but present in spirit, Cathy Christie, for making the entire Center possible and reminding the audience that Christie’s pottery is available about the Center. 
Among  Bushnell’s recognitions and awards were the following tokens. 
  • Amy Gernhardt was given a ball in recognition for her “getting the ball rolling” on the addition;
  • Roger McDaniels was given carpenter’s glasses for “keeping an eye on everything;”
  • Bev Ringenberg was given a Million-Dollar candy bar for her magnificent fundraising efforts;
  • Ken Edmonds was given a hammer, in recognition of his labors and a paper check representing the actual check that will come his way soon for the completion of the project;
  • Fay Sanders was given a new calculator, as surely she has worn hers out keeping the books for the construction project.
 
Bushnell also thanked the CKAC Board, each of whom worked to make the addition possible:   Lynn Sylver, Patty Jett, Susan Rosenthal, Gini Barss, Gene Rantz, and Marie Lewis.


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