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The Cultural Arts Magazine for Polk County



Festival of Fine Arts Florida Southern College Page 11

Tutus & Tuxes: The 20s for the 20th Florida Dance Theatre Page 16

Swimming Upstream Lake Wales Arts Council Page 28

Polk Museum of Art presents

Tibor Pataky: Into Abstraction

July 27 October 5, 2013
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Tibor Pataky, No. 9 (detail), 1957, charcoal and graphite on paper, from the collection of Florida Southern College.

A Publication of the Polk Arts Alliance

Volume 15 Number 4 Fall/Season Preview 2013

Meri Mass Executive Director Polk Arts Alliance

Presidents Message........................................................... 2 Executive Directors Message................................................ 4 7 under $8...................................................................... 6 Golda is Golden................................................................ 9 E.V.A.C. Beautiful Change is on its Way. .................................. 10 Florida Southerns Festival of Fine Arts................................... 11 Polk County History Center Reorganizes.................................. 12 Imperial Symphony Orchestra Did You Know.......................... 13 Bok Tower Gardens Among Choices for 8th Wonder. .................... 14 Ramon Theatre Season Preview Dance Art Recognizes Recent Graduates.................................. 15 Tutus & Tuxes: The 20s for the 20th....................................... 16 Museum to Host Two New Exhibitions..................................... 17 Bartow Art Guild Establishes Downtown Presence. ...................... 18 Frostproof Art League Hosts Art Poster Competition. ................... 19 Bartow Art Guild Meetings Move Absolutely FREE!.............................................................. 20 Southeastern Universitys New Theatre Director Lakeland Community Theatre Season 28................................ 21 Cultural Arts Calendar (August - October 2013)..................... 22-25 Coming Up at the Ritz Theatre............................................. 26 Swimming Upstream......................................................... 28 Polk State Hires First Director for Arts Center........................... 29 The Pig Flies Again!. .......................................................... 30 Platform Art Leaves Its Mark on Lakeland................................ 31 Member Spotlight: Downtown Lakeland Artists-in-Residence......... 32 Literary Leanings: Authors and Illustrators Festival..................... 33 Student Recognized at Arts at the Ball Park Call to Artists/Lakeland Concert Band Season Schedule............... 34 At Harrison, FIVE is Enough!................................................ 35 Falling Into Adventure....................................................... 37 Kids Tag Art Closes Out Year With Special Awards....................... 38 Art Classes and Workshops.................................................. 39 Artist Spotlight: Cuban Born Dancer Israel Rodriguez. .................. 40 Cultural Eye. ................................................................... 41 Cultural Arts & Creative Industry Directory & Map...................... 42 Member Recognition. ......................................................... 43 Member Benefits/Form...................................................... 44


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Cultural Arts Council Member Organizations

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Platform Art Leaves Its Mark on Lakeland Page 17

Moe Bandy at the Ritz Page 30

Front Cover: Students explore a piece from the Celebrating Who I Am exhibition, an exhibition of work created by children with disabilities from around the U.S. that will be on display at Explorations V throughout the fall. The collection was originated by VSA arts, Inc., through the Accessibility Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was donated to Explorations V by VSA arts, Inc. The piece is entitled, Love by Dakota, age 15, from Pocatello, Idaho.

Artifacts Magazine is published four times a year by the Polk Arts Alliance in support of the Cultural Arts Council member organizations. Advertising and news may be submitted for consideration by calling (863) 797-4278 or email to admin@ Letters to the editor are welcome on any subject relating to the content of the magazine. All opinions expressed in this publication are those of the advertisers, writers or other news sources, and do not reflect the opinions of the magazine, the publisher or the editor. Artifacts Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited submissions or errors. Contents are copyrighted. Reproduction of any material in this publication without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. 2012 Polk Arts Alliance. All rights reserved. Any reproduction in whole or in part without the express written consent of Polk Arts Alliance is prohibited. Printed in U.S.A.

Artist Spotlight: Israel Rodriqguez Page 40

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from the desk of the

Board of Directors
Cindy Rodriguez President J. Davis Connor Vice President THOMAS BRYANT Treasurer Martha Roe Burke Secretary Cynthia Haffey Cultural Arts Council Chair Dan Clark Past President

The approach of fall means that wonderful things are just around the corner for those of us who love the arts in one form or another or for that matter, in all forms! Theatres are auditioning for and rehearsing their new season of exciting shows. Festivals, fairs, visual arts events, historic and cultural happenings are all in the works. In fact, its a time when theres more to do and see than you can possibly get to. What a happy dilemma for arts lovers, right?

Cindy Rodriguez


Polk Arts Alliance (PAA) is also gearing up for two major initiatives that will take place within the next year. The first is development of a web-based artists registry that will be THE go-to location for folks looking for artists in any genre. For instance, a caf that would like to hire a small musical ensemble can use it as a resource and find just the right group. Looking for a muralist to create some beauty in your home or place of business? You can find that in the registry as well. It will provide a showcase for Polk artists and a central source of information the community has been asking for. We are excited to partner with the technology department at Polk State College, which will be helping us develop this dynamic website. PAA, in collaboration with a group of amazing community leaders, is also in the early planning stages for the inaugural Polk Artists Hall of Fame gala set to take place this time next year (2014) as a way to showcase talent from Polk County and kick off our 2014 Heart of the Arts Month in a memorable way. Its going to be a spectacular dont-miss-it kind of event that will provide a way for us to recognize the incredibly talented artists that either grew up in Polk or have chosen to make it home. Heres my challenge to youstart thinking now about who should be nominated for induction into the Polk Artists Hall of Fame and be ready to put their names in the hat when the call for nominations goes out! Both of these initiatives the Artists Registry and the Polk Artists Hall of Fame were recommended for grant funding by the new Arts and Cultural Committee and approved by both the Tourist Development Council and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. While the grant dollars will not cover all the costs associated with the initiatives, the funding will certainly help get them off the ground and we are very appreciative of the Countys support. Clearly, great things are happening in Polk arts and culture and, together with our community partners, we are building a solid reputation as a bona fide destination for the arts. Finally, if youre reading this message and enjoying ArtiFacts, but are not yet a member of the Polk Arts Alliance, I extend a personal invitation for you to join and be part of the wave of excitement thats taken over our arts and culture community. And, weve made it very easy. You can find and submit the membership form available in this publication or locate it on our website Your support is needed to ensure sustained growth in arts and culture and enhanced quality of life in the community you call home. Welcome aboard! Cindy Rodriguez

MELONY BELL County Commissioner


Art Resource Council


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Cultural Arts Council Member Organizations
All Saints Academy Arts Ensemble Education Foundation Arts on the Park The Bach Festival of Central Florida Bartow Art Guild Bok Tower Gardens Citrus Lakes Chorus Davenport School of the Arts Explorations V Childrens Museum The Florida Air Museum at Sun n Fun Florida Dance Arts Florida Dance Theatre Florida Southern College Frostproof Artists League & Gallery Haines City Community Theatre, Inc. Historic Lakeland Historical Lake Wales Society Historical Society of Fort Meade Imperial Symphony Orchestra Lakeland Art Guild Lakeland Choral Society Lakeland Community Theatre Lakeland Concert Band Lake Wales Arts Council Lake Wales Little Theatre Lois Cowles Harrison Center For The Visual & Performing Arts Platform Art Polk County Historical Center Polk County Kids Tag Art Polk Museum of Art Polk State College Polk Theatre Ramon Theater Ridge Art Association Ridge Woodcarvers Club Rochelle School of the Arts Southeastern University Symphony Guild of Winter Haven Theatre Winter Haven The Lakeland Center The Ritz Theatre The Tuesday Music Club Visit or contact Meri Mass at to learn more about the Cultural Arts Council.
This year Art-i-facts Magazine celebrates 25 years and Florida Dance Theatre celebrates 20 years. Polk Arts Alliance is grateful to Founding Publisher/Editor Judy Kahler for creating this publication and to Ryan Bailey (b. 1962 - d. 2009) for the years that he was Editor of Art-i-facts.

Executive Director
The fall is always an exciting time to roll out our season and experience the Heart of the Arts that is Polk County. This will be our third year promoting and branding Heart of the Arts, or the acronym HOTArts! Thanks to the County Communications Department, PAA will begin the season with a new monthly 30-minute arts featured segment on PGTV to promote the arts! So send your information and tune in!

Meri Mass

This season begins with many great events and notable anniversaries of many of our cultural arts council members. To begin with, Florida Dance Theatre is celebrating their 20th Anniversary in September with the kick off Tutus & Tuxes and our own Art-i-facts Magazine celebrates 25 Years in publication! PAA has made many strides in county-wide for support of the arts and this past year was monumental with the passing of the county ordinance to reinstate the word museums under capital improvements and the reinstatement of 15% of the first two pennies of the tourism bed tax. For the first time in our history, the nonprofit ARTS organizations have dedicated funds of over $400,000 a year and a grants program that is in its 2nd round of distribution. We all want to thank those from our community who came forward and volunteered their time as the County Arts and Cultural Committee to steward this process and set the guidelines. As the countys advocate for arts organizations and arts in education, promoting the S.T.E.A.M. initiative, PAA has been working hard to gain recognition for the arts business and economic impact, cultural enrichment, jobs creation and community sustainability as well as appreciation for what the arts offer in our communities that enhance and defines our Quality of Life. PAA continues to market the image of Polk County as the Cultural Arts Destination that we are, bringing global awareness of the world class venues, entertainment and talent that exist right here in our backyard. Meri Mass

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Polk County serves up a variety of arts and cultural opportunities for about the cost of two lattes. Here are a few possibilities to quench your cultural thirst for $8 or less.

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The Polk Theatre presents highly acclaimed independent films on many Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and students with ID, children 12 and under are $4. Learn more: or call the entertainment line 863-682-8227.

A Night at the Opera...Scenes. Southeastern University production at Polk Museum of Art on October 26 at 7pm. General admission is $7. Students/Seniors $5. For more information, please call Southeastern Universitys Department of Communication office at 863-667-5119 or visit

The Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center is popularly known as The Depot Museum. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 12. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Phone 863-676-5160 or email

Polk State College Theatre Department presents Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice. The novel adapted for theatre by Marcus Goodwin runs Wednesday-Saturday, October 2-5 and 9-12 at 7:30pm. Wednesday, October 2 is a free preview. All other performances are $8 at the door, and are FREE for PSC students, staff and faculty. Visit or phone 863-421-1893.

Polk State College Music Department presents Voices of the People: All Bach Concert on September 7 at 7pm in the Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. The performance is $5 at the door and is FREE for PSC students, staff, faculty and high school students. Learn more at or by phone 863-299-1050.

Admission to Polk Museum of Art is $5 general, $4 seniors. Students, members and children age 5 and younger admitted free. Hours: Tues- Sat, 10am5pm, Sun 1-5pm. The Museum is open for FREE on Saturday mornings, 10am Noon. Special exhibits or events may have different admission fees or hours. Learn more:

Explorations V Childrens Museum is at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland. Museum/ Museum Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am.5:30pm. Admission prices are $7 per person. Senior citizens, 65+ are $3.50. Teachers/military with ID are $3.50. Museum members and children under two are free. Family Memberships are available for $70. Call 863-687-3869 or email for details on exhibits, programs or events.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 11:00am - 3:00pm

FIAT of Winter Haven |190 Ave K SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880
Food Truck Rally - Sponsored by Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally, Inc. Last years event marked the first big food truck rally in Polk County! Since then,
rallies have taken place all over the county. We are excited to bring 10 trucks back this year! The food from these trucks is unique, often gourmet, and always absolutely delicious!

Interactive Art Activities - Experience various forms of art! Tickets to participate in each event will be sold at the water/soda tent. Paint Ball Painting - Sponsored by Arts Ensemble. Kids and Adults will get to take a paintball gun and paint their choice of different silhouettes! The paint splatters and drips to create a cool finished product you take home! Wine Glass Painting - Sponsored by Arts Ensemble. Adults, join us near the Sangria to learn from a talented glass painter. Paint your own wine glass to take home to display or use! Face Painting - Sponsored by All Saints Academy. Kids (or Adults!), stop by and have your facepainted by the talented art students from All Saints Academy art program! Youll be a walking piece of art. Gyotako (Japanese Fish Printing) - Sponsored by Arts Ensemble. Experience this unique and ancient form of art! Kids and Adults can learn how to create a Japanese Fish Printing and will get to taketheirs home to show. Rag Painting - Sponsored by Arts Ensemble. Art anyone can do! Let the staff of artists showyou how to use rags to create a beautiful, abstract work of
art that is all your own!

Create a 3D FIAT - Sponsored by Today & Tonight Magazine. Great for all ages - Stop by the tent to design your very own FIAT any way you want! Then cut itout, fold it, glue it, and youll have your veryown 3D FIAT to take home! Sidewalk Chalk - Stroll by and view art created by local artists or buy a spot and create your own masterpiece! Featured Artists Galleries - Experience four unique, local artists styles as you browse their galleries that will be set up inside our FIAT Studio! You will even be able to meet the artists! Featured artists are: Tony Trotti, Graphic Performance Artist/Speed Painter; Jason Tiki Tackett, Digital Artist; Mike Potthast, Professional Photographer; Jacque Palomaki, Winner 2012 fiART Festival, Owner of Jackies City Hall Art Caf. Kids VIP Art Experience - Local teachers have nominated children to be VIPs for the day and have their very own Art Experience! Kids will be
treated to lunch from a food truck, a caricature made just for them, a special T-shirt, and free admission to all the kid-friendly art activities!

Sangria & Craft Beer - The Seasoned Stone specializes in amazing sangria! They will be bringing some of their original recipes to the event this year!
Various, unique craft beers will also be available.

Wall Mural Unveiling - Sponsored by Polk Arts Alliance and Arts Ensemble. Dont miss the custom mural that has been painted on one of our buildings here at FIAT of Winter Haven! The mural will be unveiled at 2:30, and, trust us, you wont want to miss it! We are honored that the mural will also be part of future Arts Around Town Events. Entertainment - Sponsored by Horsin Around Entertainment Services. With over 20 years of experience DJing weddings, birthdays and many other
celebrations, were sure JT and his crew will provide awesome music and more for our event this year! After all, music is art, too!

Benefiting Winter Haven Hospital Foundations Fund for Women & Children - All activity ticket sales, beverage sales, and
other fund raising proceeds will benefit Winter Haven Hospital Foundations Fund for Women and Children. Last year, the First Annual fiART Festival and Food Truck Rally raised $1,715.45.

Learn more:

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Golda is Golden

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Full page: Katrina Ploof as Golda. Facing page top left from Fox on the Fairway. Facing page top right from The 39 Steps. Photo by Thom Altman.

Larry Helms & Suzanne Clark - Fox on the Fairway. Photo by Thom Altman.

Carols Leon & Ben Heaps - The 39 Steps. Photo by Thom Altman.

Two hundred theatres. One best actress award. The best of the best. Her name is Katrina Ploof from Theatre Winter Havens production of GOLDAS BALCONY. At the National finals of the American Association of Community Theatre AACT-FEST, hundreds of community theatres from 47 states compete to be the Best. But there is to be only one: Best Actress. Heres the way it happened. Three times. In 2009 Theatre Winter Haven invited Katrina to take on the role of Golda Meir in the one woman show, GOLDAS BALCONY. This was to be part of the StageRead series offered to discriminating audiences, edgier theatre for less fanciful audiences. They seemed to like her. As a result of this success we decided to enter the state competition, first attempting to acquire the rights to cut the show to an hour. That was a rule of the festival competition. The playwright denied us. Then he died. So, two years later, in 2012 we first enter the state competition with Miss Ploof again as Golda Meir, a powerhouse figure of the 20th century who helped bring about the state of Israel. The play presents the life of this great person struggling with family and state, who eventually as Prime Minister is forced to make a decision that might alter the world. It certainly alters her life-and the future of our theatre. The actress wins the Best Actress award at the state festival in Gainesville in November of 2012. The show also wins Best Production. These honors allow us to represent Florida at the regional competition in Louisville against 9 other southern states, and with history on our side and Golda in our heart, Katrina wins again. So does the show. Picked to represent the southeastern USA, the production and Miss Ploof, along with crew, set and hope grab a plane and hop to Carmel, Indiana, to compete against the other 11 Best of the Best from the larger package-the entire country. She wins again. Three levels. Three wins. We are indebted to those who thought enough of the character of Golda Meir to honor her story. We are indebted to those who honored Miss Ploof for bringing the person to us. As a play, the transforming story of Golda Meir had reached a larger audience. They learned of her life. As an actress Miss Ploof had wowed them with her performance. They learned of her skill. Both were honored with remembering. Golda would be proud. Written by Norman Small, Producing Director, Theatre Winner Haven. Learn more at or call 863-294-7469.

Season 44 - Mainstage at Theatre Winter Haven

Co-Produced by Mrs. William Fuller Wells Investments, Inc. Celebrate the power of tradition and change with this multi-award-winning musical that has danced its way into the hearts of people all over the world for nearly 50 years. As Tevye tries to hold onto his religion, his Russian-Jewish customs, and his five daughters, he knows that without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof. Resplendent with some of the most beloved and timeless songs in musical theatre like Sunrise, Sunset,Matchmaker,If I Were A Rich Man, and Do You Love Me. Fiddler on the Roof is filled with laughter, warmth, and inspiration for the whole family.

September 19 - October 13, 2013


One of the most inspiring dramas of our time. The true story of a young Helen Keller locked in a frightening world of silence and darkness. Through the unshakable faith of her young teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen acquires the ability to comprehend the world around her. The story was immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.

December 5 - 22, 2013


Co-Produced by Fischer, Schemmer, Silbiger & Moraczewski MD PA Dont Dress for Dinner is a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. Bernards plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernards wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own.setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities. A story of illicit bliss and hilarious complications!

January 9 - 26, 2014


Co-Produced by Hill Nissan Eye Express Fischer, Schemmer, Silbiger & Moraczewski MD PA The Center for Retina and Macular Disease The worlds longest-running musical seen by over 60 million people in 42 countries finally comes to the stage in Winter Haven. Injustice, heroism and love--and eventually salvation-- follow the fortunes of Jean Valjean, a former convict who broke parole but determined to put his criminal past behind him. His attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat by the obsessive Inspector Javert. Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

February 20 - March 16, 2014


Co-Produced by The TWH Womens Guild SunTrust Bank The play tells the life stories of five Southern women who became good friends while members of the same college swim team. Their friendship endured over the years, thanks to the annual girls weekend get-togethers spent at the beach each August for 33 years. The story focuses on four of those reunion weekends over the span, and it records the trials and triumphs of the five very diverse personalities. This is a comedy with a poignant theme as it reflects lasting friendships, change, growing older, marriage, divorce, parenting and perseverance.

April 10 - 27, 2014

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Beautiful Change is on its way to Eloise

By Donna Kelly, writer-in-residence, Arts Ensemble
The arts are so essential to the health and vitality of a community, Bell said. They help maintain the small town character but provide a world of opportunity. They bring the community together. This happens, she explained at the centers May 30 ground breaking, because the arts teach young people to think differently and not follow the crowd. They have the empowerment to achieve their dreams, Bell said. Two years in the making, EVAC is the result of a partnership between county government, local business owners, and Arts Ensemble, a nonprofit arts incubator in Eloise. EVAC is a sister program to Doors2Change, a community redevelopment initiative under the Arts Ensemble umbrella. I have a heart and love for the power that the arts become in lifting people to the next place of success in their lives and to see us at the place of implementation is overwhelming, Waters Thomas said. I could have never imagined the community support of local business owners and professionals that would show up in force and provide their specialties to make this program possible. Arts Ensemble thanks the Board of County Commissioners and the following community sponsors: Envisors Engineering, Tucker Construction, Labor Solutions, Ronald A. Brown Associates, Bethel Farms, Lane Construction, Concrete Construction Services, and APAC Customer Services, with special gratitude to Citra Source. EVAC is community partners working together to make the arts real for teens and young adults, Waters Thomas said. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Volunteer opportunities include: assist artist-led workshops, help create and maintain Ahmas Community Garden, special event planning, Website maintenance, and miscellaneous office tasks. Art training is not required for volunteers. For more information, call 863- 293-2700.
Photos by Richard Powers provided by Arts Ensemble.

he Eloise Visual Arts and Life Skills Center affectionately known as EVAC opened its doors in July to artfully impact lives in this unincorporated community southwest of Winter Haven. Centrally located in the heart of Eloise, EVAC sits on Snively Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street, next to the Johnny and Freda Brooks Eloise Resource Center. The brainchild of Jane Waters Thomas, executive director of Arts Ensemble Education Foundation, EVAC is designed to provide essential life skills to young people through innovative arts programming. The arts teach children to be individuals, Waters Thomas said. We need to see them making a difference in the world and they cant do that if they dont know where to pull creativity from. EVAC offers youth and young adults an opportunity to experience a wide variety of art classes various visual art media, the written arts, and sound recording and music arts from resident artists Deborah Boone, Tinia Clark, Trent Manning, and Richard Powers and resident writers Donna Kelly and Mary Joy. Deborah Boone will also lead the Ahmas Community Garden project and the culinary arts program. County Commissioner Melony Bell, a vocal advocate of the arts with family roots in Eloise, believes EVAC is a catalyst for positive change in the community where her father was born and raised in the 1930s and 1940s. This was a wonderful community with grocery stores, ice cream shops, Commissioner Bell said. With arts-based revitalization, these types of businesses will once again flourish.


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Photo provided courtesy of Florida Southern College.

Florida Southerns Festival of Fine Arts Promises Memorable Season

By Cary McMullen

pectacular guest ensembles from Israel and Russia will join with outstanding talent in Polk County in what promises to be a memorable 2013-2014 season of the Festival of Fine Arts at Florida Southern College. For more than 40 years, Florida Southern has brought to the community superb performances of ballet, opera, theater, and classical music, as well as striking exhibitions of visual art. Many of the artists are drawn from the talented faculty and student body of the college, but the festival also includes special performances from some of the best artistic companies in the world. This season, Florida Southern will present three renowned ensembles. The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, which is on its inaugural tour of the United States, will perform works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky on Jan. 23. Anticipating the introduction of a dance studies program and the completion of a new dance studio at FSC, the festival welcomes the acclaimed Moscow Festival Ballet in February, which will perform works that include Tchaikovskys beloved Romeo and Juliet. And in October, the highly regarded Florida Dance Theatre will present a performance featuring new and inventive choreography. In addition, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra continues its collaboration with Florida Southern in its annual Night at the Opera on Jan. 18. This year, the ISOs production of Franz Lehars comic opera, The Merry Widow, will include faculty and students in supporting roles, and the chorus will be directed by FSCs director of choral studies, Beth Gibbs.

Florida Southerns Department of Theater Arts is expanding its program and will offer two musicals and two plays this season. The year gets off to a rousing start in September with Tom Stoppards hilarious farce, On the Razzle. Thats followed in November by the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal, which delves into issues of grief and mental illness in suburbia. On a lighter note, the 1980s are spoofed in the February production of the fun musical The Wedding Singer. The year concludes with Sophocles classic drama of murder and revenge, Electra. The colleges Melvin Gallery features intriguing exhibitions, and two notable artists with ties to Polk County will have must-see exhibitions this year. In September, a retrospective of the late painter and sculptor Fonchen Lord, who lived in Lakeland for years, will be shown. And in January, Ringling School of Art and Design professor Robert Farber will present mixed-media landscapes depicting rural Florida. Throughout the year, Florida Southerns music department student ensembles and faculty offer a wide variety of programs to enchant and delight audiences. From concerts by FSCs band, choral groups, jazz band, and orchestra, to recitals by voice and instrumental teachers, there is something to suit everyones tastes. For information about the season schedule or for season ticket information, call the Festival of Fine Arts Box Office, 680-4296, between 1 and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or see the Festivals website,

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Polk County History Center Reorganizes and Welcomes New Curators

olk County History Center embarks on a new journey this summer with a reorganization of staff and space.

Over the course of the year we had two employees move on to new adventures, said Myrtice Young, historic preservation manager. Before we filled these positions, we wanted to take a step back to look at the bigger picture to see how we could best fulfill our needs. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure we created a cohesive team in order to provide a multisensory experience for our guests. As part of the reorganization, the History Center created two new positions. The curator of education and programming develops the interactive programming, while the curator of collections and exhibitions develops all aspects of the exhibitions and visual experience. Joining the History Center as the curator of education and programming is Polk Countys newest resident, Laura Ayers. Ayers earned a masters degree in history museum studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York. She also has a bachelors degree in history from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Ayers worked at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown where she developed programming for children and families. She then moved up to the Burlington County Historical Society in New Jersey where she worked for three years, until moving here. As the program specialist, she remodeled the school programs to be more interactive and engaging for students. She also developed programming for adults, families and children alike. Ive always had a love for museums and history, and so, of course, I naturally gravitated toward this career choice, Ayers said. In school, I thought I would want to work with the museum objects and exhibit development. But as I began working, I found I really enjoyed interacting with people. My favorite part is the aha moment when someone connects something in the past with our present life. One of the History Centers most familiar and beloved faces, Maria Trippe, transitions to the role of curator of collections and exhibitions. Trippe has served the History Center for more than nine years as museum assistant. A major aspect of this reorganization is to match talent and experience to our objectives, Young explained. Maria knows and understands the objects in this building better than anyone. She knows the story behind each piece, what it meant to the person who gifted it and therefore what it means to the community as a whole. She is brilliant at researching and revealing every interesting facet of a piece.

Laura Ayers, Curator of Education and Programming

Maria Trippe, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions


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In her new role, Trippe leads the development of the visual experience. She researches and discovers the history of the artifacts and then determines the best way to share the story with the community. She also develops and maintains the permanent and temporary exhibits as well as handles artifact donations. I just love meeting the community and finding new artifacts, Trippe said. I love discovering the story behind each item and in turn sharing that story with the community. In addition to the staff changes, the History Center has also rearranged its layout by moving the historical and genealogical library to the second and third floors. The move makes the library space more secure so that it can better protect the delicate historical information housed in the center. It also opens up more space on the first floor to accept larger traveling exhibits. For more information on the recent changes, contact Myrtice Young at 863-534-4386 or
Photos from the 2013 Cookie Concert. Left: Janet Satterfield Beutels Suzuki Strings. Right Principal Trumpet, Ron Wilder works with a child during the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Did You Know?

Polk County History Center

The Polk County History Center, located at 100 East Main Street in Bartow, is home to the historical museum and genealogical library. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 3pm. Admission is free. For more information about our programs, call Myrtice Young at (863) 534-4386 or visit the Polk County History Center on the web at

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1965 and will celebrate its 48th season playing in Polk County this year. Over the past 48 years the ISO has had just 4 permanent conductors. Maestro Mark Thielen joined the ISO as a violist in 1976. Approximately 80 musicians play with the symphony each year. The 2013-2014 season will consist of 5 Masterwork performances, 2 Outdoor Pops Concerts, 2 School Day Concerts, the Cookie Concert and Music & Martinis. Members of the ISO are credited with starting the strings program in the Polk County school system. Two School Day Concerts are performed each year for Polk County 4th and 5th graders. These concerts are often the students first exposure to live classical music. The ISO has been playing some variation of the current School Day Concert since 1968. Elaine Gleason is the longest playing member of the ISO, starting in 1965 as a charter member of the orchestra and retired at the end of the 2011-2012 season. Student admission is FREE to all ISO performances funded through the Next Generation of the Arts grant within the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland. The ISO performs 3 FREE concerts each year; a fall and spring outdoor pops concert and the family friendly Cookie Concert. The ISO performs a fully-staged opera every January, flying in professional leads from around the country.

Donuts for Dads

Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5 9am

Scholastic Fall Book Fair

Sept 21-28 9am-5:30pm

BOO! Bash

Oct 25 10am-1pm

Kids Night at the Museum

Oct 25 6-8pm

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Dept. of State, Division of Cultural Affairs & the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.

109 North Kentucky Avenue Lakeland, FL 33801-5044 (863) 687-3869

The ISO is for hire, able to supply a soloist to a full orchestra.

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Bok Tower Gardens Among Choices to be Designated 8th Wonder of the World

Photograph by Chad Baumer.

ok Tower Gardens is among choices for the 8th wonder designation by Virtual Tourist website. Public voting is now open at, a travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group, boasting 1.2 million registered members from 220 countries around the world. Visitors can cast their vote once every 24-hour period, and voting lasts through September 30.

Theres nothing like it anyplace else, its a masterpiece, and Edward Bok would be proud to call it the 8th Wonder of the World. Ososky said. All we need now is for our friends and neighbors to get behind us and vote every day. Bok Tower was designed by famed architect Milton B. Medary and ornately crafted by noted stone sculptor Lee Lawrie. Bok, Medary and Lawrie made it a goal to create perfect unity and symbolism in the design of the Tower. The scheme for the sculptures and grille work is mostly birds and plants with a few other forms of wildlife depicted. Besides various flowers and trees, you can find cranes, herons, eagles, seahorses, jellyfish, fin fish, pelicans, flamingos, geese, swans, foxes, storks, tortoises, hares, baboons, Adam and Eve, and the serpent. The colorful tiles found only in the top third of the Tower were designed by J. H. Dulles Allen depicting the perfect balance in nature, species and gender. The Great Brass Door and wrought iron gates on the north side of the Tower are the masterpiece of Samuel Yellin, Americas premier metalworker. The door depicts the Book of Genesis, starting with the creation of light and ending with Adam and Eve being ousted from the Garden of Eden. The iron gates leading to the Tower were handwrought and showcase zoomorphic figures with various expressions and wings for flight. The sundial on the south side of the Tower was set in place on October 26, 1928. The gnomon, which indicates time by casting a shadow on the dial face, is made with a bronze rod supported by a bronze snake the ancient symbol of time. The hours are marked by the 12 signs of the zodiac. A correction table for different periods of the year is located at the base of the sundial.

Nominated for the designation by representatives at Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (Visit Central Florida), Bok Tower Gardens is competing against the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, the Maldives Islands, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, and others. According to Gardens Director of Marketing and Public Relations Brian Ososky, its a well-deserved honor to be nominated for this designation. Bok Tower has been a familiar landmark rising over the Central Florida landscape for nearly 85 years and has hosted more than 30 million visitors from all over the world, Ososky said. The Wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner and featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program, as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist. Long before Disney, Universal Studios or modern day theme parks, Bok Tower was here. It houses one of the finest carillons in the world, features four million pounds of Georgia marble and 60 tons of brass bells, all situated in a unique garden setting designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Ososky said. Dutch immigrant Edward W. Bok built Bok Tower in 1929 as his Thank you to the American People. The 205-foot neo-Gothic art deco Singing Tower carillon is a National Historic Landmark which sits atop Iron Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida.

Learn More: (863) 676-1408

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2014 Music Memories Series

Live at the Ramon

January 11, 2013 7:00 pm Live Bait Band - Tribute to Jimmy Buffett & Summertime Fun January 25, 2013 7:00 pm Dream Lovers - A Tribute to Bobby Darin & Connie Francis February 8, 2013 7:00 pm The Shindigs - Tributes to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Beach Boys and other artists of the 60s. February 22, 2013 7:00 pm Cash & Friends - A Tribute to Johnny Cash & Friends March 1, 2013 7:00 pm Lotela Gold - 50s and 60s Show Band Season Subscriptions are available if purchased by January 10, 2014 Platinum = $115 Music Memories Series + Neil Diamond Tribute + Elvis Tribute Saves $25 Gold = $75 Music Memories Series Only Saves $15 Silver = $45 Neil Diamond Tribute + Elvis Tribute Saves $5 Purchase subscriptions or singlle performance tickets online @ Or, call 863-635-7222.

o you like to mingle with friends and meet new ones? Do you like to have a lot of fun? If you do, the Ramon Theater is the place to be. Since the restoration was completed in 2008, the Ramon Theater has become a popular draw for Frostproof residents, snowbirds and tourists. Nearly 90% of the guests travel from nearby cities to attend events at the Ramon Theater. First-timers and repeat attenders marvel at this venue in southeast Polk County that has become a destination. Coming up on September 14 is the 7th Annual Gala with Emcee, Sheriff Grady Judd. Join the Ramon Theatre at 6:30pm for heavy hors doeuvres and a great program to be announced soon. Do you like to try your hand at solving mysteries? The Ramon Theater Murder Mystery Dinners that are carefully decorated to the theme. In fact, the biggest costume party in Frostproof is the Murder Mystery Dinner, held each year in October, near the date of Halloween. Attendes are encouraged to dress in costume and prizes are awarded in several categories. Just image driving through the small city of Frostproof and seeing crowds of people walking toward the Ramon Theater in costume. This years event, Murder She Rhymed, takes place on October 26.

Season Preview

Characters in Lurking Down the Bunny Trail: Marge Decker, Jim Reddick, Scott Reynolds, Sharon Reynolds (Scott) and Wesley Wise. Photo provided by Ramon Theater.

The holidays are a very special time at the Ramon Theater. Get in the Christmas spirit at this years Christmas at the Ramon on December 7 from 2-4pm. The Ramon closes out the 2013 with a special Murder Mystery Dinner, Betting on Death on New Years Eve. After the first of the year, the Ramon Theater kicks off the 2014 Music Memories Series Live at the Ramon. The five concert series begins on January 11 with the Live Bait Band and finishes with the Lotela Gold 50s and 60s Show Band on March 1. See details on the series on the left side of this page. The Ramon offers two premium events in March. A Neil Diamond Tribute starring two time tribute artist of the year; Diamond look and sound alike, Keith Allynn is on March 8. Dwight Icenhower, Elvis Tribute Artist, winner of the Toronto Elvis Festival 2013; winner, Poconos Elvis Fest 2013; and two time winner of King of the World Memphis in 2011 & 2012; returns to the stage on March 15. Tickets for the events can be purchased online at or by calling 863-635-7222.

News from

Florida Dance Arts

As we prepare to begin our 5th season we would like to take a moment and congratulate the accomplishments of our dancers. The goal of Dance Arts is to provide young dancers with the outlet and opportunity to prepare for a career in dance. Our two graduating seniors, Kayla McClellan and Kirsten Strandridge, will both be continuing their dance training in college. Kayla will be attending Florida State University as a dance major and Kirsten will be attending USF also as a dance major. Kirsten is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs National Ballet Award for 2013.

Three of our dancers, Elizabeth Bell, Brandi Loyd, and Kirsten Standridge, have been accepted to and attended the MODAS Dance Intensive in New Mexico on scholarship. We are very proud of our dancers and their hard work. We cant wait to see what the future holds! 863.221.8181

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Tutus & Tuxes: The 20s for the 20th

Celebrating 20 Years
Open House
Saturday, August 24th, 10am-2pm
Join FDT at their open house and fall class registration. Meet the professional faculty, see our facility and check out the fall schedule. New students ages 3 through 6 can also register on that day. Fall classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 3. New students ages 7 and up must take a placement class. Placement classes are Monday & Tuesday, August 26 & 27. Placement class for ages 7-11 is from 4:45-5:30pm and for ages 12 and up is 5:30-6:15pm. For more informaiton, visit, email or call (863) 802-0399.

Saturday, September 28th, 7-11pm Lake Mirror Auditorium

Get your tickets now for an evening of Roaring 20s themed revelry to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Florida Dance Theatre. Were planning the party of the year, complete with food, fun, and dancing to a 1920s band. You might even see a local celebrity or two wearing a tutu! Dont miss it! Call FDT for more information (863) 802-0399.

BB&T Lighthouse Project

Florida Dance Theatre was thrilled to be chosen this year for BB&T Banks Lighthouse Project. The project is a community service with teams of BB&T associates volunteering time away from work to partner with organizations. The FDT project was a complete overhaul of the wardrobe room. We never seemed to have the time to get organized and make it a functional room. We were able to clear out 17 years of childrens costumes and donate them to various schools and put everything in its place. We couldnt have done it without their help, says Director Carol Erkes. Florida Dance Theatre wants to thank everyone who worked so hard on this project: Jane Dunkin, Carman Rich, Valerie Arter, Amanda Williams, Helen McFarland, Nancy Kahrs, Nicole Irby, Seth Shore, Sandy Littles, Janice Harvey, Mark McRae, Inta Silverstein, Linda Robinson, Betty Delaney.

The Nutcracker Open Auditions

Saturday, September 14th at the studios of Florida Dance Theatre
Florida Dance Theatre celebrates the holidays with its annual classic performances of The Nutcracker. Open auditions will be held for dancing roles which include the party scene, soldiers, mice, sheep, and of course, Mother Ginger and her children. The young dancers chosen have the unique opportunity of working closely with FDTs professional dancers and to see the hard work, discipline, and dedication necessary for a successful production. It is a wonderful and exciting learning experience as well as a great chance to perform. For some, this may be the only time they get to perform for a live audience and to appreciate the feeling of a job well done. Auditions take place on September 14 at the studios of Florida Dance Theatre, 305 West Main Street (on the corner of New York Avenue and West Main Street) in downtown Lakeland. Ages 6 8 (12:00 -1:00); Ages 9 11 (1:15 -2:15); Ages 12 and up (2:30 -3:30). Ladies: Please bring pointe shoes, if applicable. The performances will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 15 at 2pm at the historic Polk Theatre. A special childrens performance is on Friday December 13 at 10:30am.
Photograph from the FDT 2009 production of The Nutcracker by Christine Guzzetta..


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Museum to Host Two New Exhibitions

July 27 - October 5, 2013
Polk Museum of Art will feature two interesting exhibitions in late summer and early fall. Tibor Pataky: Into Abstraction and Polk County Collects will be on view in the main galleries from July 27-Oct. 5. Tibor Pataky was an obscure but notable HungarianAmerican artist who lived and worked in Central Florida during the mid-20th century. In 1936, he became the instructor of life drawing at Florida Southern College. During this time, he found inspiration in Milton Avery and other artists who were affiliated with The Research Studio in Maitland, Fla. As this influence grew, Pataky aspired to leave Florida and pursue additional instruction from leading artists. This led him to Provincetown, Mass., where he studied under the tutelage of Hans Hofmann in 1952. Pataky spent six summers as Hofmanns student, which had a profound effect on his later work. The Pataky exhibition will be a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art and FSC. It will feature works from the Colleges collection, which includes eight paintings and some 400 drawings by Pataky. In addition to the Polk Museum of Arts large permanent collection, and impressive collections at institutions such as Bok Tower Gardens, Florida Southern College, Southeastern University and Polk State College, there are a number of private art collectors throughout the county who have amassed beautiful and important works of art. Polk County Collects showcases selections from some of those private collections to give our audiences a glimpse into what some fellow Polk County residents have collected over the years.

Credit: David Patchen, Foglio, hand-blown glass, from the collection of Tom and Lynda Mack.

Summer Hours (through Labor Day) Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm. Regular Hours Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1-5pm. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays & major holidays. $5 General, $4 Seniors, Students Admitted FREE. Members and Children age 5 and Younger Admitted FREE. *Special exhibitions or events may have different admission fees or hours.


MUSEUM Admission

Family Day 2013

Polk Museum of Arts Family Day, set for Saturday, September 21, is an annual open house and art carnival that promises fun for the entire family. The event is FREE and open to the public. Families will enjoy fun games, art projects and entertainment from 11am-3pm. School-age children will receive a FREE bag of back-to-school art supplies, while supplies last.

863.688.7743 Fax 863.688.2611

800 East Palmetto St. Lakeland, FL 33801

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Bartow Art League gallery space. Photo by Glenda Losh.

n September 1958, a small group of Bartow artists gathered to work and paint under the tutelage of HENRY de RUES. This group founded the BARTOW ART GUILD (B.A.G.) in 1959 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of development and exposure of visual and cultural art in the City of Bartow and its environs. The Guild held meetings at various locations over the years, and in 2002, the Community Healthcare Foundation offered a building on the grounds of the old Bartow Memorial Hospital as a permanent home for the members. In March of 2013, the Guild has expanded again by becoming the newest addition to Carolyns Frame Shop and {taycho} an art gallery, located at 395 E. Summerlin Street in Bartow, and increasing to nearly 100 members.

Bartow Art Guild Establishes Downtown Presence I

The B.A.G. has many activities throughout the year to accomplish this goal The Bloomin Arts Festival in March brings thousands of people to Bartow. The Bartow Plein Air event merges artists and residents through onsite paint outs. Member exhibits like Cornucopia at the Bartow Library and Dimensions at the Polk History Center strengthen partnerships between these organizations. {tay-cho} and Carolyns are excited to have the addition of the Bartow Art Guild in the gallery. Their presence adds a new dynamic to the gallerys ever growing efforts to help make Bartow a center for the arts. In addition to the B.A.G. presence in the gallery, {tay-cho} and Carolyns also host monthly artist exhibits, painting and drawing classes for all ages and levels, and is home to Strokes in Time paint parties. A.R.T. (Artists of the Round Table) Speaks, a series of open discussions about art, is also a monthly activity established by {tay-cho} to help bridge the gap between art and the community. Check out the websites of both B.A.G., and {tay-cho} an art gallery,, for the latest information about the many programs and exhibits taking place. {tay-cho}s next exhibit features the photography of Christine Santos which is being displayed to help generate the awareness of the naturalness of breastfeeding. The exhibit opens Friday, September 20, at the gallery. For more information please call 863-519-5215 Written by Glenda Losh, Founding Director {tay-cho} an art gallery and member of the Bartow Art Guild. Learn more about the activities of the Bartow Art Guild at

New and exciting member exhibitions are in the works as a committee for the Guild has been formed to help organize and promote the arts within the gallery. Lara Frederickson, President of the Bartow Art Guild believes it is important for its members to have a downtown presence. With outreach programs in the works and members exhibitions in a new space, the Guild hopes to enrich the lives of the residents in Bartow through art. Along with Glenda Losh, Founding Director of {tay-cho} an art gallery and advisor to the Guilds Board of Directors, and Carolyn Scheffel, Owner of Carolyns Gallery and Frame Shop, the B.A.G. shares the belief that the growth of the arts in Bartow will happen through programs that will engage our youth, unite our residents and generate excitement among our many talented artists.


Art-i-facts Winter 2013

Frostproof Art League & Gallery to Host Art Poster Competition

The Orange Blossom Festival has become a tradition in Frostproof. Think of antique cars, tractors and orange blossoms and you have the theme of this popular event that takes place in the unique historical downtown streets of this small central Florida city. Most roads leading into Frostproof are lined with orange groves that are at the peak of orange blossom season in Mid-February. The festival is a daylong event where people can stroll along West Wall Street which will be lined with antique cars, tractors and colorful vendor booths selling various arts & crafts. There will also be food vendors and good listening music. The Frostproof Art League & Gallery, 12 East Wall Street, invites all Festival goers to visit the Gallery to view the display of the Orange Blossom Festival Art Poster Competition finalists entries. In addition there will be a Folk Art Show and the Annual Quilt Show. Many of these items will be available for purchase.
Mike Thornton, pictured here working on a mixed media piece in the Gallery, will facilitate the Fundamentals of Photography video series at 6pm on Mondays, Nov. 4 - Dec 2. Learn more about the class on page 39.

or the first time in the history of the Orange Blossom Festival and the Frostproof Bike Fest there will be a regional Art Poster Competition to choose an original art work to be used for advertising and marketing the Frostproof Chambers two signature events of the 2014 season. The Art Poster Competition is open to those who reside in, or work in Polk or Highlands County, or are a member of an arts association, or are enrolled in a College or University in Polk or Highlands County. A maximum of 5 entries is allowed, per Artist, and the entry fee is $15.00 for each Art Poster Entry. Additional information and entry forms are available upon request.

The Frostproof Bike Fest is quickly becoming another tradition in Frostproof. Its a time when Bikers (the motorcycle kind) roar into town to enjoy outdoor activities such as a Poker Run, biker games, vendors, food, music and more. Its also a time when the entire family can come out and enjoy the day. Again, the Frostproof Art League & Gallery will be open and have on display the Art Poster Competition finalists entries, along with the Photography Show. Many of these items will be available for purchase. For additional information regarding the Art Poster Competition and/or an entry form, please contact Jenny Grenke, President, Frostproof Art League & Gallery, at 863-412-7016 or by calling the Frostproof Art League & Gallery at 863-635-7271 or by email at


Festival of Fine Arts

11 Music Performances 8 Gallery Exhibits 6 Faculty Performances 5 Theatre Productions 4 Special Events

Call today for tickets 863.680.4296

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PMoA Now Offers Free Admission Every Saturday, Thanks to MIDFLORIDA

Polk Museum of Art is proud to announce an agreement with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union that enables the Museum to offer free admission to everyone on Saturdays year-round. MIDFLORIDA is underwriting the cost of Saturday admissions as part of a newly extended partnership agreement. Learn about PMoAs upcoming exhibits, hours and admission fees on page 17 of this magazine. Visit the Museum on the web at to learn more.

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Best in Show Ridge Art Collection
Gallery Exhibit
September 3-27 Mon. - Thurs., 10am-2pm
Fine Arts Gallery, Polk State College Winter Haven Campus 863-297-1050

Below are a few arts and cultural activities that are yours to enjoy for FREE!

Polk County History Center

Family Fun Day

India and Nepal

Polk Artists Hall of Fame Coming in 2014

Polk Arts Alliance (PAA) is working to create an Artist Hall of Fame to complement the annual Community Arts Recognition Program (CARP) awards for Polk County. If you know an artist, volunteer, sponsor or corporation who should be nominated for this honor, please contact PAA by email at, phone 863-804-0494 or visit for nomination forms.

Gallery Exhibit

Second Saturday of each month 10am - Noon


August 30-September 13 Mon. - Fri., 9am-4pm

View the travels and unique cultural encounters of students and faculty during Florida Southerns May studyabroad documented by students in the digital photography classes taught by Kathy and Eric Blackmore. Melvin Gallery Florida Southern College 863-680-4743

Winter Haven Quilters

Gallery Exhibit
October 7-24 Mon. - Thurs., 10am-2pm
Fine Arts Gallery, Polk State College Winter Haven Campus 863-297-1050

Bartow Art Guild Meetings Move to Second Mondays

Bartow Art Guild begins a new season of programs and activities with a change of meeting date. This year the Guild meeting will be held on the second Monday of each month. The first meeting of the year will be held at the Bartow Civic Center in the Adult Lounge on September 9 beginning at 7pm. Refreshments are provided at each meeting. Program Chairman Mark Williams has scheduled talented artists for the coming year. President Lara Fredericksen presides over the business portions of the meetings. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Polk Museum of Art

All FREE. All day. Activities 11am-3pm. Annual Open House and art carnival that promises fun for the entire family. 863-688-5426

Family Day
September 21

Cornucopia Art Exhibit

October 7-November 21
Bartow Art Guild Juried Exhibition Pamplin Art Gallery Bartow Public Library

Family Fun Workshop

Polk Museum of Art
1st Saturday of each month 10:30am - Noon


Art-i-facts Fall 2013

Michael A. Salsbury, M. F. A -- Mike Salsbury hails from Bryan, OH, home of the Etch-a-Sketch and Dum-Dum suckers. He holds two B. S. degrees from Liberty University, one in Theatre and one in English. He began his teaching career with Dayton Christian Schools in Dayton, OH, his pastoral career with Christian Tabernacle in Dayton, and his professional theatre career with the A. D. Players in Houston, TX. Highlights of his career include: Youth pastor and Christian education director of Pettisville Missionary Church; and youth pastor, minister of worship, associate pastor, and music and drama director for numerous churches in Ohio and Michigan. Founded Paraclete Productions with his wife Sandy in 1996, consulting for churches and schools and providing music, drama and writing services for churches, schools, businesses, communities and individuals. Founded Black Swamp Arts Council (northwest Ohio) in 1999. Performed professionally with such renowned theatre companies as Sight and Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA, the Miracle Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN, and The Virginia Shakespeare Festival Mike received his MFA in acting with a directing emphasis from Regent University in 2012 with the stated intention to invest the second half of his career in the next generations of theatre artists dedicated to serving God with their art and craft. He is pleased and privileged to be a part of the Southeastern University family! For more information on any of these productions, please call Southeastern Universitys Department of Communication office at 863-667-5119. For times, ticket prices, or to purchase tickets, please visit

Michael A. Salsbury, M.F.A. Photo courtesy of Southeastern University.

Southeastern University Welcomes Theatre Professor

his fall, new Theatre Professor Mike Salsbury, directs Everyman, A Medieval Walk with Death into the New Millenium. Performances are Oct. 10-13 at the Lake Mirror Theatre. An anonymous allegory written in the late 1400s, Everyman explores the reality of death and the questions surrounding eternity in the universal mindscape of mankind. Peopled with such characters as Fellowship, Beauty, Strength, Wrath, Gluttony and Lust, not to mention Death and God, the production will focus on both the global and the timeless relevance of its themes. This spring, SEU Theatre offers the 1937 Kaufman-Hart comedy You Cant Take It With You, in which the off-beat Sycamore family happily proves that its really the rest of us who are crazy as they seek to live life to its fullest. Retaining the original setting of 1930s American urban culture, this beloved classic captures the charm and navet of an earlier time while remaining relevant to todays drive for material success.

akeland Community Theatre looks forward to Season 28 packed full of amazing shows. Choosing a season is never easy but we think LCT has a fantastic line up with something for everyone! Coming to the Main Stage for the first time is Les Misrables. Theatres have waited for this production to become available for 27 years! LCT is thrilled to produce the show October 25 - November 17. Auditions are open to all August 19 & 20 at 6pm at the Lake Mirror Theatre. The rest of the Main Stage season includes Greater Tuna, the hilarious comedy about a Texas town where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The classic South Pacific follows with such well known songs as There is nothing like a dame, Gonna wash that man right outta my hair and Some enchanted Evening. Sylvia the love story with four paws is next and finally Spamalot rounds out the season raising silliness to an art form. The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth has a stellar line up too beginning with the childrens classic, The House at Pooh Corner, every childs favorite Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells and next summer Disneys The Little Mermaid comes to life on our stage. 863 603 PLAY (7529)

The Edge Stage Read Series for mature audiences continues to perform cutting edge productions with David Mamets Race, the cult classic Evil Dead: The Musical and August:Osage County. Special performances throughout the season include at Christmastime Melodies & Mistletoe: A Musical Holiday Event, An Evening of Broadway with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Shout:The Mod Musical. Season Tickets are on sale, become a member and save $31 this season compared to buying individual tickets! Tickets to Individual performances become available September 1st. Box Office Hours hours are 1-4pm during weeks with no production and from 1-5pm during weeks with a production, plus one hour prior to each performance.

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Cultural Arts Calendar

Listings are subject to change.

Through August 30: Kids Photography Contest. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408. August 3: Donuts for Dads. 9am. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or August 3: Family Fun Workshop. 10:30am-Noon. Exhibition Reception for Polk County Teachers. 11am. FREE at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Through August 4: Jesus Christ Superstar. FridaySaturday 7:30pm, Sunday, 2:30pm. Theatre Winter Haven. Phone 863-294-7469 or August 5: Summer Film Series - Becoming Green Series: Car of the Future. 10:30am. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408. August 5 & 6: Childrens Theatre Auditions (K-9). 7pm. Performance dates: September 20-29. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lake Wales Little Theatre. August 6, 13, 20, 27: Woodcarving. Tuesdays from 2-8pm. Ridge Woodcarving Club meets at the MacArthur Wellness Center, Lakeland. Carving instruction available and all ages are welcome. Information: Jerry Heinicke, President, phone 863-603-9536. August 7: Summer Film Series - National Geographics Growing Up Wild: Fun Family Frolics. 10:30am. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408. August 7: Discovery Days Great Escapes - Gateway to Gardening. 9am-Noon. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Reservations required. or 863-676-1408. August 9: Curator Tour. 12:15-1pm. FREE with regular admission. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. August 10: Word Art - Intro to CIVA (Christians in Visual Arts). FREE. Frostproof Art League. Info: 863-635-7271,, August 12: Summer Film Series - Animal Odd Couples. PBS/NatGeo Documentary. 10:30am. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408. August 12-14: Student Art Camp - Cowhunters, Pioneer Life and Citrus. 10am-Noon for ages 6-9 years, 1-3pm for ages 10-14. Frostproof Art League. Visit, phone 863-635-7271 or email August 14: Discovery Days Great Escapes - Boks Best: Masters who Designed and Created the Gardens. 9amNoon. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Reservations required. or 863-676-1408. August 14: Summer Film Series - Nature: The Animal House. PBS/NatGeo Documentary. 10:30am. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408.

Tibor Pataky, No. 35 on exhibit at Polk Museum of Art.

Through September 28: Pat Gooden: Altered Images. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visit or call 863-676-1408 to learn more. Through August: Imperial Gem Mineral and Fossil Club. An exhibit on display in the Polk County History Center, Bartow. or 863-534-4386. Through October 5: Tibor Pataky: Into Abstraction and Polk County Collects. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. or 863-688-7743. Through April 2014: Aviation Exhibition. Ridge Art Assoc. & City of Winter Haven exhibit at Winter Haven Municipal Airport. Free. or 863-291-5661. Through June 2014: My Winter Haven: As Our Community Grows. A City of Winter Haven & Ridge Art Association collaborative exhibit at Winter Haven City Hall. Free. or 863-291-5661.


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August 16: Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd Animals 8pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. Visit or phone 863-834-8111. August 16-November 22: Pretty in Pink Exhibition. Reception: August 16, 5:30pm. A Platform Art event in Winter Park. Visit, email August 17: Family Fun Workshop. FREE at Auburndale Public Library, Auburndale.10:30am-Noon. August 17: Live at the Gardens - Wiregrass (Gypsy Jazz). 7:30-9:30pm. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Reservations required. or phone 863-676-1408. August 20: Pecha Kucha Night Winter Haven Volume 9. 8:20pm. Bean & Grape, Winter Haven. Visit, email or August 22: Decorative Art Painting Classes. 6-week class for beginners with nstructor Vicki Alley on Thursdays at the Frostproof Art League Gallery. Email August 23: Exhibition Reception for Polk County Collects and Tibor Pataky: Into Abstraction. 6-8:30pm. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. August 23-November 29: Girls Night Out at Gallery 2125. Reception: August 23, 5:30pm. Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens. Learn more:

August 24: Open House and Fall Registration. 10am-2pm. Florida Dance Theatre, Lakeland. 863-802-0399. August 24: Murder Mystery Dinner - Death on Them Thar Hills. 6:30pm. Ritz Theatre, Winter Haven. 863-295-9900, or email August 26-28: Dance Arts Back to Dance Workshop. 6-8pm. Dance Arts program at Highland School of Dance, Lakeland. or phone 863-221-8181. August 29: Dance Arts 2013-2014 Audition. Details available soon. Dance Arts program at Highland School of Dance, Lakeland. or phone 863-221-8181. August 30-September 13: India and Nepal. Photos from the study-abroad trip in May. Opening reception: Friday, August 30, 7pm. Gallery hours: M-F, 9am-4pm when school is in session. Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College. FREE. 863-680-4743.

September 7: Donuts for Dads. 9am. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or September 7: Family Fun Workshop 10:30am-Noon. Exhibition Reception for Summer Arts Camp Students. 11am. FREE at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. 863-688-5423 or September 3-27: Gallery Exhibit - Best in Show: Ridge Art Collection. Free. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery. Gallery Hours: M-Th, 10am-2pm. 863-297-1050. September 3, 10, 17, 24: Woodcarving. Tuesdays from 2-8pm. Ridge Woodcarving Club meets at the MacArthur Wellness Center, Lakeland. Carving instruction available and all ages are welcome. Information: Jerry Heinicke, President, phone 863-603-9536. September 4: RAW TV. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland.; 863-667-5000. September 5, 12, 19, 26: Young Artists Studio. 3:304:30pm. Frostproof Art League Gallery, Frostproof. 863-635-7271. September 7: Family Fun Workshop. 10:30am-Noon. FREE. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. September 7: Voices of the People - All Bach Concert. 7pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. September 7: Dog Day of Summer. 9am-Noon. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. or 863-676-1408. September 8: Over 55 Show Band - Basically Basie. 2pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. September 9: Bartow Art Guild Meeting. 7pm.. Bartow Civic Center. Visit

September 19 October 13, 2013 863-294-7469

September 9 & 10: Theatre Auditions. Mama Wont Fly. Performance dates: November 8-24. Lake Wales Little Theatre. or

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September 21: Nickelodeons Worldwide Day of Play. 10am1pm. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or September 21: Family Day. 11am-3pm. FREE at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.; 863-688-5423. September 21-28: Scholastics Fall Book Fair. 9am-5:30pm. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869. September 26-October 6:On the Razzle FSC Theatre Arts. 7:30pm (2:30pm Sundays) Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Florida Southern College, Lakeland.Visit September 27: Unpland Improv. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland. September 28: Smithsonian Magazines Museum Day. 9am5pm. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. Learn more: 863-687-3869 or FREE with online ticket from September 28: National Museum Day. 10am-5pm. FREE admission all day. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Learn more:; 863-688-7743.

October 25 - November 17


September 28: Behind the Art, focusing on Polk County Collects. 1pm. Free with admission. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.; 863-688-7743. September 28: Live at the Gardens - Freetime Jazz Band. 7:30-9:30pm. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Reservations required. or phone 863-676-1408. September 28: Tutus & Tuxes The 20s for the 20th Anniversary. Florida Dance Theatre at the Magnolia Building, Lakeland. or 863-802-0399. This October, experience a new arts and cultural activity, event or performance in the Heart of the Arts (Polk County) during National Arts and Humanities Month.

September 11: RAW TV. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland.; 863-667-5000. September 12-October 13: Traditions, The Members Exhibition. Gallery Hours: 12:30-4pm, M-F and one hour prior to Theatre Winter Haven show times. Ridge Art Association Gallery, Chain O Lakes Complex, Winter Haven. September 13: Unpland Improv. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland. September 14: SPLASH! The original Winter Haven Golf Slash Tournament. Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven. 863-291-5661. September 14: Open Auditions for Florida Dance Theatre The Nutcracker. Ages 6-8, Noon-1pm; Ages 12 and up, 2:303:30pm. Bring pointe shoes if applicable. Florida Dance Theatre. Lakeland. or 863-802-0399. September 14: 7th Annual Gala, Sheriff Grady Judd, Emcee. 6:30pm. Ramon Theater, Frostproof. September 19: In Praise of Women John Thomasson, baritone and Thrse Lindquist, piano. Faculty Artist Series. 7:30pm. Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. 863-680-4296 or September 20-29: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Childrens Theatre Production. Lake Wales Little Theatre. Learn more: or September 20-October 10: Fonchen Lord - A retrospective. Opening reception: Friday, September 20, 7pm. Gallery hours: M-F, 9am-4pm when school is in session. Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College. FREE. 863-680-4743.

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Woodcarving. Tuesdays from 2-8pm. Ridge Woodcarving Club meets at the MacArthur Wellness Center, Lakeland. Carving instruction available and all ages are welcome. Information: Jerry Heinicke, President, phone 863-603-9536. October 3-5, 9-12: Polk State Theatre Pride & Predjudice. 7:30pm. Free preview on October 2 at 7:30pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. October 3: FIVE Visual Arts Exhibit and Reception. 6pm. FREE. Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland. 863-499-2855 or October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Young Artists Studio. 3:304:30pm. Frostproof Art League Gallery, Frostproof. 863-635-7271. October 3: Faculty-Student Showcase. 7:30pm. Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland.


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October 5: Wet Paint Art Exhibit Party. Meet the student artists of Wet Paint. 6pm. Frostproof Art League Gallery, Frostproof. 863-635-7271; October 5: Donuts for Dads. 9am. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or October 5: Family Fun Workshop. 10:30am-Noon. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Visit October 7-24: Annual Winter Haven Quilters Exhibit. Free. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery. Gallery Hours: M-Th, 10am-2pm. 863-297-1050. October 8: Florida Dance Theatre presents An Evening of Dance. Festival of Fine Arts Special Event. 7:30pm. Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. 863-680-4296 or October 9: RAW TV. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland.; 863-667-5000. October 10-13: Everyman, A Medieval Walk with Death into the New Millenium. Southeastern University at Lake Mirror Theatre. 863-667-5000; October 10: The Hollingsworth Trio in Recital. Faculty Artist Series. 7:30pm. Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. 863-680-4296 or October 11: Exhibition Reception for Paintings of the Space Age. 6-8:30pm. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Visit October 12-December 7: Paintings of the Space Age and Regeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Visit October 13: Over 55 Show Band - Ellingtons Era. 2pm. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. October 15: Tea & Symphony: 5:45pm. Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Lake Hunter Room, The Lakeland Center. Learn more: 863-688-3743 or October 16: RAW TV. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland.; 863-667-5000. October 16-November 8: The Art of the Florida Southern Faculty. Opening reception: Friday, October 25, 7pm. Gallery hours: M-F, 9am-4pm when school is in session. Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College. FREE. 863-680-4743. October 17: Fall Chorus Concert. 7:30pm. Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland. or 863-499-2855. October 19: 5th Annual Boktoberfest. 8am-6pm. Plant sale, live entertainment, German food, craft beers, childrens activites and petting zoo. Free admission. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales.; 863-676-1408. October 19: Fallfest 9am-3pm. FREE. Polk State College, Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. 863-297-1050. October 19: Student Exhibition Reception for Photography and Digital Art. 11am. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.; 863-688-5423.

October 22: Masterworks Concert Tap Dance Concerto 7:30pm. Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center. 863-688-3743 or October 24: Fall Jazz Concert. 7:30pm. Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland. or 863-499-2855. October 24: Music Under the Stars - FSCs Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble. Festival of Fine Arts - Music. 7:30pm. Pipkin Bandshell; Rain location Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. October 25: BOO! Bash. 10am-1pm. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. 863-687-3869 or October 25: Red White & The Blues. 7-11pm. Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland.; 863-688-7743. October 25: Kids Night at the Museum. 6-8pm. Explorations V Childrens Museum, Lakeland. October 25: Naturally Creepy. 6-9pm. Creepy crawlies, spider webs and sneaky plants come alive at night to haunt the Gardens during an evening of safe trick or treating. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales.; 863-676-1408. October 25: Unpland Improv. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland. October 26: Voices of the People - All American. Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, Lake Wales. FREE. 863-297-1050. October 26: A Night at the Opera ...Scenes. 7pm. Southeastern University at Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland. Learn more:; 863-667-5000. October 26: Murder Myster Dinner Murder She Rhymed. 7pm. Ramon Theater, Frostproof. 863-635-7222 or October 28: Faculty Music Recital. 7:30pm. Southeastern University at First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland. Learn more:; 863-667-5000. October 29: Artful Bowl on the Bridge. Platform Art on the Orange Street Bridge & Garden, Lakeland., or 863-838-2262. October 29: The Wonder of Nature - Choral Concert. Festival of Fine Arts - Music. 7:30pm. Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland. 863-680-4296 or October 30: RAW TV. 7pm & 9pm. Bolin Studio, Southeastern University, Lakeland.; 863-667-5000. October 30: Menopause The Musical. 8pm. Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center.; 863-834-8111. October 31: Contemporary Band Concert. 7:30pm. Bush Chapel, Southeastern University, Lakeland. 863-667-5000 or visit October 31-November 3: Readers Theatre. Late-night series of provocative and avant-garde one act plays. 10pm (2:30pm Sunday). FSC Theatre Arts. Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Florida Southern College, Lakeland.Visit

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August 24 Murder Mystery Dinner

Death on Them Thar Hills
Show begins at 6:30pm. Each show is $30 for Ritz members and $35 for non-members.

September 28 Tallahassee Nights Live

Blues and Jazz Concert Other events in the works Eagles Tribute Made in the Shade The Bellamy Brothers
For tickets to Ritz Theatre events, please call 863-295-9900 or e-mail

See Moe Bandy at The Ritz Theatre

ountry music legend Moe Bandy has come a long way from his bull riding days, years as a sheet metal worker by day and playing Honky-Tonks at night in and around his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Today Moe performs to packed houses all over the world, keeping one of the busiest schedules in show business. Loving, cheating, drinking and patriotic songs form the core of Moes music. His long string of hits include Bandy The Rodeo Clown, Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life, Till Im Too Old To Die Young, Americana, Its A Cheatin Situation, Just Good Ol Boys, Barstool Mountain, I Cheated Me Right Out of You, I Just Started Hatin Cheatin Songs Today, Rodeo Romeo, You Havent Heard the Last of Me, Holding The Bag and dozens more. Enjoy Texas singer, Moe Bandy, with twin fiddles and steel guitar in the band for three nights only at 7pm on October 4, 5 in downtown Winter Havens historic Ritz Theatre.
Top: Cast of The Curse of the Comet. Middle: Cast and winner. Bottom: Lovely Red Hat Ladies. The next Murder Mystery Dinner at The Ritz is Death in Them Thar Hills on Saturday, August 24. E-mail to learn more or to reserve your tickets now. Photos taken at the June 22 MMD event courtesy of The Ritz Theatre.


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Friday & Saturday, October 4 & 5

Show time at 7:00pm
Ritz Theatre, 263 E Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL (863)295-9900
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Swimming Upstream
On Exhibit October 7-24, 2013 Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center by Donna Kelly

iber artist Bonnie Jo Smith discovered the healing benefits mind, body, and spirit of quilting and swimming after a work-related injury left her largely confined to a wheel chair more than 10 years ago. The experience not only tossed her headlong into championing the rights of individuals disabled on the job but sent her on a journey of self-exploration through moving in water and creating with fiber. Smiths internationally recognized Swimming Upstream series, 13 sizable quilts inspired by her healing experience, will be exhibited Oct. 7 through 24 at the Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 E. State Road 60 in Lake Wales. The exhibit will also include approximately a dozen of her California series, a collection born of her love for the Pacific Ocean. Smith lives in San Jose, California. Presented by the Lake Wales Arts Council, Smiths work will be celebrated with a gallery talk and reception on October 10. The event will include a presentation by Smith, refreshments, and live music. At 65 inches by 35 inches, Smiths fiber art pieces are big and bold in stature, color, and statement. When told shed spend the better part of a year confined to a wheel chair, Smith turned to quilting to occupy her hands and mind and swimming to rehabilitate her body. Soon she began combining the life lessons gleaned in the pool with her artistic gift and newfound love of quilting to create thought provoking fiber art. The pieces in Swimming Upstream feature one dark-haired woman in various modes of swimming with fins, a snorkel, life preserver, an inner tube, a kickboard. It was about reaching and achieving, Smith said of her time in the pool and the art it inspired. We all swim upstream. We are all looking for answers, for that specific way to go. In life we reach for the life preserver. Artist Arabella Decker, the event chairman, said Smiths work differs from most quilts of today, which she describes as mostly copies of antiques or decorative in nature. It has to be decorative, yes, and it has to be iconic, said Decker. But it also has to have a catharsis in it to move the mind and emotions from Point A to Point B. It takes you on a journey. Swimming Upstream accomplishes this in part because of its universal appeal. It has to relate to the average human being because they understand the feeling even though they dont understand it yet. It makes them keep coming back, Decker said. A member of Studio Art Quilt Association and Fiber Artists for Hope, Smiths body of work as a whole touches on a variety of thought-provoking issues, including racism, sexism, separation of church and state, and human rights. She was one of three individuals the other two being California legislators recognized June 19 in San Jose for work on behalf of injured workers and their families in the state. Smith was acknowledged for sharing the story of her struggle to overcome the debilitating effects of an on-the-job injury and her fight for justice in the California workers compensation system through Swimming Upstream. Bonnie wants you to reorder your thinking. If she can get you to travel on your journey, then you are much better situated. I think she is successful, Decker said. For more information, call the Lake Wales Arts Council at 863-676-8426.


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Polk State Hires First Director for Arts Center

ts a steamy weekday morning in Lake Wales, sunlight glinting off State Road 60, and inside the Polk State College Lake Wales Arts Center, Osubi Craig is casually seated on the edge of the historic buildings stage. Sitting there, in his suit and necktie, Craig describes the intricacies of the djembe, a West African drum he has studied for decades. Its a scene that perfectly represents Craig. He is at once the suited arts administrator, well versed in budgeting and grant development and, hands tapping against the stage in an impromptu drumming demonstration, the passionate artist whose talent has graced performance halls throughout the U.S. and beyond. Its an intriguing balance that gives him unique perspective in his new role as the first director of the Colleges Arts Center. Polk State College officially opened the doors to the Arts Center, 1099 State Road 60 East, earlier this year, after taking ownership of the building from the Lake Wales Arts Council in 2011 and completing a number of structural improvements. Since it opened, the Center has offered arts-centered events for families, credit courses for students of the College, and free gallery exhibits for the public. Now with Craig on board, the College will significantly increase programming at the location, positioning it as a countywide arts resource. As the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, we will broaden the draw of this location to extend throughout Polk County, said Polk State President Eileen Holden. It will be a place where children in Lakeland and Lake Alfred come to learn, where aspiring artists in Frostproof and Fort Meade come to refine their crafts, and where art enthusiasts from Bartow and Babson Park come to hear great music and view new exhibits. Like everything this College does, the Arts Center will serve all of Polk County. We are excited for the future of this location and all that it will mean to Polk. As director, of course, Craig (whose first name is pronounced O-shoo-bee) will play an integral role in the future of the Arts Center, all the while drawing on his personal experiences in the arts both on the administrative and creative sides. For as long as he can remember, Craig has played the djembe, a West African instrument that is shaped like an hourglass and is played with bare hands, and the conga, which has its roots in Africa but is also a mainstay of Latin American music. After graduating from high school in Gainesville, Craig went to Florida A&M University on a music scholarship; while there, he played with its Marching 100 band and jazz ensemble. Always strong in math and science, Craig earned a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering, though he also has a minor in Jazz Studies. While studying at FAMU, he got get his first taste of arts administration with the universitys Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre, which he directed while still a student. It was my first taste of arts administration on a big level, he said. From then on, I was always interested in both sides of the arts not only the artistic side, but also the administration side. I knew I could do the administration side, and do it well, he said. After graduation in 1999, Craig found himself at a crossroads earn a good living as an engineer or pursue his lifelong passion for music. He chose the latter. After college, Craig packed up and headed north to Philadelphia. For years, the life of a professional musician worked well for Craig, who filled the time with performances and teaching stints at a wide variety of venues, including the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City. By 2003, that interest in arts administration led him back south, where he enrolled at Florida State University; he graduated with his masters in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Grants Management and Program Development. The field of arts administration is still evolving, but I found that it was full of people who were performing artists and still wanted to be around the work. That was appealing to me, he said. Immediately before joining Polk State, he worked in grants and research at Florida Memorial University, eventually becoming director of grants and sponsored research and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Title III programs. Polk State Winter Haven Provost Sharon Miller said all of Craigs previous work will serve the College well. He has a very neat package of skills that will help propel the Arts Center to where it needs to be and will help the College build necessary partnerships. I think that were most fortunate to have found the skill set that weve found in him. He has such a unique repertoire of skills, she said. He will help us build our partnerships within Lake Wales but also throughout the Polk County community at large.

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Classic Albums Live photo courtesy of The Lakeland Center.

The Pig Flies Again!

Classic Albums Live presents

Floyd album covers. With powerful tracks Dogs, Sheep, Pigs (Three Different Ones), and the two part ballad Pigs on the Wing, Animals chronicles the early signs of inner turmoil between members of the band, which later resulted in keyboardist Richard Wright leaving the band. Despite the tension, Animals was yet another hit album by the iconic group, peaking at Number One on New Zealand charts; number two in the UK, Austria, and Norway, and number three in the U.S. In addition to performing this iconic album in its entirety, Classic Albums Live also presents a full set of Pink Floyds greatest hits. Classic Albums Live has been a hugely successful and exciting concert attraction ever since it began in 2003.The series has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, and with its huge popularity has even expanded to include such major markets as New York, Orlando, and Atlantic City. Classic Albums Live is a must for music lovers of all ages. For more information, please visit
The Lakeland Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week through or by calling 888-397-0100.

Pink Floyd: Animals & Dark Side of the Moon

Friday, August 16 at 8pm
Classic Albums Live is bringing two iconic albums to The Lakeland Center this summer for a special performance of Pink Floyds Animals and Dark Side of the Moon on Friday, August 16 at 8pm. Tickets

are on sale now for $20, $25 (Advance) and $25, $30 (Day of Show) (service charges will apply) and are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office, by calling 863-834-8111, online at or by calling the 24-hour ticketing line 888-397-0100. Released in January 1977, Animals was the 10th studio album for Pink Floyd and is loosely based on George Orwells fable Animal Farm. Written almost entirely by Roger Waters, the albums concept was inspired by the social-political troubles of the 1970s. The album cover depicts a large pig floating between two chimneys of Britains Battlesea Power Station, and is one of the more memorable Pink


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Platform Art Leaves Its Mark On Lakeland

By Cary McMullen
Photography by Moriah Maddox and Michael Maguire.

hen Cynthia Haffey talks about contributing to the cultural landscape of Lakeland, its more than just a figure of speech. Thanks to Platform Art, the community arts organization of which Haffey is executive director, the visual landscape of downtown Lakeland is changing as well. If there has been a motivation for Platform Art, it is that art should not be stuffy. It should be fun and for the benefit of the community. For more than 10 years now, the popular art parties thrown twice a year by Platform Art have done just that, showcasing visual art, film, and performance art to the community in a lively way. About two years ago, Platform Art added a new dimension to its commitment to community art. Realizing that the parties, while memorable, dont leave a visible mark, Platforms leaders decided to start leaving footprints behind that can be seen and enjoyed.
Bridge photo by Tom Hagerty.

In the spring of 2011, Platform commissioned a mural collage of handmade paper from artist Paula Allen, part of a cultural exchange with Imabari, Japan, which hung at City Hall for a year. Then Platform commissioned artist Beate Marston to create a ceramic tile installation on the Orange Street Bridge and established a community garden at the intersection of Orange Street and New York Avenue, enhancing the pedestrian route connecting the Lakeland Center and Hyatt Hotel to the core of downtown. The mural was unveiled at Art Party 21 in April. The garden grew out of a partnership between Platform Art and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, and it was a focal point of Art Party 21, which had the theme Art in AgriCulture. Now, at the next public event on Oct. 29, Platform will reveal a companion piece. Part fundraising event and part art party, the event will be centered on the Orange Street bridge, where a new mural running along the other side of the bridge by artist Vincent Sansone will be on display. The street will be closed to traffic, and patrons can enjoy a catered alfresco dinner on the bridge. There will be a reception area in the community garden. Platform Arts visibility has grown significantly in the past year. Haffey, who took over from Platform founder Ann Wilson, used newly available funds from a Tourist Development Grant to market the art parties outside the county. As a result, the April party saw a 50 percent jump in the number of artists participating, many from Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Orlando, and there was a similar increase in the number of tickets sold. In the words of Michael Maguire, who has been a consultant and volunteer, With Art Party 21 in the books, Id say Platform has come of age. For more information about the Oct. 29 fundraiser and art party, call (863) 838-2262 or visit You can also see Platform Art on Facebook.

Garden photo by Michael Maguire.

Photography by Moriah Maddox and Michael Maguire.

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New Member Spotlight

owntown Lakeland Partnership has joined the Polk Arts Alliance. The Partnership offers arts and
cultural activities throughout the year, primarily during their popular monthly First Friday events.

Downtown Lakeland Business Hosts Artists-in-Residence

By Lorrie Delk Walker

Downtown Lakeland Arts & Cultural Events

August 2: First Friday - An opening reception featuring artwork by Erin OMalley takes place in The Loft Art Gallery. September 6: First Friday - An opening reception featuring artwork by Domingo Martinez takes place in The Loft Art Gallery. October 4: First Friday - The October downtown event
features the arts in downtown Lakeland and includes the annual Authors & Illustrators Festival. An opening reception featuring artwork by Kelly Boehmer takes place in The Loft Art Gallery.

The road to success is littered with thousands of starving artists those who had dreams of making a living creating art, but no road map of how to reach that destination. David Collins, owner of The Loft Art Gallery and Paint Along Studios in downtown Lakeland, is on a mission to change that for a number of local artists. He started an artist-in-residence program in June 2012 to provide opportunities for artists to work on their craft and spend time away from their normal environment and obligations. He sought to provide an atmosphere for reflection, collaboration and discipline. A staggering number of people stop trying to become artists because they dont have a way to market- nor do they understand how to market- and sell their product, Collins says. Therefore, they dont make it because they dont sell. They dont have any exposure. Had Collins, an artist himself, thought he could have made a living as an artist, he would have spent the last 40 years painting, instead of only the last eight, he adds. Perhaps the biggest benefit the artist-in-residence program provides is discipline. Artists paint every day. You cant grow and learn if you dont work at it every day, Collins says. If youre going to approach art from a business standpoint, you must think of it as work. You must produce work and do it faster. By doing it faster, it becomes possible to make a living creating art. If it takes an artist two weeks to complete a painting and she wants to earn $1,000 per week, she must sell that painting for $2,000. However, if she can complete a painting every day, her daily rate is lower. Trying to create masterpieces isnt always practical, Collins says. The artist-in-residence program helps artists understand the need to have a marketable product by shortening labor costs. Artists arent trained to be business people, but they have to be both if theyre going to succeed. Thats a lesson thats difficult to learn. Dennis Hart, one of the gallerys three artists-in-residence, says he has received that message. The programs discipline aspect is important to him. Im terrible, because Ill sit around and play on Facebook all day, says Hart, who became an artist-in-residence in April. I draw at least a page a day- or try to- but I need some place I can go where I feel like its a job and I can work on my commissioned artwork.

The discipline, combined with the fact that the gallery provides dedicated space for artists-in-residence to work, has proved to be an excellent combination for Aaron Corbitt, the first artist Collins invited into the program. Corbitt painted the wildly popular Faces of Lakeland exhibit, which featured 63 portraits of Lakeland residents. Another benefit of being an artist-in-residence is the exposure to other artists. The program creates a studio environment where they get to see other artists working. Once art students leave college, there tends to be no more feeding off of and growing from each other, Collins says. The Loft is a place for that growth to occur. In Corbitts case, its his first opportunity to grow collaboratively because he has no formal art education. Collins provides the artists materials, in addition to offering guidance on marketing their work. Whats in it for him? Besides the commission he earns on art that is sold, its the opportunity to create a legacy. Maybe I couldnt be the artist who made a living at it, but maybe I can be the catalyst that enables ten artists to succeed who wouldnt have succeeded otherwise, Collins says. Its a way of supporting the arts; of putting your money where your mouth is. Ana Lopez- a Santiago, Chile native- is a photo realist and the third artist-in-residence. She will spearhead the childrens summer program this year, which offers nine weeks of art activities including drawing, painting, embossed metal encaustics, chalk art and sculpture, to children ages 8 and older. Our goal is to create an art culture in Lakeland, Collins says. The term starving artist doesnt have to apply to anyone.


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Literary Leanings
By John Davis Jr., Poet-Educator

This years Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival will be combined with another great downtown tradition, coordinators say.
For the first time in its four-year history, the festival (PAIF) will combine its showcase of literary talent with First Friday, a monthly downtown Lakeland celebration that draws larger crowds, say organizers. From 6-9 p.m. Friday, October 4, writers and artists of all types will converge during the First Friday event on South Kentucky Avenue, selling and signing their books, prints, and other creative works. Local charities will also be participating, handing out free books for children and selling low-priced used books for great causes. Ellen Simms, organizer of the PAIF this year, touted the PAIFs history of literacy success: We had Lakeland Christina Rotary Club give away more than 1,000 childrens books (last year), and ElderPoint Ministries hosted their used book sale to raise funds for their mission. Simms expects that this years event will bring similar positive results. PAIF was started by Terisa Glover, co-owner of downtown Lakelands The General Store, in 2010. Since that time, the event has grown in participation, attendance, and administrative costs. The decision to bring the PAIF to First Friday was driven by all those factors, according to Glover: Thousands of people come to First Friday, so the authors and illustrators will have a huge audience. And thats not hyperbole, she said. Simms, who operates FastFrame, a neighboring business to The General Store, said she is excited to take over such a wonderful cultural opportunity for Polk County. Simms provided the following information for those who wish to participate or who would like to patronize the literary arts during the October 4 evening event: Booth spaces are $25. Participants must bring their own tables, chairs, tents, lights, and signage. If electricity is required, participants will need to bring extension cords and duct tape. Registration can be done online at: To learn more, follow the Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival on Facebook. For more information, call Simms at (863) 688-5251 or email her at
This feature is the first installment of Literary Leanings, a column by John Davis Jr., noted local poet and English teacher. Daviss award-winning poetry has been published in literary magazines and journals internationally. While serving as English Department Chair for the Vanguard School of Lake Wales, Davis also teaches writing and composition for Polk State College. His website, blog, and contact information can be found at Literature is an integral part of the Cultural Arts Sector. Artifacts is excited to include this sector and looks forward to more Literary Leanings with guest columnist, John Davis, Jr.

2012 Polk Authors and Illustrators Festival participants. Above, Top-to-Bottom: April Mitchell Whitt, Cleveland Carter, Daphne Tarango, Rob Smith, Jr. Top Right: 2012 Authors & Illustrators Group. Photos courtesy of Terisa Glover.

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Call to Artists
Polk Arts Alliance has two opportunities for artists
Polk arts Alliance in collaboration with Lakeland Regional Medical Center is assisting in providing Artists samples for consideration to be included in their new and exciting Museum Walls that will consist of Polk County Artists! This is an exciting venture that PAA has been working with LRMC since January. PAA is coordinating this endeavor and will be the contact if you would like information. Email Meri Mass at or phone 863-804-0494. The Polk Arts Alliance is in the process of creating an artist registry for all genres of Polk County Artists. Current members will automatically be included on this site. Please contact Meri Mass for more information if you would like to be included. More information will be on our web site

Lakeland Concert Band

2013-2014 Concert Dates
Youkey Theater at The Lakeland Center Sundays - November 10 December 15 January 19 Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College Sundays - February16 March 16 April 13 Doors open 1:15PM Pre-show 1:45PM Concert 2:30PM

LCB Concerts are free!

To learn more, visit

Arts at the Ball Park

August 10th, 6pm
The winning artwork, pictured above, will be featured on the Lakeland Flying Tigers jerseys during the August 10 game. Amber Getter, June graduate of Lake Region High School, created this winning piece under the guidance of her art teacher Angela Fout. Getter will continue her education studying Studio Art with a minor in Education at Florida Southern College in the fall. What inspires Amber? The inate creativity in every person is just waiting to have the right person, picture or even a baseball jersey to draw it out of them and into something wonderful.

Joker Marchant Stadium

Lakeland Flying Tigers vs Clearwater Threshers


for the arts in Polk County Schools.
Tickets: Adults $6/$7, Child/Senior $5/$6, Age 2 & under FREE


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Images provided by Harrison School for the Arts. Top Left: Randy Lopex, Mixed Media, 2014. Bottom Left: Joshua Jones, 2013. Right: Rebekah Rittenhouse, Mixed Media, 2013.

n the art world, where evaluations are often considered subjective, it can be difficult to rate the artistic quality of a piece of work. Perhaps no other group, however, has developed such a rigorous evaluative process as the College Board with its Advanced Placement Studio Art assessment. Each year, thousands of high school students submit portfolios to be examined by trained art teachers and other evaluators to determine which work merits being honored at the highest level a five rating (on a scale of 1-5). At Harrison School for the Arts, the visual arts department has become well-known for student artwork that receives the prestigious five score. And now, the public is invited to see the most recently honored work from the 2013 Advanced Placement process at the annual FIVE exhibit at 6:00 p.m. on October 3 in the Harrison Gallery at 750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland. This show will feature pieces by Harrison seniors and recent graduates whose 2013 portfolios all scored a five at the College Board evaluation held in June in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rocky Bridges, Harrison visual arts instructor and renowned local artist himself, understands the rigor of the evaluation as he (along with Beth Garcia, another Harrison visual arts instructor)

At Harrison, FIVE is Enough!

is an evaluator at the yearly assessment. I am so honored to witness the tremendous talent right here in Polk County, Bridges said. This year there were 48,000 portfolios submitted from across the nation and Harrison students were at the top of the score points. Time and time again I would notice a Harrison students work being pulled into the High Scoring Portfolios section of student work. The show, which opens with a reception on October 3 and runs through October 31, highlights the studentsquality pieces from their portfolios. The quality section evaluates work that demonstrates mastery of 2D Design, 3D Design, and Drawing. The exhibit will give patrons a chance to see student artwork at the highest level. In fact, many of the students exhibiting in the show have already graduated and are presently attending art colleges around the country. The exhibit is free and will be followed (at 7:30 p.m.) by the annual Harrison Faculty-Student Showcase which is a fundraising event for the Harrison Senior Scholarship Fund. The Faculty-Student Showcase takes place in the Harrison Theatre and tickets can be purchased at

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Art-i-facts Fall 2013

A student shows off her puppet creation. Photograph courtesy of Explorations V Childrens Museum.

Dads and kids make donuts and get to know others in the group.

August 3 September 7 October 5 - 9am

Donuts for Dad

Nickelodeons Worldwide Day of Play

Encourages families to turn off the TV and enjoy time together.

September 21 10am-1pm

September 21-28 During regular museum hours

For students of all ages. Individualized scheduling, test prep for FCAT/PARCC, End of Course exams and SAT/ACT. Contact Academic Services Director, Terry Lauretta, at 863-687-3869.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Tutoring and Test Prep

Falling Into

Adventure at
The museum is taking part in the Smithsonian Magazines annual Museum Day Live on September 28. For additional information and to collect two free tickets to Explorations V Childrens Museum on that day go to A fall Scholastic Book Fair will run from September 21 through September 28. Book lovers can shop during the museums regular hours. There is no museum admission required to shop. Explorations V also offers Tutoring and Test Prep for students of all ages. For details on pricing, individualized scheduling, test prep for FCAT/PARCC, End of Course exams and SAT/ACT, contact Terry Lauretta, Academic Services Director, at 863 687 3869. Explorations V Childrens Museum is at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland. Museum/Museum Store hours are MondaySaturday, 9am.-5:30pm. Admission prices are $7 per person. Senior citizens, 65+ are $3.50. Teachers/military with ID are $3.50. Museum members and children under two are free. Family Memberships are available for $70. For details on exhibits, programs or events, call 863 687 3869 or email

Magical Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday and Fun Friday are engaging arts and science programs held weekdays at 10:30a.m. Programs are included with admission or museum membership. Open Art is held Tuesdays at 1p.m. Home School Programs feature a Science and Cultural Arts Series held at 10am and 1pm on the second Tuesday and Thursday each month for students ages 5-8 and 8-14. Sessions will begin again on September 10. Throughout the fall, Explorations V Childrens Museum will host Celebrating Who I Am, an ongoing exhibition of artwork created by students with disabilities from around the US. The exhibit, originated by VSA arts, Inc. through the Accessibility Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was donated to Explorations V by VSA arts, Inc. and is sponsored in part by the Glenn W. and Hazelle Paxson Morrison Foundation. Pieces are on display in the museums Dreamers Gallery. The exhibition is included with museum admission. Dads wishing to enjoy museum time with their kids can attend Donuts for Dads, starting at 9am on August 3, September 7 and October 5. Dads and kids make donuts and get to know others in the group. Explorations V Childrens Museum will host Nickelodeons Worldwide Day of Play on September 21 from 10am-1pm. The event encourages families to turn off the t.v. and enjoy time together.

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Kids Tag Art kicks off New Year with Celebrations and Awards
The special award winning designs for the 2012-2013 school year are Home Sweet Home Award Student: Zoie Whiting Teacher: Victoria Hahn School: Jewett School of the Arts Tax Collector Choice Award Student: Haley Lalka Teacher: Joy Montgomery School: Lake Alfred Elementary Douglass Design Award Student: Gabriella Branson Teacher: Virginia Aho School: Ben Hill Griffin Elementary

Haley Lalka receives the Tax Collector Choice Award from Joe Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County.

Each year, Kids Tag Art closes out the school year with some very special awards. Kids Tag Art Sponsors step forward to create these special design award criteria and to honor those individuals. Newly-minted fifth graders will get their chance when school resumes in the Fall.

Zoie Whiting receives the Home Sweet Home Award at Jewett School for the Arts.

Kids Tag Art, a program of the Polk County Tax Collectors Office, gives special thanks to our sponsors. Major Sponsor for the third year in a row:

Southern Homes of Polk County

New sponsors: Paint Along Studios and Legoland Florida Continuing sponsors: Douglass Screen Printers, Inc., MIDFLORIDA, Florida Heart Research Institute, Grasslands and Oakbridge, Alpha Graphics, Polk Education Foundation and Vecchio, Carrier & Feldman, P.A. Community partners: Polk County Schools, Polk Museum of Art and Polk Arts Alliance.

Heart Smart Art Awards* Student: Angelic Miniarez, Teacher: Amy Sharpe, School: Garner Elementary Student: Shawntel Mathews, Teacher: Lisa Ciccia, School: St. Anthony Catholic School Student: Savannah Taylor, Teacher: Rachel Pautz, School: Landmark Christian * Heart Smart Art Awards were presented in February of this year. In addition to these talented young artists, two students from each of 74 participating schools were honored with Awards of Distinction recognition. Visit to view the award-winning artworks created by these students and to learn more about Kids Tag Art.


Art-i-facts Fall 2013

Polk Museum of Art
The Polk Museum of Art Education Department presents a variety of special programs and events to meet the interests of the diverse members of our community. Art classes (Fall, Spring, and Summer), Lectures, Outreach Programs, and adult public programs are only a few of the many ways that we attempt to fulfill our commitment to bringing our community quality arts programming. To contact the Education Department, please call (863) 688-5423, or (863) 688-7743 Extension 230. Learn more or sign up for class at

Bartow Art Guild

Art Classes, held at the Bartow Art Guild buiding at 1240 E. Main Street in Bartow, begin again in September.

Youth Art Class

Kappy Williams teaches all visual art mediums during this class for students of ages 7-17. The class includes materials. Call Kappy at 533-2600 for information.

Zipper Jewelry
Saturday, August 17 from 10am-1pm. Create your own one-of-a-kind bracelet from zippers, buttons and beads. Leticia Miller, Curator of Education, and crafter extraordinaire will help you form a bracelet of your own design from these simple, inexpensive items. All materials will be provided and you will leave with a bracelet and the necessary skill to make necklaces, earrings, brooches or anything else your imagination can conceive. Fee: $35 members, $50 non-members.

Watercolor Class
Martha Post teaches a watercolor class for beginning and advanced-level artists. The class focuses on beginning techniques for those just starting out and provides new challenges for those who are more experienced. Call Martha at 533-2884 for information.

Frostproof Art League & Gallery

rostproof Art League hosts classes in the Art League Gallery at 12 E. Wall Street in Frostproof. The schedule follows:

Painting with Instructor Pat Bowen

These Tuesday classes from 5:30-8:30pm resume on September 10. Bring your subject and media of choice and Pat Bowen will assist you in developing your skills. Members $10, nonmember $12. For more information call 863-635-7271.

Word Art
Saturday, August 10, 10am-Noon. Free. Introduction to CIVA Christians in Visual Arts: How your art can reveal a biblical message. Instructor: Jenny Grenke, CIVA member. Call 863-6357271 for more information.

Wet Paint
Thursdays, 1-3pm. Art instruction for adults with physical or mental challenges. This is a free program of the Art League. Call 863-635-7271 for more information.

Decorative Art Painting Classes

Six-week class for beginners begins on Thursday August 22. Cost for supply kit is $50. The weekly class instruction fee is $20. The deadline for registration and supply kit fee is July 22. Instructor is Vicki Alley. Learn basic painting skills using acrylic paints that enable you to paint on a variety of surfaces, as well as learning how to achieve different looks and styles of painting. After the six-week program, students can continue attending weekly or monthly classes and paint more challenging projects. For more information contact Vicki at email or phone 863-676-1411 (day) or 863-632-1472 (evening).

Young Artists Studio

Weekly classes resume on September 5. Thursdays from 3:304:30pm. A free program of the Art League. Call 863-635-7271 for more information.

Fundamentals of Photography
Video series with facilitator and photographer Mike Thornton. Mondays, November 4 - December 2 at 6pm. Call 863-635-7271 for more information.

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Artist Spotlight

Cuban-born Dancer Joins Florida Dance Theatre Faculty

Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Israel Rodriguez began classical ballet training at the famed Vocational Art School, where he won the schools Best Performer Award in recognition of his critical command of requisite ballet skills. Israel began his professional dance career with the Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso where he performed as a soloist. His abilities earned him the opportunity to tour with the ballet, and he performed in many different countries including Greece, Brazil, and Mexico. He has been a member of Ballet Theatre of Lexington and Principal Dancer with Ballet de Monterrey, Louisville Ballet, and most recently Orlando Ballet. As a guest dancer, Israel received rave reviews from several critics including the Orlando Sentinel, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, International Dance Magazine and the arts community. Over his extensive professional dance career, Israel performed solo roles and principal dancer in virtually all the ballet classics including: Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Serenade, Napoli, Tarantella (Balanchine), Paquita, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Polovitzians Dances and The Nutcracker. Israel was the first male dancer in the United States to perform the full-length ballet Spartacus. FDT is thrilled to add Mr. Rodriguez to our staff for the upcoming season. Not only will he be working with the professional company but will also be a part of the Academy, teaching a variety of ballet class levels and a boys class.
Photo by Michael Cairns

Florida Dance Theatre 863-802-0399
Art-i-facts Fall 2013

Cultural Eye

Representative Dennis Ross and 15th Congressional District visual art award winner, Harrison student Cole Jacques.

Polk Arts Alliance recognizes Commissioners for their support of the arts during 2012. Left-to-Right: Meri Mass with Commissioners Ed Smith, Melony Bell and Todd Dantzler, not pictured Bob English and Sam Johnson, and County Manager Jim Freeman.

Left-to-Right: Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell and Arts Ensemble Executive Director, Jane Waters Thomas at the EVAC ground-breaking ceremony. Photo by Richard Powers

EVAC Groundbreaking. Photo by Richard Powers. Left-to-Right: Commissioner John Hall, Commissioner Ed Smith, Freda Brooks, Jane Waters Thomas, Commissioner Todd Dantzler, and Beth Evans.

IndustrIal and CommerCIal real estate

David F. Bunch, SIOR Lisa L. Parks, SIOR, AICP 415 south Kentucky avenue lakeland, florida 33801 tel. (863) 682-6147 e-mail: www.hauger-bunch.coM

IndIvIdual MeMbershIp socIety of IndustrIal & offIce realtors

American Institute of Certified Planners

The Forum for Commercial Real Estate

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Cultural Arts Council & Creative Industry Member Directory

Bartow Art Guild
P.O. Box 1644 Bartow, FL 33831 863-534-1877

Florida Southern College

Haines City Community Theatre, Inc.

P.O. Box 1452 Haines City, FL 33845 863-421-1893

111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. Lakeland, FL 33801 863-680-4296

Historic Lakeland

Arts On The Park
115 North Kentucky Ave. Lakeland, FL 33801 863-680-2787

P.O. Box 3347 Lakeland, FL 33802-3347 863-682-6149

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Polk County History Center

100 East Main Street Bartow, FL 33830 863-534-4385

P.O. Box 2623 Lakeland, FL 33806 863-688-3743

Lakeland Art Guild

Davenport School of the Arts
4751 Hwy 547 N Davenport, FL 33837 863-421-3247

Bach Festival of Central Florida

P.O. Box 2764 Lakeland, FL 33806 863-299-2555 863-439-3055

P.O. Box 353 Lakeland, FL 33802 863-646-8264

Lakeland Choral Society

Citrus Lakes Chorus

Historical Society of Fort Meade
1 N. Tecumseh Ave Fort Meade, FL 33841 863-285-7474

3422 Waterlute Way Lakeland, FL 33811 863-868-7268

P.O. Box 3157 Lakeland, FL 33802

Lakeland Community Theatre

Downtown Lakeland Partnership

P.O. Box 3499 Lakeland, FL 33802-3499 863-510-9723

Lake Mirror Theatre 121 S. Lake Ave.. Lakeland, FL 33806 863-603-7529

Lakeland Concert Band

Frostproof Art League & Gallery
12 E. Wall St. Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-7271

Explorations V Childrens Museum

109 N. Kentucky Ave. Lakeland, FL 33801 863-687-3869

P.O. Box 24238 Lakeland, FL 33802 863-660-8428

Florida Air Museum at Sun n Fun

4175 Medulla Road Lakeland, FL 33807 863-644-2431

Lois Cowles Harrison Center For The Visual & Performing Arts

750 Hollingsworth Rd. Lakeland, FL 33801 863-499-2855

Ramon Theater

15 E. Wall St. Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-7222

Florida Dance Arts

6929 Old State Rd 37 Lakeland, FL 33811 863-221-8181

123 S. Kentucky Ave. Lakeland, FL 33801 863-409-5771

Paint Along Studios

Florida Dance Theatre

Platform ART

305 W. Main St. Lakeland, FL 33815 863-802-0399

P.O. Box 1034. Lakeland, FL 33802-1034 863-838-2262

Polk Museum Of Art

Polk City
98 27 17

Providence Poinciana

800 East Palmetto Street Lakeland, FL 33801 863-688-7743


Kathleen Gibsonia

Polk Theatre

Lake Alfred Auburndale


5 Haines City

139 S. Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33801 863-682-7553

Ridge Woodcarvers Club

Winston Medulla Willow Oak

6 Lakeland
Highland City


Winter Haven

821 Lakeside Drive, MacArthur Center. Lakeland, FL 33803

Dundee Waverly

Rochelle School of the Arts


Eagle Lake Wahneta

1501 N. Martin L. King Ave. Lakeland, FL 33805



1 Bartow
Crooked Lake Park

Lake Wales Fedhaven Babson Park Frostproof Nalcrest Indian Lake Estates

Southeastern University

1000 Longfellow Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33801-6034 863-667-5000

The Lakeland Center


701 W. Lime Street Lakeland, FL 33815 863-834-8111

Fort Meade

The Tuesday Music Club

P.O. Box 2524 Lakeland, FL 33803

Bowling Green


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Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-1408

Polk Arts Alliance Individual & Corporate Members

The Polk Arts Alliance is the official arts agency for Polk County, collaborating with over 40 non-profit cultural organizations, businesses, government, chambers, schools, artists and individuals. Since its inception in 2003, the Alliance has engaged collaborators to support local cultural organizations, arts education programs and artist endeavors to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences throughout the County. Polk Arts Alliance strives to cultivate a diverse, well attended, fiscally sound arts community that serves its residents and visitors. The Polk Arts Alliance is deeply grateful to all of our donors, members and community partners who share this vision. Memberships of $250 and more as of June 14, 2013 are listed below. We apologize for any errors or omissions.

Historical Lake Wales Society

325 S. Scenic Hwy. Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-678-4209

Lake Wales Arts Council

P.O. Box 608 Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-676-8426

Lake Wales Little Theatre

411 N. Third St. P.O. Box 3428 Lake Wales, FL 33859-3428 863-676-1266

All Saints Academy Major Underwriters ($20,000 & above) Polk Board of County Commissioners Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation Peterson & Myers Platinum ($2500 & above) Allen & Company The Lakeland Center Gold ($1000 & above) The Connor Family Fund Fiat of Winter Haven Silver ($500 & above) Ardaman & Associates, Inc. BowyerSingleton & Associates, Inc. Central Concrete Products, Inc. Chastain Skillman Citizens Bank & Trust Coldwell Bank Commercial Saunders, Ralston, Dantzler Constangy, Brooks & Smith, L.L.P.
Cultural Arts Council members (blue) are nonprofit cultural arts organizations and serve as advisory council to Polk Arts Alliance. These are arts-related 501(c)(3) organizations or municipalities. Creative Industry Members (red), includes members that engage in various arts-related business but are not 501(c) (3) organizations or municipalities.

Hubbard Construction Company Hydro Solutions Consulting, LLC Infrastructure Engineers, Inc. Jr. Davis Construction Madrid Engineering Group Ovations Register Construction & Engineering REISS Engineering Republic Services Spath Jewelers, Inc. six/ten corporation Transworld Systems, Inc. Valenti Campbell Trohn Tamayo Aranda, P.A. Wallis, Murphey, Boyington Architects, Inc. Bronze ($250 & above) A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. Tom Freeman Family John Happy Nancy Hale Hoyt Mr. & Mrs. Mass Paint Along Studios Tom Petcoff Physical Health Care Center/Leslie Ferrands Susan Waddell Major In-Kind Dave Connor Drummond Company Brian Hinton The Lakeland Center

5001 SR 540 West Winter Haven, FL 33880 863.293.5980

Arts Ensemble Education Foundation & Healing Arts Center

1000 American Superior Blvd . Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-293-2700

Lakeside Music Room Polk State College


999 Avenue H, NE Winter Haven, FL 33881 Cultural Events: 863-297-1050

Ridge Art Association

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., SW. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-291-5661

The Ritz Theatre - Ritz on Central

263 W. Central Ave. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-295-9900

Symphony Guild of Winter Haven

P.O. Box 7721 Winter Haven, FL 33883 863-293-5214 Fax: 863-293-4962

Theatre Winter Haven

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., SW. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-294-7469

Community Southern Bank DRMP Engineers, Surveyors Planners & Scientists Drummond Company Gallery 2125 Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Geosyntec Consultants Hauger-Bunch Realtor, PC Hazen & Sawyer

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Individual & Corporate Membership Benefits

Title $10,000 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus Named as presenting title sponsor of one of PAAs annual events including listing/logo recognition on PAA website, printed materials, advertising, promotional items and event signage. Listing as an event title sponsor on the membership and event page in Art-i-facts Magazine and on the website. One full page ad in four consecutive issues of Artifacts magazine (premium position). Introduction at PAA events and special recognition at your named sponsored event. Opportunity to have a display/exhibit at your named event. Diamond $5,000 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus One full page ad in four consecutive issues of Artifacts magazine (premium position). Recognition on website, in printed materials, media advertising, signage at events, promotional items and introduction at PAA events. Platinum $2,500 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus Listing on signage at PAAs annual events. Logo linked to your website on PAA website. One full page ad in one issue of Art-i-facts Magazine. Gold $1000 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus Listing linked to your website on the PAA website. One half page ad in one issue of Art-i-facts Magazine. Silver - $500 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus Featured annually in a special recognition page in Art-i-facts Magazine and a post on the PAA website ( Listing in quarterly Artifacts magazine. Bronze - $250 Amenities listed at the levels below, plus Invitation to Cultural Arts Recognition Program (CARP) awards reception. Member advertising rate (half off the nonmember rate) in quarterly Artifacts magazine. Friends of Polk Arts - $100 Amenities listed at basic level below, plus Member listing on Basic Membership Individual - $35 Seniors (age 60+) - $30 Receive next four issues of Art-i-facts Magazine in your mailbox.

Joi n Th e Arts
The designated Local Arts Agency for Polk County
The mission of the Polk Arts Alliance is to cultivate an environment in which all the arts flourish through Advocacy, Collaboration, Education, Economic Development and Marketing. If you enjoy the Cultural Arts and believe the arts are important to our quality of life, please consider becoming an individual member or corporate partner. Polk Arts Alliance and our cultural arts community need your support.

Polk Arts Alliance Membership Investment Categories

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Non-Profit_Arts_Organization Membership_Dues:
(Based on Budget Size) q_Under_$50,000_ q_$50,000-$99,999_ q_$100,000-$199,999_ q_$200,000-$499,999_ q_Over_$500,000_ $50 $75 $100 $150 $200




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Polk Arts Alliance (PAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All memberships and donations enable PAA to promote the arts, cultural, historic and arts education opportunities in Polk County, and are tax deductible in accordance with IRS tax code.



Art-i-facts Fall 2013

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