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March/April 2007


of Alice in

Adventures in the Arts: Wonderland

Local Author Rhett DeVane
Learns to Belly Dance

Conversations with
Profiles in the Arts:
John Lytle Wilson

Put a Spring in Yo r Step As the warm weather returns,
the ar t scene heats up in Florida’s cultural capital
As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) works on behalf
Vol. 2 March/April 2007 Issue 1 of the community to support the area’s diverse range
of cultural events and traditions. Through innovative
partnerships with community and educational groups,
Official Publication of the COCA seeks to enrich and improve the lives of citizens
and visitors alike. Our professional staff and board of
directors serve as a community resource to advocate for
and support arts and culture in Florida’s Capital Area.
For Capital Culture Magazine COCA members include non-profit and commercial
Publisher Peggy Brady galleries, museums, theaters, music groups, dance
Editor Randi Goldstein companies, festivals, historic sites, film and video
Creative Director Tony Archer companies, educational organizations, and individual
Editorial Assistant Topher Sherman artists, as well as businesses and individuals interested in
supporting local cultural activities. For more information
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Adventures in the Arts: Wonderland
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Local Author Rhett DeVane
Learns to Belly Dance Member At-Large
Editorial, art, and photography submissions to Capital
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As the warm weather returns,
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The Tallahassee Ballet stages Alice in Ambassador
Wonderland for its Dance for Spring, Copyright © 2007 Council on Culture & Arts
2222 Old St. Augustine Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301
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her experiences at the Mad Hatter’s Tea
Party, the Queen’s Croquet Match, and her
encounters with the White Rabbit and the A COCA publication sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County,
Knave of Hearts.“The production is designed the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the
to appeal to both children and adults,” says National Endowment for the Arts.
Artistic Director Henry Hernandez, who
choreographed the new ballet. “My goal is
for it to be enchanting.”

Photo by Jon Nalon

Spring is in the Air:

So get up, get out, and explore
Tallahassee’s arts and culture in springtime

Adventures in the Arts:

Hips that Jingle-Jangle-Jingle

Conversations With:

Mickee Faust (and Terry Galloway)

Profiles in the Arts:
John Lytle Wilson

Regular Features
2 From the Publisher
2 Contributors
3 News of Note
9 More Than You Thought
11 Ask the COCA-NUTS
14 COCA Connection
18 Directory of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Businesses

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Harnessing Creativity
By now I hope you have all heard the exciting news about the Knight Foundation’s Creative
Communities Initiative, for which Tallahassee has been chosen as one of three cities in the nation. This
partnership with Leon County’s leaders and “futurist” Richard Florida applies a new and imaginative
approach to economic development. Richard Florida’s work spotlights human creativity as the
Illustration by Nathan Archer primary engine of economic growth. “Access to talented and creative people is to modern business
what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking,” Florida says, and we at COCA heartily agree. We
are delighted to welcome this initiative, and are especially pleased that one of our board members,
Lydia McKinley-Floyd, will be serving as part of Tallahassee’s Host Committee. COCA will do our best
to keep you informed through this year-long process.
In the meantime, we’ve put our own creativity to work to bring you a new magazine format, one that
gives you more timely news, more in-depth features, and even stronger coverage of topics of interest
to arts and culture lovers. COCA coined the now familiar catchphrase “More Than You Thought,” and
starting with this issue, we’ll be bringing you conversations with the Many-More-Than-You-Thought
arts professionals living and working in Tallahassee. I think you’ll be fascinated to read what writer,
performance artist, and activist Terry Galloway has to say in this issue. And coming in May, local bond
attorney (and comedy writer) Elise Judelle interviews Tallahassee City Commissioner (and novelist)
Mark Mustian. Also inside, local author Rhett DeVane kicks off our new feature, Adventures in the Arts,
with the charming story of how she learned to belly dance. If you’ve ever wanted to try something but
didn’t because you were too self-conscious, I hope this article makes you reconsider.
The new Capital Culture Magazine is bursting at the seams, and you can always get more information
at COCA’s web site ( or the online calendar (
See you out and about!

Peggy Brady

Rhett DeVane Sam Atwood
Rhett DeVane is a true southerner – born Sam Atwood is a writer, performer, and
and raised in the deep, muggy, bug-infested disability advocate who grew up in the wilds
pine and oak forests of the Florida panhandle. of Maine and has lived in Tallahassee for the
Originally from Chattahoochee, for the past 29 last seven years. He is an active member of the
years she has made her home in Tallahassee, Mickee Faust Club, writing and performing in
where she is a practicing dental hygienist and their cabarets, radio shows, and short films.
an active member of the Tallahassee Writers’ His most recent theatrical role was the title
Association. Rhett is deeply committed to the character in Curious Echo Radio Theater’s
completion of a series of adult mainstream audio production of The Moon Wraith,
novels set in north Florida. The Madhatter’s soon to be released on CD. He is currently
Guide to Chocolate was published in 2003 and collaborating on the Actual Lives project,
Up the Devil’s Belly was released in 2005. A third helping to produce performance pieces
novel in the series, Your Mama’s Comfort Food, created by people with disabilities. When not
is slated for release in the summer of 2007. For working, Sam can be found at Black on Black
more information about Rhett, visit her web Rhyme, the Tallahassee Rock Gym, or any
site at place coffee and cigarettes are encouraged.

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Welcome Not just great arts teachers – great teachers!
The Tallahassee Ballet welcomes Five Leon County arts educators have been named the “2007 Campus Teacher of the
Janet Pichard as its new Executive Year” at their respective schools. They are: Kimberly Brock, art teacher at Killearn Lakes
Director. Janet has taught ballet in Elementary School; Jodi Drew, chorus and music teacher at Cobb Middle School;
Tallahassee for 30 years, and has been Patricia Gaskin, art and creative writing teacher at Griffin Middle School; Francine
a marketing/advertising professional Hern, language arts teacher at Fairview Middle School, and Sheri Nilles, art teacher at
for 25 years. SAIL High School.
Quincy Music Theatre welcomes Florida State University Art Education Professor Tom Anderson has been named higher
Kevin Scott Goodson as its new education’s “Art Educator of the Year” by the National Art Education Association. He was
Managing Director. Prior to coming nominated by a former student, and will officially receive the award in March in New
to Quincy, Kevin served as the Interim York City.
Executive Director of Tallahassee
Little Theatre and has worked with
a number of theatres and colleges
throughout his seventeen-year career.

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art
& Science is one of fifteen science
museums in the U.S. that has been
selected for the MetLife Foundation
Partnership for Lifelong Learning
program. The Museum has been
awarded a grant of $75,000 to help
create new exhibitions, implement
science education programs and
provide teacher training.

Attention FSU Arts Lovers
The new parking garage, located
on the corner of Macomb and Call
Streets, is now open. The new garage
is particularly convenient to the Fine
Arts Ticket Office, the School of
Theatre, the Museum of Fine Arts,
the Claude Pepper Museum, and Barbara Balzer (center) at the opening of her show Allegory, Attraction, and Anatomy at Thomas Eads Fine Art, December
the College of Music. Call Street is 8, 2006 with Ruth Pyatok (left) and Deanne Pool (right). Photo by Thomas Eads.

now two-way, and the parking garage
may be accessed from either Macomb Individual Artists Honored
Street or Call Street.
Three Leon County writers have been awarded literature fellowships from the
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Sheila Ortiz-Taylor, David Scott, and Lucinda
International Flair Vickers have each been awarded $5,000 in the highly competitive area of fiction.
Tallahassee Community Chorus
has been invited by Music Celebrations
International to participate in the first
ever Beijing Choral Festival in July
David and Stacie Humphrey, Tom Guilday at the Tallahassee
2007. The Chorus will be traveling to Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve “Champagne on Ice” Gala in
China to perform a major work at the the ballroom at the University Center Club.
world famous Beijing Concert Hall.

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As the winter chill ebbs away, but before the full heat of summer

descends on Florida’s Capital City, take advantage of Tallahassee’s
beautiful springtime and fill your life with the arts.

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Editor, Capital Culture Magazine

March and April mark the beginning of a series of seasonal
and outdoor arts activities. Those of us who live here look
forward to our familiar favorites every year, and anxiously
await the arrival of the innovative and exciting. For our
visitors, of course, it’s all new!

Go to Market
The white canopies will once again line the walkways under the stately oaks of Ponce de
Leon Park, when Tallahassee’s Downtown Marketplace opens for its twelfth season on
March 3rd.
In this relaxing setting, celebrated local musicians perform, authors and poets read
from their latest books, and regional artists show their art and fine crafts. Special events
bring hands-on art activities for children or sneak previews of upcoming cultural events.
(See list of special events on the next page.)
Open every Saturday, March through November, from 8 am until 2 pm, the
Marketplace also features local farmers offering Mother Nature’s best. Homegrown
produce, organic items, fresh bread, and cut flowers abound.
The Downtown Marketplace’s season of 40 Saturdays is a tempting combination of

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the familiar and the fresh. There’s something new every time
you take this stroll through the park. Downtown Marketplace
Spring/Summer 2007 Special Events
More Arts in the Parks 3/24 St. Francis Wildlife’s Baby Shower for Orphaned Animals
Just east of the Downtown Marketplace, in Lewis and Bloxham
St. Francis Wildlife will receive more than 1,500
Parks, is the home of another outdoor art festival, this one orphaned wild birds and animals this spring and
newer, but fast becoming a Tallahassee tradition. On April summer, and wild babies need lots of help.
21st and 22nd, celebrate the beauty of art and springtime at
3/31 Spring Fest, in conjunction with Springtime Tallahassee
LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival. In addition to the regular market, there will be
According to LeMoyne’s Executive Director, Allison McCarthy, an expanded “Avenue of Artists” in Bloxham Park
the Festival isn’t just for art collectors. “Our target market is for across Monroe Street until 4 pm.
art lovers, but also for people who just love to spend a beautiful 4/7 7th Annual Haiku at Hai Noon Poetry Contest
spring day outside as a family, or on a date,” McCarthy says. Celebrate National Poetry Month, and enter to win
“People do buy a lot of art, but there is much more than that. great prizes!
It’s an opportunity to get out and be a part of the Tallahassee 4/21 6th Annual Art Lovers’ Weekend in conjunction with
community.” LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival
The festival is a great chance to meet and talk to the artists. More than 55 artists from here, near and faraway,
In fact, artists who won’t commit to being at the festival in in addition to LeMoyne’s 100 local and national
person aren’t accepted. This spring, the 103 accepted artists are artists.
from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, but also from as far away 5/12 Wild Art in the Park
as Montana, California, and Washington. “This year is a first,” The Marketplace’s 4th annual special wildlife event,
notes McCarthy. “We will feature an international artist – a man featuring wildlife artists, live eagles, owls, turtles,
named Yoram Gal, who is traveling all the way from Israel to elegant snakes, and more.
participate!” 6/16 Flag Day Celebration
Free flags for the first 50 visitors in honor of Flag
The Art and Science of Wine
An even newer spring tradition is the Florida Wine Festival, 7/7 Register to Vote
Pick your party or none at all, but make your voice
which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. This
heard. The Voter Registration Drive kicks off on the
three-day celebration of the art and science of wine benefits 7th but lasts all month long.
the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, and features
8/18 3rd Annual Beach Shirt Market Bongo Contest
entertainment for the whole family.
A farewell to summer and welcome to fall. Wear
For those looking for a sophisticated experience, Friday, your most outlandish beach shirt and win a prize!
April 12th offers an elegant night under the stars. Guests will
stroll through Kleman Plaza, tasting fine wine, enjoying an
assortment of cuisine from our local restaurants, and bidding And that’s not all! Keep an eye out the rest of the season for
popular annual events like the Art at Your Feet sidewalk chalk
on a variety of silent and live auction items. Later on, attendees
art contest, Beads, Bangles, and Baubles jewelry show, The Art of
can dance the night away with a performance by FAB, a Beatles
Glass, Pottery Fest, and Hello to Some Good Buys art sale.
tribute band.
On Saturday, April 14th, join the more than 5,000 expected

“A very clever poet, Wallace Stevens, ended a poem with saying,‘But there is no spring
in Florida.’ He did not know Florida. He came as a stranger, a traveler, to Florida… He
could not differentiate among the shades of green… He did not know when the...
cypress bursts from gray bareness into a dress of soft needles.”
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Also this Spring...
621 Gallery presents Bike Power: The Bicycle as a Cultural Force for Change,
through March 30. Bicycle-related artwork includes photography, sculpture, video,
and mixed media, by artists from Tallahassee and the region, as well as from New
York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, California, and as far as away
as Vancouver, Canada. The exhibit’s juror, Keith Roberson, an Associate Professor of
Digital Arts at Florida State University, participated in and documented the 2005
London World Naked Bike Ride.
“Amsterdam 54” by Troy John McCray

visitors of all ages for a community-wide celebration in the May 20, in addition to the huge mastodon and the permanent
Brogan Museum and on Kleman Plaza. Outside will be food, collection of fascinating Florida memorabilia, visitors to
hands-on activities for children, and live entertainment Tallahassee can learn about a sport with a deep connection to
throughout the day. Inside will be wine and food lectures, plus Florida’s past.
“Winery Stations” offering tastes of fine wines. Saturday’s event The Florida Swing: Golf in the Sunshine State invites the
will kick off with a Celebrity Grape Stomping Competition, featuring professional, the duffer, and the casual observer to explore
last year’s winning team from The Tallahassee Democrat. New the wonderful world of golf. This exhibit traces the history
celebrity teams (including a ferocious group of COCA-Nuts from and development of the game in Florida from its humble
the Council on Culture & Arts) will vie to take the title this year. beginnings in the late 19th century to its phenomenal
popularity today. The exhibit focuses on golf as an element of
2Chez! popular culture, including golf fashion and merchandise. (By
This spring, Chez Pierre is bringing Tallahassee a new twist on the way, the History Shop has many
an old favorite. Replacing the popular Music on the Lawn series items of interest to golf enthusiasts.
will be the Friday Night Music Series, in the brand new outdoor Get your Father’s Day shopping done
bar and grille under the yellow awning, dubbed “2Chez.” early!)
2Chez has expanded seating, a bar, and an outdoor kitchen, Florida Swing isn’t just for looking
plus multimedia enhancements such as a giant projection at, either. Test your own skills on
screen that rolls down in front of the new band shell. The grand an interactive putting green using
opening event for the new space is planned for Sunday, March old hickory clubs and gutta percha
11th, with the music series starting soon after. balls, and swing for the distance in
Besides the concert series, Chez Pierre is planning extensive a specially designed swing-away
music and cultural offerings on their new stage. “We will be driving cage. Video kiosks display
able to offer many more arts and cultural events without fear action-packed graphics of golf’s
of inclement weather,” explains D.L. LaSeur, Chez Pierre’s events favorite stars from the early days of
manager. Ben Hogan to the 21st century’s Tiger
There will be film showings regularly during the week, with Woods. More than 100 rare artifacts
at least one large event every month. Says David Michael on loan from the PGA round out this
Sprowles, co-owner and director of operations for Chez Pierre, exciting exhibit.
“We want our new space to be a neighborhood place where
people drop by and know that there is always something going On the Highway
on.” If you aren’t familiar with the
beautiful and historic paintings of
The Florida Swing the original Florida Highwaymen,
If you think you know all there is to see at the Museum of there will never be a better time than
Florida History, you’re in for a surprise this spring. Through this spring. Florida’s Highwaymen:

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Legendary Landscapes, at the Tallahassee Museum until artists from the Big Bend Area, Creative Tallahassee is great
May 20, is sure to fascinate visitors with bold colors, life-like opportunity to see new artwork from familiar artists and
landscapes, and sheer talent. The exhibit features 33 paintings discover artists new to the community.
never before displayed in this region, from the original nine “I really enjoy this exhibition because local artists often take
Florida Highwaymen. this opportunity to show something different that they have
Legendary Landscapes explores the stories of a group of been working on – a new medium or new style,” notes Leslie
young, untrained African-American landscape painters that Puckett, COCA’s Art in Public Places Director.
emerged from the small Florida town of Fort Pierce in the late Creative Tallahassee opens with a public reception and
1950s and 1960s. The paintings in the exhibition represent awards ceremony on Friday, April 13, and runs through May 22
a fascinating story of a group of artists from the segregated at Tallahassee’s City Hall Art Gallery. Puckett says, “I always find
South who overcame the odds that prevented them from myself inspired by something or someone in this exhibition.”
working with traditional art galleries, and forced them to travel So get out this spring and be inspired!
throughout the state selling their paintings out of the trunks of
their cars. Telling the story of ingenuity and entrepreneurship,
Florida’s Highwaymen exhibit unfolds the secrets of
perseverance in the face of societal limitations.
It’s not just the historic element that will interest visitors,
though. “Part of the appeal of Legendary Landscapes is that it
dramatically captures what Florida once was and how much
it’s changed,” notes Russell Daws, Executive Director of the
Tallahassee Museum. “Part of what we hope people will take
away from this exhibit is an appreciation for the beauty of
Florida’s landscapes, and a desire to preserve them as Florida
continues to grow.”

Out with the Old, In with the New
There’s no season like spring to get the creative juices flowing,
and the School of Theatre at Florida State’s New Horizons:
Original Works Festival may be just the ticket you need to
spark your own creative side.
Opening March 22 and running through April 1st in the
Lab Theatre, New Horizons will debut six original works written
by the Master of Fine Arts Professional Writing students and
directed by the Master of Fine Arts Directing students.
Fred Chappell, head of the MFA Directing Program, is
excited by the chance to share the creative process with the
community. “New Horizons gives students and faculty the
opportunity to explore the development of new plays...,” says
Chappell. “It affords our audiences the chance to share in a very
exciting adventure, watching new plays evolve from inception
to production.”
Over the two-week festival period, three different program
nights will be presented. Each night will feature a short play, a
staged reading, and a talkback session. Visitors can purchase
tickets for any one night, get a package deal to attend all three
programs, or go all out: buy the all-access pass and attend every

Last But Not Least…
Don’t miss the Council on Culture & Arts’ own contribution
to springtime in the Capital City. Creative Tallahassee is one
of the most popular exhibits of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in
Public Places season. Showcasing both novice and professional Nature and the Deers by Sanjit Datta from Creative Tallahassee 2006.

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COCA’s is a free, on-line interactive
community events calendar. Everyone is invited to post their events
(art-related and otherwise) to the calendar for no charge.

Here is a small sampling of the events posted in March
and April 2007...

(Note: All events are subject to change without notice. Check www.MoreThanYouThought.
com, or contact the individual organizations listed for updated information.)

Start with My Emperor’s New Clothes from FAMU’s Essential Ready for a daring evening of entertainment? Try The FULL Monty
Theatre from March 28 through April 1. Highly entertaining, this at Tallahassee Little Theatre, April 12 to 5 and 19 to 22. Six good
new version of the classic story is a colorful treat for audiences of buddies have a plan to get their lives back, and it requires them to
all ages. Written by Larry Shue, this adaptation captures lessons in triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothing! This ten-time
honesty, pretentiousness, and misplaced values. Call 561-2425 for Tony Award nominee is musical comedy at its most heartwarming.
tickets. Call 224-8474 or visit

If song and dance are your love, don’t miss the musical theatre If The Full Monty is a little too risqué for your little ones, consider The
classic, A Chorus Line, from TheatreTCC, at Turner Auditorium Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe presented
March 29 through 31, and April 5 through 7. That’s right – there’s by Young Actors Theatre, March 2 through 11. When Lucy steps
no need to travel all the way to Broadway to see a revival of this into the wardrobe, she crosses a forgotten portal into the magical
brilliant combination of dance, song, and drama that follows the world of Narnia, where dwarves, fauns and talking animals dwell,
stories of theatre gypsies hoping for their big break. Call the Fine and where the White Witch has cast an icy spell. Call 386-6602.
Arts Ticket Office at 644-6500.

Can a big girl with big dreams – and even bigger hair! – change the world . . . and still have time to win the
boy she loves? From classic to new, the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center’s Broadway Series
presents a national tour of Hairspray (the 2003 Tony Award-Winner for Best Musical), April 9 through 11. Tickets
are on sale the Civic Center Box Office (850-222-0400 or 800-322-3602), Sam Goody in Tallahassee Mall, and at

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Theatre (cont.) Dance
Another great family choice is Wind in the Willows at Quincy Music For dance fans, FSU’s Department of Dance has events in
Theatre, April 13 to 15 and 20 to 22. The unforgettable characters both March and April. On March 23 and 24, catch the MFA Dance
from Kenneth Grahame’s beloved classic novel spring to life in this Concert. April 12 through 14 don’t miss the annual Evening of
sparkling Broadway musical adaptation. Call 875-9444 or visit www. Dance, featuring Paul Taylor’s Esplanade as well as works by faculty and guest artists. Both events will be held at the newly-renovated
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall. Call the
Fine Arts Ticket Office at 644-6500.
On March 11 in Opperman Music Hall, the Artist Series of
Tallahassee will present the internationally famous Borodin String
Quartet which celebrates its 60th Anniversary this season, making
it the world’s longest-lived string quartet. Tickets are available at
Beethoven & Company, MusicMasters, or by calling 224-9934.

Not to be outdone by the adults, the Tallahassee Symphony
Youth Orchestras will present seasonal concerts on March 4 and
April 29, featuring the young musicians of five orchestras and four
chamber groups. Families and children are encouraged to attend.
Call 224-9232 for further information.

The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra will be busy this
spring. On March 17 at Ruby Diamond, the Symphony presents
Barber, Beethoven and Brahms. The concert will feature nationally
renowned soprano Carla Connors. On April 28, TSO presents
Orchestral Brilliance, with special guest artist Jennifer Koh on violin.
Call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 644-6500.

If you’ve never been to the opera, consider Florida State Opera’s
production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (March 29 through April 1 at
Ruby Diamond Auditorium), based on the story of Don Juan. Non-
Italian-speakers can rest easy: Florida State Opera’s productions
feature easy-to-read English “supertitles.” Call the Fine Arts Ticket
Office at 644-6500.

Also this Spring...
As the semester draws to a close, the FSU Museum of Fine Arts offers its most

ambitious student exhibition of the season, showing the thesis work of MFA

candidates and the final projects of BFA spring graduates. The exhibition runs from

April 6-27, with a free public reception on Friday, April 6, from 7-9 pm.

Fall 2006 Graduate Artist Greg Kallide

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How can I get an artist to donate work for
my charity auction fundraiser?
A Really Good Cause

Dear Good Cause,
The first thing to realize is that artists are constantly asked to donate work to charity. Many of them
do so, but few can accommodate the multiple requests they receive from worthy causes.
A better tactic is to purchase a piece of art and donate it yourself. Keep in mind that the artist can only deduct the cost of the materials
he or she uses – canvas and paint – but you can write off the full value of your purchase. That’s a win-win situation: you get the full charitable
deduction, while at the same time supporting both your favorite cause and a local artist.
If you do decide to seek donations directly from artists, there are a couple of ways to increase your likelihood of success. First, approach
artists whose work you have already purchased. An artist, just like any other business owner, is much more likely to help out a customer
than a stranger. Leslie Puckett, COCA’s Arts in Public Places Director, advises thinking about what you can give the artist in return for the
donation. “Offer to split the selling price with the artist,” suggests Puckett. “Or if it is a ticketed event with refreshments or dinner, offer the
artist a free ticket or two.”
You should certainly list the artist’s contact information in the event program, on your web site, and in other publicity materials. But,
warns Puckett, “Exposure alone isn’t enough to compensate the artist. Artists whose work is frequently sold at auctions below retail price
can find their work becoming de-valued, which actually makes it harder for them to earn a living.”
Another strategy to make donating more appealing is to allow the artist to set a minimum bid for his or her work.“Sometimes an event
may not have the right crowd for a particular piece,” says Puckett. “It can create ill will if a thousand dollar painting ends up sold for fifty dol-
lars for lack of a competitive bidding audience.”
Last, make an effort to find an artist who already supports your cause. Your time and money are precious, and you want to contribute
to groups you know and ideas you believe in. It isn’t surprising that artists feel similarly.

Good luck with your event!

The COCA-Nuts

Do you have a question about any aspect of the visual, performing, literary, media, or other arts? Ask the COCA-Nuts! If we don’t have the answer, we’ll find an expert who does.
Send questions to: Council on Culture & Arts, 2222 Old St. Augustine Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Or e-mail to:

Meet a COCA-Nut
Leslie Puckett, Arts in Public Places Director
In addition to curating, designing, and installing all exhibitions at COCA’s galleries, Leslie acts as a liaison
between COCA and individual artists and visual arts organizations. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in
Art Education/Studio Art from Florida State University. Until mid-2002 she was the Director of the 621
Art Gallery; prior to that, she was the Director of Education and Volunteer Coordinator at LeMoyne Art
Foundation. A practicing artist and calligrapher, Leslie has exhibited in various invitational and juried
exhibits in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Canada, New York, Atlanta, Albany, Thomasville, and St. Simons, GA.

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by Rhett DeVane

People who have mid-life crises have been room, I felt at home. The over-thirty-and-forty-year-old
women ruled the majority, and the instructor was a lively
known to buy flashy red convertibles, change voluptuous young woman who could move each body part
independently of the others.
lifestyles, and visit New Age health spas intent Never have I laughed so hard at myself, or enjoyed
on purifying the soul and bank account. Not working out so much. By the time the hour and a half session
ended, I had mastered hip lifts, hip drops, and performed a
me; I took up belly dancing. reasonable imitation of the instructor’s impressive shoulder
shimmy. I shook my body so furiously, endorphins coursed
Inspired by a feature article in the Tallahassee Democrat, through my veins and I had to ice my rear for an hour when I
I donned a pair of worn knit pants and a faded FSU T-shirt, returned home. Never in my life had I felt so content to have
and showed up at the local YMCA for my first Middle Eastern an ample rear. Those slender girls had more trouble getting
Dance class. How could I know it would turn into a healthy, it all going. With the weighty power of inertia literally behind
alternative exercise obsession? me, spatial boundaries ceased to exist.
“It’ll probably be a bunch of size zero, twenty-something’s “You’re doing what?” an old college friend wheezed after I
in tights,”one friend cautioned.“I can’t imagine it. You certainly told him of my newest endeavor.
won’t catch me wiggling my wide load there.” Patiently, I waited for him to stop laughing.
I’ll try anything once. Twice, if I live through it and like it. “I’m going to hang up now. You can call me back when
The first time I stepped into the spacious YMCA aerobics you get yourself under control, okay?”

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“You’re doing what?” an old college friend wheezed after I told him
of my newest endeavor.

“I’m sorry. I just got this visual of dance party. Artists from across the ages milled around the hallways in
you swinging around in an I-Dream- Florida panhandle amassed for a day brilliantly-hued costumes. Some
of-Jeannie outfit. You have to send of dancing, eating, and socializing, wore the traditional harem pants and
me a video of you doing this!” and shopping. bejeweled tops. Others swept by in
“Not until I’m better. And, I won’t The Hafla took place in the intimate flowing tribal gauzy shirts and multi-
be wearing that particular outfit. I auditorium of the Fort Braden tiered skirts topped with layers of hip
favor the tribal wear. Thank you.” Community Center eleven miles west
Each class not only brought new, of Tallahassee. Dancers of various continued on page 21
more intricate moves, but provided
insight into the culture of the areas
from which each style originated.
I learned to zahgreet – a high-
pitched keening used to praise and
encourage the performers – and Interested?
to recognize the subtle differences Check out one of these
between Egyptian and Turkish forms
of music and dance. programs in the Tallahassee area. At $8
By the end of the first month, a few a class or less, it’s definitely worth a try!
essential accessories accompanied
me to class in a bright red mini-duffle;
a mint green hip scarf with three rows FSU Center for Participant Education Women’s Belly Dance Center in
of dangling silver coins, a diaphanous FSU Campus, Shores Building, Room 2 Railroad Square
chiffon veil, and, best of all, a pair of 878-1651, 629-H Industrial Drive in Railroad Square Art Park
• Belly Dancing 264-6986
brass zills.
• Hawaiian/Hula/Latin Dancing • Intro to Belly Dancing
Zills, the little “finger cymbals” • Beginning Belly Dancing
Middle Eastern dancers play, nearly In Step Studio • Intermediate Belly Dancing
sent my two felines into therapy the 2609 Glover Road
first time I practiced at home. With 421-5151, YMCA Apalachee Parkway
• Middle Eastern Dance: Beyond Basic 2001 Apalachee Parkway
the volume of a dance CD turned up, • Intermediate/Advanced Middle Eastern Dance
I clanged out an unpolished version • Intermediate/Advanced Polynesian Dance • Belly Dance
of beladi, a distinctive dance rhythm.
The cats screamed down the hall, Killearn Performing Arts YMCA North
dove beneath the bed, and didn’t 4500 W. Shannon Lakes, #20, 284-2094, 3215 N Monroe Street or
emerge until several hours later. Either • Hula/Tahitian Dance Class • Tahitian Aerobics
I have improved, or they have grown • Beginning Middle Eastern Belly Dance
accustomed to this new form of We Moon Spirit • Beginning Polynesian Dance
human lunacy. Now, both sit nearby, 1816 Mahan Drive
ears flattened and eyes narrowed, as I YMCA Southwood
• Let’s Belly Dance (Introduction) 4021 Four Oaks Blvd.
do my best to keep up with the pace • Basic Tribal Fusion
of the music, swivel, swing my arms, • American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance • Beginning Hawaiian Hula
move my legs, and try not to fall flat Fundamentals - Level 1 & 2 • Beginning Middle Eastern Dance
on my face.
A couple of months into the (Note: this may not be a complete listing of all belly dance classes, and COCA does not endorse any particular class or
course, I had the opportunity to school. For listings of many other types of local dance classes, visit
attend a hafla; a Middle Eastern

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Cultural Grant Programs
You may have heard that the Council on Culture & Arts “gives
grants.” But what does that mean, exactly?

Well, first of all, COCA doesn’t really “give” the grants. The City and
County designate money to support non-profit cultural programs that
benefit local citizens, and COCA – the local arts agency – manages the
Our forward-thinking Commissioners created the local system as a
fair way to separate funding from politics long before the national trend.
In January, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York City
would be shifting from a lobbying-based system to a peer-reviewed
grant system. Tallahassee can take pride in being about a decade ahead
of the Big Apple!
Speaking of peer-review, that’s exactly how COCA’s system works.
The grant guidelines were developed by an open task force that
includes a broad spectrum of people from the community. Twice a year,
panels of expert community volunteers review applications and make
funding recommendations. These recommendations are sent to COCA’s
board and then forwarded to the City and County for their budget process.
(Interested in being a grant reviewer? Contact Holly Thompson at 224-2500
For 2006-07, COCA’s process recommended 43 grants, ranging from $998.00 to
$172,880.00, for a total of more than $1 million in funding. When you think of arts grants,
the first thing that probably comes to mind is money to present cultural events. But you
might be surprised to know the wide variety of projects that impact the community
thanks to this grant funding. For instance:

• Runaway with Words’ poetry workshops for at-risk teens;
• Florida State Opera’s program that brings one-act operas into Leon County elementary
and middle schools;
• Mickee Faust Club’s Actual Lives program, which helps people with disabilities create
theatrical presentations from their life stories;
• Rossier Productions’“Operation Filmmaker,” which gives young people a hands-on
experience of creating a documentary from concept to completion;
• Tallahassee Ballet’s DanceChance program, which offers tuition-free ballet lessons and
dancewear to underserved children;
• Voces Angelorum’s collaboration with the Tallahassee Girls Choir of CHOICE;
• and many others.

A complete list of 2006-2007 (and past) cultural grants can be seen at COCA’s web site.

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COCA Notes
Space to Create All A-Board
In November, COCA hosted a COCA is pleased to welcome five new board members for FY07:
representative from Artspace, Inc. (www. • Lydia McKinley-Floyd is the Dean of Florida A&M University’s College of Business, a national non-profit and Industry.
arts developer based in Minneapolis. • Kay Stephenson is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Datamaxx Group, Inc. (www.
Artspace creates, fosters and preserves, a leading technology company focused on the law enforcement, criminal
affordable space for artists and arts justice, public safety, and homeland security marketplace.
organizations in all disciplines, cultures, • Mike Vasilinda is the founder and head of Mike Vasilinda Productions (, a
and economic circumstances. This full-service media production company.
visit was a first step in establishing a • Johanna Williams is a property manager of Marpan Management, Inc. and is the
potential partnership between Artspace President-Elect of the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals (
and Tallahassee to create the Cultural • Stacey Webb is the Assistant Chancellor of Community College and Workforce Education
Support Space envisioned in the Cultural for the Florida Department of Education.
Plan. Artspace will be returning in March
for the next steps.
Out & About
COCA’s staff has been busy serving on a variety of panels and workshops at the local
Exhibit Director Exhibits and state level.
COCA’s Art in Public Places Director, Leslie • Amanda Thompson, Education Coordinator, served as judge for Canopy Oaks Elementary
Puckett, was one of eight Tallahassee School’s Art Contest, Raa Middle School’s Science Fair, and Raa’s Speech Contest.
artists whose work was shown in • Peggy Brady, Executive Director, served on the state-wide panel to select Theatre
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, an exhibit at Fellowships in Playwriting; Randi Goldstein, Associate Director, served on the state-wide
the Chipola Community College Art Challenge Grant Panel.
Gallery in Marianna. Leslie’s artwork • Peggy Brady and Tony Archer, Marketing Director, participated in the Network of Young
incorporates poetry with mixed media Professional’s Annual Forum at the Mary Brogan Museum. They led break-out sessions on
materials. local arts issues, focusing on the Performing Arts Center and the Cultural Support Space.
• Randi Goldstein co-led a workshop on “Grants for Writers” at the Other Words Conference,
sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.
Passing the Torch
COCA recently assisted in the distribution
of a large amount of art supplies and
books from the estate of Marcus Sigo,
a local artist. Supplies were donated to
Summer Fling
local arts teachers and non-profit arts
Are you ready for summer? Well, how about Summer 2008? COCA
education programs.
is deep in preparations for a series of community-wide arts events
Special Thanks
based around an exhibition of quilts from the renowned Quilters of
COCA would like to thank Metro Deli
( for their in-kind Gee’s Bend. The summer will include several art exhibits, as well as
support. Metro Deli donated box lunches
for the most recent COCA Board meeting.
companion events that include music, theatre, history, and more, all
Stop by Metro Deli at 1887 Capital Circle
NE or 104 1/2 South Monroe Street,
and have a lunch with them as a way of
centering on quilts. Stay tuned for more information!
saying thanks for their community spirit.

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Mickee Faust is the evil cigar-chomping rat-twin separated at

birth from that mouse in Orlando. Mickee Faust creator Terry

Galloway is a passionate, pipe-smoking aggressively affectionate

artist with a unique voice eloquent in many tongues.

Mickee Faust

Interview by Sam Atwood

Mickee Faust’s stated goal is “world media domination.” Terry SA: You founded the Mickee Faust Club nearly 20 years ago, but
Galloway has dominated in the artistic world in a variety of how did you get turned on to theatre in the first place?
media for more than four decades. She has won top honors TG: When I was 5, I got cast as “Sparky the Little Elf” in a school show. (I
from Public Radio International for her radio commentary, and thought of that name all by myself.) I got to make up my own lines. I
has helped create award-winning short films. In 2005, her essay, wrote myself a huge part, and I loved it.
“The Performance of Drowning,” was published in the anthology SA: Was this before or after your hearing loss was diagnosed?
Sleepaway, alongside pieces by Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris,
and Ursula LeGuin. TG: Before. It wasn’t diagnosed until I moved to Texas at around age
ten, but I was already having problems hearing and experiencing
Mickee Faust rules the sewers of Faustlandia with an iron paw, hallucinations.
and lusting for greater power still, ran for Governor of Florida in
SA: How did being deaf make it difficult to participate in theatre
2000. Terry Galloway has directed performances at the Kennedy
in middle and high school?
Center, and written award-winning television programs.
TG: I had to learn to enunciate, and I worked hard at it. I had a great
Mickee/Terry sat down with Sam Atwood, who in Faustlandia is speech teacher who worked with me very physically, to teach me to
known as the “Blind Rat with the Machete,” a slave minion forced feel what my body had to do to make certain sounds.
to carry heavy objects, wear silly costumes, and generally make
SA: Did you go to college to study theatre?
a fool of himself on- and off-stage. They can currently both be
found in Railroad Square, working with veteran and first time TG: Yes and no. It wasn’t a given that I would attend college. Even
writers and performers to create An Inconvenient Faust, an all-new after I won a full-scholarship to the University of Texas for my poetry,
original cabaret opening April 13th. my guidance counselor offered me a brochure entitled “Factory Work

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Makes Great Jobs for the Deaf.” In 1991, I won an NEA Fellowship in for Tallahassee?
When I got to UT, I initially went to the Theatre. Not long after that, three TG: Oh God, yes! You know the Knight
Theatre Department, but they said the friends of mine, Holly Hughes, Tim Foundation initiative? The one premised
only thing I could do was costuming. I Miller, and Karen Finley, were denied on the whole creative class as the engine
spent most of my time in college with their fellowships because their work that drives local economies? If we want
more open-minded people I found in the dealt with controversial issues – sex and to jack up the economy of the city, we
English and TV/Film Departments. homosexuality, of course. They were three need a new performing space. We’ll be
of the “NEA Four” who sued Congress and able to host hundreds of different kinds of
SA: Did you stay in Austin after won their funding. Then Congress got
college? events that we can’t have now because
the last word by cutting NEA funding to we don’t have the appropriate space for
TG: Yes, I had a series of short-lived jobs. I individual artists completely. them. As for those guys who sneer about
worked as an illustrator, and an historical SA: You’ve worked in so many different the cost…arts and entertainment bring
archeologist. I had an exhibit of my media. Tell me about some of the in more revenue to the state of Florida
paintings and drawings at a gallery in people who inspire you. than anything but tourism. So arts and
Austin and made enough money to entertainment are the big guns. They can
live for a year. I worked as an artist in TG: I am always inspired by the people I
work with, so you could put every single literally make our little city richer.
the schools, and as a Santa Claus for an
alternative mall. person in Faust on that list. And all the folks SA: What else needs to happen to
I worked with in Austin and in New York. I make Tallahassee an even better place
In 1976 I helped found Esther’s Follies. We take my inspiration from Abraham Lincoln for the arts?
wrote, acted, directed, and produced a and Malcolm X. And I love Socrates and
new show every weekend for three years. TG: We need to define Tallahassee, and
Euripides. I love Shakespeare and Edmond make choices to support that definition.
I was also one of the founders of a little Rostand. Lucille Ball and Daffy Duck. The
theatre called TransAct that went belly People in Tallahassee need to believe that
Simpsons and South Park. Sara Silverman something extraordinary can come from a
up after the first year. But it gave birth and Eddy Izzard. I love Helen Keller and
posthumously to a play called Greater little place like this.
Annie Sullivan. I love Federico Fellini,
Tuna. and the Farley Brothers. Victor Hugo and
I got a fellowship to study theatre at Virginia Woolf. I love Elizabeth Bishop As well as producing the Mickee Faust Club’s
Columbia University, and moved to New and Elizabeth Allende, Louis L’Amour and spring cabaret, Terry is currently working
York, where I got some great reviews for Cormac McCarthy, Sylvia Plath and Ted on her memoir, Mean Little deaf Queer,
my performance work at P.S. 122 and Hughes.
and directing local people with disabilities
American Place Theatre. In 1983, I had a I also find a lot of inspiration in my family
nervous breakdown (it was hard being in a video and performance project about
– not just my mother who is so funny
deaf in New York). I fled back to Austin to and charismatic, or my sisters who are the emergency evacuation procedures. For more
recover. most shocking and compelling storytellers information, visit or
SA: So how did you get from Austin to you will ever meet. But also from James e-mail
Tallahassee? Wilson, my great-grandfather eight
times back who signed the Declaration
TG: In Austin, I met Donna Marie Nudd. of Independence, and another ancestor
We’ve been together since the day we of mine, Alan de Galway, a constable of
met. When Donna accepted a teaching Scotland who signed the Magna Carta.
job at FSU in 1986, I followed her here. Their names on those articles of belief
Donna and I co-founded the Mickee Faust argued for decency, respect, and freedom.
Club in 1987.
SA: What do you like about working
SA: What else were you doing at the here in Tallahassee?
TG: I like the coziness. I like the access to
TG: Well, I played a lot of soccer. In 1988, really smart people. I like being able to go
the head of P.S. 122 invited me to do my to an artist’s opening and actually getting
one-woman show, Out All Night and Lost to talk to the artist. I like the canopy roads
My Shoes, at the first N.Y. International and the barbecue.
Festival for the Arts. Donna directed that
production, and she and I toured all over SA: Do you think the Performing
the country and to many different parts of Arts Center and Gaines Street Terry Galloway in her one-woman show,
the world. Development projects are good things Out All Night and Lost My Shoes.

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Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL)

Arts & Cultural Organizations 850-984-5297,
John G. Riley Center/Museum of African
American History and Culture

and Businesses 681-7881,
Kirk Collection
See for expanded listings
Highlighted are COCA members | Denotes a First Friday participant Knott House Museum
Lichgate on High Road
Mission San Luis
Dance Sharon Davis Schools of Dance
African Caribbean Dance Theatre
Southern Academy of Ballet Arts Museum of Florida History
222-0174 245-6400,
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee
The Tallahassee Ballet The Old Capitol
224-6917, 487-1902,
Community School of the Performing Arts and
TallahasseeCommunityFriendsofOldTimeDance Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville, GA)
Culture, 574-2237
421-1587 or 421-1838, 229-226-2344,
Corazon Dancers
Tallahassee Swing Band Dances San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park (St.
212-1714 ,
894-3789, Marks, FL), 922-6007
Essence Dance Theatre
Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) Tallahassee Automobile Museum
212-0431, 942-0137,
FSU Ballroom Dance Club
USA Dance Tallahassee Museum
562-1224, 575-8684,
FSU Department of Dance tallusabda Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
Halimeda’s Oasis
Film & Video
Head Over Heels Dancewear
Diane Wilkins Productions
224-5140, Anhinga Press
In Step Studio 442-1408,
FSU Film School
421-5151, Apalachee Press
Killearn Performing Arts 942-5041,
FSU Student Life Cinema
443-7512 or 894-9364, Back Talk Poetry Troupe
Kollage Dance Troupe 459-7399,
IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center
645-1385, Book Den
Maggie Allesee National Center For 980-2989,
Mike Vasilinda Productions
Choreography (MANCC) Digital Pulp
645-2449, 297-1373,
Rossier Productions, Inc.
Mahogany Dance Theatre Fiction Collective Two (FC2)
561-2318, 644-2260,
Tallahassee Film Society
Montgomery Schools of Dance Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Video 21, 878-3921
Mountain Dew Cloggers LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library
386-1263, 606-2665,
Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre
History/Heritage Paperback Rack
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators
562-1430, 656-3410,
The Black Archives
Prophecy School of the Arts Tallahassee Contemporary Poets Society
222-8085, 1-888-248-3495,
Claude Pepper Museum
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group Tallahassee Writers’ Association
412-7087, 671-3731,

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Multi-disciplinary Floyd’s Music Store Tocamos
222-3506, 212-0325,
Caribbean Carnival International
878-5148, FSU College of Music Vinyl Fever
644-4774, 580-2480,
Downtown Marketplace
224-3252, Gordon’s String Music Voces Angelorum
386-7784 942-6075,
Florida Center for Performing Arts and
Education, 893-2497, Home Music Educators 656-7613,
Jim’s Pianos
Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.)
205-5467, Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA)
Pyramid Studios Mason’s School of Music
412-0102, The Brink
Seven Days of Opening Nights The Moon
878-6900, Capital City Shakespeare in the Park
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Music Center
942-0626 Curious Echo Radio Theater
Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA) MusicMasters
224-6158, Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Music Xchange
681-7443, FAMU Essential Theatre
(Thomasville, GA)
229-226-7404, Musikgarten
668-2119, In the Moment Players
Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts
musikgartensignup.html 383-1718,
422-7795, Southern Blend Magic and Fun Costume Shop
907-2034 or 385-7219, 224-6244
The Warehouse, 222-6188
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL) Mickee Faust Club
904-364-1683, 224-3089,
Music Stringfest Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL)
Apalachee Blues Society 668-6896, 997-4242,
668-5863, Stubbs Music Center Off Street Players
The Artist Series 893-8754, 907-5743,
224-9934, Tallahassee Bach Parley Oncoming Traffic
Bannerman’s 942-6075, 445-8076,
668-8800 Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL)
Barbershop Harmony Society Association 875-9444,
562-3876, 509-2695, The School of Theatre at Florida State
Beethoven and Company Tallahassee Civic Chorale 644-6500,
894-8700, 878-2711, Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA)
The Beta Bar Tallahassee Community Chorus 229-758-5450,
425-2697, 668-5394, Tallahassee Little Theatre
Big Bend Community Orchestra Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band 224-4597,
893-4567, 567-6336 or 201-8360 Theatre A La Carte
Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE 385-6700,
528-2403, 576-7501 Theatre TCC!
Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee Music Guild 201-8608,
906-0766, 893-9346 Wind & Grace
Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy Tallahassee Pipe Band 894-2888,
893-0893, 576-0708, Young Actors Theatre
Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra 386-6602,
521-0700 or 668-1643, 224-0461,
Club Downunder Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
644-6673, 224-9232,
FAMU Music Department Tallahassee Winds
599-3334 668-7109,
Florida State Opera Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios
644-5248, 386-2425,

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Visual Arts Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Talleon Independent Artists
599-3161 386-7176,
562, 8696 Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL) Ten Thousand Villages
875-4866, 906-9010,
621 Gallery
224-6163, Glasshopper, 668-5007 Thomas Eads Fine Art 224-1435,
Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
(Valdosta, GA), 229-247-2787, Glassworks by Susan Turtle Island Trading Post
222-5095 425-2490,
395-7671, Historically Florida: Florida’s History Shops Uniquely Yours
245-6396, 878-7111
893-2937, Images of Tallahassee Utrecht Art Supplies
894-5596, 877-0321,
Ars Magna @ The NHMFL
644-8053 It’s A Jem Fine Art (Havana, FL) Visitors Center Gift Shop & Gallery
539-0335, 413-9200,
Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College
201-8713, James Glaser Studios White Cottage
artgallery.htm 218-368-5924 222-3499,
Artport Gallery Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center Wild Women Art Gallery
224-2500, 891-3945, 224-1308,
Arts Learning Gallery
245-6480, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
programs/learninggallery.htm 222-8800,
Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL)
Artsy Phartsy Chics
422-3946 539-0006 Belly Dancing (cont.)
ASH Gallery M Gallery
scarves. In one corner, a henna artist
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science
offered body art. Nearby, a massage
Barbara Psimas Studios
513-0700, therapist worked on dancers on a
Muse · 3, 222-6873 portable massage chair. Along the
Big Bend Contemporary Gallery Picture Frames Unlimited back wall, the owners of In Step
Blue Abaco Trading Company 422-0088 Studio worked multiple tables of hip
325-2323, Oglesby Union Art Center scarves, drums, zills, jewelry, and CD’s,
Bonifay Guild For The Arts (Bonifay, FL) 644-4737, and hanging racks of harem pants,
850-547-3530, Quilters Unlimited skirts, and veils. One table held silent
Brush and Palette Studio auction items with proceeds to be
893-1960, Quincie’s Art Jewelry donated to the community center.
Capital City Carvers 222-8411,
As I watched the routines – some
562-8460, Railroad Square Art Park
dizzily fast, others sinuous and
Capitol Complex Galleries 224-1308,
slow – I gained a new respect for
245-6480, Reaver Enterprises Fine Art Supplies
561-6285, the centuries-old dance. The music
City Hall Art Gallery
224-2500, Ribits Enchanted Cottage filtered throughout the small hall as
Et Ceterocks Gallery 671-5859, the beat of the dumbec accompanied Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery the dancers’ practiced movements.
First Street Gallery (Havana, FL) 222-4020, Sharing time with the Middle Eastern
539-5220, Signature Art Gallery performers were several Polynesian
Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter 297-2422, and Spanish Flamenco dancers. South of Soho Co-op Gallery After months into the course, I
FSU International Center Art Gallery could actually complete one of In Step
645-4793, Swamp Buddha Sumi-e Studio’s owner, Nancy Redig’s, (known
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League 386-5041,
in dancing circles as Halimeda)
644-1299, Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild
artistsleaguehome.html 656-2887, choreographed dance numbers.
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
As long as a more-knowledgeable
644-1254, 891-4000, dancer is in front of me, Wiggle Your
FSU Oglesby Gallery Tallahassee Watercolor Society Hips is a breeze. Mimicry is a form of
644-3898, 385-9517, flattery, after all.

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Photo of John Lytle Wilson in front of one of his new robot paintings. Taken at his studio February 2007 by Tony Archer.

Once you’ve seen a painting by John Lytle Wilson, you’ll
recognize his artwork every time. Often using huge
canvases – sometimes eight feet tall – Wilson paints striking
cartoon animals: giant fierce bunny rabbits, brightly
colored kitties with sharp, pointy teeth, and monkeys and
pigs with flames shooting out the eyes. His high-energy,
bold creations seem in sharp contrast to his soft-spoken,
laid back personal style.
Wilson, 30, teaches at FSU and Valdosta State University,
and is currently the Artist in Residence at 621 Gallery in
Railroad Square Art Park. His work has become increasingly
popular, and is permeating the local art scene. At the same
time, his paintings are starting to be shown nationally, and
two of his new robot paintings were recently featured in
the science fiction issue of Idea Fixa, a Brazilian magazine.
For April’s First Friday, Wilson will be showing at Pyramid
Studios or you can see his work any time at Thomas
Eads Fine Art. For more information, visit his web site at

John Lytle Wilson
Capital Culture’s profiled artists are selected from the many visual, performing, literary, and media artists featured on COCA’s online Artist Directory.
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