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May/June 2007


Art is Everywhere
Are You Missing Out?

Mark Mustian
Reveals His Creative Side

Valerie Goodwin
Architecture Meets
Quilting at FAMU
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The Reviews Are In! rn s

Two Tallahassee Albums &J
You Can’t Afford to Miss! e Ma
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As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
the Council on Culture & Arts works on behalf of the
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Reveals His Creative Side
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Two Tallahassee Albums &J
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the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

Mohamed Diaby performs at the 9th Annual
Florida African Dance Festival. See page 9
for details on the 10th Annual Festival.

Photo by Austin Roberts

5 Conversations With...Mark Mustian
Attorney, City Commissioner, Author – Mark Mustian Shows His Artistic Side
Interview by Elise Judelle

Adventures in the Arts:
Finding Art in the Everyday
Melissa Scholes Young Explores the Nature of Art
and the Art of Nature

Music Reviews
Two Very Different Tastes of Tallahassee
• Tallahassee Selects by Kerry Dexter
• The Fertile Compilation by Matt Amuso

Profiles in the Arts
Valerie S. Goodwin: Fiber Artist, Architect, Professor
Regular Features
2 From the Publisher
2 Contributors
3 News of Note
Keep up with arts & culture!
8 More Than You Thought
The Florida African Dance Festival turns 10, plus theatre, music, dance, art exhibits, and MORE!
14 COCA Connection
Art abounds at City Hall & the Airport, plus all that’s new with COCA.
18 Directory of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Businesses

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Tell Us What You Think!
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Illustration by Nathan Archer
COCA is constantly on the lookout for new ideas to help us continue to make this magazine
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Matthew Amuso Kerry Dexter
Matthew Amuso was born in Washington, Kerry Dexter is a Tallahassee-based
Pennsylvania, and came of age in Sarasota, independent writer, photographer, and
Florida. He briefly attended Florida State producer who specializes in folk and
University before dropping out to work full heritage music. Among her credits are
time, and eventually traveled cross-country VH1, CMT, the folk music magazine Dirty
to Portland, Oregon. There, he survived on Linen, CBC, Barnes & Noble Online, the
generosity and ingenuity for two months, MusicHound guides, and the Encyclopedia of
before a brief stay back in Pennsylvania. Ireland and the Americas. You can read more
Since then he has returned to Tallahassee to of her writing on her blog, Music Road, at
work, write, and attend community college,
all while plotting to start an independent
publishing company.

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3,000 Degrees of Art
On Friday, March 23, 2007, a new
era began for FSU’s seven-year-old
Master Craftsman Program, when
it held an inaugural “iron pour”
at its new studio in a renovated
warehouse on Gaines Street. Visual
fireworks at the outdoor metal
casting facility and glass furnace will
now be a regular occurrence.

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and James L
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FSU President
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and friends at ll (second from
the reception. left)


Elise Judelle Melissa Scholes Young
Elise Judelle is an attorney in the Tallahassee Melissa Scholes Young grew up in Hannibal,
office of Bryant, Miller, Olive, P.A. She loves her Missouri, which she loyally claims as her
job because nobody knows what a public hometown. When not raising butterflies with
finance lawyer does, and she never has to her four-year-old daughter, Melissa teaches
talk about work at cocktail parties. Elise has English and Creative Writing at Lincoln High
written one thing or another all her life, most School. She taught for the past eight years at
recently The Laughing Stock, with Peggy Brady, all levels from middle school to college. Her
with whom she has also co-written several articles have been published in Tallahassee’s
plays and an animated screenplay starring Family Forum Magazine, A Cup of Comfort
a cockroach. Elise is a past president and for Teachers, and the nationally syndicated
frequent misbehaver at the Capital Tiger Bay Front Porch. Melissa moved to Tallahassee a
Club. She is married to her favorite audience, few years ago after being persuaded by her
local physician Jesse Judelle. Floridian husband that winter is optional.

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Well Done!
Five Tallahassee writers were recently Art & History in Bronze
named winners of 2006 Florida Book American Royalty, the third
Awards: sculptural group in the Indian
• Julianna Baggott, writing under Heritage Tableau at the corner
her alternate name of N.E. Bode, of the R.A. Gray Building, was
won the gold medal in “Children’s dedicated on March 15, 2007.
Literature” for The Somebodies Movin’ On, the first group, was
• Adrian Fogelin was awarded the gold dedicated March 2005, and
medal in the“Young Adult Literature” Seminole Family, the second
category for TheRealQuestion group, was dedicated March
• James Kimbrell was honored with 2006. A final group, depicting
the gold medal in Poetry for My Psychic native peoples of the pre-
• Elizabeth Dewberry won the Columbian era, will be installed
bronze medal in the “General in March 2008. The Indian
Fiction” category for her novel, His Heritage Tableau was created by
Lovely Wife local sculptors Bradley Cooley
• J. Stanley Marshall, former President and Bradley Cooley, Jr.
of Florida State University, was
awarded a bronze medal in the
category of“Florida Non-Fiction”for
The Tumultuous Sixties: Campus Unrest
and Student Life at a Southern University

They’re All Winners
Good luck to the nominees for the
Tallahassee Democrat’s “Volunteer
of the Year” in the arts category:
• John Cross, nominated by Young
Actors Theatre
• Chris Dudley, nominated by the Mary
Brogan Museum of Art & Sciences
• Martha Olive-Hall, nominated by
the Tallahassee Ballet
• Charles Hazelip, nominated by
Tallahassee Senior Services

Jennifer Calienes, Director of the
Maggie Allesee National Center for
Choreography (MANCC), has been
named as one of Tallahassee’s “2007
Top Women in Business.” Calienes is
one of 26 women featured by the
Tallahassee Democrat during March,
which was also Women’s History
Month. The women were selected
from nominations by readers, and ent of
opening ev
F lo rida at the
the final list was created by a jury of inole Tri be of
of the Sem
women business leaders. C hr is t an d members F lo ri da History.
Governor C
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e Demont
Photo by Katric
Interview by Elise Judelle

You probably know Mark Mustian – you may have even voted for him for City Commission.
What you might not know is that he is also a writer.

Mark Mustian’s first novel, The Return, an intense thriller about the EJ: Here we are, sitting at Clusters and Hops, feeling very artsy.
return of Christ as a black woman in a Brazil ghetto, was published in MM: In a dark corner.
2000. Hardly what you might expect from this mild mannered public EJ: So, here’s the first thing we want to get into. I love this topic – being
an attorney and politician versus being an artist. Is there a difference?
finance attorney and architect of the Capital Cascades Greenway
Personally, I think they’re identical.
Project, who is known for his soft-spoken style, his dedication to his
MM: Well, I spoke at something the other day – it was a writing thing – and
family, and his commitment to community. I said, “Well, you know, I’m an attorney, and a politician, and a writer,” and
someone in the audience said, “We can’t trust you at all!”
Elise Judelle, coincidentally, is another public finance attorney
EJ: Is writing something you’ve done all your life?
who is also a writer. You might well have seen her wickedly irreverent
MM: No, it’s not. It fills a void for me, I think. Being a lawyer, you know, there’s
parodies performed on stage by The Laughing Stock, known as not a whole lot of creativity there. There’s some in being a city commissioner.
“Florida’s Musically Twisted Political Cabaret.” But just trying to use your imagination is the fun part of being a writer, and
for a long time I really wasn’t doing that.
Mark and Elise often find themselves around the state at the
EJ: When did you do your first writing?
same meetings for organizations like the Florida Housing Finance
MM: Not until I started the novel.
Corporation. Whenever possible, they prefer to chat about anything
EJ: When was that?
but the law.

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There are 16 million people, as many people as
live in the entire state of Florida. I just thought
it was an interesting place, so most of the book
is set there, and some in Miami.

EJ: How is the sequel? Is there a sequel?

MM: I worked on a sequel, and I ended up not
being able to get it published. But I have actually
finished a manuscript for something else now,
and so I’m trying to get that published.

EJ: What’s this one about?

MM: It’s about… my heritage is Armenian
somewhere way back… so this is about a
guy who is a World War I vet, but fought on
the other side for the Turks, immigrated to
the U.S., and was injured in the war. You know,
sometimes you wonder if the gods conspire
against you, because since the first of this year,
there have been two books on sort of the
same subject.

EJ: There’s a whole bunch of Turkish war
veteran novels suddenly?

MM: Well, a bunch about the Armenian
MM: I started in 1994. experience. It was interesting to hear people’s situation. But I think it’s pretty good. It’s a little
comments. Some things struck home, and more literary, a little darker. And I’ve learned
EJ: Wait a minute… so where was your I said, “Well yeah, you’re right, I hadn’t really that to get published, it’s helpful to have a track
imagination all those years before that? thought about this,” and some I just said, “Well, record of being published.
MM: Probably deep in some bond documents. no, that’s not really what I’m doing.”
EJ: You have to have succeeded to
But I had always read a lot, and this story I was very lucky to have it published. You succeed.
percolated around for all those years. It took go through this enormous rejection after
me a long time to write it, about four years, so I rejection after rejection, and it wears on your MM: Exactly.
was grateful that it worked out as well as it did. self-confidence, even though you know it
I wasn’t sure I would finish it, or anyone would will be that way. But this agent finally read EJ: How do you manage to write with all
want it. the whole thing and she said, “My God, this is the other things you have to do? How do
great! You need to take this to New York.” So I you work it into your daily life?
EJ: It was a massive undertaking – it was
impressive. felt somewhat justified… finally somebody MM: I try and do it a little bit each day. It varies
actually read the thing and thought, “Yeah, this depending on my schedule, but I usually do it
MM: I told very few people I was doing it. is pretty good!” first thing in the morning, before the kids wake
I didn’t tell my parents. After I finished the up.
manuscript, I gave it to a few people, including EJ: But you didn’t set it in Tallahassee; you
you, to read. Bryan Desloge was one of them, didn’t use Tallahassee in any way. EJ: Oh my God, so what time would that
and he ran into my parents somewhere and MM: No, I didn’t. I just wanted to do something be?
said, “How about Mark’s book?” And they said, different. I had people before and since say,
“What book?” So I had to give it to my mother MM: Around five a.m.
“Why don’t you write legal thrillers?”
to read, and she said, “Well, it’s as good as some EJ: Oh yeah, I feel so creative at five a.m.
other stuff that’s out there.” Thanks, Mom! EJ: Been done.
MM: Well, I found that strong coffee helps me
EJ: I thought you were incredibly free MM: I wanted to be as far away from the law a lot there. It’s just kind of time to myself, and
about letting people read it. Whenever I as I could! that’s when I enjoy doing it.
write anything, I’m much more possessive
about it, and sensitive about other people EJ: Yeah, edge of your seat stuff like, “Will EJ: How do you feel about Tallahassee
looking at it and commenting on it. Was these bonds be tax-exempt… or not?” as a home to an artist? Does it have any
your ego not invested in it being good? MM: Right! So I had been to Brazil, and we flew effect on you? Is it a fertile ground? Is it
over Sao Paulo one day, and it took about 20 irrelevant?
MM: Well, I had no idea what I was doing, so
it was less of an issue. I learned a lot from that minutes just to fly over the city – it’s so huge. MM: Oh, I think there’s all the potential in

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the world here, and it’s exciting from that MM: It sounds good! doing a festival or something, and I’d like it to
standpoint. The bedrock of the community in be different somehow. One of the things I’ve
one respect is that it’s an arts community. There EJ: How do you feel about Tallahassee as a kicked around is the idea of something with
are a lot of artists here, and a lot of authors, creative community?We have this initiative a theme, like humorous writing, that could
actually. It’s been helpful to me to meet some coming up, this “creative communities” attract some publicity, to showcase what we
of the other writers in town. I try to read almost initiative – are you going to participate in have here.
everything that’s written by local people, just that?
to see what they’re doing. One guy I’ve gotten EJ: Right. I guess we don’t have cowboy
MM: Well, sure. I think Tallahassee’s very creative poets, but maybe there’s something
to know is Jeff VanderMeer, who writes fantasy as a community. I mean, I don’t get the feel that
stuff, and has been super successful. I just similar.
if you drive into Tallahassee, you’re immediately
read one of his books and e-mailed him and swept with,“Oh, well, this is an arts community,” MM: Farmer poets.
said, “Hey I liked your stuff, you want to get like you do in some other communities around
together?” I’ve enjoyed getting to know him, the country or the world, so there’s a lot more EJ: Farmer humor!
and I’ve learned a lot from him. we could do. But you can look at the whole MM: So, I’m trying to think it through and solicit
EJ: You’ve lived here all your life? Railroad Square thing – it just kind of came into some thoughts from people about what
being. You can look at Seven Days of Opening might work. You know, I remember when The
MM: Pretty much, since first grade. I went Nights – that kind of came out of nowhere, Winter Festival started, it was kind of on the
away to college, and worked in Jacksonville and is now a pretty nationally known thing. back of a fire truck, and there wasn’t much to
for a little while, but for the most part I’ve been it. Now it’s an institution.
here. It’s a nice place to be. I think Tallahassee’s EJ: Anything else you would like to say to
very creative. Nobody tends to focus on it, and all the good people who will be reading EJ: I think that would be exciting. I’ll be there!
it started well before I got there, but there are your cultural conversation? Do you have a title for your next book, so
even art shows constantly at City Hall. The MM: Well, I have a little idea. that we can be looking for it? We could all
visual art is very good. lobby our agents and publishers…
EJ: Uh oh.
EJ: COCA does that, you know. They curate MM: Not yet. I’ve been writing some short
that. MM: It’s only a partly formed idea. In terms of stories too, and sent some of those off.
the literary things we do here: there’s a library
MM: The stuff at the airport is very good, too. weekend where they have some speakers EJ: Can you make a living with your art?
EJ: Instead of hot dogs? You like that better and stuff, there’s the library author dinner, MM: I don’t know. We’ll see, I guess. But, I’m not
than the hot dogs? there’s Seven Days, where they usually have
quitting either of my jobs yet.
an author, there’s the Warehouse -- they do
MM: Yeah, I like it. I always swing by to see readings there. But I’d like to think about us
what’s there.

EJ: Where else do you go in town?

MM: I like the Miracle Theater.
Mark Mustian’s novel, The Return, is
EJ: I love the Miracle. I love what they’re
showing there. You ever get to the All available from most major online
Saints Theatre?
booksellers. You can find more
MM: You know, I’ve never been there.
information about his writing at
EJ: You need to go check that out! And, of
MM: I’ve intended to. Is it set up like a theater?

EJ: It is. It’s a wonderful story, because it’s course you can catch up with him at
actually the waiting room for Amtrak, but
the City Commission Chambers.
it’s not used very often, especially since
Hurricane Katrina. But the Tallahassee Film
Society managed to get Amtrak and the
County to agree to let them use it on the To find out about future
weekends for showing films. They have 50
performances of The Laughing
or 55 seats. They line up the benches from
the waiting room, and they have Dolby Stock, join their e-mail list by writing
Surround Sound and their own popcorn
machine and everything.

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ou may not be familiar with
Mabiba Baegne, Youssouff
Koumbassa, and Aziz Faye,
but in the world of African
dance and drumming, these names are
like Fred Astaire or the Rolling Stones.
Likewise their credits – Les Ballet Africains,
the Ballet National Djoliba, Balafon West
African Dance Ensemble – might not
sound all that impressive, but they are
the equivalent of Julliard, Alvin Ailey, the
Metropolitan Opera, and American Idol, all
rolled into one. And these folks are coming
to Tallahassee.
But this ain’t your parents’dance concert.
Don’t expect to sit back and be a tame
audience at the grand finale African Dance
& Drumming Performance Concert, the
culmination of the 10th Annual Florida
African Dance Festival. Some of the top
African dancers and percussionists in
the world are bringing the rhythm to
Tallahassee, and they’ll have you itching to

Florida A jump up and join them.

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The finale event, to be held at Lee Hall
on FAMU’s campus, will feature most of the
visiting artists from the three-day festival, as
well as the local hosts, the African Caribbean
Dance Theatre. And there’s no excuse for

missing it this year – parking guides will

c e a n d D r u be available around Lee Hall to help you

African Daannce Concert
find your way.
The African Caribbean Dance Theatre,

created and run by husband and wife
15 pm Marcus and Jevelle Robinson, has wowed
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year-round schedule of African dance
and drum classes serves as the training
ground for all ages, and helps preserve the
traditions for future generations.
The festival typically attracts 4,500
dancers, drummers, participants, and
spectators from around the United
States and Africa, and this year’s 10th
anniversary celebration is expected to
be the biggest ever.

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Friday (12 & 3 pm) Forum: What is the Cancer: What You Saturday distinctive wares. moves, or would
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American literature? Learn what you art, jewelry, clothing, and watch this
Introduce your Featuring mystery need to know to The Mandisa Ngozi oils, incense, bath exhilarating art
children to the novelist Vincent protect yourself and Art & Braiding and body products, form, the dance and
thrilling world of Alexandria, with your loved ones. Gallery will display and more, all with drum workshops
African dance with author/civil rights Featuring Dr. Joseph and highlight their a uniquely African are for you. Some
these workshops activist Patricia L. Webster of the spectacular natural slant. Enjoy delicious of the top African
designed especially Stephens Due, Webster Surgical hairstyles and fash- ethnic foods and dance and drum
for them. No author/folklorist Dr. Center and the ions. Consult the check out the artists and teachers
previous experience Jerrilyn McGregory, Institute for African featured presenter book fair featuring in the world will be
is required! and author/psy- American Health. about transforming local and regional sharing their craft.
Workshops are free, chologist Dr. Sharon Plus free health your mind, body, authors while you $10 per workshop to
but pre-registration Dennard. Moder- screenings by the and soul through take in the sights participate, $5 per
is required. For ages 5 ated by FAMU’s Dr. FAMU College of the ancient African and sounds of the workshop to observe.
and up. David Jackson. Pharmacy. art of hair braiding. festival around you. For ages 10 and up.

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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 May and
June 2007...

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

Music If you miss Tuesday, try the Open Mic Night every Wednesday
Don’t want to be stuck indoors? Check out the free, outdoor, at the Warehouse on Gaines Street. See local musicians
family-friendly Pops in the City concert presented by the show their stuff! Call 222-6188.
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. It’s May 12 on the steps
of the Capitol, with the Supreme Court as the backdrop. No
tickets needed. For information, call 224-0461. Festivals
Bradfordville Blues Club and Tallahassee Zydeco &
On May 25 & 26, the Florida State Opera presents Gluck’s Cajun Association want to show you a good time at the 3rd
Orfeo et Euridice, a deeply moving legendary tale of Orpheus, Annual Zydeco & Cajun Mudbug Bash on May 11 & 12. Listen to
who loses his beloved wife to death but is able to restore bands from S.W. Louisiana, eat fresh boiled crawfish, take free
her through the power of music. In French with English dance lessons, and browse creations from local crafts vendors.
supertitles. At Opperman Music Hall on FSU Campus. For For information, call 212-0431.
tickets, call 644-6500 or
On May 20, the Knott House Museum hosts its annual
On June 1 & 2 in Turner Auditorium on TCC’s campus, commemoration of the reading of the Emancipation
listen to that Crazy Little Thing Called Harmony, the annual Proclamation on the front steps of this historic site downtown.
barbershop show by the Capital Chordsmen. Also featuring The Tallahassee tradition includes a ceremonial reading,
Tallahassee’s Sweet Adelines, and a guest quartet. For music, and a picnic in Lewis Park across the street. For
tickets, call 224-6336. information, call 922-2459.

In the mood for some live jazz and martinis? Every Tuesday Every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Downtown
night in May, CoolGrindz Downtown presents the Dayve Marketplace in Ponce de Leon Park features regional artists, fresh
Stewart Band plus different guest musicians each week. No homegrown produce and flowers, plus celebrated local musicians,
cover charge, 18+. Call 575-9003. authors and poets, and special activities for kids. Call 224-3252.

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Now in its eighteenth year, Pas de Vie Ballet is raising the
curtain for its annual Spotlight on Dance, featuring “Firebird” and
other classical and contemporary works. A silent auction along
with Mother’s Day intermission treats by Au Peche Mignon
round out the performances at Opperman Music Hall on the
FSU Campus, May 12 & 13. For tickets, call 644-6500 or tickets.

Join the FSU Department of Dance for When the Delta Speaks,
a heartfelt evening of modern dance inspired by first hand
experiences of Hurricane Katrina. Performances are June 1 & 2 in
the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Gym on
FSU’s Campus. Call 644-4425 for tickets or

An opera company stands to lose $50,000 unless they can find
a way for a dead singer to deliver the performance of his life.
Join this merry company on a wild 1930s romp of desperate
measures, mistaken identity, and compromising positions in
Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. At Tallahassee Little Theatre,
May 24 to 27, and May 31 to June 3. Call 224-4597 for tickets. Pas de Vie Ballet

Grease is the word….Young Actors Theatre is the place
from June 21 to July 1! Join the coolest gang of high school
students you’ll ever meet, as this musical production Visual Art
celebrates youth through its popular songs and exuberant Come see what all the fuss is about! AfroProvocations is on exhibit
dancing. Call 386-6602 for tickets. at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science until June
3. Six contemporary artists display works concerned with notions
of identity, culture, sexuality, gender, religion, and outright political
debate. Call 513-0700 for information.

See the cream of the crop of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama
watercolor artists at the 19th Tri-State Watermedia Competition,
through May 26 at LeMoyne Art Foundation, presented in
collaboration with the Tallahassee Watercolor Society. For
information, call 222-8800.

Celebrating art and flowers, Flower Power is on display at
Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy from May 11 through June 30.
The exhibit features paintings and photographs of nature’s beauty,
plus magnificent live flower arrangements – perfect for the
summer, and only 15 minutes from Tallahassee. Call 875-4866.

View and bid on over 150 pieces of original artwork at Artopia
2007, the annual fundraiser for Big Bend Cares, at The Moon
on June 23, 2007. Call 656-2437 ext. 225 for information about
the auction and Big Bend Cares’ HIV/AIDS education and
support programs.
Knott House Museum s reading
of the Emancipation Proclamation

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id you know that wing pattern and notes the intricacies atmosphere of First Fridays is perfect
monarchs migrate to of their design. She’s learning about to discover art and listen to live music.
Mexico? My four-year- monarchs migrating to Mexico, but If the art doesn’t suffice, the men on
old teaches me this on I think her learning goes beyond my stilts, belly dancers, face painting, and
the way home from her preschool. surface observation. food will. The idea of eating dinner in
Isabelle and her class are learning the This summer in Tallahassee will The Renaissance Café inside of the
letter “M,” and this little mnemonic bring us another season of monarchs historic caboose is enough to entice
device is helping. emerging and, once again, will open my family for an evening.
“Have you ever seen a monarch, our eyes to the art in the everyday. When we need to appreciate the
Isabelle?” I ask. Each Saturday we journey to the art created by the outdoors, we head
“Of course, Mom. I’ve seen lots Downtown Marketplace to stroll in to Maclay Gardens to walk among
of pictures,” she replies. “The boys and out of the artist’s booths. The the shade and blooms. The garden,
are the cocoons, and the girls are jewelry is made with stone, glass, as explained on the park’s website*,
the butterflies.” Hmm…I surmise and natural objects, and much of the “is meant to soothe the senses and
we’ll need to back up the learning pottery is handmade from clay. Many be a place of peace and serenity. It is
process. local artists rely on nature for their intended to work with nature, rather
palette. A piece of driftwood becomes than to manipulate nature.” We love
The next day I bring home five strolling the brick paths and enjoying
monarch cocoons munching on a landscape of yellow and orange
sunsets with lavender undertones. the unscheduled pace as we search
milkweed. We “monarch sit” regularly for our elusive monarchs.
in our classrooms at Lincoln High “I saw that sunset at the beach with
School, thanks to the brilliance grandpa!” Isabelle exclaims. This artist “Mommy, I think I saw our monarch.
and dedication of Jim West, our has clearly captured her memory. It had black and orange dots!” Isabelle
horticulture hero. Local icons, like canopy roads and St. chases the butterfly down a canopied
Marks, are portrayed in forms ranging path, determined to capture the art in
“We are going to watch these from photography to mixed media to the everyday.
cocoons become butterflies, Isabelle,” landscape paintings. Another artist
I instruct her as we place the container paints decorative scenes on rocks. *

“This summer in Tallahassee will bring us another season of monarchs
emerging and, once again, will open our eyes to the art in the everyday.”
on our screened porch. Isabelle How many times have I cleared out
eagerly pulls up her miniature blue my garden and discarded rocks
chair and assumes a “Thinking Man” without noticing their uniqueness?
pose. After a few moments, she “Mommy, I could paint our rocks
breaks the silence. when we get home!” Clearly, my
“Can we do anything else while we daughter is inspired by the artist’s
watch?” renderings of nature.

Ten days later our monarchs One of our favorite family-friendly
begin emerging and it is our charge spaces to explore the arts is the
to release them safely into the world Railroad Square Art Park. An eclectic
for their migration to Mexico. Isabelle variety of art and technique pour out
now thinks she sees our monarchs into the street from each studio. We
everywhere. She claims she knows
their spots and markings – which
feel as if we are on a scavenger hunt
for the most unique art form, and by Melissa
surprises greet us as we pass through
Scholes Young
she calls “butterfly art” – by heart. My
daughter memorizes each butterfly’s the many open doors. The festival

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SPOTLIGHT ON... Council on Culture & Arts

rom emerging talent to established professionals, local artists have
the opportunity to show their work in sixteen exhibits a year through
the Art in Public Places Program, managed by COCA for the City of
Tallahassee. Each June, expert jurors select artists for an exciting and
diverse season of exhibitions at the City Hall Art Gallery and the Artport
Gallery at the Tallahassee Regional Airport. Both galleries are free and in
open to the public.

The exhibition season features painting, sculpture, fiber art, photography, and
other fine crafts. Additional juried group shows highlight winning examples of our
youth art and fine art photography and the art of our talented city employees. For
most exhibitions, COCA holds a free reception for members of the public to meet the
COCA accepts applications to exhibit from professional and amateur artists who
are at least 18 years old and live within 100 miles of Tallahassee. The next deadline for
proposals is June 1, 2007. Visit to download
places EST. 1994
an application.

ArtPort Gallery
Tallahassee Regional Airport (3300 Capital Circle SW)
Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Amid the comings and goings of Tallahassee’s airport, an oasis of art welcomes more
than a million people each year. Located in the lobby just beside the main entrance
to the terminal, the ArtPort Gallery promotes local artists to travelers and citizens, and
serves as a cultural gateway to Florida’s Capital City.

Upcoming ArtPort Exhibition
D.E. Matthews & Carole Robertson (Photography)
Exhibit: 6/8/07 – 7/08/07
Public Reception: 6/8/07, 6–7:30 p.m.

City Hall Art Gallery
2nd Floor, City Hall (300 South Adams Street)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Located in the heart of downtown, this spacious public gallery filled with natural light
complements the architectural design of Tallahassee’s City Hall. Whether you are attend-
ing a City Commission meeting or doing business with the City, you can enjoy the 360°
display of artwork throughout the 2nd floor mezzanine.

Upcoming City Hall Exhibition
Inger Avant & Jessica Tonry (Photography)
Exhibit: 5/30/07 – 7/10/07
Public Reception: 6/1/07, 6–9 p.m.

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COCA Notes
They’re in the Money
Congratulations to the 23 local cultural
organizations that were recommended for
FY08 funding on April 21, 2007 at COCA’s
Out & About “City of Tallahassee Cultural Services Grant”
panel meeting. The recommendations now
• Staff members Peggy Brady, Leslie Puckett, and
go COCA’s Board of Directors and then to
Amanda Karioth Thompson and Board member the City Commission for approval during
Anne Mackenzie made up “Team COCAnuts” for the the budget process. Special thanks to the
Celebrity Grape Stomp at the 2007 Florida Wine Festival volunteer grant panelists – David Gregory,
at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science.
Jeannine Meis, James Perry, Geraldine
• Executive Director Peggy Brady is serving as a member Seay, Aurora Torres-Hansen, Harris Wiltsher,
of Whole Child Leon’s “Spiritual Foundation Action and Jennifer Wolf – for their extraordinary
Team,” the facet of the program that includes music and commitment of time and expertise.
the arts. For information about the project, visit www. Pushing Ahead
• Associate Director Randi Goldstein is serving on a In March, COCA once again hosted
statewide committee to improve access to the arts for representatives from Artspace, Inc. (www.
people with disabilities., a national non-profit arts
developer based in Minneapolis. Artspace
• Art in Public Places Director Leslie Puckett served as
COCA Executive Director Peggy Brady creates, fosters and preserves affordable
one of the judges selecting photographs for Brehon
got down and dirty stomping grapes at space for artists and arts organizations
Institute for Family Services’ Blue Ribbon Baby Calendar.
the annual Wine Festival on Saturday, in all disciplines, cultures, and economic
• Sound familiar? Tony Archer, Peggy Brady, and Holly April 14, 2007. circumstances. After this highly productive
Thompson were all on-air volunteers for WFSU’s recent visit, the “Arts on Gaines” project is ready
pledge drive. to take the next step forward – a survey to
• Peggy Brady served as a judge in the “drama and performing arts” category of the Best & determine the extent of the artist housing
Brightest awards, which honors students dedicated to their education and committed to market in the area.
their community (
We Mean Business
• Tony Archer has been nominated by Big Bend Cares as 2007 Volunteer of the Year, sponsored
Nearly 50 local artists participated in two
by the Tallahassee Democrat.
COCA workshops: Making a Living as a
Performing Artist and Making a Living as
And They Have Talent, TOO! a Visual Artist in March. Special thanks go
• The artwork of COCA’s Education Director, Amanda Karioth Thompson, was featured on to the nine workshop presenters – Bob
the cover of the April 2007 issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. The featured piece, Glass Bischoff, Debbie Borowski, Chip Chalmers,
Wave, is a leaded stained glass window created in late 2006. Rick Carroll, Ben Gunter, Bill Holllimon,
• COCA’s Marketing Director Tony Archer won both Gold and Silver ADDY® Awards at the Sonya Livingston, Katherine Owen, and
Greater Tallahassee Advertising Federation’s annual awards ceremony in February. Leo Welch – for their generous gift of
time and combined knowledge, and to
• Topher Sherman, COCA’s Administrative Assistant, was seen onstage as Hamlet in Tallahassee Little Theatre for providing
TheatreTCC’s production of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. the space.

Special Thanks Special Thanks
The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) would like to thank COCA would like to thank Datamaxx
Mr. Sam Thompson’s CBI class at Raa Middle School for Group, Inc. ( for
their assistance in preparing the 2007 Art in Public Places their in-kind support. Datamaxx, a
Desktop Calendars. leading technology company focused
on the law enforcement, criminal justice,
public safety, and homeland security
marketplace, recently donated the use of
From left to right: Amber Hines, Phyllis Jakes, Zachary Stone, Sam its large assembly room for COCA’s public
Thompson, Anthony Goss and Anthony Harvey grant panel meetings. Kay Stephenson,
CEO of Datamaxx, serves on the COCA
Board of Directors.

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Tallahassee artist’s presence is clearly defined with
an individual track, many’s the time The Fertile
Selects Compilation
that lead players from other tracks sit in
to add harmony or backup playing to
another’s slot.
Label: Cascades Recording Company Many’s the background they’ve Produced by: Cloud 13 Records & Jesse Ricke
Release Date: October 2006 come from, as well. Glenn and Laurie Release Date: December 2006
Genre: Americana/Folk/Pop Ring have played in pop bands and Supported by: 621 Gallery, FC2, V89, & CPE
helped found non-profits. Edmund
claims three Billboard song writing
awards. Merelyn Falcilgia has published
more than three dozen songs, Mimi
Hearn has background in acting and
stage work as well as singing, and Del
Suggs tours internationally as well as
the college circuit in the United States.
Wherever their travels have taken
them, each of these musicians calls
North Florida home.
The ‘selects’ of the title harks back
to the time when Tallahassee was a
center for cigar making, and the finest
flavored were chosen to be featured
Cover art by Laura Pichard Murphy
at Paisley Design as selects. It could as well refer to the Cover art by Andrew Ross
choices on this collection, which offers
a well-flavored introduction to the
North Florida is a crossroads of sorts, regional singer and songwriter scene. Tallahassee, can you hear yourself
and producer Del Suggs has chosen talking?
fourteen tracks that give an idea of the Kerry Dexter In a town like this, with such a
range of the region’s music, in melody, diverse cast of clubbers, punks, lifetime
lyric, and style. Danica Winter’s intensity Available online at: students, legislators, activists, and
in the opening cut, “Paradise,” reminds • more, we often fail to notice what’s
a bit of Joni Mitchell, while David • happening outside the safe corners
Murphy’s “Thoughts of Heaven” takes we’ve carved ourselves. The Fertile
In Stores:
a quieter, reflective turn that offers Compilation’s goal is to break down
• Beethoven & Company
a shifting sand of images from Saint (1415 Timberlane Road)
some of those barriers and ensure we
Mark’s Lighthouse to distant churches. • Tallahassee Area Convention & hear each other. With material from
Bill Richardson rocks out with “Forget Visitor’s Bureau Gift Shop local musicians, poets, and visual
About It,” and Deborah Lawson and (106 E. Jefferson St.) artists, it shows off Tally’s creative
Stanton Rosenfeld add an elegant side, which turns out to be larger
touch and a bit of swing-influenced fun than a walk down the strip or around
with “Bad Dog.” downtown would suggest.
Blues finds its way into the mix, too, There’s everything from Mark
especially with the track from Quanta Leadon’s mountainside-wandering
called “Walkin’ from Richmond.” Ben Ed- bluegrass to the Soular Systems’ kicks-
mund shows the skill of how to say a lot mad party funk, from an infuriated,
with a few words as he evokes love and socially-conscious poem by Keith
questions in the poetry of the everyday Rogers to the more lackadaisical,
with “Morning,” and Suggs himself re- tripped-out poetry of Jay Snodgrass.
minds of those island breezes with the Gettysburg’s “Opium” deserves to be
saltwater style of folk that’s become his playing in your favorite bar at 1:20
trademark in “Caribbean Money.” a.m. The Ums aren’t just one of the
It’s a narrative of community, really, best bands in Tallahassee, but one of
these fourteen songs: though each the best things in Tallahassee, period.
Del Suggs

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Visual art from the likes of Joey Fillastre,
Kyle Pace, Daniel Allen, and others will
make your eyes spin around, jump out,
and go see what else they’re missing.
The Fertile does fail in some places.
Dull and pretentious poetry flowers
around the world, and clearly it’s

growing in Tally as well. The music
could use a shot of adrenaline,
or maybe something stronger
– punk, metal, and hip-hop are all
conspicuously absent, leaving indie
rock to dominate. This isn’t really the
March/April 2007
May/June 2007

producer’s fault though, because the
Summer 2006

local scene does seem to be lacking
on these fronts. It’s a problem caused Tallahassee

by college kids being the primary
of Alice in

Adventures in the Arts: Wonderland

Art is Everywhere
Local Author Rhett DeVane
Learns to Belly Dance
Are You Missing Out?

Regardless, this is a sweet trip Conversations with
Winter 2007
Tallahassee Democr
Gerald Ensley
at’s Fall 2006


around town, and the only one I’ve Mark Mu stian Galloway
Plays Tourist
in Tallahassee
Creative Side
Reveals His Spring 2006

seen of its kind. I didn’t mention many
ial Expa
Susan Gage Explores Chil nded


Profiles in the Arts: ourc ’s
Valerie Goodwin Alternative es

Architecture Meets 0! John Lytle Wilson
of the featured creators, including Quilting at FAMU

some good stuff, so give it a try and The Reviews Are In!
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Arts & Cultural Organizations and Businesses
Mahogany Dance Theatre Tallahassee Film Society
LEGEND 561-2318, mahoganydancetheatre@ 386-4404,
See for expanded listings Video 21, 878-3921
Highlighted are COCA members Montgomery Schools of Dance
Official First Friday participant
877-4874 History/Heritage
Mountain Dew Cloggers Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
live performances and events 386-1263, 487-4115,
exhibitions/attractions Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre The Black Archives
opportunities to participate 599-8678 561-2603,
adult classes Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee Claude Pepper Museum
562-1430, 644-9311,
things to buy
Prophecy School of the Arts Goodwood Museum & Gardens
programs/classes for kids 877-4202,
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL)
Dance 412-7087, 850-984-5297,
African Caribbean Dance Theatre Sharon Davis Schools of Dance John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American
539-4087, 893-5900 History and Culture
African Music and Dance, 508-0165, Southern Academy of Ballet Arts 681-7881, 222-0174 Kirk Collection
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee The Tallahassee Ballet
222-3449, 224-6917, Knott House Museum
Community School of the Performing Arts and Tallahassee Community Friends of OldTime Dance 922-2459,
Culture, 574-2237 421-1587 or 421-1838, Lichgate on High Road
Corazon Dancers Tallahassee Swing Band Dances 383-6556
212-1714 , 894-3789, Mission San Luis
Essence Dance Theatre Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) 487-3711,
412-7525, 212-0431, Museum of Florida History
FSU Ballroom Dance Club USA Dance 245-6400, 562-1224, The Old Capitol
FSU Department of Dance tallusabda 487-1902,
644-1023, Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville, GA)
Halimeda’s Oasis
Film & Video 229-226-2344,
421-5151, Diane Wilkins Productions San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park (St. Marks, FL),
893-1441, 922-6007
Head Over Heels Dancewear
224-5140, FSU Film School Tallahassee Automobile Museum
644-0453, 942-0137,
In Step Studio
421-5151, FSU Student Life Cinema Tallahassee Museum
644-4455, 575-8684,
Killearn Performing Arts
443-7512 or 894-9364, IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
645-STAR, 488-7100,
Kollage Dance Troupe
Mike Vasilinda Productions
224-5420, Literary
Maggie Allesee National Center For Anhinga Press
Choreography (MANCC) Rossier Productions, Inc.
224-0372, 442-1408,

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Apalachee Press Barbershop Harmony Society Tallahassee Civic Chorale
942-5041, 562-3876, 878-2711,
Back Talk Poetry Troupe Beethoven and Company Tallahassee Community Chorus
459-7399, 894-8700, 668-5394,
Book Den The Beta Bar Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band
980-2989, 425-2697, 567-6336 or 201-8360
Digital Pulp Big Bend Community Orchestra Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE
297-1373, 893-4567, 576-7501
Fiction Collective Two (FC2) Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee Tallahassee Music Guild
644-2260, 528-2403, 893-9346
Florida Literary Arts Coalition Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee Pipe Band 906-0766, 576-0708,
LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
606-2665, 893-0893, 224-0461,
Paperback Rack Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
224-3455 521-0700 or 668-1643, 224-9232,
Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Club Downunder Tallahassee Winds
656-3410, 644-6673, 668-7109,
Tallahassee Contemporary Poets Society FAMU Music Department Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios
1-888-248-3495, 599-3334 386-2425,
Tallahassee Writers’ Association Florida State Opera Tocamos
671-3731, 644-5248, 212-0325,
Floyd’s Music Store Vinyl Fever
Multi-disciplinary 222-3506, 580-2480,
Caribbean Carnival International FSU College of Music Voces Angelorum
878-5148, 644-4774, 942-6075,
Center for Fine Arts Education Gordon’s String Music
254-0123, 386-7784 Theatre
Downtown Marketplace Home Music Educators Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA)
224-3252, 656-7613, 229-246-834,
Jim’s Pianos The Brink
Florida Center for Performing Arts and 205-5467, 284-5753,
Education, 893-2497, Capital City Shakespeare in the Park
Mason’s School of Music
Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.) 412-0102, 386-6476,
644-8533, Curious Echo Radio Theater
The Moon
Pyramid Studios 878-6900, 228-2473,
513-1733, Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
Music Center
Seven Days of Opening Nights 942-0626 850-653-3200,
644-7670, FAMU Essential Theatre
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center 224-6158, 599-3430,
487-1691, In the Moment Players
Music Xchange
Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA) 681-7443, 383-1718,
229-226-0588, Magic and Fun Costume Shop
Thomasville Entertainment Foundation 668-2119, 224-6244
(Thomasville, GA) musikgartensignup.html Mickee Faust Club
229-226-7404, 224-3089,
Southern Blend, Sweet Adelines, International
Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts 907-2034 or 385-7219, Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL)
422-7795, 997-4242,
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL)
academy.htm Off Street Players
The Warehouse, 222-6188 907-5743,
668-6896, Oncoming Traffic
Music 445-8076,
Stubbs Music Center
Apalachee Blues Society
893-8754, Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL)
Tallahassee Bach Parley 875-9444,
The Artist Series
942-6075, The School of Theatre at Florida State
Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters 644-6500,
Association Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA)
509-2695, 229-758-5450,

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DIRECTORY (continued)

Brush and Palette Studio Quincie’s Art Jewelry
LEGEND 893-1960, 222-8411,
See for expanded listings Capital City Carvers Railroad Square Art Park
Highlighted are COCA members 562-8460, 224-1308,
Official First Friday participant Capitol Complex Galleries Reaver Enterprises Fine Art Supplies
245-6480, 561-6285,
live performances and events
City Hall Art Gallery Ribits Enchanted Cottage
exhibitions/attractions 224-2500, 671-5859,
opportunities to participate Et Ceterocks Gallery Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery
adult classes 222-4020,
things to buy First Street Gallery (Havana, FL) Signature Art Gallery
539-5220, 297-2422,
programs/classes for kids
Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter South of Soho Co-op Gallery 907-3590,
Tallahassee Little Theatre FSU Big Bend Contemporary Gallery Swamp Buddha Sumi-e
224-4597, 386-5041,
Theatre A La Carte FSU International Center Art Gallery Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild
385-6700, 645-4793, 656-2887,
Theatre TCC! FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
201-8608, 644-1299, 891-4000,
Wind & Grace artistsleaguehome.html Tallahassee Watercolor Society
894-2888, FSU Museum of Fine Arts 385-9517,
Young Actors Theatre 644-1254, Talleon Independent Artists
386-6602, FSU Oglesby Gallery 386-7176,
644-3898, Ten Thousand Villages
Visual Arts Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery 906-9010,
1123@Midtown 599-3161 Thomas Eads Fine Art
562-8696 Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL) 224-1435,
621 Gallery 875-4866, Turtle Island Trading Post
224-6163, Glasshopper, 668-5007 425-2490,
Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts Uniquely Yours
(Valdosta, GA) Glassworks by Susan 878-7111
229-247-2787, 222-5095 Utrecht Art Supplies
Artisans Historically Florida: Florida’s History Shops 877-0321,
395-7671, 245-6396, Visitors Center Gift Shop & Gallery
ArtisTree Images of Tallahassee 413-9200,
893-2937, 894-5596, Wild Women Art Gallery
Ars Magna @ The NHMFL It’s A Jem Fine Art (Havana, FL) 224-1308,
644-8053 539-0335,
Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College James Glaser Studios
201-8713, 218-368-5924
Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center
Artport Gallery 891-3945,
224-2500, commcenter/lfartscrafts.cfm
Arts Learning Gallery LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
245-6480, 222-8800,
Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL)
Artsy Phartsy Chics 539-0006
M Gallery
ASH Gallery 531-9925,
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science
BALI HI Trading Company 513-0700,
Muse · 3, 222-6873
Barbara Psimas Studios
Picture Frames Unlimited
Blue Abaco Trading Company
Oglesby Union Art Center
Bonifay Guild For The Arts (Bonifay, FL)
Quilters Unlimited

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Photo of Valerie S. Goodwin inside the FAMU School of Architecture with one of her fabric pieces. Taken April 2007 by Tony Archer.

Like the colorful quilts she creates,
Valerie Goodwin is a complex
and intricate artist. A practicing
architect, she utilizes structural
design elements like city grids and
mapping as sources of inspiration
for her artwork. Her quilts focus
on and reflect the geometric
relationships, patterns, and ordering
principles found in architecture.
Valerie also teaches at Florida
A&M University’s School of
Architecture, where she encourages
her students to investigate the
parallels between architecture
and quilting as way to learn about
composition, color, and pattern.
“I consider myself an artist/
architect who values and
incorporates the elements of
traditional quilt making,” notes
Valerie. “But I try to move the
definition of ‘work of art’ beyond its
previous boundaries.”
Valerie’s quilts have been
exhibited all over the country and
have appeared in publications such
as Quilt National, American Craft
Magazine, Fiber Art Magazine, and
Surface Design Journal.
See images of her architectural
and abstract fiber art, and get
information about where to
see her work in person at www.

Valerie S. Goodwin
Capital Culture’s profiled artists are selected from the many visual, performing, literary, and media artists featured on COCA’s online Artist Directory.
Listings in the Artist Directory are free, with enhanced listings available for COCA members. Visit the Directory online at

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What is there to do in Tallahassee?

Check our calendar for upcoming exhibits, shows, concerts, tours, lectures, auditions, rehearsals, meetings, films,
festivals, special events, and more. While you’re there, add your own organization’s events!

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