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September/October 2007

The Arts on
Gaines Project

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Than You
Artist Profile:
Dancer, Choreographer, Designer

PLUS... Adventures in Arts in Education, Arts & Cultural Directory, Calendar Listings, and MUCH more!
What is there to do in Tallahassee?

As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
the Council on Culture & Arts works on behalf of the
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events and traditions. Through innovative partnerships
with community and educational groups, COCA seeks
Official Publication of the 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 Aalyah Duncan artists, as well as businesses and individuals interested in
supporting local cultural activities.
Capital Culture Magazine is published bi-monthly by
the Council on Culture & Arts with support from the Council on Culture & Arts Staff
Leon County Tourist Development Council and in Executive Director Peggy Brady
cooperation with Tallahassee’s Family Forum Magazine. Tony Archer
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Culture Magazine are considered. Writer’s guidelines are Treasurer Anne Mackenzie
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manuscripts or art. Capital Culture Magazine reserves the Member At-Large
right to publish any letters to the editor. Although COCA
makes every effort to publish accurate information, we Valliere Richard Auzenne
make no guarantee as to the accuracy, completeness, Mickey Brady
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On the Cover:
the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

It’s full steam ahead as COCA and Artspace
Projects, Inc. join forces to make the Arts
on Gaines project a reality.

Illustration by Nathan Archer
Capital Culture Interview:
Artist Paul Tamanian
Local musician Jesse Corry talks with his friend and mentor

Gaines Street is ready to get up and go. Are you ready for the Arts on Gaines?
...PLUS: An update on the Performing Arts Center (page 16)
Adventures in Arts
12 (Education) by Jeannine Meis
Where can you find a world famous author, a bunch of kids, a spinning
wheel, and a princess? COCA’s Arts in Education Expo!

Profiles in the Arts
Henry Hernandez is taking the Tallahassee Ballet to new heights
2 From the Publisher
3 Contributors
3 News of Note
Keep up with arts & culture!
10 More Than You Thought
Theatre, music, dance, art exhibits, and MORE!
14 COCA Connection
Spotlight on COCA’s First Friday Gallery Hop, plus all that’s new with COCA.
18 Directory of Arts and Cultural
Organizations and Businesses

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COCA...On the Move
That’s right, as of September 17, COCA is moving. Our new address is 816 S. Boulevard
Street, right off Gaines Street, the building that used to be the Florida Association of
Illustration by Nathan Archer
Community Colleges.
We are thrilled with the new space, and think you will be, too. We have a meeting
room upstairs that’s large enough for workshops and grant panels, with an elevator, so
now almost every COCA event will be in the same place. We’re also considering renting
out that space when we aren’t using it, so if you’re looking for meeting space, contact us
to talk about it.
I’m especially pleased to be able to announce the move in this issue of Capital Culture,
which focuses on Gaines Street. We’re so excited about the possibilities for that area,
and look forward to being right in the thick of things, actively participating in the Gaines
Street Revitalization efforts.
Once we get settled, we’ll have a party to show off the new place. But in the
meantime, feel free to stop by, see the new digs, and let us know what’s going on in your
neck of the arts and culture woods.

See you out and about!


Peggy Brady W. Pensacola St.
S. Macomb St.

accessible, W. Madison Street
, will occupy a fully
COCA s new office rd Str eet.
on South Bouleva
S. Bronough St.

two-story building
S. Blvd. Street

S. MLK Jr. Blvd.

St. Francis Street
Railroad Avenue

All Saints Street

816 S. Boulevard Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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March to Victory!
While most Lincoln High
School students were
enjoying their summer
break, one Trojan braved
the hot summer weather.
On July 26, 2007 Lincoln
Principal Martha Bunch
marked the dedication of
“The Lincoln Trojan Statue”
created by local artist W.
Stanley Proctor.

kie Pons
School Superintendent Jac
joined in the fest ivit ies.

The statue was reveale
d to an eager (and enthus
crowd of Lincoln student iastic)
s, teachers, administrators,
alumni, families, and gue


Stacy Corry is a writer and graphic designer A New Jersey native, Jeannine Meis has
who grew up in Tallahassee. While living in been a Tallahassee resident for eight years
Los Angeles, she wrote comic books and and a theatre practitioner for fifteen. She
short fiction before discovering that she teaches Social Studies and Drama for
could score free CDs, concert tickets and Leon County Schools and has presented
exclusive interviews with Duran Duran as an at state and national conferences on
entertainment journalist. In 1997, she moved infusing the arts with core curriculum.
back to Tallahassee and opened a comic Jeannine Meis
book shop (now defunct) called Skid’s Atomic
Stacy Corry Comics. She is currently the art director for a
publishing firm, and lives with her husband,
singer/songwriter Jesse Corry, their two dogs, and a turtle named Henry.
She just finished designing the album cover for Soft Targets’ new CD, Heavy
Rainbow, and is now busy writing a children’s book.

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Congratulations! Tallahassee artist John Lytle villages which escaped the Chinese
The Florida African Dance Festival, Wilson was featured in the June Cultural Revolution and stand as
produced by Tallahassee’s own 2007 issue of Underworld Magazine a testament to China’s culturally
African Caribbean Dance Theatre, (www.underworldmagazines. rich past. They also enjoyed three
was named one of “Florida’s Top 100 com). Underworld focuses on opportunities to work with Chinese
Annual Events” by BizBash Florida the potential of up and coming master artists.
magazine. And that’s not all. Hats musicians, photographers, artists,
off to our very own Springtime poets, journalists, film makers, Art for Good
Tallahassee and Red Hills Horse Trials fashion designers, and more Big Bend Cares’ annual art auction,
for making that list, too. underground artists. Artopia, was held Saturday, June
23 at The Moon. Their ninth annual
Tallahassee Museum’s Assistant They Get Around auction was the best ever, and
Curator Gwendolyn Waldorf Members of the Mickee Faust Club earned record proceeds to help
received the Georgia Historical were invited to make a presentation people in the Big Bend community
Society’s 2007 Lilla M. Hawes Award at the Disaster Preparedness living with HIV/AIDS.
for her book The Genesis of Grady Conference recently held in Panama
County, Georgia (Sentry Press). This City by Florida’s Agency for Persons Got Junk?
with Disabilities. Approximately Remodeling your house? Have
annual award is given for the book
300 attendees viewed portions of a old clothing to recycle? FSU art
judged the most worthy contribution
documentary-in-progress created professors Owen Mundy and Joelle
to Georgia county or local history
by the Mickee Faust Club’s Actual Dietrick are creating a project that
published during the previous year.
Lives project. encourages us to reflect on our inner
lives and our connection to the larger
Havana artist June Zent won the
From May 21 through June 11, Tallahassee community. They are
Award of Distinction at the 80th
members of Tallahassee’s Swamp collecting clothes and house remnants
Annual Blue Crab Art Festival in
Buddha Sumi-e group toured and (a window, some siding, a doorknob,
Palatka over the Memorial Day
painted their way through China etc.) to create a video room for the FSU
weekend. Her winning oil painting,
– from Beijing to Guilin, Dunhuan Museum of Fine Art’s fall exhibition
Songs of Roses, was sold at the show
in the Gobi Desert, and finally to Locating Secret Psychological Space.
to a private collector.
Shanghai. They visited such popular Anyone can participate, so call 619-
sites as the Great Wall, the Forbidden 312-5004 to transform your unwanted
Kudos to the members of the Boys’
City, and the Terra Cotta Warriors in possessions into a work of art.
Choir of Tallahassee who graduated
this year and are beginning their Xian, but were also treated to two
college educations this fall. Tobias
Bryant and Cedrick Conyers will
attend TCC, and Keir Smith, Fontraish
Steadman, Marquez Thomas, and
Taurris Wilkes will attend FAMU.

Patrick Alexander, who will earn
his Master of Fine Arts degree from
FSU’s Film School in August, won
a Student Academy Award on June
9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
in Beverly Hills, CA. Alexander’s film,
Rundown, was awarded first prize
in the Narrative Category. This is
the fourth time in three years that a
Student Academy Award has gone to a
graduate student from the Film School.
Left to right: Liz Smith, Diana Orrick, Ann Kozeliski and MaryBeth Zenni contemplate a new ink well for the Swamp Buddhas.

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by Stacy Corry
Musician Jesse Corry Divines Artist
Paul Tamanian’s Elemental Inspirations

rmed with goggles, protective mask and a blowtorch and dressed in the hard-
earned paint splattered chic of an abstract painter and sculptor, Paul Tamanian
goes to work every day just a few steps away from his front door. In his rural
and lavishly supplied Tallahassee studio, he takes the most elemental and mundane of
materials and turns them into tactile, visually hypnotic pieces.
Using ingredients like clayslip, aluminum, automotive paint, and liquid detergent,
Tamanian’s methods are so eclectic and constantly evolving that he proves to be his
own fiercest competition. An ardent perfectionist, the scatter of debris from his rejects
provides a visual feast along the short path between his workshop and home. This
passionate pursuit of innovation is contagious, and despite his workaholic discipline and
remote location, Tamanian seeks out other artists, eager to exchange ideas, and perhaps
commiserate about the challenges of being your own worst critic.
Jesse Corry, singer-songwriter and founding member of the Tallahassee band Soft
Targets, has known Tamanian since 1996, when Corry was a young painter and Tamanian
Paul Tamanian was just starting to get serious about clay. Corry showed him photos of his paintings from his
Jesse Corry

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first gallery exhibit in New York City.
Recognizing a kindred spirit, Tamanian
offered Corry a job. Corry worked in
Tamanian’s studio for several years, and
while there, found his interests shifting
from painting to music. In 2005, his
band recorded their first CD, Frequent
Flyer, and has just recently completed
their second CD, Heavy Rainbow. The
music is a refined mix of inventive
melodies, lush harmonies, and
evocative lyrics, reminiscent of sixties
era baroque pop.
Though the CDs have garnered
enthusiastic responses from
fans and critics, Corry too finds it
challenging to depend solely on his
own creative instincts in building
a career, and finds inspiration in
feedback from other artists. In the
following interview, Corry asks his
long-time friend Tamanian about
his craft, his career, and his unique
health smoothies.

JC: This is a beautiful setting out
here with the lake and lush flora
and an incredible house that
you built yourself…do you draw
inspiration from the natural colors
and the light?

PT: Maybe subconsciously it does
come from nature, especially the
process; the way I work. It’s sort of like
writing a song; you don’t necessarily
have something in mind and then
suddenly, something happens. That’s Previous page: Frogs, Really by Paul Tamanian. This page: Archer Bunker.

what I do when I’m looking at a big
piece of metal. There’s no plan. I just cup of coffee. If it’s something I was – all fresh fruits, berries, nuts,
create all this chaos on a big sheet excited about working on from the supplements, almonds, kale, spinach,
and hope I find an area in there that night before, I’ll go right out and start omega-3 oil…
works. Then I’ll rework it and rework it. because I want to see what’s going
on with it. JC: You mean fish oil.
JC: Do you have any rituals or
preparatory devices that help you JC: What about your infamous PT: Well, I put some lime or some
get into “art” mode? “shrapnel smoothies”? ginger in there and it actually tastes
good. I’ve got my 67-year-old helper
PT: Turn on some good music. A lot PT: Those aren’t preparatory. drinking them every day. He says it
of times I’ll go swim first. I get up They’re like the gas you put in the feeds his soul.
and attack it before I finish my first tank. Basically, a lot of antioxidants

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“I just try everything I can think of to come up with something unique.”

JC: Since music is such a big part of JC: I know your supplies are the smoke gets all in it. Part of what
your inspiration, tell me what you’re somewhat unique. I’m doing now is sort of like that. I just
spinning while you work these days. try everything I can think of to come
PT: I work in aluminum, but I’m also up with something unique. Like Tom
PT: It changes every day. Today I still working in clay a little bit. I use Waits does with music, sort of, “What
was listening to Doug Sahm from a lot of automotive technology - if we tried this, and what if we tried
the sixties, probably the godfather mixed media, automotive paint used this..?” And the more you combine
of the Austin music scene. I had a in non-traditional ways – breaking them all together…
Betty Lavette record from the sixties; the rules all the way. Mixing water
old soul music. I had a band called and oil, so to speak. Trying things JC: And like Tom Waits, you tend to
Spoon from Austin. And of course, without fear…or fear of spending like craggy, scruffy looking surfaces
the Soft Targets. money… to come up with new – kind of ‘broken’ looking textures.
techniques and ideas. But you also go to the other end of
JC: While we’re on the subject of the spectrum and have these very
inspiring characters, who are some JC: How has your work changed? glossy, hi-fi sorts of textures.
other influences in your life? Not
necessarily visual artists. PT: I’m working on spending more PT: The clear finish that I use began
time with composition, like you do strictly to enhance the pieces, to
PT: Bob Dylan’s attitude when he was with songwriting. A lot of people really bring the colors out. Now it’s
getting started – they’d say turn it couldn’t tell the difference between evolved to depth and
down and he’d say turn it up. a song you did this year or two years layering – I’ll do a
ago, but you sure could tell. painting and
JC: Sounds like you. seal it, then
JC: How about the first time I’ll do
PT: Most rebels without a cause. you ever set one of your
William Morris, the glass artist. I pieces on fire? on pg. 16)
watched him progress and take
glass to another place. That’s what PT: Fire started
I’m trying to do with metal; take it back with the clay. I
to a place where people don’t really learned about raku,
know what it is. Bruce Springsteen a process of putting
– he battled the establishment, put glaze on the clay and
everything on the line, did a lot of then pulling it out
sacrificing, and he’s still producing of the fire before

Mo Pau
dn l Ta
good viable stuff. That’s what I the glaze has

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admire about him. hardened. As
it fractures,

JC: Tell me what jobs you had
before you became an artist.

PT: I got a degree in interior design;
did that for a few years, and then
couldn’t take the ducks anymore. I
had a car dealership with a friend of
mine, ran a sporting goods store...
I ran an art supply store, which
actually had hardly any influence
on me at all. I met a lot of artists, but
I don’t use many typical art supplies.

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The Arts on Gaines:
The Vision
Tallahassee has long talked about
the redevelopment of Gaines Street.
Lacking a strong central project – a catalyst – the hoped-for
revitalization of the area has not yet occurred. The Arts on
Gaines is the project that could create the momentum to get
Gaines going. The project has three components:

Arts Business Incubator & Support Facility
The incubator space will provide a central location to provide estimated annual foot traffic of the incubator facility
support for emerging and established arts businesses. Office would exceed 155,000, before adding the number of
spaces, shared conference spaces, and many multi-purpose audience members and tourists. The market-rate rents
creation spaces (rehearsal rooms, studios, classroom and paid by retailers will flow directly into the operating
workshop spaces, etc.) will be designed to meet the needs budget of the incubator space, helping to keep rates
of the area’s artists and arts businesses. While private to the affordable for artists and non-profit organizations.
artists working within, the creation spaces will be designed A Café/Coffeehouse located inside the incubator
to permit visitors to view the creation of performing art space would provide the food service needs of the
in progress. This space will be used by a wide variety of tenants and also serve residents and visitors as a
individuals and organizations, including COCA. gathering area for visual, literary, and performing artists
A 5,000 square foot open, flexible assembly space (aka a“black to share ideas with others between rehearsals, classes,
box”) will be used for theatre, music, film, and other events, and workshops, or performances. The Café/Coffeehouse
can also be configured for banquets, trade shows, and meetings. facility would also be used in the evenings for informal
Adapting the use of an existing warehouse, a professional public performances and readings.
scene shop will provide local performing groups the means
to build sets, props, and costumes as well as generate revenue Housing
for the facility by building for industrial and commercial Affordable housing will be a vital component of the
events. Like the rehearsal spaces, the scene shop will become project, with units built specifically to meet the needs
a tourist attraction, where members of the public can view the of those creative professionals whose income qualifies
creation of the scenic arts. them for such housing. Workforce and market-rate
housing may also constitute a part of the project.
Retail The number of units will be based on the results of a
Shops and restaurants, including an urban supermarket, will housing market survey currently under way. Bringing
serve the incubator tenants, residents in the surrounding residents to the Gaines Street area is a critical part of
areas, and visitors to the facility. Based on research, the the City’s revitalization strategy, and will make the
neighborhood a true 24-hour destination.

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For an update on the Performing Arts Center, please see page 16.

by Artspace Projects, Inc. Artist Lofts, 2001), Chicago (Switching
Station Artist Lofts, 2003), Seattle (Tashiro
Finding and retaining affordable space is Kaplan Artist Lofts, 2004), Fergus Falls,
an age-old problem for artists, painters, Minnesota (Kaddatz Artist Lofts, 2004),
sculptors, dancers, and others who Bridgeport, Connecticut (Sterling Market
require an abundance of well-lit space Lofts, 2004), Mount Rainier, Maryland
in which to work. Many artists gravitate (Mount Rainier Artist Lofts, 2005), and
to old warehouses and other industrial Houston (Elder Street Artist Lofts, 2005).
buildings, but their very presence in an In all, these projects represent more than
industrial neighborhood often acts as a 560 live/work units.
catalyst, setting in motion a process of In the mid-1990s, Artspace broadened
gentrification that drives rents up and its mission to include non-residential
forces the artists out. projects. The first of these, the Traffic
How? COCA is partnering with This is precisely what happened in Zone Center for Visual Art (1995),
Artspace Projects, Inc., based in Minneapolis’historic Warehouse District transformed an historic bakery into 24
Minneapolis, the nation’s leading in the 1970s and led to the creation of studios for mid-career artists. Other non-
non-profit real estate developer for Artspace in 1979. Established to serve residential Artspace projects include the
the arts. Since 1979, their mission has as an advocate for Minnesota Shubert
been to create, foster, and preserve artists’space needs, Performing Arts
affordable space for artists and arts Artspace effectively
Artspace Projects’ mission is and Education
organizations. fulfilled that to create, foster, and preserve Center, a $37
From Pittsburgh to Portland and mission for nearly a affordable space for artists million, three-
Chicago to Seattle, Artspace has decade. By the late building cultural
sparked artistic and neighborhood 1980s, however, and arts organizations. complex in
revivals. Artspace’s tenants have not it was clear that downtown
only cultivated their own talents, the problem required a more proactive Minneapolis. When completed in 2008,
but they’ve also taken on their approach, and Artspace made the leap it will serve as a performing home for the
surrounding neighborhoods as works from advocate to developer. Since then, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and more
in progress. They’ve established the scope of Artspace’s activities has than 20 small and midsize dance, music,
community gardens, built parks, grown dramatically. and theater groups. It will also have a
and organized area art walks. In the Artspace is now a national leader in multifaceted education program that will
process, they’ve inspired other artists the field of developing affordable space include interactive long-distance learning
and businesses to move back into for artists through new construction and technology capable of reaching every
city neighborhoods long written off the adaptive reuse of old warehouses, school district in the state.
as unsalvageable. Artspace projects schools, and commercial buildings. Over the last few years, Artspace has
serve as catalysts for neighborhood Artspace’s first three live/work projects evolved from a Minnesota organization
revitalization. Invariably, the were in Saint Paul: the Northern with a few national projects into a truly
community that evolves within an Warehouse Artists’Cooperative (1990), national organization based in the
artist live/work project soon spreads Frogtown Family Lofts (1992), and Tilsner Twin Cities. They now have projects in
into the surrounding area, breathing Artists’Cooperative (1993). development, pre-development, or
new life, energy, and stability into the Since then, Artspace has expanded its feasibility in more than a dozen states.
entire community. range of activities to include live/work Their national consulting program has
projects in Duluth (Washington Studios, helped communities in 40 states address
1995); Pittsburgh (Spinning Plate Artist their arts-related space issues. The nature
Lofts, 1998), Portland, Oregon (Everett of their work is evolving, too, to include
Station Lofts, 1998), Reno (Riverside Artist multiple-facility projects, long-range
Lofts, 2000), Galveston (National Hotel planning, and arts districts.

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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 October
and November 2007...

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

Music & More
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra takes you on a European show’s engaging plot revolves around a community of artists
Tour on October 5 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium, with a concert in Paris, and is the basis for the musical Rent. Call 644-6500 for
featuring Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, Kabalevsky’s Cello tickets, or go to to order online.
Concerto, and the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Hindemith,
under the baton of Music Director Miriam Burns. Call 644-6500 You may have listened to the “Hallelujah Chorus,” but have
for tickets, or go to to order online. you ever heard Handel’s full Messiah? November 18 is your
chance, as the Tallahassee Community Chorus performs
On October 12, visit the Tallahassee Museum’s Zoobilee, the one of the most famous works in Western choral literature at
adult-only event that gives grown-ups the opportunity to enjoy Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Call 644-6500 for tickets, or go
the natural setting of the Museum after-hours when food, drink, to to order online.
and live music are enjoyed in a casual atmosphere. More than 20
local restaurants will tantalize guests’ taste buds with delectable
dishes, and fabulous local musicians will play throughout the Theatre
night. For information, call 575-8684. On October 5-7 and 12-14, the Quincy Music Theatre
presents Fiddler on the Roof. This Tony Award winning musical
Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, GA, announces a British will warm your heart, and is sure to teach your family the
Invasion! The 2007 Fall Open-Air Concert on October 28 features value of being just that…family! Call 875-9444 for tickets, or
Eric Burdon, The Animals, and Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits. go to to order online.
Call 229-226-2344 or order tickets online at
Enjoy the best young performers in the area at The Spirit of Giving
If you are new to opera, Puccini’s masterwork La Boheme would hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend. The event
be a great first experience. Presented by Florida State Opera will include performers from such local groups as Young Actors
November 3, 4, 9, and 10 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium, the Theatre, Musikgarten, Tallahassee Girls Choir of C.H.O.I.C.E., Boys &

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Girls Clubs, F.A.C.E. Caribbean Steel Drums, Tallahassee Symphony Explore room after room of wildlife and sporting
Youth Orchestra, and others. The event is October 9 at The Moon. sculpture, paintings, photography, carvings, and jewelry
Admission and dinner are free. For advance ticket reservations, in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The 12th Annual
call 656-8100, ext. 314. Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival will be held November 17
and 18 at the Thomasville Cultural Center in Thomasville,
Looking for something a little less traditional? Try OktoberFaust at GA. Call 229-226-0588 for information.
the Mickee Faust Club in Railroad Square Art Park, October 12-
14. For more information on this “mini-cabaRAT” featuring beer Explore the art of illusion with Trompe L’Oeil, art that has
and circuses, call 562-RATS (7287). fooled the eye for centuries. This exhibit at the Mary Brogan
Museum of Art and Science brings together fourteen of
On October 16, for one night only, the Tallahassee-Leon County America’s leading trompe l’oeil artists, who work to bridge the
Civic Center presents Evita, as part of the 2007-08 Tallahassee gap between modern art and realism, injecting humor and
Broadway Series. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Evita brings to new life into this time honored tradition. Exhibit runs through
life the dynamic persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine November 25. Call 513-0700 for more information.
dictator Juan Peron. Call 222-0400 for tickets.
Every Saturday from 8 am until 2 pm, the Downtown
What happens after the “happily ever after”? Find out when the Marketplace in Ponce de Leon Park features regional artists,
School of Theatre at Florida State presents Stephen Sondheim’s fresh homegrown produce and flowers, plus celebrated local
musical Into the Woods at the Fallon Theatre on October 19-21 musicians, authors and poets, and special activities for kids. Call
and 23-28. Call 644-6500 for tickets, or go to 224-3252 for more information.
to order online.

In the 1800s, a convoy of strong-willed black women flees the Jim
Crow South for the Kansas heartland. FAMU Essential Theatre’s
production of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage will be presented on
October 24-28 at the Charles Winter Wood Theatre. Parental
discretion advised. Call 561-2425 for tickets.

See the hit movie burst onstage as Young Actors Theatre
presents Big! The Musical, November 9-18. When frustrated
adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were “big” and wakes up the
next morning a 30-year-old man, he discovers there’s much more
to being an adult than he’s bargained for. Call 386-6602 for tickets.

Art & More
See more than 60 beautifully handcrafted quilts at the 26th Annual
Capital City Quilt Show co-sponsored by Quilters Unlimited of
Tallahassee at the Museum of Florida History. Exhibit runs through
October 28; admission is free. Call 245-6400 for information.

See Tallahassee artist Bob Rubanowice’s fused dichroic glass
creations in Masks That Reveal at Thomas Eads Fine Art through
November 14. Also at Thomas Eads Fine Art this fall: Steel Life: New
Sculptures by Mark Dickson, featuring freestanding and pedestal-
mounted works in welded plate steel. Call 224-1435.

Join the crowd at the Annual Art Auction at 621 Gallery in
Railroad Square on November 16 for an evening of high energy,
food, drinks, and fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on nearly
100 pieces from the region’s best and most well known artists.
The event includes both silent and live auctions. For information,
call 224-6163.

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Where can you find a world famous author, a
bunch of kids, a spinning wheel, and a princess?
COCA ’s Arts in Education Expo!
by Jeannine Meis
2007 ’s Expo was a tremen
dous succe
hundreds of attessndwieesth!

consider myself pretty involved in Tallahassee’s Luckily, I was fortunate enough to be invited to COCA’s
cultural scene. I attend First Fridays, Arts in Education Expo last year. I expected to make a few
Tallahassee Symphony concerts, Tallahassee new contacts, see the usual national vendors, and perhaps
Little Theater productions, Kleman Park meet a few locals peddling performances or expounding
concerts, various annual Nutcracker ballets, upon their upcoming seasons. What awaited me was far
and a myriad of Florida State and FAMU events. I encourage better than what I anticipated.
my students to do the same; it’s not hard to when so many The entire day was filled with demonstrations
organizations are budget priced. But many of my Title I – actual performances – of local arts groups who were
children do not have the ability to get across town to a available to come to local schools. I grabbed a schedule
museum, and even fewer can afford a family’s worth of and watched the stage transform from dancers to singers,
admissions to a musical. So in addition to teaching, I try to actors to storytellers – anyone I ever considered hiring
bring as many arts events as possible into my school. for my students, and many I never knew existed. The live
As national traveling production companies, demonstrations let me judge for myself which groups
storytellers, puppeteers, and ensembles bombarded the would keep fourth graders howling in their seats, and
school with advertisements for “high-quality, discounted which could rivet antsy first graders – no more holding my
performances,” I found myself overwhelmed. How should breath through the duration of a school wide performance
I choose what was appropriate and high quality for my wondering which grade level would rebel. And no more
students on the school’s limited budget? There are few wondering about the educational qualities of a show:
feelings worse than realizing fifteen minutes into an I could choose programs that actually enhanced FCAT
hour-long play that your fifth grade program was actually preparation!
intended for five year olds. I found myself completely absorbed in the

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speak to everyone. I soon ran out of
carrying space for all the pamphlets
I was grabbing, but luckily my
husband was able to help me haul
my treasures back to the car.
I had only intended to stay a few
hours at the Expo, but there was no
way to see everything in the amount
of time I had allotted. I ended up
staying the whole day and then
spending the entire evening in front
of the computer writing new and
improved lesson plans. I had fresh
ideas to bring into my classroom
and a preliminary list of performers I
wanted to invite to school.
This year, I anxiously returned to
the Expo particularly excited to see
the keynote speaker, arts educator
extraordinaire Faith Ringgold. This
well-known artist and children’s
Area teachers enjoy a meet and greet with 2007 ’s Expo author gave a presentation for
keynote speaker Faith Ringgold students and parents, and another
geared especially for teachers. She
demonstration room until I with the ideas, activities, and even managed to sneak in a few
remembered that there was a resources that I had learned. book signings, and many well-loved
workshop I wanted to catch. If you There was still one more area I copies of her Tar Beach and other
saw the documentary Mad Hot had not explored yet: the vendors. children’s books were in evidence.
Ballroom or the feature film Take Every organization in attendance The Expo was a huge success
the Lead, you already know about had an arts bent, and there must both years, and I can’t wait to see
the “Dancing Classrooms” program, have been four times as many as I what COCA has planned for the
and it was these same people expected. As if the rest of the day next one!
(except for Antonio Banderas, that hadn’t been a smashing success
is) who traveled from New York already, the vendors surprised me
City to Tallahassee for the Expo’s with the wide array of field trips,
keynote workshop. Two of the actual after-school activities, and in-
teachers from the documentary school demonstrations available to
explained how to use dance to local teachers, often for FREE! Just
teach social etiquette, and answered about every table was giving away
endless questions. I was totally sold something, and even after arriving
on the program and ready to plead late to the vendor room, I left with
the case to my principal, even if my t-shirts, books, a photo album, a
P.E. teacher friends never spoke to scrapbook, a mug, and two coozies.
me again. I suddenly felt ignorant about
I enjoyed the workshop so the Tallahassee arts scene. I had
much that I stayed for the next one had no idea of the generosity of
on assessing arts achievement and the community I lived and worked
another on grant writing. By the in. Even though I was familiar with
time the presentations were over, these organizations’ performances,
I felt better prepared to meet the I was unfamiliar with their
educational needs of my students educational programs. I tried to

Capital Culture Magazine September/October | 13
Spotlight On...

What are those fuschia flags flying
outside museums and galleries

around Tallahassee?

On the first Friday of every month, more than 30 museums
and galleries participate in a community-wide art party by
staying open until at least 9 pm, often featuring openings,
receptions, live music, and special events for the public.
There is no admission charge to attend any of these First
Friday Destinations that day, and most places offer free
refreshments as well.
First Fridays happen in almost every major U.S. city, including Phoenix, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Richmond, and
even Honolulu. Each city’s event is uniquely its own, and Tallahassee’s First Fridays are a great opportunity to check out the wealth
of art offerings here in the Capital City.
Visit COCA’s web site or the Tallahassee Democrat’s Limelight for a list of museums and galleries that are open each month.
And remember, most places have new exhibits up every month, so you can go to the same venue and have a completely new
experience every time.
If you don’t want to drive from place to place, take COCA’s First Friday Gallery Hop Shuttle. Two shuttles leave from Chez Pierre at
about 6 pm each First Friday, and offer a three-hour tour that lets you sample a variety of local art at many First Friday destinations.
On-board tour guide entertainers tell you about the places you’re visiting, and keep you updated on what’s going on in all the arts
around town. We guarantee that you’ll have more fun than you ever thought possible on an art tour!
Shuttle tickets are only $5 per person. Tickets go on sale at 5 pm on First Fridays outside Chez Pierre; we recommend you get
there early, as seating is limited and shuttles nearly always sell out fast.

Attention Museums and Galleries: Our new First Friday season
starts in the fall. If you’d like to participate as a First Friday Destination Site,
please contact Clint Riley at 224-2500 for a copy of the destination guidelines.

Attention Restaurant Owners: Do you show local or regional art? Are you inter-
ested in participating in the First Friday events? Now you can! Contact Michelle Melvin
or Tony Archer at 224-2500 to find out how.

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COCA Notes
New Faces
COCA welcomes our newest Board
Member, Alfredo Cruz. Alfredo is a
former program officer for the John S.
Out & About and James L. Knight Foundation, and is
currently serving as district assistant for
• In June, Peggy Brady, COCA’s Executive Director, accompanied a group of seventeen
State Representative Loranne Ausley.
community leaders on a three-day fact-finding trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The group He enjoys volunteering his time in the
met with Chattanooga’s elected officials and business leaders to learn from the process that community while pursuing a degree in
city transformed its downtown, often using public art and other cultural amenities. Public Administration and Urban and
• Two of COCA’s staff served as adjudicators for the recent Florida History Fair. Tony Archer Regional Planning at FSU.
judged senior performances, and Randi Goldstein judged special awards categories.
COCA welcomes our new interns,
• Peggy Brady was the guest speaker on the topic of playwriting and comedy writing at the May Michelle Melvin, Aalyah Duncan, and
meeting of the Tallahassee Writers’ Association. Peggy has had eight original plays produced, Daniel Lyons. Michelle is a senior at the
and is the co-author of The Laughing Stock: Florida’s Musical Twisted Political Cabaret. FSU School of Theatre, and has been
• Starting this fall, Amanda Thompson, COCA’s Arts in Education Coordinator, is now an working on COCA’s Arts in Education
adjunct professor at Flagler College’s TCC Campus. She is teaching a course for education Expo. Aalyah is a graduate student in
majors about integrating arts into non-arts subject matter. the FSU College of Music, and is working
with COCA’s marketing efforts. Daniel is a
senior in the FSU Department of English,
Career Development and will be assisting with writing and
editing for Capital Culture Magazine.

Congratulations to the 25 organizations
that were recommended for funding on
June 20, 2007 at COCA’s Leon County
Cultural Development Grant panel
meeting. Special thanks to the volunteer
grant panelists – Janet Hinkle, Dot Inman-
• More than 50 artists and representatives of arts organizations from Johnson, Jackson Maynard, Josephine
around the region (including Bonifay) attended COCA’s recent Newton, Wes Singletary, Lu Vickers, and
Media Roundtable Workshop, where they learned tips and tricks Jennifer Whipple – for their extraordinary
about how to get the word out about their events. COCA thanks commitment of time and expertise.
panelists Mark Hinson and Kati Schardl of the Tallahassee Democrat, and Mike Vasilinda of Leslie Puckett, COCA’s Art in Public
Mike Vasilinda Productions for sharing the inside scoop. Places Director, was invited to show
• About 25 individual artists, from as far away as Jacksonville Beach, attended a career development one of her collages in LeMoyne’s Love
workshop with nationally recognized arts consultant Bruce Baker, co-hosted by the State of Your Mother (Earth) exhibition. Two of
Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. COCA and DCA would like to thank Dr. Bill Law, Bridget Elwell, her collages were also accepted in the
and the TCC at the Capitol Center for providing space for the workshop. Artist’s League juried exhibition at the
FSU Museum of Fine Arts.
• More than 30 artists and representatives of organizations attended COCA’s Intermediate
Graphic Design workshop in July. COCA’s Marketing Director Tony Archer shared techniques
for choosing colors, laying out pages, and making your publications stand out from the rest. Special Thanks
Special thanks to Goodwood Museum and Gardens for the use of the Jubilee Cottage.
Special thanks to Hilton Garden Inn on
Blair Stone Road for providing meeting
The Show Must Go On accommodations for COCA’s May 2007
• Bravo to FAMU’s Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery for stepping up to host the annual Leon County Board of Directors meeting.
middle school arts show when the show’s regular venue fell through. Leslie Puckett and Amanda
Thanks to the Museum of Florida History and
Thompson coordinated the exhibit with Gallery Director Harris Wiltsher and area art teachers.
the R.A. Gray Building for providing the venue
• Leslie Puckett consulted with Tallahassee/Leon County’s Community Animal Services Center for COCA’s 2nd Annual Arts in Education
to develop a permanent exhibition program for the lobby of the animal shelter. The exhibition Expo. Special thanks to the museum and
space officially opened June 29, and features changing exhibits. A percentage of sales from building staff who went above and beyond
this gallery will benefit the Animal Shelter Foundation. to help make the event a success.

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Performing Paul Tamanian Interview (continued from pg. 7)
Arts Center another painting on top of that and I’ll PT: A writer from San Francisco flew
And what’s happening with the seal that one – like a collage, almost. in and stayed for a couple of days.
other big cultural capital project She spent some time here, watching
JC: You have any new ideas or me in action. She loved the art; really
for Tallahassee, the Performing
impending changes? got where I was coming from. It was
Arts Center? For the answer, we
a good experience.
turned to Sylvia Ochs, Chair of PT: I might get a date sometime
the Board of Directors of the in the next fifteen years, just to try JC: How did you end up in Tallahassee?
Florida Center for Performing something new. I’m taking some of
Arts and Education (FCPAE), the the new stuff I’ve learned and starting PT: I went to college here and stayed.
non-profit organization created to play around with clay again. I came from South Florida. I liked it
to make the dream a reality. that everybody was younger and
JC: How long has it been since there were a few trees. It was prettier
“On July 11, 2007, the City
you’ve really worked with clay? and I didn’t know any better. I love
Commission gave a five-year
the spring, fall, mild winters – and
option for the Performing Arts PT: Five or six years, maybe longer. hate with a passion the velvet glove
Center on the Johns’ Building I was yearning for it. I had given my of the summer. The yellowflies, the
property in a three-to-two equipment away. Then I started lovebugs, the mosquitoes…ugh.
vote,” says Ochs. The property is helping somebody else who was
2.65 acres bordered by Duval, working with clay. I started getting JC: Twenty years ago, would you
Madison, Gaines, and Bronough some ideas, getting intrigued. We’ll have imagined yourself making a
see where it leads. career out of being an artist, and
Streets, surrounded by 6,500
accomplishing, well, all of this?
existing parking spaces. One of
JC: I know you’ve done some shows [gestures expansively to indicate the
the conditions of the agreement with some pretty recognized artists beautiful house, lake, studio, and
is that the FCPAE now has five over the years. of course, dozens of sculptures and
years to raise private funds paintings]
totaling $10 million. PT: Art Palm Beach, three or four
With the fundraising effort times. SOFA [Sculpture Objects & PT: Never. Never ever.
under way, Ochs wants to Functional Art] in Chicago, a two-
person show with Jim Dine in Atlanta For more information
remind the community that and to see photos
at the Fay Gold gallery – I’ve also
FCPAE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) of Paul’s work, visit
shown with William Morris, the glass
organization. “A tax deduction artist I referred to before. www.paultamanian.
letter will be sent to you with com. To hear the
a heartfelt ‘Thank You’!” notes JC: You were featured in American Soft Targets, or to
Ochs. The organization is also Style magazine last year; you had a purchase their new
cover piece and a major article. CD, visit
soliciting suggestions for ways
to thank the first 1,000 donors.
For more information or
to make a donation of any
amount, please contact:
Florida Center for Performing is there
Arts and Education, Inc., 831 to do in
Lake Ridge Drive, Tallahassee,
FL 32312-1003. Tallahassee?

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Arts & Cultural Organizations and Businesses
Mahogany Dance Theatre, 561-2318, Tallahassee Film Society
LEGEND 386-4404,
See for expanded listings Montgomery Schools of Dance Video 21, 878-3921
Highlighted are COCA members 877-4874
Official First Friday participant Mountain Dew Cloggers HISTORY/HERITAGE
386-1263, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
live performances and events 487-4115,
Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre
exhibitions/attractions 599-8678 The Black Archives
opportunities to participate Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee 561-2603
adult classes 562-1430, Claude Pepper Museum
Prophecy School of the Arts 644-9311,
things to buy
222-8085, Goodwood Museum & Gardens
programs/classes for kids 877-4202,
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group
412-7087, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL)
DANCE Sharon Davis Schools of Dance 850-984-5297,
African Caribbean Dance Theatre 893-5900 John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American
539-4087, Southern Academy of Ballet Arts History and Culture
African Music and Dance, 508-0165, 222-0174 681-7881, The Tallahassee Ballet Kirk Collection
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee 224-6917,
222-3449, Tallahassee Community Friends of OldTime Dance Knott House Museum
Community School of the Performing Arts and 421-1587 or 421-1838, 922-2459,
Culture, 574-2237 Tallahassee Swing Band Dances Lichgate on High Road
Corazon Dancers 894-3789, 383-6556
212-1714 Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) Mission San Luis
Essence Dance Theatre 212-0431, 487-3711,
412-7525, Tribal Wallah Dance Troupe Museum of Florida History
FSU Ballroom Dance Club 459-0371, 245-6400, USA Dance, 562-1224, The Old Capitol
FSU Department of Dance mweininger/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),
Head Over Heels Dancewear 893-1441, 922-6007
224-5140, FSU Film School Tallahassee Automobile Museum
In Step Studio 644-0453, 942-0137,
421-5151, FSU Student Life Cinema Tallahassee Museum
Killearn Performing Arts 644-4455, 575-8684,
443-7512 or 894-9364, IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
Kollage Dance Troupe 645-STAR, 488-7100,
Mike Vasilinda Productions
Maggie Allesee National Center For Anhinga Press
Choreography (MANCC) Rossier Productions, Inc.
645-2449, 224-0372,

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Apalachee Press Big Bend Community Orchestra Tallahassee Pipe Band
942-5041, 893-4567, 576-0708,
Back Talk Poetry Troupe Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
459-7399, 528-2403, 224-0461,
Digital Pulp Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
297-1373, 906-0766, 224-9232,
Fiction Collective Two (FC2) Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy Tallahassee Winds
644-2260, 893-0893, 668-7109,
Florida Literary Arts Coalition Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios 521-0700 or 668-1643, 386-2425,
LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Club Downunder Tocamos
606-2665, 644-6673, 212-0325,
Paperback Rack FAMU Music Department Vinyl Fever
224-3455 599-3334 580-2480,
Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Florida State Opera Voces Angelorum
656-3410, 644-5248, 942-6075,
Tallahassee Writers’ Association Floyd’s Music Store
671-3731, 222-3506, THEATRE
FSU College of Music Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA)
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY 644-4774, 229-246-834,
Center for Fine Arts Education Gordon’s String Music The Brink
254-0123, 386-7784 284-5753,
Downtown Marketplace Home Music Educators Capital City Shakespeare in the Park
224-3252 656-7613, 386-6476, Curious Echo Radio Theater
Jim’s Pianos
Florida Center for Performing Arts and 205-5467, 228-2473,
Education, 893-2497, Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
Mason’s School of Music
Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.) 412-0102, 850-653-3200,
644-8533, FAMU Essential Theatre
The Moon
Pyramid Studios 878-6900, 599-3430,
513-1733, In the Moment Players
Music Center
Seven Days of Opening Nights 942-0626 383-1718,
644-7670, Magic and Fun Costume Shop
Tallafesta 224-6158, 224-6244
878-5148, Mickee Faust Club
Music Xchange
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center 681-7443, 224-3089,
487-1691, Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL)
Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA) 668-2119, 997-4242,
229-226-0588 musikgartensignup.html Off Street Players 907-5743,
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL)
Thomasville Entertainment Foundation 904-364-1683, Oncoming Traffic
(Thomasville, GA) 445-8076,
229-226-7404, Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL)
Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts 875-9444,
Stubbs Music Center
422-7795, The School of Theatre at Florida State
academy.htm 644-6500,
Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters
The Warehouse, 222-6188 Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA)
509-2695, 229-758-5450,
MUSIC Tallahassee Little Theatre
Tallahassee Civic Chorale
Apalachee Blues Society
878-2711, 224-4597,
Tallahassee Community Chorus Theatre A La Carte
The Artist Series
668-5394, 385-6700,
Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band Theatre TCC!
Barbershop Harmony Society
567-6336 or 201-8360 201-8608,
Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE Wind & Grace
Beethoven and Company
576-7501 894-2888,
Tallahassee Music Guild Young Actors Theatre
The Beta Bar
893-9346 386-6602,

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DIRECTORY (continued)

539-5220, South of Soho Co-op Gallery
LEGEND Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter 907-3590,
See for expanded listings Swamp Buddha Sumi-e
Highlighted are COCA members FSU Big Bend Contemporary Gallery 386-5041,
Official First Friday participant Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild
FSU International Center Art Gallery 656-2887,
live performances and events
645-4793, Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
exhibitions/attractions 891-4000,
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League
opportunities to participate 644-1299, Tallahassee Watercolor Society
adult classes artistsleaguehome.html 385-9517,
things to buy FSU Museum of Fine Arts Talleon Independent Artists
644-1254, 386-7176,
programs/classes for kids
FSU Oglesby Gallery Ten Thousand Villages
644-3898, 906-9010,
VISUAL ARTS Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery Thomas Eads Fine Art
599-3161 224-1435,
562-8696 Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL) Turtle Island Trading Post
875-4866, 425-2490,
621 Gallery
224-6163, Glasshopper, 668-5007 Uniquely Yours 878-7111
Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
(Valdosta, GA) Glassworks by Susan Utrecht Art Supplies
229-247-2787, 222-5095 877-0321,
Artisans Historically Florida: Florida’s History Shops Visitors Center Gift Shop & Gallery
395-7671, 245-6396, 413-9200,
ArtisTree Images of Tallahassee Wild Women Art Gallery
893-2937, 894-5596, 224-1308,
Ars Magna @ The NHMFL It’s A Jem Fine Art (Havana, FL)
644-8053 539-0335,
Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College James Glaser Studios
201-8713, 218-368-5924
artgallery.htm 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,
programs/learninggallery.htm Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL)
BALI HI Trading Company 539-0006
766-7175 M Gallery
Barbara Psimas Studios 531-9925,
894-1444, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science
Blue Abaco Trading Company 513-0700,
325-2323, Picture Frames Unlimited
Bonifay Guild For The Arts (Bonifay, FL) 422-0088
850-547-3530, Oglesby Union Art Center 644-4737,
Brush and Palette Studio Quilters Unlimited
Capital City Carvers Quincie’s Art Jewelry
562-8460, 222-8411,
Capitol Complex Galleries Railroad Square Art Park
245-6480, 224-1308,
City Hall Art Gallery Ribits Enchanted Cottage
224-2500, 671-5859,
The Color Wheel Gallery, 222-6873 Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery
Et Ceterocks Gallery 222-4020, Signature Art Gallery
First Street Gallery (Havana, FL) 297-2422,

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Photo of Henry Hernandez inside the Tallahassee Ballet amid the current renovations. Taken August 2007 by Tony Archer.

Henry Hernandez is the very definition of a
Renaissance man. The new Artistic Director
of the Tallahassee Ballet – the first male
artistic director the company has ever had – is
a dancer, choreographer, costume designer,
set designer, painter…the list
goes on and on.
Hernandez began his ballet
career in his native Venezuela.
He toured extensively
throughout Europe, Asia,
and South America, finally
settling down as a principal
dancer with Orlando
Ballet, where he also
served as the company’s
Costume Designer. Hernandez has
also had a career most ballet fans
don’t see. He danced in a SuperBowl
Halftime Show with Gloria Estefan,
in TV commercials, and in feature
films. Hernandez waves off these
accomplishments as just the
things an artist needs to do to
make money, not important.
What is important is the
work Hernandez is doing
with the Tallahassee Ballet.
He hopes to bring a creative
twist that will attract new
audiences to the Ballet.
“When you come into a
position that someone
else has held for 20 years,”
he explains, “your
audience expects something
new. It doesn’t necessarily
have to be better, but it
has to be different.”
For more information
about Henry Hernandez, visit Also visit, the early
modern furniture store Hernandez recently opened in
Railroad Square with his partner Dale Smith.

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
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