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November/December 2007

An Insiders Guide
to Creative Holiday Gift-Giving

Del Suggs and

Mike Sheridan
Get Down to Business
Talk Back
A Tallahassee poet’s story

PLUS... Book/CD Reviews, Arts & Cultural Directory, Calendar Listings... ...and MUCH more!
Capital Culture Interview:

4 Past COCA Chairman Mike Sheridan
Vol. 2 November/December 2007 Issue 4

Official Publication of the Tallahassee music legend Del Suggs talks with his
longtime pal about writing, Irish music, and the
economics of the arts.
Publisher Peggy Brady
Editor Randi Goldstein
Creative Director Tony Archer
Editorial Assistants Aalyah Duncan
Daniel Lyons

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Profiles in the Arts:
Uniquely Barbara Aleene Edwards
Tallahassee Black & white photographs with a hand-colored
An Insiders Guide
to Creative Holiday Gift-Giving touch make this teacher/artist unique.
Del Suggs and

Mike Sheridan
Get Down to Business
Talk Back
A Tallahassee poet’s story
A COCA publication sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the State of Florida,
Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
PLUS... Book/CD Reviews, Arts & Cultural Directory, Calendar Listings... ...and MUCH more!

On the Cover:
Handmade fused glass ornaments by local
artists from the Color Wheel Gallery.

Thanks for Giving
Every year at this time, COCA likes to take a moment to thank some people who are vital to our
success: our volunteers. They are many. Citizen panelists spend hours reading grants and making
funding recommendations. Art jurors evaluate endless slides to help choose our exhibits. Other
volunteers generously lend a hand when we hold workshops, First Fridays, and special events. And of
course, our tireless Board and Committee Members offer their time and expertise all year long.
If you’ve ever thought about getting involved with a cultural organization, why not now? You
don’t even need artistic talent – arts organizations need all sorts of skills. Whatever you can do, you
will be welcomed. Can you help re-design a website? Swing a hammer? Balance a checkbook? Mow
a lawn or make flowers grow? Negotiate a new lease with a landlord? Do you have some time to
volunteer by giving tours, taking tickets, making calls, or stuffing envelopes? Arts groups need all
these things and more.
Give yourself and your cultural community a gift this holiday season by volunteering your time Illustration by Nathan Archer

and making a difference to an organization you support. Check out the many local arts groups by
visiting the Arts in the Community section of If you need suggestions about
where your particular skills might be most useful, drop us a line here at COCA. I think you’ll find your
efforts returning much more than you give.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Peggy Brady

Regular Features
1 From the Publisher
2 Contributors
2 News of Note: An anniversary in Quincy, a new Director at 621,
a reality TV winner from FSU, and much more.
10 More Than You Thought: Don’t miss the special holiday events section!
13 COCA Connection: All that’s new with COCA.
18 Directory of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Businesses

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Quincy Music Theatre
celebrated its 25th
Anniversary in October
with the lighting of the Leaf
Theatre’s fully renovated
neon sign, which shone
brightly on Washington
Street for the first time
since 1972.

W. C. Blackmon, who was renamed “Vision” by his Daniel Lyons was born in Ft. Lauderdale
poetry troupe, was born in Tampa, but has called and grew up in the Broward County area. He
Tallahassee home since the age of seven. He attained moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State,
his AA Degree at TCC and attended FSU before and plans to finish his degree in English this
leaving school to work as a cafeteria manager/owner, year. Dan has contributed writing to Satellite
speechwriter, and coordinator/fundraiser for a non- Magazine and spent two years as a DJ at
profit organization. He currently works for the Florida Department of V-89 and is currently Capital Culture Magazine’s Editorial Intern.
Education, and is working towards getting his first full-length novel On the weekends you can find him either digging around
published. His career goal is to be a successful author in both the fantasy the used record bins or paddling through one of the area’s
and realistic fiction genres. Vision is a bachelor, and thus spends most of beautiful waterways. And whichever sports season it is, you’ll
his free time writing, singing, working out, and perfecting his poetry. find him in the stands rooting on the Noles.

Del Suggs is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. He is based in Tallahassee, but appears in concert at colleges, universities and festivals
across the United States and the Caribbean. Del is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the
Grammy Awards people). His music receives airplay on community and public radio stations from Massachusetts to California to the
Virgin Islands, and public television has featured him in two ninety-minute concert specials. Del is widely known for his public service
and benefit concerts. He performs over twenty shows each year to support various human service, environmental, educational, and
civil rights organizations. In 1989, 1991 and again in 1993, he was recognized for his service by a nomination for the Harry Chapin Award
for Contributions to Humanity. His other awards and accolades are too numerous to list.

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Welcome Congratulations Out of Town
621 Gallery welcomes Denise Drury On October 5th, Julia Woodward
as its new Executive Director. Denise was presented with the American In September, Tallahassee’s own
had been the gallery’s Assistant Director Association of Community Theatres’ The Laughing Stock provided
since August 2006, and was a member “Spotlight Award” in honor of entertainment for the international
of the Board of Directors prior to that. significant contribution to community annual convention for Cruise
She holds a Master of Arts degree in theatre through her support of Holidays, Inc. The first show took
Arts Administration from FSU, and has Quincy Music Theatre and the place at the top of the Space Needle
previously worked with Gadsden Arts Gadsden County arts community. in Seattle, followed by multiple
Center, the Tallahassee Senior Center, Ms. Woodward is one of only fifty performances during a four-day
and Tallahassee Museum. individuals nationally to have received cruise to British Columbia for the
this award since its inception in 2000. cruise and travel industry executives.
Two new galleries made their debuts
in Railroad Square Art Park in Recent FSU Film School graduate
September. Humidity Gallery features Will Bigham triumphed over
work from artisans and fine crafters 12,000 other entrants to win a $1
from Tallahassee, the Big Bend, the million development deal with
Gulf Coast, and the Southeast region. DreamWorks Studio on the highly
Humidity Gallery is located at the competitive reality TV show, On the
back the square, and will be open Lot. Three of the finalists of On the
Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 Lot, which was produced by Mark
am -5 pm, and First Fridays. Simply Burnett and Steve Spielberg, were
Artistic highlights the work of talented graduates of Florida State University
local photographers including resident Film School.
artist Mike Nowak. Simply Artistic is
located at the very front of the square, Several arts-related Two short films produced by
and is open Monday to Saturday, 11 organizations and businesses Mickee Faust Films and Diane
am – 6 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. were honored in the “Best Wilkins Productions premiered at
of Tallahassee 2007” readers’ film festivals this fall. In September
The independent Word Traffic Books poll in Tallahassee Magazine. and October, Boot Scootin’ Beauty
opened its doors in September on Thomas Eads Fine Art was voted was shown at Washington D.C.’s
East Lafayette Street next to Lindy’s 2007 Best Art Gallery, Seven Days International Gay and Lesbian Film
Chicken. Owners Van and Chelsea Fox of Opening Nights was named Festival, the 12th Annual Seattle
are carrying new and used books and 2007 Best Community Event, the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the
displaying the work of local artists on IMAX Theatre at Challenger Austin Gay and Lesbian International
Learning Center was voted 2007 Film Festival, and the Fire Island
their walls. The store is open Monday
Best Local Attraction, and Sally Film and Video Festival. In October,
through Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm, and
Rude Antiques and Fine Art Cremmate Muffy was shown at the
Sundays 11 am – 5 pm.
Gallery took the title of 2007 Best 22nd Annual Pittsburgh International
Antique Shop. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Around Town
COCA Board Member and Associate
Professor at the FSU Film School
Valliere Richard Auzenne’s newest
film, Breaking the Silence: Torture
Survivors Speak Out, premiered on
October 2 at FSU’s Askew Student
Life Center, with a panel discussion
immediately following the showing.
Breaking the Silence is based on
interviews with more than 40
members of the Torture Abolition and
Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC).

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A Vision of Leadership

Interview by Del Suggs

n the surface, Mike Sheridan and Del Suggs couldn’t DS: Well, I had hoped that we could meet over a nice Irish
be more different. Mike is a businessman, the brew somewhere.
founder and Chair of Fringe Benefits Management
Company, a nationally recognized employee MS: We wouldn’t have accomplished much.
benefits business, and one of the largest employers in the Big Bend
DS: But it would have been fun! How did you first get
area. Del, on the other hand, is a singer/songwriter and guitarist
involved in the arts?
who regularly appears in concert across the United States, and has
five solo albums. MS: I started out playing the guitar in high school in Miami. I
What do they have in common? Community activism and played at parties and things like that. Then a buddy of mine who
involvement, and music. was not a musician said,“You guys are really good. People would
Mike has a long history of supporting the arts, serving actually pay to hear you.”So we put together a group called the
on Boards of Council on Culture & Arts, the University Musical Wild Rovers, because that was our favorite song. We started
Associates, Tallahassee Irish Society, and others. Del has served on playing down there, and when I moved here, another guy
the Boards of the Tallahassee Museum, the National Association moved at the same time, and so we kept on playing.
for Campus Activities, and the Florida Flambeau Foundation, and is
widely known for his public service concerts. DS: Did you ever think about being a professional musician?
These longtime pals served together on the Economic
Development, Tourism, and Quality of Life Task Force of the MS: Well, I’ve been paid. I guess that qualifies me as a
Tallahassee Cultural Plan. They sat down to talk about writing, professional. But I didn’t choose it for two reasons. One, I
Irish music, and their mutual interest in and commitment to the couldn’t make any money, and two, I didn’t have enough
economic benefits of the arts. talent. You’ve made a living out of it, but I haven’t been so

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DS: I’ve been fortunate. There aren’t DS: Nothing Irish.
too many people who get a chance
to do that. MS: Nothing Irish, right. So I walked into
the Jax Liquor Bar on Thomasville Road,
MS: Talent helps, and you’ve got it. which doesn’t exist anymore, and asked,
“How would you like to have authentic
DS: Well, yeah, but there’s an awful traditional Irish music for St. Patrick’s
lot of luck involved, too. Day?” And they said yes! So I called up
my buddies, and they came up from
MS: But I do think it’s very important to
Miami and we made a weekend of it.
realize that artists are professionals, and
That was 25 years ago. We just decided
not view them as people who ought to The Wild Rovers performing at Chez
to retire this year.
give their services away for free. They Pierre on St. Patrick’s Day
need to make a living, and when they DS: I was there for your last gig, in fact.
make money, they re-invest it back in
the economy. MS: That’s right, you were part of the DS: Isn’t it amazing how important
event at Chez Pierre. writing is to every aspect of success? I
DS: True. I think to some extent artists think that the ability to write – to put
have marginalized themselves, DS: Well, what else have you done in words on paper – is fundamentally
because we tend to have this concept the local arts scene? important to success in just about
of the romantic artist, the struggling everything.
artist, and that seems sort of glorified. MS: I have written throughout my life.
But I say, it might seem glamorous to I’ve been published, even going back to MS: I fear certain things are disappearing.
be a starving artist, but it’s not a very high school. The kids now are text-messaging, and
comfortable way to live. they don’t have to use grammar. But on
DS: Really? the other hand, people are still buying and
MS: No! reading books.
MS: In amateur things. I had a superb
DS: You’ve been awfully successful English teacher in high school, who DS: I was in the same situation
in other ways, you know. You’ve actually went on to become Florida’s you were in. I had a wonderful
been a mover and shaker in the Irish first national teacher of the year. I’ve high school English teacher. Every
music scene in this town, which has written short stories. I’ve written a play Monday we came in, sat down,
just blossomed over the last several that was published and produced and wrote an essay. So I learned to
years. at Tallahassee Little Theatre. And write. I write a monthly magazine
I’ve performed at Tallahassee Little column now, and I’ve actually had
MS: It has. Well, we were the first people Theatre going back over 20 years. I’m about 60 different articles in the
to ever play Irish music here. I had also working very, very slowly on an field of student activities published
just moved up here from Miami and I anthology of poetry that I’ve written. in magazines. That’s something
wanted to see what was happening on that most people don’t realize
St. Patrick’s Day. There was nothing. about me. I say it’s the fourth half of
my life. Along with the many other
things I do.

MS: In my real career, the employee
benefits field, I’m an investment
manager for a huge 401K fund, and
I write a column ten times a year for
a newsletter that goes out to about
30,000 people.

DS: I think it goes back to that
basic need to communicate. That’s
really what the arts are all about,

MS: Yes, that’s a good observation.

(continued on next page)

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DS: You and I first worked together
on developing the City and
County’s Cultural Plan. We served
on the Economic Development and
Tourism Committee, and helped
write that part of the plan. That was
a great joy – a real treat to work with
you and Kay Stephenson, and to
help pull that together. It was a very
exciting time.

MS: Right. When I first became the
Chairman of COCA, we had just been
charged with implementing the
Cultural Plan.

DS: Well, I wanted to talk to you
about your term on the COCA board,
and the fact that you’re now leaving
after serving as chair. How do you
feel about stepping aside, passing
the baton?

MS: I’m delighted – I think volunteer
organizations should have turnover. I
originally said that I’d stay on as Chair for
three years. Time enough to implement
Mike Sheridan as Alfie Doolittle in Tallahassee Little Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady.
the parts of the plan that we could, and
to assist other authorities with their
parts of the plan. Time enough to put DS: I like that! culture that I don’t believe exists in any
the infrastructure in place for ongoing other city – or many other cities – in the
MS: It’s good. Maybe we’re getting United States that only have a quarter
things, like First Fridays, the web site,
someplace. of a million people. And it’s accessible.
and all the rest. And so I said I’d be Chair
for three years, and then try to recruit It’s easy most of the time to find some
DS: We certainly are. I’ve got a
my replacement. But I plan to stay on parking. It’s affordable, and it’s good.
recording session this afternoon
the board as Immediate Past Chair. to do vocal tracks on a new CD by DS: My theory is that we’re basically
Tammerlin, a band from Jacksonville. spoiled in Tallahassee. There’s just
DS: It’s amazing to see how the arts
They’re working on their third so much great talent here that we
have just continued to grow in this
CD recorded in Tallahassee. They don’t truly appreciate it. I’ve heard
town and you’ve been a big part
come all the way from Jacksonville people complain about having to
of that. You don’t just talk about
to record with Pete Winter at pay a $10 or $15 cover charge to go
this stuff. You actually have made
Winterstone Productions, because of see somebody like Pierce Pettis play
a financial commitment to support
the facility, because of the ears on the at the Warehouse. And I say, well,
the arts.
engineer and the producer that they people are paying $25 to see him in
MS: Oh yes, I believe that I’m a work with there. Charlotte the weekend before.
benefactor or patron of most arts or
MS: Wow. That’s great. MS: Tonight I’m going to a jazz concert
cultural organizations in town. I try
to write checks and buy tickets and with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus
DS: So I think you’re absolutely
encourage other people to do the Roberts at Ruby Diamond. You can’t
correct. We really are getting there.
same thing. I noticed something in the get better jazz than that anyplace in the
Tallahassee Democrat not long ago. It MS: I think anybody who looks at the United States.
referred to Jacksonville as a river town, Limelight or
DS: Exactly. I remember seeing
and then the next day, in an unrelated can see that there’s always something
Marcus Roberts and his trio play in
article, it referred to Tallahassee as a going on. We have a concentration of
front of the R.A. Gray Building, and
culture town.
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re you dreading the
thought of once again
trying to find unusual and
meaningful gifts this holiday
season? If you shudder at
the thought of the crowds, chaos
and long lines, you’re not alone.
From: This year, try something
Randi Goldst different. Forget the familiar,
Editor, Capi
tal predictable sameness and opt
azine for something interesting and
Culture Mag
artful – a uniquely “made
in Tallahassee” gift that
you can’t find anywhere else
in the world.
These holiday shopping events,
sponsored by your local cultural
community, bring endless gift ideas:
Glasshopper Galle
paintings, photography, prints, ry shines with beau
tiful gi
handmade clothing, jewelry, pottery,
glass, and more. You’re sure to find something
to please even the quirkiest people you know.

Gift Giving with a Creative Twist
And remember, these are just some of the special holiday
events. Check out the listings on pages 18-20 for many more
creative places to hunt for treasure this season or any time.

Ornamental Shopping: Opening November 10
Color Wheel Gallery, 616 N. Bronough St., 222-6873,
The Color Wheel Gallery is celebrating its first holiday season
by featuring original handmade Christmas ornaments and
decorations. A variety of local artists are creating unique
ornaments especially for this Christmas sale. Has your tree
ever featured a mosaic ornament? Or one made from fused
glass? Don’t let fear of high prices prevent you from taking a
look – many of these one-of-a-kind ornaments have price-
tags of $10 or less. Color Wheel will also be featuring water-
color holiday cards, decorations, and reasonably priced small
artworks suitable for gift-giving. This holiday show begins
November 10, with a special one-day Christmas Sidewalk Sale
one December 1.

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A Winter’s Tale: contemporary artists. The Art & Antiques
Fair began in the ’80s as an afternoon
November 23 – December 29
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, tea and trunk show of fine crafts made
125 N. Gadsden Street, 222-8800, by area artists. The current event em-
If you’ve never been to LeMoyne Center braces antique dealers and booksellers
for the Visual Arts’ Annual Holiday Show, as well as regional artists with national
you’re missing a treat. Every year the reputations for the unique nature and
gallery decorates 67 trees in different excellence of their creations.
themes with ornaments, lights, and
other holiday decorations, all of them Go to Market: December 1 – 2
Tallahassee Museum’s Market Days, North Florida
for sale. LeMoyne’s selection is mostly Fairgrounds, 575-8684,
handmade by artisans, many of them
The granddaddy of all holiday sales in
local artists.“We try to cater to more than
the Big Bend area, the 42nd Annual Mar-
just Christmas,”says Executive Director
ket Days is a perfect place to find unique
Allison McCarthy,“There’s something for
and well-made gifts for the holiday
every religion.”So if you’re looking for a
season. Nearly 300 artists display and
handmade menorah, now you know
sell original and handmade creations,
where to find it. This year’s holiday show,
making it one of the largest arts and Handmade fused glass from Color Wheel Gallery
the gallery’s 43rd, is subtitled Journey
crafts shows in the Southeast. Held at
ifts. Through Five Decades at LeMoyne. Each of
the North Florida Fairgrounds, Market Holiday Small Works Show. For example,
the five galleries will represent a decade,
Days is also an annual and vital fundrais- Joe Claborn, known for his small
from the 60s through the current day,
ing event for the Tallahassee Museum. paintings of local birds, flowers, fruits,
with themed decorations, and panels
Shoppers can browse six large build- and vegetables, is creating Christmas
describing the events of each era.
ings, as well as the outdoor plazas and miniatures as tiny as three-and-a-half
medians, filled with original art, jewelry,
Art and Antiques: inches square. Signature also has John
specialty foods, furniture, woodworking, Penrod’s unusual turned wood pots.
November 29 – December 1 photography, and much more. Penrod uses local woods like grapefruit,
FSU Museum of Fine Arts, 644-1254, palm, and Norfolk Pine to create his tiny
All That’s Small: masterpieces – some as small as five
Every year for three days of the holiday
season, the FSU Museum of Fine Arts Opening December 3 inches high. The small paintings gener-
Signature Art Gallery, 2779 Capital Circle NE, ally start at about $150, and if you shop
is transformed into a cheerful bazaar— 297-2422, carefully, you may even find a bargain
a most amazing and colorful market-
Signature Art Gallery represents more as low as $65. The Holiday Small Works
place of unique handmade fine crafts,
than 30 regional, national and interna- Show opens for December’s First Friday
antiques of every description, fine art
tional artists. This season, Signature’s Gallery Hop, with a reception where
prints, exotic apparel (such as imported
local artists have worked to create a customers can meet the artists.
kimono), and unusual inventions by
selection of small paintings for the (continued on pg. 17)

You’re never at a loss for unique gifts when holiday shopping at the FSU Art and Antiques Fair.

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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 December
2007 & January 2008...

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

Special Holiday-Themed Events
Young Hilary's fourth grade life is dictated by her friends' choices Camellia Christmas is an annual old fashioned holiday kick-off
until she meets her unusual neighbor, Sara Kate, in the School of at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. On December 7, the
Theatre at Florida State’s production of Afternoon of the Elves. community is invited to come out for a candlelight stroll through
At the Fallon Theatre in the Fine Arts Building, November 29 to the gardens, and enjoy the music of local performers along
December 2. Call 644-6500 for tickets, or go to with hot apple cider and cookies served by the park staff and
edu to order online. volunteers, plus a silent auction. Maclay House will also be open
Stop by the Knott House Museum’s Holiday Open House on and decorated for the holidays. Call 487-4115 for information.
December 1 and enjoy the vintage ornaments that decorate the Don’t miss the Tallahassee Ballet’s holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.
historic site along with special tours, refreshments, and music. For This production will delight audiences of all ages from the moment
more information call 922-2459. the curtain rises on Clara and her magical journey to the Kingdom
On December 2, spend time with friends, family, and Santa on of Sweets. This year’s Nutcracker at Ruby Diamond Auditorium on
the relaxed and enchanting grounds of Goodwood Museum December 15 promises to indulge spectators with special surprises
and Gardens. Spend the afternoon with games, arts and tucked within this classic favorite. For the little ones, there is a special
crafts, and exhibits at the Making Spirits Bright Family Fun Day, abbreviated Children’s Performance at 10:30 am. Call 644-6500 for
and experience the charm and innocence of Christmas long tickets, or go to to order online.
ago. Also at Goodwood, take an elegant candlelight tour of Celebrate the holidays with the sounding joy of the Tallahassee
the main house on December 7. The lights of hundreds of Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
candles, decorations, and music will surely put you in the Chorus, and Children’s Chorus as they present Holiday Magic:
holiday spirit. Call 877-4202 for more information. Angels in the Snow, under the baton of Music Director Miriam

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Burns. December 8 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Call 644-6500
for tickets, or go to to order online.
Honor the Spanish missions of Florida during a Commemorative
Mass led by Bishop John Ricard at Mission San Luis on
December 9. A public reception will follow the holiday service.
For information, call 487-3711.
Voces Angelorum (“Voices of Angels”) women’s vocal
chamber choir will present a holiday concert with classical
guitarist Kris Anderson. The program will feature medieval
chants to contemporary Spanish lullabies. Free childcare is
provided for this concert on December 16 at Grace Lutheran
Church. Call 942-6075 for details.
Join the Tallahassee Irish Step Dancers and students who study
at Killearn Performing Arts for a retelling of the famous fairy tale,
The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson, set to Irish dance and
music. This annual performance will be at Lawton Chiles High School
Auditorium on December 23. Call 443-7512 for tickets.
See the work more of dozens of Tallahassee’s future visual art stars at
COCA’s Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition, at City Hall Art Gallery
from November 26 through December 28. Call 224-2500 for more
Goodwood Museum and Gardens provides the perfect atmosphere
Art & Exhibits for holiday spirit.
Guest curator Linda Van Beck presents A Sense of Habitat in the
Phipps Gallery and Fleischmann Natural Science Building in childhood traditions with the work of Tallahassee artist Kelly
recognition of the Tallahassee Museum’s 50th anniversary. A Boehmer, Matthew Hopson-Walker of California, and Mark
Sense of Habitat features artwork by local painters, sculptors, McLeod of South Carolina. Then in January, 621 presents A Culture
writers, and a photographer, each celebrating the species and of Conflict. As today’s digital culture blurs the distinction between
habitats represented at the museum. Through January 6, 2008. entertainment and reality, three artists address the effect of media
For information, call 575-8684. on social interactions. For information, call 224-6163.

Celebrate the creative talent of 30 photographers living in the
Tallahassee area with COCA’s juried fine art photography show,
Photofest 2007, from November 16 to January 4 at the ArtPort Hear Grammy Award winner and Professor of Trumpet
Gallery at Tallahassee Regional Airport. For more information, Christopher Moore, with Valerie Trujillo on piano at Opperman
call 224-2500. Music Hall on January 18. Part of the FSU College of Music’s
Faculty Solo Artist Series. For information call 644-9934.
621 Gallery is transformed into a labyrinth of hallucinations in
December for Stories. The exhibit features insight into an array of On January 19 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium, the Tallahassee
Symphony Orchestra will present a Memorial Tribute concert
for the late Maestro Nicholas and Janice
Harsanyi. Featuring the music of Kodály,
Brahms, Sessions, and Strauss, under the baton
of Music Director Miriam Burns. Call 644-6500
for tickets, or go to to order
The Tallahassee Community Chorus salutes
our Armed Forces with their Unity Concert at
Ruby Diamond Auditorium on January 23.
Special guests include the choirs of Chiles, Leon,
and Lincoln High Schools. Call 644-6500 for
tickets, or go to to order
The Tallahassee Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

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Holiday Music
at the Historic

Has shopping exhausted you? Take
a break and experience the beautiful
sound of music echoing through the
halls of Tallahassee’s most notable
historic building. December 3 – 17,
the Old Capitol site is decorated for
the holidays and aglow with groups
celebrating the season. For more
information, call 487-1902.
Monday, December 3
Fairview Middle School
Lichgate on High Road’s “Enchanted Cottage” decorated for the holidays.
6th Grade Chorus - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5 Theatre
Fairview Middle School
It’s“east meets west”in this touching story about finding love in the most
7th & 8th Grade Chorus – 12:00 p.m.
unexpected places. Quincy Music Theatre presents the classic musical The King
Friday, December 7 and I, November 30 to December 2 and December 7 to 9, 2007. Order tickets
Griffin Middle School Chorus – 11:30 a.m. online at or call 875-9444.
Sunday, December 9 Come see the magic, the mystery, the memory of Cats. This winner of seven Tony
Tallahassee Girls Choir of C.H.O.I.C.E. Awards, including Best Musical, is coming to the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic
Center as part of the Broadway Series on December 6 and 7. Call 222-0400 for tickets.
Tuesday, December 11
Directed by thirty-year Hollywood veteran (and now FSU Film School Professor)
Deerlake Middle School Chorus - 11:30 a.m.
Chip Chalmers, Tallahassee Little Theatre’s Starbucks Coffeehouse series presents
Wednesday, December 12 Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, December 7 through 16. This hilarious show
Holy Comforter Middle School Chorus – is the story of five bridesmaids hiding in an upstairs room at a Knoxville society
12 p.m. wedding. For information call 224-4597.

Friday, December 14 It’s New York, 1952. Welcome to Broadway, the glamour and power capital of the
universe, where J.J. Hunsecker rules all with his daily gossip column. Theatre A La
Cobb Middle School Chorus – 10:30 a.m.
Carte’s production of Sweet Smell of Success captures the gritty and jazzy feel of the
Raa Middle School Chorus - 11:30 a.m.
classic film. See it January 11-13 or 18-20 at Tallahassee Little Theatre. Sweet Smell of
Monday, December 17 Success will be presented as a concert production, featuring an on-stage orchestra.
Nims Middle School Chorus – 12:00 p.m. Call 224-8474 for tickets.

(Note: these are the groups scheduled at the Leapin' Lizards! Annie is coming to Tallahassee. The timeless tale of Little Orphan
Annie is at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center as part of the Broadway
time of publication. Others may be added
Series on January 28 and 29. Call 222-0400 for tickets.
throughout the season.)

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Check out the Hot Deal Discount for Tallahassee hotels and attractions at

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COCA Notes
Special Thanks
• COCA would like to thank Shred It
( for providing
in-kind shredding and recycling
On the Radio services to COCA for the last several
COCA’s Executive Director, Peggy Brady, years. (According to them, we’ve
joined City Commissioner Andrew Gillum saved three trees this year alone!)
and Wendy Holmes from Artspace Projects, • Special thanks to all the local
Inc. on WFSU’s radio show Perspectives businesses participating in the
to discuss the Arts on Gaines project. Tallahassee Collects show at City Hall
The program is archived at www.wfsu. Gallery. The exhibit recognizes these
org/radio/archives/perspectives-archives_ 18 local businesses that use artwork
2007.html. Click the LISTEN NOW link for to cultivate a creative atmosphere in
the September 13, 2007 show. their workplace, while at the same
time investing in our local artists:
• The Bank of Tallahassee
Out and About • Bob Rackleff Consulting
• Carroll and Company, CPAs
• Peggy Brady directed the recent theatrical production of An Evening with Dick envisioned
• DataMaxx Group
by local chef and co-owner of Chez Pierre, Eric Favier. This fundraiser for prostate cancer
• Diane Wilkins Productions
research raised $15,000 for the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation.
• Earl Bacon Agency
• COCA’s Arts in Public Places Director, Leslie Puckett, participated in the juried art show • Herrle Communications
100% Pure Florida at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne. Her piece was one of 67 Group
accepted out of 800 pieces submitted by Florida artists. • Hill Spooner & Company, Inc.
• COCA’s Marketing Director, Tony Archer, was guest lecturer for two sections of “Success • Law Office of Paula L.
Strategies in Art & Design” in the Department of Art, and one section of “Culminations” Walborsky, Esq.
in the School of Theatre, both part of FSU’s College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance. • Mad Dog Design &
• On October 9, 2007, Peggy Brady, along with Buddy Streit, co-hosted the Rising Stars Construction Company
Showcase at The Moon. Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, the event • Marpan Management, Inc.
spotlighted the excellence of Tallahassee youth in the performing arts. The evening • National Federation of
featured performances by Young Actors Theatre, Tallahassee Girls Choir of C.H.O.I.C.E., Independent Businesses
Musikgarten, Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra, F.A.C.E., and others. • Office of Dr. Cynthia Tie
• Office of Dr. Sally Karioth
Continuing Education • Oppenheim Research
• On September 21, 2007, COCA’s Access Advisory Committee presented “Does • Peoples First Community
Everyone Feel Welcome,” a workshop for performing arts presenters about better Bank, Kerry Forest Branch
accommodating all patrons, with an emphasis on patrons with disabilities. • Ron Sachs Communications
• COCA hosted a grantwriting workshop presented by Florida’s Division of Cultural • Tucker/Hall Inc. Public Affairs
Affairs on September 26, 2007. Representatives of more than 40 arts organizations from and Public Relations
Pensacola to Jacksonville attended to learn about how the Division’s new strategic plan,
Culture Builds Florida’s Future, relates to the grant programs. Coming in January...
The Show Must Go On
• Bravo to FAMU’s Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery for stepping up to host the annual Leon
County middle school arts show when the show’s regular venue fell through. Leslie
Puckett and Amanda Thompson coordinated the exhibit with Gallery Director Harris
Wiltsher and area art teachers.
• Leslie Puckett consulted with Tallahassee/Leon County’s Community Animal Services
Center to develop a permanent exhibition program for the lobby of the animal shelter.
The exhibition space officially opened June 29, and features changing exhibits. A
percentage of sales from this gallery will benefit the Animal Shelter Foundation.
The Music Issue!

Capital Culture Magazine November/December 2007 | 13
Thursday night, September seventh,
at Amen-Ra Bookstore.
I thought I was just going to see a poetry show,
but found a whole lot more.

These sisters and brothers were doing their thing on stage.
They rocked spoken word so hard that I was shook for days.
My mind was in a daze.

The next thing I knew
I was writing poetry page after page,
and two weeks later, I was on stage.

Black on Black Rhyme
by W.C. Blackmon

didn’t know that my first time at a Black on Black “Back before we had an actual venue, we would meet
Rhyme show would mean the unveiling of something at someone’s house and do poetry,” explains Keith Rodgers,
deep and soulful within me. I was fortunate to get a founder of Black on Black Rhyme. “We called these ‘lyrical drive-
seat up close to the stage my first time attending, and bys’ or ‘poetic drive-bys.’”That was in 1998. Today, other chapters
from the start, the energy level was unbelievable. The of Black on Black Rhyme are in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa,
poet who opened the show, Keith Rodgers, possessed a sing- Atlanta, and Rochester, New York.
song skip rhythm that mentally took hold of me, lifted me up, This branching out is due to more than chance. The orga-
and took me on an upward-spiraling spiritual ride that I won’t nization has some of the most talented poets around, and first
soon forget. made a splash at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago in 2002.
From the aroma of the burning incense, to the lights Since then, Black on Black Rhyme members have been steadily
turned just so, the ambiance was set. The venue was packed. making their presence known on the national scene. Paul D.,
The audience members each had small oval “shakers” that an area poet who is also one half of the hip hop group THER.I.P.Y.,
they held aloft and shook instead of clapping their hands. The spoke his way into first place in the 2005 Southern Fried Poetry
poems flowed into the microphone as words, but seemed Slam. This year, local poet Ali took first place at the 2007 South-
to come out as a kind of kinetic energy blaze that simply put, ern Fried Poetry Slam in Columbia, South Carolina. And Black on
rocked. For the rest of the show I was on the edge of my seat. Black Rhyme poets and fans are anxiously awaiting 2008, when
Later, I learned some of the background on Black on Black the Southern regional poetry championship will be held right
Rhyme, which began right here in Tallahassee over nine years here in Tallahassee.
ago. The name was derived from the reality that is black-on- Two weeks after attending that first show I was on stage
black crime. The desire was to create something not only posi- doing spoken word for the first time. Though I had never before
tive, but enduring. performed spoken word, I had been writing for years. I was

14 | November/December 2007 Capital Culture Magazine
working on a novel where the main mind to an idea that is new or untried.
character happened to be a poet, so Through the sharing of an experience,
I had even written some poetry. But I can let people know that they are not
performing before a live audience is alone. So despite the inner turmoil I
something altogether different. felt, not just the first time, but the first
ten times I performed, I can honestly
My knees were shaking, say it was worth it. Check out one of these programs in the
my hands were trembling, Back in March of this year, I was Tallahassee area. Places to read your own
and with every moment, invited by Black on Black Rhyme to join work, have it critiqued, or just go hear
it seemed as if my thoughts were the regular poetry troupe. I couldn’t some of the talented authors from your
disassembling. help but feel honored by their welcom- home town and beyond.
ing me into the fold. It has now been
Anhinga Press/Apalachee Review
One might wonder why was I so just under a year since I’ve stepped
Reading Series,
compelled to do something that was on to the stage and been opened up
or Hear
obviously so stressful. The truth is it to the world of spoken word. I have
poetry read by both local and national
would have been more stressful to made, and hope to continue to make,
poets. Readings are held periodically,
me not to perform. The words and the great leaps in this art, but it hasn’t been
so check the websites or Limelight for
wisdom in the form of rhyme called to an individual effort. By observing the
times and places.
me, and I could not help but answer expertise of my sisters and brothers
the call. In obedience to that old wise of the Black on Black Rhyme family, Black on Black Rhyme, Amen-Ra
saying, “to thine own self be true,” I do and thanks to their positive encour- Bookstore, 812 S. Macomb St., www.
my best to listen to the poetry within agement, I have no doubt that I will Poetry
and then speak it. become the spoken word artist I am readings open to public every Thursday
The best part about being a poet supposed to be. beginning at 9 pm. Go and listen or
and speaking poetry happens when perform your own work at the open mic.

the show is over – when someone you So between now and when, if you see me
don’t know comes up to you, gives you around, Cuppa Critique, annmorrow@comcast.
a hug or shakes your hand, and says, Understand that you’re seeing a poet net or The local
“Thanks for doing that poem. It really in the guise of a man. gathering of the Society of Children’s
touched me.” I find this so gratifying That’s no matter where I am at. Book Writers and Illustrators meets on
because touching an individual (or an And you better believe the third Thursday of every month from
entire crowd) in a positive way is what I’m back talking to the world in hopes 7 -8:30 pm, and welcomes serious writers
spoken word is all about. Through my that it will and illustrators of stories, poems, and
words, energy, emotion, and truth, I talk back. non-fiction for children.
have the opportunity to open up a
Tallahassee Writers’ Association, www. Take the opportunity
to workshop your writing of all types at

“I was working on a novel where the main character
regular meetings every third Thursday
evening at the American Legion Hall.
Open to all published and unpublished
writers from the Big Bend area.

happened to be a poet, so I had even written some The Warehouse Reading Series, 706
W. Gaines St., 222-6188 Get inspiration

poetry. But performing before a live audience is something
for your own writing every Tuesday
with FSU’s reading series. Come listen
to FSU faculty, grad students, and

altogether different.”
visiting writers.

(Note: this may not be a complete listing of all

- W. C. Blackmon opportunities to read or hear original literary
works, and COCA does not endorse any
particular event or opportunity. For listings of
many other types of local literary events, visit

Capital Culture Magazine November/December 2007 | 15
Brotherhood step back and writes about events in his
life that made him pursue his calling. He
to achieve the ongoing goal of being
a community where everyone works

of the Fin:
describes the brutal training one must together to make sure children thrive.
go through in order to become a rescue Catching Smiles is one of the most dis-
swimmer, training that nearly half the tinctive results of the statewide project.
A Coast Guard Rescue candidates fail to make it through. It was created here in Leon County from
Swimmer’s Story Hoover often mentions his fear
of failure, and credits it as what drove
the work of the Spiritual Action Commit-
tee, led by committee chair Laurie Dozier
him through the training and rescue of Mad Dog Design & Construction, with
by Gerald R. Hoover
missions. In contrast, at times in the committee members Kathy Weiss and
188 pages
book he comes off as overconfident. Debra Lachter coordinating the effort.
Wheatmark Publishing, Inc., June 2007 But he doesn’t apologize for it. In fact, Catching Smiles is intended for
Available at:
he argues that this confidence is what parents to listen to with their children ages
• and other major online
is needed to be a rescue swimmer; on 0-5, but its appeal reaches far beyond those
• Or order a signed copy from each mission, there can be nothing but ages. The CD begins with the smooth voice
success in mind. of Velma Frye welcoming a new day with
The book closes with his and others’ “The Sun Comes Up.”The memorable and
stories from Hurricane Katrina. It is star- magical Pam Laws adds“This Little Light of
tling to read what this great disaster was Mine”while Bill“Yazid”Johnson of Tocamos,
like from someone who was right in the Tallahassee’s Afro-Cuban drumming group,
middle of it. The rescue swimmers saved invites a sing-along with“Funga.”Relax and
the lives of 33,500 people after Katrina end the day with John Paul Walters’“Good
– an impressive feat, considering that the Night, Good Earth”or Sammy Tedder’s“Eve-
program began in 1983 and only met the ning Flute with Crickets.”The rest will have
milestone of 4,000 people saved in 2001. to be a surprise, but with local musicians
Brotherhood of the Fin is full of the donating eighteen tracks of music, you will
exciting stories of Hoover’s missions, as find a little something for everyone.
well as accounts told by fellow rescue If you want to be one of the first
swimmers, paramedics, and pilots in to receive this very special CD, join the
the Coast Guard. If you enjoy tales of volunteers and learn more about Whole
adventure and bravery, go out and get Child Leon at the release party scheduled
this inspiring book from a local hero. to coincide with the Downtown Get
Down on November 16. The generous
Daniel Lyons
musicians will be on hand to play more
of their music, too .
At the time of this printing, informa-
Catching Smiles tion on future distribution of the CD was
not yet finalized, so if you miss the release
Watching television in the wake of party, call COCA at 224-2500 and we will
Hurricane Katrina, you may have seen Produced by Whole Child Leon send you in the right direction.
how Gerald Hoover spent his career: Release Date: November, 2007
jumping out of helicopters and saving Genre: Children’s Peggy Brady
lives. When Hoover retired in May of
2006 after 20 years in the service, he had Through the generosity and talent of
more deployments from Coast Guard local musicians, Winterstone Produc-
helicopters than any other rescue swim- tions, The Clothesline, and a committee
mer in the history of the program. And of local volunteers, Catching Smiles, a CD
he lives here in Tallahassee. Hoover’s ex- “filled with music that makes kids feel
tended family is from the Big Bend and good…” is being produced for Whole
following his retirement, he decided to Child Leon, a partnership with the
make this area his permanent home. Lawton Chiles Foundation.
His story draws you in from the Whole Child Leon, under the lead-
start, as he is flown into the middle of a ership of State Representative Loranne
vicious storm to save a group of people Ausley, is an incredible cross-section of
caught on a small boat. Later he takes a Leon County residents who volunteer

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Sheridan Interview Holiday Guide
(continued from page 6) (continued from page 9)

he was essentially warming up to go commitment for something like Just One More: December 8
do a show at Carnegie Hall in New that, and they think the money just Downtown Marketplace, 224-3252,
York City. disappears. But the money that builds
the performing arts center goes Did you miss the opportunity all summer
MS: And last week I watched War, the into the pockets of the construction to buy your presents at the Downtown
World War II documentary by Ken Burns, workers who are working on the site, Marketplace? Well have no fear. On
and who was the musical director? and they spend it in the local stores. December 8, just in time for your gift
Wynton Marsalis. So the money doesn’t disappear, it buying frenzy comes Just One More:
just gets recycled. A Holiday Invitational Arts Festival. This
DS: We’re just so fortunate to have
encore art festival celebrates the talent of
such abundance here. What would MS: If 2,000 people go to a show at a more than 70 hand-selected artists and
you change about the local cultural performing arts center, how many of craftspeople. Named one of the South-
scene or arts scene, if you could? them are going to go out to dinner? east Tourism Society’s top 20 events in
How many are going to come in from the Southeast USA in 2003, Just One More
MS: Well, I certainly would like to see us
out of town? And stay at a hotel? gets bigger and better every year. While
get a performing arts center. FSU with
its burgeoning School of Music is filling you’re shopping, you can also enjoy live
DS: It’s such an incubator, and some
up Ruby Diamond all the time, so I’d like entertainment, book signings, kids’art
people don’t realize the value of
to see the community get behind the projects, and delicious foods.
it. Well, we’re getting there. What’s
performing arts center. I think that that thrilling to me is to see a lot of the
effort is going to have to rely a lot more on things we brought to the table during 12 Days of Shopping:
private sector funding. The public sector the Cultural Plan – the Gaines Street December 10 – 21
funding can come, but they’re going art district, the film festival, housing Railroad Square Art Park, 224-1308,
to have to have huge commitments for artists – it’s all coming to fruition,
from the private sector first. I’d like to even as we speak. Starting December 10, the shops, studios
see it happen so I can attend all of these and galleries of Railroad Square Art
performances in my lifetime! MS: Isn’t it fun to come up with an idea, Park will abandon their normal Wednes-
and the next thing you know, a few day to Saturday schedule and stay
DS: I remember when the Civic years later, it’s real. It happens! open for twelve straight days of holiday
Center was first built, what a major
shopping. This is the 3rd annual 12 Days
struggle it was, and having to cut DS: A lot of that is due in no small
of Shopping event at the Art Park, which
back the original performing arts part to your leadership.
features art, fine craft, home furnishings,
center that was supposed to be a part
MS: Well, I’m only part of it. But I keep knitting supplies, vintage goods, and
of that structure. But I remember
driving at it. Because if the push is more. Tana McLane, co-owner of the
performing at the Civic Center for
coming from a businessperson who new Humidity Gallery thinks that there
the first time, and thinking how
has built businesses – bought, sold, is something for everyone at Railroad
amazing that was. A lot of people
developed, employed a lot of people, Square.“This is where you’re going to
look at the numbers for the proposed
and understands those things – then it find really original stuff, created locally or
performing arts center and say, “It’s
has some more credibility. And I think regionally,”says McLane.“Different shops
going to cost us how much?” But
that’s been my role. and studios have different points of view.
that’s not the point. The point is the
Some carry very accessible and afford-
potential return on the investment.
DS:Well, you’ve done a great job with it. able objects and wearables, and some
MS: It is an economic driver. And if the carry high end fine crafts and art.”
MS: Thank you. I’ve enjoyed it. I hope A daily list of who’s open will be pub-
money we spend comes back to the
somebody remembers me ten or lished and available at the front entrance
city or the county in taxes and bed
fifteen years from now, when I’m to the park. Or just“circle the Square”and
taxes, why not?
just an old guy, tottering around the discover hidden treasures within.
DS: Right. I think that’s one of community.
the things that people are often
DS: Still playing Irish songs.
shortsighted on. They see the
government making a financial
MS: Exactly.

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Arts & Cultural Organizations and Businesses
Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.
Mountain Dew Cloggers The Black Archives
LEGEND 386-1263, 561-2603
See for expanded listings Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre Claude Pepper Museum
Highlighted are COCA members 599-8678 644-9311,
Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee, 562-1430, The Florida Historic Capitol & Legislative Research Center
Official First Friday participant 487-1902,
live performances and events Prophecy School of the Arts Goodwood Museum & Gardens
exhibitions/attractions 222-8085, 877-4202,
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL)
opportunities to participate 412-7087, 850-984-5297,
adult classes Sharon Davis Schools of Dance John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American
things to buy 893-5900 History and Culture, 681-7881,
Southern Academy of Ballet Arts
programs/classes for kids
222-0174 Kirk Collection
The Tallahassee Ballet
DANCE 224-6917, Knott House Museum
African Caribbean Dance Theatre Tallahassee Community Friends of Old 922-2459,
539-4087, Time Dance, 421-1587 or 421-1838, Lichgate on High Road
African Music and Dance, 508-2127, 383-6556 Tallahassee Swing Band Dances Mission San Luis
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee 894-3789, 487-3711,
222-2211, Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) Museum of Florida History
Community School of the Performing Arts and 212-0431, 245-6400,
Culture, 574-2237 Tribal Wallah Dance Troupe Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville, GA)
Corazon Dancers 459-0371, 229-226-2344,
(305) 989-0739 USA Dance, 562-1224, San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park (St. Marks,
Essence Dance Theatre mweininger/tallusabda FL), 922-6007
412-7525, Wildwood Ballet, (850) 894-0264, Tallahassee Automobile Museum
FSU Ballroom Dance Club 942-0137, Tallahassee Museum
FSU Department of Dance
FILM & VIDEO 575-8684,
Diane Wilkins Productions Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
893-1441, 488-7100,
Halimeda’s Oasis
FSU Film School
Head Over Heels Dancewear
644-0453, LITERARY
FSU Student Life Cinema Anhinga Press
644-4455, 442-1408,
In Step Studio
IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center Apalachee Press
645-STAR, 942-5041,
Killearn Performing Arts
Mike Vasilinda Productions Back Talk Poetry Troupe
443-7512 or 894-9364,
224-5420, 459-7399,
Kollage Dance Troupe
Rossier Productions, Inc. CyPress Publications
224-0372, 576-8820,
Maggie Allesee National Center For
Tallahassee Film Society Digital Pulp
Choreography (MANCC)
386-4404, 297-1373,
Video 21, 878-3921 Fiction Collective Two (FC2)
Mahogany Dance Theatre, 561-2318,
644-2260, HISTORY/HERITAGE Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Montgomery Schools of Dance Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
877-4874 487-4115,

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LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Floyd’s Music Store Capital City Shakespeare in the Park
606-2665, 222-3506, 386-6476,
Paperback Rack FSU College of Music Curious Echo Radio Theater
224-3455 644-4774, 228-2473,
Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Gordon’s String Music Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
656-3410, 386-7784 850-653-3200,
Tallahassee Writers’ Association Home Music Educators FAMU Essential Theatre
671-3731, 656-7613, 599-3430,
Word Traffic Books Jim’s Pianos In the Moment Players
422-WORD, 205-5467, 383-1718,
Mason’s School of Music Magic and Fun Costume Shop
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY 412-0102, 224-6244
Center for Fine Arts Education The Moon Mickee Faust Club
254-0123, 878-6900, 224-3089,
Downtown Marketplace Music Center Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL)
224-3252, 942-0626 997-4242,
Florida Center for Performing Arts and MusicMasters Off Street Players
Education, 893-2497, 224-6158, 907-5743,
Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.) Music Xchange Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL)
644-8533, 681-7443, 875-9444,
Pyramid Studios Musikgarten The School of Theatre at Florida State
513-1733, 668-2119, 644-6500,
Seven Days of Opening Nights musikgartensignup.html Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA)
644-7670, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL) 229-758-5450,
Tallafesta 904-364-1683, Tallahassee Little Theatre
878-5148, Stringfest 224-4597,
Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center 668-6896, Theatre A La Carte
487-1691, Stubbs Music Center 385-6700,
Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA) 893-8754, Theatre TCC!
229-226-0588, Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters 201-8608,
Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Association, 509-2695, Young Actors Theatre
(Thomasville, GA), 229-226-7404, 386-6602, Tallahassee Civic Chorale
Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts 878-2711, VISUAL ARTS
422-7795, Tallahassee Community Chorus 1123@Midtown 668-5394, 562-8696
The Warehouse, 222-6188 Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band 621 Gallery
567-6336 or 201-8360 224-6163,
MUSIC Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
Apalachee Blues Society (Valdosta, GA), 229-247-2787,
Tallahassee Music Guild
The Artist Series Artisans
224-9934, 395-7671,
Tallahassee Pipe Band
Barbershop Harmony Society ArtisTree
562-3876, 893-2937,
The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven and Company Ars Magna @ The NHMFL
894-8700, 644-8053
Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
The Beta Bar Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College
425-2697, 201-8713,
Tallahassee Winds
Big Bend Community Orchestra artgallery.htm
893-4567, Artport Gallery
Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios
Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee 224-2500,
528-2403, Bali HI Trading Company
Bradfordville Blues Club 766-7175
906-0766, Barbara Psimas Studios
Vinyl Fever
Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy 894-1444,
893-0893, Blue Abaco Trading Company
Voces Angelorum, 942-6075,
Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee 325-2323,
521-0700 or 668-1643, Bonifay Guild For The Arts (Bonifay, FL)
Club Downunder 850-547-3530,
FAMU Music Department THEATRE Brush and Palette Studio
599-3334 Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA) 893-1960,
Florida State Opera 229-246-834, Capital City Carvers
644-5248, 562-8460,
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DIRECTORY (continued)
Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.
Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL)
LEGEND 539-0006
See for expanded listings M Gallery
Highlighted are COCA members 531-9925,
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
Official First Friday participant 513-0700, the Council on Culture & Arts works on behalf of the
live performances and events Picture Frames Unlimited community to support the area’s diverse range of cultural
422-0088 events and traditions. Through innovative partnerships
exhibitions/attractions with community and educational groups, COCA seeks
Oglesby Union Art Center
opportunities to participate 644-4737, to enrich and improve the lives of citizens and visitors
adult classes Quilters Unlimited alike. Our professional staff and board of directors serve as a community resource to advocate for and support arts
things to buy
Quincie’s Art Jewelry and culture in Florida’s Capital Area.
programs/classes for kids
Railroad Square Art Park COCA members include non-profit and commercial
224-1308, galleries, museums, theaters, music groups, dance
Capitol Complex Galleries companies, festivals, historic sites, film and video
245-6480, Ribits Enchanted Cottage
671-5859, companies, educational organizations, and individual
City Hall Art Gallery artists, as well as businesses and individuals interested in
224-2500, Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery
222-4020, supporting local cultural activities.
Color Wheel Gallery, 222-6873, Signature Art Gallery Council on Culture & Arts Staff
Depot Agent Gallery 297-2422, Executive Director Peggy Brady
218-368-5924, Tony Archer
Et Ceterocks Gallery Simply Artistic, Inc. Randi Goldstein
402-0073, Leslie Puckett
South of Soho Co-op Gallery Clint Riley
First Street Gallery (Havana, FL) Amanda Karioth Thompson
Holly Thompson
Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter Southern Scenes Gallery & Frame 504-0555, Council on Culture & Arts Board of Directors
FSU Big Bend Contemporary Gallery Swamp Buddha Sumi-e Chair Anne Mackenzie 386-5041, Vice Chair Ken Winker
Tallahassee Polymer Clay Art Guild Treasurer/ Secretary Kay Stephenson
FSU International Center Art Gallery
656-2887, Past Chair Michael H. Sheridan
645-4793, Exec. Comm. Margo H. Bindhardt
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
Member At-Large
644-1299, 891-4000,
Tallahassee Watercolor Society Valliere Richard Auzenne
artistsleaguehome.html Mickey Brady
FSU Museum of Fine Arts 385-9517, Alfredo A. Cruz
644-1254, Talleon Independent Artists Lydia A. McKinley-Floyd
FSU Oglesby Gallery 386-7176, Longineu Parsons
644-3898, Ten Thousand Villages Mark Ravenscraft
906-9010, Susan Stratton
Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
Thomas Eads Fine Art Mike Vasilinda
599-3161 Stacey Webb
Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL) 224-1435,
Johanna Williams
875-4866, Turtle Island Trading Post
Glasshopper, 668-5007 425-2490, Ex-officios John Marks, Mayor Uniquely Yours Bob Rackleff, County Commission
Glassworks by Susan 878-7111 Marge Banocy-Payne, TCC
Utrecht Art Supplies Valencia E. Matthews, FAMU
222-5095 Donna H. McHugh, FSU
Historically Florida: Florida’s History Shops 877-0321,
Dick Fallon, Cultural Ambassador
245-6396, Visitors Center Gift Shop & Gallery
Humidity Gallery 413-9200,
264-5810, Wild Women Art Gallery
Images of Tallahassee 224-1308,
It’s A Jem Fine Art (Havana, FL) 816 S. Boulevard Street
539-0335, Tallahassee, FL 32301
J. Clinard Studio (850) 224-2500 office
942-7036, (850) 224-2515 fax
Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

20 | November/December 2007 Capital Culture Magazine

Barbara Edwards’ work will make you look at least twice. Her hand-colored infrared photographs combine the realism of landscapes and
architectural details with the unreality of exaggerated color. When she hand-colors her black and white photos with oils, she’s not restricted
to the colors in the actual scene: she has the freedom to make anything any color she wants, and often does.
Though Edwards frequently photographs her native Florida and has had exhibitions in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and St. Augustine, her
influence is much greater. She has shown her work in Colorado, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and more.
Edwards has also been teaching photography at Tallahassee Community College since 1984. “I love teaching,” she says. “It’s exciting to
witness the flow of creative juices in my students and see what fabulous images they make.”
Someday she plans to retire from teaching and devote long periods of time to her darkroom and her first love, traditional black and white
photography. In the meantime, she is available locally for weddings and hand-colored children’s portraiture.

To see more of Barbara Edwards’
work, visit her web site at,
or see her newest digital images at

Self-portrait of Barbara
Aleene Edwards. Taken
at the artists’ studio,
October 2007.

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