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Fall 2008

PLUS... An Interview with photographer Edward Babcock, Reviews, the Fall Arts Calendar...and MUCH more!
Stacy Corry interviews modern surrealistic photographer Edward Babcock about creative freedom,
magic, and the pursuit of artistic perfection.

Cover Story..........................................................................8
Cultural Perspectives
Candidates for City and County Commission, State House and Senate, School Board, and more
give their opinions on the state of the arts in our area and what government should (or shouldn’t) do
to help.

Book Review: Crossing the 50 Yard Line – Is there life after 50?
by Tallahassee freelance writer, photographer and artist Michèle Beaudin
CD Review: Willie Ames
by Willie Ames with Kelli Baker

Profiles in the Arts.........................................................21
Gerry Leahy
In his alleged “retirement,” theatrical scenic, lighting, and costume designer Gerry Leahy hasn’t
slowed down one bit.

News of Note.......................................................................................... 2
COCA Notes........................................................................................ 15
More Than You Thought...................................................................... 16
Directory of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Businesses.................. 18
Illustration by Lorem Ipsum Design Studio

So said Tip O’Neill, and we couldn’t agree more.
While much attention in the coming weeks will focus on the presidential election, there will also be many local and statewide contests
decided on November 4th. Our city, county, and state elected officials directly influence the quality of our lives on every level. While COCA
does not endorse any particular candidate, we are always happy to help you learn about your choices and gain a little insight into how they view
and value arts and culture. Inside this issue of Capital Culture you’ll find some interesting perspectives that may help inform your decisions.
The passage of Amendment 1 in January had a profound effect on our community’s ability to provide services to its public as well as our
schools’ ability to continue to provide instructional quality, including arts experiences, for every child. This year there are six more proposed
constitutional amendments on the general election ballot. The arts and cultural community cannot afford to be uninformed about the potential
impact of some of these amendments. (For a non-partisan summary of the ballot initiatives in clear language, try
So let’s all step up by becoming informed about local candidates and issues, and carefully learn about the potential impact of constitutional
amendments. Then we can exercise our individual voices by voting this November with the knowledge that we are making choices that will have
a positive effect on our community and beyond.
I’ll see you at the polls.

Peggy Brady

Stacy Corry is a writer and J. Edward Sumerau Daniel Lyons was born
graphic designer who grew received his Bachelor of in Ft. Lauderdale and
up in Tallahassee. While Arts from Augusta State grew up in the Broward
living in Los Angeles, she University, and recently County area. He moved
wrote comic books and short moved to Tallahassee to to Tallahassee to attend
fiction before discovering pursue graduate study at Florida State, and finished
that she could score free Florida State University. his degree in English this year. Dan has
CDs, concert tickets and exclusive interviews The author of more than 150 book reviews, contributed writing to Satellite Magazine and
with Duran Duran as an entertainment journalist. music reviews, and feature articles to spent two years as a DJ at V-89 was formerly
In 1997, she moved back to Tallahassee and date, his work has appeared in a variety of Capital Culture Magazine’s Editorial Intern.
opened a comic book shop (now defunct) called newspapers, magazines, and journals such On the weekends you can find him either
Skid’s Atomic Comics. She is currently the art as The Metro Spirit and Verge Magazine. On digging around the used record bins or
director for a publishing firm, and lives with the weekends you can find him either buried paddling through one of the area’s beautiful
her husband, singer/songwriter Jesse Corry, in a book at a local coffee shop or roaming waterways. And whichever sports season it
their two dogs, and a turtle named Henry. She the cities parks on his bicycle. is, you’ll find him in the stands rooting on
just finished designing the album cover for Soft the Noles.
Targets’ new CD, Heavy Rainbow, and is now
busy writing a children’s book.

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The Tallahassee Film Festival has received a $60,000 grant from the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant will be used to help
fund the festival’s first two years. In May more than 1,000 attended the first
annual festival and 65 films were screened.
Congratulations to the winners of 621 Gallery’s All-Media National Juried
Exhibition (ANJE). Juror Allys Palladino-Craig selected The Boat by
Tallahassee’s own Tadja Dragoo as Best in Show.
The Character and Heritage Institute (formerly Rossier Productions)
won the 2008 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Award
in the category of Preservation Education for production of its heritage
education DVD, A Tour Through Yesteryear.
The Florida Heritage Foundation and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic
Preservation recently awarded the Tallahassee Museum its Award of
Excellence for Organizational Achievement, recognizing the Museum’s work
in historic preservation and interpretation over the past 50 years. Jeanne Curtin, Gloria Pugh, Mayor John Marks and Jane Marks
at the Tallahassee Film Festival

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Out & About
In May, Florida State University’s enhakē The Tallahassee Watercolor Society gallery, and also carries a variety of other local
(Jayoung Kim, cello; Wonkak Kim, clarinet, welcomes new board officers for the 2008- and regional handmade art and gift items such
Eun-Hee Park, piano, M. Brent Williams, 2009 year: Rene Lynch takes over from as pottery, yard art, paintings, cards, designer
violin) made its successful Carnegie Hall outgoing President Eluster Richardson; handbags, home decor, and more.
debut to critical acclaim in the International Eluster continues on the board in the role
Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of Past President. Tonya Toole was elected Big Bend Cares’ 10th annual art auction,
(ICMEC) Winners Concert. The 2008 Secretary, and Carol Myer steps into the role Artopia 2008: Top Hats and Tails,
ICMEC attracted more than seventy of Publicity Chairperson. was a smashing success, generating
chamber ensembles that included musicians approximately $40,000 to provide
from Italy, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Railroad Square Art Park welcomes several HIV prevention and education services.
South Korea, Spain, Canada, Israel, and the new additions to its Shops and Studios. Congratulations to first place award
United States. Fireants Studio, a collaboration of three winner Tallahassee photographer Edward
artists, Elizabeth Burns, Suzanne Cress, and Babcock.
Tallahassee business partners E’Layne Jonathan Markham, is a both a working studio
Koenigsberg, Julie Rogers and Lora and exhibition gallery. LPs Music and More
Davids, known as 3 Hip Chics, did their has the area’s largest and only locally owned
first wholesale art show, the ACRE show, vintage vinyl collection. They also carry new
in Las Vegas. A photograph taken by and used CDs, cassettes, turntables, and
E’Layne of what appears to be three angels other stereo components, vinyl care supplies,
won “Best of Show” by New Age Retailer needles, belts and more. The Spot on the
Magazine. Their story was featured in their Square is a consignment gallery and glass
September issue. blowing studio. They make custom pieces and
will offer flameworking classes. Prickly Pear

Gallery is a working fused glass studio and art

The Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy
announces the return of Grace Maloy as
Executive Director, and Angie Barry to the
role of Curator. Maloy, the former Deputy
Director and Education Director for the Vero
Beach Museum of Art, relocated to Quincy
and led Gadsden Arts in 2005-2006. Angie
Barry is a former Gadsden Arts Docent
who completed work on her Masters in Art
Administration at FSU this summer.

The Mary Brogan Museum is pleased to
welcome four new members to its Board of
Directors: Tammy Brockmeier, Immediate
Past President of the Tallahassee Junior League;
Matthew Carter, Chairman of the Florida
Public Service Commission; Stuart Goldberg,
Attorney and Partner at Goldberg & Olive;
and Natalie Smith, Director of Regulatory
Relations for Florida Power and Light.

The Tallahassee Civic Chorale Board of Several short films produced by Diane Wilkins Productions and Mickee Faust Films
Directors, with input from the general Chorale were shown around the country this summer. Weimar House premiered at the 13th Annual
membership, has selected the Chorale’s North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Durham, NC; Menopausal Gals Gone Wild
new Music Director: Joanne van der Vat- was shown at the historic Castro Theatre as part of the San Francisco International LGBT
Chromy. A doctoral candidate at Florida State Film Festival; and Disaster(abilities): Special Needs for Special Times was shown at two
conferences: “Disabled Performers In (and Against) the Mainstream” in Colorado, and the
University’s College of Music, Joanne was most
Society for Disability Studies in New York.
recently the Vocal Director of the American
School of The Hague in the Netherlands.

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Looking Through Ed’s Corrective Lens

An interview with Edward Babcock by Stacy Corry

he first impression you get when viewing Tallahassee EB: After graduation, I started teaching middle school industrial arts up in
photographer and digital artist Ed Babcock’s work is that he has Cairo, Georgia. I started their program, and geared it towards photography
captured something real. Sometimes this means simply framing a and printing. I bought some used equipment and we converted the
moment and making time stand still. Sometimes it means taking that classroom bathroom into a darkroom. They loved it. We had a couple of
moment and using it to create the hallucinatory quality of a dream. 35mm cameras that the kids could take home overnight and take shots
Ed has a romantic’s naturalistic approach to capturing images with his and they’d come back and develop the negatives and make pictures. Going
camera. Once he has found the perfect subject, he is able to enhance into the darkroom and seeing a black and white photograph emerge from a
reality to suit his vision, utilizing an artistic arsenal that includes white piece of paper…that was like magic to them.
not only his trusty Nikon D200, but the graphic editing software, SC: Magic seems to be a bit of a theme in your creative life. Many of
Adobe Photoshop. First he seeks out his subjects, navigating your pieces have a supernatural edge to them. What you render by way
regional woods, beaches, old churches, rural farms, backstreets and of juxtaposing your photographic images with digital effects is lush,
storefronts to find fodder for his digital dallying. Then back in his surreal, atmospheric…how would you describe it?
studio, he crafts those images into elaborate, complex, beautifully
atmospheric collage pieces. His artful distortion of lighting and EB: My style of work vacillates between surreal, modern, Old World,
perspective completely transforms the original images. He also mystical, and spiritual. I use a lot of symmetry and divine symbols.
incorporates innovative printing techniques, such as using metallic SC: When would you say was the turning point for you, when you went
photo paper, which gives the final print a lustrous sheen, furthering from part-time photographer to full-time artist?
the illusion of gazing through some fantastic window.
To put it simply, Edward Babcock radiates a love for what he EB: At some point in my mid-thirties, the whole concept of creativity and
does. He has an infectious smile, a soothing voice, and is utterly the ability to create images was rekindled in me back from my college
approachable and enthusiastic about the subject of art. Recently, I years. It was an epiphany, a real ‘a-ha!’ moment. About ten years ago, I was
was lucky enough to sit down with Ed and discuss with him just how working full-time and raising two children. The time I had for creativity in
he goes about this business of tweaking reality. my life was maybe five percent, maybe less. My creative energy was being
diluted because I was dabbling with so many different things – metal work,
wood working, stained glass... So I made a conscious decision. I was going
SC: So, Ed…when and how did you first discover an interest in to focus on just photography and see how good I could get. That was years
photography? Did you take lots of pictures as a kid? ago, and it continues to be fun. Now I do it every day, every weekend.
EB: Back in 1972 at Florida State University, I changed my major SC: How do you find your shots? Do you ever find it difficult to find
from religion to industrial arts education. I wasn’t really involved a worthy subject? Is there a plan or do you just go out hoping for the
in photography or art as a young person, but then I started taking best?
these courses like printing, photography, drafting, metal working,
wood working…but what clicked for me was photography. EB: You have to be a gentle observer. You have to peer out, not looking
at anything in particular. Let the world speak to you. When I’m in
SC: Where did that initial spark lead you?
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that frame of mind, I’m much more
successful, and I’m much happier
with the result. The mantra is, “Shoot
what presents itself.” When I’m not
in the right frame of mind, I can’t be
truly engaged in my work. Usually that
happens when I’m not able to be present
with my camera and in the moment. I
can’t see. I’m tired, I’m in a bad mood,
or I just dropped my lens, whatever. You
can also just look too hard. I don’t do
that anymore. I know now that that’s not
how you see it.
SC: But what happens when that
serendipitous moment between art
and life doesn’t happen? Do you ever
shoot something in the field that you
think is going to be amazing and then
find that it doesn’t work in the studio?
Ed Babcock’s whimsically surreal collage piece, Wonderland, recently selected as
EB: I’ve learned that you can’t go back.
“Best in Show” at Big Bend Cares’ Artopia auction.
You go down to shoot some pictures
of a river and you realize you missed it,
and you think, “Okay, I’ll go back and
try again.” It’s not the same. It’s never about your images is the level of flow through whatever I’m doing. I do
the same. You’re not the same and it’s complexity. They are so dense, and my work because it brings me great joy.
not the same. So if I didn’t get it, I didn’t have so much detail and subtlety, so If I’m tired and can’t create, it’s not fun.
get it. many layers. How do you know when a If it’s not fun, I might as well be on the
piece is done? couch.
SC: You seem to have had a lot of
luck. You certainly have an eclectic EB: [laughs] I will often go back SC: Your pieces are constantly
assortment of subjects in your and totally revamp an image, find a evolving. Do you think there will ever
portfolio. completely different perspective for its be a point where you feel like your
presentation. What inspires me to revisit work is perfect, like you have achieved
EB: I do everything from spiritual to something is often just discovering new everything you wanted to with it?
surreal kinds of stuff to landscapes to skills with the software. Recently, I’ve
portrait work. I’m doing what interests EB: Artwork is like wisdom. There’s
made a quantum step forward, using
me. There are many other areas of my no shortcut. You’ve got to put the time
tools I hadn’t really experimented with
life where I operate within constraints, in. One of the benefits of having more
before. I hear artists talking about
but not with my art. time is that it’s not all dessert. I can
digital people being ‘dial turners,’ but
refine things, not just do the fun stuff.
SC: With all that creative freedom, the Photoshop is just an array of tools.
Exploration and growth are part of the
what are you finding most inspiring You have arrows in your quiver that
path. When that’s not there, you get
these days? you pull out when it is time for you to
predictable, or you get bored. There’s
truly create. What separates an artist
EB: I want to do more portrait work. I’m always room to learn more.
from other people is the ability to take
really interested in trying to illuminate the right tool and apply it in an artistic
that authentic part of the person, to fashion to get an inspiring result.
capture that on film. Our container is Ed Babcock can be found most first
one thing; our essence, our personality, SC: What do you find are the greatest Fridays at Railroad Square Art Park,
our radiance…that’s different. That’s obstacles to the creative process? showing his most recent work at South
what I’m trying to get when I photograph What presents you with your greatest of SoHo Gallery. To see his portfolio
a person. There’s a certain sensitivity challenge? or to purchase prints, visit his online
and warmness; that’s what I’m looking galleries at www.edwardbabcock.
EB: Exhaustion, definitely. If you’re
for when I take portraits of people. com and edwardbabcock.
tired, you can’t create. There’s nothing
SC: One thing that is so captivating there. I want my spirit and my soul to

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Fall is in the air, and many residents in our community are making their weekend
pilgrimages to nearby beaches and theme parks. Before you pack up the towels
and sand buckets, you might want to consider a weekend getaway a little closer
to home. Did you know that the Tallahassee area is home to 63 recreational parks
and over 306 miles of hiking/biking and walking trails?
City Commission
Current Commissioner Mark Mustian faces write-in candidate Larry
Hendricks in the general election for this non-partisan seat on the
t’s election season, and the candidates are City Commission.

answering question after question about what they think Mark Mustian,
about everything from the economy to property taxes incumbent
How have you or your family members
to storm water treatment. And now it’s our turn to ask. personally participated in the arts? How
has it affected your lives? My daughters
COCA sent out surveys to all the candidates for City both take dance and perform at Tallahassee
Dance Academy; I am an author. I think
Commission, County Commission, Constitutional it has affected our lives in a unique and
positive way – I can’t imagine life without it.
Offices, School Board, and Florida House and Senate.
What is your vision for our community’s
The good news is that most of these candidates seem cultural future? Keep pushing. Think world class.

Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide
to understand the importance of arts and culture in our support for arts and culture (if any)? I believe that the arts and culture
are Tallahassee’s niche. We can support it, and help it thrive, or watch it
community! Here are some enlightening excerpts from wither and die.
their responses. For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
describe the arts and cultural scene? There’s more going on than they
probably know about (to paraphrase a great ad line)!

Official Disclaimer:
Larry Hendricks,
COCA does not endorse any candidate or challenger No
position. All candidates for these offices were Larry Hendricks did not return our survey.
given the opportunity to respond Photo
to the same questions. Available

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County Commission At-Large
November brings a run-off election for this non-partisan County Commission seat. Current Commissioner Ed DePuy received 45% of votes in the primary
to challenger Akin Akinyemi’s 31%.

Ed DePuy, Akin Akinyemi, challenger
incumbent What is your vision for our community’s cultural future? The
What is your vision recent film festival and the push for the Performing Arts Center
for our community’s are key steps to a culturally vibrant Tallahassee. The development
cultural future? I of a 24-hour downtown will also promote informal street art/
am an avid supporter entertainment and enrich lives on a more continuous basis. More
of “Arts on Gaines” cultural exchanges and the development of The Character and
and look forward to Heritage Institute will also foster greater cultural awareness and
patronizing its many understanding.
venues as they come
on line. I am a dues Tell us about one of
paying member of the your favorite local arts
proposed Performing education programs,
Arts Center, and teachers, or schools.
am anxious to see it There are too many to
funded and built in our single out a particular
community in the near one. The use of art
future. I am especially as a fundamental
interested in the Capital teaching tool in early
Cascades Park and look forward to seeing this wonderful childhood education is
amenity become a reality to help revitalize our Downtown essential in promoting
area. These three projects will go a long way towards realizing self-confidence, hand
some longtime dreams of dramatically enhancing the “quality dexterity, and cognitive
of life” that we are all so proud of in our home town. skills. The idea of
displaying children’s
Tell us about one of your favorite local arts education artwork in public
programs, teachers, or schools. Number one in my book has buildings is also a morale
got to be the Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee. Not only because of booster.
their wonderful music, but because of the tremendous positive
lessons that these young leaders of tomorrow are being taught Specifically, how do you believe that the government should
through their participation in this excellent program. provide support for arts and culture (if any)? Traditional, arts
and culture have either been poorly funded and are typically the
Specifically, how do you believe that the government first to be cut. The cost benefit of arts and cultural events need to
should provide support for arts and culture (if any)? be documented as they relate to increased learning, decrease in
I think that government plays a crucial role in supporting youth crime, and the overall attitude or “happiness” factor. This
the arts in our community. Year in and year out I have been documentation needs to be provided to those officials responsible
a strong advocate of working hand-in-hand with the arts for budget recommendations. In addition to direct increased
community to make sure that an adequate level of government funding, the government should promote private, local, state and
funding was provided along with participation from the private international investment in arts and culture.
sector to keep our cultural programs alive and well.
For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would
For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how you describe the arts and cultural scene? The arts and cultural
would you describe the arts and cultural scene? I truly scene in Tallahassee is emerging. There are a few world-renowned
believe that they would be pleasantly surprised at the artists in town; our fine arts and film schools produce incredible
“culture” that exists here in our region. We need to do a talent. The Tallahassee community is embracing the idea of a
better job of letting the world know of our many wonderful world-class performing arts presence in Tallahassee.
“treasures” that we have here.

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Florida House of Representatives, District 8
This seat is currently held by Democrat Curtis Richardson, who was unable to run again due to term limits. The district covers parts of Leon
and Gadsden Counties.

Alan Williams, Democrat Robert
How have you or your family members personally participated Maddox,
in the arts? How has it affected your lives? My family and I have no party affiliation
participated in the arts in a number of ways. I have served on the
Board of Directors of the Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee for three years. How have you or your
I also serve on the boards of the Challenger Learning Center and family members personally
the Tallahassee Museum. In addition, I enjoy amateur visual arts participated in the arts?
expression, and have participated in two art shows (painting and How has it affected your
photography) put on by the City of Tallahassee. My wife, Opal, lives? I played the alto sax in
attended a magnet arts middle school in South Florida and currently the Tallahassee Home School
serves on the board of the Tallahassee Ballet. My daughter has been Band, which was directed by
involved in dance for over four years, and is an incoming member David Williams, for four or five
of the Tallahassee Ballet. She has also participated with the Irene years. I went to Florida College
C. Edmonds Youth Theatre Camp at the Florida A & M University in Temple Terrace (which is
Essential Theatre. We believe in the arts and its importance in our just outside of Tampa) for two
community from an economic and cultural viewpoint. The arts years and was heavily involved
bring diversity of thought and experience to the each member of our in the school’s plays and other productions, mostly in the behind the
community. scenes work. In my second year there, I was in charge of all the sound
and lighting for the school. Those are memories that I will definitely
Specifically, how do you believe that the government should treasure for the rest of my life.
provide support for arts and culture (if any)? The role that local
government played in the adoption of the Cultural Plan several years Specifically, how do you believe that the government should
ago along with the facilitation of land acquisition for a performing provide support for arts and culture (if any)? I do not think that the
arts center is a great way for local government to be an active partner government should play a significant role in the development of arts
in the arts and culture community. I believe that the government can and culture. I tend to think that people are much better at deciding what
offer assistance to art organizations. Arts and culture entities play an kind of arts and culture they like and are therefore willing to support.
invaluable role from an economic development perspective, because Any time the government gives money to someone, they have to get that
for every dollar invested in the arts and cultural programs has a $17 money first by taxing people. Taxation is, by definition, the taking of
return on investment. So, it makes “cents” and it truly makes sense money or goods from the citizens by their government, using the threat
for government to be an active partner in the arts community. of force or civil penalties. So then, whenever the government gives a
grant for whatever purpose, it is pulling that money right out of your
For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would wallet. Wouldn’t it be better if you could know that your money is being
you describe the arts and culture scene? The arts and culture used to support the things that you like, rather than it going to support
scene in Tallahassee is what some bureaucrat likes?
continuously evolving
and maturing. We have For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
great cultural assets describe the arts and culture scene? I think that Tallahassee has a nice
that consist of both our cultural scene here. Like your website says, “more than you thought.”
natural resources and our There’s always something going on somewhere.
incredible museums and
art galleries. This is great
because it allows visitors
to our community to
experience the beauty of
North Florida and some
of the greatest art galleries
in the Southeastern
United States.

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Florida House of Representatives, District 9
This seat is currently held by Democrat Loranne Ausley, who was unable to run again due to term limits. The district covers a large part of Leon
County and the northeast corner of Jefferson County.

MichelLe For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
describe the arts and cultural scene? The arts and cultural scene are
Rehwinkel alive and well, offering an unusually large number of opportunities for
cultural enrichment for a community of this size.
What sorts of arts and Peter
cultural events do
you and your family
attend? Are there any Republican
festivals or events you Peter Boulware did not
look forward to every return our survey.
year? My husband and
I are members of the
Symphony Society, season
ticket holders for the
Tallahassee Symphony. John Shaw, no party affiliation
We have been sponsors
for ten of the eleven years What sorts of arts and cultural events do you and your family
of the Plantation Wildlife attend? Are there any festivals or events you look forward to
Arts Festival in Thomasville; we have sponsored the Wine Festival every year? My sister and I attend the Highland Festivals on a yearly
to benefit the Brogan. Each family vacation, whether it be to Boston, basis. I also attempt to make an appearance (and dance!) at all of the
Chicago, New York, London, Paris, or other major city, has always Downtown Getdown events during football season.
included trips to major museums. I am an honorary member of the What is your vision for
board of the Tallahassee Girls Choir of C.H.O.I.C.E. and a founding our community’s cultural
supporter of the Women in Arts Museum in Washington, D.C. My future? Very simply, I see a very
husband, Mike Vasilinda, currently serves on the COCA Board. progressive movement towards
What is your vision for our community’s cultural future? Cultural becoming a more culturally
arts are the gravity that provide a consciousness to a community. Arts involved city. I think people are
give the community meaning and define our society. We learn from getting more and more stressed
centuries of art and we value what has come before us. We must nurture about the current happenings in
the art within a community to grow. The arts are an incentive for growth. the world, and finding sanctuary
A thriving arts community is a thriving business community. If we are to in entertainment and the arts.
grow, we must embrace the intangibles of a thriving 18-hour downtown Specifically, how do you believe
and a vibrant arts community on Gaines Street. that the government should
Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide support for arts and
provide support for arts and culture (if any)? Government culture (if any)? I think it’s
should serve as an incubator for the arts and provide tax incentives important for the government
for the creation of cultural opportunities. Government must be a to fairly distribute funds throughout different arts and cultural groups
partner with the arts community. Growing the arts will grow our in the State of Florida. Entertainment is a crucial aspect in maintaining
tax base. Government cannot be expected to be the sole source of sanity in every person’s life. Government support is essential.
incentives for a growing arts community, but when the community For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would
has demonstrated a willingness to be a full partner, government you describe the arts and cultural scene? Tallahassee has a unique
must do what only government can do. As public officials we must and homely atmosphere that our cultural scene absorbs. Along with
demonstrate our commitment to cultural opportunities and view them our parades, festivals, and art galleries, we have several entertaining
as a way to enhance our quality of life. theatrical groups that really know how to put on a good show.

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State Senate District 3
Democrat Suzan Franks challenges incumbent State Senator Charlie Here are excerpts from the surveys of some of
Dean for the seat in District 3. The district covers parts of Leon, our newly elected or re-elected public officials.
Jefferson, and Madison Counties, and stretches as far east as Baker
County and as far south as Citrus County. These candidates were unopposed or the
contests were settled in the primary.
Suzan Franks,
How have you or your family City Commissioner
members personally participated
in the arts? How has it affected Andrew Gillum
your lives? I am a watercolor artist What is your vision for our community’s
and my entire family has been cultural future? I look forward to a
involved in the arts my whole life. community that extends the culture and
We were involved in the initiation arts experience into all communities
of the Marble Head Art Festival and neighborhoods. I look forward to
in Marble Head, MA. I still enjoy vibrant night life and weekend activity that
painting and belong to the Art accompanies a cultural community.
Center of Citrus County, where I
was asked to teach watercolor painting. I will always be supportive of the Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide
arts and the art community. support for arts and culture (if any)? The government should help create
an environment that is friendly to the arts. It is beneficial to the quality of life
Where are your favorite places in Tallahassee or the surrounding of the community to have a successful arts and cultural community.
areas to take visitors? Are there any “hidden gems” or “off the
beaten path” places you love to go? In Tallahassee I enjoy going to For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
Railroad Square and attending ‘Seven Days of Opening Nights’ or the describe the arts and cultural scene? I’d suggest that we are a community
FSU Prism concert. Some of the ‘off the beaten path’ places I enjoy are on the verge of creating a more than active cultural scene. I’d encourage
going to the art and antique shops in Havana. visitors to take complete advantage of events as they learn about them. I
would describe the awesome shift taking place on Gaines Street and boast
Specifically, how do you believe that the government should about the existing assets of the cultural and arts community.
provide support for arts and culture (if any)? The funding of
arts education of all kinds in the public schools is the main way the
government should support artistic and cultural activities. Sheriff Larry
For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you Campbell
describe the arts and cultural scene? Tallahassee is a vibrant, diverse How have you or your family members
and exciting cultural and artistic community. I would encourage anyone personally participated in the arts? How
who visits or lives in Tallahassee to take full advantage of the artistic city
has it affected your lives?I am the least
they are in.
talented family member but have appeared in
several plays as fundraisers for Young Actors
Theatre. I have also done the same as a Board
Charles Dean, Member for the Urban League, by performing
as Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson. Additionally, I have posed as a
Republican model, and recruited others, for my lifelong friend Sandy Proctor, who
State Senator Charles Dean did not was sculpting a statue of The Fallen Officer for the Florida Sheriff’s
return our survey. Association. My family’s and my greatest pleasure is certainly the
Broadway Stage. I have been a season patron of The Broadway Series at
the Leon County Civic Center since its inception. I have also traveled to
Jacksonville, Atlanta, and New York to attend plays.

Specifically, how do you believe that the government should
provide support for arts and culture (if any)? I think government
should provide support for the arts and other activities which bring

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increased revenue to our country. The rooms rented, meals eaten, Where are your favorite places in Tallahassee or the surrounding
gas bought and other incidental expenses of the visitors generate tax areas to take visitors? For great jazz music there is no other place like the
dollars our government uses for many diverse expenditures. I think such Bradfordville Blues Club on a cold night when at intermission you can enjoy
investments help stimulate our economy in major way. the “bon-fire.” As for fine art, we enjoy taking visitors to the LeMoyne Art
Gallery and First Fridays.
For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
describe the arts and cultural scene? I would describe Tallahassee Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide
as a city in a state of transition from small town to medium or large city, support for arts and culture (if any)? Our local governments – both City
and County – and our School Board should continue to support arts and
depending on your perspective. Our “Art Community” is relatively
culture, both financially and in any other way possible. Arts and culture, and
small, as there has been little effort in assisting it to become a tourist
the level of funding provided, is a true reflection on a community’s ability to
attraction and revenue producing asset that can be found in many other
attract and maintain a highly educated workforce.
cities. I would describe the Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue as the
local hub of small business engaging in the development and sale of art
objects. DeeDee Rasmussen,
School Board Seat 4
Forrest Van Camp, How have you or your family members
School Board Seat 1 personally participated in the arts? How
Where are your favorite places in has it affected your lives? As a young person,
Tallahassee or the surrounding areas to take I benefitted greatly from music education
visitors? My family and friends like to drive and in school. For as long as I can remember, I
enjoy the many dirt/canopy roads; especially participated in choral programs, voice lessons
Orchard Pond Road, Old Centerville Road to and in select ensembles, where I learned so
the Georgia line and Natural Bridge Road to much – not just about music (which has a substantial academic component),
Highway 59. but also about the value of hard work in rehearsal, poise, confidence and
more. Although I have great respect and appreciation for accomplished
Tell us about one of your favorite local arts education programs, actors and vocalists, I have to admit that watching my own kids perform is the
teachers, or schools. The best art and music programs are at Roberts greatest treat ever. I’m always so proud to see them really enjoying the thrill
Elementary School. All school year the special area teachers involve art and of a well-rehearsed performance and living to the best of their abilities.
music in the total curriculum.
Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide
Specifically, how do you believe that the government should provide support for arts and culture (if any)?I think most elected officials and
support for arts and culture (if any)? Governmental funding structures business leaders in Tallahassee understand the relationship between
should recognize that art and music are CORE curriculum issues, not economic development and a community’s art/cultural capacity. Businesses
supplemental programs. Unless attitudes change, funding may be lost for want/need to be located in a place where their employees will be happy;
art, music and P.E. thus, a city’s ability to successfully compete for clean industry and the
creation of new jobs is directly related to good schools, low crime, and an
overall quality of life that includes art and culture. For academic reasons
Dee Crumpler, as well, I strongly support music and art programs in our public schools,
School Board Seat 2 colleges and universities. I also appreciate the return on investment with tax
How have you or your family members dollars that are appropriately and carefully invested in community programs.
personally participated in the arts? How
has it affected your lives? Our family has For someone who has never been to Tallahassee, how would you
been a long time participant and supporter of describe the arts and cultural scene? There’s something for everyone!
the arts. Specifically, we have supported the Tallahassee has such a wide variety of things to do, from school and
LeMoyne Art Foundation and sent our children community theatres to the music halls, from the First Friday Gallery Hop to
to their summer camps for the past twelve years. Our daughters also have art lessons at LeMoyne. Art in our community is vibrant and growing but it
participated in a number of local productions as well as their high school needs the continued support of our collective efforts to fortify and expand
chorus. These experiences have all helped to bring our family much closer our cultural landscape which will preserve and enhance our overall quality of
and enriched our lives in many untold ways. As the current Chairman of the life in Tallahassee.
Leon County School Board, I have specifically been steadfast in my support
of the arts to include maintaining our seventh period day in our high schools,
which allows our children to participate in the arts.

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Book Review

Crossing the
different locations and situations, all existence,
facing the universal issue of elder status and offers

50 Yard Line
in the contemporary world. A staunch extensive
spokeswoman for feminist issues, examples of
Beaudin’s stories provide a framework of the myriad of
by Michèle Beaudin understanding and choice to women facing
a culture that devalues their later years.
found in
With wit and sincerity, Beaudin highlights the simple
332 pages the diversity, strength, and passion that pursuit of
Publisher: Immiges and Words Press can be found in the average woman. In fulfillment.
November 18, 2007 so doing, she underscores a variety of Beaudin’s
Available at: options for women in search of meaning offering is
•,, and and experience beyond the cookie-cutter a perfect
at the Black Dog Café choices provided by the mainstream media. contribution to an imaginative mind
Particularly charming are the seeking meaning in a chaotic world. With
In a wonderful examination of the stages young-love possibilities found in the story wit and passion, she explores the needs
of life, Tallahassee freelance writer, of Barbara and the beautiful creativity and desires hidden in the hearts of women.
photographer, and artist Michèle Vachon sparked by a trip overseas in the story of A mother of three and a grandmother
Beaudin tells the story of seven different Lucy. Furthermore, the introspective, of six, Beaudin is currently involved in
women in a beautiful composition of intimate portrayal of experience offered in educating the world through Peace Corps
narratives entitled Crossing the 50 Yard the tale of Julie provides an example of the endeavors focused on Morocco, and is
Line: Is there life after 50? turmoil and diversity found in a woman’s planning the publication of her next book
Built upon a framework of short heart. based on her time in that country.
stories, Crossing the 50 Yard Line In all the stories, Beaudin beautifully
follows the lives of seven women in captures the diverse nature of the feminine J. Edward Sumerau

CD Review Willie Ames’ self-titled album though his voice doesn’t resemble

Willie Ames begins with a stunner of a song. The
instrumental opener “Ice Breaker”
sounds like it fits in the background of a
the gravel-voiced country singer’s, he
has found the range that fits his vocals
comfortably, and he showcases a truly
Willie Ames spaghetti western, with its precise finger unique voice.
picking and cymbal splashes. The track Ames cites Lindsey Buckingham
Self Released exhibits the skill Ames has on the guitar, of Fleetwood Mac as one of his major
Genre: Rock and roll and it is clear he’s been working on his influences, and this is apparent with
Available at: craft for quite some time. the banjo picking that supports the
•, iTunes Ames’ shows direction superior singing by Kelli Baker
More information at: and confidence with his guitar on “Murder She Wrote.” Instead
• arrangements here, but it is evident of recruiting a witch vocalist like
that he is not as comfortable with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, he
the songwriting portion just yet. His found Baker, whose voice sounds
voice has the same qualities as Stephin similar to many of today’s pop divas.
Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, yet The pairing is perfect, with Ames’
Ames pushes into ranges that he is not rootsy arrangements and Baker’s
quite capable of reaching. Nonetheless, accessible voice on the final seven
Ames sounds great on “Johnny Cash” unlisted tracks on the album. They
and “Murder She Wrote,” a duet with both display their artistic qualities,
Kelli Baker. He sounds the best on with neither Willie nor Kelli hogging
these tracks because he is in character. the spotlight. I suggest you give a
On “Murder She Wrote” he sounds listen to one of Tallahassee’s better
like deranged domestic abuser, and collaborations.
his voice fits the character of the
song perfectly. On “Johnny Cash,” Dan Lyons

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Due to popular demand, Education
Director Amanda Thompson organized a
Out and About
second warm glass workshop for educa- • Art in Public Place Director Leslie
tors, hosted by the FSU Master Craftsman Puckett’s artwork was featured in
Studios. Led by local glass artist Lesley the Artist League’s annual members’
Nolan, the five-day workshop covered juried exhibition at the FSU Museum
techniques including fusing, slumping, silk of Fine Arts.
screening and molding that can be taken
back and applied in local art classrooms.
• Education Director Amanda
Thompson was recently appointed
to the board of the Community
Classroom Consortium. She’ll
COCA participated in the 2008 Florida Neighborhoods Conference for neighborhood serve as an advisor for the group
leaders and citizens, community advocates, non-profit organizations and profession- and will again chair the Teacher
als who work with neighborhoods. COCA helped organize an Arts Tour of downtown Grant Committee. Amanda was
Tallahassee including LeMoyne, City Hall Art Gallery, Mary Brogan Museum, FSU also given the “Active Member of
Master Craftsman Studio, Railroad Square as well as a brief tour of Cascades Park, the the Year” award for her community
proposed Arts Exchange and Performing Arts Center sites, and the All Saints Neigh- service through the Junior League of
borhood. Clint Riley spoke to the group about COCA’s programs, the Arts Exchange, Tallahassee.
and Art in Public Places.
• Congratulations to COCA board
COCA continues to assist major national artist John Henry with the Tallahassee arm of
member Mike Vasilinda for his
his new exhibit Drawing in Space: the Peninsula Project. One of his monumental sculp-
business, Mike Vasilinda Productions,
tures will be on display in Doug Burnette Park from November 2008 to May 2009. The
being named 2008 Small Business
Mary Brogan Museum and the Museum of Florida History will each display elements of
of the Year Award (5-30 employees
Mr. Henry’s body of work that complement the outdoor installation.
category) at the Small Business
Excellence Awards.

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Let the glorious spirit of the season surround
you as the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
collaborates with the TSO Chorus for Holiday
Magic. Enjoy cheery seasonal selections and
sing along to your holiday favorites! There will
be two performances on December 13 at the
First Baptist Church downtown. The matinee
presents a few surprises, with guest performers
from the Tallahassee Symphony Youth
Orchestras and a visit from Old St. Nick.

COCA’s is a free, on-line interactive community DANCE
events calendar. Everyone is invited to post their events (art-related and If you want to get up and dance, try Swing
otherwise) to the calendar for no charge. Here is a small sampling of the events Dancin’ in the Street on October 18 at the
posted for the Fall 2008... Knott House Museum. This free annual event
is reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s. Take
(Note: All events are subject to change without notice. Check, or free dance lessons at 6:30 pm and then dance
contact the individual organizations listed for updated information.) the night away as the Tallahassee Swing Band
plays those memorable tunes beginning at 7
pm. For information, call 922-2459.
ART & EXHIBITS The Tallahassee Museum, with Capital Health
Through October 26, see the return of Plan, pays tribute to early practices of medicine
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts’ – including country doctors, traditional native
popular Jewelry Invitational 2008. This year’s practices, and struggles against epidemics – in
exhibition of handmade art jewelry, titled a meticulously researched exhibit titled A
Feathers, Fins and Foliage, is paired with a Picture of Health in Florida: 1830-1930. The
juried exhibition of handmade artist books exhibit presents a rich array of objects, historical
with Florida nature themes, curated by Leslie medical artifacts, photographs, quotations,
Puckett, Beth Lee, and Julie DeHoff. For and text panels to give visitors a virtual tour
information, call 222-8800. of yesteryear Florida’s health-care landscape.
Through April 9, 2009. For information, call
Through October 24, the 621 Gallery pays 575-8684.
tribute to founder, artist and friend Charles E.
Hook with the Charles Hook Retrospective. MUSIC
This life-long collection of sculpture honors the Powerful music reflecting and memorializing
memory of Charles Hook and his contribution tragedies of war and moments of peace, the Swing Dancin’ in the Street
to the field of sculpture. This exhibit will War and Peace concert by the Tallahassee
showcase a range of works that illustrate how Symphony Orchestra will transport you
Hook’s style and technique developed over through every human emotion. Renowned The Nutcracker Ballet is a treasured classic that
time. For information, call 224-6163. baritone Kamel Boutros and mezzo soprano delights audiences of all ages who are dazzled
Claritha Buggs-Jacobs join the TSO at the by dancing and enchanting sets and costumes,
In conjunction with Quilters Unlimited and warmed by the familiar Tchaikovsky score.
Bradfordville First Baptist Church on October
of Tallahassee, the Museum of Florida Join the Tallahassee Ballet on December
18. For ticket information please contact
History presents the 27th Annual Capital 5 and 6 for their first time performing at the
City Quilt Show: Through The Looking Glass. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. If
Beautifully hand-crafted and machine-made On October 19, enjoy a free concert under you have little ones, don’t miss the special
quilts and wall hangings are on display through the oaks at Goodwood Museum and abbreviated morning performance especially for
November 9. Visitors get the chance to Gardens, featuring music of India performed them. Call 222-0400 for tickets.
register for the “Opportunity Quilt” to be by Nalini Vinayak and Deviprasad. Part of the
given away at the end of the show. For more Housewright Music Series. For information, call THEATRE
information, call 245-6400. 877-4202. Theatre A La Carte presents Nine, the Tony
Join the 621 Gallery on Friday, November Spend an afternoon of delightful orchestra Award-winning musical about an Italian film
21st for the 15th Annual Art Auction. An music with A Tribute to the Armed Forces, director and the many women in his life. The
exciting evening of live and silent auctions presented by the Big Bend Community show runs October 3-5 and 10-12 at the
provide an opportunity to purchase original art Orchestra on November 9 at Lee Hall Tallahassee Little Theatre. For tickets, call 224-
from Tallahassee’s finest and most renowned Auditorium on the FAMU campus. For 8474 or visit
artists. Silent Auction begins at 5:30 pm information, call 893-4567. November 14-23, Young Actors Theatre
and the Live Auction begins at 8 pm. For presents Oliver!, a splendid family musical
information, call 224-6163.

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based on Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver
Twist. The thrilling escapades of Oliver take
you from the London workhouse, to Fagin’s
kitchen, to the home of his wealthy relatives
with memorable songs like “As Long As He
Needs Me” and “Food Glorious Food.” Call
386-6602 for tickets.
Bright and riotously funny, The Pajama Game
is theatre at its very best. The high-energy score
brims with popular hits and musical theatre
standards such as “Hey There,” “Steam Heat”
and the hilarious “Hernando’s Hideaway”
that will keep you humming all the way home.
Part of the 2008-09 Broadway Series at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center on
November 19. Call 222-0400 for tickets.
Nominated for eleven Tony Awards including
Best Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on
the blockbuster film, is a scamming, scheming,
double crossing Broadway smash. Set on the
glamorous Riviera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
follows two con artists as they take on the
lifestyles of the rich and shameless - and end
up with more than they bargain for. Part of the
2008-09 Broadway Series at the Tallahassee-
Leon County Civic Center on December 8.
Call 222-0400 for tickets.

On October 5, visit the Fall Sampler at Pebble
Hill Plantation, in Thomasville, GA. This
annual event for the entire family features live
music, equestrian and retriever demonstrations,
pony and wagon rides, Main House samplings,
petting zoo, good food and much, much more.
For further information, call 229-226-2344.
The Tallahassee Museum’s 14th Annual On October 11, bring your pet to Mission San Luis be blessed in the Mission’s re-created 17th-
Halloween Howl features goblins and ghosts century church during the traditional Blessing of Animals. Pets will receive treats, and photographs
and things that go bump in the night. Check of individual blessings will be available for purchase. The Blessing of Animals originated in the
out the Museum’s famous haunted trail, 13th century, in remembrance of St. Francis. Similar ceremonies are held across the country each
where a surprise lurks around each turn. Less October. For information, call 487-3711.
frightening trails are available for younger
children, plus costume contests and more.
Don’t miss this howling good time October 24 On December 14, spend time with friends,
23 in Thomasville, GA. Call 229-226-0588
and 25. Call 575-8684 for more information. family, and Santa on the relaxed and
for information.
With a reputation for providing outstanding enchanting grounds of Goodwood Museum
For three days the FSU Museum of Fine and Gardens. Spend the afternoon making
hospitality and attracting unparalleled talent,
Arts turns into the most amazing and colorful with games, arts and crafts, and exhibits at
the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival at the
marketplace of unique handmade fine crafts, the Making Spirits Bright Family Fun Day,
Thomasville Cultural Center has become one
antiques of every description, fine art prints and experience the charm and innocence of
of America’s premier wildlife and sporting arts
and unusual inventions by contemporary artists Christmas long ago. Also at Goodwood, take
festivals. Explore room after room of sculpture,
as well as wonderful discoveries of antiques an elegant candlelight tour of the main house
painting, photography, carving, and jewelry as
dealers. This free annual Art and Antiques Fair on December 10. The lights of hundreds of
your family enjoys entertaining and educational
runs from December 4 to 6. For information, candles, decorations, and music will surely put
supporting events and a fun festival atmosphere.
call 644-6836. you in the holiday spirit. Call 877-4202 for
The 13th annual event is on November 22 and
more information.

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Arts & Cultural Organizations and Businesses

Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.

The Tallahassee Ballet Museum of Florida History
LEGEND 224-6917, 245-6400,
See for expanded listings Tallahassee Community Friends of Old Time Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville, GA)
Highlighted are COCA members Dance, 421-1559, 229-226-2344,
Tallahassee Swing Band Dances San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park (St. Marks, FL),
Official First Friday participant 894-3789, 925-6216
live performances and events Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association (TAZACA) Tallahassee Automobile Museum
exhibitions/attractions 212-0431, 942-0137,
Tribal Wallah Dance Troupe Tallahassee Museum
opportunities to participate
459-0371, 575-8684,
adult classes USA Dance, 562-1224, Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation
things to buy mweininger/tallusabda 488-7100,
programs/classes for kids Wildwood Ballet, 891-1400, Tours In Tallahassee 561-0317 or 212-2063,
Dance Film & Video
African Caribbean Dance Theatre
Diane Wilkins Productions Literary
893-1441, Anhinga Press
FSU Film School 442-1408,
African Music and Dance, 508-2127,
644-7728, Apalachee Press
FSU Student Life Cinema 942-5041,
Argentine Tango Society of Tallahassee
644-4455, Back Talk Poetry Troupe
IMAX Theatre at the Challenger Learning Center 459-7399,
Corazon Dancers
645-STAR, CyPress Publications
(954) 614-9136
Mike Vasilinda Productions 576-8820,
Essence Dance Theatre
224-5420, Digital Pulp
Tallahassee Film Society
FSU Department of Dance
386-4404, Florida Literary Arts Coalition
Video 21, 878-3921
Halimeda’s Oasis
LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library
421-5151, History/Heritage 606-2665,
Head Over Heels Dancewear Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Paperback Rack
224-5140, 487-4115, 224-3455
In Step Studio The Black Archives Research Center & Museum Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators
421-5151, 656-3410,
Killearn Performing Arts Character & Heritage Institute Tallahassee Writers’ Association
443-7512 or 894-9364, 224-0372, 671-3731,
Kollage Dance Troupe The Florida Historic Capitol & Legislative Research
645-1385, Center Multi-disciplinary
Maggie Allesee National Center For Choreography 487-1902, Center for Fine Arts Education
(MANCC) Goodwood Museum & Gardens 254-0123,
645-2449, 877-4202, Downtown Marketplace
Mahogany Dance Theatre, 561-2318, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories (Panacea, FL) 224-3252, 850-984-5297, Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education,893-
Mountain Dew Cloggers John G. Riley Center/Museum of African 2497,
386-1263, American History and Culture, 681-7881, Florida Arts and Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.)
Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre 644-8533,
599-8678 Kirk Collection Pyramid Studios
Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee, 562-1430, 513-1733, Knott House Museum Seven Days of Opening Nights
Prophecy School of the Arts 922-2459, 644-7670
222-8085, Lichgate on High Road Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
Rhythm Rushers Bahamian Junkanoo Group 383-6556 487-1691,
412-7087, Mildred and Claude Pepper Museum & Library Thomasville Cultural Center (Thomasville, GA)
Sharon Davis Schools of Dance 644-9311, 229-226-0588,
893-5900 Mission San Luis Thomasville Entertainment Foundation (Thomasville, GA),
Southern Academy of Ballet Arts 487-3711, 229-226-7404,

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Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts Tallahassee Community Chorus
Visual Arts
422-7795, 1123@Midtown Tallahassee Community College Jazz Band 562-8696
The Warehouse, 222-6188 567-6336 or 201-6070 621 Gallery
Tallahassee Girls’ Choir of CHOICE
Music 576-7501
Almost Exclusive
Apalachee Blues Society Tallahassee Music Guild (850) 894-3925,
877-4339 Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts
The Artist Series Tallahassee Pipe Band
224-9934, (Valdosta, GA), 229-247-2787,
Barbershop Harmony Society The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
562-3104, Ars Magna @ The NHMFL
224-0461, 644-1933
Beethoven and Company Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras
894-8700, Art Galleries at Tallahassee Community College
224-9232, 201-8713,
The Beta Bar Tallahassee Winds
425-2697, artgallery.htm
668-7109, Artport Gallery
Big Bend Community Orchestra Tally Piano & Keyboard Studios
893-4567, 224-2500,
386-2425, Bali HI Trading Company
Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee Tocamos
528-2403, 766-7175,
562-3639, Blue Abaco Trading Company
Bradfordville Blues Club Vinyl Fever
906-0766, 325-2323,
580-3480, Brush and Palette Studio
Bradfordville Fine Arts Academy Voces Angelorum, 942-6075,
893-0893, 893-1960, Capital City Carvers
Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee WFSU
521-0700 562-8460,
487-3170, Capitol Complex Galleries
Club Downunder
644-1096, Theatre 245-6480,
City Hall Art Gallery
FAMU Music Department Bainbridge Little Theater (Bainbridge, GA)
599-3334 229-246-834, 224-2500,
Florida State Opera Depot Agent Gallery
644-5248, Capital City Shakespeare in the Park 218-368-5924
Floyd’s Music Store 386-6476, Et Ceterocks Gallery
222-3506, The Comedy Zone
FSU College of Music 575-4242, First Street Gallery (Havana, FL)
644-4774, Curious Echo Radio Theater 539-5220,
Gordon’s String Music 228-2473, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, NW Chapter
386-7784 Dixie Theatre (Apalachicola, FL)
Home Music Educators 850-653-3200, FSU Big Bend Contemporary Gallery
656-7613, Dysfunction Junction
Jim’s Pianos 728-9467, FSU International Center Art Gallery
205-5467, FAMU Essential Theatre 645-4793,
Mason’s School of Music 599-3430, FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists’ League
412-0102, Magic and Fun Costume Shop 644-1299,
The Moon 224-6244 artistsleaguehome.html
878-6900, Mickee Faust Club FSU Museum of Fine Arts
Music Center 224-3089, 644-1254,
942-0626 Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL) FSU Oglesby Gallery
MusicMasters 997-4242, www. 644-3898,
800-848-6158, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
Music Xchange Off Street Players 599-3161
681-7443, 907-5743, Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, FL)
Musikgarten Quincy Music Theatre (Quincy, FL) 875-4866,
668-2119, 875-9444, Glasshopper, 668-5007
musikgartensignup.html The School of Theatre at Florida State
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Live Oak, FL) 644-6500, Glassworks by Susan
386-364-1683, Swamp Gravy (Colquitt, GA) 222-5095
Stringfest 229-758-5450, Historically Florida: Florida’s History Shops
222-7467, Tallahassee Little Theatre 245-6396,
Stubbs Music Center 224-4597, Humidity Gallery
893-8754, Theatre A La Carte 264-5810,
Tallahassee Bach Parley 385-6700, Images of Tallahassee Theatre TCC! 894-5596,
Tallahassee Chapter, Nashville Songwriters 201-8608, It’s A Jem Fine Art (Havana, FL)
Association Young Actors Theatre 539-0335, 386-6602,
Tallahassee Civic Chorale
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Unless otherwise specified, all area codes are 850.
Lafayette Park Arts & Crafts Center
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
As the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County,
the Council on Culture & Arts works on behalf of the
Light N Up Artist Cooperative (Havana, FL)
community to support the area’s diverse range of cultural
539-0006, Vol. 3 Fall 2008 Issue 1
events and traditions. Through innovative partnerships
M Gallery with community and educational groups, COCA seeks
531-9925, Official Publication of the
to enrich and improve the lives of citizens and visitors
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science alike. Our professional staff and board of directors serve
513-0700, as a community resource to advocate for and support arts
Picture Frames Unlimited and culture in Florida’s Capital Area.
422-0088 Publisher Peggy Brady
Editor Randi Goldstein Atwood
Oglesby Union Art Center COCA members include non-profit and commercial
Creative Director Tony Archer
644-4737, galleries, museums, theaters, music groups, dance
Lorem Ipsum Design Studio
Quilters Unlimited Editorial Assistant Clint Riley companies, festivals, historic sites, film and video companies, educational organizations, and individual
Quincie’s Art Jewelry artists, as well as businesses and individuals interested
222-8411, in supporting local cultural activities.
Railroad Square Art Park Capital Culture Magazine is published quarterly by the
Council on Culture & Arts with support from the Leon Council on Culture & Arts Staff
224-1308, Executive Director Peggy Brady
County Tourist Development Council. Capital Culture
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20 | Fall 2008 Capital Culture Magazine

hen a performer can sing, dance, and act, he’s called a
“triple threat.” Designer Gerry Leahy is a different kind
of triple threat. He designs not only scenery, but lighting
and costumes, and not just for theatre – also for opera, dance, film, and
television. It’s rare to find someone brave enough to try his hand
at such varied tasks, and rarer still to find someone so
skilled at all of them.
Gerry’s work has graced venues in
America’s regional and educational theatres
as well as in London, Taiwan, Greece,
and Holland. He is also occasionally
recruited to craft elements for civic and
diplomatic events (including the State
Visit of Queen Elizabeth to Philadelphia
at the Bicentennial).
A true visual artist as well as a
designer, his renderings (preliminary
drawings of the sets and costumes) evoke
strong moods. The figures on his pages
have emotion and depth, and give a real
sense of how the stage will eventually
look. His renderings have been
exhibited in NY, London, San Francisco,
Philadelphia, and Taipei.
The practical nature of theatre demands
that designs be functional as well as beautiful:
the scenery has to move smoothly and fit
backstage; the costumes need to be comfortable
enough for the dancers to move in; the lighting
has to set the mood and illuminate the action without
blinding the performers. And this, according to the
people who work with him, is Gerry’s true gift – making
it all happen without ever losing sight of the artistry.
Though he recently retired from teaching at
the School of Theatre at FSU, Gerry is far from
inactive. He continues to design for local,
regional, and international stages, and
maintains his commitment to
education by mentoring
former students

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