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Editor’s Note my two cents on the subject Kelly Oden Executive Editor

Hello 2017, so glad to see you. I hope we will become great friends. That’s all I have to say about that, and now that the obligatory new year comment is out of the way, let’s talk about this amazing issue of Pensacola Magazine. Every January we like to focus our issue on art and on the people who are doing, making and creating it. Each November we begin to think about and research what is happening in our art community and I am pleasantly surprised when each year brings something both meaningful and new. Our little town continues to grow as an arts town and for that I am extremely thankful. This year we take a look at a few local designers who are creating high quality pieces in their respective mediums. Ben Bogan and Jeff Bere each create stunning furniture that is both functional and artistic while Richard Humphreys and Caitlyn Cooney put their unique stamps on a variety of screen printing and letterpress techniques. We hope you enjoy getting to know these artists and we hope you seek out their work whenever possible. In this issue we also profile many upcoming art events like the fun and the quirky Pensacon, the musical majesty

of the 30A Songwriters festival, and a moving photography exhibition by Warren Thompson. We also speak with local art consultant Alexis Leader about the value of local art and her new consulting firm, Leader Art Consultants, LLC. In addition, we bring you two unique community art projects that took place in 2016 and discuss the value of public art. Be sure to check out our stories on Blue Morning Gallery’s 20th anniversary year and how the Pensacola Symphony continues its tradition of giving back and spreading a love for symphonic music via its Beyond the Stage initiative. I hope you enjoy this issue and I hope you have a very happy new year!

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contents january 2017

Page 10 with 10 deedee davis pensacola scene 12 blue morning 14 gallery


q+a with alexis leader 16 30a songwriters 19 festival pensacon returns 23 beyond the stage 27


public art 31 Inspiration + Engagement warren thompson 36 sees the south crafted by design 41 play • live • give 42 on the cover: ben bogan photo by chris bogan creative 8 | pensacola magazine




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Dawn Gresko

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Page10 with DeeDee Davis

Thanksgiving through Mardi Gras defines the holiday season on the Gulf Coast and we all know what that means. We eat too much, exercise too little, imbibe excessively, and stay up way too late. We are not sure how long it took for people to forget our behavior at last year’s company Christmas party, but hopefully it is somewhat beginning to fade since we got the last of the photos out of circulation. Let’s pray there is not a repeat performance. Somebody, please hide the karaoke microphone. Additionally, let’s go ahead and revisit the three-day rule for houseguests, as it is entirely too lengthy, particularly as far as certain relatives are concerned. As we review the year, we can’t help but consider some of our disappointments and shortcomings. Some of us are still morbidly depressed over the results of the national elections. Some of us harbor certain bitterness because our team did not make the national championship playoffs. But, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life. We’re ringing in a new year and the possibilities are limited only by your attitude. No excuses, no delays. And, avoid “New Year’s Resolutions” because everyone knows they are only made to be broken. Let’s call them “New Year’s Recommendations” and get serious about a year of self-improvement, both inside and outside your physical being. 1. Assess your fitness level honestly and act accordingly. Now. I am a commercial real estate broker who understands location, location, location. In the world of fitness, this means exercise, exercise, exercise. -You strengthen vital organs, which means better health and longer life. -You will lose weight and tone up. You will look better and feel better. -The gym is a great place to meet interesting people, far better than any matchmaking service.

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2. Further develop your spirituality. -If you have wronged or been wronged, FORGIVE. This may mean you have to reach out, but anger and resentment will destroy you. Be prepared, however, to be disappointed with your effort. If a person is not responsive to your attempt, leave the door open and move on.

when the next holiday season rolls around, but be nice to Uncle Elmer. He drives you nuts with his stupid jokes and fake laugh, but he is married to your favorite aunt and she will love you for it. -Decide that you are going to be nice. Don’t come home grouchy and make everyone around you miserable. Exert the energy and willpower to adjust your attitude.

-Do not remain in an unhealthy relationship. It is extremely difficult to walk away from a habit, even when it is a bad one. This year, think of it the way you would think of biting your nails or smoking. Disgusting.

-Make a point to call a family member every week. This does not apply if you live with them. See #2.

-Choose a new way to get involved in your community. The old cliché about giving is so true. Help others and it’s hard to say who is rewarded most- them or you. 3. Appreciate your family. -It’s not always easy to be enthusiastic about ALL of your kinfolk, but when push comes to shove, they are probably the only ones who will be there for you, even when you are completely undeserving. You may have to hold your nose

Dr. Will Henghold

Evan Jordan + Julia Ussery

This year, make a point to be good to yourself, because we are all guilty of beating up on ourselves far too often and too much. Energy can be used positively or negatively. Choose wisely. Happy New Year, everyone! Parties, parties and more parties. After all, it was December and we can address excess now that it has passed.

Joe + Tracy Durant

Johnny Wright + Bob Kerrigan

Page10 Ideaworks held their annual holiday open house at their beautiful Victorian offices on North Palafox Street. Caron Sjoberg, Michelle Ortiz-Miguez and their creative team opened their doors to more than 300 guests who stopped by to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Every room was fully decorated for the season, and fresh fir adorned every doorframe. It was just the right early December party to start the month off festively. The Council on Aging of West Florida also held a holiday appreciation party for supporters of the organization. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by John and Jerre Peacock as they generously awarded a check from the proceeds of the Panhandle Charitable Golf Tournament, an event created in the memory of John’s son. John B. Clark, president and CEO named the individuals who will be the 2017 “Rats” at next year’s gala. Charlie and Fran Switzer will chair the event where Roger Webb, Marianne McMahon, John Peacock, and Nels Offerdahl will be recognized for community service. SmartBank held a business after hours cocktail party in their bank lobby where friends and customers stopped by for plenty of good cheer. President Johnnie Wright and his wife Karen greeted guests while Johnnie’s A+ team of Kathy Hayward, Tina Vaughn, and Rhonda Rimmer mingled and kept things moving. This is always a lovely event in the holiday season as Johnnie rolls out the red carpet. Bob Kerrigan, Mike Baggett, Jim Cronley, and Ed Cronley were among the packed house.

GREAT! The party was loud, lively and fun but the best part was seeing the massive pile of gifts under the tree that people brought, at the request of the Durants, for Toys for Tots. Aero Capital Flight Services held a very cool reception at the Innisfree Jet Center. Guests mingled among the jets as they enjoyed music and good food by J's Pastries and Café (yes, they do a whole lot more than just bake) Michelle Sarra; Carlette Howell; Tina Tortomase; Gina Raymond; Randy Bricker; and Jim Reeves were among those attending. Teri Levin hosted yet another over the top party in her new Palafox apartment, this time to benefit Covenant Hospice with proceeds to be used for a new state-of-the-art Memory Care Center in Pensacola. Guests included Rick Appleyard; Brian LeBlanc; Mallory Studer; Angela Bottesini; and Quint and Rishy Studer.

and Jean Goodin; Bob Richburg; and Pete and Angela Moore were among the guests. And the crown jewel of the holiday parties was the annual Jewelers Trade Shop Roberto Coin Gala. Approximately 100 guests were invited to Global Grill where the Italian jewelry designer brought in a private collection of his newest creations for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Champagne flowed and guests were treated to a full Italian buffet in honor of the artist. Tony and Linda Terhaar; Mike and Terri Papantonio; Steve Gracik and Charlene Sanders; Steve and Evan Jordan; Mayor Ashton Hayward; Pat Windham; and Brooks and Elaine Davis were in the crowd.

Special January Birthdays 21 Phillip Morris 21 Bo Johnson

Best decorated home of the season has to be the Milton home of Bo and Judy Johnson. Judy has a real flair for seasonal décor, and she outdid herself this year. Friends were invited on a very stormy evening to stop by for a holiday buffet and the gift of music with a pianist on the baby grand to entertain guests with Christmas and classical songs. Mike and Patty Thomas; Gordon

Joe and Tracey Durant hosted hundreds at the Pensacola Country Club, celebrating an awesome year for the couple. If you follow golf at all, Joe did exceptionally well on the circuit, while Tracey finished her degree and graduated from the University of West Florida. She is a personal trainer these days at Anytime Fitness, downtown Pensacola, and already has an impressive client list which gets longer by the day. The party featured the band DLP (doctors, lawyers, and politicians) who is in big demand these days. When Will Henghold is not treating skin cancer, he rocks the house as lead singer in the band. These guys are

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escambia santa rosa bar association ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

Bill Wade, Maureen + Gerry McGill

Aiden, Bridgett + Isabelle Roberts

Hank Gonzalez + Greg Brock

Amy Broderson, Jan Shackleford, Linda Wade + Kerra Smith

irish politician's club christmas party Toastmaster Jim Reeves

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New Member Judge Charles Khan

New Member Jeff Bergosh

New Member Mark Porter

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Five Flags Rotary annual Christmas party Held at the Loft Home of Teri Levin

Doug + Nancy Halford

Susan + John O'Connor

Diane Mack

Teri Levin + Nancy Halford

Twana + Steve Spear

Cardon estate sales team

President Ron Tuttle + Marcella Ingersoll

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Blue Morning Gallery Celebrating 20 Years of Cooperative Art by Kelly Oden


ne of Pensacola’s most unique galleries is celebrating a milestone this year. For 20 years, Blue Morning Gallery has provided a cooperative gallery space for local artists and a unique shopping experience for Pensacolians and visitors alike. A pioneering presence in the Pensacola arts scene, Blue Morning opened in 1997 as place to showcase the work of local artists and to encourage the development of new creative talent within the community. Twenty years later, Blue Morning Gallery has become a mainstay of the downtown art scene. Originally started with around a dozen members, the cooperative has grown to more than 50 artists and even has a considerable waiting list. “I don’t think those 12 artists ever envisioned it growing to be so big,” says Jim Sweida, member artist and board president. “It was dream of the artists to have a place where they could meet, paint and maybe sell some of their work. 14 | pensacola magazine

It was very casual in the beginning.” Current artist members pay a fee for their wall space and a small commission on each piece sold. This money is used to pay the bills and promote the gallery. Artists also spend a number of hours each month working at the gallery, so shoppers have the unique opportunity to meet the artists and talk about their work. Gallery artists work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, fine woodworking, iconography, sculpture, glass, pottery, jewelry and much more. The members run the gamut in terms of experience from emerging to award-winning and established artists. While many are full-time artists, others have former or current careers in fields ranging from education to science and psychology. This wide range of experience comes in handy for the administrative duties of the gallery, as it is run entirely by members with no paid staff. Blue Morning also strives to keep prices af-

fordable and they pride themselves on offering something for everyone from high-end-largescale pieces to smaller sculptures and jewelry and even greeting cards. “We call ourselves a working gallery,” explains Sweida. “We’re an experience gallery. We do more than just sell art here. We try to promote the arts and do fun things for the community and for downtown.” Seeing the importance in supporting young artists, Blue Morning established a scholarship program six years ago. “We’ve had some real success as a gallery over the last five or six years,” says Sweida. “We felt that it would be appropriate to help some struggling visual arts students. We started an annual scholarship over at UWF. We don’t involve ourselves in the choosing. It’s up to UWF to choose a deserving student. The gallery members each contribute to the scholarship and the student is also invited to display work in the gallery. There’s a big difference between academic art classes and the real world. We give

them a whole month to exhibit to learn the insand-outs of showing their work.� Located in the historic Blount building, which is currently under major renovation, the gallery’s lease runs through 2019 with the possibility to extend and Sweida says they have no plans to move. However, the renovations of the building will result in the gallery losing roughly a third of their space. That means they will no longer be able to offer education classes on site, but they are looking at options for remote classes. The gallery has many fun events in store for 2017 and their 20 th anniversary year. Be sure to check out their website at bluemorninggallery. com and follow them on social media. The gallery is located at 21 S. Palafox Place and they are open Monday through Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 8:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. They also have a table at the Palafox Market every Saturday. pensacola magazine | 15

Alexis Leader

Director and Curator, Leader Art Consultants LLC by Kelly Oden


lexis Leader is an art consultant, curator and the principal of Leader Art Consultants LLC. Prior to opening the firm in 2016 she was the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Alexis holds an MA in Art History from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a BA in Art History from the University of West Florida. She has over ten years of experience within museum administration, both nationally and internationally. Alexis is a member of professional fine arts organizations including the Association of Art Museum Curators, the American Alliance of Museums and serves on the board of the Visual Arts Association of Northwest Florida, Inc. She is also a proud member of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 organization. What inspired you to start an art consulting/advisory firm? The inspiration stemmed from wanting to create an opportunity for artists and collectors within our area. I wanted an advisory firm that would not only assist individuals and businesses seeking to start or grow their collection but one that would also advocate Gulf Coast artists.

What do you look for in an artist’s work when considering who to represent? LAC serves both corporate and residential clients. In such, I look for artists that can fit a wide variety of possible tastes. I do trend toward contemporary artists as I feel these works are underrepresented in our area and work well in a variety of settings. Representing an artist, particularly as LAC is not a commercial gallery, takes a good deal of faith on my part as a curator. There is no foot traffic or permanent gallery space to showcase their works. I 16 | pensacola magazine

have to believe in the artist and hustle to find the perfect collector for them. It keeps me on my toes and passionate about my work.

How does the business work? LAC is unique in that it serves both artists and collectors. The dual nature of the firm came from my decade-long background in museum administration. Curators are trained to work with artists as well as source artwork. This is the skill set that I bring to my clients. I work with emerging and established artists seeking career guidance within the commercial field. The services provided are dependent on each artist’s individual goals. I assist with anything from consulting on exhibition opportunities to developing one’s portfolio, marketing or curatorial assistance. As an art consultant I help collectors identify and purchase artwork for their home and/or

office. The idea of building a collection can be daunting. I navigate the art market, be it through the LAC network of artists or sourcing works through galleries, auction houses or art fairs. It takes pressure off of the collector allowing them to enjoy the process and enables them to pick from the best possible options for their goals and budget. I essentially serve as a treasure hunter but also consult on framing, lighting design and conservation management. The firm also provides artwork installation and a corporate loan program.

What is your geographic range for potential artists? LAC uses the hashtag #curatethecoast on social media because I strive to do just that. I look to artists along the Gulf Coast: primarily Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. Pensacola is my hometown so it’s an honor to build a network of

“I think to continue downtown Pensacola in its current path of development it is important for the visual arts to have a strong voice.” artists within this region. I believe it will attract long overdue attention to the talent and range of artists working within this area.

What do you hope to bring/add to the art scene in Pensacola?

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Opportunity. I think to continue downtown Pensacola in its current path of development it is important for the visual arts to have a strong voice. I believe myself, along with other artists, philanthropists and arts advocates in the area, can create change and shake up the local norms of what is expected. As a consultant the bulk of what I do is behind the scenes. My galleries vary anywhere from hospital hallways and boardrooms to bedrooms and office lobbies. It is one of the reasons I enjoy hosting PopUp Galleries. The galleries enable me to place Gulf Coast artists directly in the public eye and create a buzz. You never know where we might pop up next or when. It’s exciting.

collections and yet feel more respected outside of our city than within it. Collectors “in the know” can locate fantastic Gulf Coast artists. However, those without that inside track relying strictly on commercial and co-op galleries lose out. It’s a balance that LAC hopes to help adjust.

In your opinion, who is doing the most innovative/interesting work in Pensacola? I’ve really enjoyed watching the progress on the Jefferson Street parking garage mural by local artists, Ashton Howard and Evan Levin. I’ve lived in cities like Savannah, GA. and Toronto, where public art is prominent. It creates an attachment to your community. To drive by the Jefferson Street mural and see treasured images like the Blue Angels, Fort Pickens and other symbols of Pensacola connects people. I’m looking forward to seeing their finished project and what they may collaborate on next.

Are you an artist? No. I am an art historian. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in art history and it’s an element that I feel plays into my decisions as a consultant. It is important to learn the entire scope of artists, movements and history within the visual arts. Particularly when navigating the art market. It enables me to make informed decisions without the bias an artist might have in a particular style or process. I am currently completing coursework, through the International Society of Appraisers, to become a certified fine arts appraiser. This is just another step to ensuring that I offer clients the highest quality advice in regards to their collection.

You recently held a Pop-Up Art Show. Tell me about that process. Do you plan to do more?

day-to-day of work particularly as a majority of my time is spent at artist studios, client homes and offices. The Pop-Up Gallery was designed to provide me with a space to showcase select artists within the network and engage the community. For our first Pop-Up I was fortunate to work with Beck Partners and One51Main. As gallery sponsors they provided me with an unused commercial retail space for me to transform. We did everything from painting the drywall and installing temporary LED fixtures to curating an exhibit with a contemporary focus all installed within two weeks. The PopUp Gallery was on view for three days. Following the last day we packed everything away and returned the space exactly as we found it. The temporary nature of the gallery lends to its energy and appeal. We were thrilled that the December Pop-Up opening reception had nearly 200 visitors that came out to support LAC. For a temporary gallery that wasn’t located in the hub of Garden Street Gallery Night events the numbers were encouraging. LAC looks to host PopUp Galleries throughout the year in varying cities along the coast, with an emphasis on our home base of Downtown Pensacola.

The LAC office is located on Garden Street downtown. I occupy a space within a law firm that enables me to have an office and conference room. This is perfect for my

Who are some of your favorite major artists? Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaller, and James Turrell.

How can we as a community help to promote/grow Pensacola as an art town? Support regional artists. So many collectors look outside the area to purchase work with the feeling that they cannot find what they are looking for within our area. I have artists that work with me that have held national and international solo exhibitions, belong to multiple museum, private and corporate pensacola magazine | 17


Songwriters Festival

Brings Big Names, Big Voices to the Gulf Coast

Written by Kelly Oden


lthough another southern highway can claim more songs written in its honor, this January the Florida highway known as 30A will be the one overflowing with music, songwriting, singing and good cheer. For more 28.5 miles, Scenic Highway 30A hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. Home to white sand beaches and rare coastal dune lakes, 30A is also a unique blend of planned communities. From the funky, original Grayton Beach to the whitewashed high end town of Alys Beach, the highway’s small towns are an eclectic mix of Caribbean colors, European style and southern charm.

From Jan. 13 to 16, 30A is also home to one of the finest songwriter festivals in the country. Held in a variety of unique venues along scenic Highway 30A, the Songwriters Festival transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. This year’s 8th annual 30A Songwriters Festival may just be the best one yet. The 2017 festival features headline performances from esteemed artists John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, and Shawn Colvin. Also confirmed on the main stage are Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, and Motel Mirrors (featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton). Featured artists in venues at night on 30A include John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Matthew Sweet, Tom Gray (The

Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, Sarah Lee Guthrie, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, and Farewell Angelina. Among the total of 175 stellar songwriters who will perform and have distinguished themselves in bands and on pop charts in various genres of music are Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Michelle Malone, Peter Holsapple (the dB's), and many more. "The talent pool of songwriters is vast and prodigious," says co-Producer Russell Carter. "As the years progress, it is exciting to broaden the horizon and present varied styles of music. It is with especial pride and excitement that we announce Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick to headline the Saturday afternoon stage with their full sound and fury. They will rock and reverberate Grand Boulevard to the

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songwriters festival

Grammy winner Dr. John will be performing at the festival

eastern tip of 30A and back! The greatest purveyor of New Orleans music in its most unique and original form and sixtime Grammy winner joins us as well— Dr. John with both his Yamaha grand piano and the Nite Trippers. Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame legend John Prine brings his love songs, his melancholy tales of life, his social commentary, and his humor to the stage on Sunday afternoon. We also welcome Shawn Colvin who was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards Show.� The 30A Songwriters Festival has once again teamed up with NPR's Folk Alley, a multi-media music service produced by WKSU. Folk Alley will be on site throughout the weekend interviewing artists and filming and recording performances in a home studio on 30A which will be aired on Live From Folk Alley's syndicated radio show and on their website and mobile app throughout the year.

The 30A Songwriters Festival has partnered with to provide a streaming radio station with music of all of the artists performing at the 30A Songwriters Festival. The dedicated station streams songs by confirmed artists allowing festival goers to get acquainted with the 2017 artists and plan out who they want to see. Check out the station at The 30A Songwriters Festival is coproduced by Russell Carter Artist Management and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), and is presented by Visit South Walton and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Net proceeds from the 30A Songwriters Festival benefit the CAA and help it to fulfill its mission to support the arts throughout Walton County. "All of our patrons and performers have come to anticipate with pure excitement the 30A Songwriters Festival for the unparalleled scope of music performances, the annual tradition with friends, the food, beer and wine

and the amazing accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico," says Cultural Arts Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Steele. "Keep in mind that the Festival is by far the biggest fundraiser for the CAA. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the Festival go to our nonprofit and enable the CAA to fund all that it does throughout the year to fulfill its mission to make Walton County a center for artistic and cultural excellence." A number of VIP packages are available, including four course gourmet dinners, preferred seating for headliner events and special transportation. For more information on the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival, including a full list of artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit 30asongwritersfestival. com.

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PENSACON returns Written by Dawn Gresko

You don’t have to be a Trekkie or X-Phile to appreciate the appeal of Pensacon. Maybe you like the opportunity to don a costume on a day other than Halloween, or perhaps you simply enjoy to people watch and browse the wares of vendors who’ve come from near and far. No matter what brings you to Pensacon, you are guaranteed to find your version of fun in as little as three days time from Feb. 17 to 19. Going on its fourth year, our area’s premier comic convention has expanded once again: this year, Pensacon is happy to announce Pensacola Little Theatre as an additional venue. The new location will not only offer more space for hosting panels but will also allow more room for guests to gather outside the main campus at the Pensacola Bay Center for special events like the Pensacon Short Film Festival, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. Moreover, the east side parking lot of the Pensacola Bay Center has been expanded into another entertainment destination with different bands and entertainment troupes who will be performing throughout the weekend. The Artist Alley area has also been

improved, so there will be even more to explore on the Bay Center’s third floor. As always, Pensacola Grand Hotel, Rex Theatre and Saenger Theatre are providing their beautiful, historic venues for even more Pensacon events. “Pensacon was created for Pensacola, not only to provide something special for the ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’ communities but to be a benefit to the area also,” said Kat Bishop, director of marketing. “Our timing was not an accident–we purposely planned Pensacon to take place during a time of year with historically slow tourism appeal. In the three years that Pensacon has been held, the economic impact has been over $8 million.”

Last year, if you had an overhead view of the entire event over the course of three days, you would’ve counted as many as 23,000 faces in the con’s crowd. You wouldn’t guess that this massive flagship for the community was manned by a fiveperson crew: Mike Ensley (chairman), Kat Bishop (director of marketing), and Jason Thomsen (director of logistics), all of whom are assisted in a part-time capacity by graphic designer Georgia Beliech and programming director Steve Wise. These five work on Pensacon year-round, starting about a week after the previous Pensacon concludes. They are helped at different stages by hundreds of volunteers with varying levels of responsibility.

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Pensacon Mobile App Don’t want to miss a thing? Don’t worry! Pensacon has you covered with their mobile app found on either Google Play or Apple online stores. 1. Search for “Pensacon 2017” and download to your Android or Apple device. 2. Create your Pensacon profile. 3. Two weeks prior to the event, you may start customizing your schedule, lining up panels, celebrities, booths and more that you want to see over the course of three days, so the app will alert you when your event starts. 4. Have fun at Pensacon! 24 | pensacola magazine

As usual, Downtown Pensacola will be very much involved in Pensacon, putting on events in conjunction with the comic con’s hours and special guest lineup. Several hotels, bars, stores and restaurants will be involved, including various venues from Great Southern Restaurants such as The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House to others like Hopjacks and Tin Cow, which will be decked out in some fantastic decorations and will also be serving up drink specials and after-hours events for Pensacon goers who want to keep all the confueled fun going. For a blast from the past, Atlas Oyster House will be once again adopting a Star Trek-themed bar and menu, The Fish House will become akin to the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the outside Deck Bar will don decorations and drinks from the Star Wars universe. That’s not to mention that our very own Pensacola International Airport is reclaiming the title of Pensacola Intergalactic Airport for all those Pensacon attendees who are flying in from galaxies far, far away. This year, Hopjacks and Tin Cow will be joining in on the fun; Hopjacks will take us into the upside down of Stranger Things, while Tin Cow will transform its interior to fit with the wonderful weird world of X-Files—we think even Moulder and Scully would approve. Currently, this year’s celebrity lineup includes as many as 60 film and television media guests as well as an additional group of 30 total artists, authors and illustrators. These special guests will include several cast members from Game of Thrones, Power Rangers, Doctor Who, Candyman, Conan the Barbarian, Star

Wars, Star Trek, X-Files and even the cast from Netflix’s hit summer series: Stranger Things— which will have its own celebrity panel at Pensacola Little Theatre. As for media guests, some prominent names you’re more likely to recognize include Ted Raimi (The Evil Dead, Candyman), Viriginia Madsen (Candyman), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, The OA), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones). However, often overlooked are those writers, artists and illustrators behind our favorite book, comic, movie and television heroes (and heroines). While they may not meet our criteria for heroes, Ren & Stimpy are definitely iconic characters—both of whom were created by Bob Camp, cartoonist, illustrator, and comic book artist who won an Annie for these two crazy cartoon characters. Then there’s illustrator Steve Scott (Batman, X-Men Forever), who has worked with DC, Marvel and Dark Horse comics. “Pensacon 2017 will be the biggest and best yet,” said Bishop. “We have some fantastic celebrities coming, and with our expanded areas of interest for attendees, we expect that people will be continually finding something new to enjoy about Pensacon!” For a full list of activities, special guests, venues and times, or to purchase tickets now, please check out

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Beyond the Stage by Bradley “Beej” Davis, Jr.

The mission of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is to promote the well-being of the greater Pensacola community through excellence in live symphonic music and lifelong learning through engaging musical activities. With the introduction of PSO’s Beyond the Stage program in 2015, the organization has seized the opportunity to ensure music continues to touch each member of our community, from the young to the young-at-heart. “Music adds vibrancy to every community,” said PSO Board Chair Bentina Terry. “The PSO endeavors through Beyond the Stage to make sure that, no matter what walk of life you come from, the beautiful vibrancy of symphonic music can enrich your life.” This belief is the cornerstone of the organization’s new program, and it’s certainly picking up steam. Volunteer board members and PSO staff alike are excited to bring Beyond the Stage to the Greater Pensacola area. “Fundamentally, we believe that everyone has a right to the benefit of music and music education,” said PSO executive director Bret Barrow. “Programs like Beyond the Stage are simply ways to help put that belief into action. By making music accessible through empowering

and equipping our musicians to serve others with music, we are able to go beyond a foundation of wonderful performances.” Barrow further explained that the real benefits lie in having a relationship with music such that it means something to you wherever you are. Beyond the Stage fills the musical gap with musicians performing for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience it. And with the inclusion of sending musicians to local schools, nursing homes and end-of-life care facilities, PSO is truly taking its music beyond the traditional performance stage.

Health benefits of music In 2013, USO Today published an article showing research that suggests music has a direct effect of easing pain, especially in geriatric and

intensive care as well as palliative medicine. Additionally, it has also been shown music has a tremendously positive effect on mental health. “Music is an important therapy for our patients and their loved ones at Covenant Care’s inpatient units,” said Covenant Care Volunteer and Community Relations Manager Amy Stamey. “Music can help unlock memories and provide a positive focus for our patients; the musicians who play for us through the Beyond the Stage program provide comfort, and combined with the interventions of the hospice team help improve the quality of life for our patients.” Stamey said that most of her patients are bed bound and unable to participate in some activities in the communal area where the PSO musicians perform, but when the sound carries to their rooms it brings them joy and comfort. “Music is suited to the challenges faced by our patients; physical, psychosocial and spiritual. We receive positive feedback about the program from patient family members and visitors to the unit.” She said the patients aren’t the only ones pensacola magazine | 27

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who benefit from the music—music helps reduce stress, anxiety and agitation for the families and staff as well. But Beyond the Stage provides music to other groups besides our beautiful aging community. In the heart-wrenching event that our youth is burdened with severe illnesses, PSO is right there to provide comfort. “It is amazing to witness the power music can play in the lives of our patients, many of whom have complex medical conditions, such as leukemia, Type 1 diabetes, and heart complications,” said Ashley Cole, site practice administrator for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. “These children come to Nemours on a regular basis and their visits can be scary. So, when I walk through the waiting rooms and see them playing instruments and getting engrossed in the music, it brightens my day.” Cole said not only are the children having fun, but they and their guardians are now less stressed, making their doctors’ appointment much more effective. Additionally, the children begin to view Nemours as a place where they can do fun things versus a clinic in which they have to see the doctor. She added the feedback has been resounding. 28 | pensacola magazine

“Recently, a mom shared that her daughter is now incessantly talking about wanting to play an instrument based solely on her experience and interaction with the symphony volunteers,” said Cole. Herein lies the multifaceted approach to Beyond the Stage: its ability to sooth and comfort as well as to enlighten and educate.

Molding musical minds With continued and looming budget cuts for extracurricular and arts programs in the schools, it has been left up to other organizations to fill the gap of these vital aspects of primary and secondary education. PSO’s Beyond the Stage is precisely the program that makes sure no child is left in silence. “Firstly, music itself is so important to our community,” said Marshall Corzette who heads community engagement for Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. “Music, as well as other arts, provides a lifelong enrichment for aesthetic beauty. Not only do students of any age learn more efficiently, they appreciate the educational process more. Since music is a language, studies have shown increased enjoyment of literature; increased ability in foreign languages as well as increased GPAs.”

In just under two years, PSO has established nearly a dozen viable relationships with local organizations including two schools—Ransom Middle School and Tate High School in addition to the Lamont Community Music School (formerly Belmont Youth Band). However, the organization is excited to announce the expansion to Brown Barge Middle, Pine Forest High, Bellview Middle, and Woodham Middle School in 2017. It’s obvious the one-on-one time students get with an orchestra professional with Beyond the Stage is effective in musical growth. “I always wanted my students to have the same advantages as orchestra students in more metropolitan areas in the country, who have easy access to professional coaching, high-quality music performances, and exposure to musical life beyond the school orchestra," said Catherine McConnell, Orchestra Director for Tate High and Ransom Middle. "Beyond the Stage has done just that for the Ransom Middle and Tate High orchestras. Through this wonderful partnership, the orchestra students receive world-class coaching on their individual playing, advice on coping with nerves, words of wisdom on the importance of technical study as well as important feedback on our balance and sound as an orchestra.” McConnell, who has been directing middle and high school orchestras in

Escambia County since 1999, said the challenge of making sure every student receives the support he or she needs in their musical growth hinges around building programs and working hard to ensure the students thrive. Beyond the Stage helps with that challenge as well as provides students the opportunity to come out of their shells with the one-on-one interaction with the musicians. “Frequently, more introverted students feel shy about asking for help in a large orchestra class, and it is so significant for students like this to have the opportunity to perform in a smaller, more intimate setting, where they can receive additional musical support,” said McConnell. The number of success stories for all of these organizations is expansive. From relieving stress and tension for the elderly to providing one-onone support for music students and terminally-ill youth is precisely the goal of Beyond the Stage. For some PSO leadership, this goal can be summarized with a more global approach. “Increasingly, some of our most important work has taken place out in the community; in schools, hospitals, hospice settings, retirement homes­—quite literally Beyond The Stage,” said PSO Music Director, Maestro Peter Rubardt. Rubardt is currently celebrating his 20th anniversary with the organization, but his desire for community impact has only grown in those two decades. “At the PSO we have a deep and passionate belief in the capacity for music to be a powerful force for good in people’s lives. Beyond the Stage is our channel to act on that belief by making music present throughout the community.” Naturally there is a cost associated with the implementation of Beyond the Stage. The cost for each musician is $100. When PSO sends a group of musicians to perform, it can add up pretty quickly. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its annual “Center Stage Gala” on March 11 at Skopelo’s at New World Landing. Proceeds from this gala, complete with live and silent auctions and world-class entertainment by the John Pizzarelli Trio, go directly to supporting Beyond the Stage. For more information on how you can support or attend the gala or Beyond the Stage, call the PSO office at 850-435-2533 or

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public art Inspiration + Engagement by Kelly Oden

Community art projects have been popping up all over the country and Pensacola is no exception. These projects often combine elements of community need, artist inspiration, civic engagement and neighborhood beautification. In this issue, we profile two large-scale projects created in Pensacola in late 2016. One revitalizes a local parking garage with an homage to Pensacola history and culture and the other involves the community in creating spiritual art and ritual to honor loved ones who have passed on. Both projects brought renewed focus and energy to the arts in Pensacola and for that, we say kudos to you both! pensacola magazine | 31


jefferson st. Parking garage Artists: Ashton howard + Evan Levin

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What was the inspiration for the mural? Ashton and I had talked about painting a mural on the parking garage for a long time. We felt like Foo Foo Fest was a great opportunity for us to come up with a concept and apply for one of the grants to make it happen. We wanted to create something vibrant to really change people's experience as they passed by or parked at the garage. After a few months of collaborating we ended up with concept that illustrated icons of Pensacola.

photo by Ashton Howard

Can you tell us briefly about each element on the mural? The mural contains images of the Pensacola Lighthouse, Tristan De Luna, Spanish exploration ships, Fort Pickens, Blue Angels and native birds and landscape.

How many gallons of paint? Paint brushes? We have used approximately 20 gallons of paint and 15 two inch brushes, four three-inch, two fourinch dusters, one one-inch and four half-inch brushes.

How many man hours went into the project? From start to finish we will have over 400 hours invested in the mural.

Tell us about the special kind of paint you used. We used Nova Color paint. It is a rigid exterior resin based acrylic paint specifically designed for murals.

What are the total dimensions of the mural? It is approximately 3,000 sf. To Learn more, visit Evan and Ashton at: Instagram @elevin11 Instagram @ah_howard

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Day of the Dead Community Mural at First City Art Center

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What was the inspiration for the mural? Inspiration for the mural wall project came initially from memorials created on the local 17th Street train trestle, known as the Graffiti Bridge. Sensing a need to provide a more permanent place and time for this type of celebration, Art Beyond Walls, under the direction of Rachael Pongetti and the Pensacola Graffiti Bridge Project, took on this mission. The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday inspired the group to choose the beginning of November as date for their annual event.

Can you tell us briefly about the elements on the mural? Local artists came together to create gorgeous, detailed paintings of Day of the Dead iconography along multiple walls surrounding First City Art Center. Community members were asked to bring a laser print photocopy on paper of someone they wish to honor in order to wheat paste their image to the memorial wall. Images of family, friends, or pets that have passed on were included on the memorial. West Florida Literary Federation poets also wheat pasted their poems of remembrance to the wall.

photo by Suzanne Findeisen

How many artists were involved in the mural portion of the project? About six primary artists. How many community members contributed photos and mementos of loved ones? Approximately 100. What was the time span? The mural started on October 28 and the festival ended on November 3. There were multiple phases and events during that time.

What were some of the more unique wheat pasted images? We saw children wheat pasting photos of their mothers or grandparents, but we also saw people putting up images of David Bowie and other cultural icons who died in 2016. We also had painted rocks where people wrote their memories of pets or loved ones to create a memory garden.

homeless people in the neighborhood approach us and say they felt like the neighborhood was becoming a better place because of the mural, so it is influencing people. To learn more about Art Beyond Walls, visit them on Facebook.

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While the Florida native has been a photographer for most of his life, hosted dozens of exhibitions, contributed to magazine articles and been featured on NPR, Thompson originally planned to pursue a career in biology education. Eventually, his curiosity lured him toward a darkroom. “I had my degree as a biology major and was teaching as a student,” Warren said. “I went back to college for one more semester and I got a job in the science lab where they also had a darkroom. I had the keys to the building, and a guy told me how to mix the chemicals, and from then on I just played around with it." He returned to Pensacola to teach biology 36 | pensacola magazine

and science at Pensacola State (then Junior) College—but he kept pursuing photography until it became his main focus. “I still enjoy natural science and all, but the photography just took over,” he said. Thompson went back to school at the Rochester Institute for Technology for a few semesters and then came back to Florida State University, where he earned an MFA in photography. From then on, the deal was sealed. “I taught science for a little while but then when the photography opening became available, I just jumped on it,” he said. “I retired after 40 years of teaching at PSC,

and I guess about 33 to 34 were teaching photography.” Pensacola State College’s photography program is renowned for producing talented and passionate photographers, and according to Thompson, the school has a few advantages many junior colleges don’t. “The art department is really strong and they have commercial division that will give you working skills and employment potential,” he noted. “A lot of students can go there and they can get those fine art skills, but they can also get practical art skills that will help them in finding a job.” Thompson is largely credited with

expanding and growing the PSC photography program. When asked about it, he muses he simply must have been there at the right time. “I saw the need for the commercial studio class—that was very immediate, because that gave the students a skill they could market, especially with portraits,” he said. “And then of course, when digital photography started becoming available, I jumped right on that, and then we also had a photojournalism course.” Thompson really enjoys photojournalism and photo stories, and said that’s sort of what Moonpies is—an elongated photo story. He likes to go back every year to watch the evolution of the communities, of the parades, of the costumes, but he also likes to keep an eye out for the constants. “This one lady and her family bring the same couch every year and they set up in Bienvelle Square and they decorate it,” he said. “They get there early so they grab a spot for the whole day on this embroidered couch—and if that doesn’t show up I’m real disappointed.” Thompson started going over to Mobile in the late 80s for the colors of the parades, costumes, beads, and the floats. At the time, he was using the kind of color film that has a high contrast and is very vivid—it was called kodachrome and the printing process accented the colors even more.

Thompson began shooting the parades and realized he needed to be closer to the action to capture he idiosyncrasies of the celebration. He worked his way into the parades and walked along with them, shooting from inside the metal barricades and documenting the intimacy of the crowd and float interactions. He shoots from the hip often, using a preset focus and wide-angle lens.

“Luckily I’ve never been shy, and I’ve always loved people,” he said. “When I went over there for the first time, I thought, I can’t stand on the corner—I can’t see anything! So I started walking with the parade. Now they didn’t really encourage it, but I always act really professional so they just sort of assumed I was working for one of the papers over there or something." The first picture in the upcoming pensacola magazine | 37

exhibition was taken in 1992. That was the year Thompson decided to do two major things differently with his Mardi Gras series. “I wanted to limit the series to black and white only, and I wanted to concentrate more on the people instead of the motions and the color,” he said. Thompson selected several pictures from his first black and white year, and then chose what he refers to as the “highlights” from his 30-year collection up until last year. He’s only missed two years of shooting the parade: once when his daughter was born, and a few years ago when he had heart surgery. With an overwhelming amount of photographs to choose from, Thompson tried to select the images he felt were most memorable. “These are pictures I’ve looked at for 10 to 20 years, and if you can keep looking at them and you still like them, then they must be ok,” he said. The photos range in subject matter but most focus on real people, in a real and unplanned moment. One photograph features a crowd waiting for the parade to come—they’re holding signs, asking for moonpies, or fancy beads. Others show children in joyous moments as they catch candy or see a beautiful float pass by or a juxtaposed scene of people and floats, interacting and contrasting against the diversity of the other. Many of the images in the show were shot on black and white Tmaxx film, but a fair amount of the more recent photographs were shot on a digital camera. “I felt like I was missing so much with film, and the thing about Mardi Gras is that it’s constantly changing 38 | pensacola magazine

as you’re walking—you see new people and new floats and new background and constant action,” Thompson said. “And I just didn’t have to worry about that with digital.” Five years ago, Thompson bought the biggest SD card he could find to accompany his digital camera, and now he is able to shoot for an hour or so without switching the card— quite the change compared to loading and rewinding a roll of film after 36 shots. He’s used Sony and Nikon cameras, but changes each year or so along with the technology. “I don’t have any affection for digital—I’d still be using the Olympus OM-2 if it wasn’t for

the speed and convenience of digital,” he said. Film or digital aside, Thompson likes to go out to shoot as often as he can. He likes to drive through sleepy southern towns, along old highways past abandoned houses, or just through a city he hasn’t seen before. Sometimes, just a stop through the flea market is enough time to take a few pictures before heading home for the day. “I just lost my mom two weeks ago, she was 97, but for the last 12 to 15 years of her life, she lived near us, and that was one thing she loved to do—ride shotgun for the photo trips,” Thompson said. Thompson said his family would pile

into the car for a trip somewhere across the country—the Grand Canyon or a national park of some sort—and he’d stop the car to take pictures every now and then or whenever he saw something he liked. He affectionately noted the family never complained about the stopping, and were very tolerant of his need to take pictures often, even while on the interstate. While his photography archive continues to grow and evolve with every trip, every Mardi Gras parade, each road side stand he comes across, his work maintains a sense consistency. “It keeps coming back to what I enjoy and what I think is worth sharing,” he said. “Being a teacher and an exhibition photographer, I shoot what I want to shoot. I don’t go out and shoot something popular—my stuff isn’t very marketable.” Thompson shoots the subject matter he enjoys. He used to take pictures of things he could show his classes, something that would make for an interesting discussion or a lesson plan. He experimented with different film, different colors, different processes, but found himself returning to one type of subject matter most often. “I still come back to people—people and road signs,” he said. Thompson said if he were to offer advice to any young photographer, he would tell them one of the most important things he’s learned over the years. Just be true. Shoot what you think is fun, or significant or worthwhile and don’t worry about whether it’s going to be popular or going to sell. “Just shoot it because you see it and you just cannot resist shooting it,” he said. “And keep shooting—you never know when you’re going to see that craziest moonpie sign in the middle of a parade.” Thompson’s Moonpies show opens at the Pensacola Museum of Art on Jan. 13 and runs through March 18.

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A.A. Cunningham Road paving notice ... Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NavFac SE) has awarded a contract to mill and overlay A.A. Cunningham Road on NAS Pensacola. The work is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 12 and expected to take four weeks to complete. Watch for “Road Closed” and “Detour” signs. Detour routes to facilities in the area will be Page Road to Warehouse Road and Farrar Road to Pat Bellinger Road. Drivers should observe the warning signs and proceed with caution around the work zones. The work schedule is weather dependent. For questions or more information, contact the PWD Construction Manager Bryan Moeller at 452-3131, ext. 3077.

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Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP By Capt. Katrina Cheesman Sibley’s unit. “This dedication 24th Special Operations Wing and memorial ruck is an important step for us as a brotherhood Air Force Special Tactics Air- to honor Forrest’s legacy of men dedicated a military freefall valor, and get a small bit of clotraining exercise into Pensacola sure.” Bay Aug. 26 to His teammates Staff Sgt. Forrest escorted the famSibley, a combat ily to Sibley’s controller from burial site, wearPensacola killed ing combat ruck in action Aug. 26, sacks weighing 2015, in Helmand more than 50 Pr o v i n c e , pounds to repreAfghanistan. It sent the deployed. was the first anOnce at the niversary of Sibcemetery, they ley’s death. completed a After free round of memoStaff Sgt. falling into the rial push-ups to Forrest Sibley waters of Sibley’s honor their fallen hometown, his teammates teammate. joined family members and Sibley, 31, had served in the friends to complete a memorial Air Force as a combat controller ruck march to his final resting since 2008. In his seven years of place at Barrancas National service, he received four Bronze Cemetery (BNC). Star Medals, once with valor for “When we lost Forrest, most heroism in combat, as well as a of his teammates were still de- Purple Heart for injuries susployed for another five months, tained in combat. and couldn’t attend any funeral “Forrest was one of our best or memorial event,” said Lt. Col. combat controllers, but he was Stewart Parker, commander of 21st Special Tactics Squadron, See Sibley on page 2

After parachuting into Pensacola Bay, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron make a memorial “ruck march,” a hike with full packs, from NAS Pensacola’s Bayou Grande Marina to Barrancas National Cemetery and the grave of teammate Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley. Sibley was killed in action Aug. 26, 2015. He had served in the Air Force as a combat controller since 2008. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A4

CNATT: Make Labor Day weekend safety a priority Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) safety manager is reminding service members, civilian employees and their families to maintain safety awareness as they prepare for what is generally viewed as the end of summer. CNATTSafety Manager Krystal Hancock said that Labor Day, a federal holi-

day designed to honor the achievements of American workers, includes an extended weekend, with service members and their families often electing to travel to see family and friends. “Whether taking a long road trip or simply jumping in the car to run a quick errand, driving is inherently risky, and traffic mishaps continue to

be a leading reason for lost time, days, and lives across our force,” she said. Hancock said the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts this could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years, estimating that more than 430 people could be killed in traffic accidents throughout the Labor Day weekend. She added that service members, often sepa-

rated from their families and travelling significant distances to visit during the long weekend, should take some simple precautions before and during their trips. “Get enough rest before heading outsleepy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving,” she said. “Alternate drivers or take frequent breaks to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel stays alert.” See Labor Day on page 2

‘Be There’ for your shipmates during Suicide Prevention Month 2016 By James Rosenfelder U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs

NAS Pensacola to host 9/11 commemoration ceremony ... In commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Naval Air Station Pensacola will present a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the base at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a guest speaker and a musical rendition from the NATTC Choir, a traditional “two-bell” ceremony, honors performed by the NASP Honor Guard and a 21-gun volley. The public is invited to attend.

Navy Medicine recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1. The theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2016 is “Be There.” Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will highlight the power of peer support and personal wellness, encouraging Sailors and Marines to be there for their shipmates. “Action starts with prevention,” said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed). “When a Sailor needs assistance, easy access to support resources and mental health treatment is essential, as is validation of help-seeking behaviors.” Suicide prevention is a yearlong effort. Suicide Prevention Month serves as a reminder that building resilience and preventing suicide requires all

members of the Navy and Marine Corps community to work together. Every life lost to suicide is one too many. “Take action if you notice anything

out of the ordinary for a shipmate; reach out to them,” Faison said. “If you are having difficulties, seek help if See Prevention on page 2

FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White

Published by BallingerPublishing, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Navy. Opinions contained herein are not official expressions of the Department of the Navy nor do the advertisements constitute Department of the Navy, NAS Pensacola or Ballinger Publishing’s endorsement of products or services advertised.



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area designers bringing fresh concepts to life

written by Dawn Gresko

hat is design? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some might tell you that design is the creation of a plan (e.g. blueprints, mock-up drawings and sketches, and even sewing patterns). Others might say it’s the direct construction of an object, such as in graphic design, screen and letterpress printing, or metal and wood working—all of which fall under the category of design work. Either way, we’re not here to tell you what design is or isn’t. Instead, Pensacola Magazine gathered up a handful of area artists and dedicated designers who were more than happy to show us just what design is—from its various forms in letterpress and screen printing to wood-working and beyond.

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ben bogan designs Ben Bogan You might recognize Ben Bogan as one half of the well-known “Bogan Brothers,” who have worked together on innumerous commercial interior and exterior ideas as well as branding and product design for local clients in Pensacola. Although he still collaborates with his brother Chris, who specializes in graphic design and illustration, Ben has branched out into furniture design with a focus on metalbased custom furniture, as well as architectural elements and sculptural art pieces for clients located locally and throughout the country.

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A patina-finished steel fireplace screen door. Approximateley 48" x 29" x 1.5".

and practically unlimited in scope, hence the origins of Ben Bogan Designs. The metal pieces he creates today are usually simplistic yet detail-oriented, and they are meant to fit in well with their surroundings. For example, he created a custom steel bench with a C4 polished concrete top, specifically designed to enhance and become a part of a Roland Renaud painting in a client’s new home. Occasionally, to bring an extra sense of uniqueness to a piece, Ben utilizes old metals or woods by repurposing and giving them new life, and he also collects antique items like old serving trays to make

bar stands out of, as well as wooden Chinese ceiling tiles to make interesting coffee tables from. Some of Ben’s most notable works include the stainless steel promise knot sculpture for Covenant Care, which tops their new sign in front of the Pensacola headquarters, as well as a sculpture for the national Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters in NOLA, and several fireplace screen door sets and accompanying tool sets for his friend, Anne Stringfield and her husband Steve Martin (actor and musician).

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the workweek Richard Humphreys What started out as an interest in making band flyers for friends during his free time in high school turned into a full-blown fascination with the world of poster design for Richard Humphreys, owner and artistic mind behind The WorkWeek Design & Printing Studio.

For close to six years now, Richard has specialized in various aspects of design, including everything and anything from packaging design, editorial illustration and logo design to poster design and printing. Although he went to school for design, Richard taught himself how to screen print through trial and error, experimenting with style while perfecting the screen printing process. In fact, Richard has dabbled in making his own printing equipment, including a UV light box for “burning” an image into a screen, and he even made his first poster press from materials easily found at the hardware store. After

creating posters and flyers for local shows and touring bands, and after devoting a lot of time to creating an extensive portfolio, Richard started receiving work requests from regional acts, which eventually garnered interest from some larger performers in the music industry. This allowed him to successfully reach out and secure poster projects for prominent names like Wilco, The National, Tame Impala, Elvis Costello, Dinosaur Jr., and more. When working on a poster project, Richard likes to listen to a band’s music and notes what sticks out lyrically or sonically, then he utilizes abstract imagery (e.g. shapes, textures, overlapping colors and lines) to reference subject matter and relate it back to the band in a unique and subtle way. On an interesting side note: not only is Wilco one of Richard’s favorite band, but they have become one of his most regular and favorite clients to work with. In the new year, Richard hopes to start offering printing services to others, as well, such as taking on contract work for designers and artists who want to have screen-printed editions of their work

A collection of 18 x 24, 3-color prints for national touring bands and musicians.

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charlotte mason print co. Caitlyn Cooney Meet Caitlyn Cooney, a modern maven of fine arts printmaking and graphic design who is bringing a new take on the historic form of art called letterpress, which she specializes in as owner and printmaker at Charlotte Mason Printing Company (CMPCo).

If you’re wondering why “Charlotte Mason,” it’s the name of Caitlyn’s grandmother—whose traits Caitlyn says encompasses the qualities of her work. That is, “organized, classic, hardworking, Southern and a bit feminine.” Although she’s a lone wolf on a mission to promote and preserve the letterpress printing process in Pensacola, Caitlyn welcomes the opportunity to educate others and join forces with other area artists, especially those who might be fellow pioneers of modern letterpress. While

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CMPCo is still in its infancy, Caitlyn’s experience with printmaking is not; she has over 10 years experience practicing letterpress and a variety of other printmaking techniques. However, at CMPCo she specializes in letterpress and relief printing, as well as graphic design. If you catch her at the right time, you’ll find Caitlyn in her studio engaged in her favorite part of the process: cranking out prints with her two leading ladies, her “iron beauties” Black Betty and Roxanne, which are two Chandler and Price platen presses from the early 1900s originally used in the production of newspapers. Today, Caitlyn and her iron beauties work together to produce various print projects from greeting cards to holiday gift tags, posters and so much more.

Hand-carved split fountain relief print in honor of Blake Doyle and the new skatepark project.

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photo by Lloyd X. Anderson


Jeff Bere is the one-man team behind Losobe Woodworks, a venture into custom woodworking with a focus on functional furniture fashioned out of wooden material. If you’re wondering about the name “Losobe,” it’s just Bere’s play-on-words with his daughter’s name: London Sophia Bere. Bere has been woodworking in one form or another since his teenage years. In fact, he was between the age of 14 and 15 when he built his first piece of furniture, a wooden hutch built for his mother (which can still be found in her home today, as a strong testament to the quality of his work, nearly 20 years later). Although by day Bere’s work takes place primarily in houses, installing wooden cabinetry and other additions to rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, by night Bere takes to designing his specialty: custom, wooden furniture. According to Bere, the key to custom furniture is the customer; typically, a client comes to Bere with a vision or need in mind and from there Bere can work in his own creative ideas for a piece. As a first step,

Antler trophies made for Anthem Crossfit for thier Second Annual Reindeer Games Competition. Bere usually sketches out his idea for a piece then keeps an open line of communication with his client to ensure everyone is on the same page with the design. You might have already spotted Bere’s woodworking in the form of unique tables and barbershop furniture found in Wilfred’s, as well as inside Volume One Salon and Hula Moon Tattoo Studio. He’s also made custom pieces for two homes in the East Hill neighborhood, one of which includes Bere’s favorite project to date: a hidden bookcase door, which Bere designed, built and

installed all himself. But that’s not all: keep an eye out for Bere’s work to be displayed in Union Public House, he’s in the process of collaborating with owners Blake Rushing and Patrick Bolster on creating custom pieces for the popular, modern-rustic gastro pub.

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Warren Thompson: Moonpies

Don’t miss the opening reception of Warren Thompson’s exhibit, Moonpies, showcasing the streets of Florida on Friday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the halls of the Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA). The exhibit features a series of black-and-white portraits by nationally acclaimed artist Warren Thompson. A Florida native, Warren stumbled upon photography in his senior year of college. From that point on he dedicated his life to learning and teaching photography. Thompson’s favorite subject to shoot is street photography and always advises to “shoot more.” He is responsible for the development and implementation of the photography department at Pensacola State College. For more information on this exhibit, check of

jan Seventh Annual Wind 6 Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration

Join Pensacola Mari Gras Inc. for the Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration in the streets of Downtown Pensacola from Palafox and Garden to Zarragossa and Government streets on Friday, Jan. 6 starting at 5 pm. The event begins on the 12th Night of Christmas, known as the traditional start of the Mardi Gras season, so don’t miss your chance to be part of the tradition and share in the fun as the entire community dines on symbolic and delicious King Cake. Plus, there will be the dozens of floats and accompanying krewes decked out in Mardi Gras attire, as well as a Second Line marching procession with the likes of whom have never been seen before. As always, the event is open to everyone and attendance is free. Find out more by visiting

jan The Black Jacket

6 Symphony: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

The Black Jacket Symphony is coming to Pensacola Saenger to offer a unique concert experience through recreating a classic album in a live performance setting. This time, their selected album is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, which will be performed in its entirely by a group of hand-picked musicians

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specifically selected for the album with no sonic detail being overlooked—the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. The performance is separated into two sets. The first features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece, and the second set features a selection of the album artist’s greatest hits and opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will so be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show. Tickets range $25 to $30 per person. To reserve yours now, or for more info, please visit

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11 Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Pensacola Saenger Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale coming to Pensacola Saenger on Jan. 11. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover

some of Rogers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In my Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes. Tickets range $58 to $78 and to reserve yours now visit

jan Annual Youth Art 13 Focus

The Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA) proudly presents its 63rd Annual Youth Art Focus exhibition in partnership with the Escambia County School District and in recognition of National Youth Art Month. Starting Jan. 13, this exhibition sponsored by the PMA Guild will highlight the best works from over 500 art students and educators within Escambia County schools, celebrating their strong artistic achievements and our area teachers’ dedication to art education. The opening reception for elementary school artworks will be Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 7 pm, while middle and high school artworks will open with a reception on Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 pm.

jan Pensacola Symphony 14 Orchestra presents Beethoven and Blue Jeans

Who doesn’t like enjoying Beethoven in the comfort of blue jeans? The Pensacola Symphony invites you to attend in your favorite, casual pair of blue jeans for this

Play / Live / Give crowd favorite returning to Pensacola Saenger on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm. With popular favorites like the William Tell Overture and newer pieces like the Bates’s Mothership, the program for the evening is eclectic and offers a little bit of listening sure to please everyone’s listening ears. Award-winning pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, will take the stage for the titular Beethoven portion of the evening, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Tickets start at $22. For more details, or to get tickets now, please visit

demo, tastings, wine pairings, and a take-home recipe booklet for trying your hand at Chef Irv’s recipes in the comfort of your own home. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Maria at 850-217-2347

jan Pensacola Opera 20,22 presents Aïda

For the evenings of Jan. 20 and 22, Pensacola Opera is bringing back Aïda to Pensacola Saenger. Set against the backdrop of a flourishing Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs, Verdi’s Aïda weaves an unforgettable tale of overwhelming love with some of the most beautiful music ever written. Plagued by the jealousy of the king’s daughter, Amneris, the courageous love of the Ethiopian slave, Aida, for the Egyptian general, Radames, is one of opera’s most powerfully tragic love triangles. This show is performed in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets start at $25 and you may get yours now by visiting

jan Glenn Miller Orchestra 17

Witness the magic of the Glenn Miller Orchestra coming to the National Naval Aviation Museum on Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 pm. The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully self-contained group of 19 members, and it is the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today. Since 1956, the band has been consistently performing an average of 300 live dates each year world wide. Come hear one of the greatest bands of all time as they bring unique jazz and big band sounds to Pensacola’s own National Naval Aviation Museum. Don’t forget to pick up drinks and food before and/ or after the show at the Museum’s iconic Cubi Bar. Tickets range $25 to $50 per person. For more information, check out

jan Alan Jackson: Honky 27 Tonk Highway Tour

Alan Jackson is rolling his way down Honky Tonk Highway with special Guest Lee Ann Womack to Pensacola Bay Center on Jan. 27. Country superstar Alan Jackson is taking his 25 plus years of hits and fan-favorites on the road in the new year as he embarks on his 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour, kicking off with a performance at the Pensacola Bay Center. You’ll find the country music icon keeping it country as he always has, performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans as well as songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Don’t miss a might of real country music when Jackson comes to town. For more on tickets and information for Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour, check out, ticketmaster. com, or call 800-745-3000. Or, you can always visit, where you can learn more about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more.

jan Japanese New Year 21 Celebration

Prepare to celebrate the beginnings of 2017: Year of the Fire Rooster at the Wright Place (80 E. Wright St.), where there will be the hottest attractions and activities to kick off the new year the right way! From Matsuriza Taiko drummers and Japanese music and dance to martial arts demonstrations and cultural displays and sales, you’re guaranteed to have loads of fun. That’s not to mention the Japanese food and drink that will be up for grabs, as well as a silent auction and door prizes. Adult tickets are $8 per person, students and active military get in for $6, and children u12 and under get in for free. Advance tickets available at Sake Café and Yamato’s Restaurant.

jan Save the Third for Chef 18 Irv: Gulf Coast Oyster Classics

Save the third Wednesday of January for Chef Irv and his Gulf Coast Oyster Classics class on Jan. 18. The world may be our oyster but for a few of us, “The oyster is our world!” Chef Irv is kicking off the New Year and month of January with a celebration of love for oysters that may qualify as obsession. Chef Irv will share favorite articles, recipes, stories, as well as sharing expert tips and thoughts on our beloved bivalve. Chef Irv is an advocate of Gulf wild oysters and new off-bottom aquaculture along the Gulf Coast, and has been a judge for the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and works closely with oyster farmers in Alabama and Apalachicola. Each class costs $45 per person, covering the costs of the cooking

“Nine Funniest Women on the Planet” alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Lewis Black calls her the funniest comic in America, bar none, and Ron White considers her easily one of the best comics alive. Don’t miss your chance to see Madigan in action this month. Tickets range $32 to $58. Find out more by visiting

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Ready for an evening of laughs? Look no farther than Saenger Theatre on Jan. 26, when comedian Kathleen Madigan will grace the stage with her comic presence. Madigan is a regular panelist on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show and both The Detroit Free Press and Popmatteters. com feature Madigan as one of the

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Coming to Pensacola Saenger on Jan. 29 is Miranda Sings: an international phenomenon whose YouTube channel has amassed nearly 7 million devoted subscribers and over a billion views. The character Miranda was created in 2008 to parody the young, self-absorbed singers with far more confidence than talent on YouTube videos. Miranda is known for her overdrawn red lips, questionable advice about singing and life, a deluded self-confidence, and over-the-tip rants about her family and personal problems. Miranda has appeared on Jerry Seinfield’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Tickets range $39.50 to $75. Get yours now by visiting pensacola magazine | 47

Our Storied Past

Photo Courtesy of Richard Rodriguez

A plaque in front of the wall is inscribed: Escambia County Council of PTA’s And The Escambia County School District Celebrate The 100th Anniversary Of The National Congress of Parents and Teachers 1897–1997 “100 Years Strong”

Photo Courtesy of Richard Rodriguez

This building was an auxiliary wing to the original George S. Hallmark School. The doorways faced the main school building, which was just to the right of this photograph. The Hallmark School was built ca. 1910. The construction date of this building is unknown, but available Sanborn Fire Insurance® maps show that it was erected at a later date. The Hallmark School relocated to 115 South E Street around 1928. After the school moved, this building served as the home of the Public Library Association and as the woodworking shop for Pensacola Adult High School. In the 1970s and early 1980s it housed the school board’s audio-visual department. The decorative north wall is all that remains.

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Creating a Safe Place for Bees

Airports around the globe are offering up their extra land and green space for an environmentally beneficial cause: saving the honeybees. Pensacola International Airport Director Dan Flynn talks local honeybee health and strategies to form pollinator task forces and educational initiatives for the public.



Dr. Martha Saunders prepares to take the helm of UWF Discover what Dr. Martha Saunders has in store for the University of West Florida as she discusses her own past with the university as a student and staff member, why she decided to make the leap to president, as well as the short and long-term goals she aims to achieve in office.


The Idea Protection Business

What is intellectual property and why is there an entire field of law dedicated to it? We find out as we delve into the idea protection business with local intellectual property specialist and patent attorney, Nevin Shaffer, Jr., who also instructs the new intellectual property law course at the University of West Florida.


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Dr. Martha Saunders prepares to take the helm of UWF By Hana Frenette On Jan. 1, Dr. Martha Saunders will take over the helm of the University of West Florida, as she becomes the sixth president of the university. Saunders has served as provost and vice president since 2013 and has ample experience in university leadership. She served as the chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005 to 2007 and president at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007 to 2012. Saunders began her career at UWF in 1984 as a professor in the Department of Communication Arts, where she then became coordinator of the Public Relations Program. After becoming the director of the University Honors Program, she was named dean of the UWF College of Arts and Sciences. She believes UWF is well on it’s way to establishing a national and international voice in higher education, and she’s already working on a set of long-term goals for the university. You began your career at UWF in 1984 as a professor in the Department of Communication Arts—which courses were you teaching, what was your specialization, your passion? I taught all of the public relations courses — including introduction to public relations, public relations case studies, public relations research and writing for public relations. My research focus was on crisis communication and I published frequently on that topic.

You have a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in communication theory and research from Florida State University— what drew you to journalism, and what were some of the topics and issues you enjoyed discussing? I have a number of journalists in my family and was always drawn to reporting the news. There was never a question in my mind that journalism was going to be my profession. I took a slight detour as life took me in other

directions, but I landed squarely back in communications in the end.

Were any immediate family members really inspiring to you? I had a cousin, his name is Charles Dunagin, and he wrote for the McComb Enterprise Journal, and he spent his early days covering the civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss.— for which he managed to have a cross burned in his yard; covering that kind of news was risky. Another cousin, Charles’ brother Ralph Dunagin, also worked as a syndicated cartoonist in Orlando for the Orlando Sentinel.

At any point did you aspire to work in a newsroom or for a publication? Yes but the timing never worked out for me. My very first job as a teenager was as a stringer for the Hattiesburg American. I was sure I was going to be a journalist, so it made sense to work for them. They hired me to report on high school news for something like a flat rate $25 a month. Leonard Lowery was the editor at the time.

Did you begin your career at UWF with leadership, or presidential leadership as an eventual goal, or did you see yourself predominantly continuing to teach? I had no thoughts of leadership at the time. I was thrilled to be a fulltime faculty member and loved every minute of it.

You served as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2005–2007, and were president at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007–2012— what did you take away from those roles that you feel you will bring to the University of West Florida? I have a clear understanding of the role of a university president and the demands on individuals in those roles. A university president has to be all things to a lot of different constituents. I believe I have the breadth of experience to know which hat to wear and when to wear it. | Business Climate | 51


UWF is on am important trajectory with a lot of good things happening. We’re also at a fragile point in our development. I think I have the ability to get us through the next few years and make us even stronger.” When did the idea of becoming the next president at UWF become a possibility or a goal? It became a possibility when Judy Bense announced she was stepping down. It had not been a goal for me until then and I did a great deal of soul-searching before applying.

Why did you want to become president? I wanted to finish the work I had started. UWF is on am important trajectory with a lot of good things happening. We’re also at a fragile point in our development. I think I have the ability to get us through the next few years and make us even stronger.

What are some of the short and long-term goals you’d like to accomplish once in office? Short term: maintaining our commitment to the highest quality education possible for our students. I want to continue investing in our students’ futures—their abilities to get good jobs when they graduate. Longer term: upgrade campus facilities, establish 52 | Business Climate |

stronger presence in downtown Pensacola & Fort Walton Beach, stronger partnerships with the state colleges, and increased online programming.

You mentioned there are a lot of good things happening for UWF right now— What are some of the biggest wins for the University in the past few years and how would you like to build off those? We’ve established some programs for which I believe we can be known for. I’ve been in lots of places, and I would certainly hold our academic programs up against the best, some—including many of engineering programs, logistics and daily training and management program and anything in health—slated to be certainly nationally and even internationally known. I think we were an early adopter in distance learning—30 percent of our learning is online, and I believe we can leverage that to do even more and perhaps extend the reach of the university globally. Northwest Florida is the last part of Florida to truly be developed and there’s

room for new industry to come in, plus we have lots of space, with the university in the center of it. I believe the university can be a key element in growing the economic development of this region.

What leaders do you look up to or admire? So many come to mind: Diana Natalicio, president of University of Texas at El Paso has inspired me for years. She’s a long-serving president with an incredible understanding of changes in higher education. | Business Climate | 53


The Idea Protection Business by Dawn Gresko

While modern society has laws and rules in place to protect our physical property—from damage and theft to our homes and the items found within, you might ask: What kind of protections do we have available for our intellectual property? What’s to stop the theft of our inventions, which are oftentimes intangible ideas? Here enters intellectual property law, or IP law, which covers four main areas: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. So, just how do we define intellectual property? In short, intellectual property can be summed up as a creation of the mind—an idea, a piece of work, or an invention created uniquely by you. However, to better understand the inner workings of intellectual property law, Business Climate spoke with expert J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr.—a Florida Board Certified Intellectual Property Law Specialist and Licensed Patent Attorney, who is registered in three states (Florida, Alabama and Texas), as well as adjunct professor of the new intellectual property law course at the University of West Florida’s Department of Accounting and Finance. “I love what I do, I always say it’s the idea protection business,” said Shaffer. “Most lawyers you hire when something bad happens. My job is to protect a new little idea and make sure it grows up.” 54 | Business Climate |

As professor of the intellectual property law course at the UWF, which held its inaugural session this fall, Shaffer teaches a proper understanding of how to protect a business from competitors by developing IP protection plans for businesses in this introductory course. And, if you were thinking the class is strictly for pre-law students, think again. In fact, it might help to know there are no pre-requisites required. “My objective is to have intellectual property as a required course at UWF,” said Shaffer. “Why? It’s not just valuable to pre-law students but to those in various fields—folks who are business majors or want to become accountants.” For a real-world perspective, Shaffer has invited several local business people including leaders Julie Sheppard of IMHC, Kelly Massey and Glenn McDuffy of SBDC, John and Marsha Martelli of Martelli Enterprises, litigation

attorneys J.D. Smith and Brian Hancock, as well as Joel Smith of AppRiver and Mike Droogsma of Broussard’s Bayou Grill & Cajun Market. These special guest speakers talk to students about how intellectual property plays a role in how they run their respective businesses. As Shaffer puts it, if you’re an accountant with zero knowledge of intellectual property, then you won’t know what to value and account for in order to provide max protection for it under the law. For this reason, Shaffer’s aim with his course is to not only explain how intellectual property adds value to a business, but to explain and help you identify how any company has intellectual property, discuss strategies a business can employ to start protecting IP at basic levels and how to maximize protection in each form when deemed beneficial to a company, as well as explain the

Why is a patent valuable? Because it provides exclusionary rights that maximizes profits from your invention. It prevents others from making, using or selling the patented device and, thus, can provide a competitive advantage over rival manufacturers and block competitors from using the patent owner’s patented technology. A trademark, or service mark, includes any symbol, such as a word, design, or slogan, used to identity and distinguish one company’s goods from the goods of others. Trademarks allow consumers to pick out particular goods and/ or services from others competing in the same marketplace, and trademark identification is often the primary factor in motivating a consumer to choose one product over another. Then there’s copyrights: a copyright is a form of intellectual property right granted by the federal government for “original works of authorship.” The owner of a copyright has five basic rights: reproduce the copyrighted work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform the copyrighted work publicly, and display the copyrighted work publicly. This ensures others will not benefit unfairly from the original author’s creativity; others must either make their own investment of time, money and creativity to make their own work, or they can purchase the rights to use an author’s work. Finally, you have trade secrets: that’s any information not known generally in a specific trade, which is used to provide an advantage over competitors. But, what are some examples of trade secrets? Any and every thing from customer lists, chemical processes and formulas, designs and plans, data compilations, as well as manufacturing processes and/or techniques.

differences between patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection. As Shaffer teaches, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are the four building blocks of a secure Intellectual Property protection plan for a business. Before you start developing a plan, you might want to better understand the four building blocks of intellectual property, which Shaffer has kindly outlined. A U.S. patent is a grant of rights from the federal government regarding an invention; rights that include excluding others from making, using, or selling your invention. There are various forms of patents including utility patents for things such as processes and machines, design patents for novel ornamental designs for articles of manufacture, and even plant patents for certain asexually reproduced plants.

Trade secrets can create an advantage over competitors in many of the same ways as patents; although they provide no protection against those who independently develop the trade secret information, trade secrets never expire as do patents and copyrights. For example, the formula to Coca-Cola will remain a trade secret indefinitely as long as it is kept under wraps. Not a professional on IP law yet? Shaffer is currently offering the introduction to IP law in the spring 2017 semester at UWF and hopes to continue offering it throughout the remainder of the year. For more details on the course, feel free to reach out to Shaffer at

Four Building Blocks of IP Protection Plans 1. Patent:

a grant of rights from the federal government regarding an invention. A patent lasts a maximum of 20 years from the date of filing the application.

2. Trademark:

a symbol, including a word, a design, or a slogan, that is used to identify and distinguish one company’s goods from the goods of others.

3. Copyright:

one form of intellectual property rights granted by the federal government for “original works of authorship.” This includes literary, musical, dramatic, and pictorial works, as well as motion pictures, and sound recordings. Computer programs are also considered literary works.

4. Trade Secrets:

any information that has value in that it is useful in business and is generally not commonly known in the particular trade. For example: algorithms; designs, drawings, architectural plans and blueprints; data compilations, manufacturing or repair processes and techniques. | Business Climate | 55

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Creating a Safe Space for Honeybees

By Hana Frenette

Tucked away in a small, shady green corner of Pensacola’s International Airport property, are three small honeybee hives. The hives are housed inside white boxes placed near the tree line along the eastern edge of the property and contain more than 20,000 honeybees each. The hives were installed at the airport in May 2016, making Pensacola one of the newest cities to utilize portions of their airport’s green space for urban beekeeping. Airport property often provides the perfect home for honeybees due to the lack of pesticides and human interference. In addition to major North American cities like Toronto, Seattle and Chicago, European cities, especially in Germany, have incorporated honey beehives to the outskirts of their land in hopes of encouraging positive environmental effects regarding agricultural pollination. The hives are typically kept far away from any day-to-day airport operations and are miles from airplanes, baggage carts and air traffic controllers. “I had been thinking about incorporating

hives onto the airport property for a couple of years,” Airport Director Dan Flynn said. “I was reading different publications and taking notice of what other airports around the world were doing.” Flynn and his wife keep honeybee hives in their backyard, so he was aware of the time and dedication it takes to provide the bees with a healthy environment. He reached out to Shelby Johnson, president of the Escarosa Beekeeper’s

Association, and the two created a plan for incorporating and maintaining the hives onto airport property. Honeybee populations have steadily declined over the course of the last decade, raising concerns among scientists and environmentalists around the world. Because a large portion of the global food supply relies on pollinators, for growth, a significant decrease in honeybee numbers could pose a major threat to thousands of ecosystems. | Business Climate | 57

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According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, Apiary Inspectors of America, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), our nation’s beekeepers lost 44 percent of their honeybee population during the last year. The survey compiled data from more than 20,000 beekeepers is one of the first steps in the USDA’s “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators.” The strategy focuses closely on honeybees and monarch butterflies, and aims to restore or enhance more than 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next five years through federal actions and public and private partnerships. The plan will also construct a pollinator task force and create educational initiatives for the public. For now, airports, large corporations and even home gardeners can have a hand in helping the bees. Each week Johnson or a member of the Escarosa Beekeepers Association will check on the bees to make 58 | Business Climate |

“The bees provide a very vital function, and in our own little small way, we are encouraging more hives—and the more hives you can get out there, the more you are helping.”

sure the green space is providing a healthy place for them to live. Johnson and his team will be responsible for maintaining the hives and will check for hive beetles, set traps to catch the beetles, maintain the wood of the hive, and pull out the honey when necessary. The honeybees’ food source consists of a two to one mixture of sugar and water, which is placed inside the hives in a jar. Johnson noted water as a key component for honeybee health. “We just make sure to look in on them weekly, give them a visual, make sure nothing knocked them over,” Johnson said. “In the winter time, we’re always making sure they have stores of honey, and making sure they’re not getting too light.” Although the winters can be harsh on the bees, the summers in the south are far worse. Very few things bloom in the Panhandle during the sweltering months of July and August, which puts a strain on the bees.

Things you can do to help honeybees from your own backyard Plant bushes and flowers that are going to bloom in July and August. Shelby Johnson suggests hearty bushes that are going to be around for a long time, such as vitex chaste, Mexican heather, sunflowers, and black-eyed Susans. Avoid using pesticides containing neonicotinoids— harsh chemicals that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.

Once the temperatures drop in the fall and winter, they see lots of blooming wild mustards, camellias and wild Mexican clover.

Flynn said he believe the incorporation of the hives will have a positive effect on Pensacola’s environmental health, even if it’s only a small effect for now.

Johnson noted the growing the number of honey beehives in Pensacola will allow the pollination of more native plants and vegetation, while utilizing empty green space for the betterment of the bees.

“The bees provide a very vital function, and in our own little small way, we are encouraging more hives—and the more hives you can get out there, the more you are helping in general,” he said.

Flynn said the response from the community regarding the honeybee placement has been overwhelmingly positive. He’s even received positive feedback from other airports that have recently placed bees or are looking to place hives in the future. “I received a call from an airport in San Francisco, and the director had read about the Pensacola Airport in an airport trade publication, and they wanted to know some of the specifics about the hives and the care we provide them,” Flynn said.

Avoid using systematic pesticides- pesticides that are applied to the soil or the dirt where the plant is rooted. If you must use pesticides, try using pesticides that are safe to spray directly onto the plant. If you’re considering incorporating hives on your property or home garden, consider joining a local honeybee club or coalition. Johnson warns against the dangers of sourcing information online and urges any future beekeeper to find a beekeeping mentor who can physically walk them through the steps of keeping bees. He noted many inexperienced beekeepers have killed entire hives through misinformation. | Business Climate | 59

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Gulfstream Shipbuilding Announces U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ferry Contract Gulfstream Shipbuilding, located in Walton County near Grayton Beach, has been awarded a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger / vehicle ferry to service the New York and Connecticut waters. This 118’ x 27’ x 10’- 9” crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017. “Gulfstream Shipbuilding is not only familiar with the Eastern Long Island Sound waters; our team has delivered three ferry vessels to North Ferry Company that operate near these waters,” stated James Murray, Sales Manager of Gulfstream Shipbuilding. “We are proud of our 35 plus year history of building strong aluminum crew boats for all types of conditions.” Working with Naval Architect C. Fly Marine Services, Gulfstream Shipbuilding and its design team have incorporated key design elements to meet and exceed the Critical Vessel Objective. The welded aluminum, mono hull, diesel propelled, quad screw passenger / vehicle ferry includes a 6’ x 6” draft and 75 Hp Wesmar Hydraulic Dual Prop Thruster. Caterpillar diesel engines have been identified to meet the 26 knot performance requirement. The hull structure is robust and designed for strength with considerations for ice, but not overly heavy as to affect performance, maneuverability, seaworthiness, comfort and speed requirements. Paying particular attention to the beam at waterline and dead rise considerations, the hull design provides for minimal frictional and wavemaking resistance along with the center of gravity to meet the peak performance envelope and to ensure adequate speed and efficiency.

PENSACOLA MARDI GRAS SET TO BEGIN Come join Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. for The Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration. Entertainment starts at 5:00 PM on Friday, January 6th, 2017! Friday January 6th is the 12th Night of Christmas and the traditional start of the Mardi Gras season. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Atmore continue as the Presenting Sponsor once more, as we fill the historic streets of Downtown Pensacola to host the (7th Annual) Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration. There is plenty of tradition, as the entire community shares a symbolic and delicious King Cake, which binds our spirit for a wonderful Mardi Gras season. The 2017 Pensacola Official King Cake is provided by Classic City Catering, and may be purchased during the holiday season at Pensacola Parade People’s headquarters, located at 331 Government Street. The Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration is open to everyone and attendance is FREE. The Panhandles biggest and most successful Mardi Gras Krewes will wear their Krewe attire and bring their floats, along with their King and Queen to downtown to be a special part of the celebration. Palafox Street from Garden south to Zarragossa Street and Government Street from Palafox east to Taragonna Street will close on Friday January 6th at about 3:00 pm, when we’ll clear the streets of all cars. There will be entertainment starting at 5:00pm. At 5:30pm all participating floats will be parked on Palafox where their Krewes will begin the celebration. Everyone should come in costume of course, as all of the Krewes will be anxious to show they have the most spirit and pride. All media participating in the event will also be in place starting at 5:30pm.

At 7:30pm the celebration will begin with the blessing of the floats where a Catholic Father who, along with City of Pensacola and Escambia County law enforcement leadership and several of Pensacola’s elected officials, will bless the Pensacola Mardi Gras season and all its participants. Then, Father, the Knights of Columbus royalty, Wind Creek tribal royalty, and all of the participating Krewe royalty (the procession will be led by the Krewe of Mayoki Indians who are King and Queen Priscus) will follow Pensacola’s 2nd Line marching procession the likes of which have never been seen before. As the 2nd Line marching procession makes its way up Palafox, Father will individually bless each float and each Krewe on the float until he has fully blessed the entire fleet. Each float will be duly honored by the town crier (recording artist Bubba Bechtel) who will deliver each float an official declaration and proclaim their welcome. When Father and the 2nd Line Procession are finished, we’ll gather at the corner of Government and Palafox, and ceremoniously cut the King Cake provided by Classic City Catering and declare the 2017 Pensacola Mardi Gras season officially open and sufficiently anointed. The party will go on until the wee hours. This event promises to continue being a yearly tradition which annually signifies the start of the Pensacola Mardi Gras Season. All media are welcome to be a part of the lineup. Please contact us in advance so that we can coordinate where your media vehicles would like to be located. Additionally, we cordially invite all PRESS: TV, Radio, and Print, to join us on January 6th in a special VIP section. Wrist bands will be required for admission, so we have to know who is coming soon. The VIP area will feature complimentary food and drink for its special guests. We would like for you to email us with the names of your guests and your intention to participate.

Women in Leadership Conference returns to UWF on March 3, 2017 The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program will host its annual Women in Leadership Conference on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center and Auditorium, Building 22, on the Pensacola Campus. Registration will be open starting on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Entering its fourth year, the conference is themed, “Designing Your Future,” and features presentations and panel discussions from recognized thought-leaders. The free event is open to the public and welcomes men, women, students and professionals. Registered attendees will receive complimentary lunch in the auditorium. “Attendees will enjoy the enthusiasm, honesty and powerful, inspiring stories of our highly successful speakers,” said Dr. Sherry Hartnett, Women in Leadership Conference chair and director of the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program. “We hope participants will leave the conference with motivation and ideas for designing their future careers and lives.”

Dr. Martha Saunders, who will become UWF’s sixth president on Jan. 1, 2017, will deliver the welcome address. Saunders has previously participated as a keynote speaker and panelist for the annual conference. “I’m delighted to participate in this event,” said Saunders. “It has become an important tradition for our community. I learn something new every year.” Other speakers for the 2017 conference have not been announced yet, but Hartnett said attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with prominent women leaders who have achieved both personal and professional success. The final list of speakers will be available when registration opens on Jan. 9. “I hope that everyone schedules this conference on his or her calendar now,” she said. “Plan to register online as soon as the conference registration opens in January, because this conference has quickly sold out every year.” | Business Climate | 61

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Florida SBDC Network Concludes 40th Anniversary Celebration Donate your beads to The Arc Gateway

In 2016, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, celebrated a special milestone: forty years of helping the state’s small businesses grow and succeed. To culminate the network’s anniversary, the Florida SBDC released a special video highlighting the strategic and funding partners that make the network’s work possible.

The holidays are over and Mardi Gras is just around the corner. After the parades are over, take your leftover beads to one of several Arc Gateway bead collection sites throughout the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze areas. By collecting and selling bundles of beads, The Arc Gateway is supporting the community’s effort to recycle and reuse materials instead of generating waste. They are also generating revenues that help to sustain their many programs that provide vocational training and job opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Small businesses need the support of federal, state and local resources to be successful,” said Michael Myhre, Florida SBDC Network CEO and State Director. “Our forty-year story chronicles the commitment of our federal and state policymakers, college and university officials, private and public sector partners, and dedicated personnel who make our work possible.”

Donation Boxes are located at: The Arc Gateway Administration Office – 3932 N. 10th Ave., Pensacola Pollak Industries – 2313 Truman Ave., Pensacola Evermans Foods – 315 West Garden Street, Pensacola Head Hunter Hair Styling – 205 S. Baylen St., Pensacola St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church – 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola Beach Community Bank - 60 Northcliffe Dr., Gulf Breeze Pen Air Federal Credit Union – 3591 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze For more than 50 years, The Arc Gateway has been proud to provide life-enhancing programs that help persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their dreams. With the help of members, supporters and volunteers, The Arc Gateway is able to sustain their existing services and develop innovative new ways to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. For more information, call 850-434-2638 or visit

City of Pensacola Announces Results of its Most Recent Community Survey The Haas Center submitted the results of its third annual City of Pensacola community survey to Mayor Hayward today. The survey is conducted to assess resident satisfaction with the delivery of major city services, help improve the quality of those services and determine budget priorities. The survey results produced the following key findings: 69.3% of respondents said the City is headed in the right direction. The report identified three areas of concern, down from five in 2015. There was a 14% increase in the percentage of respondents who said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the value of services provided by the City compared to the taxes they pay. The percentage of respondents who were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the ease of obtaining information about City services rose by 21%. “The faculty and staff at UWF are a tremendous resource for the city and we turn to them on a regular basis for research assistance and advice”, said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “The annual survey has developed into a great partnership between the City and the Haas Center.” “Seeing that by a margin of 8 to 1, city residents are telling us that the city is on the right track, and that the City continues to get high marks for core services such as public safety, sanitation and city parks, I think these survey results validate that our priorities are aligned with the community’s expectations,” said Mayor Hayward. “The survey data is useful to us as we begin our budget planning process. There were a lot of positives in the survey, but it also showed us opportunities for improvement, especially around issues of infrastructure.” The three city services that were identified in the report as “areas of concern” were stormwater infrastructure, streets and sidewalks. The City is taking active steps to address each one of them. Beginning in early 2017 and continuing for the next three years, the City will spend $13.8 million

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to resurface 1825 blocks of city streets. When the project is complete the overwhelming majority of city streets will have been resurfaced or reconstructed since 2005. In the last three years the City has spent over $21 million on stormwater projects and that investment is now at a point where progress is readily visible. Some rain events that used to overwhelm the City’s stormwater system are now contained by it, flooding is minimized, and untreated runoff is prevented from flowing into Pensacola Bay. In response to residents’ ongoing concerns about stormwater management, city staff continues to research and apply for grants to enhance the City’s resiliency and has placed a priority on obtaining RESTORE funding for projects to reduce flood risks in the Long Hollow basin. To address concerns about sidewalks the City is preparing to assess the condition of the entire network of sidewalks in order to identify and prioritize maintenance needs for existing sidewalks and locations for new construction. Money from Local Option Sales Tax proceeds will be used to pay for the prioritized list of projects. The International City/County Management Association recommends citizen surveying as a way to bridge the gap between the government and citizens who vote, pay taxes, and make decisions about where to live and build their businesses but may not be able to attend council meetings or participate in public workshops. Surveys done by outside professionals help establish a neutral benchmark that all parties can accept and they come with analysis and explanation that put the results in perspective. Conducted over a five-week period that began October 1, 2016, the mixed methods survey randomly sampled city residents. In total, 444 people completed the survey. That response level coincides with an approximate 4.6% margin of error. In other words, a sample of City of Pensacola residents will differ no more than +/-4.6% from a survey that included all City of Pensacola residents.

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