Open Air Arts 2012

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MELROSE OPEN AIR ARTS Celebrate the arts this spring in Melrose with the 6th annual Open Air Arts event. The excitement starts on Wednesday, March 21, with 50 “en plein air” artists from across Florida working in beautiful north Florida to capture the vitality and beauty of the area with paint, cameras, and a creative variety of mixed media. Open Air Arts continues over two big weekends, culminating in a ticketed gala, a public sale day, and a dance! On Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25, come out to explore the area, meet the artists at work, see demonstrations, take an art class, attend an art lecture and come to an evening dance. Plan to come back the second weekend for the ticketed reception on Friday, March 30th, the on-going sale of the finished work at all three galleries on Saturday, March 31st and a dance party to live music at Shake Rag Art & Culture Center. Both art collectors and first-time buyers will have the opportunity to learn from and talk to artists, watch art-making in progress, and purchase affordable original art by respected artists. Open Air Arts is a chance to experience art in a special way and to honor the most important rule in your art purchase – to buy what you like. This year’s ticketed Champagne Opening Reception on Friday, March 30th will benefit the non-profit organizations Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center in Gainesville and the Florida’s Eden Blue Path, as well as the arts in Melrose. Buy advance tickets at, or at The Doris, Main Street in Gainesville. Open Air Arts is proud to be part of the inaugural year of Primavera. Learn more about all the cultural events this spring in North Central Florida at Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Bellamy Road Fine Arts, and Shake Rag Art & Culture Center welcome you to Melrose, “The Little Town with the Big Art & Music Scene” for Open Air Arts, 2012. See you in Melrose! O P E N A I R A R T S P U R C H A S E AWA R D S Planning to purchase art at Open Air Arts? Sponsor a Purchase Award, and preview all the art before the Champagne Opening Reception on Friday, March 30. Plus, select one of three beneficiaries to receive 20% of the award: Open Air Arts, The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, or Florida’s Eden Blue Path. For information or to sign up for a purchase award, contact Becky O’Brien:

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS — Saturday, March 24, 10 am - 4 pm —

Come watch over 50 artists at work on site! FREE Stop by Melrose Bay Art Gallery for painting locations and directions. Artists at work in historic Melrose, lakeside at Melrose Bay Park and at Greathouse Butterfly Farm, corner of SR26 and CR 1469 just west of Melrose. Completed artwork for sale and on display at all three galleries. Gift shops open at both Shake Rag and Melrose Bay art galleries. 10 am, Heritage Park in Downtown Melrose FREE Painting demonstration by nationally known landscape artist, Trish Vevera.

“With sea, sky or tree before me…I gesture my painting surface with diverse organic movements. I translate the essence of the landscape into color, texture, and shape.”

10-11:30 am, Greathouse Butterfly Farm Photo Safari FREE Bring your camera and join professional photographer Jeff Knee for a butterfly safari. 8-10:30 pm, Dance/Concert, Shake Rag Art & Culture Center $10.00 donation at the door The Relics: ‘60s classic rock and dance music. Wine and beer available for donation.

— Sunday, March 25, 10 am - 4 pm — Artists working in Melrose at Heritage Park and other sites. FREE Stop by Melrose Bay Art Gallery for painting locations and directions. Art for sale at all three galleries. Gift shops open at Shake Rag and Melrose Bay art galleries. 1 - 4 pm, Artists also at work at Greathouse Butterfly Farm FREE 2 - 3 pm, Heritage Park in Downtown Melrose FREE Painting demonstration by award-winning artist, Eleanor Blair.

“I search for beauty in the natural world and in everyday things. I love to see how light transforms objects and places and to capture that transformation in paint.”

7 pm, Bellamy Road Fine Arts Limited seating DONATION AT THE DOOR “Landscapes and en plain air paintings” art lecture in the “Some Sundays at Seven” series, by Daniel Stepp, MFA, New York Academy of Art. Mr. Stepp teaches painting at Santa Fe College.

— Friday, March 30 — Champagne Opening Reception — 4:30-6:30 pm, Art Preview for Purchase Award Sponsors A first opportunity to choose from a wide selection of art at all three galleries. 7-10 pm, Ticketed reception with champagne and light refreshments. Benefits Open Air Arts, Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center and Florida’s Eden Blue Path. Tickets: $25 available online at and at The Doris in Gainesville. Tickets will also be available at the door for admission to all three galleries for the reception.

— Saturday, March 31, 10 am - 8 pm — All three galleries open with exhibits of Open Air Artworks for sale. FREE 8-10:30 pm, Dance/Concert at Shake Rag Art & Culture Center Quarter Moon with Tuck Tucker: Americana music featuring Dobro and guitar Tickets: $10.00 donation at the door. Wine and beer available for donation.


MELROSE GALLERIES Melrose Bay Art Gallery #103 SR 26 at Centre Street, across from the fire station 352-475-3866 Hours: Saturdays 10 - 6 pm, Sundays 1 - 5 pm Located in a lovely historic building, Melrose Bay Art Gallery is a lively cooperative of noted area fine artists and artisans. The Gallery features a range of artwork including painting, encaustic, sculpture, photography and folk art. Pottery, mixed media work, woodwork and jewelry are part of the selection of fine crafts and artisan wares. The gallery is proud to feature the award-winning DiGangi-Worthington Pottery. With a new Guest Artist exhibit nearly every month of the year, Melrose Bay Art Gallery provides patrons a good reason to visit frequently. The opening receptions have become social gathering events for the community. Friends of the gallery and the public are welcomed. A list of upcoming events and an archive of exhibits can be viewed on the gallery website. The artists of Melrose Bay Art Gallery: Kate Barnes, Frank Barone, Gary Borse, Anne Gilroy, Harriet Huss, Norman Jensen, Vivian Jendzio, Sue Johnson, Michele Karahalios, Jeff Knee, Ande Lister, Tim Malles, Reed Pedlow, Phil Robinson, Regina Stahl-Briskey, Steve Thrift, Margaret Ross Tolbert, Ellen West, Kathleen Wobie, and Carole Worthington.

Bellamy Road, Fine Arts, Literature & Film 5910 Hampton Street and SR 26, Melrose, FL 32666 352-475-3435 For scheduled events see : Bellamy Road is a 501 C-3 private operating foundation (David Turner Warner Foundation, Inc.) which supports creative artists in literature, film, visual and performing arts. We are proud to co-sponsor, with the Melrose Bay Gallery and the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center, this annual plein air event. Throughout the rest of our season (October - May) we host art exhibitions, literary lectures, film presentations and musical performances in our main areas of interest: Southern culture, the Beat Generation and 20th Century literature, Western Americana, and African-Americana. Open weekends and by appointment, Bellamy Road is located in Melrose on State Highway 26, the historic road from which it takes its name. Shake Rag Art & Culture Center 301 SR 26 & Grove Street, P.O. Box 1592, Melrose, FL 32666 352-475-2924 Hours: Mon. and Wed. 10 - 2, Fri. & Sat. 10 to 5, Sun. 1 - 5 Shake Rag Art & Culture Center continues to expand. We now have use of the central open area of this former Gothic church for musical concerts, wedding receptions, dance classes and many other special events. Working studios of painters, engravers, and assemblage artists show “art in progress.” The gallery has display areas for finished works, alongside fine woodworking, metalwork, photography and painted furniture. We’re always looking for new artists! The “Shake Rag DownUnder”Thrift Store in the basement helps support the center with donations. A newly added Gift Shop showcases not only Shake Rag Artists, but other local artists as well. We extend an invitation to “Coffee Talk” every Wednesday from 10 until noon featuring live music, great coffee and a place for the community to gather. Come visit Shake Rag Art & Culture Center where art and life come together.

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Cover design by Reed Pedlow. Artists clockwise from top left: Sara Nash, Peter Carolin, Charles Dickinson, Jim Carpenter, Kate Barnes, Suza Talbot. Center photo by Sean Dowie.


PA RT I C I PAT I N G A RT I S T S Lyn Asselta St. Augustine 904 687-9124

Kate Barnes Hawthorne 352-466-3590

Frank Barone Gainesville 352-336-8107

Eleanor Blair Gainesville 352-378-6006

Stacey Breheny High Springs 386-454-3139

Peter Carolin Gainesville 352-275-7741

Aliye Cullu Gainesville 352-318-8133

Lee Ann Dodson Gainesville 352-332-8284 leeann.dodson51

Sean Dowie McIntosh 352-219-3021

Drew MargĂŠ Ormond Beach 386-441-6981 margedrew_art@

Kirsten Engstrom Hawthorne 716-753-0361

Pamela Geiger St. Augustine 904-669-2159

Anne Gilroy Hawthorne 352-475-3743


Catharina L. House Leslie Green Gainesville 352-371-9801

Nancy Hamlin-Vogler St. Augustine 904-829-1952

Melrose 352-475-1493

Sue Johnson Gainesville 352-374-2342 sue@

Michele Karahalios Linda Holmes Elkton 904-825-4544

Angela Hoppe Gainesville 352-870-5135

Adele Horton Port Orange 386-453-1004

Kristin K. Hosbein St. Augustine 904-540-2080 khosbein@

Earleton 352-665-3710 michele.karahalios@

Deane Kellogg St. Augustine 904-824-9434

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Upcoming Events at the Farm Feb. 24th – Spring Butterfly Gardening Field Day. A full-day educational workshop featuring Dr. Marc C. Minno, author of Florida Butterfly Gardening. Feb. 25th – Spring Butterfly Gardening Open House. A celebration of spring butterfly gardens. Tours, speakers, kids activity program, butterfly and native plants for sale, music, local food. Free and open to the public. Mar. 24th & 25th – Melrose Open Air Arts. The Butterfly Farm welcomes the public to see artists at work, Sat. 10am – 4pm; Sun. 1pm – 4pm. Mar. 24th – Melrose Open Air Arts Photo Safari. Bring your camera and meet professional photographer and artist Jeff Knee for a trek around the Butterfly Farm, 10am – 11:30am.

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100+ events 10 premier venues 40 showcase partners Dance, theatre, art, music and butterflies at the peak of our spring cultural season. Ask for the Primavera Special at ten participating eateries. Enjoy outdoor rambles, small town strolls and urban nightlife. It’s Primavera! March 20 to April 22 VisitPrimavera Headquarters at The Doris, 710 N. Main Street in Gainesville for programming, exhibits and Primavera info.

THE DORIS The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center

Florida’s Eden celebrates 10 years of holding the vision for North Florida and you’re invited to help celebrate! Add yourself to the Florida’s Eden memory wall, step into our oral history booth, immerse yourself in an all new Blue Path Water Exhibit, check out Primavera HQ and enjoy creative literary, film, musical and artistic programs. FLORIDA’S EDEN & THE BLUE PATH March 20 - April 22 The Doris 710 N. Main Street Gainesville, Florida 716 N Main St. Gainesville, FL

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Randy Pitts Jacksonville 904-641-1642

Jeff Ripple Micanopy 352-466-3654

Peter Senesac Gainesville 352-373-6813

Anne Seraphine Gainesville 352-328-2328

Karen F. Rose Gainesville 352-213-5658

Irene Salley Gainesville 352-871-7646

Robert Smone St. Petersburg 813-476-1504 roberjsimone@

Daniel Stepp Gainesville

Bob Senesac Archer 352-495-2297

Steve Thrift Lake Geneva 352-473-7966 sandlthrift@

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For the first time Melrose Open Air Arts is sponsoring painting classes. Participation is limited. You must contact the artist instructor to register via email. After you receive enrollment confirmation, send the class fee to: Melrose Open Air Arts, c/o Becky O’Brien, Director 13 SW 99th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607

Ormond Beach 386-295-4421 carol-thonrton.

“Off to a Great Start - Introduction to Painting En Plein Aire” with Nancy Moskovitz Saturday, March 17, 1-3:30 pm, Melrose Senior Community Center. Supply list provided upon registration. Students may paint with either oil or acrylic. Recommended for those with some experience in painting, but who want to learn how to paint outdoors. Class fee $25. Limit: 8 students. RSVP to

Dodi Truenow

“Nuts and Bolts of Oil Painting” with Melanie Peter Saturday, March 17, 10 am-Noon, then 1-3 pm, Bellamy Road Fine Arts. For artists currently working in oils and/or other mediums but want to know more about working in oils. Class combines lecture, demonstration and work at your easel. Class fee $70. Limit: 8 students. RSVP to

HISTORIC MELROSE In 1877, the community of Melrose was platted along the historic Bellamy Road, Florida’s first federal highway. At the same time, work started on a canal to connect Lake Santa Fe to the railroad at Waldo, and by 1881 it was completed. Soon, steamboats began bringing Northern tourists to the southeast end of Lake Santa Fe on Melrose Bay. Fine Victorian homes ringed the bay along with schools, churches, a hotel, stores, a newspaper and a grist mill. The winter of 1894-95 brought disastrous freezes across North Florida. Temperatures dropped to zero. The hotel closed, merchants went out of business and Melrose barely survived. Out of tragedy came a benefit. While the rest of Florida boomed, little changed in Melrose. The visual history of the community remains a functioning part of everyday life. Today, Melrose with its slow pace and abundance of beautiful lakes, is a thriving town whose assets are protected by Historic Melrose, Inc. and supported by the Melrose Business and Community Association. The charm of Old Melrose has drawn many visitors as well as artists, writers and naturalists.


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Julie Warmke-Robitaille Gainesville 352-375-6854 julie.robitaille@

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Kathleen Wobie Hawthorne 352-284-0253

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of Open Air Arts 2011. Special thanks to Keith Bollum, Bellamy Road Fine Arts Executive Director and the David Turner Warner Foundation, without whose support this event would not be possible. Our special thanks to our Melrose and Earleton host families who opened up their yards, homes and hearts in welcome to the artists: Mary Adkins & Mitchell Prugh Mary Jane Angelo & Reed Pedlow Andrea Behrman Linda & Phil Bennett Walter Cole Bruce Cornwell Anne Gilroy & Mark Lewis Zane Greathouse Nannette & Robert Griscti Ron & Jan Haase Harriet Huss & Jerry Thompson Catharina House Donna and Perry Jordan Anna Ladue & Patti Christensen Michel & John Laxson

Jennie Mace & Bill Farmerie Smith Laws Jean & Dr.Terry Marshall Judith Maclaren Trey Palmer Jennifer Pritchett Kathryn & Art Riley Phil and Jean Robinson Deborah & Bill Rossi Walton & Virginia Smith Vivian Starke Paula Tyner Kathie & Pat Warren Kathleen Wobie & George Ferreira

Open Air Arts 2012 Planning Team Becky O’Brien, Open Air Arts Director Bellamy Road Fine Arts: Keith Bollum, Linda Pollini, Karin Weinrich Melrose Bay Art Gallery: Anne Gilroy, Jeff Knee, Harriet Huss, Reed Pedlow Hannah Price, Melrose Artist Stewart Thomas, Palmstone Studio Shake Rag Art & Culture Center: June Beverly, Glenda Appling, Joseph Saccocci

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