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Bellamy Road Fine Arts, Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Shake Rag Art & Culture Center

5 t h A n n u al Melrose Spring Art Festival

open air arts Blue Dream, detail, by Irene Salley

March 25 - April 2, 2011



photos: top, Walter Volkmann - Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C -; center, Lars Andersen; bottom, Lois Fletcher

2011 NON-PROFIT BENEFICIARY Florida’s Eden salutes the artists of Melrose Open Air Arts 2011. They exemplify the power of the arts to build stronger communities and communicate a love of Florida’s natural environment. Our Florida’s Eden membership of hundreds of creative individuals and businesses represents the core of our region’s vibrant, creative economy. We need your support as we craft new models for bringing together the Environment, Education and the Economy to build more prosperous communities that live in harmony with the natural environment.

In 2010 Florida’s Eden launched The Blue Path Campaign to Save Florida’s Springs. It is our privilege to live among the largest constellation of freshwater springs in the world. For centuries artists, writers, scientists and explorers have been inspired by the wonder and beauty of these crystal blue outpourings from deep within the aquifer. Yet, our springs are degrading at an alarming rate due to overpumping, reduced flow, and high nutrient levels.

The Blue Path Campaign is engaging Floridians to find new ways to value and live with our water resources. The Blue Path is the road to creative excellence in business, education and research–the path to prosperity based on innovation in water use, conservation, biotechnology, construction, materials science, agriculture, and so much more. The good news is that we know what to do, if we act now! Florida’s springs can be restored and protected. Our aquifer can be kept filled with abundant clean water. The technology exists to dramatically reduce the amount of water Floridians need to consume. What is needed is your civic voice and your support as The Blue Path becomes Florida’s future.

SAVE FLORIDA SPRINGS w w w. F l o r i d a s E d e n . o r g The Blue Path Campaign is coordinated by Florida’s Eden, a non-profit 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 25 - 27, 10 am - 5 pm 62 award-winning artists working lakeside & in historic Melrose Map of artist sites on next page and at Melrose Bay Art Gallery Purchase artwork on display at our two wetrooms at Bellamy Road Fine Arts & Melrose Bay Art Gallery Special March exhibit at Melrose Bay Art Gallery through March 30 Spring Visions on the Blue Path Large format oil paintings by premier springs champions Annie Pais & Margaret Ross Tolbert Shake Rag Arts & Culture Center While Open Air Arts exhibits will not be on display at this venue, be sure to visit. Friday, March 25, 3 - 7 pm Melrose Farmer’s Market in Heritage Park Saturday, March 26, 11 - 3 pm Live music and kayak demonstrations at Santa Fe LakeFest, Melrose Bay Park Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 - 30 Artists will be on retreat, taking field trips to our area’s springs to capture their exquisite natural beauty and in honor of The Blue Path. Attend the receptions to see the result of many days of creative work. Tuesday, March 29th Watch the artists at work as they join cyclists at O’Leno State Park on US 441 North of High Springs, when Open Air Arts and BikeFlorida “Florida’s Eden” Spring Tour merge events for the day. Friday, April 1, 7 - 10 pm VIP Collector’s Preview Reception & Fundraiser for The Blue Path Campaign to Save Florida Springs. Tickets $25.00 donation online or at the door. Come see the exhibits and pick out a piece for your collection in a relaxed atmosphere before the crowds. Live Music Wine & food catered by Blue Water Bay Restaurant Saturday, April 2, 6 - 10 pm • Gala Reception and Art Sale Free and open to the public - Wine & beer tent at Melrose Bay Art Gallery Live Music Saturday, April 2, 8:30-10:30 pm Dance/Concert featuring the Psychedelic Relics A benefit fundraiser for Shake Rag Arts & Culture at Shake Rag Tickets $10.00 donation at the door


MELROSE GALLERIES Melrose Bay Art Gallery #103 SR 26 at Centre Street, across from the fire station 352-475-3866 Hours: Saturdays and 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. With a featured show nearly every month of the year, Melrose Bay Art Gallery provides patrons a good reason to visit frequently. Exhibit receptions have become social gathering events for the community. Friends of the Gallery and the public are most welcome. A list of upcoming events and archive of exhibits can be viewed on the gallery website. The artists of Melrose Bay Art Gallery: Carol Barber, Kate Barnes, Frank Barone, Gary Borse, Anne Gilroy, Harriet Huss, Norman Jensen, Vivian Jendzio, Sue Johnson, Jeff Knee, 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. to Wed. 10 - 2, Fri. & Sat. 10 to 5 Shake Rag Art & Culture Center was reorganized in the Spring of 2010. It has expanded the facility to include the central open area of this former Gothic church, which is now used for musical concerts, poetry and writing classes, and is available for special events. The collective seeks to showcase fine arts and crafts that are original. Browse light-filled working studios of painters, engravers, and assemblage artists and observe “art in progress.” A central gallery displays the finished works, alongside fine woodworking, metalwork, photography and painted furniture. There is display space available for newcomers. The “Shake Rag Down Under” thrift store in the basement supports the center with donations. An art supply exchange area and art book library are in the works. Visit “Coffee Talk” every Wednesday from 10 to noon with live music. Studio Members: June Beverly, Hannah Price, Dave Carpenter, Doris Nabors, Brenda Appling, Glenda Appling, Betty Bennett, Doc Harris, Shewolf (Jean Boudreaux), Crystal Ripolio, Helen Miller, Rainbow Williams. Exhibiting Members: Nancy Blethen, Jeannie Newcomb, Rainy Burns, Linda Pollini, Robby Rucker, Bob Bird, Owen D. Blucher, Carol Drummond, Daniel Long, Connie Jylanki, Theresa Hodges, Grant Williams, Marjorie Zander, Shan Chaney, Ann Hamilton, Pat High

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Gainesville Chamber Orchestra the GCO & musiCal direCtOr, evans haile present Our Featured COnCert OF the seasOn:

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The GCO is funded in part by AT&T: The Real Yellow Pages, the City of Gainesville, Alachua County Tourist Development, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

May 6, 2011 | Phillips Center for Performing Arts at 7:30pm Come be a part of our Spring spectacular! Highlighted by a stunning visual experience integrated into the GCO's performance of Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite along with other treasured American pieces. The festival will also include fascinating historical and geologic displays, exhibits by local artists, and the ever-popular “Walk Through the Orchestra.” Tickets: Visit or call the Phillips Center Box Office: 352-392-2787


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Harold Barrand Gainesville 352-363-0078

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John Bayalis St. Petersburg 302-542-8684

Peter Carolin Gainesville 352-275-7741

Jim Carpenter Gainesville 352-371-2252

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Aliye Cullu Gainesville 352-318-8133 Charles Dickinson St. Augustine 904-826-3831 artist@ Sean Dowie McIntosh 352-219-3021 Kirsten Engstrom Hawthorne 352-475-1258 laughingeagle@ Lorelei Esser Gainesville 352-505-5010

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Sue Johnson Gainesville 352-374-2342 Michele Karahalios Earleton 352-665-3710 michele.karahalios@ Deane Kellogg St. Augustine 904-824-9434

Jeff Knee Gainesville 352-338-1113 jeffknee@ Scott Lamp Gainesville 352-505-6893

Wes Lindberg Gainesville 352-538-7708

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Tim Malles Gainesville 352-371-7192 Terry Mason Sarasota 941-924-0818 Davis McGlathery Newberry 352-318-3046

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Dan Phillips DeLand 352-669-1691

Karen F. Rose Gainesville 352-213-5658

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Irene Salley Gainesville 352-871-7646

Bob Senesac Archer 352-495-2297 Peter Senesac Gainesville 352-373-6813 Anne Seraphine Gainesville 352-328-2328

Jeff Smith Melrose 352-475-1366

Regina Stahl-Briskey Alachua 352-215-7052

Suza Talbot Gainesville 321-506-1171

Steve Thrift Lake Geneva 352-473-7966

Trish Vevera Ormond Beach 386-586-0253 profiles/trish-vevera.html Julie Warmke-Robitaille Gainesville 352-375-6854

Kathleen Wobie Hawthorne 352-284-0253 Carole Worthington Hawthorne 352-481-6298


S TA F F Harriet Huss Open Air Arts Director Anne Gilroy Open Air Arts Assistant Director & Melrose Bay Art Gallery Director Stewart Thomas Open Air Arts Artistic Director: Catalog, Poster & Promotion Design Linda Pollini Art Director, Bellamy Road Fine Arts Jerry Thompson & Karin Weinrich OAA Planning & Administration Gary Borse & Kathleen Wobie OAA & Melrose Gallery Display Directors Carol Barber Postcard Design Sue Johnson and Ellen West Reception Coordinators Frank Barone Website Staff Jeff Knee Online Promotion The Artist/Members of Melrose Bay Art Gallery Sales Staff & Hosts June Beverly Shake Rag Art & Culture Center Director Ann Ramsden Finance Manager


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. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of Open Air Arts 2011 Special thanks to Annie Pais, Florida’s Eden Executive Director, Keith Bollum, Bellamy Road Fine Arts Executive Director, and David T. Warner, Bellamy Road Fine Arts President without whose support this event would not be possible.

Beloved Volunteers Ann Beshore Jacquelyne Collett Emy Collins Nancy Hamlin-Vogler Jo Harben Cynthia Kosco Diane Lyons Susan Nash Becky O’Brien Phil Robinson Paula Tyner Alicia A. Windham

Special Thanks to our Melrose & 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 Trent Clark Bruce Cornwell Nannette & Robert Griscti Ron & Jan Haase Catharina House

Michel & John Laxson Jennie Mace & Bill Farmerie Smith Laws Jean & Dr. Terry Marshall Judith A. Maclaren Rod Million Trey Palmer Jennifer Pritchett Kathryn & Art Riley Walton & Virginia Smith Vivian Starke Kathie & Pat Warren Kathleen Wobie & George Ferreira

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Open Air Arts 2011  
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62 artists working lakeside in Melrose, Florida. Plein air artists and photographers capture the natural scenesof this historic hamlet in No...