MartinArts Magazine, Fall 2016

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martinartsmagazine The Arts Council of Martin County

Fall | Winter 2016

All Florida, All Media Juried Exhibit September 23 – November 8


October 25

Sunset Concerts Second Tuesdays at the CHCC Stitched January 2017

f a l l | w i n t e r | 2016


Use the on-line Cultural Calendar at to see these events and others throughout Martin County. Your best source for all creative happenings in Martin County! Cultural Conversations

Exhibits @ the CHCC All Florida, All Media Juried Exhibit A 25+ year legacy juried by Bill Ward. Lecture by Bill Ward, October 13, 5:30 PM September 23 – November 8

30 Years of High School Artists

Honoring & celebrating alumni in a reunion show from the 30year history of this exhibition. November 18 - January 11

Friday, January 13, 10:00 AM Friday, February 17, 10:00 AM Friday, March 10, 10:00 AM Friday, April 7, 10:00 AM

Court House Cultural Center

October 25, 6-9 PM Tickets $75

Havana Nights January 14, 6-9 PM

Tickets $40/single or $75/couple


Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art Florida quilt artists stitch stunning tactile creations that inspire, elevate and beg for inspection. January 20 - February 25

February 11 & 12 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM; Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM

General Admission $5; children 12 & under Free Special Ticket: $30 - 30th Anniversary Ticket. Includes general admission, seating for Chopped, a Poster, and other Goodies... VIP Tickets: $50 (one-day) or $75 (two-day, advance sale only). Includes VIP area acccess, meet & greets with artists, lunch, drinks (2/person), swag bag and special seating




Lately, I’ve had a chance to reflect on why the arts matter. During a planning meeting with our volunteer board members and staff, we all had a chance to reflect on why the arts matter, not just to each of us individually, but as a broader, more engaging community-wide question and specifically, as it related to our organization’s future plans, goals and dreams. The answer to the “why the arts matter” question was resoundingly positive, as you might expect from a group of people who volunteer for the Arts Council, but it was interesting to see how many different reasons there were for why the arts mattered, from a fairly cohesive group of people. Among the topics discussed were diversity, economics, education, creativity, audience interests, participation across the generations, new ventures, and community revitalization. Advocating for the arts in our community has been a part of our mission since we were founded nearly 40 years ago. And we don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Earlier this year in fact, we met the challenge to raise $25,000 to match the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin County’s FOREVER ARTS Challenge campaign so we opened an Endowment Fund with a balance of $50,000! We are so excited about the commitment to our future, and our community’s future, that this single action demonstrates. So we’re off to the races, charting out plans for the next few years – 2020 marks our 40th Anniversary and to the next 40 years of serving our vibrant community, made all the more colorful, fun and exciting by the presence of arts and culture! Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director

P.S. Consider making a gift to the Arts Council of Martin County Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties or consider making a bequest to the Fund in your will.


Deborah Owens, Chairperson Neil Capozzi, Vice Chair Nicki Schoonover, Vice Chair Jeff Bowers, Secretary Thomas Winter, Treasurer & Past Chairman


Robert Ankrom Lynne Barletta Vicki Davis Jodye Friedman Marie Jureit-Beamish Tim Kimes Sheila Kurtz Mary Ann Loomis Elizabeth McKinley Maria Miele Jacqueline Millstone Lindsay Nickerson

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Commissioner Eula Clarke City of Stuart Commissioner Doug Smith Martin County Christia Li Roberts Martin County School Board


Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director Karen Barnes, Operations & Finance Manager Laura Daniel, Marketing & Development Manager Jennifer Ahern, Arts Projects Manager Elise Raffa, Communications Coordinator Cover Photo Courtesy of Thomas Winter Photography. Featuring Corporate Leadership Awardee, Mike Pettengill with anonymous dance partner and guitarist Wesley Raffa.

The Arts Council | Court House Cultural Center | 80 SE Ocean Boulevard | Stuart, FL 34994 | 772.287.6676

Meet WILLIAM WARD By Cheryl Ritland


uring the summer of 1969, Bill was the Field Art Director for the Woodstock Music Festival in upstate New York. Yes, that Woodstock! The festival that so many of us baby boomers wish we had attended. The All Florida, All Media Juried Show juror, William Ward was born in Selena, Alabama and moved to Miami as a child. He attended the University of Florida and earning a BFA and MFA. It was at the University of Florida that, as he explained, he began to see art as something “really important”. He said the University put him on the right track and that going to college exposed him to things of which he would never have thought.

William Ward

After time in the U.S. Air Force, Bill worked in New York City as a graphic designer and exhibited paintings in galleries. He moved back to Miami and became a member of the Art Department faculty at the University of Miami. While there he taught drawing, painting, design and sculpture until 1993, when he retired. In the late 1960s Bill became Acting Chairman of the Art Department and acting Director of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. He was also an original member of the Dade County Art in Public Places. Spending time with Bill is a bit like peeling an onion. The many layers run deep. In addition to being passionate about art, Bill, who describes himself as a “car guy,” was also a race car driver on the amateur sports-car racing circuit, having

participated in 270 races. After many years of driving race cars, he said “I came to my senses. I realized I wanted to be a painter more than I wanted to be a race car driver.” Oh, and by the way, he has a great story about a Shelby Cobra. Bill’s long career of teaching art at the college level taught him to depend on his “educated intuition” to judge artwork and said he has probably been a juror for 100 , or maybe 200 shows; so many that he has lost count. His criteria for judging art is composition first. He said he likes the composition to engage him and have something going on that maybe he hasn’t seen before. Color and texture follow, and content comes last. “I like to avoid cliches,” he said, “especially Florida cliches.” He also said that he prefers bold and adventureous work, where an artist might have taken a risk. His own works are engaging abstracts and his sculptures are very interesting constructionss, made mostly from metal. He drew obsessively as a child and continues to draw, mostly figurative work. Bill’s impact on the Miami art scene continues to this day, where two of his sculptures are on permanent display near the art department at the Miami-Dade State College. During his retirement he has received an amateur championship with his Sports Car Club of America race car, been Chairman of the St Lucie County Art in Public Places, Sculptor Advisor to the Navy UDT Seal Museum and the author of two books, Work’n on Woodstock and Club Racer.

Meet the

All Florida, All Florida, All Media All Show Media Juried Juror, Juried Juror, BillShow Ward Thursday, October 13 Bill Ward 5:30 PM –October 7:00 PM13 Thursday,

Talk5:30 to start 6 pm. PMpromptly – 7:00 at PM Light refreshments available. Talk to start promptly at 6 pm. Light available. No refreshments reservation required No reservation required

All Florida, All Media

First place 2015 Donna Hixon’s “Lost Alligators”.


26+ year legacy, the All Florida Juried Arts Show has something for everyone. This highly competitive and prestigious exhibit will showcase select artists from across the state of Florida from Estero to Jacksonville. Works on display will include oil, pastel, fiber art, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and glass, just to name a few. Don’t miss this amazing and inspiring annual exhibit on display through November 8!

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30 Years of High School Artists | Nov 18 - Jan 11

Alumni Retrospective: A juried competition celebrating 30 years of the Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Art Show featuring former students from local area high schools. For many of the alumni, being a part of the exhibit in high school helped them realize their potential and gave them the push to continue in their art endeavors. From teachers and university professors to those still continuing their education, children’s book illustrators to photographers that have exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum, faux taxidermy to tattoos, and Jesse Etelson simply those that have continued in art to relax and be inspired by the world around them, this exhibit is sure to be an event that continues to honor the legacy of inspiration and creativity.

November 18: Opening Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM $5 donation requested

Stitched |

Tia Dunne

Erin Weinberg

Jan 20 - Feb 25

Juried Exhibit featuring Studio Artist Quilters Association (SAQA) Florida members. SAQA is an international fiber art organization founded in 1989, with 3500 members worldwide, of which about 200 live in Florida. With a goal to increase public awareness of quilts as Art, this exhibit will feature a variety of images and techniques, to include realistic, abstracts, fabric, threads, photos. paint, and recycled ephemera. These variations will create an intriguing introduction to art quilts for the uninitiated, and for the knowledgeable viewer, a delight in the study of these works. Rosalie Dace, an award winning quilter, teacher, and juror from Durban, South Africa will serve as juror.

January 21-22: Artist demonstrations during the Martin County Open Studio Tour January 27: Opening Reception, 5:30-7 PM To learn more, visit

Nancy Billings

Sandra Donabed

ArtsFest 2017 February 11 & 12

10 AM - 5:00 PM Memorial Park & East Ocean Boulevard

$5 general admission


No ArtsFest would ever be complete without a long roster of dedicated volunteers. We welcome back many veterans and are bringing in new friends to keep ArtsFest vibrant and 30th Anniversary Ticket $30: growing. On the team so far for 2017 are Tim Kimes, Includes general admission, special seating at Arts­ Jodye Friedman, Hank Gonzalez, Anna Preston, Bill Fest Chopped, a limited edition poster, and one en­ Whitten, Pete Morello, Kim Martin, Darlene Wozny, try to the 30th Anniversary Arts Raffle(only 300 Lisa & Jeff Bowers, Paul Nunley, Don Jones, Lindsay raffle tickets to be released, prizes to be announced) Nickerson, Mary Ann Loomis, Rebecca Rieger, and Neil Capozzi! Want to be a part of the team that pulls it all together? Sign up now to volunteer! VIP Ticket $50 (one-day) Kids 12 & Under, Free.

or $75 (two-day)

Includes general admission, access to the VIP only area, special artist meet & greet opportunities, lunch and more!

Literary Village : Volume II

2016 marked the first literary village and it was a hit! So many new and exciting ideas are going to make 2017 even better! Part of the creative team working on the Village are author W. W. Whitten, librarian and artist, Carolyn Smith, avid reader, Maureen Saltzer Gawel, and actor and business owner, Peter Morello. Stay tuned... for details on the return of the writing competition and more! I’ll be there, will you be there, too?

Sponsor opportunities available: Contact Laura Daniel, by phone or email: 287-6676 x 6 or

Chopped: Bigger & Better than Ever

Joining ArtsFest Chopped chair, Paul Nunley, will be Don Jones, who has worked with the Food Network to produce the televised version of our inspiration, Chopped. Don is also a painter who teaches at the Library’s new Gateway to the Arts project in Port Salerno. Watch for a dedicated space for the culinary arts and demonstrations!

ArtsFest 2017

Nestor Torres Returns Featured Artist Named: to the ArtsFest Stage Chris Kling



eturning to grace our stage is Nestor tuart painter Chris Kling has been selected Torres! Nestor performed in 1993 and as the featured artist for ArtsFest 2017. Ms. we are excited to have him back in Kling has participated in and received 2017, for our 30th Anniversary. In a numerous awards from shows throughout powerful way as we partner with the Lyric Theatre the southeastern region of the United States and to bring a monumental master class experience with the Portrait Society of America, from which and performance with the she received an award for her best student performers in portrait of “Molly” as well as the Stuart area. Nestor will a Portfolio Award. She has kick off his Martin County received many commissions focused effort with his for her oil portraits and ArtsFest performance but landscapes, and her work finish out the month of March is in numerous private and with a series of master classes corporate collections in for young musicians from the United States as well as our local high schools and a international collections. She grand finale performance at is a member of the Portrait the Lyric Theatre on March Society of America, Plein 31. If you love jazz, you won’t Air Florida, Oil Painters of want to miss either of his America, and Women Painters performances! Don’t miss of the Southeast. The artwork Nestor at ArtsFest, 2:00 PM, for 2017 which will be featured Sunday, February 12th. And on posters and t-shirts will be then when he returns, at the unveiled in January 2017. Lyric, Friday, March 31st with a brand new, and never seen before, show “Havana & Lady Abundance, at the first ArtsFest 1988 Buenos Aires.”

A Fond Look Back at the First ArtsFest By Jackie Holfelder


share with our families and visiting friends. I must say that the Arts Council ranks among our most precious gems. Under the leadership and nurturing of Nancy Turrell, the Council continues to provide a venue for the display of the talents of our youth and other artists in the visual and performing arts. As a member of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (1994-2002), I was very happy to cast my vote for the continued funding of this outstanding organization that enriches the lives of our families and visitors. I was very happy to attend not only our first, but many of the early ArtsFests and I was so very proud to have been involved as a Martin County High School assistant principal, prior to becoming a Commissioner. When I think back to the one-day event of the early years, I am pleasantly surprised and grateful that it’s become a major event that lasts for the entire weekend! Yes, we as a community can be very proud of what ArtsFest was and what it’s become.” With a rich history and strong foundation, ArtsFest has become a legacy in not only Martin County, but on the Treasure Coast. Volunteers, artists, attendees, and art lovers alike return year after year for a continued celebration of the arts that all started in 1988!

any of Stuart’s hardest-working community leaders were involved in the first ArtsFest back in 1988, and they have sweet memories of the camaraderie and shared goals which defined the inaugural event. Mary Shaw was the first Executive Director of the Arts Council. A group of arts lovers, which included among others: Mary, Dagney Jochem, Linda Reymore, Adrienne Moore, Joan Hooks, David Ralicki, and Nicki Van Vonno, came up with the idea of introducing the arts to the residents of Stuart at an outdoor festival. The first ArtsFest showcased visual arts, dance and the performing arts, in addition to the categories we see in the current incarnation. To put it simply, the organizers wanted to create a hunger among local residents that made them crave more of the arts in all its disciplines in local venues. Mary recalls that commemorative aprons were given out the first year and a resident who was concerned that Lady Abundance was on public display in the nude, climbed up and draped the wellknown statue in one of the aprons! She proudly shares that the original ArtsFest did a lot of things well, but two are outstanding, in her opinion: a solid base of volunteers was built and it did, indeed, achieve its goal of creating a thirst for the arts. Stuart City Commissioner, attorney and local luminary Eula Clarke recalls: ArtFest 1988 - a wonderful cold, damp day to start off. Set up with Evette Gwuine, Mrs. Grant, Mary Davis and a few others from the Martin County Black Heritage Association to sell Seafood Gumbo and Conch Fritters. This was going to be our way of intermingling culture, as well as promoting our theme of Harmony of Mind and Body through the Arts, which was symbolized by the Senufo Mask with the bird balanced in the center of the human head. Elmira Gainey is a successful Realtor®, proud Rotarian and one of the people who helped ArtsFest come into being. She says: “Martin County has many attractions throughout the community that we can Eula Clark, ArtsFest 1988

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Falling in Love...the mARTies! mARTies Awards

October 25, 2016 6-9 PM

St. Mary’s Pittenger Center 901 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart Tickets: $50 Member, $75 Non Member $20 Student, $400 Table of 8 Tickets can be purchased online

Robert Ankrom and Debi Owens, mARTies co-chairs


vent Co-chairs Debi Owens and Robert Ankrom are so excited to bring the 2016 mARTies Awards to life. “As always our nominees are impressive and inspiring. I am so glad I don’t have to be one of the volunteers who serves as a judge,” expressed Debi Owens. The mARTies have become a beloved community celebration of the arts. With the introduction of performances and an exhibition of nominees’ visual art in 2014, the event really has become a beautiful mix of media for the audience to enjoy. As is our tradition, the Board selected notable contributors and creators, they along with the nominees will be recognized and honored during the awards presentation which follows the reception in the courtyard. Here’s a little bit of background on our named award recipients; a sneak peek into how valuable each has been in the life of our arts community.

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: John Whitney Payson

Payson has four decades of involvement in the arts, opening the Midtown Payson Gallery in Hobe Sound in 1972 and having owned galleries in New York and Maine as well. Payson is well-known for his activism in arts and conservation related nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Citizens for Florida Arts, and has taken a lead role in their Convening Culture Conferences in Vero Beach, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and in 2017, Gainesville. The Arts Council applauds John’s dedication to keeping the arts alive in the hearts and minds of our legislators in Tallahassee.

Excellence in Arts Education: Lynne Barletta

As founder and director of the Visionary School of Arts, Barletta has inspired many young people to pursue their creative dreams in the arts. A working visual artist, as well, Lynne instills in her students the importance of excellence in their artistry but also the requirement that the artist be business savvy and know how to talk to customers about buying their art. This particular aspect of Lynne’s training is unique among art teachers. Lynne is dedicated to art being a vehicle for helping underprivileged, abused and trafficked children. She recently completed a phenomenal mural project at the Martin Girls Academy.

Falling in Love...the mARTies!

Mike Terrio of the Terrio Group, with Corporate Leadership Awardees, Terri and Mike Pettengill, Electrical Connections

Corporate Leadershhip: Electrical Connections

Owned by Terri & Mike Pettengill, Electrical Connections has been a corporate partner for the Arts Council for many years. Their contribution of time, talent and treasure is invaluable! Ever noticed the awesome light show at the historic Court House Cultural Center? Well if you have, you can thank Electrical Connections. Their generosity knows no bounds!

Arts Leadership: Carol Kepp, Sharon Ferina and Nancy Steinberg

The triumvirate of Carol, Sharon and Nancy is a leadership model to behold. The three artists came together when each was serving as the volunteer chairperson of “their” art league, and vowed to work together. Believe it or not, each of these leagues, Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Palm City Art Associates, and the Art Associates of Martin County had been more competitive than cooperative. Sharon, Carol and Nancy ended that and ever since the spirit of cooperation has reigned supreme. Kudos! Sadly, shortly after announcing our selection of these three fine artists for this award, Nancy Steinberg lost her short, but courageous battle with cancer.

Philanthropy through the Arts: Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

There isn’t too much more to say than Thank You for their initiative entitled “Forever Arts.” With the help of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fund at the Foundation, last year we were able to launch the Forever Arts Endowment Challenge where we awarded TEN arts and culture nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties a total of $250,000 to establish permanently endowed funds at the Foundation. We toast the leaders of the Community Foundation for this inspired contribution!

Members of the 2016 mARTies Committee: Front: Francine Beckstead, Debi Owens, Karen Janson. Back: Robert Ankrom and Ron Leach. Missing: Karen Barnes, Liz McKinley, Doug Smith

Special Recognition: Hobe Sound Mural Project Led by Nadia Utto

Transforming a community through the arts, The Hobe Sound Mural Project, has done just that. Spearheaded with the passion of Hobe Sound artist, Nadia Utto, Hobe Sound has transformed and created a living legacy of collaboration, art and community. The Hobe Sound Mural Project was recently highlighted as a part of the newly formed Florida Mural Trail.

Adult Performing Nominees Karin Leone Tasha Patterson ShirleyAnna Preston Jackie Robbins Michael Robbins

Adult Visual Nominees Shaye Babb Julie Bertrand Rachel Goldberg Jim Houser Carol Kepp Mia Lindberg Maria Miele Geoffrey Smith George Curtis Whiticar Kate Wood

Volunteer in the Arts Joann Gallagher Patricia Pendergast Cheryl Ritland

Student Perfoming Nominees Victoria Bartolotta Nicholas Leonard Samantha Meltzer Megan Savage Qingyuan Yao Zuyi Zhao

Student Visual Nominees Ryan Chimelis Arielle Danchenko Rachel Maunus Kalen Rossario Blake Schmalz Sarah Wetterer Olivia Wilson


Attracting Audiences & New Talent

he Barn Theatre continues to thrive! Once a flower packing barn, the charmingly converted Barn Theatre, has continued through the decades to delight the local audiences on the Treasure Coast. Last season drew stellar success with record turnouts for the beloved community theatre which showcases lighthearted comedies, musicals, and the occasional drama. Last season they enjoyed over 60 sold out shows with 43 consecutive sold out performances. Due to the vast popularity, The Barn Theatre will be expanding its concert series this upcoming season. The Concert Series spotlights local musicians on the Treasure Coast from young talent to veteran performers who incorporate singing, music, and dancing into their performances.

The Barn Theatre

In addition to attracting a throng of enthusiastic audiences, The Barn Theatre has acquired some fresh new talent in effort to bring new dimension and excitementto the theatre. The recently hired full time Technical Director, Bryan Childe, will oversee all theatre operations including lights, sounds, set integration, and special effects with a fresh new zeal. Chris Mazella, Marketing Vice President at The Barn, describes Bryan as “an innovator” who implements creative techniques and novel special effects on stage. The integration of cinematic projections on stage was a technique employed by Childe under his direction of the musical Guys and Dolls last season, which was the first time such an effect was utilized at The Barn Theatre.

Bryan Childe is a graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York and Central Michigan University where he studied theatre. Another fresh face at the Barn Theater, with copious talent to match, is Michael Robbins, The Barn Theatre’s Technical Director, Bryan Child the guest musical director of the upcoming musical production Thoroughly Modern Millie. Michael Robbin’s, is a 2016 mARTie’s Award nominee for Outstanding Performing Artist. “We are very excited to have Michael join us at the Barn Theatre, it’s very exciting all of the new talent that has come our way this year,” says Chris Mazella. The Barn Theatre has come a long way since its first play was produced in 1971. It is Martin County’s oldest non-profit community theatre built and sustained by a collection of talented volunteers who love its creative mission and the entertainment it provides through its six mainstage production each year along with additional special events and performances. To learn more about The Barn Theatre and see the 2016-2017 performance schedule visits its website at

Open Studio Tour 1st Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour January 21-22, 2017 | 9 AM to 4 PM, daily

Painter, Chris Kling, working in her studio...



ith the theme “New Realms of Working Spaces� our event will introduce Martin County artists to regional patrons of the arts and provide an intimate look inside the working studio space of local artists.

Marbelized paper workshop...

he event provides the public with a rare opportunity to meet local artists and to explore a wide variety of art forms. Already the tour has enlisted artists working in fiber, ceramics, mixed media, and oil and textured painting.

Open Studio Tour The Open Studio Tour will invite our local community to view the private space where an artist creates their work. This will foster new connections between artists and their community. Promotion of the event will bring a broad audience to view artists’ work. And collectors can buy directly from the artists at their studios.

Lynn Barletta tropical waters...



any artists will be performing demonstrations of their techniques at various times during the event. The varied media, time for personal exchange, and unique setting ensure this will be an exceptional opportunity for both artists and patrons.

Lisa Young’s fantasy landscape painting...

he first annual Martin County Open Studio Tour will take place on the weekend of January 21-22, 2017, from 9:00 PM to 4:00 PM each day. For more information, go to the event website: http://www. The MCOST event is non-profit and will be open at no charge to the general public.

Sunset Concerts - Returns! Treasure Coast Master Chorale


t was such a fabulous addition to our lineup of cultural experiences that we couldn’t help but create a second season. Under the artistic (and voluntary) direction of Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish, Sunset Concerts will return, October 11th and repeat on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month through May, in the beautiful galleries of the Court House Cultural Center. Many thanks to The Marie and J. Calvin Jureit Foundation for their philanthropic support of this program that allows us to integrate the musical and the visual arts together in one space.Mark your calendar now for 5:30, each month! There isn’t a single performance you’ll want to miss! The Gunter Family Trio

Tuesday, October 11 | Opening Concert Gunter Family Trio: Brooke Gunter

Tuesday, November 8

Tri-County Master Chorale: Mark Jones

Tuesday, December 13

St. Mary’s Choir: Joanne Nelson

Tuesday, January 10

Treasure Coast Community Singers: Doug Jewett

Tuesday, February 14

Valentine’s Concert—Guitar Duo Rowdy Carlton and Jan Wismuller

Tuesday, March 14

Stuart School of Music: Cindy Kessler

Tuesday, April 11

Blue Sky Guitars from Joette’s Strings Music Studio Joette Giorgis

Tuesday, May 9

Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Tom Servinsky and Dr. John Enyart

Art of Democracy: Art contest sponsored by Martin County’s Supervisor of Elections, Vicki Davis. Showing the winners are (L-R) Kathleen Roberts, Nancy Turrell & Sarah Heard.

WELCOME to our new Board Chairman, Deborah Owens. A longtime volunteer and donor, Debi brings a wealth of experience to the board! By day, Debi is employed with Wilmington Trust Company of Florida.

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The Treasure Coast Youth Choir

Musical Education Enhances Young Minds


usic engages the mind in a thoroughly unique way. It has the magic to conjure memories, sooth emotions, and excite passion. The untrained mind is not immune to its influence, but musical training adds a wealth of benefits to cognitive functioning as well as a new depth of appreciation for this complex and engaging art form. Research shows that musical education has a profound impact on young minds. Musical training has been shown to improve academic performance as it connects areas of the brain that may otherwise remain inactive or unintegrated. Musical education and appreciation thrive on the Treasure Coast. Children have many opportunities within school and beyond to reap the benefits of its instruction. Music education specialist Michael Robbins champions these efforts to inspire young minds in the musical arts. Proficient in the instruction of various instruments, Robbins also inspires young vocalists, “Your voice is an instrument you take with you wherever you go, giving you the opportunity to make music anywhere at anytime.” The Treasure Coast Community Singers Youth Choir is just one group where Michael Robbins fosters this notion, offering musical instruction also at The Bach School of Music, Starstruck Theatre, and at Pinewood Elementary School. Under his direction children of The Treasure Coast Youth Choir who come from various backgrounds around the Treasure Coast have the opportunity to come together and perfect their vocal skills. Paired with instruction on performance etiquette the group achieved a level of excellence that led to an invitation to perform on stage at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. The Youth Choir welcomes students from all over Martin County, whose dedication to singing brings them together for weekly rehearsals and live performances throughout the year. The Youth Choir provides children with an opportunity to develop their musical abilities and offers them an opportunity to gain performance experience.

Laura Daniel

The Treasure Coast Community Youth Choir Performs at Universal Studios Orlando

The Treasure Coast Community Youth Choir performs at Universal Studios Orlando

The children of TCYC learn a variety of skills and techniques such as matching pitch and musical theory. They are taught to maintain a professional presence on stage, with poise and confidence in front of a live audience. Their focus ranges from traditional chorale music exposure to popular music with which they are already familiar. Kathryn Rogers reports, “I like performing in the choir because it makes people happy. It was so much fun to sing at Universal and to spend the day with my favorite teacher Mr. Robbins, then hang out at Universal with my friends!” If your child is interested in joining the Treasure Coast Youth Choir, it is open to all children from third through eighth grades. For more information call 772-224-8807.

ArtsFest Literary Contest: Short Story 7.2.13 By W. W. Whitten

Life after death? Sort of. I’m having difficulty discerning where one ends and the other begins. No, I didn’t see a tunnel or a bright light. No, I didn’t float above my lifeless body. I just stepped off of a bridge. Now, if this was an epic poem that would make me the hero. But considering modern sensibilities, my family’s history, and my current situation? It simply makes me the fool. I never believed in ghosts or the supernatural. Yet, here I am. Not a ghost in the Casper kind of way, and I can’t possess Whoopi to feel up Demi. Consciousness? Yup, but without control. Being a ghost sounds way cooler than it actually is. Truth is, I’m stuck. It feels like showing up for that job you hate every single day, just to collect a paycheck, so you can pay for the tiny apartment you can’t stand, in the city which disgusts you. I guess it’s only natural. I felt stuck in life, so why not in death as well? Stuck! I took the leap for eternity, only to land in a quagmire. It’s as if Eliot’s black moth escaped the flame only to be caught and then pinned to a Riker mount. I’m pinned to something, and it isn’t the mirror in the sorority house bathroom. No. I’m stuck within pictures of myself in my mother’s house. By the way, I didn’t have the best childhood. I know, you’ve got questions. “Why’d you do it? Did it hurt? Pearly gates? Voice of God? What’s a Riker mount?” And, for those a little more cerebral, “Nice T. S. Eliot allusion, but if you’re dead, then how are you communicating with me?” Oh, and for the Millennials? “Who’s Whoopi and Demi?” In spite of being dead, I don’t have the answers to the universe. So, shut the hell up! Sorry, I know, it’s harsh. But years of watching your mother pee every morning – yeah, there’s a picture of me in her bathroom – will make one a little cranky. And, I can’t jump to the photo album tucked away in the attic to avoid my mother’s daily constitutional. Nope. I’m pulled to the picture closest to dear old Mom no matter what she’s doing. My only respite is when she leaves the house. Then, I just hang on the wall nearest the door as my eightyear-old-self in a pair of ridiculous running shorts and striped knee socks waiting for her to return. Oh, there she goes again. Heading to the garage. There’s a photo of a family fishing trip thumbtacked above an old, neglected workbench out there. Or rather, here. Because, now I’m ten years old and standing beside my mother with a string of perch in my hand. In our photo she’s coiffed, perfect, except for her artificial smile. She drapes an arm around my frail shoulders, but being sure to stay far away from the fish. Although mine’s a little lopsided, I

think it’s a sincere smile, especially if I consider the day’s trophy. I can remember my father smiling around a Lucky Strike as he taught me how to clean our catch. The workbench was dad’s sanctuary. Now it’s only used for cigarettes and martinis, martini being her euphemism for rotgut vodka in a dirty glass. She once drank top-shelf, but the poor ol’ girl has fallen on hard times. So, now only plastic bottles fill her trashcan. Even though Dad died five years ago, she still won’t smoke in the house. Now, mother sits at this workbench for hours, chain smoking and guzzling vodka every night in front of a 13-inch TV that sits just below our fishing trip photo. But tonight she is futzing with the car. Think I saw a towel and the garden hose. Cleaning the windows maybe? Oh, there was still a martini downed in near record time, and there’s a smoke dangling from her lip, but at least she’s being productive. The car hasn’t been cleaned in years. I can’t see the passenger side of the car, but the window must be so filthy she had to clean it. She’s let the house nearly fall apart around her. From my many vantage points throughout the house, I’ve noticed multiple water stains and cracks in the plaster. The house is modest in size, but still too much for her to maintain. Maybe she’ll sell. That could be my chance. Photos stashed in moving boxes never to be opened again. That’d be great! Then I wouldn’t have to watch Mother drink herself into a stupor in this dark and musty garage night after night. Is that a brand new bottle of vodka? Nice! Sure, and let’s sit inside the car and drink. Straight from the bottle? That’s a new, all-time low. So proud. Wait. Why start the car? Seriously, she’s not going to drive is she? She wouldn’t . . . Oh, fuck. The last moments of my life play out behind my eyes. The waning moon. A pair of intensely bright lights.Frigid steel. Leaden legs. Thin air. Then, pain climbing up my back, vertebrae by vertebrae, until I felt nothing. But remorse. A pressure around my shoulders brings me back to my present, in my thumbtacked photo. “Why?” I cry as the string of perch bounce in my left hand. “You don’t know?” my coiffed mother replies through her artificial smile. All Florida, All Media Jane McIntyre

ArtsFest Literary Contest: 2 Poems Haute Couture

Denny’s Aubade

By Christie Page

By Marcia Vojcsik

Your lies wrapped around me like a beautiful couture masterpiece. Custom designed to fit my exact dimensions And oh did I buy it... Right off the rack, didn’t even try it on for size. I would have done whatever it took to make it fit. I was to wear this deceit like silk, letting it spill over my body in a way that made me feel decadent and dangerous. The sensuality of it caressing my senses, numbing me to reality. Because reality felt like burlap, coarse and rough, biting and unavoidable. This lie was so light I barely knew it was there, it hung like spaghetti straps...weightless until it drowned me. Your lies fell like silk ribbons, sweeping gentle...soundless over my pale face Settling gentle and effortless, sending silver ladders of spuriousness into the shallow pools of my eyelids, Kissed there softly to seal intent. You watched me drink it in until I was dizzy with misconception. And I strutted that delusion graceful down your catwalk.

In my heart, there is a Denny’s off Colonial Drive and Alafaya where for two hours we sit side by side, fold miniature menageries of paper, tie endless tic tac toe, kiss when the waitress turns, laugh. I pretend to spit in your cup. You compliment my future marriageability. Our future is worth smiling about. Mornings gone too soon. Hectic traffic, I work evenings, my car needs gas – Nothing feels worth leaving this table. Each departure more ludicrous than before, yet I always leave. We know this, but let’s sit a while longer. One more game, one more paper crane to bring away. One more story. Let our happiness stack like pancakes, our joy, refillable coffee.



All Florida, All Media 1. Daniel Evans 2. John Broderick 3. Lynn Morgan 4. Robin Makowski

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Collectors on The Treasure Coast


ucked away under the palm trees in a skirt of tropical foliage, the art of Bay Tree Lodge echoes the flora and fauna of its native surroundings. This collection of artwork, by deliberate design was selected by the keen eye of Knight Kiplinger who chose the work intentionally to reflect and celebrate the locale where he displays his Florida collection. Acquiring art has been a passion of his since his college years, when Knight, as a student ,would allocate a portion of his allowance to purchase fine art prints, etchings and lithographs by Goya and Daumier, and the 17th century printmaker Jacques Callot. Knight Kiplinger hails from a multigenerational family of art collectors. An avid collector of historical art, Knight’s grandfather, W.M. Kiplinger, acquired historically themed artwork which mainly depicted the historical development of Washington D.C. He amassed an impressive collection of around 5,000 pieces which is now known as the “Kiplinger Washington Collection”. In recent years

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Art Collector: Knight Kiplinger By Laura Daniel

this collection has been dispersed throughout the Washington D.C. area into various art museums and locations owned by The Historical Society for the public to enjoy. Reflecting on the acquisition of art, in his artfully designed Florida home, Knight says that, “I am most interested in connecting with local artists”. The art that adorns the walls of his Frank Lloyd Wright-style home, designed by Wright’s student, the architect Peter Jefferson, attest to his preference for local artists. A tour of his adjacent property, The Bay Tree Lodge, reflects his affinity for tropically themed depictions of local scenes, with its lush surroundings. “Art should reflect the feel and personality of the location in which it’s displayed, I think,” Knight said as we began the tour of his collection. This philosophy, he expounded, rings true for the historical farmhouse he owns in Maryland whose walls display a regional theme unique to the equestrian and pastoral scenes by local Maryland artists. “It’s about supporting the local arts community,” says Knight. “I go out of my to find and collect art, and learn about the artists.”

Collectors on The Treasure Coast

An Eclectic Collection: Margaret Richebourg Temple


Laura Daniel

By Laura Daniel

efined taste evolves in various ways. For art collector Margaret Richebourg Temple, exposure to the arts began at an early age. Her mother was an artist and her grandmother before her, yet the creative gene passed down only to Margaret’s sister, Elizabeth Richbourg Rea, a talented photographer based in New England. Margaret’s creative gifts however bloomed elsewhere, having been surrounded by artists her whole life a passion for the arts was ignited as well as the development of a discerning taste. Possessing the eye of a true connoisseur, this love for the arts is reflected in the dazzling collection she has amassed

over the years and displays in her home. Margaret’s exquisite collection reflects a diverse and eclectic preference for fine art in various media. She presented her collection with the delicate intimacy of introducing beloved friends, making her fondness for her artwork touchingly apparent. Some of the pieces possess the power to make a viewer pause and gasp from their sheer size and striking beauty. One such masterpiece is an exquisite landscape by local master Howard Schafer. The painter’s expertly rendered clouds in golden rose dominate a vast Florida sky which seems to cast a glow on the rough bark of the pine trees. “The intricacy is breathtaking! Howard Schafer is one of the real true masters of our local area,” Margaret croons in obvious adoration of the piece. Schafer achieved the mysterious quality through his expert blending of color and application of layers of transparent oils. “I can watch the sky all day long, and it changes throughout the day with the changing light,” Margaret enthusiastically attests. Shifting gears from the lifelike rendering of landscape painting to an abstract figurative piece by artist James Kerr, the local feeling of south Florida is still represented by bathers on the beach. “Due to the abstract and painterly quality of the brushstrokes,” she suggests, “the total beauty of the piece cannot be fully appreciated except at a distance. It has so much movement and grace.” Amidst the stunning paintings, decorative art, sculpture and artifacts from around the world round out her collection. Jewel-toned Murano glass adorns her banquet style dining room in the shape of fruits and bottles. Museum-quality Chinese artifacts from the tomb of a Ming Dynasty emperor radiate ancient mystery from inside glass vitrines. Margaret surrounds herself with art that inspires and comforts her. “I acquire artwork that I will keep looking at over and over. It has to touch me in that way.” This further supports the notion that art transports us and enriches our everyday lives. For more about these collectors’ stories and photos from our tour, visit

Women Supporting the Arts


he members of Women Supporting the Arts share a common vision for our community and invest their time and treasure to supporting arts programs all over Martin County. Their inspired purpose was to provide grant funding for worthy arts projects in our community, thereby filling a gap that existed in resources for artists and arts organizations. The list of grants made since 2004 is long. Projects are varied geographically and artistically. The difference they have made is tangible and noteworthy.

Treasure Coast Community Singers performs “Chronicles of the Blue and Gray” May 2016 WSA Group Photo: Members Cheryl French, Sharon Holt, Kate Hudson and Sheila Kurtz

Puppets in the Park – project at ArtsFest 2016 – banner and photo with Jeanette Mueller & Granddaughter

Duck in the Truck Puppets is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring puppetry to the community. They have been in the Martin Girls Academy, the Martin County Library System and many other places. This past Spring found them at ArtsFest with a hands-on puppet making workshop! The KIDS, some young, some only young at heart, love the chance to create their own puppet. Duck in the Truck’s performance address current themes in society like bullying and literacy.

Treasure Coast Community Singers, led by director Doug Jewett, boasts a membership of more than 100 singers who perform a series of performances throughout the year. All are welcome to join the singers. For their current WSA Grant, they performed John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of the Blue and Gray”. The music contains folk songs, rallying and battle cries from both Union and Southern soldiers, slave spirituals, Walt Whitman’s poem O Captain! My Captain!, text from both of Lincoln’s inaugural speeches and his Gettysburg address, the Emancipation Proclamation, state succession proclamations, chronicles of battle casualties, recollections of the meeting between Grant and Lee at Appomattox and portions of Francis Miles Finch poem The Blue and Gray. A 21-piece orchestra supported TCCS and presented the opening overture. A short section of Taps was poignantly played during the music. Re-enactors in historical costumes were utilized to provide some visual reference and context to the music.

High School Juried Art Show Winners Marvin S Cone 30th Annual High School Juried Art Show

Hank Gonzalez, Sailfish Realty, Deborah Owens, Teri Solomon, juror, Shelby Baillie, 2016 Best of Show, and Karen Barnes


ear the end of every school year, since 1988, the Council has celebrated and encouraged talented high school artists in our community. It has grown from only two high schools and 31 students, to five high schools and nearly 60 artists. This show wouldn’t exist with the support of our sponsors as we frame each 2-D work and give cash awards to each 1st-3rd place and Best of Show artist. Palm City Art and Frame is very generous and has been our framing partner for over 2 decades! The law firm of Fox Wackeen has been with us for many years, really ever since Mr. Marvin Cone who was a board member of ours, and a client of theirs, dreamed up this phenomenal exhibition. Exhibition chairman, Tom Prestopnik, is a retired teacher from South Fork, and has since retirement taken on the volunteer leadership for this annual exhibition. Tom’s passion to support young artists has never waned! Mark your calendar as this show is on the books to open April 20th with an awards ceremony. “I’m always struck by the statements that each student writes to accompany their work. They really are heartfelt and show how immersed the students are in their creativity,” commented Nancy Turrell, executive director. Best of Show: “Creativity Amongst Us” by Shelby Baillie

(2016) Honorable Mention Awards (across category): “Alhambra” by Olivia Brogdon “The Faults Between Hybrid Behavior” by Kelly Campbell “Sides of Suicide” by Ryan Chimelis “Music Frees the Soul” by Anna Dotterer “Healing” by Hannah Koedam “Life in Cycle” by Shannon McCarthy “Self Portrait” by Matthew Naluai “Paradox” by Kalen Rossario “Materialistic Madness” by Philippa Parnevik “Flowers, Tea Set” by Jennifer Yao For Drawing: 3rd Place: “I Didn’t Do It” by Alyssa Macchia 2nd Place: “Calor Interno, Furia Externa” by Danial Amaro 1st Place:“Halfway Gone” by Brynn Johnson For Mixed Media: 3rd Place:“Eisotrophobia” by Margret Rogers 2nd Place: “Falsified Frames” by Karina Sowerbutts 1st Place: “A House Divided” by Casey Witte For Painting: 3rd Place: “Life of Frogs” by Coral Rose 2nd Place: “Chelonia Astra Sp. Nov” by Sarah Wetterer 1st Place: “The Journey” by Arielle Danchenko For Sculpture: 3rd Place: “Pollination Station” by Morgan Matthews 2nd Place: “Mr. Hotdog Man” by Haley Hutchins 1st Place: “Suburban Quilt” by Sage Duffy For Photography/Digital Prints: 3rd Place: “Light in the Darkness” by Olivia Wilson 2nd Place: “Sicko” by Grace Baum 1st Place: “Fade to Earth” by Ryan Chimelis For Best of Show: “Creativity Amongst Us” by Shelby Baillie PURCHASE AWARDS: Superintendent’s Purchase Award: “Stop, Look, & Listen” by Coral Rose Jensen Beach High School Purchase Award: “Creativity Amongst Us” by Shelby Baillie “I Didn’t Do It” by Alyssa Macchia Martin County High School Purchase Award: “The Mentor” by Madilyn Amico “Spring in Seattle” by Lisette Koessick South Fork High School Purchase Award: “Untitled” by Brooke Taylor Clark Advanced Learning Center Purchase Award: “The Woman in the Shadows” by Rose Kissel Pine School Purchase Award: “Light in the Darkness” by Olivia Wilson Senator Joe Negron’s Purchase Award: “Leading Palms” by Brooke Mejias Supervisor of Elections Purchase Award: “A House Divided” by Casey Witte Elliott Museum Purchase Award: “Life in Cycle” by Shannon McCarthy Children’s Services Council of Martin County: “Through the Eyes of a Child” by Julia McKee Zweben Law Group: “The Faults Between Hybrid Behavior” by Kelly Campbell

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