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MartinArtsMagazine Fall 2015 | Winter 2016

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The Arts Council of Martin County

Sunset Concerts Second Tuesdays at the CHCC mARTies 2015 Fall in Love with the Arts October 20

Masters & Mentors

December 10 — February 6



he mad rush of season is getting closer and closer, and it certainly felt that the summer didn’t slow down like it has in other years. This is good news for the vitality of our community!

Looking ahead to 2016-2017, the Council will be focused on working with our national partner, Americans for the Arts, and our colleagues in local arts agencies from across the South Florida region to assess the economic impact of the arts. A major undertaking but with the leadership and experience of Americans for the Arts, it will be a rewarding and informative project. Why do we care about the economy? 1) Arts Strengthen the Economy. The US Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $699 billion industry (2012), which represents 4.3% of the nation’s GDP – a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences) that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue. 2) Arts Mean Business. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profit film, architecture and design companies. 3) Arts Drives Tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. 4) Arts are an Export Industry. US Exports of arts goods (e.g. movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $75 billion in 2012, while imports were just $27 billion – an arts trade surplus of $47 billion. In 2007-09, when we last participated in the survey, we were able to identify a $16.5 million impact of the nonprofit arts sector in Martin County. We look forward to working with the entire arts community to survey audience members and secure the data we need to analyze today’s impact. Here’s to seeing you this season at a local arts experience!

Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Thomas Winter, Chairperson Hank Gonzalez, Vice Chair Debroah Owens, Vice Chair Nicki Schoonover, Secretary Neil Capozzi, Treasurer Lisa P Young, Past Chairman


Lynne Barletta Ryan Briggs Tim Kimes Sheila Kurtz Mary Ann Loomis Maria Miele Jacqueline Millstone Deborah Owens Elliot Paul Roni Rottner

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 Jennifer Ahern, Development & Marketing Manager Karen Barnes, Operations &Finance Manager Jennifer Hearn, Arts Projects Manager Elise Raffa, Special Projects & Social Media Manager Judy Walker, Communications & Membership Coordinator

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

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Court House Cultural Center Exhibits 25th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 5:30 – 7 PM Continues through November 14, 2015



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

Save the date

FEBRUARY 20 & 21, 2016 Since 1988, ArtsFest has been the community’s largest celebration of the arts! Come out and support the Arts Council and your arts community. Buy art from over 100 artists, enjoy performing arts entertainment all weekend and explore the kids zone or the culinary arts! Sponsorships available. Email: artsfest@martinarts.org for information


Opening Reception: December 10, 5:30 – 7 PM Continues through February 6, 2015

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 19th

Gallery Hours:

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

mARTies: Fall in Love with the Arts! Celebrate & congratulate mARTies award winners during a festive evening of art, music and more! October 20, 2015 St. Mary’s Pittenger Center, Stuart

Alizarin Crimson Studio has a 30 year history of teaching artists of all levels. From beginners to professionals, each student receives individual instruction. We have an exceptionally talented teaching staff headed by Georgia Abood and including Kate Wood and Jennifer Pollack to help you develop or hone your artistic talent. We also exhibit and sell artwork by local resident artists and have a complete selection of painting supplies and frames.

Visit our website AlizarinCrimsonStudio.net for class schedules, upcoming exhibits & workshops

2611 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart | Studio (772)287-7030 | Res (772)283-0181 You can view our current art on our Facebook page: AlizarinCrimsonArtStudio

Masters & Mentors By Roni Rottner

Do you remember Jon Gnagy? He had the very first television show broadcast from the Empire State Building in NYC in 1946. The name of the show was “You Are an Artist” and many of us drew and painted along with him during his weekly broadcast. He also developed a drawing kit that as of 1986 had sold 15 million copies!

Jim Dirks

One of those copies landed in the hands of Jim Dirks, the owner and creative force behind Stuart Stained Glass. That Christmas gift turned Jim from a busy 5 year-old into a budding artist.

From Jim’s early years in Washington State and Maryland he has been making things. Encouraged by his high school art teacher, he explored all media. In college he spent much of his time creating pottery . When introduced to stained glass, he knew immediately that this was the “fit” for his artistic sensibilities. He opened his business in Stuart in 1982 and with his wife, Tess and son Jonathan, they teach, mentor, design and create new style art glass they call “Art Dirko” as well as more traditional glass which can be both leaded and etched.

Mia Lindstrom

Mia Lindstrom grew up with parents who were artists. They felt that making art is like breathing air; necessary for survival. Mia’s husband, Franz, brought her influences

from his exotic travels to Tibet and South America. These mystical and spiritual element are often part of her ceramics, jewelry and metalwork. Mia’s studio in Jensen Beach is not only the go-to place for clay and supplies, but is a destination for an aesthetic experience. Part garden, part galley and working space for both beginner and accomplished artists alike, it is comprised of several buildings linked together by open gardens. Exotic, beautiful, inventive, her studio is a place which inspires creative thinking.

Masters & Mentors

This group of six artists has given Martin County residents much distinguished and award-winning art, and countless hours encouraging and promoting the arts. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and honor them with this show.

Georgia Abood

If painting is your passion, Georgia Abood’s studio, Alizarin Crimson, in Stuart should be on your list. Opened over 30 years ago with her mother the studio flourishes with the energy of these creative women.

Georgia’s family encouraged her to explore all the arts. Dance was an interest that she studied along with visual art at the California College of the Arts. Georgia and her husband lived abroad and she began teaching art there. Upon returning to the States, she continued teaching art and dance. She and her mother were then able to fulfill their dream of opening a studio together. Georgia’s focus is primarily on land and seascapes with occasional architecture as a subject.

Carol Kepp

Carol Kepp also prefers oil painting as her main medium, with pastels a close second. She got her earliest lessons from a neighbor in Ohio in trade for watching her dogs! Her high school art teacher recognized her

talents and encouraged her to go on in her studies. After studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and doing advertising work for the Gas Company and 3M, she received her teaching certification from the University of Michigan. Carol’s busy schedule includes teaching at both the Artist’s Nook in Stuart and the Hobe Sound Fine Arts League. Carol also finds time to be a member of the Gallery Committee of the Arts Council where she helps plan and present exhibits.

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Opening December 10, 5:30—7 PM Court House Cultural Center Galleries 80 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart

Michelle Sanadijian

Michelle Sanandijian remembers being about 8 years old when her mother recognized her artistic gifts. Lessons followed doing still life and drawing. There was never any doubt in her mind that she would be an artist.

In her second year at a small liberal arts school her art teacher encouraged her to make a significant move, he felt that she needed a more intensive program. Parsons School of Design in New York was chosen and although she could have entered as a junior she decided to enter as a freshman so that she wouldn’t miss anything! Now working exclusively in fiber arts she incorporates painting and drawing on fabric and considers herself a mixed-media artist.

Robin Makowski

Robin Makowski grew up in Chicago and loved visiting the Chicago Art Institute. While encouraged by her father, a “hobbyist” artist it was her “artsy” friends that gave her the most support in her earliest years.

In school in California she met and worked with Willie Brownlee who mentored her for many years. Before long she began giving demonstrations in watercolor and worked for Marlee Matheson when she had The Studio on Tressler which turned into the Studio at the Elliot Museum several years ago. Now running the Studio at the Elliot she wears many hats, mentoring, teaching, organizing classes and painting her amazing watercolors.

ArtsFest 2016


he event, held in Memorial Park & East Ocean Blvd in Downtown Stuart is the largest annual fundraiser for The Arts Council of Martin County.

Each year brings together a wonderful team of volunteers, sponsors, staff and artists who work hard to provide the Treasure Coast with the biggest and best hometown celebration of local arts and culture since 1988! ArtsFest is a destination for people from across the state of Florida and beyond attracting over 15,000 patrons each year. The Experience: Over 125 artists are carefully selected from all over the country; showcasing everything from sculptures to jewelry, photography to watercolors. Guests purchase the artists’ creations on-site throughout the weekend. In 2015, we welcomed a record crowd and showcased several new attractions to the festival, including a Live Art Demonstrations, Live Graffiti Art, Pop Up Music Experience, a Local Green Market and a Culinary Chopped Competition- Stuart Chopped! Stuart Chopped was extremely successful and well received among our patrons. Much like the popular television show, the Stuart Chopped competition featured 4 local chefs with hot plates and a mystery box of ingredients they utilized to prepare a meal center stage. A panel of local ‘celebrities’ were happy to judge the competition before a very enthused crowd.

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ArtsFest – Save the Date: February 20-21, 2016


ooking forward to 2016 The wildly successful Stuart Chopped Competition will be elevated into a 2 day event to include an elimination round. Chef Eric Grutka, winner of the 2015 Stuart Chopped Competition, is working with our committee volunteers to up the steaks for 2016.

Battle of the Bar Tenders- Who can make the best Artini? It’s not all about the food! Local bartender masters want to showcase their talents as well, so ArtsFest will host a Battle of the Bartenders competition. Bartenders will have an opportunity to mix drinks from mystery ingredients, show case their skills and compete for cash prizes. Literary Village What is art without the written word? Local independent author Bill Whitten says “The Literary Village within ArtsFest is a godsend. Writing contests, readings, and performances will call talent and garner crowds. The ability to setup shop within a festival geared to celebrating the Arts is ideal. Writers need readers, and ArtsFest is the perfect opportunity for independent authors to reach an audience. Our Literary Village will be set up much like a coffee house, showcasing local independent authors, scheduled readings and writing contests and an overall celebration and showcasing of the literary arts in our community.

Launching Encore Society

– once more we invite our friends, supporters, and arts

patrons to continue their support of the Arts Council by joining our Encore


Encore Society is a group of individuals who support the Arts Council of

Martin County’s mission to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts

in our community. Members will receive special benefits and recognition at Arts Council events, such as the mARTies Awards, ArtsFest and Gallery Openings. Your $2,500 contribution to the Arts Council of Martin County will include: • Director’s Circle Membership • Sponsorship of mARTies Awards • VIP Admission and Recognition at ArtsFest • Invitation to Annual Meeting • Invitation to CHCC Gallery Events • Recognition in martinartsmagazine Welcome the Arts Council’s Founding Encore Society Members: Vi Nichols Larry & Jeanette Mueller Bob & Joy Valle

If you are interested in joining this prestigious society of individuals who support the arts in our community please visit www.MartinArts.org or call 772-287-6676 ext. 3 for more information.

Sunset Concerts at the Gallery Welcoming the Sunset Concerts at the Galleries Each concert will give various musical groups in Martin County the opportunity to bring their music into the inspiring setting of the various exhibitions held throughout the season at the Gallery on East Ocean in downtown Stuart. Because of the recent generous donation of a Baldwin spinet piano, we will now be able to include piano in the musical presentations. Marie Jureit Beamish, volunteer director of the Sunset at the Gallery concerts, is happy to bring this exciting new collaboration of music and the visual arts right in our Gallery located in the historic Martin County Court House Cultural Center. We are looking forward to the inaugural season. The evenings will include a music program of 35-45 minutes, to be followed by light refreshments. We are especially excited for the opportunity for our youth to be featured in these programs.

2nd Tuesday, 5:30-7 PM FREE

October 13: Treasure Coast Youth Symphony November 10: Joette Strings and Guitars December 8: Jureit Musicales January 12: Bach’s Music School February 9: Tri-County Master Chorale March 8: Stuart School of Music April 12: Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society May 10: Lighthouse Suzuki Strings June 14: Young Talent of the Treasure Coast

The 25th Annual All-Florida Juried Show


he Arts Council is excited to be hosting this fantastic celebration of All-Florida Juried show in the Court House Cultural Center. The works have been personally selected by our juror Josh Davis to create a show that reflects the finest in Florida art,” noted Nancy K Turrell, executive director. Showcased are more than 60 pieces of art from artists all over the state of Florida, as well as a strong showing of local artists. The multi-dimensional show is varied in theme and subject matter. Joshua Hunter Davis, juror for the show, presented a lecture, “Choice…Curating in the 21st Century” on Saturday, September 26 at the Court House Cultural Center at 11:00 PM.

Joshua Hunter Davis

Juror for the 25th Annual All-Florida Juried Show is Florida artist, Joshua Hunter Davis. Hailing from sunny South Florida, but with an aesthetic preference that might suggest an origin in the rust belt, Davis is an artist whose subjects range from industrial sites to machine animal hybrids. Though Davis did not grow up in or near Detroit or Newark, his preference for all things industrial and mechanical was the inevitable result of growing up in the family business of water and sewer plant operation. So ubiquitous was the business that even at home he was surrounded by a plethora of tools and equipment. Davis was raised during the eighties and nineties on movies like Blade Runner, Aliens, Akira, Terminator, Short Circuit, and countless other films, television programs, and literature of the science fiction genre, all of which further tempered his aesthetic fixations. Though undeniably important, his influences do not reside in the machine alone. It is balanced by a reverence for the outdoors, born out of a childhood spent studying the local flora and fauna while playing in the nearby woods, creeks and rivers, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Though the way in which Davis chooses to portray his concepts may shift dramatically, ranging from traditional albeit elegiac landscape to monstrous cyborgs, the inspiration remains constant; a life lived out with both the machine and nature compounded by the current dissolution of the family business and the natural environment in which he matured. The result is an overall angst towards the point at which man, machine, and the natural environment collide. Having acquired the fundamentals of his art education through several years of weekly art classes held at a local comic book shop, Davis went on to study illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA. His love for art and desire to be a professor led him to continue his education at Florida Atlantic University where, in the spring of 2011, he acquired his MFA with an emphasis in painting. Joshua currently works as an adjunct instructor in South Florida, and exhibits work throughout the area.

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About the Juror

Leslie Ventresca, Josh Davis, Nanette Carton

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The 25th Annual All-Florida Juried Show

Margaret Gray, Chris Kling, Petey Cox, Valerie Ambrose

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“Lost Alligators” Photography by Donna Hixson

Paula Nicoletti, Sheila Kurtz

David & Nicki Schoonover

Awards List 2015 All Florida Juried Arts Show All awards across categories

Honorable Mention Awards: “Swamp’s Edge” Digital Photography by Richard Smukler “Blue Echo” Bronze by Leslie Ventresca “Turtle Queen” Encaustic by Thomas Bollinger

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First Place: “Lost Alligators” Photography by Donna Hixson Second Place: “Rainbow’s End” Acrylic by Nanette Carton ThirdPlace: “Mike & Ike” Mixed Media by Stephanie Jaffe


Cheryl Ritland, Maggie Griner

Exhibition continues through November 14 Gallery hours are: 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday – Friday, and Saturday 11 AM – 2 PM Court House Cultural Center Gallery 80 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida


The 2015 mARTies Awards is asking our patrons to Fall in Love with the Arts!

During the awards ceremony guests will be treated to special performances from our student nominees and a gallery display from all visual artist nominees. Special performances will feature musicians from the new Tri County Master Chorale with Mark Jones and from the Barn Theatre. The mARTies were created to celebrate and applaud the creative people who make our community more enriched. Proceeds from the mARTies support year-round initiatives of the Arts Council including arts education, the Court House Cultural Center and the Cultural information services and support. With each mARTies celebration the Arts Council board selects some very remarkable named award recipients. These award winners have demonstrated their leadership, their passion and commitment to the arts. The 2015 mARTies will honor the following outstanding Martin County residents and organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the Arts in our community.

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Presented by the Terrio Group, the 2015 mARTies Awards will be taking place on October 20th at St. Mary’s Pittenger Center from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Mike Terrio presenting Sponsorship Check with Cassie Ottofarro

Lifetime Achievement Award Jane Miller

Excellence in Arts Education John Stiles

Arts Leadership Tom Servinksy

Corporate Leadership Wilmington Trust

Special Recognition City of Stuart’s Waterbirds Project


2015 Nominees Visual & Performing Artists

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Lynne Barletta Michael Claren Al Hager Dan Mackin Brent McAhern Brian Menendez Ed Wilhelms Nadia Utto Lisa Young

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From the left, Nancy Turrell, Karen Barnes, Thomas Winter, Elliott Paul and Debi Owens

Thomas Winter, Mike Terrio and Nancy Turrell.

2015 Student Nominees Visual & Performing Artists

A student in each of the visual and performing artist category will also receive a $500 scholarship with their award. Shelby Baille Kelly Campbell Ryan Cox Alison Fisher Lucia Izzolo Emily Rynasko Sindy Wu

2015 Nominees for Volunteer in the Arts Betty Brain Ethel Christin Connor Hadel Osvaldo Monzon Barbara Scharlau Melissa Zolla

Tickets are $50 for Members, $75 for NonMembers and $20 for students. Make your Online reservations at www.MartinArts.org

mARTies Past Recipients NAMED AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts: The individual has shown a lifetime of commitment to the improvement of the quality of life in our community through dedication, leadership and inspiration. They may be a professional artist – visual or performing – or a lifetime advocate for the arts as an integral part of the fabric of our community. Recipients: Charlotte Clayton, Nancy O’Malley, Phil Kavanaugh, Janeen Mason, Marie Jureit Beamish, Sandra Thurlow, Rita Vallis, Jane Davis Doggett Excellence in Arts Education: Recognizes an individual for a career in arts education and for being an inspiration to his/her students to aspire to greatness in the arts. Recipients: Ron Corbin, Tom Wetzl, Krystal Wion-Eckhardt, Karen Haines, Joe Flanagan, Tracy Canada, Marcus Raab, Bridget Glass Philanthropy in the Arts: An individual or family who has through significant contributions given to and enhanced the cultural life of our community. Recipients: Richard and Dana Kibbey, Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Women Supporting the Arts, OPUS Boosters, Vianne Nichols, Peter and Julie Cummings, Barbara Trimble, Frances Langford Foundation Arts Leadership: An individual who has served as a consistent driving force to keep the arts alive in Martin County. This person is perceived to be constantly on the front line keeping the arts visible. A true passion for the arts is demonstrated in their every effort. Recipients: Ernie and Helen Berlin, Janet Hutchinson, John Loesser, Cecelia Serra, Craig Price, Ethel Christin, Bob Valle, Jeanette Mueller, Ron Hart Corporate Leadership: A corporation with a commitment to funding, supporting and participating in the arts and cultural life of our community. Through their gifts, arts and cultural activities and events have been consistently enhanced. Recipients: Dunn Capital, Management, Northern Trust, Massey Yardley, Palm Beach Post, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, UBS, Publix Super Market Charities Special Recognition: Serves to recognize a special happening in the arts and cultural life of Martin County that is unique and deserving of special attention and thanks. This award may not be given every year. Recipients: Edward and Suzan Sellian, Mary Shaw, HCG, BOCC / Arts Tourism, Peggie O’Neill, Water Birds Project / City of Stuart


Outstanding Digital Media Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts (related to video, film and computer graphics), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Jeff Younglove, Steve Martine Outstanding Visual Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Past Recipients: Tom Prestopnik, Caesar Cirigliano, Margaret Gray, Brenda Leigh, Tom Winter, Ruthann Hewson, Cristina de la Vega, Jane Blatt Outstanding Performing Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Past Recipients: Christina Burr, Cynthia Kessler, Gayle Mingledorf, Peter Jones, Constantinos Jaferis, Douglas Jewett, Jennifer Jones, Terry Barber Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts:Honors an individual that participates in donating volunteer time, encouraging support for the organization and the arts in the community and is truly dedicated to the cause of the nonprofit that benefits from their attention.Should primarily be volunteers. Past Recipients: Margaret “Peggy” Meissner, Connie Bass, Ginger Baldwin, Rita Jenkins-Gaines, Graham Monk; Pamela Fogt, Karen Vaina, Francine Beckstead Outstanding Student Digital Media Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts (related to video, film and computer graphics), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Christopher Mennuto, Nicholas Lively, Jesse Forbes, Amanda Wind Outstanding Student Visual Artist:Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Past Recipients: Tracy Cochran, Sara Brokaw, Alex Fogt, Ellen Krebs, Ashley Baldwin, Sarah Tranter, Ariana Martinez, Jordan Schulz, Cristina Perez, Madelene Wishart Outstanding Student Performing Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Past Recipients: Angelica Melillio, Michael Wood, Kendra Eaton, Megan Moran, Ryan Weiss, Martha Sturm, Kevin James Connor, Cory Jeacoma, Spencer Ballantyne, Kevin Paul, Savanna Webber

A heartfelt Thank You

Jeanette & Larry Mueller for leaving a gift to the Arts Council in their legacy plan and for being continuous and enthusiastic advocates for the arts! Find out how easy it is to make a difference for decades to come. Simply name the Arts Council as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy or retirement plan‌ and then TELL US so we can say THANK YOU to you, too! (photo – Larry & Jeanette with grandkids)

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Kudos and Thank You to our very own, KAREN BARNES for purchasing a piano for the gallery! Sad to note the passing of artist Dennis Aufiery. Just one year ago, Dennis served as the juror for our Annual All Florida Juried Artist Show; truly hard to believe that he is gone.

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Sharon Ferina presenting the awards at the opening reception of Color Color Color, June 19, 2015.

Thanks for your support! Terrio Group brings a big check to denote their sponsorship support for the 2015-2016 season!

Thanks for serving another 3-year term. Returning Board Members: L-R: Debi Owens, Sheila Kurtz, Tim Kimes, Nicki Schoonover and Thomas Winter

Reasons to Suppor t the Arts: ARTS ARE GOOD FOR LOCAL MER CHANTS ttendees at nonpro fit arts events spen d $24.50 per erson, per event, be yond the cost of ad mission on tems such as meals, parking, and baby sitters. Atndees who live outsi de the country in wh ich the s event takes place SPEND TWICE AS M UCH as r local counterparts ($39.95 vs $17.42) – valuable evenue for local bu sinesses and the co mmunity.

“Athens” Artwork by Louise Pocock. Louise recently passed away and was a valuable volunteer and committee member to the Arts Council for many years, as well as being an artist.

OUR PATRONS A Team Marketing Audi of Stuart Ms. Karen Barnes Ms. Sally Batz Blue Water Editions Bottom’s Up Beverage Ms. Betty Brain Centerstate Bank Ms. Ethel Christin Mr. & Mrs. Charles Coffman Ms. Janie Copes Crary Buchanan, PA David S. Millstone Arts Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Mark Duvall Electrical Connections Ms. Arlene Emerson Eventmakers Mr. & Mrs. M. Lanning Fox Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Waters and McCluskey, LLP FPL Ms. Cheryl French Mrs. Julie Gibson Ms. Marjorie Gildor Goldstein Schmitt & Associates Mr. Henry (Hank) Gonzalez Ms. Andrea Gregory-Pooley Ms. Jacklyn Holfelder Ms. Kathryn Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Hundt Infiniti of Stuart J.J. Taylor Distributors, FL Inc Mr. & Mrs. Lars Janson Ms. Marie Jureit-Beamish Ms. Jane Kiehart Tim & Diane Kimes Ms. Ellie Lafer Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Scott Loomis Mrs. Andrea Lutz Mark Brechbill, CPA Martin Health System Masterpiece Design Build Mr. & Mrs. Robert Miele

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mortell Mr. & Mrs. Larry Mueller Ms. Vianne Nichols Ms. Deborah Owens Elliot Paul & Company Auctions Mr. & Mrs. Howard Pitts Publix Super Markets Charities Ms. Peggy Ranger Ms. Sandra Robbins & Mr. Elmar Oliveira Ross Earle Bonan & Ensor, P.A. Mr. & Mrs. Les Rottner Sailfish Realty Jean & Tom Sanders Ms. Barbara Scharlau Mrs. Nicki Schoonover Mrs. Anne Scott Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Scully Seacoast Bank Sharkey Air Conditioning Ms. Brenda Simpson Steele Law Stuart Art Supply and Studio/Artists’ Nook Stuart News/TC Palm Mr. & Mrs. John W. Sullivan The New York Times The Terrio Group The Town Mag Mrs. Joan Thomas Ms. Lee Todd Mrs. Edward Trimble Mr. & Mrs. George L. Turrell Ms. Nancy Turrell & Ted Astolfi Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Valle Ms. Nicki Van Vonno The Kathleen B. and Charles R. Walgreen III Foundation Mr. Thomas Warner Waste Management Water Pointe Realty Group of Stuart, Inc. Wilmington Trust FSB Ms. Susan Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Winter Ms. Lisa Young & Mr. Robert Townsend

The patrons who have contributed $250 or more to The Arts Council during the previous 12 months. Listing was as of print date. Please advise us if you notice any errors. We apologize if there are. Thank you.

Havana Nights


Experience Cuban culture at our upcoming fundraiser An evening of art, music, food...salsa anyone?

Opening Night: January 8, 2016

Enjoy food from El Cubanito in Port St Lucie and music by La Herencia Latina. Framed photographs of Cuba and its people, taken by award-winning photographer, Lawrence Oliverson will be available for purchase. Funds raised from ticket sales and silent auction and a portion of the sales of photographs will benefit the Arts Council. Opening Night: January 8, 2016 Exhibit to run through February 18 Ground Floor Farms, 100 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard, Stuart FL 34994 Tickets: $30 single / $50 for couple To benefit and support the Arts Council of Martin County. Presented by the David S Millstone Arts Foundation

Y Y Y About the Photographer: Lawrence W. Oliverson has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Central America, and South America in search of the rich colors often used in the Hispanic culture. Once he finds color, the quest continues for such compositional elements as shape, line, form, and texture with the final component being a heightened awareness of light. Oliverson uses these elements to create photographs that often transcend the original subject, and stimulate an emotional and intellectual response in the viewer. For more information about the artist, visit his website: http://www.lawrenceoliverson.com

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Gateway to the Arts Launched


Julia Kelly working on a mural for the Gateway to the Art project in the Golden Gate building.

he Martin County Library System celebrated the grand opening of Gateway to the Arts, 2770 SE Fairmont St, Stuart, on Friday, October 2. Gateway to the Arts is an art literacy studio funded by a threeyear grant awarded to the Library Foundation of Martin County by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Located in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Stuart, Gateway to the Arts will host classes, presentations, and workshops. The events and activities will focus on an appreciation and understanding of the arts as both windows to the world and platforms for personal expression. These events will be free and open to the public, and will function as a means for bringing cultural value to the community by bringing citizens together to celebrate the diverse cultures in Martin County and explore their creativity.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity through this grant to serve a community that does not typically have the transportation to visit our regular library locations and to provide families with art exposure and education that is based on the variety of cultures in the Golden Gate community,� says Jenn Salas, Martin County Library System Director. For more information, call (772) 288-5400 ext. 8316, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.

Art Alfresco Come Out and Join Us


rt Gumbo Gallery and Port Salerno Mosaic Studio, located at the Fish House Art Center in Port Salerno, have joined with the Arts Council of Martin County to present Art Alfresco. This fundraiser showcases twelve council members demonstrating their art. The artists will be in action, plein air, from 11-3 PM on January 16th. You couldn’t pick a better setting than the Fish House. Located on the picturesque Manatee pocket waterfront, this hidden gem houses the Art Gumbo Gallery, eight working art studios, and the Grove Dock Bar.

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If you haven’t visited the Fish House, you will be surprised to find art studios that include mosaic, weaving, shibori dyeing, lampworking and other unusual arts. Support the Arts Council by spending an enjoyable afternoon at the Fish House, watching art being created, visiting the unique studios and lunching at one of the many restaurants in the area. The art created that day will be raffled; visitors can buy chances to win the art created at Art Alfresco. Completed artwork will be displayed at the Art Gumbo Gallery for two weeks following the event to encourage additional ticket sales.

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Art Alfresco will culminate on February 5 with a Champagne toast at the Grove Dock Bar for the artists, while we pull the winning tickets. It’s a pleasure to work with Carolyn Gordon of the Art Gumbo Gallery and Diane Concepcion of the Port Salerno Mosaic Studio who have graciously lent their support for this one of a kind fundraiser. We are still looking for some underwriting dollars to round out the final details of the event. Any donations would be appreciated.

Art Alfresco January 16, 2016, 11-3 PM Champagne Toast & Drawing February 5, 6:00 PM Fish House Art Center 4745 SE DeSoto Ave. Port Salerno (Stuart) For further info, contact Carolyn Gordon 772 210-2950 or Diane Concepcion 732 804-4715

An Artist’s View Invitation to be in Residence at the Hermitage


n May, I opened my e-mail and yelled with joy. I received the news that I would be spending the last four weeks of my summer vacation at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood Florida on the Gulf coast. Every year, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education hosts a contest to pick four to five teachers from Florida in the areas of art, writing, and music, to spend four weeks as artists in residence at the Hermitage. To be eligible, candidates must be full-time Florida public teachers, show three examples of their work, and write a three hundred-word paper describing why they should receive the award. Joining me in this journey was Joanna Fox, a writer from Sarasota whose unorthodox teaching style was featured on PBS, earning three Emmy awards, writer Nerissa Street from Hollywood, Florida, a Ted Talk veteran, and Mandy Mathieu from Citrus County, our resident musician. The four of us were allowed to work on whatever we wanted for the duration of our stay; there were no deadlines, no expectations, no rules, and no schedules. It was the first time in my artistic career where I could go to a studio for four straight weeks and work on whatever I wanted- it was bliss. All they asked from us is that we leave something behind. I loved the fact that the grounds were once home to a nudist colony in the 1930’s and so created a poster for the home commemorating this fact; in addition, I was able to complete twelve other pieces during my stay. Before opening its doors to artists in 2004, the Hermitage house was a private home built in 1907. Through the years, the home fell into a state of disrepair, at one point almost being bulldozed and replaced with a parking lot. Through hard work, vision, and generous contributions, the Hermitage was saved and has become one of the premiere artists communities in the United States, hosting Pulitzer winners, MacArthur winners, Guggenheim winners, NEA winners, and now, me. John Stiles was born in 1968 in Wilmington NC. His formal training came from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where he received a bachelors degree in Communication Arts in 1994. He returned to school in 2009 and received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently teaches high school and college classes at Clark Advanced Learning Center in Stuart, Florida. He currently resides in Stuart FL with his wife Crystal Stiles and two daughters, Madeline and Ella Kate.

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John at Work

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Tri-County Master Chorale Time: February, 2015 Setting: St. Bernadette Catholic Church, rehearsal for Artist Series concert

Matt: What a great space, and good acoustics! Mark: Agreed. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Matt: I think so. . . Together: The Verdi Requiem! Tom: I have this vision of a huge, massed chorus of all the singers in the three counties coming together once a year to present a master work – something that requires a bigger group than any of the existing ones.


rom these synergistic moments, a new choral group has been formed, encompassing many singers from the Treasure Coast. The TriCounty Master Chorale is the brainchild of Thomas Bold, music director at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, and Mark Jones, organist at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church. When approached about having the Treasure Coast Community and Classical Singers form one of the pillars of the new group, Doug Jewett, artistic director, was all for it. Joining the bandwagon to form pillars from the north, were Jason Hobratschk, artistic director of the Vero Beach Choral Society, and Michael Carter, artistic director of the Treasure Coast Chorale. What major work is the most fitting for an inaugural concert of 150 – 200 singers? Ideally, it would be something that is not performed regularly, not part of any group’s seasonal schedule, and something with a universal theme that all audiences would enjoy. What indeed? The Verdi Requiem! Working together, the logistics of forming this new group have gone much more smoothly than first

expected. Matthew Phelps agreed to conduct. He studied the Verdi Requiem as part of his doctoral program at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and, at his position at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, has conducted several choirs, and has been a guest conductor in many venues. Mark Jones was appointed the artistic director, and has vast experience preparing choruses for opera and oratorio. Thomas Bold, producer, lends his many-faceted talents to various aspects of the production, from recruiting singers to contacting directors. The singers are from Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties, and represent many different choral groups, including the Treasure Coast Community and Classical Singers, Vero Beach Choral Society, and the former St. Lucie Chorale, which was directed by Dr. Allen Rosenberg. Part of the mission of the Tri-County Master Chorale is to educate and encourage young musicians to develop their skills, inviting student apprentices from area schools, and partnering with the Little Prodigy School of Music, directed by Maribel Soriano.

This is a first for the Treasure Coast, as the Verdi Requiem has not been presented in the area during recent memory. Along with the chorus of nearly 200 singers, a 60 piece orchestra will provide the intense drama and lyricism that sets this treatment of the Funeral Mass apart from others. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) is well known as a composer of operas, such as Aida, Rigoletto, and La Traviata. Often, his Requiem is referred to as the opera Verdi never wrote. It is full of beautiful music passages, encompassing the fullness of human emotions, from lullaby-like sweetness to pounding, thunderous anger.

Performances will be presented: Friday, October 23, 2015 St. Bernadette Catholic Church 350 NW California Boulevard Port St. Lucie, Florida 7:30 PM With soloists: Sandra McNiff, soprano, Joelle Brandon-Perry, mezzo-soprano, Brian McNiff, tenor, and Samuel K. Morgan, bass. Saturday, October 24, 2015 St. John of the Cross Catholic Church 7550 26th Street Vero Beach, Florida, 7:30 PM. With soloists: Adrienne Danrich, soprano, Joelle Brandon-Perry, mezzo soprano, Daniel Stein, tenor, and Samuel K. Morgan, bass. Tickets: $35.00 per person, $50.00 per couple, $15.00 for children 12 years & under. Purchased through Boldtunes.com, 772-224-7089, or at the door.

Adrienne Danrich Samuel Morgan Daniel C. Stern

Hobe Sound Murals Project Highwayman Painter Created a Hobe Sound Mural


efore construction of the U.S. Interstate highway system, travelers drove the Dixie Highway from Detroit to Miami. Much of that route has been absorbed into modern routes, but a new piece of Florida history will soon be created on a section of Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound. During the month of June, Highwayman artist Jimmy Stovall lent his vision and talents to Hobe Sound Murals Project #18, on the Jenkins Landscape building at 12260 SE Dixie Hwy, one-half mile south of Bridge Road. Business owners Harold and Susan Jenkins, who have long admired the beauty and scenic topics of Highwaymen paintings, are proud to sponsor this one-of-a-kind mural on their newly renovated building façade. Jimmy is one of “The Highwaymen” painters, from the Ft. Pierce area, who sold their Florida landscape paintings door-to-door and out of their vehicles along local roadways from the 1950s through 80s. The Highwaymen finally achieved recognition in the 1990s, when critics began to praise the uniqueness of their folk art, fast oil painting style and self-promotion techniques. He holds the unusual distinction of being known as “The 27th Highwayman.” Although he is acknowledged by his peers as a true member of the group, he was in Miami after Hurricane Andrew and was not available to be interviewed for what would become a book about 26 painters of this ‘outsider art’ style. Jimmy is the last painter who was personally taught his craft by one of the founding Highwaymen,

Alfred Hair, who had been mentored by the well-known A.E. “Beanie” Backus. Both Hair and Backus have been inducted into the Florida’s Artists Hall of Fame. Jimmy’s work reflects his continuing interest in preserving the vision of the pristine Florida he remembers from his youth, and the countryside vista in this mural includes two of his signature motifs - a serene distant horizon and a radiant Poinciana tree. This genre is also location-appropriate, as three generations of the Jenkins family have provided idyllic and design balanced landscapes for over 56 years. Local professional artist Nadia Utto, who has been the Hobe Sound Murals project coordinator since 2009, facilitated this project, assisted by artist Heather Stevens Weese. Hobe Sound Murals is part of Landmark Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to “Creating Community Culture.” Seventeen Hobe Sound murals have been completed thus far, thanks to the significant volunteer efforts of over 40 regional artists. The murals project also began offering informative and fun tours this year. For more information, please contact project coordinator Nadia Utto: 561-762-9202 nadiautto@comcast.net www.landmarkarts.us Landmark Arts, Inc. PO Box 533 Hobe Sound, FL 33475 Contact the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce at 772546-4724 for more information on upcoming scheduled tours.

Women Supporting The Arts

ŠThomas Winter

Treasure Coast Youth Symphony


By Jackie Holfelder

ince 2004, Women Supporting the Arts (WSA) has given 173 grants totaling $229,000 for arts enhancement opportunities for Martin County artists and arts-related programs, scholarships and internships. In 2015 alone, 22 grants totaling $27,470 were presented. WSA is a giving circle comprised of women who come together at monthly luncheon meetings as their schedules permit and meet annually to review grants. Two grant recipients outline how the WSA grant benefitted their organization. Sandy Henry, branch manager of the Lahti Library in Indiantown, shared news about the Cultural Explosion. The event was a huge success, providing access and exposure to a wide variety of quality art performances for community enrichment. More than 200 members of the community shared an afternoon of rich cultural experiences at Post Family Park in Indiantown from 2-4:30 p.m. on May 2. Florida Arts and Dance Company dancers performed, Orisirisi African Folklore played African drums and chanted African folklore and Mariachi Pancho Villa entertained with music from Mexico and other countries. Refreshments were served. Linda Reymore, executive director of Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, reported an equally successful outcome. The financial impact of the WSA grant will be used to supplement the number of scholarships and/or grants provided to member musicians from Martin County. Continued support from WSA has helped the organization grow and accomplish its mission to provide challenging orchestral training and performance opportunities for our young musicians while developing future audiences for classical music. Scholarships totaling nearly $14,000 were awarded at the end of the season to be used by recipients for continued music education in summer camps, private lessons, instrument repairs or purchases, or at the college level for those continuing music in college. The ability of Treasure Coast Youth Symphony to offer substantial scholarship opportunities helps attract the most talented players of the area, resulting in the increasing quality and reputation of the young musicians. The grant is a major factor enhancing that development and growth of the musical arts on the Treasure Coast. For information about WSA, visit: www.martinarts.org/WomenSupportingTheArts

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MartinArtsMagazine celebrates and promotes the Arts Community of Stuart, Florida. This issue features local artist John Stiles, the upcoming...

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MartinArtsMagazine celebrates and promotes the Arts Community of Stuart, Florida. This issue features local artist John Stiles, the upcoming...