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martinartsmagazine The Arts Council of Martin County

Winter | Spring | Summer 2016

Earth to Table

February 19 — April 9

ArtsFest 2016

February 20, 21

Sunset Concerts Second Tuesdays at the CHCC High School Alumni Exhibition June 2016



he Arts are Fundamental to Society.

The Arts are integral to the lives of our citizens. We appreciate them for their intrinsic benefits – their beauty and vision, and how they inspire, soothe, provoke and connect us. They provide bridges between cultures. They embody the accumulated wisdom, intellect, and imagination of humankind. Government and private-sector support are essential to promote full access to and participation in exhibits, performances, arts education, and other cultural events regardless of family income. In the rapidly changing and challenging times in which we live, the arts are salve for the ache. Both military and civilian populations have long relied on the arts for inspiration, to hold up morale, to fight anxiety, and to express our democratic values. Arts leaders are strong partners, especially in tough times. During the Nazi blitz on London, Winston Churchill was asked to close the theatres by his military leaders. His response was, “Good God, man, what the hell are we fighting for?” In Martin County, the arts are alive and offer a wide array of choices for our residents and our visitors. Artists are bringing healing music to the bedsides of Hospice patients, while also providing a live sound track to downtown Stuart every Sunday afternoon. This is a sign of abundance... keep up the good work! Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director

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


Lynne Barletta Tim Kimes Sheila Kurtz Mary Ann Loomis Maria Miele Jacqueline Millstone Elliot Paul


Commissioner Eula Clarke City of Stuart Commissioner Doug Smith Martin County Christia Li Roberts Martin County School Board Charles Gerardi Economic Council of Martin County


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



Court House Cultural Center Exhibitions

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Featuring works from some of the best ceramics artists from across the country. Opening February 19 Continues through April 9

Marvin S Cone High School Juried Art Show April 21 - May 28

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!

Enjoy coffee and conversation with the ACO, the Arts Council and guest conductors. 10:30-11:30 AM Friday, February 12 David Loebel, Guest Conductor Ground Floor Farms 100 SE MLK Blvd., Stuart Friday, March 11 Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor Court House Cultural Center Friday, April 8 David Handel, Guest Conductor Court House Cultural Center

High School Alumni Retrospective

Special Saturday Opening, June 4 Continues through July 7

Art from our Local Art Leagues July 22 – September 9

Gallery Hours:

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

Hometown Celebration of Arts & Culture since 1988! February 20 & 21 | 10 AM – 5 PM East Ocean Boulevard and Memorial Park | $5 General Admission. Fun, food, art, music, literary, culinary and so much more! Email: artsfest@martinarts.org for information

Martin Arts Month brings together a diverse cross-section of arts and culture programs from organizations throughout the county for a month-long celebration of the arts. Showcasing galleries, arts, groups, museums, theatres, concerts, literary events, educational science activities, film, fashion and festivals!

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

EARTH to Table By Ellen Bates

The Art of Functional Ceramics

www.EarthtoTable.Land Noel Bailey | Chandra Debuse | Adam Field | Matthew Hyleck Michael Kline | Justin Lambert | John McCoy | Melissa Mencini Sean O’Connell | Lisa Orr | Yoko Sekino-Bove | Gay Smith


Noel Bailey here is a different sort of art exhibit coming to Stuart. Instead of pictures, you’re likely to see pitchers, or even pictures on pitchers! Two local potters, May Wong and Ellen Bates, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Martin County, and Women Supporting the Arts, have invited twelve master ceramic artists from around the country to show their work at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery February 19th through April 9th, 2016. The idea of the exhibit is to showcase the amazing variety and depth of expression being created by today’s ceramic artists, and to inspire a new awareness of the enrichment handmade pottery can bring to our everyday lives. What does the word ceramic make you think of? Your favorite coffee mug or soup bowl? Your friend’s teapot collection? The baking dish your mother used to serve lasagna? Whatever you thought of, odds are, it was associated with food and friends or family. Maybe you have a more intimate relationship with ceramics than you think. And maybe that is because ceramic objects have been right there with the human race, in our fields and storage houses, in our homes, and on our tables, involved in community and civilization for 20,000 years.

EARTH to Table


Melissa Mencini

Sean O’Connell

ave you ever considered how pottery is made? Most people have some notion that pottery is formed on a potter’s wheel, or by hand, then “painted” and later “baked”, but in fact there are as many and varied processes in making, decorating and firing pottery as there are potters. The Earth to Table exhibit will include looping video of some of the artists at work, each using their unique methods for making raw clay into interesting, useful objects. So there is an element of discovery to the exhibit. You might discover that the artists use different kinds of clay to make their pottery; one of them actually digs and processes his own clay. You might learn that some artists use a potter’s wheel, but they use it in unconventional ways. Maybe you know that potters glaze their work, but you might be surprised to learn that sometimes part of the glazing process is also part of the firing process, or that some artists may fire a pot over and over again with a progression of glazes to reach the final effect. Some artists’ pots are colored and marked by live flame and wood ash traveling through a wood burning kiln so that no two pots will ever be the same. Others make delicate, precise drawings, paintings or carvings, controlling every last detail on their work. The variations are endless. All of the many variables in materials and ways of working will become apparent the moment

EARTH to Table Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00 PM Exhibition continuing through April 9th Court House Cultural Center Galleries 80 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart

Lisa Orr

John McCoy

you step into the gallery. You will get a clear impression of the differences in form, style, color and surface decoration to be seen within the seemingly narrow parameters of “functional ware”. You might be impressed, for example with the way Lisa Orr’s work practically vibrates with color, or with the way Sean O’Connell’s clean, modern designs contrast with his delicious, runny glaze, or with the way Noel Bailey’s organic forms remind us that the clay was once wet and malleable, or with the whimsical humor expressed by Chandra DeBuse’s illustrations. Maybe you’ll notice the strength in Gay Smith’s faceted, soda-fired pots, or the purity and dignity in the forms by John McCoy or Adam Field. You may wonder at the intricacy of imagery on the pots of Yoko Sekino-Bove or Melissa Mencini, or at the depth of interest in Matthew Hyleck’s layers of temperamental shino glazes. You’ll also see modern interpretations of some of the world’s oldest methods in the wood-fired work of Justin Lambert and Michael Kline. These are the kinds of ceramics that enhance a meal, a home, a life.These are the kinds of pots that you wash by hand, not because they can’t go in the dishwasher, but because the backside is just as beautiful as the front side. These are the pots you want on your table every day because every time you look at them, they reveal something new. They make your meal better. They inspire conversation. They feel like they were made for your hand because they were made by another human hand. They actually connect you to the artist that made them.

ArtsFest 2016

A Hometown Celebration of arts and culture since 1988! Fine Art Live Music Stuart “Chopped” Competition Green Market Free Kids Activities $5 Admission Children, 12 & Under Free


eeping ArtsFest alive since 1988 means that we spend time planning and scheming to introduce new and creative ideas into this long running community-loved event! Our new literary village and the expanded Chopped competition are both results of taking one good event, and its core elements – the fine artists and crafters, the music, the kids zone – and seeking complementary ideas that make those even better! We hope you join us to experience all ArtsFest has to offer in 2016! Chopped

VIP Experience The Arts Council of Martin County along with The Terrio Group, and the Coast 101.3 will be hosting the VIP Lounge at ArtsFest 2016. VIP Lounge guests will experience an array of special activities, food and drinks. Master Mixologist will be pouring the Perfect Artini, and guests will also enjoy Craft Beer Tastings, Wine Tastings, Catered Lunch, Live Entertainment, Premier Seating for the Stuart Chopped Competition as well as live art demonstrations. Each guest will leave with a swag bag of gifts from our sponsors. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today!

Stuart Chopped is returning to ArtsFest and we are Braising the Steaks! Much like the popular TV Show Chopped, our local chef ’s will compete on stage and will prepare a gourmet meal from a mystery box of ingredients. Last year’s winner Eric Grutka from Ian’s Tropical Grill will be one of our celebrity judges. Which of your favorite chefs will take home the trophy and who will be CHOPPED? Find out at ARTSFEST!!

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Literary Village The Literary Village is a new and exciting addition to ArtsFest. The Literary Village will feature local independent authors showcasing their literary works in a coffee shop style village within ArtsFest. Patrons will enjoy readings of short stories and poems, actors performing short scenes from both Shakespeare and contemporary pieces. Participants from the first annual literary arts writing contest will have the opportunity to read their submissions and the winners will have their works published in the MartinArtsMagazine. The Arts Council of Martin County will be giving away free children’s books to the first 50 children to visit the Literary Village each day. Meet these authors during ArtsFest – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and even an adult coloring book: David Mallegol, Fred Lichtenberg, Cher Foth, Sharon Menear, Rod Burns, Eugene Hull, Peter Haase, William Whitten, Mary Dawson, Theresa Orecchia, Kristen Beck, Maritza Mejia & Janet Balletta.

PLAY ME! Screams the PIANO! Returning for an encore is the crowd participation piano experience. The PLAY ME piano will be located under the big banyan tree. Come to the event ready to share your piano playing skills with anyone who is nearby... it’s fun, so plan to be a part of it!

FREE – yes – FREE kids activities Community groups such as Visionary School of Art, Duck in the Truck Puppets, and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra will all be offering hands-on fun activities, for kids (of any age!). Kids under 12 also get in free, so bring the whole family!

ArtsFest 2016 Meet our Featured Artist: Lisa P. Young

Get the entire Entertainment Line Up from our website! Some of the Musical Entertainment

About being the Featured Artist:

Keith Bass and the Florida Blue Grass Express “I am so excited to be chosen as this year’s ArtsFest featured artist. What an honor to join in the proud tradition of representing this wonderful community celebration of the arts. This will be my ninth year as an exhibiting artist in one of my favorite art shows. The 2007 ArtsFest was the very first show I ever exhibited my art and not only that, I won an award for Best in the Category: Painting. So for me it’s a chance to show off my art in my own hometown. It’s exciting to think that ten years ago I was a corporate suit and now I am living my dream, working as an artist. What a crazy ride it has been. Having been involved in the Arts Council for the last eight years it also comes as a bittersweet honor as this will be my last year on the Arts Council Board of Directors. I am proud of the work everyone does to make sure we put on the best ArtsFest for our community. I can think of no better honor to cap off my service to this worthy organization. I am very proud to see how this charming festival has evolved into a vibrant showcase of our local arts and cultural heritage. Our ArtsFest Patrons are certainly in for a fun and lively weekend.”

Old Hippies

To see some of Lisa’s creative works before ArtsFest or to contact her directly: 772.486.1431, lisapyoung@bellsouth.net www.lisapyoung.com

The ArtsFest featured artist this year represents all that is fun with South Florida, tropical life and the power of friends. The fabulous flamingos know how to have fun, enjoy a good party and relax in the good life we have here in Stuart. Selected merchandise will feature these fabulous flamingos, so plan to take some home with you!

The Arts Mean Business


he Arts Council of Martin County Joins AEP5 to measure the economic impact of Martin County’s arts community.

the average attendee spends $15.29 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. “Volunteers will be asking for participation in this study, so I ask you in advance to be open to participation,” noted Nancy Turrell, Executive Director. “The data collection element is important to our final results and the determination of impact. The results will support our case with legislators and other community leaders about the vitally important The research study is being conducted by Americans role the arts play in our community’s economy.” According to Americans for the Arts’ most for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry study over the past 20 years to measure the impact generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs residents, and revenue generated to local and state during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, governments. The Council last participated in the state, and local government revenues. The $135.2 AEP III (2008), so that will become the benchmark billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and for the results from $74.1 billion in eventAEP5. related spending by As one of nearly their audiences on 300 study partners items such as meals, across all 50 states local transportation plus the District of and overnight lodging. Columbia, the Arts “Our Arts & Economic Council will collect Prosperity series detailed financial demonstrates that the data about our local arts are an economic nonprofit arts and and employment culture organizations powerhouse both covering an array of locally and across the disciplines such as nation,” said Robert L. theater and dance companies, museums and galleries, concerts, Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. orchestras, lectures, and literary. In the results “Leaders who care about community and economic released in 2008, the direct economic activity of vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in Martin County’s nonprofit arts organizations was the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.” $16.5 million. Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic All across South Florida, and the Treasure Coast our counterparts will be collecting the same information Prosperity 5 study is supported by the Ruth Lilly from their audiences and organizations. One aspect Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, of the study is to collect surveys from attendees at Americans for the arts’ local and statewide study arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire partners are contributing both time and a costthat asks how much money they spent on items sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of such as meals, parking and transportation, and the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study retail shopping specifically as a result of attending partners, visit: the event. Our previous studies have showed that www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners. .

Cultural Conversations The Cultural Conversations series represents our efforts to tie together our many efforts to engage the community in all things artistic. Through Cultural Conversations, we intend to provide interesting dialogue designed around P.L.A.C.E. (people, land, arts, culture and engagement).

Peter Lawson-Johnston

Peter Cummings

Lucy Keshavarz

January 29, 2016 | 5:30 PM | Jupiter Island Town Hall INSPIRED BY... PETER LAWSON-JOHNSTON March 30, 2016 | 7:00 PM | Court House Cultural Center INSPIRED BY... PETER D. CUMMINGS April 23, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Court House Cultural Center CONVERSATION WITH LUCY KESHAVARZ—ECO ARTIST Reserve your seats today. TICKETS: $15/person. Members free. (Individual members, eligible for 1 free ticket; family members and above (including small business), eligible for 2 free tickets). Reservations are required due to space limitations. Reserve and purchase tickets online via martinarts.org. To reserve your members you may also call the office, 772-287-6676 ext 4 or email nturrell@martinarts.org. Seats are limited. About Inspired By... is a window into the world of passion and creativity. It is a very special and intimate conversation with some of Martin County’s finest artists, performers, and patrons. Modeled on successful television programs such as “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “Spectacle with Elvis Costello.” Inspired By... features 30 minutes of direct interview and performance (if applicable) with the evening’s featured artist with time for networking and audience questions and answers. Light refreshments are offered.


coffee with the Conductor

In Partnership with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra FREE. Fridays from 10:30 –11:30 AM at the Court House Cultural Center. Reservations requested. February 12, 2016 (at Ground Floor Farm) March 8, 2016, April 8, 2016


A BIG Thank You to our the Master of Ceremonies, Bryan Garner, and the many committee members and volunteers who helped make this event a huge success! Lifetime Achievement Award


Mitch Kloorfain


n October 20th, 2015, The Arts Council of Martin County along with our sponsor The Terrio Group presented the 2015 mARTies Awards. Guests fell in Love with the Arts as they were dazzled by numerous performances by the student nominees for performing artists, a short theatrical performance by the Barn Theatre and a special finale by the Tri-County Master Chorale Ensemble. Event Co-Chairs Debbie Owens and Elliot Paul, along with Executive Director Nancy K. Turrell, presented the awards throughout the evening with assistance from emcee Bryan Garner.

Mitch Kloorfain

Falling in Love...the mARTies!

Jane Miller

Excellence in Arts Education John Stiles

Arts Leadership Tom Servinksy Wilmington Trust

Special Recognition City of Stuart’s Waterbirds Project


Mitch Kloorfain

Corporate Leadership

Mitch Kloorfain



1. Ron Leach volunteering to sell balloons. Just about everyone got one! 2. Student Nominees, Allison Fischer and Luciana Izzolo having fun! 3. Sponsor, Mike Terrio with Sanders Award recipient, Connor Hadel 4. 2015 Recipients: Connor Hadel, Ryan Cox, Al Hager, Tom Servinsky, Shelby Baille, John Stiles, Jane Miller, Dan Mackin and Ethel Christin 5. Jane Miller as she accepts the Lifetime Achievement

Performing Artist Al Hager

Visual Artist Dan Mackin

Volunteer in the Arts Ethel Christin


Mitch Kloorfain

Student Performing Artist Ryan Cox

Student Visual Artist Shelby Baillie

The Sanders Award Connor Hadel

High School Juried Art Show Alumni group, as it’s been called, that would gather all the art groups, whether visual art, music, drama, etc., into an organization with a common purpose and goal; to represent and promote the arts in Martin County. After some board member changes and constitution changes, The Arts Foundation became The Arts Council of Martin County. One of our board members at the time was art collector, gallery owner and philanthropist, Marvin S. Cone. In 1987, he suggested that instead of honoring only two of Martin County’s finest art students through scholarships, that we should create a student art exhibit that would honor many from each school. Seven noncategory and two purchase awards were given out that first year. Current day world renowned children’s book illustrator and author, Tony DiTerlizzi from South Fork High School was the first place award winner that initial year. MAM: What was your role in this commitment to Arts Education and the high school artists? TP: Probably my most important contribution was the initiation of the Martin County High School Art Scholarship, given to the most outstanding art student for the year at the local high school. A few years later began South Fork High School and we started a second scholarship. Later, the focused turned to the exhibition and associated awards. MAM: And what is your role now?

Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (left) and his high school art teacher, Tom Prestopnik.

TP: I serve as a volunteer on the CHCC Gallery Committee and chair the high school show each year. It is a labor of love.

A short interview with Tom Prestopnik, former Board Member and art teacher. Tom is pictured above with his former student, Tony DiTerlizzi during a visit to SFHS in May 2015 where Tony mentored students during Cultural Conversations.

Honoring Alumni of the High School Show A Legacy of Inspiration and Creativity

MAM: Tom, how did we get here? That is, how did it come to pass that the Arts Council hosts an annual exhibition for its best and brightest high school artists. TP: In the year of 1980 a group of Martin County artists got together and decided it was time that the county joined the 20th century. There were many assorted art groups in the county, but each was doing its own thing. We thought that there should be one group, an umbrella

The Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show turns 30 this year! With this landmark event, we are throwing a thirty year anniversary party in the form of an exhibition featuring alumni from past shows that will open with a reunion party on Saturday, June 4. Students who participated in the show are asked to apply to be invited to be in the alumni show and can represent all forms of creativity pursued post-high school graduation. Students can contact Jennifer Hearn, Progams Manager, at 772-287-6676 ext 6 or via email: jhearn@martinarts.org.

High School Juried Art Show Alumni THOMAS GOEBEL JBHS ALUMNUS

Since the Marvin S. Cone Show, I have realized my potential as a fine art landscape photographer. I was recently named the winner of the Scenic Landscape category in the Wilderness Forever Competition. My photographs are currently exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. I am a Junior at the Florida State University where I am studying entrepreneurship and finance. After college I plan to use these skills I have learned to open my own fine art photography galleries across America.



SFHS ALUMNA Participating in the high school exhibits was always my favorite thing to do! It was so exciting to see your work hanging for everyone to see. It was the first gallery setting art show I had ever done and I’ve been doing them all over the place ever since.



Being in the arts in high school is part of the reason I am doing what I do today. Everything I learned within the walls of Tom Wetzl’s photography classroom and Tami Conrad’s art class helped me with every other future art endeavor. Photography was my medium of choice and it really became my first love in high school. I wanted to look at photographs and make photographs and explore every aspect of the medium. When it came time to pick a college the University of North Florida had a program that still allowed me to explore all of what photography has to offer. I just graduated in December with my BFA in photography and completed a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. I don’t think any of that would have happened had I not had the exposure to the arts that I had during my time at South Fork.


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Start your ArtsFest weekend off right‌ at GROUND FLOOR FARM February 19 Doors open at 7 PM Tickets $5 www.groundfloor-farm.com


The Arts Council of Martin County is a part of the Forever Arts & Culture Endowment Challenge! We will be one of ten arts and cultural organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to establish a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation will invest $250,000 into this initiative, up to $25,000 per organization. Stay tuned for how you can help!!!

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Save the Date! Tuesday May 3, 2016 Midnight to Midnight Participate in the

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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 Community Foundation of Palm Beach & Martin County Ms. Janie Copes Crary Buchanan, PA David S. Millstone Arts Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Vicki Davis Mr. & Mrs. Dan Deighan Mr. & Mrs. Mark Duvall Electrical Connections Ms. Arlene Emerson Eventmakers E.W. Consultants, Inc. Mrs. Samia Ferraro Mr. & Mrs. M. Lanning Fox Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Waters, Robison and McCluskey, LLP FPL Ms. Cheryl French The Galen Guberman Living Trust Mrs. Julie Gibson Ms. Marjorie Gildor Goldstein Schmitt & Associates Mr. Henry (Hank) Gonzalez Ms. Andrea Gregory-Pooley Ms. Jacklyn Holfelder Ms. Sharol Holt 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 County Opus Booster Club 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. Nisha Pulliam 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. Carmen Sherbert 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




So much fun, so little time...

Event host, Jacqueline Millstone created a Latin vibe during the Havana Nights fundraising event. A sold out crowd was entertained by the Latin Swing Quartet with Luis Rosa and by Baila con Pasion with dancers, Cassandra de Mercedes, Pedro Mercedes, and Alberto Vega. The menu stayed close to our Cuban theme and was enjoyed by all! From the volume of phone calls, emails and Facebook posts, it’s clear that a good time was had by all. “Just wanted to say that we had a wonderful time at Havana Nights. Entertainment was an added surprise and the band and dancers were fabulous. Food was delicious and I usually don’t care for that type of food. Thanks so much for putting together such an enjoyable event. Hopefully there will be another one similarly next year.” --- Linda Schoppmeyer


4 Havana Nights

1.Latin Swing Quartet with Luis Rosa 2. Charles & Judy Coffman with Tom Prestopnik 3. Paul & Robin Nunley, Lars & Karen Janson, Craig & Patricia Chindemi 4. Guests enjoying a chance to dance

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Catch the Wave Catching the Wave to Singapore! By Lynne Barletta

There has always been a very special place in my heart for trafficked children, and I was thrilled to be contacted by The Catch the Wave committee from Singapore in September to participate in a twelve day art event with world class mural artist Hilton Alves, to raise funds for a wonderful home for sexually abused young girls called Dayspring. They asked me to paint an anamorphic “Trick Eye� wave, that could be used for fundraising. People would have their pictures taken inside the wave and it would look as though they were actually surfing. I excitedly agreed to the commission, and began work immediately. Knowing that the camera would see the wave differently then the human eye, I painted as I studied anamorphic art. Museums of Trick Eye art can be found in the Far East, but it is just beginning to catch on in America, mostly in sidewalk art. I digitally sent the completed large image that contained the surfboard to Singapore to be reproduced. I hopped on a plane and followed in classic sardine style for 30 long hours in the air. The next morning the adventure began. I met 18-year-old Beverly who had spent time in Dayspring and now lives with my brother and his wife. She became my roommate, and since she loves art I took her under my wing for the week. She shared her story with me as I wept and understood why my family decided to love her back to healing. She speaks eight languages and is a talented writer and painter. She helped me teach over 60 children from different nations and we painted a wall full of eastern fish a block long with children ages 4 to 12. There was a gala dinner and I sketched dignitaries as well as the girls from Dayspring. I also conducted a leadership / art seminar for business leaders and painted live and sold out of all my art. I went to help change lives with the vehicle of art. However, Beverly changed my life and I will never be the same. I have been invited back this summer and look forward to expanding the arts in Singapore in many ways as well as personally working with the girls at Dayspring. Catch the wave with me again, and donate for this outreach: visionarycentersinternational.org Lynne Barletta Founder and Director Visionary School of Arts

Art for Autism Art for Autism Close to Rachel Maunus’ Heart By Jackie Holfelder

Examples of student artwork.


achel Maunus, a 15-year-old sophomore at Martin County High School, had her first experience working with children with autism at TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer – a U.S. Youth Soccer community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities that is organized by youth soccer volunteers. But she found herself wondering if there wasn’t something more creative the youngsters could be doing. Rachel attended a fundraiser for Treasure Coast Autism Project and met people who encouraged her to initiate the “Art for Autism” program she had been considering, which blends her passion for art and her compassion for special needs individuals.  Rachel now holds classes on Wednesdays from 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at LadyBug Studio, which is located at 637 S.E. Central Parkway in Stuart. Classes last for a four-week cycle, but the students are encouraged to return for multiple cycles if they wish. There are only four children to a class, and she maintains a two-to-one student to teacher ratio. Such subjects as crayon resistance paintings, name bracelets, symmetry painting and melted crayon art are part of the curriculum. Students range in age from 10-18 and sessions are 30-minutes long, which Rachel says is the recommended time frame for children with autism to spend on a project. The young philanthropist says there’s not an “aha” moment when she knows she’s made a connection with a student, but she can see it in such ways as their growing comfort level with each other as the weeks in class progress. Rachel says one of her goals is, when a class cycle has ended, each child has made three new friends. Classes are free, but she requests a donation to cover materials whenever possible. And although her future career plans are unclear right now, Rachel says she could definitely consider doing something similar to Art for Autism in the future. She’s having a great time, learning as much from her young students as they are from her.

Rachel works with Andrew, one of her students.

Art for Autism student Erika proudly shows her work

To learn more about Art for Autism, visit www.artforautism.net or email her at rachelmaunus@gmail.com. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Sunset Concerts Debut at the Gallery

In its inaugural season, Sunset Concerts is welcoming guests to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery during the monthly concert. The concerts have been varied so far, and the best is yet to come! The groups represent local talent, young and old, beginners and experts. It’s been a beautiful tapestry woven together by the volunteer director of the concerts, Marie Jureit Beamish. Each evening includes a music program of 35-45 minutes, followed by light refreshments.

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

Free & Open to the Public Concerts begin at 5:30 PM

Indiantown:Rich in History & Tradition By Jackie Holfelder


lthough it’s just a short drive from Stuart, many residents have never enjoyed the unique flavor and culture of Indiantown. Its history demonstrates what a difference a little more than 100 years can make. Indiantown was originally established by the Seminole people as a trading post and was settled by white American migrants in the 1890s. In 1924, it was transformed when S. Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida to West Palm Beach, passing directly through—and stopping in—Indiantown. Warfield planned to make Indiantown the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line. He planned a model city, laying out streets and building a school, housing and a railroad station. He built the Seminole Inn, now on the National Register of Historic Places From 1900 until the late 1950s, the Jupiter Indiantown Road connected the two communities. When it was cut in 1899, Dade County governed the area. Joe and Dessie Bowers, two brothers who lived In Indiantown during that time, developed citrus groves and ran a trading post exchanging goods for hides with the Seminoles. Transporting goods on the 16-mile road took two days by oxcart. In order to cross the St. Lucie Canal, which intersected the road near the Indiantown end, people used a hand-winched ferry during the years 1916-1927, when a one-lane turning bridge was finally built. Homesteads, cattle ranches, and the Davis and Jenkins sawmill dotted the thoroughfare, which was also known as the Jupiter Grade Road, the Jupiter Okeechobee Road and the Central Dixie Highway. In 1936, it became State Road 29 and by the late 1950s nearby paved highways replaced the historic dirt road. In 1993, the road was declared a Scenic By-Way by Martin and Palm Beach Counties. Today, Indiantown remains a rural area, nestled among acres of citrus groves, cane fields, vegetable farms, ranches and nurseries. Migrants and immigrant farm workers live and work there as a refuge from economic hardships in their own homelands, which include Mexico, Guatemala,

Haiti and Puerto Rico. No story about Indiantown would be complete without a discussion of the Seminole Inn. In a building surrounded by bountiful flowers, the elegant lobby resembles a drawing room in a grand Southern home. The inn is noted for delicious food, not the least of which is its famous fried green tomatoes and Sunday brunch. Many vegetables served at the Inn are grown in their garden without pesticides and the owners are firmly committed to the farm to table movement, and now host a series of educational programs. The owners arrange excursions to their farm, High Horse Ranch, for guests to experience Florida as it can be, cultivated with intelligent farming practices that don’t deplete the land. They maintain a herd of Florida Cattle, descended from those brought to America by the Spanish in the 15th Century. The surrounding land is an ideal place to hike, fish, ride a horse or tour in a swamp buggy. The nearby 46,000acre DuPuis Reserve State Forest has a 15-mile walk that meanders through pine flatwoods, ponds, and cypress domes, wet prairies, and cabbage palm hammocks. Bald eagles nest here, as do herons, wood storks, egrets, and white ibis. The agricultural industry has a longstanding history in Indiantown since the early 1930’s. Farming, citrus and cattle date back to the 1960’s, when the first citrus processing plant was built. At that time, Indiantown was home to the largest lemon grove in the world, and provided the first major lemon planting in the eastern United States. Today, Indiantown remains a major provider of agricultural products and diverse agribusiness interests, with more than 77,000 acres of classified agricultural land. A newer attraction is The Barley Barber Swamp, once a vast Bald Cypress forest and waterway in the greater Everglades watershed. It’s a 450-acre parcel of land surrounded by FPL’s Martin County power plant. The swamp is located just over a mile east of Lake Okeechobee and due west of Indiantown. The old-growth cypress swamp is named after Barley Barber, a man who lived in the area at the turn of the 20th century. Little is known of the man Barley Barber except that he left the region after he had “trouble with the law.” By now, we hope you’ve decided a trip to Indiantown warrants that short drive across route 76. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••



Art Alfresco 1. Carol Kepp 3. Nancy Steinberg 4. Brenda Leigh 5.Alexandra Evans 6. Amber Moran Thanks to our wonderful and generous hosts, Carolyn Gordon of Art Gumbo, Diane Conception of Port Salerno Mosaic Studio and the Fish House Art Center!

Thomas Winter


Nicole West


Nicole West

Nicole West


Thomas Winter


Nicole West

Art Alfresco

Encore Society

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

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: Dan & Maureen Deighan 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.

WSA Grants Women Supporting the Arts Announce 2016 Grant Recipients Members of Women Supporting the Arts selected 19 grant awards for funding, totaling $28,000, including an allocations to a special fund that will grow over the next few years to allow the members to participate in another public art project. The strength of Women Supporting the Arts is growing, as it enters its second decade of granting funds to arts programs and artists who are enhancing the cultural life of our community. Born as a dream to bring new sources of funding to the arts community, WSA is making a difference in the cultural landscape of Martin County.

2016 Grants & Scholarships: Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Spring Sectionals - Inspiring Young Musicians Artists for a Cause - A4AC School Clubs Arts Council - High School, 30 Years - Celebrating High School Artists Arts Council - Professional Development Workshop Bach’s Children Music School - Scholarships Building Bridges - Clay Art Project during After School Programming Duck in the Truck, Puppets in the Park - Puppet making workshop for ArtsFest 2016 Kiwanis Club of Stuart - Kiwanis Barrier Free Learning Experience Lyric Theatre - Discovery Series for Young Audiences Martin County Friends of the Library - Lahti Library Cultural Explosion Music Ala Carte - Scholarships for online guitar lessons Jackie Robbins - Healing Power of Music TC Classical Guitar Society - Guitar Foundation of America’s 2016 International Competition Winner’s Concert TC Community Singers - Instrumental Support for “This is My Country” TC Music Teachers Association - Dr. Roberta Rust, Concert Pianist, Master Class & Concert TC Youth Symphony - Merit Scholarships/Grants for Music Programs Tykes & Teens - Children’s Mental Health Awareness Art Contest Visionary School of Arts - Scholarships with Shows Janet “Sunny” Walker - for a book “Rescued Animals of Martin County”

WSA Grants Spring Reception 2015

2015 Grant Recipients

2015 WSA Members


omen Supporting the Arts’ mission is to build a community of women philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County. Members contribute $1000 which is combined together to make up the grant pool available for grants annually. Gifts can be made using a credit card, check, or appreciated securities. Women Supporting the Arts is affiliated with the Arts Foundation of Martin County, a 501(c)3 organization, and offers grants to support arts enhancement opportunities for Martin County artists and arts-related projects, programs, scholarships and internships. For more information about the Foundation or WSA, visit www.martinarts.org or contact Nancy Turrell, 772.287.6676 ext 4.

Congratulations! Jane Davis Doggett was selected by the Florida Council on Arts & Culture to be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Nominated by the Arts Council of Martin County, Ms. Doggett will share the honor with Romero Britto, Miami. Ms. Doggett is known internationally for her pioneering work in modern airport design as well as her continuing work as a fine artist to this very day. Letters of support from Ms. Doggett’s nomination were received from Senator Joe Negron, John Payson, Jock Reynolds, Director of Yale University Art Galleries, Jenny Esler, Peter LawsonJohnston, and others from across her notable creative career.

Jane Davis Doggett

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MartinArtsMagazine celebrates the rich and diverse arts community of Stuart, Florida and the surrounding county. Featured in this edition, a...

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MartinArtsMagazine celebrates the rich and diverse arts community of Stuart, Florida and the surrounding county. Featured in this edition, a...