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October/November 2015

COMPLIMENTARY

Brave, Bold, Beautiful

Women in Arts Culture

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Chiara Saldivar

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Fall Fashion

Folklorica

Through Breast Cancer

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Holiday Gifts With Artistic Flair

Best Bites Gets Royal

Thanksgiving Dinner It’s Greek to Me

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Tallahassee Woman Magazine | October/November 2015 | The Arts & Culture Issue

Contents

8 Our Thoughts Got Art?

10 Girl Talk

Best New Music Apps | Seeing Beyond the Image | Fall 2015 Makeup Trends | Fall Fashion Flare | Unexpected Benefits of Tea | To Refrigerate or Not | Trending Now: Art Districts | Faves & Raves Holiday Gift Guide

22 Style and Grace Fall Fashion Folklorica

28 Healthy Living Courage in the Valley

30 Sports & Fitness

Ballet—It’s More Than Performance Art

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32 My Time

Five for Fall: Can’t Miss Reads

40 Special Feature Women in Arts & Culture: Local Artists Kira Derryberry, Markeshia L. Gorden and Terra Palmer

47 Real Life

Putting the Functional Back In Family (Dys)Functions

48 WWMB COMMUNITY

Women to watch in business and in arts and culture, and highlighting women with milestones to celebrate. Also showcasing “New Girl,” women who have recently moved to Tallahassee and are active in the business community.

52 Business and Career The Art of Business Speak

54 Money Talks

An Online Guide to Buying and Selling Art

74 Home and Garden An Artist’s Retreat

78 The Dish

A Big Fat Greek Dinner

82 Best Bites

A Royal Experience at Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine & Spirits

85 Funny Girl

HELP! My Printer Has a Poltergeist!

56 Community Snapshot

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Reaching Women Veterans to Build the Business Community | Tallahassee Women’s Newcomers Club | What Women Should Know: A Special Sponsor Section | Women We Admire: Pattie Maney—Painting for a Purpose | Haute Happenings | Around Town

On the Cover

Page 34 Chiara Saldivar: Brave Is the New Beautiful

By Heather Thomas

About the Cover Woman: Photography by AJ Abellera | Styling by Terra Palmer & Calynne Hill | Hair by Ivey Whiddon of Studio 5 Salon | Makeup by Laura Henry of Laura J. Artistry | Clothing provided by Narcissus 4  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015


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Amanda Wallace is a freelance writer who has lived in Tallahassee for most of her life. She received her degree in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. In addition to magazine articles, Amanda writes fiction and is currently working on a screenplay as well as a book.

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Photographers AJ Abellera is the owner of AJ Studios Photography. He is a member Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild; the Florida Professional Photographers, Inc. (FPP); and the Professional Photographers of America. In 2015, AJ receive the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDPE Florida Master Photographer) offered by FPP. View more of his work at ajstudiosphotography.zenfolio.com. Erin Pierson of E. Mika Photography was born and raised in Kansas, and graduated with a bachelor degree in fine arts. Since moving to Tallahassee in 2012 with her husband, she has fallen in love with the people here and delights in the gift of being able to document their special memories.

Romina Rivadeneira earned a bachelor degree in fine arts photography from Savannah College (Art & Design) and moved to Paris, France, to pursue fashion photography. She also studied commercial photography in Atlanta, Georgia, and then started her business, I Shot the Bride, in Miami Florida. In 2015, Romina and her family moved to Tallahassee, where she continues her photography work with families, brides, children and client work throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Correction: In the August/September 2015 issue (page 44) Brittany Williams was incorrectly noted as Brittany Wilson. We apologize for this error.


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OURTHOUGHTS

Got Art? “Earth” without “art” is just “eh.” —Author Unknown

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hen I first stumbled upon this quote about earth without art I laughed, but quickly realized there is so much truth to this statement. Art is everywhere around us, whether we recognize it as such or not. And that is the beauty of art in itself—every individual’s interpretation is unique…just like each one of us.

Personally, I think we are all born with artistic abilities. I realized this quite a few years ago when my son was a baby and discovered an unattended marker—just my luck, a permanent Sharpie marker. No one had to tell him how to use it—he instinctively knew. And so I came upon his “masterpieces.” His canvas did not have to be paper, which was demonstrated by his work of art on our living room wall and his own body art. As horrified as I was at the sight of my young Van Gogh, I soon turned into the typical parental marshmallow, seeing only the adorable aspect of this moment (only an adoring parent could embrace.) His “art” created a wonderful memory for me that will last forever—it changed my soul, and that is what art, in any medium —words, paint, sculpture, music—is supposed to do. Art can affect you in different ways that aren’t always pleasant, but gets you thinking nonetheless. Lately in Tallahassee, you may have heard the term “The Arts Live Here” (TALH), coined by a gifted artist and last year’s October-November 2014 cover woman, Audra Pittman, who is the Executive Director of the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA). This statement could not be any truer than it is at this moment in our city’s evolution. The Tallahassee landscape is energized with art, and one of the latest artistic ventures is being created by our current cover woman, Chiara Saldivar. Chiara was influential in the enduring impact of urban art through her involvement with Wynwood Walls, the epicenter of the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida. Through her Street Art Tallahassee movement, Chiara is helping to beautify and unite our community by turning walls into memorable works of art. Along with Chiara, we have several other gifted women from the arts and culture realm that you will read about in this issue. As our community flourishes with the beauty of its evolving cultural offerings, we will give thanks that we live in a city that embraces beauty in all forms of art, on its myriad of canvases, leaving legacies to empower and inspire. Until next time.

Kim Rosier Publisher

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Art districts such as Railroad Square Art Park have continued to grow and thrive since the 1970s when the park began replacing industrial tenants with regional artists in an effort to create a haven where artists could inexpensively house their studios and galleries. Since 2000, Railroad Square has hosted the First Gallery Hop every first Friday of the month, where those who call Tallahassee home gather to view galleries, enjoy entertainment, eat locally and talk to artists. But Tallahassee’s love for art extends past the Railroad Square area, and with the help of Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI), other developing Tallahassee districts are about to become a lot more colorful. KCCI has created a 14-member team, known as Encompass Tallahassee, to support the city of Tallahassee in improving

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For fall, the Folkloric fashion trend emerges with bohemian glamour, entwining history with modern fashion. The folk wear, traditional type of clothing that was used during the 19th century has changed to a more eccentric, over-the-top, laid back feel, in the 21st century—a modern twist to the gypsy look.

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S ty l e & G R A C E

“Fashion

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Folkloric fashion can either be contemporary with clean lines or traditional motifs and embroideries with modern silhouettes. Rich tapestry fabrics, embroidery, patchwork, appliqué, furs, fringe, sheer blouses, rich colors and bead work all combine into an artful mosaic. Patterns are ethnic and colors are warm neutrals, honey tones, blues and red-casted browns. These colors mixed with tapestry fabrics create the cohesiveness that is the heart of the Folkloric look.

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H e a l thy L i v i ng

Courage in the Valley

The inspiring story of Barbara Linton’s journey through breast cancer. By Amanda Wallace

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arbara Linton was a healthy woman with no previous medical issues to speak of when she walked into her doctor’s office at 46 years old for her annual checkup. She had no reason to think that anything would be wrong with her; she had always been healthy and had only been in the hospital when she welcomed her two sons into the world. There was no reason to fear this appointment, and like many people, she just wanted to get the annoyances associated with her yearly physical out of the way and off of her mind for another calendar year. With that mind-set, the phone call she received shortly after her routine mammogram came as a deep blow but also, as it turned out, the answer to a deep prayer. Just weeks before she visited the doctor, Barbara had said a prayer. “I prayed one day and asked God to do a work in my life. Whatever he wanted, I was available to Him.” Great transformations of personal character and spirit are mighty things and come from unlikely sources. For Barbara, a completely unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer was the unlikely source that changed her life in many ways. Barbara had always been a shy and quiet person. Working in an administrative support role for more than 20 years, she was comfortable with letting others take the lead. “Anybody in Tallahassee that has known me for any length of time knows that even coming through school, I was very private and shy. I never wanted to be in the spotlight or the one leading.” Barbara speaks of the person she was before being transformed through her journey with cancer, but that isn’t the person she is now. Barbara says that “as the doctors were working on me physically, God was working on me spiritually, changing me into a new vessel for His honor and His glory.” 28  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015

By making the choice to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, as well as accepting the daily physical struggle from chemotherapy, Barbara discovered that she was not only healing her body but finding a way to grow closer to God. Every day as she sat in the chemotherapy room for her treatments, she was positive and upbeat, feeling that her life was not over, that there was still purpose and hope. The other people around her were drawn to that, feeling the optimism radiate from her. “It didn’t matter what kind of cancer we had; the only difference between us was the hope within. They saw a difference, and they wanted it. They wanted to know and they wanted that hope in their lives because they needed it.” The comfort and peace that Barbara was able to bring to the other patients spurred something in her. She was giving them the gift of hope and salvation beyond their cancer treatments, and in time, she could feel God working through her battle with cancer to touch and inspire others. During her journey, she wrote a book called Living With Cancer, a wonderful testimony that takes the reader through some of the stages of living with a cancer diagnosis and brings hope through Biblical scripture. Today, Barbara is the founder and president of Courage Through Cancer Ministries, a nonprofit Christian organization that supports men and women battling cancer, both locally and throughout the United States, and she still holds a vision to minister to children as well. The ministry touches people’s lives in many ways—from the hats, lotions and care packages it delivers to the patients during cancer treatment to the toll-free line, 1-855-6COURAGE, that provides support and prayer to those in need. The ministry also features The Night of Hope, a night of uplifting music to support and encourage those combatting the disease. The ministry is excited to continue growing through opportunities such as its second annual Benefit Dinner, which will be held October 30, 2015, at the Golden Eagle Country Club and will feature a silent auction—a great way for the community to get involved and support an incredible cause. Seven years later, Barbara is excited to tell her cancer story to people who need someone who understands them. While she takes her role with a humble heart and still struggles with the spotlight, she is reaching others and proud of the person God transformed her into as she walked through the valley of cancer and came out on the other side. For more information about Courage Through Cancer Ministries, visit fearnotctc.com. Amanda Wallace is a freelance writer who has lived in Tallahassee most of her life. She can be contacted at amandawallacefreelance@gmail.com.


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S p orts & F i tness

Ballet...It’s More Than performance art By Heather Thomas | Photography by Romina Rivadeneira

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inew and strength are rooted like a tree, into the point of the toes, and its branches become the uplifting of arms towards the sun-like lights on the stage. There’s a frozen moment of bodily beauty, as if the world is holding its breath until the next pirouette begins. Christine Leoni knows well the feeling of suspended animation, as her dance life paused for the last 25 years while she focused on being a wife and mother to her two sons. Until recently, she had put her ballet shoes away, but in December, she will be playing the Mother in World Ballet’s Nutcracker performance. She credits Henry Hernandez, Director of World Ballet, as the person who gave her the opportunity to “go back to doing something that I’ve always loved, and that my children can see me work hard at something that I’m proud of—I’m not just a mom. I feel like Henry helped give me my identity back.”

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“It’s exciting to be a part of the evolution of Tallahassee’s arts and culture experience...” Originally from Venezuela, Hernandez started his international career as Soloist in Belgium, where he toured all Europe and Asia, and continued his career with the Orlando Ballet where he obtained a principal dancer position. Hernandez brings more than just a high-level of training with the syllabus based on the Vaganova method (Russian ballet) of instruction; he also brings a desire to promote and illustrate ballet as a multicultural experience for both dancers and the audience. Although ballet is an artistic endeavor, it requires tremendous physical skill. He says, “I want to prepare students for the ballet world and to give dancers a solid foundation of instruction, but at the same time expose them to the highest platform of dance to help them evolve.” While the World Ballet endeavors to reflect different cultures, there is a significant demand for its dancers on an international level. This has a lot to do with the dancers being able to meet the high standards set by the physicality of dancing, as well as by Hernandez himself. One of the most important things for Hernandez is to maintain consistency of quality for every aspect of ballet—from the athleticism of World Ballet’s dancers (Quinn Huckaba, who plays the Nutcracker Prince, was a former medal-winning gymnast) to the costumes and the choreography. He says, “The high quality representation in the photographs is the same caliber that you will experience at the performance.” Tasina Copeland, who poses as the understudy for Clara in World Ballet’s Nutcracker, is a young dancer, but her tireless efforts to evoke emotion through her movements is no small feat, at any age. The effort she conveys seems effortless, but the hours of intense training she undergoes

would rival any aerobic or endurance sport. “It’s hard work, but World Ballet has helped to make the training educational and joyful.” The Nutcracker will be premiering in collaboration with the Centre of Tallahassee , on December 4–6, 2015, and will be a showcase performance of not only the talented dancers of World Ballet, but of a new arts and culture performance space at the Centre’s open-air concert venue. “It’s exciting to be a part of the evolution of Tallahassee’s arts and culture experience. After putting down roots of a good foundation for this company and my students, it will be an incredible experience for everyone to be a part of something that will set the stage with the latest technology, changing the way we create ballet in the future.” For more information about World Ballet’s dance classes for all ages, and how to purchase tickets to the upcoming Nutcracker performance, please contact (850) 553-3315 or worldballetinc.com. TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 31


5

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for Fall Can’t Miss Reads

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty By Amanda Filipacchi Living in New York City, Barb and Lily are two artistic friends that struggle with society’s standards of beauty. Both friends are opposite when it comes to appearance, but share the fear that she will never find love that can overcome her looks. Barb, a beautiful custom designer, makes herself ugly so she can hopefully find true love. However, Lily, a talented, yet averagelooking musician, goes through a complete beautifying change to attract the man that once rejected her. Beauty, desire, and identity create a transformative, yet touching story.

By Shannon Postrion

When it’s your time, make it book time. Our fall reading list will warm your heart when the weather is chilly. There is no better opportunity than to curl up and engage in five can’t-miss reads.

Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee

Before I Go By Colleen Oakely

Written in the mid1950s, Harper Lee submitted this novel before To Kill a Mockingbird. The manuscript that was assumed to have been lost was discovered in 2014.

Twenty-seven-yearold Daisy receives the news that she has breast cancer for the second time after beating it three years prior. At a stage-four diagnosis, she is only given months to live.

This novel features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, but 20 years later. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Her homecoming becomes bittersweet when she learns the disturbing truths about her father and her hometown. As Jean is reminded of her childhood memories, she must transition out of her previous illusions.

While death is scary, she mostly fears for her husband, Jack. Jack is charming, yet helpless, which is why Daisy must find a new wife for him. Daisy searches among online dating websites and public places for the perfect woman, but she eventually questions the thought of Jack being with another woman that isn’t her.

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All the Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr Marie-Laure lives in Paris with her father, who is the master of locks at the Museum of Natural History. At the age of 6, Marie-Laure goes blind. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and the two flee to Saint-Malo. Werner, an orphan in a mining town in Germany, grows up with his younger sister. After finding a radio, Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing instruments. His talent wins him a place at an academy for Hitler Youth and, later, an assignment to track the resistance. While traveling through the heart of the war, Werner ends up in Saint-Malo. There, Werner’s and Marie-Laure’s stories converge.

The New Single By Tamsen Fadel Emmy award-winning television journalist, producer and author Tamsen Fadel works across the country to empower women. Her novel teaches women how to survive a divorce or breakup through confidence, better health and avoiding future toxic patterns. Fadel also addresses issues such as managing finances, taking care of one’s health and finding new places to meet men. The author shares her personal experiences while providing advice on how to love yourself again.


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Brave Is the New Beautiful Creating Unity Through Urban Art By Heather Thomas | Photography by AJ Abellera

More than a muralist, Chiara Saldivar, founder of Street Art Tallahassee, has a brave and bold vision when it comes to adding to Tallahassee’s urban landscape and thoughts on art. By means of walls as her canvas, Chiara hopes to use something that physically and symbolically separates people and help transform them into instruments of unification between Tallahassee artists, its communities and the world.

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he Wynwood walls—they were everywhere Chiara (Chia) Saldivar looked as she worked in the retail and service industry in the rundown warehouse district in Miami, Florida. A self-taught artist from Caracas, Venezuela, Chiara was used to walls of many kinds—language, cultural, educational and economic barriers prevented her from what she wanted to do but could only watch from the windows. With the influx of world-famous urban street artists, the Wynwood warehouse walls began to transform into canvases of artistry, with images that spoke to Chiara’s heart, slowly transforming bleak spaces into movement, beauty and hope. After watching and learning the craft in the “national mecca of street art” that is now known as the Wynwood Arts District, Chiara says, “It was a build-up of creative ideas and I was compelled to pursue my passion.” That passion is Chiara’s desire to put artistic and cultural puzzle pieces together with her own flair—to network, to design, to curate, to produce and to bring people to collaborate with each other in the artistic realm, thereby making a difference in a community as a whole. “Artistry is a common ground in every field. It unifies and inspires. Artistic minds are proactive minds, and proactive minds are successful minds.” After working in different fields for 14 years, even serving coffee to the very muralists she emulated, Chiara says, “If I ever did imagine myself as a full-time artist, I would put those thoughts behind. When I was growing up, to want to be an artist was a secondary wish, a hobby, and I was not encouraged to take it on as a career.” As a child, Chiara worked with every artistic medium imaginable and dreamed of being a part of a creative ecosystem. “I wanted to grow old but never wanted to grow up. That child still lives in me—it is curious, playful and bold. Being a brave child and remembering that personality I had then gives me the courage to be like that now.” Chiara took action by starting her own LLC and wrote down each step that was needed to create her own business. “I was grateful to have a job but was frustrated with what I was doing. I would have never have been 36  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015

brave enough to create my own business if I were not tired of doing something I liked but didn’t love.” She named her first company “W.E.,” or Wynwood Embassy, to reinforce the concept of unity and that collaboratively, “we” can accomplish positive change through art. The economic renaissance that Chiara saw in the Wynwood Arts District helped transform a blighted area into a place of vibrant life and cultural exchange. The resiliency and universal power of art is fearless to her, and Chiara was empowered by it. Through significant personal sacrifice and a grueling work schedule, her first collaborative event in 2013 during Miami’s Art Basel Week was called “Shoot for the Moon (Even If You Miss, You Will Land Among the Stars).” It brought together 35 urban street artists to Wynwood from all over the world—the largest collaboration of street artists Miami’s Art Week had ever seen—to paint 35 murals in 10 days. “Everyone I had told about my first event plans thought I was crazy and that I wouldn’t be able to do it and that I couldn’t do it alone. That sparked my interest even more, so I did it.” In 2014, with the help of her fiancé, friends and family, Chiara curated, “Voice,” with the concept of “we are the voice of our planet, the voice of our children, the voice of the fire within, and the voice of sometimes-forgotten human kindness.” The event featured Herakut, a street art duo from Germany who, with the help of AptART, taught art to refugee children in Jordan and other countries. In the Wynwood

“What I know murals can translate is a window to other perspectives and a different way of thinking and feeling. Putting free-thinking art on walls in the middle of communities and a city promotes economic revitalization, brings people together, and inspires them to express themselves in response to the art...”


Arts District, they completed one solo wall, “Voice,” and held workshops with other artists and with children in a cultural education program. Part of the proceeds of the event benefited two Miami charities to help empower others to find their voice. Chiara’s voice has a compelling Hispanic intonation as she describes her big vision for the art and culture landscape of Tallahassee. “What I know murals can translate is a window to other perspectives and a different way of thinking and feeling. Putting free-thinking art on walls in the middle of communities and a city promotes economic revitalization, brings people together, and inspires them to express themselves in response to the art—no matter what the mural depicts. It turns a concrete, plain wall into a masterpiece that has someone’s touch and soul behind it. It’s all out in the open, so when this happens, it is beautiful, because, for the participants, it is brave.” It’s hard to believe that Chiara has only called Tallahassee home for eight months, moving here to put down roots where her fiancé, Daniel O’Connor McCluskey, grew up at the Miccosukee Co-Op. Very soon after her arrival, she created her second company, Street Art Tallahassee, whose mission is to beautify and unite communities, as well as to help local artists paint their first murals and also help anyone, with or without experience, to paint a mural. The mural art is then followed by a pop-up gallery and reception where the artist’s work can be purchased and is featured in a solo show. Over the last several months, starting with the mural “Guardian Angel” that she painted on a wall at the Miccosukee Co-Op and then four South Monroe street murals, Chiara has been endeavoring to help Tallahassee find its street art voice. Encouraged by Chiara, the first South Monroe mural was by local artist Matthew McCarron; she also worked with the owner of the warehouse in which the mural would be painted. Chiara and her fiancé worked laboriously to clean out the inside of the warehouse in order to host a pop-up gallery show, which was met with resounding support. The owner of the warehouse, Tim Nettles, saw the dramatic attention the murals brought to his forgotten gray buildings.

He allowed Chiara to paint her second mural, “Life is the Window to Dreams,” at his neighboring warehouse. After many years of using the building only as a storage warehouse, it is now the front store to his side business, Tallahassee Segway Tours. He is thinking of establishing a black box theater in the neighboring warehouse.

“My goal is to connect the silos of local artists—that we should not compete, we should unite.... I’ d like to host one regional or international artist at least once a year to not only make Tallahassee shine, but to learn and grow in cultural awareness.” The mural on the walls of the Junction at South Monroe— which the owners, Josie and Russ Pangratz, allowed—was Street Art Tallahassee’s first collaborative effort with a regional artist, Sebastian Coolidge from St. Petersburg, Florida. This is a large part of what makes Chiara such a gift to Tallahassee—the ability to recruit regional and international artists and bring them here, scaling the wall of a local movement that many are wary of and connecting it to what is going on in the rest of the world. “My goal is to connect the silos of local artists—that we should not compete, we should unite. International urban art is macro work that will encourage Tallahassee artists to do it and that they can do both simultaneously. It links people to know the artist even if they are driving by. I’d like to host one regional or international artist at least once a year to not only make Tallahassee shine, but to learn and grow in cultural awareness.” The majority of the feedback about Street Art Tallahassee and the South Monroe murals have been positive. However, there has been concern expressed about gentrification and making sure the images the murals convey are pleasing to the majority. Implementing someone else’s version of art in a public setting can be imposing, and perhaps distracting to some, which Chiara understands. “It’s not our goal to create gentrification, but beautification. We would like to TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 37


ONTHECOVER create a visual art district in South Monroe and have talked with the City of Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency about our project plans. We are hopeful that with the proper funding, we can have a mural district that is not offensive, but vibrant and positive. Studies show that street art repels vandalism and illegal graffiti and boosts economic traffic. Street art is blooming everywhere else and can be done while avoiding gentrification, and preserving the culture of a place.” Also notable, street art has become a booming, multimillion dollar industry, positively transforming cityscapes and the lives of residents who see its potential in reviving and connecting neighborhoods. Chiara’s whimsical-themed and colorful artwork reflects her desire to connect with others “like a spark pumping through my soul” and to inspire them to imagine other worlds. Nowadays, like many businesswomen, she not only gets to be an artist but a curator, a designer, a producer, an ambassador and a community activist— “everything I always loved—a ‘happy octopus’!” Her muses are as multifaceted as her job descriptions. “For me, a muse is a woman who has conquered her fears and believes in humanity despite the circumstances, the one who loves life and sees every day as a brand new beginning. A muse is a person who raises their children to become beautiful warrior angels, who choose to remain positive no matter how hard it can be to deal with our own hurricanes. I admire the women who cherish and encourage one another and who don’t discriminate based upon status, ethnicities or differences in religions and the ones who understand the higher power of respect.” There are walls everywhere—separating people, ideas and communities and preventing us from understanding one another. Her name, Chiara, in Italian, means clear light, or transparent life. As someone who understands a thing or two about those kinds of walls, Chiara also knows that art and cultural awareness can transform them, bring the light of understanding, and break down barriers to bring new life and perspectives that enrich the spirit of a city and unify its people—turning a wall into a brave and beautiful muse. For more information about Street Art Tallahassee and to learn about upcoming projects and events and how to contribute to the movement, contact streetarttallahassee@gmail.com. Scan this page using the Layar app to see a behind-the-scenes video from the cover photo shoot or check out TWM’s YouTube channel. 38  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015


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S P E C IAL F E A T U R E

Women in Arts and Culture By Michelle R. Nickens

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow [her] vision, wherever it takes [her].” – John F. Kennedy Three local artists—Kira Derryberry, Markeshia Gorden and Terra Palmer—are following their visions in photography, theatre and visual arts. Their stories show their progression as artists as well as leaders in their fields and in the community, nourishing all of us in the process.

Kira Derryberry Capturing Life Through the Lens

Kira Derryberry is a professional photographer and an artist. You can see her spirit and love for her craft in the faces of those she photographs. She has a gift for finding the beauty and personality in people. Kira’s journey into the world of photography began in high school, where she participated in its photography program. “It was an awesome experience. I learned how to use a camera. I remember my father bought me one at a yard sale.” Kira attended the University of Alabama and studied photography, digital art and web design. “I spent hours in a darkroom and then, after graduation, never stepped foot in one again. Everything is different now, digital. But that education gave me the foundation I needed.” After moving to Tallahassee, she worked in web design for about five years, eager to launch her own photography business. Coupled with the birth of her daughter, Lucy, and her love for people, the camera found its way back into her hands. “But, I had no idea how to start a business. I began studying and gathering information.” In 2010, she opened Kira Derryberry Photography and has never looked back. 40  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015


Kira takes great care in learning about her clients. She primarily focuses on portraits but also does commercial work. “I love one-on-one time with clients. I want their personalities to shine in the photos and I want the viewer to see a little bit of that person in every photo.”

In addition to photography, Kira creates fine-art works such as the award-winning piece Earth Angel. She also operates She Boudoir. “Based on my desire to expand my range and because I had a number of people ask me about it, I decided to start She Boudoir. It is a rewarding experience and an opportunity to appreciate ourselves.”

In addition to people, Kira has a few other inspirations. As a self-proclaimed “nerd” and “sci-fi” lover, she is always looking for innovative approaches. She also loves movies, pop culture and music. All of these elements find their way into her work. “I see a technique and think how I could do something to make it my own. It’s like a personal challenge—challenging yourself pushes you forward.” Kira is heavily involved in the photography community. She is President of the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild, a member of and delegate for the Florida Professional Photographers, and a Certified Professional Photographer and Florida Councilor for the Professional Photographers of America. “The friendships I have gained through these groups are so important. When I started my business, I didn’t have coworkers anymore. I’m a people person and I was alone. I finally decided to get involved and it was the best thing I did. We may not work for the same company but we have the same passion. It is a very supportive group.”

What’s on Kira’s agenda for the future? Possibly some local showings of her artwork, as well as teaching. She has been selected as an instructor at the 2015 Florida Professional Photographers Fall Seminar and at the 2016 Florida Professional Photographers School.

Kira is competitive but also eager to receive feedback. “It makes you a better photographer.” She has participated in competitions and won the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) PhotoFest last year. She is also a two-time Silver Medalist for the Professional Photographers of America.

Kira recommends to up-andcoming photographers to “spend time learning about the craft, composition and what makes a photo visually pleasing. Study and take courses. Don’t just pick up a camera. If you go into it for the art—practice, practice, practice. If you plan to earn a living—take a business class.” Kira is funny, humble, sensitive and full of joy. Her pieces are stunning, filled with all the elements of life. She truly is showing all of us who we are through her lens.

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Markeshia L. Gorden

Photography by Romina Rivadeneira

Bringing Her Vision to the Stage and Beyond

Markeshia L. Gorden is a playwright, director, producer, actress, leader, visionary, teacher and ambassador for theatre and film. As she explains her process for bringing her ideas in front of eager audiences, you can hear the passion in her voice. She is enthusiastic, driven and has a vivid imagination and insight. Her knowledge of theatre, acting experience, leadership skills and desire to make a difference is a perfect combination to lead MLG Productions, Inc. As the founder and Artistic Director, she is constantly working to showcase original works, partner with organizations, highlight life experiences and educate people. It’s hard to believe Markeshia was shy growing up listening to her talk about her craft. It wasn’t until college, though, that she realized she wanted to be an actress. Markeshia attended Rickards High School and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). “This is where my life really began to change and mold into who I am today.” She started out as a nursing major and then changed to theatre. “That was one of the best decisions I’ve made.” 42  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015

Over time, with new experiences, a different dream emerged. “I never thought of being a playwright. It just happened,” she explained. “I wanted to see my ideas come to life, to get all of these stories out of my head. I love how a simple vision can turn into a masterpiece—how one tear, one laugh, one moment of truth can change a person’s entire life.” She graduated from FAMU in 2010, and wrote and produced her first play, This Time For Real, in 2011. This play, she explained, grew out of a painful time in her life. “That time birthed a compassion for the brokenhearted and a deeper passion for people.” Markeshia’s work has been recognized by FAMU’s Essential Theatre and others. She was a recipient of the Golden Spirit Award and Most Dedicated Student Award. She also received the Woman on the Rise Award at the Queens with Dreams Women’s Conference.


Her ultimate goal is to produce and write shows all across the world that have a message. When asked if the big screen was in her future, she laughed and said, “Yes. All mediums—commercial to movies, stage play to short films. All of it.” We all may dream of attending the Oscars but Markeshia was lucky enough to be invited to the 87th Academy Awards. “I was super excited,” she recalled, “but I had no idea how I was going to get there. To my surprise, the production team, cast, crew and supporters of MLG Productions came together in secret and sponsored my entire trip—I just about fainted. It was humbling and inspiring. I saw these stars—face-to-face—and realized they were human—just like me. They inspired me to keep following my dreams. I left my footprint there but I will be back.” Like any craft, it can be challenging at times. “It’s a lot of work, but the sky is the limit,” Markeshia said. “You must learn to trust the people around you. You can’t do everything. Delegate. Give a part to someone you trust. Prioritize what is most important and learn to accept the sacrifices.” Markeshia loves to teach and is an inspiration to everyone who meets her. “I love every aspect of this craft and want to share it.” For those wanting to enter into this field, remember that “everyone has their own niche and vision. Don’t try to be like someone else. And, don’t doubt yourself. Be free. Write whatever comes out.” Markeshia’s original stage play, “Me Against the World” will debut on Saturday, November 14, at Lee Hall Auditorium. The first five readers who mention this article will receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets may be purchased at MeAgainstTheWorldThePlay.org or by calling (850) 300-0997. Preferred seats are $25; general admission is $18. Markeshia’s plays are available to other theatres and groups to produce. Her plays: “This Time For Real,” “Bitter” (a show about the power of forgiveness) and “Unholy Matrimony” will be available on Amazon in November.

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Terra Palmer

Creating Emotion With Colors on Canvas Terra Palmer is a Tallahassee gem, bringing her strength, beauty, talent and vision to our community and into the lives of people she encounters. She has had a diverse and fascinating journey as a makeup artist for Chanel, model, artist, stylist, clothing designer and, of course, interior design extraordinaire (Terrapalmerdesigns.com). She also is part of the eclectic Tutu Divine with her cousin, Calynne Hill. Her talents are unlimited. Such an interesting and diverse background, along with her ability to move in and out of various fields, has made her well-rounded and ready to tackle any challenge. Terra approaches each of her projects as unique opportunities to further strengthen her abilities. She seeks to create balance, maximize color and leverage innovation TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 43


S P E C IAL F E A T U R E | W omen I N A R T S A N D C U L T U R E in her endeavors. She enjoys bringing her clients’ needs and ideas together with her creative and inventive spirit. Terra was born into an art family. Both her father and brother are accomplished artists. In school, she studied interior design and art. Terra’s color palettes are distinctive, using a color-block effect. Her modern and forward-thinking style is stunning against the canvas, bringing a new fresh look. “My art is abstract, layered compositions of acrylic resin forms. I love to play with colors and with the slick surfaces that form with vibrant colors taking their own shape. Invoking tense light with saturated colors can make you feel gratified.” When staring into a Terra Palmer painting, you become lost in the layers, in the composition and dimension of the piece. Terra’s work lures you over, stimulating not only your eyes but also your heart. Creating art is more than paint on a canvas. “I not only want my art to please the eye but also to create a psychological mood,” she explained. An emotional connection is an important element in Terra’s work. Within the same piece, one viewer may be moved in a totally different way than another person. But that’s what makes Terra’s work a perfect conversation piece for a gallery, office or home. Terra has been commissioned by clients to paint pieces for their homes. Her expertise and experience in interior design and her artistic abilities have resulted in treasured pieces for her clients. “Clients are my inspiration. I love working with people. They ask me to create different style paintings for their homes or businesses and in the colors and sizes that flatter a room or space.” Some of Terra’s works can be found at Signature Gallery and, most recently, Hearth and Soul.

Terra is also inspired by color, fashion and travel. “This summer I visited La Sagrada Familia by Gaudi for the second time,” she explained. The Roman Catholic Church located in Barcelona is one of her favorite places in the world. “La Sagrada Familia reminds me of the power of light and color. The church uses light in one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen and it literally takes your breath away. Prismatic strains of light are strategically placed to complement the architecture inside.” Light and shadows are a key element in Terra’s work and give her pieces their unique flare. Terra wants art and beauty to shine through in everything she touches. She has patience and an attention to detail that can only be seen in the countless layers of paint, the degrees

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of light created in her works and the emotional impact of her art. It can take months to create a piece that has the impact she is seeking. Currently, Terra is working on a different style—a contemporary bouquet of flowers. But it still focuses on color. She also works in 3D paintings in which she incorporates clay and acrylic. “Art is truly defined in the eye of the beholder. Each one of my paintings stands on its own. I get the chance to change with each piece. There are no rules for change, which is liberating. Sometimes mistakes lead to new visions.”


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The places are set. The menu is planned. It’s time to sit back, relax and envision the happy faces as you’re all lingering over that last bite of pumpkin pie and ... oh, you’ve got to be kidding! You can glance down at your guest list again, but there’s no sense in denying it. You’ve got a problem guest on your hands.

The Usual Suspects

Take heart! You can stave off chaos without cruelty, invalidation, childish antics or an armed guard. There are only so many ways to be a difficult dinner guest. Although you might be able to conjure up a few additional profiles, these case studies should well equip you to push back without losing your cool. The Favor Seeker. If your cousin has a nasty habit of pushing you or others for favors at every opportunity, be prepared with clear, assertive statements about what you can and cannot do. Soften the impact according to your judgment by finishing with a statement about what you can offer; for example, ‘I understand that you are looking for financial support for your new business, but I’m not going to be able to personally help you this time or talk about it further today. I can help you go over that loan application next week.’ The Soap Boxer and The Bone Digger. Don’t take it personally when people

bring up the same political debate or dig up the bones of the same old ugly conflict time after time. This reflects an unquenched desire to be heard and it deserves to be met with an equal measure of compassion and assertiveness. Gently emphasize points of agreement and a willingness to talk it out someday soon. Employ deflection and give everyone else a conversational exit strategy. Try saying, ‘Well, Congress may be clueless about handling the dough, but the bakery that made these rolls has it down!’ If all else fails, suggest an activity or pass around pictures from last week’s birthday dinner to break the tension. The Drinker, the Doggie Bagger, and Untidy Miss Heidi. Resolve not to complain or be insensitive when somebody is known for a socially problematic habit. Take a supportive stance, and find a discreet partner to tidy up the bathroom regularly, carefully dole out the wine, or quietly tell Aunt Martha that you’ve pre-packed a plate (or two!) for her to take home. The Director and the Live Tweeter. It adds a lot of stress to compete with somebody else about the house rules, whether that means how to manage the kitchen or when it’s acceptable

to break out the technology. Explain your expectations ahead of time, and review them with witnesses once everybody starts to arrive. Repeat as necessary, but keep up your kindness. The Cad. It’s painful to watch somebody you love spend time with a person who doesn’t treat him or her as well as that person should. Consider the Cad’s presence at your table an opportunity to demonstrate in word and deed that you will be approachable if and when you are needed.

You’ve Got This

Compassion means giving thanks for all the imperfect people at your table. However, a Thanksgiving Day celebration is not the setting to address deep underlying issues. Give yourself permission to proactively facilitate a peaceful day, but be open to gratitude for even the rough moments. Planning for Thanksgiving is a labor of love. May the time we take to appreciate each other continue to sustain us all. Summer Brooke Gómez, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in Tallahassee. She can be reached at (850) 421-1260.

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Cecka Rose Green, creator of the #FAMU10for10 Challenge, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Voices for Florida, a social entrepreneur organization, engaging thought leaders and leading academic thinkers to help amplify and accelerate economic and social public policies to create future-focused, childrencentered communities. The FAMU 10 for $10 Challenge social media fundraising campaign has raised more than $200,000 in contributions to Florida A&M University through the University’s Foundation. Cecka also is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and is a Life Member of the FAMU National Alumni Association. In July, Cecka was awarded “HBCU Alumna of the Year” by HBCU Digest. Alexis Phillips recently celebrated 10 years as Director of Communications at Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance—recently named one of the Best Companies to Work For by Florida Trend magazine for the second consecutive year. She is currently the Board Chair of the Young Philanthropist

Dr. Anne Holt, Executive Director of Main Street of Monticello, received Talethia O. the coveted Edwards has award for an started a new “Outstanding Event by a Florida Main organization Street Organization” by the Secretary called The H.A.N.D. (Helping of State’s Office during the Florida Main Street Annual Conference. This Alleviate the Need and Deficient) Up Project. A wife, year’s event, titled “Sharing Water mentor, community leader and mother Conference: The Floridan Aquifer in to seven children, her family grew faster Alabama, Georgia and Florida,” was held in the Monticello Opera House, than their finances so Talethia learned was coordinated by Dr. Holt, and first-hand about managing marriage, money and missions with limited funds drew expert speakers on protecting our water supply from three states, and started couponing as a hobby. including Senator Bill Montford and The H.A.N.D. Up Project’s mission is to Representative Halsey Beshears. help others learn how to create their own economy through couponing, Judy Micale has consignment, selling and reselling. recently received her certifications Tiffany T. Malone, for coaching O.D. recently and is a Certified opened her own Mentor Coach as private optometry well as an ACC practice and through the ICF. She has also received optical center her certification as a facilitator for “5 called Big Languages of Appreciation at Work” Bend Family Eye Care. She has been and is enrolled to be a certified trainer practicing in the area for over 10 years for Jack Canfield’s Success Principles. and sees patients for comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fits, dry eye disease, cataract diagnosis, glaucoma, diabetic eye exams, age-related macular degeneration and ocular emergencies. Circle of the United Way of the Big Bend and also serves as Training Director for the Junior League of Tallahassee.

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Sophia Patrenos Stanley has been elevated to the position of Personal Banker with Bank of America. In her new role, she will work with new and existing clients in Tallahassee and the surrounding area to provide customized banking services and financial solutions that meet life’s changing needs. Sophia is a Tallahassee native and has worked in several positions in her four-year tenure with Bank of America. She is a wife, mother, proud FSU alumna, officer of Eastern Star and community volunteer. She has worked with Relay for Life, Project Smile and Habitat for Humanity. Karina Colón joined the 3wStudios division at Kidd Group. She recently graduated from Florida State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in political science. Karina will serve as a communication liaison between clients and the web design team, as well as manage the scope of ongoing digital projects and new business. Nicole VanDerSnick recently started working at the Kidd Group. A graduate from Florida State University with a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing with a focus in poetry. Nicole interned at Kidd Group prior to being brought in full-time. Over the past year, her passion for creative writing has helped her to uniquely manage client social media accounts and develop strategic social media campaigns, write press releases, create blog posts and develop marketing and content materials.

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W W M B C o mm u n i t y | W O M E N TO W A T C H Susie Mozolic has been named General Manager for Bevis Funeral Home, which was recently named the 2015 Business of the Year by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Susie, a Licensed Funeral Director, has worked in the funeral industry for 40 years and has been at Bevis Funeral Home since 2014. Elizabeth Chambers, a Licensed Funeral Director, has been named Director of Community Relations at Bevis Funeral Home. She has worked in the funeral industry for eight years and has been at Bevis Funeral Home since 2011. Gigi Rollini was named in Florida Trend magazine’s 2015 “Florida Legal Elite” edition on “The State’s Legal Leaders.” She is past president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and is currently a Florida delegate to the National Association of Women Lawyers.

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ARTS & CULTURE Dr. Valerie Arsenault, President and Music Director of the Tallahassee Bach Parley, has launched a new music school, the Bach Parley String Academy. Dr. Arsenault is passionate about teaching the violin and playing baroque music, cultivating a lifelong appreciation of music for students and connecting with audiences at Bach Parley concerts. Under her direction, the String Academy will offer lessons on violin, viola and cello at the central location of Saint John’s Episcopal Church downtown. Dr. Arsenault teaches at the String Academy along with Caroline Holden, Miriam Barfield, and Zlatina Staykova—all experienced, professional performing musicians. An active performer, she leads the Tallahassee Bach Parley, directs the Baroque Ensemble at the FSU College of Music, performs with the Tallahassee Symphony and other regional orchestras, and is a principal player with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

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Launched by artist Brinda Pamulapati, Venvi Art Gallery on East Park Avenue in will be representing exclusive, original abstract and contemporary art. The uniqueness of Venvi Art Gallery lies in having an artist as its owner, creating a synergetic relationship between artist and gallery. Brinda trained as a visual artist under the supervision of worldrenowned artist Prof. Jacob Pichhadze (Toronto) and enjoys creating abstract art using acrylic on canvas. She has her master’s degree in mathematics from FSU and is an online faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University. Her initial paintings were donated for 621 Gallery, various Indian cultural programs and fundraising events. She looks forward to promoting and providing a platform for local artists and other talented artists. Enrika M. Sissle is Managing Director and cofounder of Midtown Entertainment Group, a quality entertainment company that produces stage productions, festivals and other various creative events. An actress, writer and drama teacher for 17 years, Enrika is passionate about facilitating budding artists and has founded several after-school arts programs in Orlando and Atlanta. She has directed over 30 plays for adults and children, including Women Warriors, an original work she wrote, produced


and starred in about domestic violence. Her directing debut was with Choices, a film for the city of Tallahassee with help from teens of the Palmer Munroe Teen Center. Her talents extend past the stage and screen, as she has written two children’s books and helps coordinate local events such as Say Yes to the Dress.

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B u s i n e s s & C areer

The Art of Business Speak By Keasi Smith

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lato once said, “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” The art of speaking, persuading and engaging is a practical trade in all arenas of life, but is especially useful in the modernday workplace. Most of us are guilty, at one point or another, of damaging our credibility with help from our speech. In this case, it could be the use of unnecessary filler words, cliché business phrases, or words that imply subordination or uncertainty. The consequences of unrefined speech in the workplace could deter you from getting your ideas heard or taken seriously, as well as deny you the promotion you worked so hard for. So before you say the wrong thing, let’s take a look at some of the words and phrases costing you at the office. Clichés—Business clichés are beginning to sound disingenuous because they are so overused. When you think about it, phrases like “at your earliest convenience,” “don’t hesitate to contact me,” or “as per our telephone conversation” are really just lofty ways of saying “soon,” “call me” and “our conversation.” Instead, try finding a voice somewhere between professional and personal. Be straightforward, and know

that what may seem informal may actually come across as personal and genuine. Just—You probably use this word more often than you think: “I just wanted to check in on …,” “Just wondering if you have decided on …,” or “I’m just following up on….” Not only is the word unnecessary, it also implies shyness and hesitancy, adjectives no serious business person wants in his or her description. Remember that you can still be polite and inquisitive without sacrificing assertiveness. But—This conjunction can be powerful and heart-stopping, especially in a phrase such as “You’re doing a great job, but ….” This word creates what the spiritual call “negative energy” and not only does the word come with a unique sting, the attempt to soften the blow is often so obvious it’s embarrassing. “But” can easily be replaced with “and” or eliminated altogether. Try—“Do or do not. There is no try,” are words spoken not by Plato but by a wise Jedi named Yoda. When assigning a task, no one wants to hear phrases such as “I will try to get that to you soon” or

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“I can try, but ….” To imply that a task may not get finished presupposes failure and shows a lack of confidence and unwillingness to work hard. Instead, say, “I’ll have that on your desk by Monday” or “I’ll get right to work on that.” Um, ah, like, so … —Nothing drives listeners up the wall more than the repetitive usage of these filler words. Not only does it distract from the message, it affects how people perceive your confidence in what you’re saying. Instead of filling up awkward pauses with unnecessary words, take that time to take a deep breath and let others process what you’ve already said. Really, basically, some, most, sort of — Steer away from using words that clutter your language, especially when their vagueness tells your audience nothing. Instead of leaving them wondering about impact, quantity or importance, be clear and specific. Use numbers, names and data to let your audience know you’re well-researched and credible.


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hether you’re a creator or a collector, the art community has grown exponentially thanks to the Internet and the e-commerce market. For artists wanting to brand themselves, they can now reach people and places far beyond their immediate community. For those who appreciate art, the online market is flooded with every kind of art imaginable and accessible by fingertips. ArtPal Whether you’re an artist, gallery or collector, this website is a great resource for you. There are no membership fees, and you can display your art for no charge. Sellers receive 95 to 100 percent of each purchase and receive payments easily from a PayPal account. The website even has a Print-on-Demand feature, which allows buyers to purchase numerous items printed with your image, such as prints framed to their specifications. The site features everything from paintings, prints, photography, sculptures, handmade jewelry and even crafts. Etsy Founded in 2005, Etsy now has a global community of hobbyists and professional merchants selling their handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies. If you’re looking to create an Etsy account as a seller, it’s cheap and easy to do so. The listing fee for each item is 20 cents, and there’s a 3.5 percent fee for each sale completed on the website. For art lovers looking for original and unique pieces, Etsy is a great place to purchase gifts for you and your loved ones.

Artsy This is a fantastic website for not only those looking to sell their art but for those seeking to educate themselves on art. Their huge database of art comes from galleries and museums around the world as well as artist estates and art fairs. A team of art historians educate on both historical and contemporary pieces, providing artist bios as well as art content and context. If you’re looking to create your own account, you can save your work and curate “sets.” The site makes no commission from artwork sales but only aims to serve as a link between gallery partners and those collecting. eBay and Amazon Both of these e-commerce sites are well known by now, and while neither is purely art-focused, you can buy and sell great pieces on both. Which site you choose depends on how you want to sell your items. Amazon mostly sells products from its warehouse and at fixed price, while eBay connects sellers and buyers to auction off items. Both sites have their advantages and sell a wide variety of products.

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Craigslist/Facebook Selling and buying art locally is easy with Craigslist, the world’s largest classified ad. When taking the necessary safety precautions, using Craigslist is safe and profitable. Social media, such as Facebook, is also great if you’re looking to brand yourself and your art. There are many Facebook groups dedicated to buying and selling art, or you can sell from your own page. When using these sites, you can create a local network as well as receive all profits from sold items. Poshmark For the art we wear, check out the site that’s connecting closets throughout the United States. This site allows users to easily post and sell items. Shoppers can shop by brand and find amazing deals on shoes, bags and more. The site makes shipping easy for sellers, providing prepaid, pre-addressed labels. Whether you want to sell or buy, it’s easily done from your smartphone or the web. Are you ready to check out these websites? Scan this page with your smartphone using the Layar app for a link to all the websites mentioned here.


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Reaching Women Veterans to Impact the Business Community By Shannon Postrion

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he Big Bend Minority Chamber Women’s Business Council recently held its first event at the Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development Center for veteran women and military spouses. The event Women + Veteran + Entrepreneur: A Formula for Small Business Success provided veteran women with an opportunity to learn about available local and regional resources and network with other veteran women in the business community. The goal of the program was to share the stories of local veteran women entrepreneurs who have served our nation and are contributing to the advancement of our economy through business. During the workshop, speakers shared their veteran story and entrepreneurial experiences to inform and empower the participants. The first speaker, Wanda Kane-Harris of edifyMe, LLC, is a veteran herself as well as married to a veteran. She shared her experience as an entrepreneur and noted that Florida has the third

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largest population of veterans in the United States, which helped her address the need for resources and networking opportunities in Tallahassee available to veteran women. Her goal is to increase awareness of veteran women entrepreneurs and provide the resources and connections necessary to help them to build their businesses to become thriving members of Tallahassee’s business community. Ashley Edwards from the FSU Student Veteran Center also spoke at the event, sharing information about the different programs offered to veteran women and military spouses, as well as student veterans, and how to qualify. The workshop host, the Big Bend Minority Chamber, welcomed workshop partners: FSU’s Collegiate Veterans Association; FSU Student Veteran Center; U.S. Small Business Administration; CareerSource Capital Region; Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Life After Military Alliance. In addition, keynote speaker Shevonica Howell of Jacksonville, Florida, delivered her inspiring and informative success story, while local veteran entrepreneur Stan Johnson of Stan Johnson Photography, photographed the event. With a total of 70 participants, “the event was a monumental success for veteran women. We built relationships and engaged the veteran women in the Tallahassee business community,” Wanda said. “We got a chance to hear from the veteran community and provide resources to meet their unique needs.” The council plans to introduce a veteran women’s interest group to continue to connect with and serve the veteran women and military spouse community in the Big Bend region. Wanda hopes the program will grow to build a resource network for veteran women to help them engage with and support each other, and to start and grow veteranowned businesses. She believes that an increase in women’s businesses will lower women veteran unemployment, homelessness and depression while contributing to an increase in economic growth. For more information about the program, visit the Big Bend Minority Chamber Women’s Business Council online at mybbmc.org or e-mail wandakaneharris@gmail.com.

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re you new to the area? Looking to find your niche but don’t know where to start? The Tallahassee Women’s Newcomer’s Club (TWNC) is a social organization, dedicated to creating a friendly atmosphere for women to socialize, share experiences and explore all Tallahassee has to offer. With several recurring monthly events as well as a plethora of special-interest breakout groups, from happy hour to cooking class. Founded over four decades ago, the TWNC welcomes all women, regardless of how long they have called Tallahassee home. Women of all ages and ethnicities participate in social activities in which members can create friendships and pursue their interests. Members are in charge of coordinating monthly

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events such as luncheons, happy hour, book clubs, Bridge, movie nights and more. With 208 active members, there is so much fun to be had in the midst of this organization’s effort to bring women in the Tallahassee community closer together. There is a minimal annual fee although some events may include an additional remuneration (e.g., a show ticket if going to see a movie with “Chick Flicks.”) More information is available at tallahasseenewcomers.com or by contacting tallahasseenewcomers@gmail.com. They welcome you to try something new, join the fun and paint the town with new friends.

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magine a gathering place that reminds you of home, a place that feeds your soul, a place where friends can meet to share ideas around coffee and scones and leave with beautiful things for themselves or for that special someone. Such is Hearth and Soul, a new concept store created by Susie-Busch Transou and Jama Manning. Located on Market Street in the old Mozaik Restaurant location, Hearth and Soul is a place to relax and refresh while surrounded by a collection of unique, curated items and brands, many new to Tallahassee. Designed to be a place of warmth and welcoming, Hearth and Soul is laid out much like a home. Guests may choose to relax in the living area, browse the bed and bath area, or shop the men’s and women’s closets. A library, offering a wide collection of books and stylish writing accessories, is thoughtfully managed by Serena Moyle who also leads the Hearth and Soul Book Club. Yoga and Pilates are

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A S p ecial SPONSO R s ec t i o n conducted on the lavishly landscaped patio, which is also designed to accommodate private events. The space is large and full of chic clothing, home décor pieces, vintage finds and gifts, yet it does not feel cluttered or harried. The kitchen plays host to cooking demonstrations, and the pantry is stocked with coffees, chocolates, relishes and cookies. There are no floor model samples at Hearth and Soul. Whether it be a piece of furniture, a new pair of boots or a scented candle to bring a calming fragrance to your senses, everything in the store is available to take home, even fresh cut flowers provided by floral designer Catherine Shock of the Highland Gardner.

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About the Owners: Susie Busch-Transou, a true entrepreneur, was inspired at a birthday gathering of old friends to examine unmet needs in her world and what feeds her soul. After years in the hospitality business at Tri-Eagle Sales (a Florida AnheuserBusch distribution company), a passion for connecting people and a love for things that are classic, simple, modern and beautiful, the answer led her to a place called Hearth and Soul. Although the focus is now on the Tallahassee flagship store, Susie hopes to take the concept to other markets.

Jama Manning is the creative mind behind the former Peculiar Goods antique and home good store. Jama admits to loving retail and smart design, having attended the University of Tennessee and New York University. Jama loves tirelessly exploring brands and examining every detail to make sure they are a good enough for Hearth and Soul customers. Hearth and Soul opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday making it possible to swing by for a gift and a card for an after-work birthday party. Care for a latte’ to go with that? TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 63


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Pattie Maney: Painting for a Purpose

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hen I sat down to interview local artist, Pattie Maney, we traded experiences with our art. Visual art and writing have little in common, except for the fear that creeps up on all of us when we pick up a paintbrush or a pen and begin to give part of ourselves to a canvas or a sheet of paper, not knowing how our audience will respond. When Pattie moved back to Tallahassee over a decade ago, she was tentative about putting her artwork out there. “I didn’t know how wonderful Tallahassee would be to me,” she said. “But I couldn’t ask for a more receptive town to be in.”

“Dogs could be beaten and abused but when they come into a new situation, all they want is to be happy, live in the moment and move forward. We could learn from that.” The youngest of four, Pattie’s family resided in upstate New York before moving to Tallahassee when her eldest sister began attending Florida State University. Pattie was sixteen years old at the time and already a budding artist saying “I knew from the second I was born that art is what I wanted to do.” With the support of her family, Pattie took summer art classes, honed her skills and went on to get her higher education in fine arts, including a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. With her artwork displayed in galleries in major cities such as San 64  TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015

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Francisco and Chicago, Pattie seemed to be experiencing success in the art world. Always a philanthropist, she was also working with a nonprofit information referral service for senior citizens. But this version of an artist’s dream had Pattie slipping into depression. “I was taking on too many of other people’s worries and responsibilities,” she said before adding that the gallery environment in California was more “serious and political.”

“Images, if they’re interesting, will stop you. Now all a sudden, instead of running at full speed like we all are, you’re forced to stop and take a breath.” A close friend, looking to help, took Pattie to a local animal shelter where she met Jerry Garcia, a pit bull who gave her back her spirit. “Jerry saved my life,” says Patti, “You’re not going to lie on the floor feeling sorry for yourself if you have someone that needs you. He brought me back.” Jerry not only changed Pattie’s perspective, he also changed her art. She moved away from the gallery-type setting and began painting a new subject that she is now well known in Tallahassee for—animals. After sharing cell phone pictures of our pets, we talked about animals and their admirable perseverance. “Dogs could be beaten and abused but when they come into a new situation, all they want is to be happy, live in the moment and move forward. We could learn from that.” And it seems Pattie has. Her new found focus on positivity and all things good not only transformed her art but it transformed her physically as well. After gaining over 100 pounds in the midst of her depression, Pattie was fed up with feeling out of control about her weight. She started the Weight Watchers program, began recording her food daily and started exercising. “No one tells you at the end that you have to keep working at it,” said Pattie, who still runs and practices yoga to keep healthy. No stranger to hard work, Pattie understands that being an artist isn’t just about sitting down to create. She also spends a good portion of her time on the computer marketing, creating events and working with other artists and organizations. With support from Tallahassee business owners like Keith Baxter, who features her art at Kool Beanz Café and Allen Thompson of Tallahassee Downtown Market, as well as those who commission her pieces, Pattie is able to give back to the community that has helped her so much. “I usually donate a portion of my sells to groups that I believe are doing good work,” said Pattie, “I know when I donate something, it always comes back. Instead of paying for advertising in other ways, you get to do that and you get to help these amazing groups.” Pattie’s contribution to the community is evident in her donations to local organizations as well as the color and joy she brings to the art culture in Tallahassee. While in the past art played a fundamental role in healing her pain, today she does it for the smiles it brings to others faces. “Images, if they’re interesting, will stop you. Now all a sudden, instead of running at full speed like we all are, you’re forced to stop and take a breath.” Through her journey of transformation, the animals in Pattie’s art have come to reflect her own perseverance and journey towards happiness as well as her selfless spirit in her efforts to better the Tallahassee community.

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HAPPENINGS Artisans in the Garden at Tallahassee Nurseries Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This free event will be held at Tallahassee Nurseries and will showcase artists, food and music. There will be exhibits from local schools and the Sharing Tree as well. This event is the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping while enjoying the garden setting of the nursery with family and friends. For more information, visit tallahasseenurseries.com.

2015-2016 Opening Nights Performing Arts Season Now through April 28, 2016

Enjoy the annual series of performances at multiple Tallahassee locations. The event provides Florida State University, local and global communities with meaningful artistic and professional experiences. Opening Nights has performances for everyone such as musical, dance and poetry. For more information about tickets and events see advertisement to the right, call (850) 644-6500 or visit online at openingnights.fsu.edu.

Harvest Moon Soiree October 8, 2015 | Goodwood Museum & Gardens

The Harvest Moon Soiree is an event hosted by the Foundation for Leon County Schools to raise funding for grants for teachers toward projects for innovation and inspiration for students. The event will be held on Thursday, October 8, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Goodwood. For additional information and tickets visit online at foundationforlcs.org.

Race for Readiness

October 17, 2015 | Northwood Centre The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region 2nd Annual Race 4 Readiness will have activities before and after the race, a guest speaker and every child participant will receive a free children’s book. Registration begins at 7 a.m., group warm up is at 7:30 a.m., the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is at 8 a.m., the 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony with the guest speaker is at 9:45 a.m. For more information visit elcbigbend.org.

Elder Care Services 17th Annual Oktoberfest October 23, 2015 | Mission San Luis

Experience a night of German fun with a buffet, desserts and Oktoberfest beer. There will be a silent auction, a photo booth and beer tasting. General admission tickets are $55 and for an additional $20 donation, ticket holders can purchase a souvenir Oktoberfest stein or wine glass with unlimited refills. VIP tickets are $100. Proceeds from this event benefit Tallahassee’s seniors in need. For information on how to purchase tickets visit ecsbigbend.org online.

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French Country Flea Market October 23–24, 2015 | 6007 Veterans Memorial Drive

The French Country Flea Market will feature numerous vendors showcasing antique and vintage treasures, handpainted furniture, hand-made jewelry, local art, personal care products and delicious treats. For more information visit frenchcountryfleamarket.com.

Murder & Mayhem Naw'lins Mystery Dinner Theatre October 24, 2015 | Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine & Spirits

Come join in the fun for this Murder & Mayhem Naw’lins mystery dinner theatre event. Masquerade attire requested. For additional information and tickets call (850) 210-0548 or online at Nefetaris.com.

Ladies Night Masquerade October 29, 2015 | The Mint Lounge

As a fundraiser for the organization Dress for Success this event is a themed evening event featuring gourmet food stations, cocktails, live entertainment, dancing and raffle prizes. Tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets visit online at tallahassee.dressforsuccess.org.


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Black Cats and Old Dogs Animal Rescue Fundraiser

October 29, 2015 | American Legion Hall at Lake Ella Black Cats & Old Dogs Animal Rescue is raising funds to purchase a building to open a no-kill shelter in Tallahassee. At the event, there will be animal adoptions, raffles and a silent auction. There will also be live music performed by the Allie Cats and Pure Platinum. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10 and $25 for adults. Visit blackcatsolddogs.org for more information.

Wish Upon a Star for Children's Home Society November 7, 2015 | Dover Farm

The annual Wish Upon a Star event features and array of southern favories, including skeet shooting, live and silent auctions, food, a bourbon tasting and live entertainment. Proceeds stay local and benefit the Children's Home Society's children and adults in crisis. For tickets and information visit chsfl.org.

First Ladies Tea Awards

November 7, 2015 | Tallahassee Auto Museum Sponsored by Tallahassee’s Gospel Station, Heaven 98.3 FM and 1410 AM, the second annual First Ladies Tea Awards recognizes ten first ladies of the Tallahassee areas for their outstanding

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work in the church and community. For information on becoming a vendor or a sponsor, call (850) 201-3005.

Woman's Club of Tallahassee Holiday Show November 7–8, 2015 | Woman’s Club of Tallahassee

Goodwood Jams

Over a span of two days, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 3 p.m., local vendors will be offering a variety of items and activities, from vintage jewelry Bring your own seat on the front lawn to enjoy live to fine-china painting, at the Woman’s Club of Tallahassee performances by the nationally acclaimed band Leftover Salmon Holiday Show. With 30 vendors offering their goods and and the Tallahassee band Tishamingo at the fourth annual services, you are bound to find something you love. Goodwood Jams benefit concert. Along with music, there will be food trucks, a cash bar and a beer garden featuring local A Fall Affair With Big Bend Hospice brewing companies. General admission for the event is $40 November 8, 2015 | Capital City Country Club and VIP admission is $100. All proceeds benefit maintenance and improvements to Goodwood Museum & Gardens. For Enjoy incredible food, beverages and entertainment as Big Bend more information visit goodwoodmuseum.org online. Hospice hosts A Fall Affair—Playing to the Heart Strings. Both a live and silent auction will be held, with proceeds from the event Art Gallery Opening contributing to funding for the Big Bend Hospice Music Therapy November 7, 2015 | Venvi Art Gallery, 2901 E. Park Avenue program. Visit bigbendhospice.org online for more information. November 7, 2015 | Goodwood Museum & Gardens

Venvi Art Gallery will be celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, November 7, starting at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Come experience exclusive, original, abstract and contemporary art. For more information visit online at venviartgallery.com or call (850) 322-0965.

Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

November 13–22, 2015 | Thomasville (GA) Center for the Arts The event brings together hundreds of artists to support the arts programming of the Thomasville Center for the Arts. For more information visit the website pwaf.org.

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Women WHo Mean Business

The Tallahassee business community gathered in early September for the sold-out Women Who Mean Business Community event hosted by Tallahassee Woman, which included networking, vendors, giveaways, lunch and an informative presentation presented by the phenomenal Heidi Otway, Vice President and Director of Public Relations at SalterMitchell, Inc., on the topic: of using social media successfully for business. The event was sponsored by the Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation and Bobby Dollar Appliance Consultants. 2.

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Bridges to Economic Success: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship The Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls hosted a luncheon to discuss education, employment and entrepreneurship as “bridges” to economic success for women and girls. The luncheon included a panel of local experts who contributed their expertise to this important conversation. Tallahassee Woman was proud to sponsor this event.

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elly Pettit—Tallahassee artist, muralist and faux finisher—has transformed her home and its outdoor areas into a retreat that refreshes the mind and soothes the soul. Her artistic and repurposing style shows through in the home’s furniture, décor, design and outdoor spaces that complement her desire to create a place where family, friends and art lovers of all ages can come to find creative respite. Kelly and her family live on their farm, Seyon Farm, named after her husband’s great-grandfather, Noyes (Seyon spelled backwards). There is a state park in Vermont that used to be his property called Seyon Ranch. Along with Kelly and her husband (they have two grown daughters), the property is home to two rescued dogs, two cats and an adopted cow that was cared for by Kelly after the passing of the calf’s mother.

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H o me & G ar d e n The studio has a comfortable setting where Kelly is able to hold her book club or enjoy the midnight lighting while sipping on a glass of wine. The studio is filled with her artwork and a variety of objects that she has collected. Kelly says, “I’m a hoarder of old things.” Most of her finds come from thrift stores, such as old paintings, which she loves to paint over to transform into her own works of art. The studio isn’t the only part of her home where her talent shines. When flooding destroyed the basement, she and her husband decided to strip the entire area to make it their own. Within a seven-year timespan, the couple transformed the entire basement into a Boston-style pub. Kelly taught herself how to create old finishes for the walls, which are shown with stained brick and an aluminum-style ceiling. The furniture in the pub was collected over time from thrift stores, and the walls are decorated with her husband’s Marine memorabilia. Her husband also built the bar where guests are served. Just like her paintings and murals, Kelly’s artful additions to her home are everevolving. While Kelly has a vision for her space, she continues to allow the whimsicality of her craft to define the place where her art and heart call home.

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A Royal Experience at Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine and Spirits By Lynn Solomon

Ever experience “plate envy” while dining out in a restaurant? You look across the table and the grieving process begins. You can’t believe food has become this important because you are actually mourning the loss of a menu item that you almost ordered but that was ordered instead by your dining companion. Etiquette dictating, you confirm suspicions that you “misordered” by asking for a bite. Dang! The food on your neighbor’s plate is way tastier and more satisfying than yours. “How did I not see that coming?” you ask yourself. For our new feature, “The Best Bites on the Menu,” Tallahassee Woman will be sampling dishes from local restaurants and offering our take on what we believe to be the best things on the menu. Rather than say what not to order, we will simply hit the highlights and hopefully help you avoid having to say, “Hey, looks like you really out-ordered me this time.”

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est Bites visits the jewel of the Gaines Street district on the city’s south side. Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine and Spirits is where art and culture collide with food, creating a deliciously holistic dining experience.

“We are self-proclaimed foodies and lovers of international food,” says owner Sharon Ames-Dennard. Both clinical psychologists, Sharon and her husband, Dana, opened the restaurant two years ago to rave reviews.

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Nicknamed the “Psyche-Chef,” Sharon promises “A Royal Experience” in the tagline. What she actually delivers is a “food intervention” where mind, body and spirit are intertwined in surroundings fit for a king or queen.


Visitors from all over the world come to savor the flavors of the Mediterranean, Africa, India, the Caribbean, China and the United States. Nefetari’s recently hosted a soccer player from Ethiopia, a CEO from Finland, a writer from the United Kingdom and an artist from China. It’s no wonder that many of the dishes were created from Sharon’s personal experiences living in Los Angeles and traveling the world. They are assisted by their dynamic team of chefs, who hail from Chicago to Miami.

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Each dish served at Nefetari’s has been thoroughly vetted by all ages and ethnicities and is authentically spiced from its region of origin. For example, the Caribbean sorrel elixir is brewed from a dried hibiscus-like plant that is actually from Jamaica. It is served alongside a raw, pressed Island Ginger brew on a complimentary basis to first-time patrons soon after they are seated. So with tiny elixir shots knocked back and menus at hand, it’s time to pose the proverbial Best Bites question: “What is the best thing on the menu?” Here is a hint: “This is absolutely the only place in town that serves Ethiopian Stew,” says Sharon. “People come in for it for two reasons—either they have had it and they love it or they have never had it and they want to try it,” she says with an enthusiastic laugh. Consisting of chopped vegetables and lentils with a meat accompaniment or not, spicy Ethiopian Stew is served on spongy Injera bread. Traditionally eaten with the hands using the bread to pinch the food, it’s a great way for families to expose older children to a culturally rich dining experience.

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Standout starters include the Firestarter shrimp (they are not kidding about the explosion in your mouth), ground lamb nachos topped with feta, and lump crab cakes with a lemon dill finish, all fit for a Pharaoh. Enviable main dishes include possibly the best thing on the menu: a fresh-as-a-daisy Greek Snapper, seasoned well and fried to perfection, topped with pickled onions and olives. Heed this warning: the delicious wild mushroom ravioli could be stolen from your plate by fellow diners when you are not looking. Pad Thai, forbidden rice, and curry and jerk-seasoned dishes are available with tofu, chicken, shrimp or lamb. Dessert may include a sinfully rich chocolate cake or a delicate and flavorful pistachio cheesecake. Facilitating health and wellness associated with eating hormone free, organic food in an unhurried atmosphere is part of the “royal treatment” experience at Nefetari’s. “We are what we eat; consume quality” is Sharon’s mantra. For an upcharge, this can be done in grand style at the “Queen’s Table.” Situated mid-room, set with opulent stemware and capped by golden chairs replicating those of Egyptian royalty, it is the perfect birthday dinner venue. Speaking of beautiful stemware, upon inspection, not a single water spot could be found on a glistening glass. That’s because Nefetari’s is one of 25 restaurants in the state recognized for maintaining a perfect sanitation and safety record. “You can also tell a lot about the overall cleanliness of a restaurant by the condition of the restrooms,” Sharon added with one eyebrow raised. TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 83


TheDi s h | B e s t B i t e s Although there is a full bar serving cocktails, wine and beer, there are no two-for-one “drink specials” because the mental health professional in Sharon does not believe it’s healthy for restaurants to make their margins by serving people more alcohol than they should consume. Not that she is against festivity. Jazz and blues bands perform on the weekends, often showcasing students with the goal of developing relationships with artists on both campuses. On Mondays, Nefetari’s hosts a cultural calendar that includes art auctions, independent films, healthy cooking and networking. There is a wine and dessert tasting every Wednesday. It’s all part of their mission to bring the community together. Also putting Nefetari’s on the global radar is the twice-yearly, one-of-a-kind Mystery Dinner Theatre—written, directed and produced by Sharon, with titles like “Who Killed King Tut” and “Murder and Mayhem in N’awlins.” People are coming from several states away for the six-course, “who-done-it” dinner, complete with a costume contest and a signature drink.

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Nefetari’s is located at 812 Macomb Street, across from Voodoo Dog, one block off of Gaines Street and is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are on the menu. For more information and reservations call (850) 210-0548 and visit their website at nefetaris.com.


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My Printer Has a Poltergeist! By Adrienne DeWolfe

I

think my printer is haunted.

Now I’ll admit, I’m not exactly tech savvy. I just pretend to be because I write about APIs, DPIs, FPIs and other mindnumbing acronyms ending in “PI” for a high-tech company. My client, who has every geek gizmo 10 minutes after it appears on the market, takes great delight in lampooning my clamshell cell phone—you know the kind that flips open, is thicker than a roll of quarters, and weighs as much as a cantaloupe. But I figure I’m the smart one: I only pay $19.99 per month to contact other human beings via my cell (which is a testament to the manufacturing genius of Motorola. I mean, dropping this dinosaur into the toilet cannot kill it!)

Nevermind that I’d already tried two computer cables, thereby proving that cables weren’t the issue. The bozo INSISTED that all the cables that I could possibly purchase in my hometown were problematic and that he must mail me a replacement. So I waited. And I waited. (Was my cable being shipped to Texas by way of Neptune?) Fast-forward three weeks. It was Thursday night. I was sitting alone in my living room, minding my own business and watching my favorite television series (The Vampire Diaries).

But I digress.

Suddenly, my freaked-out cat came tearing down the hall. His jade-colored eyes were as big as kiwis.

My printer is haunted!

“Uh-oh,” I thought. “What did the little stinker do this time?”

To fully appreciate the magnitude of this trauma, you need to understand that “The Fiend” went rogue only 10 weeks after I purchased it. No matter what the bozos in tech support told me to do, my printer refused to cough up Chapter Five of AvaStar, the fantasy fiction novel that I’m writing.

And then I heard it: the insidious clackety-clack, clackety-clack.

Then the head tech bozo (who was reading from a script) claimed that my computer cable must be interfering with the natural order of his printer.

Fearing the worst—a bug infestation—I did what any ablebodied Texas bachelorette would do: I grabbed a can of Raid and a baseball bat. (Hey, roaches are as big as hummingbirds in Texas. I kid you not!) TALLAHASSEE WOMAN • O c to b e r /N ove m b e r 2015 85


F u n n y G irl As my ferocious watch-cat cowered under the couch, I crept valiantly through the darkness and the dust bunnies, following that mysterious clackety-clacking down the hall, through the living room, toward the office where I write my books.

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As I paused on the threshold, the shrieks of dying werewolves blaring from my TV, all kinds of horrific visions assailed my brain. I imagined that a giant wood roach was gnawing on my desk—or worse, that it was defecating on my only printed copy of the novel that I’m writing. And that really ticked me off. Prepared to defend my precious manuscript, I flipped on the light. Imagine my surprise. On my desk sat Old Faithful, my computer, completely shut down and switched off. But my freaky printer had turned itself on and was spewing out Chapter 5. (Picture Adrienne’s flesh prickling to the strains of Twilight Zone.) “Well, whaddaya know?” I thought. “Maybe that useless piece of junk isn’t so useless after all.” So I printed a photo of Ian Somerhalder (just to test The Fiend, of course), grabbed a pint of cookies-’n-cream from the freezer (to soothe the cat, silly), and returned to my living room to watch Elijah get staked for the umpteenth time on The Vampire Diaries. (I mean, honestly. As much as I adore watching actor Daniel Gillies portray the character of Elijah as a suave sophisticate with a hint of emotional vulnerability, how STUPID can a 1,000 year-old-vampire be?) Oopsie daisy! Looks like I digressed again. Over the next few weeks of my (otherwise uneventful) writer’s life, I struck a truce with my printer—which I dubbed HAL. I discovered that if I rebooted him EVERY SINGLE TIME I wanted to print a document, HAL would spit one out. And it was usually the document I wanted.

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Fast-forward four more weeks. Saturday started like any other. I was sitting alone in my home office, minding my own business (again), and writing the next chapter in my novel. HAL loomed at my elbow, his green light glowing to indicate he was on. (All that cheerful greenness was the ruse of a psychotic processor. You know that.) Suddenly, without warning, HAL spit out something metallic. It went speeding across the room, ricocheted off a lamp fixture (nearly decapitating me), then buried itself in the ever-frolicking, ever propagating, army of dust bunnies. Next, HAL made a horrific grinding noise, crumpled sideways and expired. HAL has refused to resuscitate ever since. (And I really don’t think a jury of my writing peers would convict me for that teensy-weensy swing of the baseball bat.) Yep. I’m pretty sure my printer has a poltergeist. Does anyone know a cheap exorcist?

About Adrienne DeWolfe: Published by Bantam Books and Avon Books, Adrienne DeWolfe is an award-winning genre fiction novelist and book writing coach based in Texas. She offers the free, downloadable report,“20 Questions Editors Ask Before Buying Your Book,” which can be accessed at eepurl.com/eGgbs. For more humorous articles about the writing life, check out her blog online at WritingNovelsThatSell.com. Source: Ezinearticles.com


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