Appleton Museum of Art: Art Of The Robot

Showcased are 45 robots created by 16 artists expressing the issues and contradictions of living in modern society.

Artists use their art work to reflect the world around them so it is only natural to discover that robots have become a part of reflection. Each of the artists invited to participate in this exhibit have a unique way of portraying their robot creations-through paintings, prints, found object sculptures, photographs and other materials. The Art of the Robot exhibit features works by: Don L. Jones, Pittsburgh; Amy Flynn, Raleigh, NC; Nemo Gould, Oakland, Calif; Eric Joyner, San Francisco; Tim Warchocki, Winter Garden, Fla; CyberCraft Robots, St. Petersburg, Fla; Richard Muller, Altadena, Calif; Brian Despain, Seattle, Wash.; Mark Brown, Easthampton, MA; Donna Sophronia-Sims, Birmingham, AL; Lisa Grothman Ryan, Wilmette, Ill; Will Wagenaar, Port Richey, Fla; Heather Heilman Loercher and Howie Hartman, Wrightsville, PA.

 

Exhibit Dates: June 22, 2013 – September 22, 2013

Create Your Own Robot at the activity station in the exhibit!

Join us for Family Day ROBOTS! on Saturday, August 10 from 10am to 5pm

www.appletonmuseum.org/exhibits/upcoming/

Florida Grand Opera: La Traviata

She was one of the most desirable women in Paris but was labeled by society as “la traviata,” a woman who has gone astray. When she at last meets a young man with whom she truly falls in love, his father demands a supreme sacrifice from her to save the family’s reputation. Her broken heart and the disease that ravages her body bring her to an early and tragic death. Verdi’s Violetta Valéry is one of opera’s most sublimely drawn characters, and La traviata has continued to captivate audiences for more than 150 years. Verdi’s glorious music and Violetta’s moving demise make La traviata one of grand opera’s most compelling experiences.

 

Show Details

May 02, 2013 – May 05, 2013

BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
201 SW 5 Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-462-0222
Admission: $60-$200

Great American Pie Festival

Grab a Slice of Life.

 

For the twelfth year in a row, the town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World on April 27th and 28th, 2013 when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together the Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®. The highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings and beverages from some of our fine sponsors!

This year, pie lovers from across the country will be treated to sweet offerings by Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, J. Horner’s Desserts, Kroger’s Private Selection, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Rocky Mountain Pies, Tippin’s Pies, Smucker’s Toppings, Village Inn and Wick’s Pies.

Thousands can make their own pies at the Pie Creation Station. There will be pie decorating, pie art, chef hat decorating and many more pie activities to enjoy. The Pietopia Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants features entertainment and baking demonstration by chefs from across the country. Of course, no pie festival would be complete without a Pie Eating Contest, sponsored by Private Selection.

Host Hotel: Caribe Royale

Experience more than 53 lush, tropical acres, guests will discover 1,218 spacious, well-appointed one-bedroom suites, 120 luxurious two-bedroom lakeside villas, expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality and service, and a wealth of desirable dining options and hotel amenities that will appeal to both families and business professionals alike. And it all can be found just minutes from the area’s world famous theme parks and attractions. — Book Direct

Pie Festival Agenda

Lakeside Park
Celebration, Florida

Saturday, April 27
11AM-7PM

Sunday, April 28
12PM-5PM

To learn more, visit: Great American Pie Festival

3rd Annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival

CELTIC TRADITIONS AND NEW MUSIC RETURN TO ORMOND BEACH

“Will ye be wantin’ a bit of haggis with that?” Ormond Beach’s third annual celebration of all things Celtic returns to Rockefeller Gardens on April 19, 20 and 21, 2013, expecting over 10,000 people in attendance.  Celtic vendors, Celtic food and, most importantly Celtic music will be featured for the duration of the festival.  The festival opens on the evening of April 19 with a whisky tasting and a concert featuring acclaimed Irish harpists Grainne Hambly and William Jackson, as well as the Scots pop band Drever-McGuire-Young.

“As Ormond Beach has Scottish lineage it is only fitting that it be host to a major Florida Celtic Festival embracing all of the Celtic nations – this year’s headliners come from Ireland and Scotland and include world champions on their respective instruments – we expect that the Celtic festival will be a continuing major component of Ormond Beach cultural endeavors,” said festival founder Chuck Spano—who is also involved behind the scenes in developing various Florida-based music festivals, hoping to bring the gift of music to as many folks as possible.

Everything moves outdoors on Saturday where, in addition to non-stop music on three stages, there will be an opportunity to watch real Highland Games including a Caber Toss, Sheaf Throw and Hammer Toss.  Rosie O’Grady’s pipe band will parade the grounds several times each day leading a procession of the gathered clans throughout around the park. There will be plenty of opportunities to fill your plate either with fresh food in the Celtic tradition or more American fare.  And, of course, there will be lots of Guinness and other beers to drink.

 

If the music makes you feel like dancing, be there at 5 pm Saturday, April 20 for the céilí – a Celtic dance party.  Festival musicians will provide the tunes on fiddle, flute, tin whistle, guitar and bodhrán.  Celtic caller will teach the steps and you’ll be jigging, flinging and stepping in no time.

As soon as the dance is over, the headliners take to the stage for an evening’s entertainment under the stars.

 

Festival Schedule at a Glance

Friday, April 19

Whiskey Tasting – 5 pm-6:30 pm,
Advance reservations – $26; tickets at the event – $31

Opening Concert featuring Grainne Hambly and William Jackson and Drever-McGuire-Young

Tickets adults – $18/children under 12 – $9
Whiskey tasting/concert combo ticket $40

Saturday, April 20

Festival in Rockefeller Gardens – 10 am- 9 pm
Tickets $5/children under 12 free

Sunday, April 21

Festival in Rockefeller Gardens – 10 am-4 pm
Tickets $5/children under 12 free

Two day Festival Pass – $8
All Festival Pass – $45 advance sale/ $50 during the Festival

This event sponsored in part by Ormond Beach Mainstreet, Richey Auto Group, S.R. Perrott, Brighthouse Networks, News-Journal Corporation, Black Crow Media, TD Bank and the City of Ormond Beach.

 

Whisky Tasting

Experience a magnificent evening with a whisky tasting to launch the Ormond Beach Celtic Music Festival. This year’s hosts are Art McIntosh and Terry Henson, founders of the Central Florida Malt Whisky Cabinet. This private whisky tasting club is fast becoming Central Florida’s premier whisky tasting experience. The “Cabinet” founders, Central Floridians Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Henson were honored to present the whisky tasting at the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games this January. The two men share their love of single malt whisky by presenting a unique collection of rare and special whiskys combined with music, education, poetry, and camaraderie. Expect to taste some Scottish single malt whiskys you likely have never sampled before. Come experience this very special night of single malt whiskys and whisky lovers; surely a night to be remembered.

The Details:
Whisky Tasting – Anderson-Price Building
When: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
For Reservation, Please visit: Celtic Whisky Tasting

 

Plan Your Visit and Discover Ormond Beach MainStreet

 

Please join us in making Ormond Beach MainStreet the “place to go” for entertainment, shopping, farmer’s market, dining, and cultural activities. Our vision is to see downtown Ormond Beach become one of the most cultural, historic, aesthetic, and economically-healthy communities on Florida’s East Coast.

Ormond Beach MainStreet is a non-profit volunteer-based organization established in 1995. There are 2,000 MainStreet community programs nationwide, established by a National Trust.

For information on day trips or weekend stays, please visit: Ormond Beach MainStreet 

 

He She We The Exhibition

Featuring Florida contemporary artists Doug Hays, Sculptor and Brenda Heim, Abstract Expressionist
 

“The Exhibition” features both independent works of sculpture and paint, and the melding of two artists’ different skill sets for collaborating on community projects – the results:  HE SHE WE…

. . . a visual story of two artists, their unique “HE SHE” partnership, and how– beyond studio and museum walls—they integrate patrons into “WE” community projects and public art commissions, ultimately weaving art into the fabric of the environment. Creative partners include City of Eustis, Cornerstone Hospice, First Green Bank and City of Mount Dora.

One of the sculptures on display, entitled “Inspiration” is the result of a recent “WE” project with 85, 4th grade students. Through a series of classroom dialogs and field trips, they learned the process of creating art for public spaces from concept to installation and fundraising to philanthropy. Additionally they learned about how other careers support a viable artist career. “Inspiration” was created with the students in mind by the artists and will be an act of philanthropy with the students, as a donation to the museum.

Richard D. Colvin, Director/LEMA, states “Irish playwright J. M. Synge wrote, “All art is collaboration.” What…has each artist learned from the other?  What is shared?  What differs? The Lake Eustis Museum of Art is proud to display this dynamic and challenging exhibition of Heim and Hays’ art. Both artists have impressive reputations on a national scale, and a broad cross-section of public and private patronage. It is a pure pleasure to display their talent, technique and industry.”

On March 9, the exhibition will be utilized for noted art historian and museum professional, Dr. Arthur Blumenthal, as he conducts his popular workshop “How To Look At Art!” – a fun, transformational, and interactive workshop that has been offered at major North American museums. After decades of watching viewers struggle with art, Dr. Blumenthal developed a participatory course that embraces “Slow Looking,” meticulous description, humor, and insightful thinking using the participant’s own visual powers.  Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times states “Slow looking, like slow cooking, may yet become the new radical chic.”

How To Look At Art!

Noted art historian and museum professional, Dr. Arthur Blumenthal, will be conducting his popular one-day workshop “HOW TO LOOK AT ART!” at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art on Saturday, March 9, from 10 am to 4 pm.

“HOW TO LOOK AT ART!” is a fun, transformational, and interactive workshop that has been offered at major North American museums. Developed by Dr. Blumenthal after decades of watching viewers struggle with art, the non-lecture, participatory course embraces “Slow Looking,” meticulous description, humor, and insightful thinking using the participant’s own visual powers.

The tuition is $45, or $40 for LEMA members. This covers a full day of personal instruction in the galleries, snacks, coffee, and all instructional material. Enrollment is limited to 25 people. To register, call 352.483.2900 or visit: www.lakeeustisartmuseum.org

 

The Exhibition Schedule:

Lake Eustis Museum of Art/LEMA, Eustis, Florida
Exhibition March 8 – April 28, 2013

Friday March 8,  Opening Reception 6-8pm

Saturday March 9,  Dr. Blumenthal workshop 10am-4pm

For More Information about HE SHE WE and the artists visit: www.HeSheWeArt.com

TO REGISTER FOR “How To Look At Art!”, contact LEMA Director Richard D. Colvin 352-483-2900  www.lakeeustisartmuseum.org and to learn more about Dr. Blumenthal visit:  http://lovingart.net/

HE SHE WE The Exhibition – is sponsored in part by Quammen Health Care Consultants and First Green Bank

 

Plan Your Vacation:

Cultural offerings while visiting Lake County include a range of explorations: antiquing, public art, galleries, theatre, Nature & Lakes via Trout Lake Nature Center.  From quaint bed & breakfasts to full-service resorts to campgrounds, there is something for every traveler. Start planning your trip at: www.lakecountyfl.com

Suggested dining in Eustis: Olivia’s, Café Gianni, The Cuban Place, Thai Sushi America, Sol De Mexico or Mount Dora’s Goblin Market…

Suggested B & B accommodations, visit: Lake County Bed & Breakfast

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show / Feb. 15-19, 2013

The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will return to the Convention Center. This Show will welcome the best from the art world from around the world – art connoisseurs, private collectors, museum curators, and high-end interior designers. With exhibitors showcasing fine art, jewelry, furniture and sculpture, this largest show of its kind is always a success in the art fair genre.

In the Spotlight

Whether your passions run to sparkling diamonds, emeralds and pearls or a first edition of your favorite author; a 17th century rug or an art deco lounge chair, you are sure to find it here. Master craftsmen in the realms if fine jewels, art and antiques are all found under one roof.  An educational lecture series open to the public will feature industry experts offering their extensive knowledge on a variety of captivating topics. Specialists such as curators, skinners and conservators will provide an abundance of information and entertainment throughout the weekend.

To learn more visit: www.palmbeachshow.com

Annie Leibovitz Photo Exhibition at Norton Museum of Art

This exhibition runs from January 17, 2013 through June 9, 2013—features 39 iconic photographs the Museum acquired from the internationally-renowned photographer, and focuses on work that is direct, straightforward, and relies on an essential element of all great portraits–a vital connection between artist and subject.  Exhibition curator Charles Stainback has long admired Leibovitz’s work, but believes too much emphasis has been put on a select few images from the artist’s overall oeuvre —Whoopee Goldberg, Steve Martin, “John and Yoko”—that have become as famous as the people they portray. While the images in this exhibition are also of celebrities, they are quieter, more subtle, and in some ways, more provocative and interesting than the images that made Leibovitz a household name. This exhibition shines a light on work that should no longer be overlooked.

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris 1988. New York City Archival pigmaent print 16 X 20 inches © Annie Leibovitz
 

MUSEUM HOURS

Tuesday          10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday    10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday        10 AM – 9 PM
Friday             10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday        10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           11 AM –  5 PM

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

The Museum Store offers wonderful gifts for every taste and occasion as well as colorful exhibition-related books, catalogs, accessories, and other items.  So save some time to explore the Store. It’s just off the main lobby and open during Museum hours.

For more information visit: www.norton.org or call for your guided tour (561) 832-5196

Florida State Fair / February 7-18, 2013

Fairgoers can enjoy the largest midway in the Southeast that features more than 100 rides. Enjoy the fair food corn dogs, cotton candy, and fried things that you’d never thought of frying before.
Exhibitors from all over the country continue the tradition of showing off their handiwork. Thousands of 4H and FFA kids will be here to showcase their animals, of course a visit to the Florida State Fair isn’t complete without Reliving Rural Florida’s Past at Cracker Country. Florida’s Largest Classroom will be teaching everything from agriculture, history to environment.

Gates open daily at 9:00 a.m. The Midway opens at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Expo Hall is open from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. Most other exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Cracker Country is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.floridastatefair.com

Sandy Shaughnessy On the Future of “Culture Builds Florida”

 Sandy Shaughnessy, is the director of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.

 

A&G – WHY CULTURE BUILDS FLORIDA?

Culture Builds Florida was established as a campaign for the Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida’s state arts agency, to spotlight the vital role of arts and culture in our state. The initiative was launched with a well-attended conference in Tampa that attracted representatives of various sectors, including non-profits and for-profit businesses, state and local government, and artists themselves. Along with a dedicated social media strategy, we established the Culture Builds Florida blog to spotlight the Division, and the role played by the arts in Florida’s economy and lifestyle. Our agency will use Culture Builds Florida to successfully promote the arts, and to show how they benefit every resident of this state, and every visitor to this state.

 

A&G – WHY NOW?

When Florida’s economy suffered during the national recession, cultural organizations felt a significant hit. As our state’s economy recovers – and even when it’s back to full-strength – we need to stress the importance of the arts and culture to our state. And to show how Florida’s cultural community contributes to our economy in a very significant way.

 

A&G – WHAT’S THE MAIN GOAL/MISSION OF CULTURE BUILDS FLORIDA?

Our primary mission is to grow public understanding about the benefits of arts and culture to Florida’s lifestyle, and to its economy. 

 

A&G – WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MAIN PRIORITIES NOW?

The three main priorities for this campaign have remained consistent. Culture Builds Florida intends to advance the conversation about arts and culture – and their benefits for our state and its people. We’re also working to engage Florida’s broad and diverse cultural community, particularly those organizations and businesses unable to participate in the Division’s grant programs, in order to unify our cultural community. Finally, we want to position the Division of Cultural Affairs as the leading resource about Florida’s cultural treasures, in order to help our cultural community thrive.

 

A&G – TELL US ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT, ON FLORIDA, OF THE CULTURAL SCENE.

The arts and cultural industry have an annual impact of $3 billion in the state of Florida, and they contribute to a better life for all Floridians, and a better experience for visitors. With an $8-to-$1 return on investment for public dollars, the arts are an excellent investment. Visitors and residents alike make important contributions to our economy by supporting them. And beyond the dollars and cents, the cultural community contributes in myriad other ways to the quality of life here. You can read more about the economic impact of the arts at www.florida-arts.org/resources/factsheet/. 

 

A&G – HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE, IN GENERAL, THE CULTURAL SCENE/AMENITIES IN OUR STATE?

Florida’s arts and cultural scene is unmatched in its diversity. From major urban centers to rural landscapes, you can find the arts – and talented people creating them – everywhere. You can learn about the whole world and its history through the arts in Florida. You can find traditional African drum and dance alongside the great symphonies and ballets of the European masters. Our museums showcase art that’s contemporary and ancient, international and local. And Floridians can access a wealth of cultural resources without traveling far.

 

A&G – HOW CAN WE MORE-EFFECTIVELY GET THE MESSAGE OUT ABOUT FLORIDA’S CULTURAL AMENITIES…TO BOTH VISITORS AND RESIDENTS?

Everyone needs to be an arts advocate. Spread the word about the festivals, museums, theaters, artists, and performers that you’ve been enjoying. Sometimes people can be too quick to assume what others will or will not be interested in based on age, wealth, or other demographics. Encourage everyone to check out the cultural amenities in our state, from street musicians and outdoor murals to concert halls and upscale galleries.

 

A&G – HOW, IN YOUR VIEW, CAN FLORIDA’S CULTURAL AMENITIES ENHANCE OUR ECONOMY?

Florida’s cultural amenities and organizations already enhance Florida’s economy in a big way. In 2012, Florida was home to 67,487 arts-related businesses that employed 217,406 people. Over 57-million people attend cultural events in our state each year. In addition to ticket prices, attendance at these events also generates income for other local businesses, such as restaurants, parking garages, hotels,  and retail stores.

 

A&G – DO YOU THINK, IN SOME WAYS, THAT OUR IMAGE OF SUN AND FUN HURTS THE PERCEPTION OF OUR CULTURAL AMENITIES?

I don’t think it hurts the perception of Florida’s cultural offerings, but perhaps it overshadows it sometimes in the popular imagination. I think they can – and should – go hand-in-hand. For example, some of the greatest visual art from our state depicts our beautiful landscapes, among them beaches. We should use art to promote the “fun in the sun” aspect of Florida…but also encourage visitors who come for the beaches to enjoy our cultural offerings, as well.

 

A&G – DESCRIBE HOW YOU SEE THE FLORIDA CULTURAL SCENE IN TEN YEARS.

That’s hard to say, but I believe that if we all work together to show the importance of the arts to Florida’s economy and quality of life, our cultural scene will be in a very good place. If we can encourage more business, community, and government support for our cultural organizations, they’ll be more resilient when faced with unforeseen economic or environmental events. And everyone in Florida, as well as everyone who visits Florida, will reap the rewards.

 

A&G – HOW CAN ART & GATOR HELP ENHANCE THE RECOGNITION AND PERCEPTION OF THIS STATE’S CULTURAL LIFE?

Art & Gator can be an important resource for both Floridians and visitors, by connecting them with our diverse cultural organizations and events. By promoting culture along with Florida’s outdoor offerings, I think Art & Gator has the potential to raise the profile of both…and to show that they often go hand-in-hand. A trip to Florida that doesn’t involve arts and culture is a missed opportunity – and Art & Gator can help spread that message.

 

A&G – WHY ARE YOU PARTNERING WITH ART & GATOR?

Art & Gator partly came out of the initial Culture Builds Florida conference, and because the magazine has many of the same goals as the campaign, we’re happy to be on the same team. We hope to see Art & Gator flourish, and continue its important work in promoting Florida’s cultural offerings.

 

A&G – HOW DO YOU SEE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURE BUILDS FLORIDA AND ART & GATOR EVOLVING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

I hope we’ll be able to help Art & Gator draw attention to some of the great cultural events in our state, many of which come from the Division of Cultural Affair’s grantees. As we help Art & Gator spotlight some of these organizations and their offerings, we hope the publication can, in turn, help further the goals of the Culture Builds Florida campaign, by promoting our cultural community.

 

A&G – WHAT’S YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO OUR STATE’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY?

The cultural industry puts Floridians to work, stimulates tourism, and provides accessibility to quality community services that attract skilled workers. It’s an industry that provides jobs, highlights the diversity of our state, creates connections to our heritage…and reminds us that Florida is truly a special place in which to live and work. When employees are involved in the arts, they’re more engaged, creative, and productive. Any way you look at it, the arts are good for business in Florida!

 

A&G – WHAT’S YOUR (PERSONAL) MAIN MESSAGE TO FLORIDIANS?

This year, as we commemorate the 500 years since Florida’s first documented European encounter with the Viva Florida 500 celebration, I encourage all Floridians to check out the great arts and culture events in their communities. History is told through art, and the accumulation of art throughout history builds our culture. In 2013, take advantage of the arts to appreciate this state, its people, and its history.

 

A&G – WHAT’S YOUR MAIN MESSAGE TO THE READERS OF ART & GATOR?

Florida’s cultural diversity provides a wealth of opportunities for visitors and Floridians alike. There’s always something new to discover here. So take advantage of it, and help us spread the word that Culture Builds Florida. Visit:www.culturebuildsflorida.org

 

About Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

The Division of Cultural Affairs supports the arts and culture in communities throughout Florida through services, resources and grants. Visit: www.florida-arts.org/

Einstein on Food & Wine / Feb. 2, 2013

This year’s event will feature a tremendous variety of wine, a beer garden, celebration of the senses throughout the science center, samplings from top local restaurants, restaurant competition, live entertainment, and a charity auction all for a significant cause, the education programs at MOSI.

MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Einstein on Food & Wine has provided $1.9 million of funding to MOSI for science education programs and community scholarships.

Einstein on Food & Wine 2013 has a variety of ways to get involved from sponsorship, to silent auction items and restaurant participation to volunteering. Get involved today!