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Thursday, 30 October 2008 12:42

And All That Free JAZZ! Featured

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Karl_Hunter.pngOnce again, one of the longest running and well known free live Jazz events in the country was a huge success.

The popularity of jazz in Clearwater began in the 70’s with a 10 day series of jazz concerts held from the back of a flatbed truck at various venues around the City of Clearwater including concerts series performed at the historical Ft, Harrison Hotel.  From there the jazz craze developed into our present day “Clearwater Jazz Holiday” drawing tens of thousands of jazz fans each year.

Over the years, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has presented in concert almost every jazz star and has become internationally renowned for hosting such legends as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephan Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra to list a few.

Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:52

A New Jen-eration: Art & Music Celebration

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Jen-eration: Art & Music Celebration

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The Jennifer Nolletti Memorial Art Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarship funds to students in need so they may continue their education in art or music.  The Foundation is a registered non-profit 501-c-3 corporation established in 2008, and is funded by individuals who agree that art & music are essential to the development of well-rounded individuals who can think outside the box.  Jennifer’s favorite saying: “To discover new oceans, you must have the courage to lose sight of the shore” - Lord Chesterfield.

Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:16

New Sculptures in Downtown Clearwater

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Downtown_Street_Art.pngDowntown Development Board’s Treasurer Geri Aranjo and Vice Mayor George Cretekos attended the celebration of the City of Clearwater’s new outdoor art gallery, Sculpture 360: Art in the Cleveland Street District, and recognized the three artists whose sculptures are on exhibit in the Cleveland Street Medians. “Shanti” (meaning “peace”) by Claudia Jane Klein of Lake Worth, FL is one of three sculptures on Cleveland Street—located across from Starbucks and Jamba Juice.

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Thursday, 14 August 2008 19:51

“Crime’s a Cookin”

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Take Two…Awards at the 48 Hour Film Project

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According to their website “The 48 Hour Film Project” (48HFP) is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.

Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:32

CELEBRITY ARTIST TO PAINT FLOWERS ON

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thebabe1.jpgWest coast Artist Robert Blehert will PAINT  'FLORAL PORTRAITS' THIS MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

TARPON SPRINGS, April 24, 2008 --- Art on the Docks is proud to announce the return of celebrity artist Robert Blehert this Mother's Day weekend, May 10th and 11th.  Blehert, who made his debut appearance in the Tampa Bay area last year, will paint what he calls, "Floral Essence Portraits" on both days between 11 am and 6pm. Art on the Docks is located on the Sponge Docks at 735 Dodecanese Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, FL

 

Wednesday, 16 April 2008 08:06

Photography in Palm Harbor

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Old Palm Harbor Main Street Hosting the Second in a Series of Art Shows and Exhibits

Old Palm Harbor Main Street (OPHMS) is proud to present the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA) at Harbor Hall on April 25, 2008 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00PM.

The exhibitors for this show are very talented local photographers David Lawrence, Tony Blue, David Ewart, Steve Carlisle, and Ric Savid.

Along with a wonderful collection of stunning and thought provoking photographs, OPHMS will offer complimentary Hors Devourers and a Black and White Martini tasting.

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Adam Sigal at the Gasparilla Film Festival The Gasparilla Film Festival ends Sunday, but when the lights go out and the projector stops, a Clearwater film writer hopes his career will take off in Hollywood. "The film making process was very long," said film writer Adam Sigal. Twenty-five-year-old Sigal left for Hollywood just after graduating from Clearwater High School. Watch this interview here.
He will remember the name of his film, "Daydreamer," blinking in big red lights at the Gasparilla Film Festival. Yeah, it's a dream," Sigal said. "I don't want to say it's a daydream because I would like for it to be happening more often."

The festival is a chance to get someone to buy his first-ever feature film. It does a couple things," Sigal said. "It gets my name out there to some extent. I meet a lot of people who are in the industry: investors, producers and directors and all that kind of stuff. It's kind of a promotional thing for me."
Saturday, 08 March 2008 16:30

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

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The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI returns, weekends February 23, 2008 – April 6, 2008 10am - 6pm, plus Friday, March 28, 10am - 4pm.
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is like walking through the gates of time to another age where guests from around the Tampa Bay Area, the South, the country and sometimes the world get a taste of 16th century life.

For 30 years the Bay Area Renaissance Festival has delighted visitors with an authentic taste of life in England almost 500 years ago. The Festival has a cast of over 300 professional actors and musicians. The royal court is led by King Henry VIII himself and His Majesty’s sixth and final wife, Queen Catherine Parr, who will once again welcome guests to shire of Fittlesworth, charming guests of all ages.

 

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 09:05

Downtown Clearwater Poetry Walk

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Artists in Action International and the Main Street Program are partnering to celebrate National Poetry Month with a day of poetry at various venues along Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venues will include Jim Warren Studio, Tony's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Gas Light Alley and Mission Beautification Gallery. Mz. Goose will conduct the youth and teenage readings at Gas Light Alley, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other events will include the release of the Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry, a pocketbook size chapbook of poetry related to downtown Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, and life on the Florida Gulf Coast.

For more information about the Cleveland Street Poetry Walk visit the Artists in Action International web site calendar at http://www.artistsinactionint.org/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 08:23

The Servant of Two Masters

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 A troop of 20th century vaudeville actors travel to Venice and proceed to perform this Italian Renaissance Commedia dell’Arte comedy. The hero is the leading lady Beatrice’s servant Truffaldino, always complaining of an empty stomach. When an opportunity presents itself for him to be the servant of a second master, he see the chance, not for trouble, but for two dinners instead of one. He runs around filling orders and is repeatedly handed letters and money with the simple directions, this is for your master. But which master? The situation is complicated by four lovers, one in disguise, all staying at the same inn.

Actors who owned the best costumes were often cast in the particular and specific comic roles, playing them their entire lives. These beloved stock characters

Wednesday, 05 March 2008 08:15

CALL TO POETS

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Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry – Call for submissions

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Artists in Action International and the Clearwater Main Street Program will co-sponsor the Cleveland Street Poetry Walk on Saturday, April 19, 2008.

Artists in Action International is sponsoring The Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry, a chapbook publication for the Cleveland Street Poetry Walk.

The Little Book of Cleveland Street Poetry release reading will be scheduled as a featured event during the Cleveland Street Poetry Walk.  Copies will be available for sale.

 

Wednesday, 06 February 2008 07:03

M Gallery of Fine Art

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February 1, 2008 Sarasota, Florida -M Gallery of Fine Art in Sarasota, Florida, is proud to announce the names of three artists who have recently been accepted into Salon International 2008:  Jane Chapin, for Lisbon Castle; Deborah Paris for Winter Grey's and Twilight at Scatter Creek; and Ron Sanders for Courtney's Pumpkin.  As one of the four leading national professional art contests, Salon International dedicates its selections to those contemporary artists who are pursuing a path of artistic skill and excellence in the area of traditional representational art.  Awards for the 2008 competition will be announced in April.

 

Thursday, 27 December 2007 20:11

Downtown St. Pete Art Fest Hosted at Baywalk

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 27th, 2007) –  The red carpet is being rolled out to make room for the Inaugural Downtown St. Petersburg Art Fest at BayWalk, near Straub & Vinoy parks.  The entertainment hot spot for shopping and nightlife will be the backdrop to this year’s art festival, which takes place on Saturday, January 5th & Sunday, January 6th, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.   The event is free.

“It’s a great way to start the year in St. Petersburg, since we have such a thriving art community. We’re the unofficial town center for Downtown, so it’s appropriate for an event like this to be showcased at our front door. ” said Amber Overby, spokesperson for BayWalk.

More than 200 local and national artists will transform the central business district into an outdoor art gallery.  Local and national artists were chosen by an independent panel of judges before they were given the thumbs-up to show off their work.  “We’re very proud to be hosting this event, which brings artisans and craftsmen from all over the country,” said Howard Alan, producer of the festival, as well as many other top shows nationwide. “Everything is original and handmade and all made in America,” adds Alan.

Friday, 21 December 2007 10:17

The Arts: Needed Now.. More Than Ever

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I have just seen one of the most artistically and musically expressive films in a long time, "August Rush".

In the film, music is boldly exemplified as the non-physical or spiritual force that unites a separated family…music itself becomes the main story-line here, the backdrop being the relentless search for a boy who has never met his Mom and Dad, and the reunion of those parents.

I was reminded, upon seeing this film, of my own sense of purpose for ever walking out on a stage to entertain audiences throughout my many years of performing and producing music and theater. My purpose re-ignited.

Key word is “purpose”. Surely every performing, literary or fine artist with any sense of integrity to his public in giving a performance or creating an art form, carries their purpose with them.

An artist “gives” a performance or creates an effect through his art …and it is so vitally valuable that these gifts carry the purpose of unburdening or dissolving the most stressful and negatively-impacted elements of our society and uplift the individual recipient.

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