It was very exciting to be invited to repeat this concert, though I’ve changed it up a bit. Hope you can come Friday night and please do bring friends!
A local group is working toward a public charter school for southeast Volusia County. True Learning Cooperative plans to serve 282 students in K-12, offering parents of larger families one location and faculty. TLC plans to open in September of 2015 with an approximate staff of 20-25 certified educators utilizing co-teaching teams.
The innovative education plan will offer a self-paced, literature based, arts and drama focused curriculum utilizing Chronological Study. Literature, Drama and Writing will emphasize the fictional writings of the time period while World Studies will present non-fiction writings and primary sources. Science will be integrated with Literature and World Studies emphasizing topics from the time period being studied.
Revolutionary educational methodologies will include Collaborative/Peer Learning, Tiered Instruction, Literature Circles, Socratic Seminars, Inquiry and Guided Discussion, Project Based Learning and Young Writers Workshops.
TLC will provide an alternative for high school students in the area. Homeschoolers will be given the opportunity to earn high school diplomas from Volusia County Schools by completing their senior year at TLC.
The founding group is seeking those with interest in serving as board members, especially an attorney and those with educational experience.
TLC is planning food service with choices of fresh healthy foods and is also seeking counsel regarding meeting the NSLP requirements.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 3, 4 – 7pm
Exhibition dates: May 3-31, 2014
New Smyrna Beach, FL –– Arts on Douglas presents, Seasonal Crossings, a solo exhibition featuring woodblock prints by artist and printmaker Mollie Doctrow. The exhibition will be on view from May 3, 2014 through May 31, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 3 from 4-7 pm. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Seasonal Crossings features exquisite black and white woodblock prints of native habitats and plant species found in Central and South Florida, Big Cypress, and the Everglades. Mollie Doctrow slogs through swamp lands, weeds, and brush to capture the drama of the environment. Her process begins “on site” with field sketches where she spends time observing and reacting to the details and nuisances of that particular location. She then carves the imagery onto woodblocks, which are later hand-pulled through a printing press with water-based ink on Japanese kozo paper. “Through this artwork I connect to the natural world and hope to bring attention to these fragile environments,” explains Doctrow.
Influenced by East Asian printmaking and Western landscape traditions, Doctrow’s goal is to achieve a balance between the black and white areas, or carved and uncarved areas of the woodblock imagery. To do this the artist explains: “The carving demands spontaneity, letting go, and following the movement or feeling for the form. The carved marks are visual shorthand for simplifying complex images to express rhythm, texture, form, and space,” explains Doctrow.
Mollie Doctrow holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.F.A. in printmaking from California State University, Northridge. As a professional artist, Doctrow has participated in solo and group exhibitions in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. She has received numerous cultural arts fellowships, awards, and grants. Doctrow has held art residencies at Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and Archbold Biological Station. These residencies provided access to remote and pristine areas in Florida, inspiring much of her recent work. She is currently the curator at the South Florida Community College Museum of Florida Art & Culture in Avon Park, Florida.
On Saturday, May 24th, 2014 ~ 9:00 am to 12:00 NOON
The Annual Ship Modelers Remote Control Regatta Show consisting of 2 FOOT TO 8 FOOT MODELS – IN THE WATER, you will get to see tug boats, WWII Navy replicas, as well as steam boats in action.
Come see some of our ships that were displayed at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Science in the SHIPS OF GLORY exhibit. These beautiful models were held over by demand at the Museum for an extended period. You have the opportunity to see “new models” never before shown in public. This is a FREE show, open to all ages!
Hot Dogs and sodas available but on a limited basis – so come early!
The fund raiser we had with the Church was very successful and lots of fun was had by all that attended–We missed those that didn’t make it.
Friday, April 11, 6-7pm: Certified Fine Art Appraiser, Mark Alexander presents the lecture: Spy in the House: Confessions of a Fine Art Appraiser
Saturday, April 12, 9-5pm: Antique Roadshow-Style Fine Art Valuation Day
New Smyrna Beach, FL –– Have you ever wondered if those old paintings and drawings that you inherited from Aunt Lucille were genuine or junk? If so, dust off those works of art and get them professionally evaluated at What’s it Worth?, a 2-day fundraising event at Arts on Douglas. This 2-day program includes a captivating lecture on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6-7pm and antique roadshow-style fine art valuation on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9-5.
Recognized fine art expert, and Director of Art Services 2000 Ltd, Mark Alexander will present a lecture, titled A Spy in the House: Confessions of a Fine Art Appraiser, on Friday April 11th from 6-7pm, followed by a Q/A session. The lecture will interest collectors, artists, and art enthusiasts alike. During the presentation, Alexander will describe what it is like to be a fine art super sleuth. He will reveal some of the spellbinding stories surrounding works of art that he has uncovered over the years. He will cover major aspects of the art appraisal processes–– extensive research, catalog raisonnés, provenance, authentication, and innovative scientific testing techniques–– that are used to identify originals, copies, fakes, and forgeries. The lecture is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9-5, attendees are invited to bring oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, and limited edition fine art prints from their personal collections to be evaluated by Mark Alexander, a fully accredited member of the the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Antiques, glass, ceramics, furniture, collectibles, coins, jewelry, decorative or craft items will not be considered. For a nominal fee participants will receive a one-on-one verbal valuation as well as advice on the care and documentation of artworks and resources for determining their potential value. Please call 386-428-1133 to reserve an appointment for your one-on-one art valuation.
-ACA members: $10 for up to 3 items
-Non-members: $20 for up to 3 items
*All proceeds will be donated to Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Arts Programs.
Art Stroll: 10 to 4
Gallery Walk: 4 to 8
2 pm: Fashion Show, NSBMS students
3 pm: Sunflower Scholarship Silpada Jewelry display
4 pm: Flute Ensemble Performance
April Exhibition: Land and Sea by Frank Ferrante
opening reception, 4 – 8 pm
with artist talk at 6, 6:30 & 7 pm
Music by Jim Bryer, jazz standards
Food courtesy of Beachside Publix
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk April 5
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, April 5, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday of the month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at www.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth 386.690.8666.
Ted Conner and Ron Gilotti in Concert April 5
Music lovers may enjoy a free concert in Christmas Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Ted Conner and Ron Gilotti will play jazz and standards. Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach. Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.
Canal Street Cruise April 12
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 12, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.
New Smyrna Beach Food Festival April 17
The 5th annual New Smyrna Beach Food Festival will fill the beachside from 5-9 p.m., Thursday, April 17, along Flagler Avenue. Diners may sample Volusia County restaurants and enjoy live entertainment along the Avenue. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com.
Easter Egg Hunt April 19
Children may get an early start on their annual search for eggs Saturday, April 19. An Easter egg hunt will begin at noon in Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-9, 10-12. The event is free. Children should bring a basket. Free hot dogs, drinks and activities also will be offered. The event is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach, the Canal Street Special Events Team, and the New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 Free and Accepted Masons of Florida. For more information, please call the City’s Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
Art Walk on Flagler April 26
Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call 386.428.1770.
Flagler Avenue Wine Walk April 26
Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, March 22. During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at 113 Flagler, at the tent at Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com .
Tallahassee, FL ….
CS/HB 731: POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hood, District 25 (R), passed unanimously in the Florida House of Representatives on Monday, April 1 during the Legislative session in Tallahassee. The bill establishes the POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial to recognize the sacrifices made by members of the United State Armed Forces who were held as Prisoners of War or remain Missing in Action. Members of Rolling Thunder, Chapter 8 of the Greater Daytona Beach, area brought the legislation to Senator Dorothy Hukill and Representative Dave Hood who jointly agreed to sponsor the bill. The memorial will be funded by the Florida Chapters of Rolling Thunder, Inc., without any appropriation of state funds and placed within the Capitol Complex in Tallahassee.
On passage of the bill, Rep. Hood stated, “More than 83,000 empty chairs will never be filled by those Americans held as prisoners of war or missing in action since World War II. This simple memorial speaks volumes for what it does not state – that families and their friends will never have their loved ones seated with them at a family dinner again. I am humbled to be a part of honoring these individuals who are members of our Armed Services and am personally embarrassed that it took this long to acknowledge and recognize the great sacrifices made by these brave men and women.”
Should Senate Bill 1628 by Senator Dorothy Hukill pass in the Senate, the act becomes law when it is signed by Governor Rick Scott.
New Smyrna Beach, FL –– For the month of April, Arts on Douglas presents Marks of Memory, a solo exhibition featuring a collection of mixed media paintings and monotypes by Orlando artist, Donne Bitner. The exhibition will be on view from April 5, 2014 through April 26, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 5th from 4-7 pm. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
The title of the exhibition, Marks of Memory, points to the central tenant of Donne Bitner’s artistic practice––the painting process. “When I paint I don’t have a preconceived idea or point of reference from which I work. I never know what the work will look like in the end. My process is one of discovery” explains Bitner. Known for her improvisational method of painting richly layered surfaces, Bitner’s work often incorporate acrylic paints, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, and gesso. With her latest body of work, Bitner demonstrates an ardent drive to experiment with new techniques and media. The exhibition is comprised of ethereal landscape paintings on canvas as well as acrylic monotypes that she produced at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.
Donne Bitner graduated with honors from Penn State University with a degree in Art. She studied at the Slade School at the University of London, and has been a successful full-time studio artist for 25 years. She has been the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards, such as the Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship, Development Grant from the United Arts of Central Florida, and the State of Florida individual Artist Enhancement Grant. Her work is included in the collections of Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Gulf Coast Center for the Arts, Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, Rollins College, State of Florida Capital Collection, Holmes Medical Center, Maitland Museum, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Currently, she teaches watercolor, monotypes, and experimental acrylics at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, and she maintains a studio at McCrae Art Studio.
Arts on Douglas was established in 1996 by artist and Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) founder, Doris Leeper and, artist/benefactor, Ed Harris. Originally conceived as a commercial gallery to promote the work and careers of professional artists from the state of Florida, the gallery has since formalized its affiliation with Atlantic Center for the Arts, combining missions, resources and programs, in order to further facilitate community engagement with the creative arts.
Located in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach, the building was formerly a used furniture warehouse, and originally a 1930′s era Ford showroom and service center. The building was transformed into a 3,500 square foot exhibition space that presents 18 exhibitions a year. The gallery’s ongoing exhibition program features a broad spectrum of artistic styles, media and temperaments, including experimental genres in its newest addition, the alt_space gallery.
The cities of Edgewater, Oak Hill and New Smyrna Beach partnered together as the Southeast Volusia Corridor Improvement Coalition (SVCIC) to apply for a brownfield grant. The cities were successful in obtaining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funding which will enable the communities to make environmental improvements to properties with the added goal of growing the economy.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 6 p.m., the cities along with representatives of the U.S. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and Cardno TBE, the cities’ consultant, will host a meeting at the City of Edgewater Council Chambers (104 N. Riverside Drive), to discuss various aspects and proposed activities of the brownfields assessment grant. The meeting is open to the public.
The SVCIC’s objective is to provide economic opportunities and environmental improvements benefitting our local communities through the execution of this grant.
New Smyrna Beach residents may get a glimpse at the inner workings of their municipal government. The City of New Smyrna Beach is accepting applications for its 2014 Citizens Academy, which begins Wednesday, April 2.
The seven-session program runs through May 15 and offers interactive and hands opportunity for participants. Weekly topics include quality of life issues, capital projects, budgeting, public safety and utilities along with overviews of the departments that keep the City running daily. Sessions begin at 6 p.m. and are three-hours long.
“This program offers an up-close look at how we operate,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “Participants will get a good idea of what it takes to provide services to our residents while working to balance continued provision of community services with a reasonable tax rate for our residents.”
The program is free but is limited to 15 participants. Only New Smyrna Beach residents are eligible. Admission is first come, first served.
Applications are available at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue or on the City’s website www.cityofnsb.com .
The City has offered its Citizens Academy program since 2010.
For more information, please call (386) 424-2108.
Our thanks to the major sponsor of this event: PUBLIX
Promote balance of body, mind and breath with Hatha yoga classes from 6:30-8 p.m., April 8-June 26. Classes for beginners are on Tuesdays. Advanced classes are on Thursdays at the New Smyrna Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach. The cost is $48 for residents and $56 for non-residents. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
Easy does it Yoga
Designed specifically for seniors, Easy does it Yoga follows the principles of Hatha Yoga. Classes are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. The cost of a 12-week session is $62 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Sessions run continuously. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
Learn the basic movements of Tai Chi, which are linked together to create a continuous moving meditative exercise. Proper posture, breathing and meditative principles will be covered. B Tai Chi and Qigong for Health classes are held from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai Chi, Qigong and Weapons are offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the east side of the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. The cost for residents is $7 per class or $24 per month. The cost for non-residents is $8 per class or $28 per month. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
Beginning and intermediate line dancers may enjoy classes offered three days a week. Line dance classes are held from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays and 9 -11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the New Smyrna Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach. Classes also are held from 9 a.m.-11:30a.m. Fridays at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 Pine Street. Each class runs continuously. Dancers may come and go as desired during the class. The first hour is for beginners followed by up to 30 minutes of review or open dance time. The last hour of class is geared for the intermediate dancer. The cost is $4 per class for residents or $5 for non-residents. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
Baton Twirling/Pom classes
Baton twirling and pom classes are held from 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the New Smyrna Beach City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach. The monthly cost is $36 for residents and $41 for non-residents. Ages 7 and up are welcome. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.
Fitness Boot Camp
Join a four-week program to help achieve your fitness goals. Total Transformation Fitness Boot Camp works on core conditioning, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. The program challenges all fitness levels and abilities. Participants may choose any combination of three days each week. Early morning classes are 6-6:55 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Late morning classes are from 9-9:55 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The monthly cost is $150 for residents or $158 for non-residents. Single classes are offered for $13.50. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.