New Smyrna Beach, FL ––Atlantic Center for the Arts Downtown announces the opening of a new alt_space exhibition, Dreaming Ithaca . . ., featuring aquatint etchings and video installations by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist, Sandra Ramos. The exhibition will be on view from July 5 through August 16, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 5, 4 – 7 PM. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
In the exhibition, Dreaming Ithaca . . . , interdisciplinary artist Sandra Ramos addresses the paradox and contradictions of utopian idealism through the use of myth, allusions, and semantic juxtaposition. “Through my work I explore the edges at which art intersects with social, political, and global issues in order to establish a critical statement about the future,” explained Ramos.
The exhibition is comprised of aquatint etchings and video installations that accentuate the artist’s academic training and remarkable storytelling capabilities. “While engraving continues to be my favorite medium, I wanted to expand the expressive and communicative potential of my work through a new digital medium. Digital animation allows me to elevate my storytelling capabilities by creating a temporal continuity for my small vignettes,” Ramos explained.
Ramos replaces familiar mythic archetypes with an alter-ego, niña pionera, pioneer girl, to create semi-autobiographical visual narratives that touch upon themes of identity, loss, exile, survival, and the ever present yet unattainable utopian dream. Ramos draws attention to promise and peril of utopian idealism, revealing the ways in which it awakens desire and shapes experience.
About the Artist
Sandra Ramos began her professional career during Cuba’s “Special Period.” During this period Cuba faced near economic collapse due to the dissolution of the USSR, the US imposed embargo, and severe domestic restrictions that reduced the quality of everyday life. By the late 90s, Cuba recognized the value of its artistic patrimony and eased political, economic, and cultural policies, allowing artists legal yet limited flexibility to participate in the global art market. In the midst of Cuba’s transitional phase, Ramos emerged as a critical voice of a new generation of Cuban artists concerned with issues of globalization and the struggles of everyday life.
She has exhibited extensively for over twenty years at venues such as, Museo Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Ringling Museum, Tampa, FL; Miura Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan and Urasoe Museum, Okinawa, Japan. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, among many others worldwide. Ramos is teacher at The Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, and curator since 1996 of Cuban contemporary art exhibitions. She has presented at conferences and workshops in international institutions including: National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; The University of Havana; L’ Ecole deux Beaux Arts, Paris; Barbican Center in London; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Lowe Art Museum, Florida University, Miami and Fuchu Art Museum,Tokyo, Japan.
ArtHaus is pleased to inform the public about our current exhibit which runs through August 1, 2014. We are proud to have two photographers; Alicia Gautreaux and Chris Boyer; along with one graphic artist; Josh Curtis; displaying their talented works of art in our gallery for the 2014 Emerging Artists Exhibition. The ArtHaus Gallery is located at 3840 Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange, just one block north of Dunlawton. As always, this exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. We encourage everyone to come show their support for these artists. For information call 386-767-0076 or go to www.arthaus.org
A creative summer camp for kids—Camp Express Yourself!!—has been announced by Positively Florida Inc., the arts and ideas nonprofit. The camps, with two sessions by age group, will run for five days each from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first session, for 4th through 8th graders, is scheduled for July 14-18. The second session is July 21-25, and is designed for 8th through 12th grade students. Eighth grade students can attend either session. Positively Florida will host the classes using the facilities of the United Church of Christ, 203 Washington Street, New Smyrna Beach.
The camps are unique in our area because of their emphasis on creative writing and performing arts, including film making. Subjects covered will include fiction, poetry, and script writing; stage and film acting, film making (videography), and writing and shooting commercials. The camps will feature a highly talented staff, with experienced teachers coming from around Central Florida. Featured will be internationally known film maker Heath Jones, Orlando-based writing teacher Elaine Person, and local award winning actress Sarah Ann De La Hoz.
Cost for the camps is $90. Camp slots are limited. To register call Gary Broughman at 386-690-9295, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online using pay pal or major credit card by visiting CHBmediaonline.com. Doors will open each morning at 8:30 a.m.
LOOP-goers may welcome the first day of summer at the 26th annual Seaside Fiesta June 19 in New Smyrna Beach. The popular seaside event runs from 5-9 p.m. along the beachside’s Flagler Avenue.
A free park ‘n ride will shuttle riders between the North Causeway and Flagler Avenue from 4-9:30 p.m., according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach recreation and events director. Two mini-bus shuttles will run at least every 15 minutes.
Parking for people with disabilities will be available behind the Hampton Inn, 214 Flagler Avenue. The lot can be accessed from Florida Avenue. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at 3 p.m.
Seaside Fiesta was the first event hosted by the newly formed Flagler Avenue Merchants Association 26 years ago, according to Association President and Founder Adele Aletti. The Fiesta features entertainment, arts and crafts booths, food, games, music and more. Many of the Flagler merchants also feature special sales and activities.
T-shirts and posters commemorating the 25th annual event will be available at the Merchants of Flagler Avenue event booth in the 300 block of Flagler the Avenue. Designed by Artist Kathy Bensabat, shirts are $14 for sizes small – extra large. Size XXL is $16. Posters are $5. Limited edition posters signed by the artist are $10.
The Fiesta is co-sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Avenue Merchants. Admission is free.
For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
The City of New Smyrna Beach plans to begin the first phase of construction of new sidewalks in commercial and residential areas of the city beginning this fall. Before designs are finalized, the City is looking for input. Residents are encouraged to attend a public meeting on the project from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, in City Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue.
Sidewalks are planned for:
During the meeting, City staff and project consultants will present the designs and solicit public feedback.
Phase 1 of the Sidewalk Improvements Project is funded through a voter-approved 2005 general obligation bond issue.
Project plans are available for review online at www.cityofnsb.com. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Maintenance Operations Department at 386.424.2207.
RE: Congressman Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of the Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County Headquarters in New Smyrna Beach, June 14, 2014.
U. S. Congressman Ron DeSantis will speak at 2 P.M., Saturday June 14th. at the opening of the new headquarters of the Republican Club of Southeast Volusia County. Congressman DeSantis will speak on his first term of office representing the 6th congressional district of Florida in the United States House of Representatives.
Representative DeSantis is an accomplished author. His book, “Dreams From Our Founding Fathers,” details America at a constitutional crossroads. The importance of your vote now is all about individual liberty and the role of government. Signed copies of his book will be available.
Congressman DeSantis is a former Federal Prosecutor and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The new Republican Club headquarters is located at 1710 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168. Telephone 386-410-4807
Thursday, June 5th, at 6 p.m.: Bookworm Bookclub. Come join the Bookworm Bookclub to discuss topics about that monthly book. Contact Anita Filardi at 386-424-2916 for more information.
Saturday, June 7th, 9:30 to 11 a.m.:
Genealogy Society. Provides genealogical education and information and promotes family history research. Contact Cherie Brumfield at 386-562-4618 for more information.
Tuesday, June 10th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Scrapbooking. Monthly meeting. Contact Karen Haich at 386-428-7084 for more information.
Thursday, June 12th, 5 p.m.: METASCIENCE. Monthly metaphysical forum. Contact Frances Lord at 386-416-8505 for more information.
Friday, June 13th, 10 to 11 a.m.: Simply Crafting. Brand NEW craft program for adults! We will be making Button Bracelets and Paper Gift Boxes. It’s FREE and everything is provided for you. Call 386-424-2916 to register. Space is limited.
Wednesday, June 18th, 10 to 10:30 a.m.: Toddler Story Time. Come join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more! For ages 1-4. Contact the Library at 386-424-2916 for more information.
Immediately after Toddler Story Time is Kids In Motion for the same age group.
Wednesday, June 18th, 3:15 p.m.: Teen Olympics. This summer the Edgewater Public Library is hosting the 1st Teen Olympics! This week they will be divided up and come up with their team name. They will also help come up with how the scoring will go for the Teen Olympics. Ages 14-18 are welcome. Please contact the Library at 386-424-2916 for more information.
The Florida TRADE Program at Daytona State College is a manufacturing fast-track program that helps students start a technical career that offers good pay and growth opportunity. A certificate of completion is issued at the end of the chosen course of study within the Florida TRADE program. This course will develop an initial set of technical skills and provide the necessary training to prepare for industry recognized certifications in Certified Production Technician (CPT); National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Milling Certification; Computer Aided Drafting AutoCAD Certifications (Autodesk); or SolidWorks Certifications. For information, please click here or call 386-506-3059.
MaxQ Band in Concert June 5
The classic rock band, MaxQ, will kick off a series of summer concerts by the water at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, in Riverside Park, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. The concert is free. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested. In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center. The Summer Concert Series continues through August 7. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk June 7
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, June 7, 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.
Thomas Jones in concert June 7
Music lovers may enjoy a free concert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park in New Smyrna Beach. Guitarist Thomas Jones will play smooth jazz. Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.
Sea of Key in Concert June 12
The free Summer Concert Series continues June 12 with a performance by the band, Sea of Key. The ‘folky blues’ concert is from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., in Riverside Park, 105 N. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center. Concerts continue through August 7. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
Canal Street Cruise June 14
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 14, 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.
26th annual Seaside Fiesta June 19
Kick off the summer season at the 26th Annual Seaside Fiesta from 5 – 9 p.m., Thursday, June 19, along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. The Fiesta features entertainment, arts and crafts booths, food, games, music and more. Many of the Flagler merchants also feature special sales and activities. The Fiesta is co-sponsored by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the Flagler Avenue Merchants. Admission is free. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic at 3 p.m. A free park ‘n ride shuttle will run from the North Causeway. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
Vivacity in Concert June 26
The free Summer Concert Series will feature Dixieland music June 26 when the band, Vivacity, performs from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., in Riverside Park, 105 N. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the park’s Brannon Center. Concerts continue through August 7. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.
Art Walk on Flagler June 28
Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28. 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 June 28
Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, June 28. 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 .
Week 1: June 16-20
Art Teachers-Marla Basli & Margaret Williams
Your cruise will take you to the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and Belize where you will learn about ancient Mayan designs and a variety of folk art. You’ll use various media, including textiles, paper mache, pastels, foil and paint to create your colorful artworks. Cruise to the Yucatan Peninsula to create paper mache Oaxaca animals, Hojalata Mexican tin art, Molas, colorful banners and a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo.
Week 2: June 23-27
“Discover the West Indies!”
Art Teacher-Beth Dobberstein
Climb aboard a Carnival Cruise for an exciting adventure exploring the Caribbean Blue. The students will paint charming, vibrant villages, create flamboyant wax batiks, assemble unique shell creatures and learn to play and make a calypso steel drum. “Ya Mon, it will be great!”
NO Summer Camp during the week of June 30 -July 4th
Week 3: July 7-11
“Sailing the Down Under”
Art Teacher-Margaret Williams
G’day mates! Take an extended vacation and cruise “Down Under” to Australia! Students will explore Aboriginal art to create their famous “dot” paintings on paper and a paper mache boomerang. They will also learn about the strange and unique animals of Australia by painting them larger than life. And finally, students will create an underwater scene from the Great Barrier Reef using chalk, pastels and various watercolor techniques.
Week 4: July 14-18
“Up North to Alaska!”
Art Teacher-Beth Dobberstein
Grab your boots, ArtHaus is cruising to Alaska. On this Alaskan Cruise the students will brave the wolves as they paint majestic mountainous landscapes, build towering native Alaskan totem poles, and carve a mock scrimshaw “whales tooth.” Celebrate the great outdoors on the last day with “moose track” sundaes.
Week 5: July 21-25
“Ya Mon! Cruising the Bahamas”
Art Teacher-Marla Basli
See the very colorful & worldly influenced Arts of the Bahamian Islands. You will celebrate Nassau’s Junkanoo Festival by creating fanciful Festival Headpieces, Cowbells & Painted Pants. You will create Drapo Banners from Haiti, Foil Bahamian Row Houses and “Faceless Dolls” from the Dominican Republic.
Week 6: July 28-August 1
“Discover the British Isles!”
Art Teacher-Catie Tappan
Cruise across the Atlantic Ocean, where we will explore the variety of artworks that once decorated the halls of kings & queens! First stop, England, to design our own Coat of Arms and imagine fantasy creatures for fabric tapestries. Then to Scotland, to make paper tartan patterns, unique to each of your family! Next, we’ll head to Ireland to create illuminated letters, just like the Book of Kells, and an ‘ancient bronze’ Celtic jewelry piece! Each of you will become King or Queen of your own mini-castle!
Sessions run Monday through Friday; ages 5-8 attend from 9 am to Noon and ages 9-13 attend from 1 to 4 pm. Tuition is only $95 for the week. All supplies are furnished as well as a daily snack.
Space is limited so call now to reserve your seat!!
Stephen Heywood and Sarah Alexander
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 4 – 7pm
Exhibition dates:June 7-July 26, 2014
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 21, 4pm
New Smyrna Beach, FL–– Arts on Douglas announces the opening of a two-person exhibition entitled Material Systems, featuring ceramic sculptures created by Stephen Heywood and abstract paintings by Sarah Alexander. Material Systems will be on view from June 7 through July 26, 2014 with an opening reception, for the artists, on Saturday, June 7 from 4-7pm and an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, June 21 at 4pm. The opening reception, exhibition, and Artists’ Talk are free and open to the public.
Stephen Heywood’s ceramic sculptures and Sarah Alexander’s explorative paintings share a process-driven approach to their artistic practice. Those processes are visible on the surface of Heywood’s utilitarian forms and Alexander’s topographical style paintings, revealing the symbiotic relationship between forms, concepts, materials, and artistic intervention.
Heywood draws inspiration from industrial, mechanical, and man-made forms and materials. His sculptures reference familiar architectural and utilitarian forms such as barns, silos, factories and water towers. Other elements, such as chimneys, windows, vents, smokestacks, piping and graphics are added for visual interest. The artist explains: “Many of these buildings are used for containment and are in essence vessels of function. These buildings often reveal their course of production and history on their surfaces.”Combining form, function and artistry, Heywood’s sculptures have an embedded history that exists beyond the surface. “I often leave marks on the form as evidence of the working process. These subtle marks are then accentuated by the firing process and help to give my work the same sense of history and aged qualities,” Heywood stated.
Nature and its complex processes serve as a guiding metaphor for Alexander’s topographical paintings. “My work is about the struggle of chance and choice. Notions of gravity, flow, erosion, and time co-exist in a space that creates a field to which I respond. I have little control over the initial phenomena, only how I choose to reply to it, if at all,” explains Alexander. The artist uses techniques that yield both predictable and spontaneous outcomes. Along with brushwork, Alexander uses the natural forces of gravity to apply paint to the surfaces of her paintings. She tilts and turns her support in order to manipulate how the paint flows across the surface. She then scrapes or sands the surfaces to reveal cumulative layers of paint. Alexander’s process manages to achieve a balance between chance, materials, techniques, and artistic volition, resulting in an unique topography of color.
Stephen Heywood received his Bachelors of Science Degree in ceramics from Southern Utah University and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Heywood exhibits his work extensively and has participated in over 200 national juried shows and invitationals. In 2004 Heywood was selected to represent the United States in the First International, Ceramics Journal Editor’s Symposium, Emerging Artist exhibition, in Xian China. In 2011 Heywood participated in and won the Craft Award in the Westmoreland Arts National in Westmoreland Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was awarded an honorable mention at the 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. He is a member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and a board member for the Florida Crafts Council. Selected publications include: 500 Cups, 500 Bowls, The Best of 500 Ceramics, Image Transfer on Clay, Printing on Clay, the Periodicals Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Sarah Alexander received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing from the University of Florida. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Florida and Georgia. Sarah Alexander is an instructor at Flagler College, St. Augustine and Florida School of Arts in Palatka where she is currently the Gallery Director.
In addition to the featured exhibition, Forrest MacDonald’s Recipe for Disaster will be on view through June 14th in the alt_space gallery.
Event Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014 – 5 PM to 7 PM
On Saturday June 7th from 5 PM to 7 PM, Sea of Key (featuring Mary Cuchetti) will be performing live at the Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House. The address is 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The event is free and open to the public.
Press Release - Yes!! This week we got a congratulation letter from the IRS. The new NSB Museum of East Coast Surfing will be opening its doors shortly. We have been working on the exhibits, including historic boards, photos, clothing. Also we are proud to have a small theater (the only one in NSB at the moment!!!) where we will be showing Oral History Interviews by many of the important figures in surfing. Also we are planning a dinner and a lecture series, vintage surf film night, and many more events. The Museum is located at 424 Canal st. in NSB. Fl., above the Thai Mango Restaurant. Check our website at”NSBMuseumofEastCoastSurfing.com“…we will update it very soon…Thanks for your support in advance!!! Admission is free, we ask for a donation at the door.