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WINTER WONDERLAND…
 RIGHT HERE  IN CEDAR KEY
January 20, 2017

Two photos were taken on January 18, 2018, in Cedar Key.

Less than a week before, the monarch butterfly photo was taken.

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JAN 20 KAMZ MONARCH January Monarch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photographs by Ann Kamzelski

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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
WORKSHOPS 2018
January 20, 2018
 
Register at Keyhole or contact instructor directly.
**Notice new dates or times.
 
 
February 6, 7 and 8, Tuesday-Thursday, 10-1
ACRYLIC PAINTING FUN WITH CARROLL SWAYZE
Learn the techniques of acrylic painting using large brushes, free strokes, back painting, color mixing, layering, and lots of color to create three paintings ready for framing: sea turtle, tropical fish, ghost crab.  Cost: $200 for members,  $205 non-members, for all three days, plus $50 supply fee. Minimum-6, maximum 20 at any level.  Deadline: January 23. Contact Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
** February 8, Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm
USING MUSIC TO ENHANCE CREATIVITY PAINT PARTY
with Nancy Hanson-
This will be a fun evening of exploring how music affects and enhances our creative expression.  We will focus on non-objective art (a picture created with lines, colors and shapes) as we experience different musical pieces. We will have a fun relaxed time and produce at least 3 different pieces of art while listening and responding to a variety of music. Suitable for all levels. All supplies will be provided. Cost $20 members, $25 non-members. Light refreshments will be provided by CKAC. Register at Keyhole or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


 

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CEDAR KEY ART CENTER
OPEN SHOW “SPLASH” WINNERS
January 11, 2018
 
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Pictured left to right: Anne Lindgren, Gallery Co-chair; Ann Kamzelski, 1st Place; Mike Leiner,
3rd Place; Lois Benninghoff, 2nd Place; Patti Jett, Honorable Mention; Robin Gillies, Gallery
Co-chair; Peggy Herrick, Judge; Nancy Hanson, Honorable Mention; Bev Ringenberg, Honorable Mention.

The Cedar Key Arts Center first Gallery Show of 2018 was an Open Show, meaning it was open to all artists to submit art work that envisioned the theme of “SPLASH”. Judge Peggy Herrick did a blind judging and chose the six winners pictured. First through third place winners received ribbons and a portion of the total entrance fees. Honorable Mentions received a ribbon.

Bill Dummitt is featured in the Member’s Gallery with his fantastic Nature Photography. Both shows will be displayed for the entire month and may be seen any day between 10 am and 5 pm with entry through the Keyhole.

Next month’s Gallery Show at CKAC will also be an Open Show with the theme, PASSION, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Ribbons and cash awards will be given to the winners of this show. Check the CKAC website for more information about entering your piece in this show. 

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 Ann Kamzelski with her First Place photo, Splase of Rose.
 
 
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Lois Benninghoff with heer Seond Place hyperfufu piee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHER CLYDE BUTCHER EXHIBIT IN CEDAR KEY…SAVE THE DATE!
January 14, 2018

The much-anticipated Cedar Key Arts Center event, Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher, will be here soon!  Do reserve your spot and save the date.

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The event is tri-faceted.  First, Mr. Butcher will sign books and lecture / ’talk at the Cedar Key Community Center in Cedar key.  Second, Mr. Butcher will attend a reception in his honor at the Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery where his work will be exhibited.  Third, the Exhibition dates are March 3 until April 30, 2018.  All events are free and open to the public.   Registration is required, however, for Mr. Butcher’ lecture / talk.

 
LECTURE/TALK
 
Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher Lecture / Talkmoonrise OK
 
WHEN?
Saturday, March 3, 2018
1:30 pm Book Signing
2 pm Lecture /Talk
3 pm Book Signing
 
WHERE?
Cedar Key Community Center
809 Sixth Street
Cedar Key, Florida 32625
 
REGISTRATION A NECESSITY!
As space is limited, registration for this event, though free, is necessary. 
Tickets may be ordered through Eventbrite soon. 
Expect more information soon.
 
RECEPTION  
 Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher Reception
 
WHEN?
Saturday, March 3, 2018,  5 to 7 pm
 
WHERE?
Cedar Key Arts Center
457 Second Street
Cedar Key, Florida  32625
(352) 543-5801
 
EXHIBIT
Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher Reception
 
WHEN?
Saturday, March 3 through Aprril 30, 2018
 
WHERE?
Cedar Key Arts Center
457 Second Street
Cedar Key, Florida  32625
(352) 543-5801

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Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily   represent those of thee Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

 

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HIGH SPRINGS
MUSIC IN THE PARK
2018 SEASON KICKOFF
January 1, 2018

HIGH SPRINGS, FL – The 2018 Season Kickoff Event - Sunday, January 21st from 2pm to 4pm The High Springs Community Center & Museum will host acoustic artists: Jacob Johnson and Elio Piedra.

Jacob Johnson - Guitar Virtuoso www.JacobJohnsontunes.com)
on his Florida Tour:
Part virtuoso and part storyteller, you might say that Jacob Johnson does with a guitar what Gene Kelly did with dance. Although his songwriting has won awards and his guitar-playing has put him on stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy, his ability as an entertainer is what has won fans throughout. He refers to himself as "a ham that just wants to be on stage" but he’s much more than that. Jacob is an amazingly talented guitarist and songwriter, which, combined with a bit of a personality, makes for a wildly impressive stage performance.
 
Elio Piedra - Award Winning Latin Percussionist (www.eliopiedra.com)
Drummer and founder for the internationally acclaimed group:  Elio’s Quartet; Two Times Award Winner of the Cuban International Jazz Festival, Award Winner at Global Music Award. Two times Award Winner at The Akademia Award. Elio has created the Afro-Cuban Ensemble at University of Florida and keeps developing his career as a clinician, touring, artist and educator.


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Cedar Key Arts Center
457    Second Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
 
FREE ART OPENING FOR THE “SPLASH” AND WILLIAM DUMMITT SHOWS
December 10, 2017
 
OPENING RECEPTION:
 January 6th, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free. All invited.
Appetizers, drinks and conversation available to all.
 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER JANUARY EVENTS
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
December 31, 2017
 
CHILDREN’S ART BENEFIT DINNER, RAFFLE, AND SILENT AUCTION
Thursday, January 25th, 5:30 pm
Join us for a fun-filled evening of fabulous food by Peter Stefani, music by Shade Tree (Bunny Hand and friends), a review of the 2017 Summer Children’s Art Program by Patty Jett, some friendly competition in the Silent Auction, some luck in the raffle and mostly some great camaraderie for a very worthwhile cause, Art Experiences for Cedar Key Children and Teens. Tickets are only $25 and are available at the Keyhole anytime or Post Office on Saturday mornings.
 
GALLERY OPENING
January 6, 5-7 pm Reception
Splash, an Open Community Show, prizes to be awarded
at Opening Reception
Bill Dummitt in the Members Gallery
 
JANUARY CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER WORKSHOPS 2018
Click on the link below.
 
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TRENTON’S TWELFTH ANNUAL
SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL
December 31, 2017
DEC 31 TRENTON POSTER 2018 Quilt Fest Poster FINAL
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CLASSES AND EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2018
December 23, 2017
 
The Florida Quit Museum, home to The Florida Quilt Trail and Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, announces the January 2018 Class and Event Schedule.  The Florida Quilt Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying Florida’s quilting heritage, and fulfils its mission in part through education and skill enhancement for crafters of all levels. Reservations are required for all classes. A sewing machine is also required for most classes.   For more information on individual projects, kits and supply requirements or to reserve your spot, please call 352-463-3842.  Classes are held in the Historic Ice House. 509 North Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693.
 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Anything Goes with Lyn*:
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee:   $25.00


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2018 OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
DESIGN CONTEST WINNERS SELECTED
December 22, 2017

The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Festival Design Contest based on the theme “What Float’s Your Boat?” The Design Contest panel had over 40 pieces of artwork from 28 different artists to choose from and the selection of a winner was difficult.  In fact, after several rounds of voting, the competition ended in a tie. Congratulations to winners Clint Eagar, Santa Rosa Beach, FL for his entry “Floating” and Miriam Novack, Gainesville, FL,  for her entry “Float My Boat.”

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Floating by Clint Eager
www.ClintEagarDesign.com
 
Artwork will be featured on various festival promotions including posters, postcards, t-shirts, print ads, and electronically on the website, in emails and through social networking. Both artists receive an invitation to the festival with application & booth fees waived.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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www.MNovack.com

Thanks to all of the artists who entered the 2018 Design Contest competition.  We are also excited to announce that the Cedar Key Arts Center has decided to host an Exhibit entitled “What Floats Your Boat” during the months of March and April to thank participating artists. Design artwork will be on display for all to enjoy during the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts planned for March 24 & 25.  For more information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com.

 

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OLD FLORIDA
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS…
ONE OF TOP TEN

December 18, 2017

unnamedThe Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was just named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in 2017.   This is the second year in a row that the Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival has received this recognition in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey and the third time in the last four years that the event has received national recognition.   The festival was also listed  on of the Top 5 Small Town Art Shows.

The 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is planned for March 24 and 25, so mark your calendars, and help us welcome 120 top artists and craftsman who have recently be invited to join us in 2018.

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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
WORKSHOPS 2018
December 15, 2017
 
Register at Keyhole or contact instructor directly.
**Notice new dates or times.
 
January 11 and 12, Thursday and Friday, 9-4
JOURNEY THROUGH THE LAYERS OF ACRYLIC PAINTING
WITH JANE SLIVKA
In a casual, charismatic, and easy to follow fashion, Jane will challenge you to complete two paintings daily by showing you how to capture the same freedom, energy, and spirit seen in her lively and acclaimed paintings. Cost: $110 per member, $115 non-member, includes both days.  Minimum 5, maximum 20 students of any level.  Deadline January 4. Contact Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
January 16, Tuesday, 10-4
MELON BASKET WITH MARCELLA BAMFORD
Weave your very own melon basket under the expert leadership of Marcella.  All basket materials will be supplied, but a list of additional tools will be provided to participants (all common things around the house).  Cost $15 members, $20 non-members, plus $18 supply fee.  Maximum number 8 students.  Register at Keyhole or contact Marcella at 352-221-5750.


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Cedar Key Arts Center
457    Second Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
 
FREE ART OPENING FOR THE “SPLASH” AND WILLIAM DUMMITT SHOWS
December 10, 2017
 
OPENING RECEPTION:
 January 6th, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free. All invited.
Appetizers, drinks and conversation available to all.

Come share a little time with the art community of Cedar Key as we enjoy all the art produced by our community for the first Open Art Show of the year. This year the theme is “SPLASH.”DEC 10 CKAC splash

It is fun to see what people create that demonstrates their personal interpretation of the theme.  We’ve heard from some community artists that they have been inspired by the visual concepts that ‘SPLASH” has conjured up for them.  Multi-media pieces and a full range of visual experiences are to be expected.  Come check out the fun!

 

  

DEC 10 CKAC avocet feeding reflection wBe sure to check out the Member’s Gallery featuring our friend and Cedar Key Arts Center, Life Member William Dummitt.  A lifelong nature photographer, Bill retired from a career in pharmaceutical science in 2013. At that time Bill retired to Cedar Key, in large part because it is a photographer’s paradise.  His specialties include birds, Grand Canyon, Alaska, and the Everglades. 

 
 
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
The Cedar Key Arts Center is a Tax Exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity.  Our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts,  promote and encourage the arts in our community, to provide, administer, and coordinate facilities for the arts, and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
 
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HENRY CISNEROS,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
December 8, 2017
 
 
 

The December Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Henry Cisneros. Henry is a new artist to the Keyhole.  He creates all manner of objects, people, and creatures using motorcycle parts.  Just a few of his whimsical creations include dogs, cats, cars, crocodiles, Star Wars characters, bicycles and more.  If you can imagine it, Henry has created it.

The Cedar Keyhole
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op which has been in business in Cedar Key for 48 years, providing a venue for scores of regional artists to exhibit and sell their art.  The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, a community famous for its dedication to  the arts and its thriving eco-tourism.  The Keyhole is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closing its doors only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER WORKSHOPS
DECEMBER 2017
November 30, 2017
 
Register NOW at the Cedar Keyhole or with artist instructor.
**New workshop added and one rescheduled for spring.

December 2, Saturday, 9-noon, MINI HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS  Join several instructors (Bunny Hand, Carol Pattillo, Joan Selby, Nancy Hanson, Donna Bushnell, Patty Jett,) to complete small holiday projects.  All supplies provided. We will have cocoa and drinks, so please bring a plate of goodies to share.  FREE!

December 5, Tuesday,12-4pm,  BASE METAL ETCHING BRACELETS with Sue Heine

Use copper, brass or nickel silver blanks to make 1” or 2” cuff bracelets with chemical etching. You can draw your own or use rubber stamps for designs. Cost $50 for members, $55 for non-members which includes supplies to make two bracelets. Minimum 3 students, maximum 8, any level. Contact Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
DECEMBER WORKSHOPS ARE HERE
November 25, 2017

The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend, and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You may register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

MINI HOLIDAY WORKSHOP
December 2 is the Mini Holiday Workshop, 9 am to noon. It is a fun day of crafting several small projects and enjoying snacks and camaraderie. If you are interested in teaching a mini project, please contact Donna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you want to attend, register at the Cedar Keyhole.
 
CHILDREN’S ART BENEFIT DINNER
Tickets for the Children’s Art Benefit Dinner on Thursday, January 25, 2018, will go on sale December 2 at the Keyhole and on Saturday mornings in front of the Post Office.  We will have a limited number of tickets so please get yours early.       

CKAC is requesting donations for the Children’s Art Benefit Dinner Raffle (under $50 value) and the Silent Auction (value over $50). You may leave donations in the CKAC office with your name, address, and value of item attached or you may contact Susan Rosenthal, Gini Barss, Judy Trehane, or Lynn Sylver.          

All money raised with the dinner and raffle and auction will be used for Children and Teen Art programs in Cedar Key, including the two-week Summer Art Program (teachers, supplies, and& scholarships) and free Art in the Park during festivals.

Register today to come and enjoy creating together!

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FREE CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER GALLERY OPENINGS:
WARRIORS - AN INVITATIONAL SHOW AND
REFLECTIONS OF CEDAR KEY - BY JUDI CAIN
November 8, 2017

 

OPENING RECEPTION: November 18th, 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

All invited. Appetizers, drinks and conversation available to all.

Come share a little time with the art community of Cedar Key during the first Opening reception for the 2017-18 season.  The work of the Military Veterans from the Veteran’s Art Center of Tampa, entitled WARRIORS, will be shown in the Main CKAC Gallery.

The CKAC Member’s Gallery show features portraits by Judi Cain. Her portraits will be of fellow Cedar Key artists.

The opening will start at 5 pm and run through 7 pm with refreshments and drinks. This and all opening receptions are free and opened to the public. The shows will be in the gallery until January 2nd, 2018.

About the shows:

NOV 8 CKAC PIC 1The wound is the place where the light enters you.” - Rumi

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 we are invited to witness how art has guided six talented veteran artists on their individual path from military to civilian life.

The Veteran's Art Center of Tampa will be providing us with this exciting opportunity. We will be honoring our often unsung Heroes in our first show of the Cedar Key 2017-2018 winter season entitled: WARRIORS.

Painting by Major John McKitrick

You are invited to view a unique perspective on the reintegration of these brave men and women back into civilian life using Art as a means of expression. See how their personal experiences have been interpreted through painting and sculpture.

Participating Veteran Artists include: Greg Crumbly, Larry Busby, Soari Murphy, John Katerberg, Scott O.Suits, John McKitrick and Mary Barrett.

As a bonus to the gallery show, please join us on Nov.15th for a talk at the Cedar Key Library given by Major John McKitrick, (US Army Retired), Operation Director Veterans Art Center

Tampa Bay, and Staff Sgt. John Katerberg (US Army Retired). Highlighted will be the the Veteran’s Art Center's goals and programs that provide therapy, healing/wellness and educational programs for Military Veterans, First Responders and Families.

The Veteran's Art Center of Tampa Bay : " A Force For Art"

Make sure to check out the Member’s Gallery that is featuring our friend andNOV 8 CKAC PIC 2 Doc2 fellow artist: Judi Cain. Judi has taken a year to honor the many artists that call Cedar Key Arts Center home by painting their portraits. Each and every portrait exudes the life force that Judi sees in each one of er subjects. They are all delightful and well executed by her expert paint brush.

NOV 8 CKAC PIC 3Judi is living her life’s purpose to reach as many people as she can through her work and to encourage everyone to re-discover the creative

energy that is our birthright.  She says “It’s never too late to explore creativity like a child.”

The Cedar Key Arts Center is a Tax Exempt 501 (c) organization established in 1994 with the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity, our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts . To promote and encourage the arts in our community. To provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts and to promote and provide educational programs in the arts.*

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION
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OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
 
 

 

APPLICATIONS
November 5, 2017

Just a quick note to remind you that the deadline for applications for the 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, March 24 and 25 in Cedar Key is just two weeks away.  If you have already applied, thank you; if not, we hope you will!

Applications will be accepted through November 15 via Zapplication.org.  We will notify artists no later than December 15.

Thanks for considering the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key. We look forward to having you back.‚Äč

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OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
 
 
REMINDER, PLEASE,
TO VOTE FOR THE
OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
October 29, 2017

Please help the Cedar Key Arts Center and Cedar Key community by voting for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in ArtFairCalendar.com's annual survey. 

Last year the event was named one of the Top Ten Art Fairs in America.  Being on this list helps attract top artists and art enthusiasts to our annual Spring Arts Festival which in turn helps participating non-profit groups and local businesses in addition to the Cedar Key Arts Center, which serves as the Coordinating Sponsor.

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Voting only takes a couple of minutes. Deadline Nov 9, so vote now at: 2017BestArtFairSurvey

The 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is planned for March 24 & 25. For information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or 352-543-5400).

 
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CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
FALL WORKSHOPS ARE HERE
October 31, 2017

The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend, and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You may register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

Swarovski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff on Tuesday, November 7 from 10 am-2 pm. Make a lovely crystal star bracelet.  Cost $20 for CKAC members ($25 for non members) plus $15 for supplies. Contact Joni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at Keyhole.

Pasty Paint Party with Darlene White on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Make a unique Paper Art Creation while enjoying socialization and light refreshments, provided by CKAC. Cost $20 for members, $25 for non members.  Contact Darlene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at Keyhole.

Colored Pencils, A Fine Art Medium with Anda Chance on Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14 from 9 am-4 pm. Participants will use elements of design and a few supplies to learn new skills and achieve fantastic results using colored pencils.  Cost to include both days $180 for members ($185 for non members) plus supply fee of $50 or less.  Register at Keyhole or with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register today to come and enjoy creating together!

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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION
LOGO OFCA
OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
 
 
VOTE FOR THE OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
October 29, 2017

Please help the Cedar Key Arts Center and Cedar Key community by voting for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in ArtFairCalendar.com's annual survey. 

Last year the event was named one of the Top Ten Art Fairs in America.  Being on this list helps attract top artists and art enthusiasts to our annual Spring Arts Festival which in turn helps participating non-profit groups and local businesses in addition to the Cedar Key Arts Center, which serves as the Coordinating Sponsor.

LOGO CKAC OFCA CONTEST

 

 

Voting only takes a couple of minutes. Deadline Nov 9, so vote now at: 2017BestArtFairSurvey

The 2018 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is planned for March 24 & 25. For information go to www.CedarKeyArtsFestival.com or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or 352-543-5400).

 
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GARY FINROCK,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
October 5, 2017
 
 
 

The October Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is  Gary Finfrock. Gary is a potter who creates functional pieces distinguished by their bi-color glazes. Aside from bowls, plates, platters, cups, mugs and casseroles, Gary makes a number of very interesting and unusual items which are used in the kitchen.  There is a microwave bacon cooker, a microwave grill, berry bowls, garlic keepers, and honey pots.  All have Gary’s distinctive glazes in blues, greens, lilac, yellow, tan, and turquoise.  Most of his work are wheel thrown, but many pieces are created by the slab method.  All of the pieces are oven and microwave safe.

The Cedar Keyhole
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op which has been in business in Cedar Key for 48 years, providing a venue for scores of regional artists to exhibit and sell their art.  The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, a community famous for its dedication to  the arts and its thriving eco-tourism.  The Keyhole is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closing its doors only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
 
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OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
September 13, 2017
 
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RENOWN NATURALIST
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER
CLYDE BUTCHER
VISITS CEDAR KEY
August 24, 2017
 

From Florida’s Everglades, Waccasassa River, Myaka State Park, Apalachicola, and the Hillsborough River Rapids, to the Red Rocks of California and more, internationally renowned landscape photographer Clyde Butcher has photographed the best of America…and well beyond.

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Butcher’s black and white fine art photography are as classic as those of Ansel Adams.  Devoted to conservation efforts, he has just recently published his 2018 Calendar Florida State Parks, loaded with magnificent shots, some panoramic, some less broad.   Easy access to his website may be found at https://clydebutcher.com/ 

 

Butcher’s devotion to conservation is intimately lived by him.  “At some time, you need to walk the talk,” said he.  He and his wife Niki have a home in and live a good portion of their time in the middle of the River of Grass, the Everglades, with no neighbors for indeterminate miles.  They photograph in and out of the water, haul photographic equipment for miles in watercrafts, and deal with mosquitoes and alligators regularly.  These places are where Butcher sees his pictures-to-be. Cedar Key’s good fortune to have the Clyde and wife Niki Butcher visit Cedar Key is a function of the vision and perseverance of Cedar Key’s own Dr. Maria Sgambati and Amy Gernhardt. 

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Sgambati, past Education and Outreach Director with the University of Florida Marine Lab a Seahorse Key, has long been devoted to conservation issues, as has Amy Gernhardt, local artist and potter.  Sgambati’s immediate past presidency of the Friends of the Cedar Keys and Wildlife Refuges and Gernhardt’s executive directorship at the Cedar Key Historical Society bound the two together in their penchant for inviting and showing the Cedar Key and Big Bend area to Butcher personally. 

The Butchers did respond, Clyde saying, he had “always wanted to photograph that area,” reported Sgambati.  After several years of correspondence, the Butchers busy schedule finally allowed them to visit Cedar Key this August 18 through the 20.  While in Cedar Key, the Butchers spent time at Dennis Creek and the Lukens Tract in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. 

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Clyde Butcher plans to return to Cedar Key for his upcoming March and April 2018 gallery exhibition at the Cedar Key Arts Center.   Not only will Butcher’s fine art grace the Arts Center, but Butcher also plans to give talks about his photography and his experiences in capturing them.   The March and April exhibit at the Cedar Key Arts Center will focus on Butcher’s photographic images of Florida: the Waccasassa area, Santa Fe River, Cedar Key, Apalachicola, Gainesville’s Devils Millhopper, and more.

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The Cedar Key community is delighted, inspired, honored, and buoyant that Butcher plans to return, photograph more of the area, exhibit his work, and speak about his art.

 

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THE WABI SABI LIVE OAK:
ACCEPTANCE OF
TRANSIENCE AND IMPERFECTION
August 12, 2017

As a native of or visitor to Cedar Key, you have probably experienced the utterly magnificent live oak that surrounded the Wabi Sabi Cottage on E Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. 

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Typical of aged, healthy live oaks in Florida, the huge, over 75-foot, rich, verdant canopy covered the Wabi Sabi Cottage, the lot itself, and a good portion of E Street, providing cool shade for passersby and lower electricity bills for shaded structures under and around it.

Indeed, some have called it "the lovliest of trees," "spectacular, dramatic", and consummately graceful."

According to Wes Langston of Langston Tree Service in Trenton, this grandfather live oak was at least two hundred years old.  The codominant trunk allowed the tree to grow, at its base, in two different directions.  One trunk grew west, toward E Street, and the other grew east, toward D Street.  As a codominant tree trunk, great stress focused upon the juncture at its base;  as the tree grew larger and heavier, stress increased.  Also, as codominant, the massive two-trunked tree had only one root system.

On August 5, 2017, Saturday evening or night, the west half of the huge Wai Sabi live oak split at its base and quietly lowered itself to the street.

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On Monday, August 7, Langston cut and removed the west half massive oak, making way for traffic.  On Saturday, August 12, Langston cut and removed the east trunk of the live oak, unbalanced and weakened by the loss of its other half.

Cedar Keyan Ada Lang, the owner of the 98-year-old Wabi Sabi Cottage and live oak, chose the name Wabi Sabi because of the Japanese tradition regarding the accrptancer of transience and imperfection.  The weighty, yet consummately simple, philosophy is best explained by Robyn Griggs Lawrence in her September-October 2001 article in the Utne Reader.   Two paragraphs follow; the Utne link follows as well.  http://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/wabi-sabihttp

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Wabi-Sabi: The Art Of Imperfection

          The Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi offers an inspiring

           new way to look at your home, and your whole life.

by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, from Natural Home

September-October 2001

According to Japanese legend, a young man named Sen no Rikyu sought to learn the elaborate set of customs known as the Way of Tea. He went to tea-master Takeeno Joo, who tested the younger man by asking him to tend the garden. Rikyu cleaned up debris and raked the ground until it was perfect, then scrutinized the immaculate garden. Before presenting his work to the master, he shook a cherry tree, causing a few flowers to spill randomly onto the ground.

To this day, the Japanese revere Rikyu as one who understood to his very core a deep cultural thread known as wabi-sabi.  Emerging in the 15th century as a reaction to the prevailing aesthetic of lavishness, ornamentation, and rich materials, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in earthiness, of revering authenticity above all.  In Japan, the concept is now so deeply ingrained that it’s difficult to explain to Westerners; no direct translation exists. 

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EXPLORATIONS IN ART…
ADDITIONAL PICTURES 
Agust 3, 2017
 
 

On Friday, July 21, the students invited their parents, friends, and relatives to join them to celebrate the display of their works created at the Cedar Key Arts Center Summer Program "Explorations in Art."  Cedar Key News published numerous pictures in a previous article that you may view by clicking on the following link: http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/10-arts/3177-ckac-summer-art-program-2017-exhibit

Here are several additions to the wonderful exhibit.  Photos by Patty Jett and Katherine Dunlop.

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RICHARD LEVINE,  
CEDAR KEYHOLE 
ARTIST OF THE MONTH 
August 2, 2017
 
 
 

The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Richard Levine. Richard is an exceptionally talented and skilled wood turner who uses indigenous woods to create bowls, platters, goblets, urns and pens.  He uses the natural grains and faults in the wood to great advantage, making all of his works virtually one-of-a-kind.    Elm, southern maple, dogwood, camphor, cedar and sycamore are some of the woods which Richard utilizes in his craft.   Additionally, he will make inclusions filled with semi-precious stone, carve designs or even create decorative holes in his works, making each piece unique.

The Cedar Keyhole
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op which has been in business in Cedar Key for 48 years, providing a venue for scores of regional artists to exhibit and sell their art.  The Keyhole is located on historic Second Street in Cedar Key, a community famous for its dedication to  the arts and its thriving eco-tourism.  The Keyhole is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm, closing its doors only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
 
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LOGO OFCA

 OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS IN CEDAR KEY
July 23, 2017
 
 
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EXPLORATIONS IN ART…
WHAT EXPERIENCES…
WHAT A DISPLAY!
July 23, 2017
 
 
Kids of all sizes…little ones, medium-sized ones, and big ones, enjoyed the 2017 Cedar Key Ars Center Summer Art Program this year.  Students’ art productions were  creative, colorful, and thoughtful, and most importantly, as CKAC President Susan Rosenthal quipped, “Everyone had fun!”
 
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On Friday, July 21, the students invited their parents, friends, and relatives to join them to celebrate the display of their works.  Each student had his special place to exhibit his art:  room dividers held tie-dyed shirts; gallery walls displayed robot and other-motif art; tables held ceramics pieces and sculptures;  bulletin boards displayed silk productions.   
 
Not a soul left the art exhibition hungry.  Food galore, handily all bite sized, was presented and gobbled up by all. Artists-to-be ate fruit, cakes, sandwiches, and cookies.
 
 
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Titled “Explorations in Art,” this summer program operated from July 10 through 21 and enrolled 22 rising first through fifth grade students and 11 teens. 
  
 
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The teens enjoyed five different teachers and media.  With Dave Treharne’s expertise, students produced mosaic tiles.  “So much creativity; it’s amazing,” reflected Treharne.  With Bunny Hand, students produced silk screenings and tie-dyed tee shirts.  With Amy Gernhardt, teens made clay houses with cut outs and surface decorations.  Virginia Stevenson taught teens to silk paint using wax and dyes.   Lynn Sylver worked with students designing and constructing jewelry.
 
 
 
 
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Certified art teacher Jessie Rothbard, with the help of “wonderful, amazing” volunteers,  managed the littler students’ adventures in art. 
 
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Perhaps most striking were the “sculptures” produced by the students.  Upon blocks of wood, students placed wire and contorted the wire into forms of their choosing….amazing results! Then, upon the wire, they wrapped, placed, spread hosiery (“knee-highs” to be exact) …even more amazing!  Then, students pointed and otherwise decorated the hosiery…truly multiple opportunities for creativity to emerge.
  
The younger students also created art from the robot theme. They also produced textured pieces, layering object beneath foil, paint, and other media.  
 
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EXPLORATIONS IN ART
STUDENT EXHIBIT
 
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
SUMMER ART PROGRAM,
TEEN ART PROGRAM
July 16, 2017

WHAT:  Explorations in rt ART EXHIBIT

WHERE:  CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER

WHEN:  FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
10 – 11:30 AM
The exhibit is from 10 am until 11:30am. 
The students may take down their work at 11:00,
so please come early to make sure you see the whole exhibit and
have a chance to ask the young artist about their work.
 
WHY:  Enjoy the students, their works, their proud parents, their teachers.
 Talk to the students about their work.
 
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