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Women Supporting the Arts Award 2021-22 Grants

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photo by: MartinArts

Women Supporting the Arts (WSA), a giving circle of MartinArts, recently announced the names of its 2021-22 grant recipients.

The mission of the nonprofit is to build a community of philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County.

Some grants support initiatives that spur artists to follow their dreams while other provide the seeds to present programs of the highest quality to residents in our community.

Each year, 90-percent of funds generated by dues and other contributions go directly to the pool available for grants. All decisions about allocations are made by WSA members.

The recipients and amount of grants received were:
• Atlantic Classical Orchestra - $ 2,000
• Jane Lawton Baldridge for Glimmer: Immersive Illumination - $ 1,315
• Florida Arts and Dance - $ 2,375
• Martin Artisans Guild - $ 2,000
• Creek Arts District - $ 1,515
• ACT Studio - $ 1,225
• Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society - $ 1,550
• Treasure Coast Community Singers - $ 2,000
• Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association - $1,800
• Treasure Coast Youth Symphony - $ 2,500

Chair of Women Supporting the Arts is Linda Prange and chair of the Grants Committee is Kimberly Perron.

For more information, visit www.martinarts.org/support_us/women-supporting-the-arts.

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A.C.T. Presents the Tender-Hearted Favorite “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling

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A testament to women’s strength and resiliency is on full display in the tender-hearted favorite “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling. The setting is Truvy’s Louisiana beauty salon where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions, the ladies draw on their underlying strength—and love—to make them marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. The play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the women’s fortitude.

“Steel Magnolias” tugs at the heart while making us laugh. “It’s a true story based on the playwright’s diaries about the lives of his sister, his mother and his mother’s friends,” said director Donna Amaru. “The characters in the play represent real people who portray the love, strength, camaraderie and empowerment of the sisterhood of women.”

This touching portrait and celebration of women’s strength will be on stage at A.C.T. January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. “Steel Magnolias” stars Megan Pollak, Hannah Greenlee, Colette Schweizer, Shauna Stone, Sherri Paradis and Joyce Milligan. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3:00 p.m.

A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.

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Unique Art Quilt Exhibit to Hang at Court House Cultural Center

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: MartinArts

A unique exhibit entitled Floridian Flavors: Characters Culture & Cuisine will hang in the Court House Cultural Center from January 11 - February 26, 2022.

Members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), Florida Region, have created this collection of juried art quilts that celebrate the rich and varied cultures, clothing, food, holidays, languages, history, and customs of residents, visitors and native-born Floridians.

The Sunshine State is one of diversity and inclusion, attracting people from all over the globe and these magnificent fabric masterpieces will reflect their uniqueness and lifestyles.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure."

Over the past 30 years, it has grown into a dynamic and active community of nearly 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world whose vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium.

There are 8 “pods” (or chapters) in Florida and 3 of the 30 artists participating are from the local area: Kim Laffont, Fort Pierce; Sharon Buck, Okeechobee; and Susan Rienzo, Vero Beach

To learn more about SAQA, visit www.saqa.com.

The Court House Cultural Center, located at 80 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart is open Tuesday 10AM–6PM and Wednesday–Saturday 10AM–4PM.
Admission is free, although donations are encouraged.

Court House Cultural Center monitors CDC guidelines regularly and takes whatever health and safety precautions are timely and appropriate.
Visit www.martinarts.org or call 772-287-6676 for information.

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Flamingo in Paradise by: Kestrel Michaud

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Tony Award Winning Musical "Rent" at the Barn Theatre

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In Photo: Ashlley Rodriguez & Collin Salvatore

Stuart - The Barn Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “RENT,” January 13th thru January 30th, with a live band. Considered the most celebrated musical and cultural touchstone of today, “RENT” propelled musical theatre into a new era. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Barn is the only theater in 2022 licensed in Florida to present it, and one of only eight theaters in the country. One of the longest-running shows on Broadway, “RENT” depicts young artists struggling to survive and create a life under the shadow of AIDS. From the words to the music, everything about the show drips with passion and emotion, including such iconic songs as Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, and LaVie Boheme.

Jonathan Larson, the creator of “RENT,” passed away from a heart condition just before the show opened in 1997. Coincidentally, The Barn's own Technical Director and the Director of “RENT,” Bryan Childe, suffers from the same congenital heart condition. Bryan underwent successful cutting edge heart surgery this past summer to correct the congenital defect. The same surgical procedure was not available in 1997. In honor of Bryan, the Barn is donating a portion of “RENT” proceeds to the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation.

The ensemble cast includes Ryan Altzer, Joshua Brankcamp, Chad Granese, Jennifer Goodwin, Marcio Hamerschlak, Jennie Hoffman, Brittany Hooper, Kahmi Hanna, Aurora Jenkins, Alex Martinez, Stephen Mayer, Lara Palmer, Ashlley Rodriquez, Collin Salvatore, & Vallery Valentine. The production team consists of Bryan Childe, Director, Katelyn Anne Johnson, Assistant Director, Kyle Weber, Producer, Mia Karrh, Stage Manager, Roger Blankenship, Music Director, Danielle Karam, Choreographer, Gus McCall, Set Construction, Marcia Molinari, Set Decorator/Costume Mistress, Tina Blanksteeen, Costumer, Zach Akdag, Sound Engineer, Megan Ressler, Light Designer, Gage Meskauskas, Light Operator, Sophia Fuentes, Spotlight Operator, Philipp Flugge & Amanda Ferrier, Stage Hands, Breya Mendenhall, Dresser, Teri Hartman, House Manager, & Francine Beckstead and Eileen Ellis, Box Office.

Tickets for “RENT” are now on sale for only $35. Student and group discounts are available. Anticipating large ticket demand, the Barn has added three additional Saturday matinee performances. To purchase tickets, call 772-287-4884 or visit the Barn website at www.barn-theatre.com.

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In Photo: Vallery Valentine

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Glimmer – A Glow Show

22 Jan Glimmer Show

Stuart - Corina Pelloni and Jane Lawton Baldridge are excited to announce an illuminated artistic collaborative of nine local artists. Glimmer premiers at 901 SE Johnson Avenue on Friday, February 4th, 2022 from 5 to 9:30 pm. A second event is scheduled for Saturday, February 5th, 2022 from 5 to 9:30 pm.

The collaboration will be an immersive art event focusing on illumination in environments. The public can expect an Enchanted Wood, a Mangrove Forest, Underneath the Undulating Sky, Passing into Water, Rising through the Ground up to the Stars and The Room of Secrets inside the building. Outside will be a projection of Animated Ocean Paintings and Color & Sound Vibration. Artists will lead hands-on activities. Original artwork and Jellyfish will be for sale.

Currently the artists working on the project include Corina Pelloni, Jane Lawton Baldridge, DJ Voelker, Colleen North, Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Taylor, Emerick, Deena Rahill, Laura and Gene Kinnamon. The Women Supporting the Arts and Martin Arts awarded Pelloni and Baldridge a grant to help offset the cost of putting on this immersive collaboration. The group is looking for more sponsorships and will be selling T-Shirts and other merchandise to help fund the efforts. Pelloni and Baldridge also hope to expand the exhibit dates and locations.

For more information on this exciting event and or information how you can be a sponsor, please contact Corina at corinapelloni@gmail.com or Jane at gosail@bellsouth.net.

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Start the New Year Right at the January/February Martin Artisans Exhibit

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In Photo: Tepa Charles at work

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Martin Artisans Guild
Start the new year off with beauty at the exciting January/February exhibit of works by talented members of the Martin Artisans Guild.

The exhibit will run from January 5-February 26 with a delightful Opening Reception on January 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

With live music, sumptuous appetizers and a well-stocked cash bar, it’s the perfect way to leave the post-holiday doldrums behind.

Participating artists, who work in a variety of media, include:
• Billie Jo Thomson
• Candy Walsh
• Carla Cope
• Cheryl Coté
• Deborah Bortoff
• Jane Lawton Baldridge
• Mallo Bisset
• Maria Miele
• Mary Maribito
• Michaelann Bellerjeau
• Renee Keil
• Sue Klahne
• Tepa Charles
They will be on hand to chat with you at the opening reception.

Martin Artisans Guild Palm Room is located in Harbour Bay Plaza, 3746 SE Ocean Boulevard, Sewall’s Point. Hours of operation are noon-6 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays (except for holidays).

Tucked within the Palm Room is an Artisans Boutique that features one-of-a-kind and unique items available for purchase.

Mark your calendar for an interesting Meet the Artist event on February 2 from 4-6 p.m.

For information, visit www.martinartisansguild.org/palm-room-events.

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In Photo: Carolyn Walsh at the potter’s wheel

A.C.T. Presents the award-winning Comedy/Drama “Orphans” by Lyle Kessler

22 Jan 20 Feb Orphans

In Photo: Brandon Snyder as Phillip, Todd Caster as Harold, Keith Lawson as Treat.

Photo by: A.C.T. Studio Theatre.

Audiences worldwide continue to give this award-winning Comedy/Drama standing ovations. Two grown orphan brothers live in a dilapidated house in North Philly, deserted in childhood by an unfaithful father and the death of their mother. Older brother Treat provides for his "innocent to the ways of the world" brother Phillip through petty thievery. When Treat kidnaps a “businessman” he sees an opportunity for a way out of their dead-end life by holding the man for ransom. But the businessman Harold turns the table on the brothers in ways completely unexpected.

Lyle Kessler’s “Orphans” received critical and commercial success from its very premiere and has far reaching fans beyond the typical theater crowd. The play helped establish Mr. Kessler’s status as a major American playwright.

A.C.T.’s show director Stuart Mohr said, “Ultimately, ‘Orphans’ is about family. This play illustrates not only the bonds of a family by blood, but also how we create a family with those who surround us. What is it that family fulfills in our lives? Far too often, men are raised not to express emotion or affection for each other. Hopefully "Orphans" will give our audience a peek inside the minds of men and how much we all need each other whether we are blood relatives or not.”

The Miami Herald wrote that the play is “. . . tense, moving and funny as anything you're likely to see . . . ‘Orphans’ is violent, shocking and profane. And it's wonderful.” Come experience “Orphans” on stage at A.C.T. Feb. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. The play stars Todd Caster as Harold, Keith Lawson as Treat and Brandon Snyder as Phillip. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3:00 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.

Tickets $25. Tickets and info: actstudiotheatre.com; (772) 932-8880.

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IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium Announces the 2021-’22 Season

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Photographed on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (IRSC) announces the 2021–2022 “Starlight Series” season, continues the popular “KID SPACE” and shares a unique series of STEAM talks addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the humanities.

Starlight Series shows are presented Fridays at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Here are this season’s shows:

The Planets - February 11,12 and March 4, 5

In a recorded narration, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager) takes us on a grand tour of our solar system. Explore the surface of Mars, the perils of the asteroid belt, the cold rings of stormy gas planets and the features of other solar systems.

Astronomy Day (and Night!)—Saturday, February 5, 3:00–9:00 p.m.

Join IRSC and the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society for a FREE open house with telescopes, guest speakers, handouts, planetarium mini-shows and guided views of the sky—weather permitting.

Daughter of the Stars—April 8, 9, May 13, 14 and June 10, 11

Enjoy a retelling of beautiful native American Indian stories about the sky and its stars. History and folklore combine for a unique and entertaining storytelling event that seeks to explain the natural world from the appearance of the bright star Arcturus to the nature of the Milky Way to the origins of the Earth, Moon and Sun.

Afternoon STEAM Talks at the Hallstrom Planetarium are 45-minute presentations and are free and open to the public. The following topics comprise the upcoming Afternoon STEAM Talks:

The Secret Life of Fish— November 6, 6:00 p.m.

Learn about coral reefs and reef fish behavior as Dr. William Tyler, IRSC Professor of Biological Sciences, shares his vast experiences garnered from years of studying Florida’s marine environment. Hear his marine biologist’s perspective on Finding Nemo—what’s right, and what’s not, about this popular movie.

From the Big Bang to Puppy Dogs, the Story of Chemistry—January 22, 6:00 p.m.

Be amazed as Dr. Paul Horton, IRSC Professor of Chemistry, dynamically demonstrates the interaction of elements and compounds in a presentation sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Astronomy Day NASA Update—February 5, 4:00 p.m.

Hear Russell Romanella, former Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, discuss NASA, the space program, and the exploration of the Universe. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will provide exhibits with telescopes, activities for the family and guided views of the sky after the presentation—weather permitting,

The popular ‘Kid Space’ series, for children ages four to 12 at 11:00 a.m., is offered on select Saturdays. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Shows are planned for October 23, November 20, December 4 & 11, January 8, February 12, March 5, April 9, May 14, June 11.

“Starlight Series” planetarium shows, “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talks,” and “KID SPACE” are presented in the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to recreate the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed ceiling during planetarium shows. Visit www.irsc.edu for a complete schedule.

Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Most planetarium shows are $5 and tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box office located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve seats.

IRSC Performing Arts Announces a Full Season of Shows with the 2021–22 the McAlpin OnStage! Series

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Join the Indian River State College (IRSC) Performing Arts program for the 2021–22 season and enjoy a full series of outstanding theater, music, and choral experiences presented by IRSC students. Featuring seven shows for $70, the McAlpin OnSTAGE! series provides the best variety and value of shows available anywhere on the Treasure Coast. Individual tickets for McAlpin OnSTAGE! shows can be purchased starting on September 7.

Season renewals are underway, and subscriptions for the series are available starting on August 16. Series shows are performed in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, a 620-seat venue featuring a proscenium stage and orchestra pit, located on the IRSC Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

Ring in the new year with laughter and see an exceptional presentation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid (Jan. 13, 14 & 15). In honor of his 400th birthday, this classic comedy features a flashy new update set to the groovy vibes and tunes of 1969. Then hear the IRSC Company Singers, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo perform Sing, Sing, Sing! (Feb. 17, 18 & 19) featuring classic big band, Broadway, and popular music.

This season’s highlight celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic Fosse musical masterpiece Pippen (March 10, 11 & 12) as Charlemagne’s son searches for meaning in his life. The seven-show series concludes with From Classical To Contemporary (April 7, 8 & 9), a performance of classical and contemporary music spanning over 60 years with rousing Broadway “Pops” selections.

Shows not a part of the subscription series are also available throughout the season. This year, additional shows include Journeys: An Evening Of One-Act Plays (Sept. 23, 24 & 25), From Stage To Screen: Two Modern-Day Morality Plays (April 1 & 2), and Intimate Apparel (May 19, 20 & 21)—three unique productions in the Wynne Black Box Theatre, a flexible and intimate 100-seat venue that allows the audience to surround the stage.

Other shows include Dr. Rieth Presents Piano Concert (Jan. 8) and Port St. Lucie Community Band performances  Feb. 23 & March 30—a series of concerts under the direction of Dr. John Southall dedicated to the Treasure Coast community.

The seven-show McAlpin OnSTAGE! series costs $70. Additional shows can be added to a subscription for just $10. Individual tickets for McAlpin OnSTAGE! are $15 each. Tickets to non-series shows are $5 or $15. Starting on September 7, individual tickets for all shows will be available for purchase online at www.irsc.edu, by phone, or the IRSC box office.

The IRSC box office is located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Lobby on the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce and is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the convenience of patrons, the box office is open one hour prior to performance time for ticket sales and to pick up “will call” tickets. Call the box office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve your seats, as shows can sell out quickly.

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