Submitted by The Hermitage
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Hermitage Artist Retreat will present the work of their STARs – the five Florida arts teachers who were awarded the State Teacher Artist Residency this year – on Thursday, July 28.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with open studios and open house tours of the historic cottages that make up the Hermitage Artist Retreat historic campus at 6660 Manasota Key Road. At 7:15, the program moves to the beach for a reading of prose and poems accompanied by music. All ends at sunset.
The residencies are provided through a partnership between the Hermitage and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE).
“I can hardly believe it’s been five years since we initiated this program,” Hermitage Executive Director Bruce E. Rodgers said in a press release. “This year’s STARs include a composer, two visual artists, one photographer and one writer. They are from five different Florida counties that stretch from the Panhandle to Dade County. They are creating wonderful art and are really invigorated by our tranquil setting and the opportunity to be only artists for these few weeks. It’s our gift to Florida Arts Education and it’s as rewarding to us as these artists/teachers, who give so much to our children day in and day out. We look forward to introducing them.”
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be three open studios where STARs will show and tell about their work.
In the Hermitage House study, photographer Erin Bess will display some of her photos and paintings and show a video of her work. Bess teaches art at Turner/Bartels K-8 School in Hillsborough County.
Jeff Byers, an art teacher at Taylor County High School in Taylor County, will be in the 3D Studio, giving a talk about his work which will feature a display of finished and unfinished pottery.
In the Tom Dignam Beach Cottage, Elizabeth Vitale will display a collection of her abstract paintings, mixed media and stitching. Vitale teaches two-dimensional design at Nova High School in Broward County.
At 7:15 p.m., the program relocates to the beach where Joy Hawkins, the Hermitage’s first STAR from Manatee County, will read historical fiction based on a member of her family. It’s a story she has carried with her for years and is finally getting a good chunk of time to work on this novel. Hawkins is a reading and literature teacher at Buffalo Creek Middle School.
She will also read poems she wrote during her residency. The plan is for her to be accompanied by fellow STAR Adalberto Yanes on the keyboard. Yanes teaches Music at Doral Academy Preparatory Charter School in Dade County. Following that, Aldalberto Yanes will talk about his music and play a little more as the sun sets over the Gulf.
Bring your beach chairs and any refreshments you care to enjoy. Hermitage community programs are free but reservations are strongly suggested in case the program needs to move indoors to the Hermitage’s Palm House, 6630 Manasota Key Road, where space is limited. Reserve by calling 941−475−2098, ext. 8, or by emailing your name and number in your party to reservations@HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
You can comment on this story below.
If you want to link to this post from your site, use this trackback link.
You must be logged in to post a comment.