Area Reports

State of the Craft

An overall congratulations to those Florida Craftsmen members receiving 2002-2003 Visual Arts Fellowships from the Division of Cultural Affairs, Dept. of State:
John Tilton, ceramics (Area 3)
Akiko Sugiyama, paper (Area 6)
Donne F. Bitner, mixed media(Area 6)
Jean Cappadonna-Nichols, ceramic sculpture (Area 7)
Carol Prusa, painting (Area 8)
Connie Lloveras, mixed media (Area 9)

Area 1 (Pensacola and Panhandle)

Okaloosa-Walton Community College’s Art Center Galleries held the traveling Florida Visual Art Fellowship Exhibition through Oct. 18th, featuring FC artists Susan B. Gott, David McKirdy, Fraser Smith and Lynn Whipple.

News has it that new Area 1 Co-Director and award-winning quiltmaker Eleanor McCain is organizing the”Quilt National” show at the Pensacola Museum slated to take place in the summer of 2003. Literature will soon be out, so our details are still a bit fuzzy. Do we have members in the Panhandle interested in assisting FC to plan an exhibit to run concurrently with the Quilt National show? It could be fun, interesting, and most of all, rewarding… let the office know at (727) 821-7391.

Area 2 (Tallahassee and Vicinity)

The FC Area 2 Invitational Exhibition at the Gadsden Art Center in Quincy opened Sept. 7th and ran through Oct. 13th. This incredible group of artists, volunteers and board members did it once again…a huge turnout, a beautiful exhibition, tons of work (and tons of artwork on display!) Special thanks again to Area 2 Co-Directors Bob Hargrave and Terry Carley, Lesley Nolan, Kathy Wilcox, and Gadsden’s director Zoe Galloway for presenting a beautiful exhibition we can all be proud of. The show consisted of over 50 exhibitors and 150 pieces! Bob’s comment from the last newsletter rings very true: “Fine Craft continues to make inroads in North Florida”. Their efforts produced some new FC members and increased interest in contemporary craft. We are indebted to all the exhibiting artists and especially to these hard-working volunteers. Their hearts are truly in it. Although too many to mention here, FC hopes you ALL will enter the statewide 50th Anniversary Exhibition!!! Applications have been mailed .. don’t miss that January 10th deadline!

Fiber artist Leslie Cohen was accepted into the “Figurative Elements” show at The Arts Center. Her 3/4th size random woven figure titled “Repose” will be featured as one of 40 works selected from a pool of over 400 works. Leslie is the Art Teacher at Chiles High School in Tallahassee. Kudos, Leslie!

Stephen Fox, fine hardwoods furniture maker (also represented at the FC Gallery) was selected for the 15th Nat’l Juried Show of the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House in Mableton, GA. Steve was one of four recipients for an “Award of Excellence” for his “Jewelry Chest on Stand”. You can view the award-winning works at We LOVE showing off Steve’ breathtaking pieces at the FC Gallery!

FC Director Michele Tuegel will be in Tallahassee Tuesday, February 18th, and FC Co-Director Terry Carley is cooking up an Area 2 social gathering that evening. As of this writing, we have not decided where or what time, but please mark your calendars and join us for an evening of friendly conversation and camaraderie. If interested, Michele can address some of the things the group has been interested in .. such as “The Business of Being an Artist” or sharing artistic ideas and individual approaches to one’s work. Give Terry a call if you feel compelled. Maybe a potluck? See you in February!

Area 3 (Gainesville and Central North FL)

The September issue of Woodshop News highlighted a beautiful walnut bowl with servers by Melrose woodturner Raymond Ferguson alongside an article noting Florida Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary and the exhibition “Past Perfect/Present Tense”. Ray’s 1971 award-winning bowl was featured in the celebratory exhibition next to one of his current wood-turned vessels, showcasing FC award winners from past statewide exhibitions. Ray is a Past-President of Florida Craftsmen and also a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Congratulations, Ray, on all of these recent accomplishments!

We hope many of you had the opportunity to see the exhibition “Women on the Verge” at the University Gallery in Gainesville that concluded December 14th. The twelve artists, 10 women and two men dealing with women’s issues in their artwork, are all represented by the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, and Amy Vililante Dickerson, Gallery Director, puts the show in perspective in her first sentence acknowledging the show: “On the verge of greatness, on the verge of discovery, on the verge of self-actualization, equality, confidence: women have always been on the verge of truth. Congratulations on a remarkable exhibition!

“Plates & Platters” was the title of a September exhibit at The Odyssey Gallery in Asheville, NC featuring a full line-up of talented national ceramists. Included among this talented group was FC member and Professor of Art at UF Linda Arbuckle. The exhibition was designed to showcase ‘the platter as serving vessel, sculptural object and canvas’.

Area 4 (Jacksonville & Northeast FL)

Area 4 has a new Co-Director, Chris Kelly, who is already working hard with Area Director Kathy Skaggs on programming for members in Northeast Florida! Hoping the November Craft Sale went well at Atlantic Beach Potters. We are excited to see such revitalized energy and only see good things happening down the road. Contact Chris or Kathy at ABP if you have an idea for an FC event, meeting, workshop or exhibit. They’re ready and willing! Thank you both.

Area 5 (Tampa Bay & Vicinity)

Congrats to visual arts faculty & staff from Eckerd College who are also FC members. Betsy Orbe Lester, Chris McLean, Amanda and Brian Ransom exhibited their recent work along with other faculty in Elliott Gallery at the College Oct. 16 through November 8th.

“Shared Space” was the title of a group exhibit by ceramic artists Linda Chumley, Chuck McGee and Marc Sonenberg Nov. 7th through Nov. 20th. Looks like a new space from the great-looking invitation: Lemon Studios and Gallery located on Marion Street in Tampa. We hope the show was a huge success! For future reference, contact these artists at (813) 221-8950.

Grand Applause to the St. Petersburg Clay Company on their Grand Opening combined with a Holiday Pottery Sale at their new, renovated train depot location on December 7th! The SPCC has already sponsored some local community fundraisers, including the Florida Craftsmen Auction for the Building Campaign .. their inaugural door-opening to the public. This party will celebrate SPCC’s seven years of success – providing artist studio work space, ceramics supply and equipment sales, artist studio events and sales of their work, and visiting artist workshops. FC hopes to collaborate on a few ceramic workshops with SPCC in the coming year. Wishing all of you much success! You each have worked hard and deserve a huge pat on the back (and a month off?!!). Congratulations!

Dar Webb, an FC member and community patron of the arts, participated in a photography showcase with five other photographers at Sunken Gardens on Nov. 2nd titled “The Art of Nature”. Sunken Gardens had to provide the perfect setting to show and sell work…. We hope the day was a huge success!

FC volunteer extraordinaire Ruth Philipon was honored September 5th as Master Artist of the Year by the Art League of Door County, Wisconsin. Ruth owned and operated a wonderful gallery in Door County for many years before permanently moving to St. Petersburg. She was given this prestigious award for her contributions to the community and for her beautiful work as a visual artist. We are so proud of you, Ruth!

Congratulations to all of our friends a few blocks away at Hands On! Inc. for their recent awards designing the exhibit space for the W5: whowhatwherewhenwhy museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The group was honored in June with a Gold Award for Environmental Design in the largest annual industrial design competition in the U.S. for the concept and realization of this huge project… creating a dynamic exhibit experience combining science and art in an uplifting setting. Hands On! Inc. also became recent recipients of prestigious awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Designers in Ireland. We are thrilled to see Hands On! Inc. and their talented, creative team receive these well-deserved accolades.

FC welcomes newcomer Leslie Fry to the St. Pete area, a recent transplant from Sarasota. Florida Craftsmen hopes to see some of your work in the near future!

“We Pots” was the title of a group exhibit at The Painted Fish Gallery in Dunedin featuring ceramics by FC members Gail Snively, Kim Lemonakis, Susan Vey, Bev Childs and Delores Fortuna. The show ran this past July-August.

Hooray! for former Board Treasurer David Ramsay, the new VP of Investments at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. David formerly worked for Prudential Securities. David was a recent sponsor of our CraftArt Festival. We are proud of your promotion and new company move, David!

Bayonet Point fiber artist Phyllis Danielson Gillie had one of her pieces featured in the Oct. issue of The Crafts Report. Phyllis was also honored in September through a juried exhibition at the Moonspace Studio & Gallery in Lake Geneva, WI. From 122 entries, a stitched wall hanging was one of only 22 works accepted into the show. Kudos!

Creative Clay is abuzz with good news! Grace-Anne Alfiero, Danielle Rottenberg and two Board members will present the Creative Clay student artwork at the Int’l/ Outsider Art Festival in NYC in January. Three CC employees travel to Japan next March to educate the Japanese community about the successful integrative and collaborative ARTLINK project. Artlink paired professional artists in the community with many of Creative Clay’s physically and mentally-challenged adult students, successfully producing artwork exhibited in museums and galleries. (FL Craftsmen was proudly a collaborator for their first two projects … a truly enriching experience for everyone!) Now .. how can we fit in your suitcases?!!!

Congrats to Leslie “Scott” Aubrey on all of his recent awards at outdoor festivals, and best wishes to him as he moves to Plant City to pursue his career in ceramics. Scott has been the ceramics instructor at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, one of our own favorite hang-outs! Don’t miss the Dunedin Art Center’s Exhibition Journeys, which includes FC members David Bewley and Timothy Tyler. The exhibition will run through February 28th, 2003.

Congratulations on the Grand Opening of another new gallery in St Petersburg … Confident Gallery at 695 Central. The opening exhibition included works by FC members Duncan McClellan, Lenn Neff, Rebecca Skelton and Lisa Williamson. (FC Gallery will feature a solo exhibit of Lisa Williamson’s work next spring!). Wishing the gallery much success!

Janice Carnegie Rush exhibited her beautiful paintings on silk December 5th at a special reception in her honor at the Art on the Plaza Gallery in Belleair Bluffs. We hope it was a huge success, Janice!

Area 6 (Orlando and Central FL to the East Coast)

“Light Passages” was the exhibition title at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park featuring the transparent porcelain vessels of ceramist Georgina Holt alongside the equally transparent hand-dyed landscape textiles by Hye Shin. The exhibition opened on Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 4th, 2003 – try not to miss this splendid show! The 2-person show was curated by former FC Board member Susan Vey, Director of Ceramics & Sculpture at Crealde. For more info, phone the School at (407) 671-1886.

Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach featured the paper and wood constructions of Phil Parker this past September. Many other FC member artists are also represented through ongoing group exhibitions at this facility. Phil has been a constant award-winner each fall at FC’s CraftArt Festival, and we proudly have one of Phil’s handmade paper constructions in the Permanent Collection. Kudos, Phil.

McRae Art Studios in Winter Park held a Holiday Open House on Dec. 7th. An annual event not to be missed, the show featured many talented FC members! We hope it was a great success.

Valencia Community College East Campus Gallery recently held a group exhibition titled “Animalia”, including the metal & mixed media work of FC member Martha L. Lent and also hand-painted silks by Marianna Hamilton Ross.

Current Area 6 Board rep Eva Walsh is staying busy beyond her new Board responsibilities…. “Abstract II” was in the “3x3 Exhibition” at the Maitland Art Center, and in Sept. she provided a beading workshop at the Black Sheep in Winter Park. Eva also shared that some of the Bead Society of Central Florida members’ work was featured on WCEU’s Home & Craft Show.

Area 7 (Naples, Ft,.Myers & Southwest FL)

P.S. – Area 7 is in need of an FC Area Rep on the Board of Directors! We need to light some fires in Southwest Florida and plan an exhibition, workshop, or event for artists and the communities that love craft. Who is ready?!!

Congratulations and best wishes to Louise Senneff, the new Executive Director at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Louise was an ‘organizational genius’ while assisting Florida Craftsmen organize the 48th FC Statewide Exhibition, hosted by this institution. We look forward to wonderful things happening in the future for the Alliance, its artists and visitors!

Area 8 (Ft. Lauderdale to Ft. Pierce)

Another P.S. – Florida Craftsmen is seeking an Area 8 rep for the Board of Directors. It is a rewarding experience and you have the opportunity of creating some exhibits, events or workshops for artists, collectors and the community at large on the East Coast! Anyone up for the challenge?!!

Professor of Ceramics at FAU in Boca Raton, Angela DiCosola was featured in a solo exhibition at Stetson University’s Foyer Gallery, Sampson Hall in DeLand this past Oct.-Nov. Angela also provided a ceramics workshop on October 3rd for Stetson students and an accompanying slide lecture. Kudos to you!

Harvey Sadow, Chairman of the Ceramics Dept. at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, spoke at the China Contemporary Ceramic Art Conference in Foshan, China this past May. His work was also featured in the Contemporary Ceramics Invitational Exhibition at the Foshan Art Museum. He was also chosen as one of eight international artists to work with 15 Chinese master artists for ten days. InOctober, he returned to China to deliver a lecture on “Ceramics in Public Art in America” and a piece has been chosen for the Shiwan Ceramic Arts Museum’s Permanent Collection. This newsletter author has made him promise to carry her in his luggage on China trip #3!!! We are very proud of these great accomplishments, Harvey.

Award-winning bead jeweler/sculptor Judi Wood has been selected as a 2003 Niche Award Nominee for a beaded evening bag. The awards, sponsored by the Rosen Agency and the Philadelphia Buyer’s Market of American Craft, will be announced at a ceremony during the winter wholesale show on February 16th. Good luck, Judi!

Area 8 FC members…. remember that FC is a member of ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. As members, you have the ability to use this facility as a resource for possible exhibitions and other artistic opportunities. Please contact ArtServe to learn about the possibility of organizing a group meeting, workshop or exhibition with other local FC members.

Area 9 (Miami to the Keys)

Our heartiest congratulations to Margaret Pelton on her recent Retrospective Exhibition at Miami-Dade Community College Kendall Campus Art Gallery. The Aug.-Sept. show honored Margaret for a distinguished lifetime of teaching art and as an accomplished artist. The exhibition featured Margaret’s watercolors and paintings on paper and her fiber pieces. Once again, Margaret, our congratulations to you on this momentous achievement.

“The Exceptional Vessel:Baskets and Beyond” was the group exhibition title at La Jolla Fiber Arts Girard Gallery, La Jolla, CA, featuring the basket works of Benjia Morgenstern. The 4th Annual Invitational exhibition concluded Nov. 16th . Kudos, Benjia! Benjia also taught a native grapevine basketry workshop on Nov. 2nd at a native preserve in North Miami; plus she recently was one of three jurors for the ” Women in Textile Art” International Biennial 2002 Exhibition at the ARA Gallery Cultural Center in Coral Gables. Go, girl!

Barbara Watler’s Fingerprint Quilts were on exhibition at the Polk Community College’s Gallery through Dec. 13th in Winter Haven. Barbara also had work in the exhibit “Quilt Visions” at the Oceanside Museum of Art in CA., and a show at the Ohio Crafts Museum! Congrats, Barbara … your hands have been busy!

Barbara and Benjia (artists noted above) are two members out of many in the South Florida Fiber Artists group. This active group of professionals organizes exhibitions, guest artist lectures, workshops, and sponsors awards specific to fiber artists in exhibitions such as the statewide Florida Craftsmen Exhibition. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Benjia Morgenstern at: 7830 Miami View Dr., North Bay Village, FL 33141. Dues are only $15!

Hmmm…. we hear someone spotted some new ceramic works by Area 9 Board rep Pete Kuentzel at the Barbara Gilman Gallery in Miami…. could it be true?!! The message was clear: “The work is getting better and better!”

We are happy to hear that Erman’s wife, Stella, is coming along fine after her surgery... you know our thoughts are with you both and your family! Erman’s fiber collages were seen at The Fine Line Arts Centre in St. Charles, IL in a glorious exhibtiion titled “Uncommon Threads” and he also participated in “Craft Concepts” at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ. Larios Restaurant in South Miami is also gracing its walls with Erman’s fiberworks. OK, OK… we’re not done yet… “Wearable Expressions 02/03” is the title of the Int’l juried show at the Rancho Palos Verdes Art Center in Southern CA, and Erman’s work was selected to be included, with 28 states and 11 countries participating!!! Both Erman and Beverly McInness had work at the Ohio Craft Museum’s “Art is in the Bag” Exhibition. YIKES! Our pride is shining…..

Out of State

Santa Fe, New Mexico fiber artist Jane Sauer was recently recognized as a Fellow of the American Craft Council. Jane’s work in fiber, primarily waxed linen contemporary sculptures originally derived from her earlier basketry works, is known internationally. Jane also curated a traveling basketry exhibition for Florida Craftsmen in 2000. We are so pleased to see you receive this rewarding and well-deserved recognition, Jane!

Ed. Note: When sending in your information, consider sending a high-quality B&W photo or slide .. as visual people, we like looking at pictures!!! If the quality is good, you can guarantee you work will be published in one of Florida Craftsmen’s various printed materials! Thank you.