Arts and Crafts
Founded in 1980, the Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts offers a supportive environment for both beginning and advanced artists to receive guidance from experienced instructors. Students also benefit from ongoing art exhibits, special classes, and opportunities to display and sell their art.
Hart Demonstrates Heart for Art
Tom Hart is 2014's Vivian LaValle Art Volunteer of the Year! He was recognized for this achievement last Friday evening at a TSC art reception. Hart, a regular member of the Tuesday Morning watercolor class and armed with a PhD and years of teaching library science at FSU, stepped up to the challenge of organizing reference materials for the Art Department.
He catalogued and updated the digital catalogue for more than 100 new donated books, and shelved back into order the 600+ books that comprise the art library. After getting it shipshape, Hart has continued to maintain order making these beautiful art books accessible to the students attending art classes at the Senior Center.
The TSC Foundation and Art Council applauds his volunteerism sharing his passion for art, books and helping others.
Leslie Pucket, Art Program Coordinator, explains that the center's Art Program is built upon many hours of volunteer service that involves: organizing art exhibits, hanging art, working with judges, managing the art library, coordinating the art exhibit at the North Florida Fair, maintaining art equipment and supplies in the art studio, painting air raid sirens, creating policy and dissemination of information through Art Council and helping others.
The annual award is named after Vivian LaValle, who served as the first Art Program Coordinator on a volunteer basis and developed the program through impressing upon the art participants the importance of volunteerism as well as the intrinsic rewards of learning to create beautiful art. The Adeline Wilkes Art Library at the Senior Center had fallen into disarray after Adeline died a few years ago.
The families and friends of 60 artists gathered November 7 to browse great art and celebrate their accomplishments at the Insiders' Show Art Reception. Oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and drawings represented the many different types of art classes at the senior center. Dr. Barbara Cohenour, Art Events Coordinator for Tallahassee Community College, selected awards in two categories. Academy Category First Place Award - Juanita Whiddon; Second Place - Nancy Maudlin; Third Place - Anne Ciotti; Honorable Mentions - Shirley Poore, Linda Lee, Eva Curry; Master Category First Place Award - Nancy Smith; Second Place - Sandy DeLopez; Third Place - Fran Mathis; Honorable Mentions - Tony Bareham, Maria Balingit, Siroos Tamaddoni; Best of Show - Karol Selvaggio.
Suzanne Baker, FSU College of , acknowledged artists who exhibited at the College and helped install 2014 exhibits. Charles Hazelip and Nancy Johnson had the distinction of solo exhibits. This is the seventh year that TSC artists have exhibited at the Medical College. Through this partnership, students studying geriatrics can better understand the diverse talents of older adults and the contribution of art to quality of life. In January the Medical College will feature Maggie Shackelford's beautiful black and white portraits of seniors with special stories.
The Galleries at TSC are open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 9:00pm. Receptions are free and open to the public.
Grand Relations - Art Across Generations
December 13 - January 23
Art reception & poetry reading - January 23, 6:00 - 8:00pm
The reception for this multi-generational exhibit will include poetry readings from the Monday afternoon group, Poetry for the Love of It. The group is a certified chapter of the Florida Poets Association and schedules public poetry readings at Westminster Oaks, Alterra Sterling House and Westminster Gardens Retirement Center. Charles Hazelip, art instructor and poetry group leader, observes that creative endeavors like painting, drawing and writing poems challenges the brain, helps keep the mind active and helps to focus on task at hand.
Art Exhibit - TSC Staff and Art Instructors
December 3 - February 13
Artwork all media from TSC Art Students
An opportunity to see paintings, drawings & photography by our talented art instructors and creative staff.
Following the Masters
October 3 - 30
Artwork by TSC Art Students inspired by Art Masters
Wreaths and Sweets
November 7 - 26
Preview and silent bidding of wreaths and aprons for Deck the Halls
Art reception - November 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Upcoming Art Workshops
Learn something new or sharpen up old skills through a short-term special topic art class. Students are responsible for providing their own art supplies and the lists for each class are available now. Registration required at least one week prior to class. Price of most workshops is $54.00 (55+); $66.00 (others) unless otherwise noted. Call 891-4016 for details and registration. Click on each event for more information:
- At the Tallahassee Senior Center
- At Neighborhood Sites
For more information on these workshops, call 891-4016.
Ongoing Studio Art Classes
These on-going classes are offered on a weekly basis in the art studios at the Tallahassee Senior Center and offer flexibility without preregistration and offer a 'drop-in' structure. First-timers are encouraged to visit the class, talk to the instructor and get a supply list of the materials and tools to bring to class.
Fee per class $9 adults 55+; $11 others. Bonus option - buy an ArtCard punch card good for 8 classes for $63 (one class free) for any combination of the On-going Studio Art Classes. Pre-registration not required.
On-going labs without instructors: $4 per session (Ceramics $2), plus modeling fees, materials, firing fess, where applicable. Art workshops with more specific topics and/or located at neighborhood community centers will resume in February.
Mondays, 9:00am - 11:30am
- Ceramics Lab
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 12:00n
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00n
- Oil & Acrylics - Beginning
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:00n
- Oil & Acrylics - Intermediate
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
- Drawing Etcetera
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- Oil Painting with Eluster
Fridays, 9:00 - 11:30am
All classes are $2 unless otherwise noted.
Mondays, 9:00am - 12:00n
Informal group enjoys all types of crafts. Anyone, with or without experience, welcome.
Mondays, 12:00n - 4:00pm
Join other quilters and work at your own pace. Participants bring their own materials or use donated materials.
Capital City Wood Carvers
Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00pm
New and experienced wood carvers are welcome. Bring a sharp knife, sandpaper and pencil with eraser. New members always welcome. $20 annually; fee pro-rated.
Wednesdays, 9:00am - 12:00n
Group learns cross stitch, crochet, knitting and other projects, depending on available materials. Anyone is welcome, with or without expertise in a craft.
Model Ship Building
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Participants bring their own supplies and projects to work together in this informal setting.