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.
Tallahassee Senior Center for the Arts
TSC is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 10 pm.
Receptions free and open to the public.
Senior Artist Showcase
The Senior Artist Showcase is the upcoming art Exhibit for August and September showing in the TSC Auditorium and Dining Room, and at the downtown Leon County LeRoy Collins Public Library Second floor display wall. The colorful exhibit showcases senior-aged artists in the Big Bend area and this year includes artists from Crawfordville, Blountstown, Havana and Donaldson, GA. Artists submitted applications with more than 100 images of the artwork for Juror Viki D. Thompson Wylder, PhD, to peruse and determine which artworks are accepted for this year's exhibition. Artworks will be displayed August 5 through September 25, with an awards ceremony/reception at TSC September 4, 6 – 8 pm.
The Galleries at TSC are open to the public Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 9:00pm. Receptions are free and open to the public.
Creativity in Oils & Acrylics upstairs, with a touch of Marsala in the Dining Room
Currently through July 29, 2015.
Second place winner in this senior center show is Siroos Tamaddoni.
"School Days 1928, Mary Douglas" is a black and white oil painting by Ann Grissett.
An exhibition of 40 paintings in oils and/or acrylics by TSC artists are on display in the second floor Auditorium. Awards chosen by Audra Pittman, Executive Director, COCA include: First Place – Sandy DeLopez, Second Place – Siroos Tamaddoni, Third Place – Rachel Webb; Honorable Mentions: Charlotte Gambel, Ann Grissett, and Joan S. Keen. Guests at the reception chose the People's Choice Awards:Most Creative & Overall Favorite– Joan Kanan, Best Use of Color & Favorite Landscape – Sandy DeLopez, Favorite Portrayal of People – Charles C. Pierce and Favorite Painting with Animals – Ann Grissett.
In the dining room are artworks featuring the Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala. Pittman's favorites from the Marsala exhibit include: Judge's Choice - Charlotte Gambel, Best Use of Marsala – Mary Hafner, Most Creative – Nancy Johnson, Most Emotive – Jenny Swearingen, and Unique Materials – Ruth Nickens. People's Choice Awards for the Marsala show: Nancy Johnson for Most Creative and Favorite Use of Marsala, Overall Favorite – Charlotte Gambel.
Color of the Year Marsala
May 15 - July 28
TSC Participants create artwork and photographs featuring the Pantone Color for 2015 – Marsala, a deep warm red-brown color.
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
- Pastels - Landscapes
Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:00pm | July 23 – Aug. 27 (six classes)
Register by July 15
- Holiday Cards
Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00pm | Sept. 9
Register by Sept 2.
- 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
Art of Portraiture with a live model in the medium of your choice. Work in a collaborative environment to improve power of observation and practice skills.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Explore, practice and learn. Weekly classes include a short demonstration on techniques or design approach, time to paint and constructive critiques. Join any time.
- Oil & Acrylics - Beginning
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
On-going Studio Classes are available beginners. Instructors work with individual students who assist and critique one another in an exciting, collaborative environment.
- Oil & Acrylics - Intermediate
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
On-going Studio Classes are available for all levels of artists for sophmore artists. Instructors work with individual students who assist and critique one another in an exciting, collaborative environment.
- Drawing Etcetera
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
On-going Studio Classes are available for all levels of artists from beginners to professionals. Instructors work with individual students who assist and critique one another in an exciting, collaborative environment.
- Oil Painting with Eluster
Fridays, 9:00 - 11:30am
Ongoing weekly studio class; does not require pre-registration. Students receive instruction and learn to constructively critique one another.
- Drawing Together
Fridays, 9:30 - 12:00pm
Learn and develop drawing techniques, beginners and intermediate.
Quilting Bees Turn Fabric Into Art
By Donna Riordan
Bees really do make the world go 'round. The buzzing varieties pollinate flowers and crop; some produce honey. Still, there's another bee in town. Quilting bees are abuzz at the Tallahassee Senior Center and they enrich lives in another fashion. Ladies meet and create memories every week.
Tallahassee Senior Center's Crafting Class morphs into a Quilting Bee on Monday afternoons as "worker bees" create fabric art. Jeanette McLeod leads this group of dedicated quilters as they transcend yards of cloth into amazing products. While these handmade items are similar in process, each attendant creates a distinctive style that easily denotes the individual and the heart with which her quilt was molded.
Jeanette McLeod began quilting when she was a child because her parents weren't able to afford manufactured blankets. "Mom quilted out of necessity," she said. "I did too initially, but now I quilt because I enjoy creating something beautiful from a wide assortment of cloth. More importantly, I enjoy the company of everyone who shares a passion for quilting."
Martha Rodeseike agrees. "I fell in love with quilting and it's all her fault," she said with a grin and a nod towards McLeod. "I didn't need another hobby, but then I sewed a few pieces together under Jeannette's guidance and found myself truly interested in quilting and thoroughly enjoying the opportunity of working with everyone in the class."
Another member also appreciates McLeod's quilting talent, but for a whole other reason. Legally blind since she was a child, Florence Bell takes on challenges that even many sighted individuals find as complicated adventures.
As a member of the Center's crochet team her interest was piqued by their craft, as well as their entertaining discussions. Though she easily crochets, Bell found quilting to be more of a challenge and subsequently consulted with McLeod. Together the two created a quilt with a warmth greater than any store bought blanket.
"My mind and my hands are able to quilt but my eyes aren't," said Bell. "Jeanette is so kind to help me put the pieces together. Once we are done getting everything in place, it will be sewn together and I will have a beautiful quilt to help me celebrate my 70th birthday."
Rodeseike's and Bell's enthusiasm is felt throughout the Center's activity room – whether you are into quilting or not – and conversations run from personal theories and political beliefs to what each did over the weekend and what other Center opportunities they may be participating in during the week.
Social activity stimulates the mind, body and soul. "Whether it's quilting, language and art classes, adventures in travel, games or other recreation, TSC provides a wealth of opportunities for all adults 50 plus to appreciate," says assistant program supervisor Kristy Carter. (Note: All persons 18 and older are welcome to participate in activities at the center; preference is given to those 50+ when a class or tour fills.)
Visit Talgov.com/Seniors or Facebook.com/TallahasseeSeniorCenter for a list of entertaining, enlightening and enriching classes and happenings; you can also call 891-4000 for more information.
All classes are $2 unless otherwise noted.
Mondays, 9:00am - 12:00pm
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 - 12:00pm
Group learns cross stitch, crochet, knitting and other projects, depending on available materials. Anyone is welcome, with or without expertise in a craft.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 12:00pm
Paint and/or glaze mold-made ceramics. Experienced volunteers assist.
Model Ship Building
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Participants bring their own supplies and projects to work together in this informal setting.