The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is pleased to announce the installation of six new Council members.
In announcing the new members, Council Chair W. D. “Bill” Yerrick said, “The Council is at full capacity for the first time in more than 10 years. This energetic team is ready, willing, and able to help make Hernando County a vibrant art scene.”
Created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1987, the Hernando County Fine Arts Council’s mission is to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts. The Council’s most visible project is Art in the Park, the county’s premier art and music show. Other projects include Community Arts Grants for local nonprofits, Arts in Education program to support art teachers, Brooksville’s historic murals, and last year’s Art Stroll and Band Shell Bash.
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New Arts Council members: L-R, Back row: Kure Walters, Allisa Babor, Tanya Meyers. Front Row: Cheryl Hill, Teresa Robinson, John Cornell
Thank you to Marilyn Schaeffer and Barbara Blavatt for serving as judges for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, coordinated through the office of Representative Daniel Webster. This year, 173 high school students from 5 counties and 14 schools across the district participated in the competition to depict “America the Beautiful.”
The Arts Council was asked to provide two judges and we were proud to nominate Marilyn Schaeffer and Barbara Blavatt. Sandy Hadsock agreed to serve as an alternate if needed. Event organizers were very complimentary about the quality of judges and appreciated the encouraging and substantive comments the students received.
Karina Wilson of First Academy Leesburg in Lake County is this year’s first place winner. Her art will be displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with artwork from other contest winners nationwide.
Bao Nhu Pham of Lake Minneola Highschool and Alexandra Pilling of Crystal River Highschool came in second and third, respectively. Individual county winners include:
· Aleigha Shepherd of Lake Weir Highschool, in Marion County
· Asha Mertis of Lake Minneola Highschool, in Lake County
· Shawna Sowell of South Sumter Highschool, in Sumter County
· Taylor Craven of Weeki Wachee Highschool, in Hernando County
· Megan Ryan of Lecanto Highschool, in Citrus County
Rep. Daniel Webster visited these schools throughout the week and presented the winners with their certificates. Rep. Webster said: "The spectacular artwork and record turnout is a reflection of the emphasis that our schools are placing on the arts. I am pleased to be a part of encouraging the next generation of artistic talent. I also want to thank the teachers and school leaders who are working with and teaching this generation of artists".
The 35th Annual Art in the Park held March 9 &10, 2019, was a great success! The Hernando County Fine Arts Council wishes to thank the estimated 6,000 visitors, 130 exhibitors, entertainers including the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, food vendors, and sponsors.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is proud to announce this year’s winners of its juried art show.
Best in Show: Rolly Ray Reel ($1000) 3-D sculptural mixed media wall art
Fine Arts Division:
1st place: Nick Alexiades ($750) Drawings on marble and limestone with mechanical pencils
2nd place: Gregory Jones ($500) Acrylic & mix media in layers of Plexiglas
3rd place: Peter Rujuwa ($350) Serpentine stone sculptures hand carved polished with beeswax
3rd place: Danny O'Driscoll ($350) Acrylic wildlife paintings on board with airbrush
Honorable mention: Peter Gerbert ($50) Florida wildlife acrylic paintings and fine art prints
Honorable mention: Diane Stover ($50) Textured palette knife oil paintings on canvas
(L-R) Paul Shaskan (Arts Council Vice Chair Emeritus) with Fine Arts Winners: Gregory Jones, Danny O’ Driscoll, Peter Rujuwa, Diane Stover, Peter Gerbert, Rolly Ray Reel. Nick Alexiades, Bill Yerrick (Arts Council Chair)
Fine Crafts Division
1st place: Deborah Cutler ($400) Fiber art, one-of-a-kind dolls created with various fabrics and hand sewn vintage beads, etc.
2nd place: Rolande Andrews ($250) Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry that combines seaglass, precious and semiprecious stones, and sterling silver
3rd place: Andrea Woda ($100) Felting wool sculpted into art with a needle
3rd place: Jill Kalber ($100) Hand-painted silk scarves using the Sun Silk process
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Collins ($50) Original clay art work, functional wares, hand sculpted fine art vessels
Honorable mention: Chris Cole ($50) Handcrafted pine, primed, painted whimsical works for yard & garden
Fine Crafts Winners (L-R) Deborah Cutler, Rolande Andrews, Jill Kalber, Andrea Woda, Elizabeth Collins, Chris Cole, Bill Yerrick (Arts Council Chair)
One highlight of the annual event is the People's Choice Award. More than 1,140 attendees filled out "YOU BE THE JUDGE" cards to cast their ballots for their favorite artists.
The 2019 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR EXHIBITOR is Danny O' Driscoll, who received a $50 cash prize. Sonny Vergara and Diane Stover came in second and third.
The $l00 cash drawing for attendees went to Judy Doane, local resident.
Roger Carlton Sherman, the Council's longest-serving member passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Roger joined the Arts Council in 2010, and served as chair December 2011─December 2013.
Roger was active in the arts his entire life and first organized an exhibit with the Ambassador of France of the posters of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in 1958 while a student at Lakeland Senior High School. While his degree was in Advertising and Communications, he studied art at Florida Southern College and Florida State University graduating with a BS in Advertising, Communications and Public Relations.
Roger was among the first to qualify as an accredited professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Roger served as Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Arts Commission, Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), co-founded the Order of Salvador at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, and donated exhibitions to museums and libraries in Tampa, Lakeland, Brooksville, St. Augustine, Monson, and Plymouth Massachusetts.
He is a former Chairman of the Hernando Arts Council, Vice Chairman of the Brooksville Beautification Board, Vice Chair of the Great Brooksvillian Screening Committee, and an officer in the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, Inc.
Roger recently conceived of a new kind of art show at the Uptown City Gallery at Brooksville City Hall—“Off the Wall.” The show featured several local residents’ personal collections taken literally off their walls. The collection included paintings, prints, etchings, manuscripts, stained glass, silk embroidery and other items. Among the several items of historical significance was an illustrated manuscript on parchment C1650 contributed by Roger. This well-received event provided a unique opportunity to see the works collected by some Hernando County residents.
Roger’s biography, “Dining with Dukes” by local author Mary Moses, was published in 2016.
William Yerrick, current Arts Council Chairman, called for a moment of silence during the February council meeting and shared these comments: "Roger Sherman was a product of an age when one took pride in the dignity of being a gentleman. We saw, in him, a philosophy to overcoming obstacles toward cooperation and mutual respect, by sticking to a principle and seeking common cause. He represented an institutional memory of the Fine Arts Council."
Hernando County Fine Arts Council announces its 2019 Community Arts Grants recipients. The Council’s grant program provides grants up to $500 each for local groups and non-profits to promote all the creative arts and art appreciation in Hernando County.
Recipients and their projects for this year are as follows:
· Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, “My Art History Scrapbook”
· City of Brooksville Uptown Gallery, “Uptown Gallery Hooked on Art”
· Hernando County eSchool, “Hernando eSchool 2nd Annual Art Show”
· Hernando County Public Library System, “Art Attack”
· Hernando Youth Orchestra, “HYO 2019”
· Live Oak Theater, “2018-2019 Season of Performances”
· Stir Up The Gift, “Student Talent Development”
· Suncoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines, “Bringing Awareness of Women’s A Capella Music to Hernando County”
· Temple Beth David Jewish Center, “Nature Coast Art Show”
Beth Putnam, Community Arts Grant Program Coordinator for the Council, said, "These local groups are keeping the arts alive in so many different ways. We are proud to support groups who help make Hernando County a more vibrant art community."
Grantees were selected at the Council’s December 13, 2018 meeting. Grant projects will run through the end of 2019. In the last two years, the grant-funded projects involved more than 15,000 people in the arts in Hernando County. More information about the grant program can be found on the Council’s website at HernandoArts.org.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created in 1987 by the Board of County Commissioners to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts.
(Back Row) L-R Vince Vanni, Live Oak Theatre; Melinda Crandle, Stir Up the Gift Talent Organization, Kimetta Ortiz, Luciana Calascione, and Andy Fotopoulos, Hernando eSchool; John St. John, Hernando Youth Orchestra; LeAnne Lesmeister, Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County; Sheryl Fell, Hernando Public Library (Front row) L-R Beth Putnam, Community Arts Grant Program Coordinator; Judith McIntire, Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall; Marlene Shaw, Temple Beth David; Barbara Karpay, Suncoast Harmony Chorus, Sweet Adelines
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is pleased to announce Raymond James Financial as the presenting sponsor of the 35th annual Art in the Park festival to be held March 9–10, 2019, 10 am-5 pm.
Arts Council Chair William “Bill” Yerrick said, “It means a great deal to Hernando County and the Arts Council to receive this sponsorship. We also wish to thank Raymond James Financial Chairman Emeritus, Thomas A. James for his personal support.” Mr. James is both a long-time supporter of the arts and a well-known collector. He and his wife Mary have collected more than 2,500 pieces of art. Earlier this year, they opened the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Last month, the Southeast Tourism Society named Art in the Park to its top 20 Festival and Events for the month of March 2019 for the second year in a row. Yerrick noted that this accolade, plus the sponsorship from Raymond James highlights the quality of Art in the Park and its value to the County. “Not only does Art in the Park bring artists and art lovers together in a beautiful setting, but proceeds also help support all the arts in Hernando County.”
The juried festival is expected to draw 5,000 people to enjoy more than 130 fine art and craft exhibitors, a food court, a student art show and a children’s art activity tent. There will be live stage entertainment both days with a special "Pops in the Park" concert performed by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, March 9 at 1 pm.
The 35th annual Art in the Park is sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. Admission is FREE. The $5 suggested parking donation helps support all the arts in Hernando County.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created in 1987 by Hernando County to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts. Learn more at HernandoArts.org or call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182 for more information.
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council elected its new officers on Dec. 13, 2018. Officers’ two-year terms began Jan. 1, 2019. The Fine Arts Council’s mission is to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in the county and provide a means to showcase the arts.
The officers are W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chairman; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; Barbara Blavatt, Secretary; and Tina Jarvis, Treasurer.
Mr. Yerrick, who joined the Arts Council in February 2013, is a life-long educator and communication professional. He plays string bass in the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and is past president of the orchestra.
Ms. Putnam joined in 2016 and has used her experience as a former English teacher and communications manager to administer the Community Arts Grant Program and expand the Council’s communications efforts.
Ms. Blavatt, a member since 2017, came to Hernando County in 2010 following her 40-year career as an artist and arts educator in Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Barbara proclaims, "I really want the arts to be our children’s drug of choice!"
Tina Jarvis joined the Fine Arts Council in 2016. She is well suited as its Treasurer thanks to 40 years as a financial professional. She feels strongly that the arts play a vital role in the success and sustainability of our community.
Please contact the Hernando County Fine Arts Council at (352) 587-8062 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
2019-2020 Hernando County Fine Arts Officers> L-R Tina Jarvis, Treasurer; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chair; Barbara Balvatt, Secretary
Emilio "Sonny" Vergara officially retired from the Hernando County Fine Arts Council Thursday, July 12, 2018. A gifted professional photographer, Sonny was appointed to the Council February 25, 2014, and served as chair since December 2014. Through his passion for the arts, his success at recruiting Council members, and his clear goal of making Hernando County a vibrant art hub, he has made a lasting impact on the Council and on the arts in Hernando County.
A set of interim officers was elected at the July 12 Arts Council meeting with regular elections scheduled in December. Interim officers are Chair William "Bill" Yerrick, Vice-Chair Beth Putnam, and Secretary Barbara Blavatt. Tina Jarvis continues as Council treasurer. Former Vice Chair Paul Shaskan was given the honorary title of Vice Chair Emeritus in recognition of his more than four years as Council vice chair. Mr. Shaskan will continue as co-coordinator of the Council's Art in the Park Festival held annually the second week of March.
William "Bill Yerrick (L), Interim Hernando County Fine Arts Council Chair, presents a thank-you gift to outgoing chair Emilio "Sonny" Vergara.