Daytona Beach celebrates National Poetry Month
Tomoka Poets and Creative Happiness Institute will co-sponsor a celebration on Sunday, April 21, honoring poetry and the arts, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the historic Lilian Place, 111 Silver Beach Avenue, Daytona Beach.
Opening the event will be Mayor Derrick Henry and his wife, Stephanie, who will read a poem.
Raphael Jackson, a professor of history at Bethune-Cookman University, will feature his students included in the spoken-word anthology, Jackson's Temple, including Nell Wilkins, Dezmond Johnson, and John-Mark McCleod.
They will be joined by Professor Eunice Singleton of Bethune-Cookman University English Department and R.E.A.L. Inc. Poetry Club Members: Kiara Stokes, Angel Johnson, Lareesa Wilds, Sierra Thomas, Dez Bryant, Kathy Julien, Eric Curry, Quentin Woodard and more.
Ima Jackson will perform her recently released single "I See the Truth Standing (On the Back of Ancestors)."
Professor and author Bob Goldsmith, who teaches at B-CU and Daytona State College, will perform and help emcee the event. He will be joined by DSC professor and author Michelle Lee, who will read from her recently published work.
Roger Duvernoy, aka Arthritic Gangsta, Ormond Beach performance poet and songwriter, will perform with other musicians and guests.
Other, out of area, poets also will read.
All styles of poetry are welcome as well as original songs by their songwriters.
The event is open to the public, free.
For information email email@example.com or call (386) 337-4567.
Call for artists
All Florida artists are invited to enter "Line of Sight," a judged photography show for all photographic processes, at the Art League of Daytona.
For one to three entries, fee is $20 per entry for Art League members and $25 per entry for nonmembers.
Delivery is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15.
For a complete prospectus see "Exhibits" on the Art League website, www.artleague.org.
The Art League is at 433 S. Palmetto in the historic district of Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 258-3856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Open-air painting class offered
Plein Air Acrylic Painting in the Garden at Ormond Art Museum with Laura Bohn will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 25, but artists can stay and paint as long as they like.
Learn how to paint organic shapes, form and color in the natural landscape of our beautiful gardens. Students will learn to capture the essence, light and color of a scene in an impressionistic way. This class is for beginning to advanced painters. The instructor will provide a supply list for the students to furnish their own supplies, including an easel.
Cost is $40 for members and $48 for non-members
To make a reservation, call (386) 676-3347.
Museum receives grant
The Museum of Florida Art in DeLand has received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation for its Arts on the Grow program.
Developed by the Museum's Curator of Education Pam Coffman and implemented through a partnership with Mid-Florida Community Services, Arts on the Grow is a bilingual arts-integration program designed to promote the growth of the whole child by connecting artistic and creative development.
The program aligns with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and Florida School Readiness Standards.
Introduced last year as a pilot program, Arts on the Grow has expanded to five Head Start centers across West Volusia County.
For information, visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com.
Spring exhibits open
The Museum of Florida Art has three exhibits opening Friday, April 19, at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand.
Tasting Notes: The Art of Sandro Chia, Lightscapes: Paintings by Richard Segalman and Sequined Sentinels: Haitian Flags from the Collection of Candice Russell
Each will be on display until August.
An opening reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. April 19. Admission is $10 for nonmembers. There is no charge for museum members and children younger than 12. Regular gallery admission for nonmembers after April 19 is $5.
For information, visit MuseumofFloridaArt.org
Call for artists
The Florida Museum for Women Artists has issued a call to female artists for its Third Annual Juried Art Exhibition.
Art in an array of materials and styles will be accepted for consideration including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, clay and wood sculptures, fiber, digital arts and mixed media art.
Submissions will be reviewed and selected by George Bolge, CEO of Museum of Florida Art. Prizes in the amount of $1,000, $750 and $500 will be awarded to three artists selected by the judge.
Entry is open to female artists residing in and outside Florida who are older than 18.
The Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition opens Saturday, Aug. 17, and continues through Oct. 26.
There will be a preview reception on Friday, Aug. 16. Admission for museum members is free and for non-members $10.
Full details and an entry application can be downloaded on the museum website. www.FloridaMuseumforWomenArtists.org.
Fifth annual open mike celebrates poetry month
Robert Calabrese, who teaches The Poet's Corner Poetry Workshop at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, will host the fifth annual Poetry Open Mike, as part of a celebration of National Poetry Month.
The event is free and open to the public at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach.
All styles are welcome as long as poets perform their own, original poetry. The audience will be treated to a variety of poetic voices. Poets must be 18 years or older to read, and material is limited to poetry -- no prose fiction.
To get on the list to read, call the library at (386) 424-2910, or go in person to the library's reference desk. Light refreshments will be served.