Sunday, March 1, 2015

March events at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art at 86 Water Street
photo from Google Earth

The following is a list of events and activities that’s scheduled to take place during the month of March at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art.

March 5 to April 25, 2015 ~ Land of the Free Exhibit with Jane Chapin
Paintings by nationally recognized artist, Jane Chapin will be on view at the Center for History, Culture and Art from March 5 to April 25, 2015.  Also on exhibit will be 50 state paintings from Chapin's book "Land of the Free".  Sales of the paintings fund the Land of the Free book project which is a 100% benefit to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).  The SOWF began in 1980 after a daring a daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran, which ended in tragedy when a helicopter and C-130 aircraft collided.  Eight souls were lost and they left behind 17 children.  A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children became the noble cause of the SOWF.

Chapin will demonstrate her painting technique at the Center for History, Culture and Art on March 21, from 11 AM to 4 PM and will be available to sign books as part of the Art Walk festivities. Join her in the exhibition hall for a reception that afternoon from 5-7 PM.  Chapin will arrive in Apalachicola early to visit with local schools, sharing her experiences as an artist while she traveled and painted across the country.

March 9 to March 12, 2015 ~ 9 AM to 4 PM (ET) ~ "See it", "Say it", Paint It" with Katie Dobson Cundiff
Discover the charm of Apalachicola and Florida's Forgotten Coast. Step back in time in this last vestige of "Old Florida" to paint weathered fish houses, shrimp and oyster boats, quaint cottages, antebellum mansions and charming downtown shops.

Learn to paint faster, looser, and more confidently in this four day plein air workshop while learning to accurately see larger abstract shapes, values, and color.  Plan on daily demos, discussions, individual painting time and one on one critiques.  The workshop concentrates on oil painting, but all mediums are welcome and it is open to all levels.  Enjoy small intimate class sizes. Cost, $400 per student. To register visit

March 14, 2015~ 10 AM to 5 PM (ET) Authors in Apalach
The Apalachicola Municipal Library will host the 2015 Authors in Apalach event on Saturday, March 14, at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art.

This year's event theme is "Contemporary Women Writers of the South" and will feature celebrated authors Janis Owens, author of classic Southern Fiction and the "Cracker Kitchen," and River Jordan, playwright, memoirist and radio personality. Also featured will be: Joyce LaFray, cookbook and food author, Susan Cerulean, environmental writer from Tallahassee; Faith Eidse, Tallahassee teacher, author of "Voices of the Apalachicola," Mary Jane Ryals, Poet Laureate of the Big Bend (2009-2012);  Kimberly Cross Teter, first-time author of "Isabella's Libretto," Elizabeth Stuckey-French, FSU associate professor and author of "The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady," Prissy Elrod, Tallahassee first-time author of "Far Outside the Ordinary," and Adrian Fogelin, Tallahassee Pied Piper extraordinaire of Junior Fiction and Young Adult authors, who will be joined by the many youth authors who were such a hit last year. Her book "Crossing Jordan" was made into a play which was first performed here in Apalach. Don't miss a presentation by Jane Begos Richardson, whose specialty is the reading and interpretation of women's diaries. She is a great addition to Apalachicola's literary community.

The event will be from 10AM to 5PM, with authors signing and selling books, and forums on different topics throughout the day. There will be an afternoon forum on cookbook and food writing which should be tasty. Please join us!

March 15 to March 18, 2015 ~ 9 AMto 4 PM (ET) ~ Painting the Head in Oil with Dawn Whitelaw
Dawn will be teaching basic principals of portraiture.  Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve painting skills.  While our subject will be the human head, the knowledge offered in sound painting practices, will be an asset in painting any subject matter.  To benefit most from this class, a student should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using.  This class will include lecture, power point presentations, demonstrations, and critiques.  There will be lots of individual help at easels as the student starts three portrait studies.  The emphasis is on good sound starts not on completion of a finished portrait during the class. Cost, $500 per student.  To register visit

March 21 ~ Art Walk ~Jane Chapin demo 11 AM- 4 PM, Reception 5-7 PM

March 24, 31, April 7, 14~ 1 to 3 pm~Open Studio Painting with Ed Springer 
For four weeks, on Tuesday, you are welcome to work on your paintings independently, with your colleagues and/or have Ed Springer available for suggestions, critiques and discussion.  If you attended the "Art of the Oyster" painting party, you remember how helpful Ed was in making adjustments to design, shading and tones. Come join us to exchange ideas and creativity in a relaxed environment.  Cost, $50 per student for the four weeks.  Reserve your spot by contacting the Apalachicola School of Art at

For additional information, please contact; Paulette Moss, Director, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art 86 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320​, 1-855-APALACH (855-272-5224),​