Gathering of the Artists Holiday Show @The Doris & Thomas Center

North Central Florida artists showcase their work in the second annual Gathering of the Artists Holiday Show -Both the Thomas Center and The Doris are the settings for the December 8 Gainesville event-
(Gainesville, Fla. – Nov. 2012) The second annual Gathering of the Artists Holiday Show is a unique collaboration of award-winning individuals featuring their best achievements in ceramics, painting, sculpture, quilting, jewelry, hand painted silks and wood furniture. The non-profit public event, coordinated by Sandra Matasick, will be on Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. at The Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Avenue, and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center (The Doris) at 716 N. Main St.
In its second year, Gathering of the Artists has expanded to a second cultural venue to allow more local artists to showcase their work. Many of these artists are represented in local and national galleries as well as in art festivals including the acclaimed Smithsonian Craft Show. According to Matasick, “our goal is to provide an upscale festive holiday atmosphere for artists and customers to interact and share their work. The second annual event is better and bigger than the inaugural event in 2011. It is one not to miss.”
Artists at the Thomas Center: Artists at The Doris: John Tilton, ceramics Norman Jenson, painting Steve Howell, ceramics Sandra Hadley, drawing Pete Senesac, jewelry Dixie Biggs, woodturning Anne Gilroy, painting Jason Straw, wood furniture Harriet Huss, painting Leslie M. Peebles, printmaking Anne Seraphine, painting Sara Nash, painting Susan Torgerson James, wearables Marty Fielding, ceramics Candace McCaffery, quilting Natacha Monnalisa, painting Kimberly Willcox, sculpture Marco Razo, painting Greg Johnson, sculpture Janet & Ray O’Rouke, woodturning Kathleen Wobie, painting Scott Meyer, stone sculpture Sandra Matasick, jewelry Joanna Clark, sculpture Leland Shaw, ceramics William Schaaf, sculpture Eleanor Blair, painting Kana Handell, painting George Ferreira, sculpture/wood furniture Bill Flushe, wood furniture
For more information on the participating artists and the event visit Gathering of the Artists on Facebook

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Klezmer Katz Performs for December’s Sunday Soiree

The Foundation for the Promotion of Music will be hosting a festive Hanukkah Party featuring the Klezmer Katz at the next Sunday Soiree on December 9 at 4:00PM.
Known for their mixture of different musical genres that move the spirit, soul, and feet of audiences in the Gainesville area, the 13-member band is returning to the DORIS by popular demand.
Klezmer is a Yiddish word describing the ancient Gypsy-like music played by Jews around the world. The Klezmer Katz stay true to the core Eastern-European tradition while blending Latin music and jazz into its varied repertoire.
Band members include: Ryan Allen, drums; Tom Ambrosio, trumpet; Jackie Davis, bass; Ellen Huntley-Dube, piano; Mary Fukuyama, flute; Elaine Jacobson, vocal; Norman Jensen, violin; Lisa Johnson, lap steel guitar; Rebecca Kelner, clarinet; David Pawlinger, euphoniam; Jeff Shapiro, clarinet; Johanna Weiss, tenor Sax; Glenn Weiss, trumpet.
Bring your dancin’ shoes to this Free event to celebrate the beginning of the Hannukah season!

Jazz Bandits to Perform @The Doris Dec 7

A diverse group of friends, brought together by their love of playing jazz, the Jazz Bandits have been playing together for over 5 years. They play jazz standards of all eras, from Take the A Train to Blue Monk. Kali Blount’s passionate vocals and the wailing trombone of Brian Stevens give their performances a soulful quality. Ryan Allen contributes solid beats, and quirky turns with drum, vocals, and occasional harmonica or guitar. Pianist Emily Humphreys-Beher, adds unpredictable notes with finesse and occasional dissonance to create excitement and interest in her original compositions. Jackie Davis on bass anchors the band with pulsing bass lines and reflective solos.A multi-instrumentalist, Mary Fukuyama soars with her flute lines and provides jazz-folk interest on accordion and melodica. They are regulars at Lightnin’ Salvage (behind Satchel’s Pizza), where the crowd of all ages is often dancing in the aisles. Jazz Bandits want to steal your heart!

November 3: Official “Doris Bardon Day”

It’s official! The Board of County Commissions of Alachua County has named November 3 “The Doris Bardon Day.” The proclamation honors Gainesville’s cultural arts leader, Doris Bardon, and her legacy, The Doris. Several Doris volunteer leaders were on hand at the County Commission meeting on Thursday to be hear the proclamation read and be recognized by the board.

Alachua County Florida
A Proclamation

Declaring November 3rd, 2012 as “The Doris Bardon Day”
in Alachua County, Florida

Whereas,
one of the benchmarks that define the quality of life in a community is the cultural environment; and
Whereas,
Doris Bardon recognized that we needed a cultural center to bring together artists and the citizens of this community; and
Whereas,
Ms. Bardon left her estate to the Arts Association of Alachua County to found The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center; and
Whereas,
the Arts Association of Alachua County established “The Doris” one year ago and it now houses a gallery, offers classes and workshops, and hosts musical and many other events; and
Whereas,
The Doris will celebrate with a Birthday Bash on November 3rd, 2012 honoring its founder’s birthday, her vision and the first year of The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.

Now, therefore, through the authority vested in me by the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County, Florida, I do hereby proclaim November 3rd, 2012 as “The Doris Bardon Day” in Alachua County, Florida.

Duly proclaimed this 23rd day of October, A.D., 2012.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA

By: __________________________
Paula M. DeLaney, Chair

ATTEST:

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J.K. Irby, Clerk­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­