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2nd Annual “Abilities” Art Gala Friday, June 28th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The second annual Family & Friends Reaching for the Abilities (FFRA) “Abilities” Art Gala is a fine arts show for the developmentally disabled population. This invitational event, to be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Art Center of Citrus County, is open to all artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The FFRA — Families and Friends Reaching for Abilities — a nonprofit organization, is all about public awareness of a situation that faces every community on earth. These mentally challenged adults, often referred to as “kids,” are generally cared for by their parents or guardians. The main concern and reason for the organization is to provide a meaningful life for these wonderful kids now, and to make plans for their well-being when their caretakers are not able to look after them.

FFRA has a monthly educational program for the parents and guardians, and a monthly art workshop for the kids. Both programs are designed to enhance the caregiving tasks and to expand the socialization activities for all of its members.

“Volunteers in the organization also take clients on informal outings and activities such as planting native plants at the wildlife park, making and flying kites and going to restaurants,” said Robert DeSimone, a 20-year board member. “They also learn to help the community at large by community service projects, and they helped a local veteran who needed repair work on his trailer home.”

According to DeSimone, these activities create awareness in the community.

The “Abilities” Art Gala is a regional, invitational, juried art show open to ARC organizations in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Marion counties. It highlights people who normally don’t get recognized for their talent and unique perspectives. It nurtures pride and growth, and builds relationships.

This event, held at the prominent venue, the Art Center of Citrus County, is a multi-day upscale event. There is an opening night invitational preview and pre-sale for exclusive buyers and collectors. You can mix and mingle with the artists and FFRA board of directors and committee members. Wine and cheese will be served at this dress-up occasion. Music will be provided by jazz pianist Sally Smith.

The art will be displayed in the gallery for the following four weeks for viewing and sale to the general public.

Participating artists may enter up to five original, signed pieces in any media at no cost. Art submissions will be accepted June 24-26 from 1-4 p.m. First-place winners get $100, second place wins $50 and third place wins $25. A People’s Choice award will take home $50.

For more information and to register, contact DeSimone at 352-628-5606.

http://ffracitrus.org/

Auditions for Love, Lies, & the Doctors Dilemma – June 30th @ 2:00 pm July 1st @ 6:00 pm

The Art Center of Citrus County
is holding Auditions for Love, Lies, & the Doctors Dilemma

Audition for the first ‘play’ of the new season a comedy/drama by Michael & Susan Parker, Directed by Larry Mitchell

Auditions are held in the A&E building Sunday, June 30th @ 2:00 pm Monday, July 1st @ 6:00 pm.

Cast: 3 men and 3 women

Performance Dates: Sept 20, 21, 22, 27, *28, 29, Oct 4, 5, 6, 2019

Synopsis:

Joan Scheller lives with the great love of her life, Sandy. In an effort to hide her relationship, she introduces him as her psychiatrist. One little white lie leads to another. Before long, Vinny the Enforcer, a quintessential Italian mobster, masquerades as her security guard, while her son, Chris, is forced to wear a dress and become her daughter Christina. Further complications occur when her new neighbor, Rachael, whose life appears to be a series of catastrophes, creates chaos and confusion wherever she goes. “The Doctor” is in. Has Joan created a monster? Everyone wants a session. Olivia wants to discuss her love life, Rachael wants to know why she’s such a disaster, and Vinny wants to discuss his work as an “Enforcer.” Sandy is forced to listen and give misguided advice, which, to everyone’s surprise, seems to work. But what about love? Of course there’s Joan and Sandy, if they can survive Joan’s white lies; then there’s Rachael, who is strongly attracted to Chris, if he can survive her mayhem. Finally, there’s Olivia, who hires Vinny away from the mob to be her personal security guard (With benefits?). Little white lies create mistaken identities and chaos in this enchanting love story.

“Make & Take Project” With Louanne Headrick Tuesday May 14 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm

“Make & Take Project” With Louanne Headrick Tuesday May 14 • 1-3:00 pm
Suggested donation for lunch: Members – $5; nonmembers – $10 Attendees will make miniature contour drawings enhanced with watercolor washes that result in an interpretive painting. Come and enjoy this fun, spontaneous and fresh approach to creating art. Attendees may bring subject matter such as small vases or interesting containers, at least three live or silk flowers. All other materials will be supplied.

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“Make & Take Project” With Louanne Headrick Tuesday May 14 • 1-3:00 pm

“Make & Take Project” With Louanne Headrick Tuesday May 14 • 1-3:00 pm
Suggested donation for lunch: Members – $5; nonmembers – $10 Attendees will make miniature contour drawings enhanced with watercolor washes that result in an interpretive painting. Come and enjoy this fun, spontaneous and fresh approach to creating art. Attendees may bring subject matter such as small vases or interesting containers, at least three live or silk flowers. All other materials will be supplied.

Members Spring Dinner: Cook and Share! Friday, May 17, 5:30 pm

Members Spring Dinner: Cook and Share!
Join us for a potluck dinner to celebrate the end of another great season!

Beverage provided 50/50 drawing, art basket, wine and cheese basket, raffle theater tickets and centerpieces.
Entertainment from upcoming summer play of Music Man Friday, May 17, 5:30 pm $5.00 per person.

Please RSVP by May 15 to the Art Center at 352-746-7606 with your potluck dish choice!

The Art Center of Citrus County Announces Nature Coast Exhibit No. 5 Jurist Don Borie

The Art Center of Citrus County
Announces Nature Coast Exhibit No. 5 Jurist

Don Borie

Don Borie’s career in art spanned some 50 years in graphic design and drawing and painting. His art subjects range from astronaut to landscapes, while giving creative workshops in all art mediums. His specialty evolved into sketching, painting and illustrating people portrait and figure.

With a background in commercial art and illustration, Don’s work has appeared in The Artists Magazine, Colorado State of the Arts publication, Florida Times-Union Sunday Magazine, Longmont Times-Call, a requested piece by National Geographic Society offices, a commissioned portrait of astronaut Vance Brand and private collections across the country.

Exhibit No. 5 Drop off April 24, 10:00-2:00 Artist’s Reception: Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 pm
Open to the Public • Refreshments served • Winning works announced

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