Art Center of Citrus County Welcomes Valorie Vogel is a visual artist working with mixed-media/oils, living in Florida. She is a 3rd generation artist. At 5, Valorie was inspired by her formally trained artist grandfather who lived in the redwoods of California, her birthplace. Then, at 8, this shy girl had an incident that shut down her artistic expression for 16 years. It wasn’t until 1978 that the phoenix arose from the ashes of her slumbering desire to paint. Opportunity knocked and her art career was launched at 24.Her creations number over 5,000 in the realm of oil-painting, mixed-media, acrylics, water-colors, mono-prints, murals, sign-painting, stained-glass, etched-glass, fused-glass, residential blueprints, jewelry, and holiday-window-painting.In 2020 Valorie’s expertise transcended to a higher level when she began the Fine Art Mastery Certification at Milan Art Institute.
By Nancy Kennedy Chronicle Reporter Apr 30, 2022
Special to the Chronicle
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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
Plays and concerts, are a place for artists to meet other artists to learn from and gain inspiration and education and hone their skills.
As the cultural center of the county, a campus consisting of two buildings, a modern 200-seat theater, and a 6,500-square-foot Art and Education building, the Art Center offers a variety of visual arts, photography, youth programs, and live theater shows.
The mission of the Art Center of Citrus County is to encourage and promote participation, appreciation, and education of the arts in the community.
“The Art Center strives to provide many forms of artistic expression that bring entertainment and education to everyone in our community,” said Dianna Haynes.
When did the Art Center start?
The Art Center was founded by a handful of artists in 1964; incorporation came in 1973. In 1984 a single, small building was constructed at the current site and has grown to the current two-building campus.
What is the annual budget and how is it funded?
The annual operating budget is $160,000. The Art Center is supported by ticket sales, contributions, and membership dues.
Who’s in charge?
The Art Center is an all-volunteer organization, governed by a volunteer board that serves without compensation, a part-time executive director.
How many volunteers does the Art Center have? Are more needed, and if so, how can people volunteer?
The Art Center has roughly 250-500 volunteers throughout the year involved with the visual arts and theatrical productions.
There are many volunteer opportunities, from box office to acting, scenery, tech booth, the front-of-the-house manager and ushering, to helping with the artistic side of the organization, and social events.
Volunteer time can be anything from a steady three hours a week to just a couple of times a year.
Currently, volunteers are needed for the box office; also needed: a concession stand coordinator and helpers.
For information about volunteering, email: email@example.com or call 352-746-7606.
How has the pandemic affected the Art Center?
Two productions in the 2019/20 season and the whole 2020/21 season had to be canceled. As a result, it hurt the volunteer pool and attendance is 60 percent of what it was pre-pandemic.
What keeps members and volunteers motivated?
“People have been supportive of our organization and they are happy that our doors are open,” Haynes said. “Little by little more people are showing up to volunteer and go to the shows, and the happy smiles keep us going.”
How can the community help the Art Center help others?
“Spread the word about the Art Center,” Haynes said. “If you see us on social media, please share and like our events. Everybody you see on stage, behind the scenes, and in the art programs are all volunteers and can use the community’s support.”
INFO: Art Center of Citrus County is at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando.
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Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.
Once Upon A Mattress, July Musical Comedy, Published by Concord Theatricals Music by Mary Rodgers |Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer Lyrics by Marshall Barer
July 15, 16,17,22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
4 females, 7males, & ensemble
Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For, after all, a princess is a delicate thing.
The Outsider, Comedy by Paul Slade Smith, Published by Playscripts
Sept 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, Oct 1, 2
3 females, 4 males, full-length, 110-120 minutes
Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.
Let’s Murder Marsha, Comedy by Monk Ferris, Published by Concord Theatricals
Nov 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
4 females, 3 males
A happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries, overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator. To her ears, though, it sounds like they are planning to murder her! With the assistance of her next-door neighbor, she tries to turn the tables on them with a poisoned potion. When her own mother shows up for her birthday a day early, Marsha thinks she is in on the diabolical scheme. When her maid’s date, a policeman, shows up to take the maid out, Marsha think he is on to her poisoning attempt. Well, finally, just when you would think all this would be cleared up, Marsha’s intended victims discover what she has supposed, and decide to teach her a lesson by actually pretending to be murderers. This is a terrific show for family audiences who like their comedy broad, fast, and nonstop.
Youth Theatre – Dec 9, 10, 11, 2022
The Robin Hood Caper, Comedy by Fred Carmichael, Published by Concord Theatricals
Feb 24, 25, 26, Mar 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
4 females, 6 males, full-length, 110-120 minutes
Carmichael has again proved himself an inventive and amusing playwright. He has taken an old plot rob from the rich and give to the poor but not even Robin Hood would recognize the hilarious modern slant given to it. Four old people meet to report on their good works in the “Charities Anonymous Club” at the home of Flora Langley’s nephew, a small town journalist in danger of losing his newspaper to the grafting Mayor. Flora and her three old friends are actually retired crooks who use their old modus operandi for charitable purposes. Through the plot there is woven an unusual love story, moments of satire, and show stopping situations of hilarity.
I Love a Piano, January Musical – Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley, Musical Arrangements by Michael Berkeley
Jan 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 – Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
3 females, 3 males, Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
I Love a Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz,’ ‘Cheek to Cheek,’ ‘Always,’ ‘How Deep is the Ocean,’ ‘Anything You Can Do,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and, of course, ‘I Love a Piano.’ Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had ‘no place in American music – he is American music.’
Don’t Mention My Name, Comedy by Fred Carmichael, Published by Concord Theatricals
Apr 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
5 females, 3 males
An award-winning playwright asks what you would do if you suffered temporary amnesia and stumbled into a bed and breakfast off-season only to find you were expected for the weekend. That is what happens to the leading man in this delightful comedy. The attractive real estate lady calls him by one name and the housekeeper by another. A business executive and his secretary appear with a confirmed reservation and call him by another name. The executive’s wife surprises them all and calls the hero by a different name, and a nightclub singer enters with her hearty boyfriend and recognizes him by yet another name. As the amnesiac and the real estate lady band together to solve the mystery, it develops that people are not who they seem and even though each works for a different government agency, they all have the identical purpose. The plot becomes more and more hilarious until all questions are answered, including who the hero is and what the crime is with a surprising twist ending. This combination of intriguing laughter, romance, and mystery provides a delightful evening.
Join the DAAP’ers (Drawing and Acrylic Painters) every Monday from 12:00 to 3:30 at the Art Center for an afternoon of either drawing or acrylic painting with fellow artists with any skill level—beginner to advanced. Activities will include projects in drawing and acrylic mediums with tutorial help to DYOT (do-your-own-thing). Bring your own tools and materials, there will be fun projects and great camaraderie—so join us. All you need to do is be a member ($35 annually beginning Sept. 1 each year) by calling 746-7606 to register for the group or try it out as a guest for one visit and see how much learning and laughing in Art can be.
Naturalist and Professional Expedition Leader to give a talk at the Art Center Camera Club
Tom Ritchie will be at the September 13th meeting of the Art Center Camera Club where he will give a talk and film demonstration of his recent expeditions. All are invited to this 7 pm meeting.
“Tom Ritchie is a professional expedition leader and naturalist who has worked in the field of expedition cruising since the middle 1970s. Growing up near the Everglades allowed him to spend his youth exploring the swamps, marshes, forests, and reef systems of South Florida, a perfect training ground for his life with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. He has led ship-based expeditions to many of the far reaches of the globe, including Antarctica, the High Arctic, Patagonia, the Amazon River, Africa, New Guinea, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Australia, and many other wild and primitive regions.
Tom did his graduate work at the University of Florida in zoology, vertebrate paleontology, geology, and physical anthropology in the early 1970s. He met Lars-Eric Lindblad, the originator of expedition ship travel, right after he got his degree and has been exploring the world ever since. As a trained scientist, his passion for natural history and exotic cultures is fueled by his traveling way of life and he has created a museum collection of art and cultural artifacts, and natural objects from around the globe. As one might expect, the nature of these voyages commonly attracts serious photographers. Every Lindblad Expeditions trip includes at least one National Geographic Society professional photographer, who is on board to give presentations and advice. Tom has decades of experience with cameras, has published numerous photographs in books and magazines, but still considers his interest in photography as simply an enjoyable hobby.”
The Art Center is located at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. just off of Rt 486 in Hernando.
For more information call Jim Houle @ 352-422-2838
Call the Box Office, Phone: 746-7606
Show times: July 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Aug 1, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are $21, Box Office Hours: 1-4, Mon. through Fri.
From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st Century seniors are partying like it’s 1969. Imagine: no work, no pregnancy and a full array of Medicare-subsidized pharmaceuticals. It’s the Boomer dream!
The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug…to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, a very active, full-service retirement community.
About the Author’s
Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett (Music, Lyrics, & Book) are Compton & Bennett. They have been writing and performing original shows since 1995, plowing the fertile fields of political and social satire in and around Naples, Florida.
Betsy is a life-long theatre denizen, starting professionally in summer stock when she was 15. She has a theatre degree from Albion College, and followed that with an internship at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Betsy co-founded Arcane Theatriks, a professional company in Chicago. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.
Rick leads a creative life since escaping from the corporate world in 1988. Since then, he founded Bio Colori, a small chain of annual street painting festivals; toured Japan as keyboardist for The Platters; and authored a children’s activity book called The Essential Street Painter (Simon & Schuster). Rick’s won several regional awards for magazine articles and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.