Resident Artist – July 2020

Roberto González:
Welcome Roberto González, Timucua’s resident artist for the month of July. Roberto paints a colorful perspective of Mexican heritage that outlines a story of self-discovery. His polyptych mural “The Continental Shelf” illustrates a fluid mix of blues swirling around the One Eleven building in downtown Orlando. He showcases work around Central Florida, participating in the Hispanic Artists and Culture Exhibition at the Osceola Center for the Arts. Timucua’s music publication Piano Anthology Number One features Roberto’s “Night Sea” on the front cover. We are excited to share his work with our audience this month!

Website
http://www.artbyrobertogonzalez.com/

Live Art
Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and other visual artists to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work on stage alongside musicians. However, due to the conditions set by COVID-19, artists now work from the safety of their homes.

Juneteenth Read-Along

Juneteenth For Mazie By Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when slavery finally ended in America. Although the Emancipation Proclamation formally freed slaves two and a half years earlier, the order was slow to take effect in Southern states like Texas and Florida. Many slaveholders moved further South during the American Civil War to escape the fighting. On June 18, Union Army General Granger arrived at Galveston Island in Texas on behalf of the federal government. The following day, Granger announced the total emancipation of enslaved people.

Sankofa Read Aloud presents a reading series on YouTube that addresses the need for representation of African Americans in children’s literature. The Sankofa Read Aloud page says, “ I believe that it is vital that African American children are able to see themselves within the beautiful stories that they read. At Sankofa Read Aloud, your child will encounter a variety of short stories written for them by amazing authors.” 

Juneteenth For Mazie by Floyd Cooper empowers children by teaching them about the liberation of African Americans.

Timucua also believes that children learn the importance of their identity through representation in the arts. Juneteenth For Mazie by Floyd Cooper empowers children by teaching them about the liberation of African Americans. Cooper’s character Mazie learns about self-value by honoring her ancestor’s journey to freedom. This year we invite you and your family to read Cooper’s book and celebrate Juneteenth.

Click here to purchase Juneteenth For Mazie on Amazon Smile.

Resident Artist – June 2020

Live Art 

Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and other visual artists to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work live on stage alongside musicians. However, due to the conditions set by COVID-19, our resident artists are working from the safety of their homes. 

About Virginia Zuelsdorf: 

This June, Virginia Zuelsdorf joins Timucua Arts Foundation in presenting a series of inspiring live stream performances. Zuelsdorf is a local Orlando painter and photographer. Her visual art reflects a “multi-hued” dream expressed through portraits of nature. Zuelsdorf pulls inspiration from Impressionists and German Expressionists, both of which embody the artist’s inner feelings and ideas about reality. 

Click here to view Zuelsdorf’s Instagram 

Click here to view Zuelsdorf’s Website

Resident Artist – May 2020

Live Art
Timucua hosts a 4-week residency program for visual artists. We invite painters, sculptors, and more to showcase their work in the concert hall. Artists also work on stage alongside musicians. However, due to the conditions set by COVID-19, artists now work from the safety of their homes. This May, Homero Daniel Rodriguez joined the Timucua Arts Foundation in presenting a series of live stream performances to inspire you.

Bio
Homero Rodriguez was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1992. He has participated in two international Art Biennials contests in Bogota. His paintings were published in the Artist Book. Homero now resides in Central Florida, where he paints, plays the violin, and studies science and engineering. Click here to find out more about Homero by visiting his website.

All of Homero’s work is for sale. Visual artists keep 100% of proceeds from any pieces they sell. Scroll down to learn more about Homero and his work.

About Homero Daniel Rodriguez’s Work:
Homero is currently studying electrical engineering and physics. He primarily works with pastels and oil paints. His subjects include iconic figures such as Juan Ponce de Leon and Juan Pablo II. When he’s not studying or painting, Homero loves to learn about other cultures and languages. Check out his social media pages to find out more about his art.

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/homerodanielrodriguez7/

YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYY4QGgQEdaot54v5gLDVCA

Facebook Artist
https://www.facebook.com/HomeroDanielRodriguez/

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Hello,

Thank you Florida Cultural Alliance for providing these resources to artists. The “COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources” provides opportunities and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Check the “Table of Contents” for more info. Also, check out the Americans for the Arts site for news about the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in America. Included is a survey, blog posts, and articles for artists and foundations alike.

All the best,
Timucua Arts Foundation

Click here to check out COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Click here to check out Americans for the Arts

Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hello folks,

At Timucua, our mission is to inspire you through engaging experiences of the arts. That includes making you feel welcome and safe. To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are making a few changes. 

  • Until further notice, we ask that guests no longer bring food to share at our events. Instead of bringing food, consider bringing a bottle of wine or a box of tissues to share. So, finger foods – out. Eating at fantastic neighborhood restaurants like Hungry Pants and The Delaney – in. 
  • We ask that you do not shake hands at Timucua events. Instead (as Benoit and I are both huge Star Trek nerds), offer the Vulcan salute. Also acceptable:  pantomiming that you are stuck in a box. And if you sneeze, use a tissue. Then wash your hands.

    Instead of shaking hands, do this.

    Don’t do this.
  • If you or someone you know is sick, self-quarantined, or just laying low to stay on the safe-side, watch our upcoming concerts live on YouTube! The video and sound quality are both high definition, and technically you don’t need to wear pants.

Our staff and volunteers will all be washing their hands regularly, and we have extra stock of hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, and soap. We will follow CDC guidelines and update our policies as necessary. 

With your support, we’ll keep the music going.

All the best,

Christopher Belt
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation

Muriel Anderson – The Acoustic Chef

Hello,

World-renowned harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to the Timucua stage this Thursday, February 13th at 7:30 PM. In addition to her multi-media concert, Muriel is promoting her new  cookbook, Acoustic Chef. Some simple featured dishes are pictured below.  Click on the links for full versions of each recipe. We invite you to bring one of Anderson’s dishes to celebrate this momentous occasion.  See you soon!

All the best,

Christopher Belt

Executive Director
Timucua Arts Foundation

Click the link to download the Bruschetta recipe

Click the link to download the Coconut nests recipe

Click the link to download the Baklava recipe

Muriel’s Anderson website.

Timucua Arts Foundation Announces New Board Chair 

ORLANDO, Fla.—January 1, 2020—Timucua Arts Foundation announced today that attorney Mary Doty Solik, Esq., has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors. A high-profile land use and real estate development attorney, Solik notably lent her services to Timucua in 2015 when she guided the organization in securing a Conditional Use Permit with the City of Orlando to continue operating as an arts and music venue. Since 2000, Timucua has presented diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances in its intimate and acoustically refined space, featuring the best in classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond.   

Solik, who joined Timucua’s Board of Directors in April 2018, succeeds Timucua’s co-founder Benoit Glazer as chair. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the BETA Center.

“Mary Solik is the perfect choice to succeed Benoit as chair of the Board,” says Chris Belt, Timucua’s executive director since 2016. “In searching for a new chair, it was important to build on a relationship of trust. Benoit has led Timucua’s board since its inception; to step down is an expression of his utmost confidence in Mary and our new Executive Committee.”

In addition to Solik’s appointment to the Board, Timucua also announced its new Executive Committee, which consists of Vice Chair Geanne Share, Secretary Mimi Hwang, and Treasurer Jason Schaller. 

“It is a privilege to contribute to an organization that enriches the cultural life of Orlando,” said Solik. “When I first became acquainted with Timucua, I immediately appreciated the unique aspect of its artistic programming and performance space, so I embrace this opportunity to work with the new Committee and continue to serve the community through our offerings.” 

With a dedicated new committee and Solik’s leadership, the nonprofit organization will continue fostering the arts and culture in Central Florida, and celebrating the diversity and multiculturalism of today’s rich musical landscape.     

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About Mary Doty Solik, Esq.

An experienced attorney at Doty Solik Law, P.A. in Orlando, Solik handles select matters statewide. Throughout her career, Solik has been devoted to representing clients facing zoning, land use and real estate development issues. She frequently appears before zoning boards and other municipal and county agencies and has obtained positive outcomes through litigation in state and federal courts.

During the course of her 29-year legal career, Solik has represented clients ranging from large corporations to local developers and individual homeowners. As a veteran attorney, she brings analytical skills and wide-ranging knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws governing land use. She was admitted to the bar in Florida in 1990. 

 

About Geanne Share

Geanne Share served as president of Kinneret Apartments Affordable Senior Housing from 2015 to 2017, and currently serves as past president. Share served on the board of the Orlando Ballet from 2002 to 2015. She has been comptroller of Temple Israel Winter Springs since 2017, and is also a board member of the Jewish Pavilion and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. 

About Mimi Hwang

Mimi Hwang has more than 35 years of experience in program management, leading cross-functional teams with capital and operating budget responsibilities. She has served in consulting and corporate executive roles. Hwang has successfully achieved strategic goals in both the profit and non-profit sectors across multiple industries (publishing, government and healthcare). She actively supports her community and currently serves as the Orange County Democratic Party Precinctwoman for District 520.

Hwang is also a resident artist at Faith Arts Village (FAVO) in Orlando, and was selected as one of Central Florida’s Emerging Artists at Mills Gallery in 2017 and 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Dr. Phillips Library, Orlando City Arts Factory and Winter Park Art-at-Home. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Jason Schaller 

Jason Schaller is an accomplished real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience in property management, operations, design, and construction. He is a versatile and creative leader with a reputation for building dynamic, customer-focused teams that achieve extraordinary results. He is responsible for overseeing the most challenging acquisitions and projects throughout a $5 billion real estate portfolio with over $100 million of direct renovation experience. 

In 2017 Schaller founded The Schaller Group, for which he provides outside consulting services on value-add design, construction, marketing, branding, sales, and property management for real estate owners and investors.

About Timucua Arts Foundation

A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua Arts Foundation presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a weekly basis since 2000. Most of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio, located minutes from downtown Orlando.

Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked number 3 on the list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die” by the Orlando Weekly, Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also collaborates with select local organizations and festivals that foster and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded Five, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. 

In October 2016, Timucua launched its first education initiative, Works With Sounds, to teach music composition to people of all ages and skill levels. Offered at Orlando Public Library’s Melrose Center, the weekly program combines music making with computer science.  Students create multimedia works, using coding skills to sculpt audio and visuals.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to inspire the world through experiences of the performing and visual arts in intimate venues.