Elizabeth Dentato

33rd Annual Art in the Park

33rd Annual Art in the Park

The 33rd Annual Art in the Park was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to go to the event this past Sunday, and was amazed at just about every aspect of the art show. Held at Tom Varn Park, local artists, as well as those from around the state and across the country, lined the paved walkway that meandered through the beautiful location.

Jan Knowles is the Projects Coordinator with the Hernando County Arts Council (HCAC), and has worked with Art in the Park for about 15 years. When we spoke, she explained some of the history behind the event and how it came to be.

Artful Possibilities Makes Brooksville Home

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

A source of creativity and art for over 4 years, Artful Possibilities was originally located in Spring Hill, but recently made the move to 414 E. Liberty St., in Brooksville. They had their grand opening on February 4th at the new location.

Michelle Margotta, the owner of Artful Possibilities, grew up in a ceramic business and has been painting ever since she was little. Her interest in painting grew, and she actually published 6 books on decorative painting in the ‘90s.

Dade Battle Reenactment: bringing history to life


Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

This past weekend, shots rang out across the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, in commemoration of the 181st anniversary of Dade’s Battle. The actual battle took place just a little distance away from where The Dade Battlefield Society, Inc. performed the reenactment - the battle which started the Second Seminole War (that lasted 7 years).

Young Artist Raises Awareness of Mental Illness

Mental illness is something that impacts and affects more individuals than one may realize. Whether it’s a neighbor, a friend or the stranger walking past you in the street, chances are there are a number of individuals around you at any given moment who are fighting an internal battle. That battle may be depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness.

In fact, the CDC reported that from 2009-2012, more than 1 in 20 individuals ages 12 and older “reported current depression (moderate or severe depressive symptoms in the past 2 weeks).”

PHSC exhibit highlights the art aspect of architecture

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Matthew Kurtz beside his piece on display at STEMworks.

When the word, “art,” is mentioned, many people may automatically think of painting, music, drawing, and so on. But, architecture can also be seen as a form of art. Not only does it takes imagination to create new and innovative designs and artistic talent to bring those ideas to life, but it can also be used to express or capture feelings.

Mural Tour: Saturday Stroll

Saturday stroll mural was sponsored by James and Anna Covell, and designed and painted by Maurea Sleesman.

As you may have seen in our previous issue, during Brooksville’s Founders Week to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the town, a number of wonderful events took place, including the Historic Mural Tour, which was led by Susan Rupe.

After we viewed the murals which depict the fire and police departments, the next mural on the tour Saturday Stroll painted in 2001, located on the A.L. Covell building at East Liberty Street and South Brooksville Ave. The mural was sponsored by James and Anna Covell, and designed and painted by Maurea Sleesman.

The "lyrical" work of artist Mary Coogler

photography of artwork by Elizabeth Dentato

Painting by Mary A. Coogler

Brooksville and Hernando County as a whole are rich in history. A visible reminder of that long history is now on display at Chinsegut Hill in the form of art. The Mary Coogler Art Show features the art of Mary Anderson Coogler - an artist who created wonderful pieces showcasing the beauty of Florida.

Mary Anderson Coogler came to Brooksville with her sister Mrs. George Martin in 1895 from Springfield, TN. During her stay, she met Theodore Coogler Jr. (Raymond Robins' attorney) and they were married three years later.


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