Thursday, July 23, 2009

Weekend arts picks: July 23-26

Brian Kovachik won best of show for this ceramic vase.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Art: The Gallery at Palm Beach Community College’s Eissey Campus in Palm Beach Gardens currently is featuring Earthly Delights, a multimedia exhibition of art by members of The Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association. The exhibition is composed of recent paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media works by 20 artist educators who share their expertise with our county's K-12 students on a daily basis. Brian Kovachik, who teaches fine arts at Jupiter High School, as well as ceramics at Palm Beach Atlantic College, was awarded best of show for an ancient-looking ceramic vase. Kovachik fashions his functional artworks on a potter’s wheel from various stoneware clay bodies and then uses wood-firing processes, which he says "connects a community of potters with the past."

Shawn Henderson poses by her work, Drinking the Kool-Aid.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Drinking the Kool-Aid, an acrylic paint-and-mixed media work by Bak Middle School of the Arts teacher Shawn Henderson, placed second. Third place went to Wizard of Dogs, a dog-centric painting by Laurie Carzola, who teaches at Westward Elementary in West Palm Beach. A native of West Palm Beach, Laurie comes from a family of Cuban artists and educators. She was a student at Palm Beach Community College and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. “I would like my work to create a common ground among people of many different backgrounds, bringing them to love and tolerate each and all living things as having their own important role in the world,” she said.

Laurie Carzola and her painting, Wizard of Dogs.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

The exhibit runs through Sept. 4. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery at Eissey Campus is located in the BB Building. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. For further information, call (561) 207-5015. -- K. Deits

Henry Lebedinsky of Tableau Baroque.

Music: As part of its new summer series of concerts, the Seraphic Fire concert choir hosts Tableau Baroque, a Philadelphia-based foursome that will present a program called Handel's Inheritance beginning tonight in Miami Shores. The musicians -- countertenor Ian Howell, keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky, violinist Michael Albert and cellist Brian Howard -- will take audiences on a survey of the early part of Handel's career, spotlighting not just his music but the works of the composers from whom he learned: Zachow, Schelle, Strungk and Keiser, among other names known primarily to scholars these days. It promises to be an illuminating evening of rarely heard but lovely music of the Baroque. Concert times and venues: 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Martha in the Shores, Miami Shores; 7:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Coral Gables; 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale; and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church, Miami Beach. Tickets: $25. Call 305-285-9060 or visit -- G. Stepanich

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

Chamber music, part 3: One of the most beloved works of Brahms, his late Clarinet Quintet (in B minor, Op. 115) is the featured work Friday in the third week of Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival concerts. But the concert also features the big Octet for winds and brass of Igor Stravinsky, as well as the Ravel Sonatine, arranged for flute, cello and harp by the great Spanish harpist Carlos Salzedo from Ravel's piano original. 8 pm Friday at the Helen K. Persson Recital Hall on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, 8 pm Saturday in the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens, 2 pm Sunday in the Crest Theatre, Delray Beach. Tickets: $21. For more information, call 1-800-330-6874 or visit

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