COGITATIONS FROM THE CHAIR
Our January/February show, "Step Into My Studio" is an exciting series of classes designed to help you hone your skills, learn a new technique or medium or just have fun. I certainly have taken the opportunity to create a basket that is not only functional but looks great too. I've stepped out of my comfort zone and had fun creating a funky collage with acrylics. Far more graphic and loose than my usual style. There is still room in the remaining classes during SIMS. So please come explore and have fun. Go to the web site and check out the remaining classes. (www.thejoecenter.org)
We are introducing a new feature spotlighting the talents of one of our members. This month is Valerie Clayton. If you would like to be featured and let us know about you, the medium(s) you work in and what inspired you to become an artist or supporter of the arts, please let us know in an email (email@example.com). There is so much talent among our members and this is a fun way to get to know our fellow artists.
Join us for a special event on February 28th from 6:30-8:30. We need volunteers to join us in a re-enactment of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other important events celebrating Black History Month. See more information below.
As always, there's a lot going on at The Joe. Come join us. Happy
Marcy Trahan, Chair
Valerie Seyforth Clayton
Valerie grew up in Apalachicola, but has lived in Port St. Joe since 1999. She considers both communities her home. With 32 years of teaching experience, she encourages her elementary technology students to watch live animal cams to instill a love of animals. While watching the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam during chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2016-17, she began an interest in bald eagles. Currently, in her spare time, she takes photographs and monitors bald eagle nests for the Florida Audubon EagleWatch Program. You will have seen some of her beautiful photos of eagles in various shows at The Joe. Valerie has recently published a book about the eagles of Money Bayou--a great story of "Jack and Elizabeth" who rebuilt their nest destroyed by Hurricane Michael and raise an eaglet named "Miracle." A wonderful story of resiliency.
Her book can be purchased on Amazon, in PSJ at Coastal Cabin and No Name Cafe and at Books & Purl in Apalachicola. The profits from 2019 Amazon sales went to the Florida Audubon EagleWatch/center for Birds of Prey. The Jan./Feb. profits will go to Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. We hope to have Valerie give a presentation and share her story with us at a future membership meeting.
Black History Month
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Feb. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm Eastern
at The Joe
As part of Black History Month celebration, The Joe is partnering with Gulf County United Community Development Corporation to invite you to become part of a re-enactment of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other important events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. This is an audience participation event and we will need 33 volunteers to take on various roles. A script and props will be provided. There will be a reception afterwards with tons of delicious Soul Food, door prizes and time to visit and reflect.
\olunteers are also needed to assist with a free food distribution for needy families on Feb. 22 from 10am-2pm at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 208 N. Park Ave. Contact Rev. Carl Bailey, the pastor, for more information at 850-227-3400.
Plein Air and March Membership Meeting
Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition which owns our building has exclusive use of The Joe during the month of March for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (FCenPA) event as part of our building usage partnership agreement. Therefore, our Membership meeting for March will be cancelled and we encourage you to participate in the many incredible opportunities that FCenPA provides to interact with and learn from national and international Plein air artists. The wet room and many free or low cost events will be held here at The Joe, as well as in Apalachicola, Mexico Beach and Carrabelle. Check out their website for all of these opportunities: https://forgottencoastculturalcoalition.wildapricot.org/HOME
Thru The Lens Photography Show April 9 - May 8
The prospectus for the "Thru The Lens" Photography show can be found at The Joe's website: www.thejoecenter.org under "Call for Entries." We are now using Entry Thingie for our on-line entry procedure. Deadline for entry is March 19th. Entering shows is now easier than ever. Share all those great photos!
Thank You to our New and Renewing Members
Each month we want to recognize and acknowledge the support of our new and renewing members. We wish to thank all those who have renewed or joined since our last newsletter and some that we inadvertently missed before. If you think we have missed you, please let us know. If you haven't gotten around to it yet, please renew and continue your support of The Joe. Go to our website: www.TheJoeCenter.org to join or renew.
Sponsor: Daniel & Carol Guild
Family: Ilana Brody, Carol & Douglas Buikema, Jessica Stephens, Jim & Sharon Hynes
Individual: Patricia Drake, Pamela Frizzell, Carol Neumann, Michele Tabor Kimbrough, Annelisa Wagner
2020 Exhibition Schedule
Jan. 24 - Feb. 22 Step Into My Studio--Artists at The Joe
March 20-29 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
April 9 - May 8 Thru the Lens - Photography
May 22 - June 19 A Feast for the Eyes, the Art of the Table
July 2 - Aug. 8 Paws, Claws, Wings & Scales
Aug. 22 - Sept. 18 The Joe Member Show
Oct. 2 - Nov. 6 Weird, Wacky & Wonderfull
Nov. 20 - Dec. 12 Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees