Matinee of the Arts Attracts a Thousand
By Vasty Paul
It was a great turnout for the Tallahassee Museum’s Feb. 15 Matinee of the Arts.
The museum held a day of music, history and dance, from local and regional performers.
Demonstrators and different cultural organizations showed up for this year’s Valentine’s Day theme “For the love of the Arts” showcasing features such as love-themed crafts, historic information about the holiday and even some sweet treats.
The Matinee of the Arts attracted people of all ages. Performances such as Arabian Flair, Sail Americana Bluegrass Ensemble, Instep studios, Hot Pepper Steppers and Southern Shakespeare Festival actors, kept couples and families entertained. The couples had the opportunity to enjoy beautiful art from local artists Alice Cappa, Melinda Cowen, Averi Deering and Ashkin Dalke.
Big Bend Maritime Center, Museum of Florida History, The Capital City Wood Carvers and Lemoyne Art Gallery were on site and educated the crowds on the displays. Dalke has been doing art since she was 6 years old and loves being a part of the Matinee of the Arts. Dalke says that she enjoyed coming out to the Matinee of the Arts on Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend Matthew Korshner.
Natasha Hartsfield is the coordinator for the event and believes the event was a success. By noon, there were more than 1,500 people present. Hartsfield has been the coordinator over the event for eight years and said, “This is a time where we can show the community what all we have to do here in Tallahassee.”
The museum showed off The new Sketchcrawl exhibit on display in the Phillips Gallery, which was of more than 30 local artists from their recent visit to Tallahassee Museum in January to sketch a variety of scenes around the museum grounds.