Student Art Showcases Florida Cracker Cowboy

By: Abby Horner
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Osceola Arts is partnering with Kenton’s Kowboy Classics, and the Osceola County School for the Performing Arts in an art show to educate local youth about the heritage of Central Florida and the Cracker Cowboy. Kenton’s Kowboy Classics designed the program to educate the next generation about the origins of the Florida Cracker Cowboy and the impact these individuals have made on the Central Florida region and the nation including building some of the biggest industries in our country today- industries that feed the nation. Earlier last month, students from the Osceola County School for the Performing Arts were challenged to create works of art focusing on the Cracker Cowboy and Central Florida pioneering way of life. 76 students took up the challenge and competed for monetary prizes including ranging from $250 – $1500.
The inaugural Kenton’s Kowboy Classics High School Scholarship Challenge required students to research area history and select subject matter that fell within the Challenge perimeters. Examples of suitable topics included:

  • The Cattle Rancher (breeders, beef production, Rustlers, cattle drives)
  • Farmers, The Farm (operations, citrus)
  • The Cowboy/Cowgirl and pioneer women
  • The Rodeo Pioneer Homemakers
  • The role of the Spanish, Indians, Black American Cowboys or other ethnic culture, which played a pioneer, roll in the development of Florida.

Students competed for monetary prizes including Best of Show: The Buster Kenton Scholarship award ($1500.00)

  • 1st Place: A monetary award ($750.00)
  • 2nd Place: A monetary award ($500.00)
  • 3rd Place: A monetary award ($250.00)
  • Merit Awards: (Ribbons) Participation Certificates.
All artwork will be on display in Osceola Arts’ main gallery now until March 28. Please stop by Osceola Arts and see the amazing work created by our local youth.
If you have any questions, call (407) 846-6257 or visit our website.
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Calling All Artists!

By: Michelle Saldivar

004Attention all Osceola County student artists! Osceola Arts will be having a Student Art Show from April 6th through May 1st. Creative young student artists’ works of art have the chance to fill our gallery as we present our annual Osceola County Student Art Exhibit. Osceola County School District Students will compete for awards in four divisions: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, middle school, and high school. Mediums include painting, mixed media, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. The free event will kick off with an awards ceremony at 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, April 8th. Create away and submit a masterpiece! Do not miss this opportunity to shine.

Attention ALL Florida Artists! In May, Osceola Arts will be hosting its 2015 Annual Juried Art Exhibit to celebrate the diversity of Florida artists. With a long tradition in Osceola County, this show enjoys continued support from the Osceola County community and artists. From now until April 20th, artists can submit up to 3 artworks for consideration in painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and drawing, to compete for cash prizes!  Winners will be chosen for Best in Show, First, Second, Third Place, and 2 Honorable Mentions. Works will be judged on quality, originality, concept, design and technique. Submissions must be entered online or postmarked no later than April.20. The exhibition itself will run from May 11th-June 7th.

For more information, go to http://www.osceolaarts.org/visual-arts/, or email Marilyn Cortes-Lovato, Director of Visual Arts, at marilyn@osceolaarts.org.

2015-2016 Theatre Series Unveil!

It is finally that time of the year! Our new Theatre Series is available and you, our patrons, can start planning which shows you are most excited to come and see here at Osceola Arts. The season begins in mid-September and runs through summer of 2016. As you know we have two types of theatre shows: our Broadway Series and our new Stage Left Studio Series. Below you will find the dates and titles of each show in both categories.

Broadway Series:

September 18 – October 4: West Side Story

October 23 – November 8: Little Shop of Horrors

January 15 – January 31: Fools

February 19 – March 6: Gypsy

April 1 – April 17: How the Other Half Loves

May 6 – May 22: The Producers

July 22 – August 7: Shrek The Musical

Stage Left:

October 3 – October 12: True West

January 30 – February 8: The Graduate

February 27 – March 7: Doubt

June 11 – June 20: Merry Wives of Windsor

Season Ticket Packages will be available to the public starting April 13th, so keep your eyes out for this promotion if you see multiple shows that you are enthusiastic to see. Current Season Ticket Holders may purchase their packages starting March 9th. New package options include the following:

  • Ultimate Arts Experience $145: Includes all 11 shows in both our Broadway and Stage Left Studio Series.
  • Broadway Series $115: Includes all 7 of our main stage shows.
  • Flex Pass $96: Includes 6 Show of your choice – 4 Broadway Series and 2 Stage Left Studio Series shows.

Our Theatre Season Ticket Packages are available for purchase online at osceolaarts.org on their respective dates. For more information, please contact our box office at 407-846-6257.

‘Some Enchanted Evening’ Premieres Friday at the Berlinksy Community House!

some-enchanted-eveIn their first musical theatre partnership, the City of Kissimmee and Osceola Arts are proud to announce the opening of the classic Broadway musical “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Berlinsky Community House in Historic Downtown Kissimmee!

“We are so excited to work with the City of Kissimmee to expand the arts beyond our walls and into our community”, said Osceola Arts Executive Director Brandon Arrington. Future programming with this partnership will include music concerts, children’s theatre and Broadway style productions.

Some Enchanted Evening is a musical revue that pays homage to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and features more than 30 songs from many musical theatre’s classics of the 20th century, such as Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more. Some Enchanted Evening is a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. This stunning collection of compositions places six performers in a theatrical setting – first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits!

This musical masterpiece will take place at the Berlinsky Community House located at 300 East Monument Ave in Historic Downtown Kissimmee directly behind the Monument of States. Show dates are March 6th, 7th, & 8th, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm and the Sunday show at 2:00pm. Tickets are just $15, and can be purchased at osceolaarts.org or at the box office which will open at the Berlinsky House one hour before each show.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 407-846-6257 or visit our website osceolaarts.org. Hope to see you there!