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“Wizard of Oz” Art Exhibit

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Through both its literary and theatrical incarnations, the “Wizard of Oz” is widely acknowledged as an artistic masterpiece; both in terms of its stellar story and its stunning cinematography and artistic direction. Indeed, the original motion picture production of this classic was nominated for both Best Picture and Best Art Direction at the 1940s Oscars. The “Wizard of Oz” has inspired numerous art pieces, including wall art, figurines, ornaments, wearable art, dolls, wall hangings and posters, puzzles and journals, etc.

It makes sense, then, that the “Wizard of Oz” stage production could be paired with an accompanying art exhibit. And that is exactly what Stage West Playhouse and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council have planned in conjunction with the upcoming Stage West production of the “Wizard of Oz.” But to do this, they need the aid of local artists to make the magic happen.

These two Hernando County arts agencies are putting out a call to visual artists, seeking artwork for a two-part, themed art exhibit at Stage West Playhouse during their show’s run of the “Wizard of Oz” in January.

“In this two-part exhibit,” read the call, “artists are invited to explore the stark contrast between the monochromatic world of Kansas and the magical realm of Oz.”

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The deadline to submit artwork is January 12 at 5 p.m. The show dates for the upcoming production of the ” Wizard of Oz” will be January 19 – 21 and January 26 – 28 at Stage West Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

“We are so pleased to partner with Stage West, as we both have a strong desire to provide a forum for all the arts,” explained Pedram Moghaddam, public art chair of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. “This is part of a new partnership with Stage West that aims to create an intersection of public art and performing arts during their stage productions.”

This dual-level exhibit will immerse theatergoers in the world of Oz. As fans will well remember, the filmed version of L. Frank Baum’s classic begins with an introduction filmed in black and white, then segues into a sparkling, colorful technicolor setting for the film’s gist.

“We’ll be seeking two types of artwork; The first part of the exhibit will be presented when people first enter the theatre, with a display of black and white artwork to represent Dorothy’s simple farmland home in Kansas. Then when people come out for intermission, they’ll see colorful artwork to represent the land of Oz.”

Moghaddam shared that this exhibit will take viewers on a mystical journey down the yellow brick road. He notes that one local artist will likely present art centered around the iconic images of Dorothy Gale’s ruby slippers. “It’s a break from reality, an extra experience; One that allows people to step inside the production,” he said.

Moghaddam added that the “Wizard of Oz” art exhibit also will energize the imaginations and expand the creative palettes of those who create the art included. “This will allow artists to show what they can do,” he said. “To show some variety in their portfolios.”

True to the spirit of encouraging an expanded arts scene here in Hernando, exhibit organizers will prioritize Hernando County artists for this opportunity, but will consider the work of regional artists as well. Hangable wall art is preferred, though other media will be considered. Interested artists can submit work for one part of this exhibit or both. Please email photos of artwork to the Public Art Chair, Pedram Moghaddam, at [email protected]. Selected artists will be notified and given further direction on how to drop off their artwork.

“Through exhibits like these, we prove once again that books aren’t going away, theatre isn’t going away; That art isn’t going away,” said Moghaddam.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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