Arts

ReUnKnighted: an original Live Oak Production

The Live Oak Theatre Company proudly presents ReUnKnighted- an original musical play written by Hernando County resident, Kyle Marra and other Live Oak members. This family friendly dramatic comedy will be performed April 20 - 22 and April 27- 29 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church; 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville. In this medieval misadventure, two bumbling squires who become knights lose their knighthood, then set out on a quest to get it back again resulting in lots of hilarious hijinks along the way.

Filling up the mason jars

(L-R): Elijah Torres, Stephania Torres, Jane Russell Geddings (Miss Jane) holding “Mudpie” - the piggy bank, Samantha Sanborn, Aaron Trombley.

Live theater is alive and well in Hernando County. This is evidenced by the fact that Live Oak Theatre is celebrating its eighth year entertaining local audiences and has ambitious plans to expand.

With more than 150 people in its company, most of them young people ages seven to twenty-two, the troupe performs three shows a year. Its last show Annie was such a hit that they held eight performances. This was both a blessing and a challenge.

Husband and wife art duo

“Girl with the White Ribbon” by Becky Brooks.

Local artist Becky Brooks and her husband Alan share a mutual passion for art. The artistic duo are no strangers to the art scene and have an extensive portfolio of their many paintings and sketches, as well as airbrushing and digital works.

Having started with airbrushing over 40 years ago, Alan went on to produce album covers for the group Level 42 and their album “Chinese Way,” as well as “Retroglide.” Alan has produced an extensive amount of artwork, stage work, t-shirts, music-related projects, movie posters and celebrity portraits.

Local sculptor dabbles in the whimsical

A working lighthouse that local sculptor, Jeff Guzlas made from a discarded piece of pipeline. It is sited at Cody's RV park in north Weeki Wachee. Photo  by Sue Quigley

I just love this place,” said artist Jeff Guzlas of the 15-acres of natural old Florida land and small RV park he bought 15 years ago.

Located between a golf course community and thousands of acres of nature preserves, his park is located close to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and the Gulf of Mexico.
A builder by trade from northern Illinois, Guzlas bought the property in 2004 and never wants to leave.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

Sculpture by Lewis Watkins at the West Hernando Library

Lewis Boone Watkins was an accomplished artist from Brooksville. Internationally, his artwork is part of permanent collections in the National Museum in Santiago, Chile and the Vatican Museum in Italy. Nationwide his work is displayed at the West Virginia Fine Arts and Cultural Center, John Davis Fine Arts Center in West Virginia, Leslie Stephens Fine Arts Center in Alabama, Florida State Museum, in the State Capitols of Florida, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee, not to mention numerous other private, corporate college and university collections.

Tracking down August Herwede's animal menagerie

August Herwede's headless dino on 476

August F. Herwede was a local sculptor who had an accomplished encore career. He had a long career as an interior decorator and after his wife passed away began to sculpt animals in his late 70s. In the three years between the passing of his wife Augusta Herwede and his death, he created quite a collection of cement animals. The most well known of them being his headless dinosaur.