Cultural Events


IMG_1095People came together at the Coral Springs Museum of Art to participate in Family Fun Day. Children and their families made and painted Chihuly inspired ornaments for a Christmas Tree. The ornaments were made of recycled bottles. This is keeping with the theme of Earth Month and the need to recycle.

IMG_1083A group of Sawgrass Springs Middle School students from the Environmental Issues Club participated in the EarthFest event at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary on April 12. The students promoted recycling. They made and then gave away t-shirts showing the importance of recycling. The t-shirts can be used as recycling containers. The Environmental Issues Club members are working to encourage fellow students to recycle by placing decorated recycling containers around the school. They displayed one they had made. Their goal is to have at least five around Sawgrass Springs Middle School. “We did survey and most of the students said they would place recyclable items into a recycling can if it was brightly colored,” said MacKenzie Draper.

“We are painting a recycling can so students can easily see it,” said Siried Vizuete, of the Club.

Linda Lidestri, a teacher at Sawgrass Springs Middle who works with the Club is pleased that students are concerned about the environment and willing to work on a recycling program.

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Join the Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Committee for a cup of tea on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Marriott at Heron Bay, located at11775 Heron Bay Blvd. The event will feature an array of international teas and Tea Trivia with a multi-cultural flair.

Bring your own special teacup and share your favorite teacup story. Gifts will be offered for interesting teacup stories and best decorated tables that go with the golden theme. Participants are encouraged to wear ethnic attire to add to the multi-cultural flair.

Make this a special celebration for the mom in your life. Since the event is on the eve of Mother’s Day, it could be a great way to treat your Mother, Daughter, Aunt or significant other.

Participants will enjoy camaraderie and live entertainment at the event, with hors d’oeuvres and desserts galore.  If you cannot attend, but want to support the event, you may sponsor a table for $250 for ten people. Admission is $25 per person. Please make checks payable to City of Coral Springs/Tea. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 954-344-1063.

IMG_1056High School can be a difficult time for young people. Young people can be hard on each other and some high school students struggle to fit in. Members of the Helping Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) of J.P. Taravella High School are working to helping fellow students who may be struggling with bullying and other problems. They participated in the WorldFest event at Sportsplex Park. “We want to show that we care about other people,” said Melanie Martinez, president of HOPE. Club members are pictured above.

Also, members of the Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association participated in the WorldFest. They showed people how to make origami and fortune cookies.

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IMG_1051Thousands of people came together at Sportsplex Park in Coral Springs to enjoy WorldFest. There was plenty of entertainment, dancing and food. Pictured here are Polynesian dancers.

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IMG_0978Henning Haupt a group of artists that are having their artwork displayed at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Haupt said he was pleased to have the opportunity to have his work displayed at the Museum. A special reception was held on March 27 to begin the display that will run through May 17. The other artists with work on display include Sylvia Tarshis and Craig Carlisle. He is pictured above on the left with Bryan Knicely, executive director of the Museum.

Haupt’s work is known as Drawing Lines-Making Space. It presents a new body of work with paintings and installations from 2013 and 2014. The paintings explore visual, spatial compositions by using different modes of line structures in combination with fields of painted colors. The impetus of drawing, the gestural character in its results, is revealing a movement in space that is set in tension with repetitive, restrictive application patterns. “My work explores spatial qualities within drawings, paintings and three dimensional installations,” he said. “The drawings explore spatial compositions within gestural marks, the paintings visual color-spaces, both in close relation to color materials and application technique.”

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IMG_0937For many years, African American painters could not display their work in art museums and galleries. So they would sell their works directly to business and homeowners and often along side the road. Many lived in Fort Pierce and would travel through Florida displaying and selling their work. On Saturday, some of the original Florida Highwaymen displayed and sold their work at the Sample McDougald House in Pompano Beach. Carnell Smith, president of the Florida Highwaymen was among them. He was one of the original highwaymen. “We went up and down the highways of Florida selling our work. I started in 1965. I was a trouble kid but I learned to paint and I am still painting,” he said.

Willie C. Reagan, also an original highwayman was also part of the event. “I do a lot of panorama paintings. I taught art for 30 years in Indian River County Schools,” he said. “I love art.” Pictured below, James Gibson, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, sells a painting to a family.

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IMG_0834The Coral Spring Festival of the Arts on March 15 and 16 is offering a wide variety of artistic expressions and experiences. Steven Penafiel is offering oil paintings of melodic art deco. “I love to paint and show my art. My father was a painter and I have worked at it over the years,” he said. Lorenzo Ortega is offering sculptures made of steel and stone. Sharon Segal is offering fun paintings in acrylic. Celeste North is offering handblown glass art.

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IMG_0830Jan Lower is the Signature Artist at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, March 15 and 16. She produces acrylic paintings and stretched canvas and paints with a palate knife. She has enjoyed the Festival and loved the weather.

IMG_0823The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is a popular event in Coral Springs. Thousands of people visited the weekend event which featured about 250 exhibitors, live entertainment, children’s activities and food offerings. The Coral Springs Craft Guild was one of the exhibitors at the event. The organization teaches people how to produce arts and crafts. It is dedicated to promoting arts and crafts in the community through art workshops, classes, art contests and scholarships.

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