Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This year's FIVE BY FIVE Celebration of Art

For the second year in a row, George and Duane participated as artists in the Five By Five art show held at the Tampa Museum of Art.  The proceedings from this show benefit the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s individual artist programs.  To see where I blogged about this event last year, check here.  For more information about this event, check out their website with a list of all of the artists and pictures of each work entered here.  I noticed that there are already photos of the event posted on the site -- the show was last Friday night.

George and Duane -- our 2 'artistes'
This year we actually arrived before the show started.  George and Duane got their 'artist' stickers and were admitted for free.  Linda and I each paid $10.  All the art was priced at $25 and it was going fast by the time the line where we were standing got in the door.  A free-for-all!

Here are the 2 photographs that George entered:

George - photo no.1
George - photo no.2
Here's the piece Duane entered.  It's mixed media...
Duane's mixed media piece
We also managed to do a little shopping of our own.  Duane bought this painting:

Duane's purchase
Linda bought this work that is actually made from wax:

Linda's selection

Last year I bought two photographs but this year I purchased an acrylic and a watercolor:

Lee Ann's watercolor purchase
Lee Ann's acrylic purchase
This is a fun event to attend and it's for such a worthy cause.  I took a few pictures of the crowd but I'm still better with my digital camera than I am at taking pics with my smartphone.

Crowd during the show
Not much room to move around the art.
One of the performing artists.
Pic of the first row of art.  If you look closely, you can actually see both of George's photos in the center.
We had a great time despite stepping on other people's toes and having our own trod on.  I'll suspect we'll be back next year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Two new recordings on Audible!

Two of my latest recordings went on sale on Audible yesterday.  The first one is a biography/memoir of a woman who joined the Florida Highway Patrol in the 1980s --  Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane by Floy Turner and Sherrie Clark.  It was an honor to be the 'voice' of Floy Turner.  She's a courageous, honorable, and funny lady.

"Miami's vice cops, move over. There's a new sheriff in town, rather a feisty Florida Highway Patrol Trooper named Floy Turner, who juggles motherhood with fighting crime. With refreshing authenticity and transparency, Turner doesn't hold back as she tells her stranger-than-fiction, true-to-life anecdotes of what goes on behind the badge in drug-ridden 1980s Miami when cocaine was king and her town housed one of the major drug hubs in the country. Whether it's Turner's first night on patrol facing the barrel of a gun, the bloodiest day in FBI History, hilarious undercover assignments, conversing with infamous serial killer Aileen Wournos, personally and professionally experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Andrew, and fighting the Miami cocaine wars with the DEA, FBI, and FDLE, Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane is an action-packed audiobook that will bring tears to your eyes, either from laughing so hard at the humor or crying at the tragedies." 

Listen to a sample and/or purchase the book here.

The second recording is a radio play by Mike Murphy called Like.  This is a full-cast recording from The Online Stage and was a lot of fun to make.  It's basically a spoof of Facebook and what happens to one unsuspecting member when 'pals' start showing up at her house.

One woman learns the consequences of having a PlaceNook account when all her "friends" show up on her doorstep unannounced.
Nicole - KG Cross
Tommy - Andy Harrington
Henrietta - Leanne Yau
Sgt. Connors - Ben Stevens
Woman - Jennifer Fournier
Woman 2 - Lee Ann Howlett
Lavinia - Susan Iannucci
Audio edited by Amanda Friday.

To listen to a sample and/or purchase, check here.

Now, it's time to get back to work!