Friday, August 28, 2015

Hockett exhibit in Tallahassee leads month of art events

Art by Roland Hockett
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Local artist Roland Hockett will be honored with an exhibit of his work at the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee through September.

The show will include new works in painting and sculpture, as well as works from Roland’s  private collection. A silent auction will run throughout the exhibit period, Sept. 4-26. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. EDT at the LeMoyne, 125 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee. Details: 850-222-8800. For more information on the artist, visit

Roland Hockett works in copper sculpture, bronze, and paintings that often combine carving and copper along with acrylic on wood. His “Eagles” was placed at the Florida Supreme Court building, and other works were sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Centro Cultural in Costa Rica. A 14-foot-high 3-section sculpture dedicated to friendship with Spain, “New Liberty III,” was placed on the campus of Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.

His work shows that his passion includes experimenting with skill in combining materials. Thematically, he is interested in approaching combinations of figurative imagery with the freedom of abstraction to achieve the feeling that he is seeking in the works. 

He was an assistant professor at Florida State University in the department of Art Education and Constructive Design, and retired in 2003 as an associate professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Gulf Coast State College after 34 years. More examples of Roland’s sculptures can be viewed at the Panama City Centre for the Arts and the Bay County Public Library.

Art by Robin Pichelmayer
OK, so autumn hasn’t arrived, but you’d think the season had changed. Not only did lower humidity sneak into the area this week, and school start last week, but all of a sudden there’s a surplus of art exhibit openings to bring you indoors.

Here are some other openings and exhibits to check out in the coming month:

•“Oodles of Doodles,” an exhibit of work by artist Robin Pichelmayer, will be in the Bay County Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City, throughout September. Mainly self-taught, Robin grew up around very talented women — her mom is an interior decorator, and both grandmothers were avid seamstresses (one of whom is still going strong at age 91).

Originally from Birmingham, Robin bought her first cross stitch kit from Kmart while in high school and fell in love with the “art” of making things. She has branched out to other art mediums, including decoupage, sketching, drawing, decorative painting in homes, hand embroidery and most recently Zentangle and mixed media.

A member of Panama City Artists, Robin exhibits and sells her work along the Gulf Coast and an Etsy shop online. She teaches classes, accepts commissions and will work with you to design your own custom piece of art.

•Paintings by Dale Estka will be displayed at Roberts Hall, 831 Florida Ave., Lynn Haven, beginning in September. A reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, in  conjunction with an unplugged/acoustic jam session.

“The Odd Fellows have graciously opened their space to allow art exhibitions curated by Beach Art Group,” said Helen Balance of BAG. “Dale stays busy producing new art and working with Beach Art Group providing graphic art, photographs of all events including exhibits, workshops and any other activities, and publishes the BAG web page and Facebook.”

Originally from Chicago, Dale and has been painting for more than 30 years. She attended the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago and was a long-time member of the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy. She settled in the Panama City area 16 years ago, and has won numerous awards. Her most recent was the 49th Bay Annual Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center, where she won Best of Show for her portrait “Annabella.”

For information regarding Roberts Hall, email Arlene at; for Beach Art Group, email Helen at or visit

•Starting Sept. 1, Beach Art Group will bring back its Plein Air Tuesday 9-11 a.m. at a different location each week. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to bring paints and canvases or drawing supplies to paint outdoors with group members. To find the week’s location, check the Beach Art Group Facebook page or email Helen at

More than 30 businesses in historic St. Andrews will have art activities, demonstrations and performances on World Art Break Day, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 4. (Look for a feature article on this event in next Friday’s Entertainer.) Visitors can watch or participate in the events organized by Floriopolis. Singers, musicians, readers, dancers, actors, storytellers and more will be on site. Details:

•CityArts Cooperative, 423 Luverne Ave. in Panama City, will have its 10th Annual Half-Off Art Show and Sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, featuring dozens of works on display by local artists. Details:


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