Public Eye Soar: PC’s First Art Projection Show!

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Downtown Panama City will soon be painted with light as “Public Eye Soar” gets
ready to flip the switch on the cityʼs first projection art show. Friday and Saturday,
September 26 and 27 from 7:30pm until 10:30pm, The Public Eye and CityArts
Cooperative will host over 13 open-air architectural screens on and around Luverne
Avenue featuring stills, animations and video from local, national, and international
digital artists.

“Public Eye Soar” organizers John “JD” Daniel and Margaret Webster (owners of
The Public Eye Productions) have shared a fascination with interactive video
installations and projection art since the inception of Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach.
“What they did was an inspiration, and inspirations help jump start your own work. We
decided to start “Public Eye Soar” to give local artists and just about anyone the
opportunity to see their creativity featured on the big screen, or building..” Daniel
explains. Margaret adds, “Weʼve been looking to do something we can share with the
community and help the downtown art scene. Things just fell into place with great
projectors available locally and our involvement with CityArts Cooperative.” Danielʼs
success with programming and producing content for projection garnered the Audience
Favorite Award during one of the Alys Beach Digital Graffiti festivals, and inspired “JDʼs Funhouse” – an interactive entertainment experience, and his work is currently featured in a number of night club installations in Arizona.

Submission is free, and event admission is free. “Soar” is seeking artists,
photographers, animators and videographers of every age and style to submit their work
for projection. There will be software prizes from national art and projection companies, plus the opportunity to brag to your friends that you created an “Eye Soar”. Prizes will be based on audience vote. “Soar” is also seeking volunteers to help set up and man projectors during the event and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for their participation.

Contact organizers:

PO Box 1653
Panama City, FL 32402
850.769.6996
PublicEyeSoar@gmail.com
www.PublicEyeSoar.net
https://www.facebook.com/PublicEyeSoar

We Welcome Mat’s Good Coffee!

CityArts Welcomes Mat’s Good Coffee!

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Cafés and art have gone hand in hand for many years, so we are so excited to now have a coffee shop right here in our gallery!  The tag line for Mat’s Good Coffee is ‘the fine art of coffee’ and that’s just what it is.

Mat Wyble has been working in coffee for 10 years and has developed a passion and an extensive knowledge of high quality coffee.  He skillfully puts care and and quality into every cup.  We can’t tell you how many times we have heard people say, “That was seriously the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had!”

The menu includes many traditional espresso shots and espresso drinks, as well as a few non-traditional ones.  He also offers multiple options for manually brewed coffee, hot chocolate and other steamers, and loose leaf teas, too.  Mat loves educating customers about coffee, so ask him anything!

You can also buy retail bags of locally roasted, fair trade and organic coffee.  As a matter of fact, all of Mat’s Good Coffee is fair trade and organic, so you can sip away with a happy mouth, warm tummy, and good conscience.

Mat’s Good Coffee’s current hours are Monday through Friday, 6am-11am.  Come on down to drink some delicious coffee, browse the art, and hang out!

Check out the Facebook Page for Mat’s Good Coffee.

The Healthy Choice Can Be the Delicious Choice: Almost Eden Organics

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One of our directors, Almost Eden Organics, was recently featured in a beautiful article in Panama City Living Magazine!  In Susan Conkling’s quest to find fresh organic produce, she ended up wanting to share the high quality foods with others.  Thus, Almost Eden was born.

How does it work?  Every Sunday, Almost Eden will post on their website (or email you if you sign up) what organic produce will be available in a variety basket in two sizes, a $20 and a $40.  Then, customers can place an order by Monday evening.  Wednesdays are pick-up days, here at CityArts Cooperative, from 12-6pm.  Almost Eden now features the ‘extras market’ as well, where you can purchase a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese, meat, and more!

We can tell you from personal experience, that we absolutely love the produce from Almost Eden!  It’s reasonably priced, fresh and delicious, AND so healthy for our Earth and our bodies!  A win-win-win!

Take a look at the great article from Panama City Living Magazine!

Visit www.almostedenorganics.com or their Facebook Page.

*UPDATE:  Almost Eden Organics has moved to 1101 Beck Ave.

Our New Hoop Dance Class Featured on PanamaCity.com!

We’ve only had hoop dance classes here at CityArts for one month, but that was long enough to catch the attention of Tony Simmons of PanamaCity.com.

The article begins: “A hoop revolution rolling across the world has local artist Heather Clements circling, spinning and whirling in the midst of it.”

Hoop Dance Classes are every Sunday at 6pm here at CityArts.  You should see the hoops flying and the voices laughing as beginners learn a new art form from instructor Heather Clements.  Heather encourages students to take the moves learned in class and adapt them to their own personal styles.  She puts on music at the end of each class to help students dance and react to the music, while practicing hoop maneuvers they just learned.

You can read the full article from PanamaCity.com here.

You can see a video of instructor Heather Clements dancing with her hoop here.

Class details:

  • Hoop Dance Class at CityArts Cooperative
  • Sundays, 6-7pm.  $10 per class.  Extra hoops are available to borrow during class or buy to take home.
  • Register with Heather Clements at heatherart@hotmail.com.

*The photo used in the article, by Desiree Gardner Photography, was also just recently featured on the online hub for hooping around the world, hooping.org!

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Our First Blog Post

Welcome to our new website! The old one was… well… OLD. And we could hardly update it. And we apologize for not keeping it up-to-date. But NOW is the time to look forward! With WordPress we can easily update and make changes to our site, so stay tuned!

Please do bear with us a little as we get this current site updated with all our great info.  Have a question about anything?  Click that ‘Contact Us’ tab and give us a call, email, or visit!

CityArts is proud to be a staple of the local arts community, hosting art exhibits, art and dance classes, and many cultural events.

It’s an exciting time at CityArts, with new directors, new art, new upcoming events, and a surprise up our sleeve that you’ll just have to wait and see what it is. Did we pique your interest? Good!