Monday, March 14, 2011

In The Spirit of SHAMc

Safety Harbor is full of creative types: artists, writers, craftspeople, singers, musicians, florists, chefs...(who am I forgetting?)

I see the future Safety Harbor Art and Music Center as a place for those who are already using their gifts to express ideas, to generate income, to help others, and to inspire. I also see SHAMc as a place for those who might feel the first spark of that creative urge, but have not yet found a way to express it. SHAMc will be a place to generate and showcase creativity.

So, in the spirit of SHAMc, I have been organizing a museum fundraiser called Monday Nights at the Museum. Each class is affordable at only $15.00 per person. The classes begin April 4 and will run every Monday night in April. All teachers are donating their time, and 100% of proceeds benefit the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History.

Also, beginning March 15th, Taste Cafe will host Paint With Monet and Merlot.
You'll complete a wall-ready 16 x 20 painting in one evening while enjoying special happy hour and tapas pricing. No experience necessary. Check their website for more information.

Monday Nights at the Museum:

I Want to Be an Author: Now What?
April 4th, 7 to 9 pm
Known as “The Wedding Writer,” Kimberly Llewellyn is the award-winning author of five novels. Her last two were published as humorous women's fiction in trade paperback by Berkley Books (The Quest for the Holy Veil and Tulle Little, Tulle Late, a Book Sense Notable Pick List from the Independent Booksellers Association). Kimberly has written nonfiction articles as well as stories for the confessions magazine market. She enjoys promoting "fiction for women" to the media and to various organizations, such as the Arts Council, Miss Florida State Pageant for Miss America, and bridal expos. She's made guest appearances on television, including the shows Daytime, Mornings Around the Bay, and Kathy Fountain’s Your Turn. I Want to Be an Author: Now What? will be available to purchase after the class, along with some of her fiction (optional). Check out Kimberly's website for more information about her books.

Forget Me Nots
April 11th, 7 to 9 pm
Kathy Ayres is known as The Junk Drawer Diva. Her unique jewelry has been sold in several Safety Harbor gift shops and online. She will help you create a one-of- a-kind pendant from items found around the house. Bring copies of old pictures and any small memorabilia and curious items that can be put together, sealed with resin, and attached to a bale to form a pendant. It will fit into a beer bottle cap or any other small "cup." You can see Kathy’s "Forget Me Not" pendants as a point of reference on Go to "sellers" and type in junkdrawerdivas.

Kathy will bring some of her creations to purchase after the class (optional).

Find an Agent or Publisher for your Novel
April 18th, 7 – 9 pm
Laura Kepner is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for,,, Weyerhaeuser, Destination Tampa Bay, and more. She is currently working with a top New York agent to sell her young adult novel. If you are interested in the process of finding an agent or publisher for your book, and want to learn about the many choices available to you, this workshop will guide you through the query letter and the necessary steps toward publication.

Introduction to the Acoustic Guitar

April 25, 7 - 8:30 pm
Understand the basics of playing the acoustic guitar as musician, singer and songwriter, Regina Aamacha helps you understand the instrument. Regina’s unique style has been enjoyed in Delaware, Virginia, New York, France, and Florida. Shortly after moving to Safety Harbor, Regina formed CC Beaglehead, which quickly found a fan base. Her music has been enjoyed at the 8thAvenue Pub, Taste CafĂ©, Harbor Sounds, The Wine Festival, Jannus Landing (to benefit Habitat for Humanity), and more. Regina also hosts The 3rd Sunday Songwriters’ Showcase at Heather’s Place every month. If you have a guitar, please bring it, but we want you there even if you don’t own one. Visit her website, and listen to her music on
Regina will have CDs available to purchase after class (Optional).

To reserve a spot for any of these classes, please e-mail Laura at

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