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Arts notes: MOCA Jacksonville will hold a panel discussion on the purpose of photography Thursday

Posted: July 5, 2014 - 6:09pm  |  Updated: July 5, 2014 - 6:13pm

The question of whether photography’s role is to document the world or to create beautiful images will be the subject of a panel discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St. The panel discussion is inspired by MOCA’s current exhibit, The New York Times Magazine Photographs.

Panelists will be Virginia Chamlee, managing editor of Jacksonville magazine; Jon M. Fletcher, photographer; Kelly Jordan, visuals editor at USA Today; Paul Karabinis, associate professor of photography at the University of North Florida; and Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida.

The event is free to the public. Go to http://bit.ly/1rUSXoS to reserve a seat.

 

Tod Booth to teach acting master class

Tod Booth, the executive producer and director for Alhambra Theatre & Dining, will teach a master class on acting and auditioning on Sunday, July 13, at the Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, 5188 Norwood Ave. inside the Gateway Town Center.

Booth has produced and directed more than 350 Equity shows and was the original producer and director on three musicals, “Christmas Carole,” “One Shining Moment” and “The Four Bills.”

The fee for the three hour class is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Go to http://bit.ly/1qO8yGQ to register. Those planning to take the class should prepare to perform a monologue and sing a song.

 

New exhibit at First Street Gallery

An exhibit of work by Randy PItts and Tracy Womack opens Wednesday at First Street Gallery, 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, in the Courtyard Shops at 200 First St. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

Animal art in St. Augustine

“Furs, Feathers and Fins,” an exhibit of art depicting animals, opens Friday at the gallery of the Professional Artists of St. Augustine (PASTA), 214 Charlotte St.

The opening night of the exhibit will be during July’s First Friday Art Walk, which takes place from 5-9 p.m. and was postponed a week to avoid the Fourth of July holiday.

“Furs, Feathers and Fins” consists of work by potter Sally Douglas, oil painter Pat Hitchcock and watercolorist Barbara Lutton, A percentage of the sales during the opening reception will go to the St. Augustine Humane Society, which will have a pet available for adoption during the reception.

 

‘The Boy from Oz’ auditions at ABET

Auditions for Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre’s production of “The Boy from Oz” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Those wishing to audition should prepare 16 bars of an uptempo, musical theater-styled song and a slower, ballad-style song of any genre. They should be prepared to dance and do a cold reading from the script.

All the roles except the main character, Peter Allen, are open. Allen will be played by Blake Michael Osner. Performance dates will be Sept. 5-21.

 

Send submissions to Arts Notes to charlie.patton@jacksonville.com. The deadline for Sunday publication is 5 p.m. Tuesday.