The Arts Center will present a “Rockettes” dance workshop and art exhibitions

PANAMA CITY – Like the colorful gifts that begin to appear around the tree, the Panama City Center for the Arts is welcoming several new features in December.

“We said goodbye to our dark and spooky Haunted Higby experience last month and are committed to creating a warm and bright experience for the next vacation,” Jayson Kretzer, executive director of Bay Arts Alliance, said in a statement. recent press release. “In addition to our December exhibits, we will feature 12 Days of Christmas artwork, a miniature Christmas village, an extensive gift shop, and fun photo opportunities throughout the building.”

Sonya Livingston began at 16 as a professional dancer with the Radio City Rockettes, where she embarked on a 21-year career. Livingston will be giving a dance workshop at the Panama City Center of the Arts on December 18.

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On Friday, the gift shop will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature an expanded offering of local artwork. A Meet the Artists reception will be held on December 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring exhibitions by Sonya Livingston, Tesa Burch and Kris Serian. Free refreshments and a wine bar are available at the reception.

Sonya Livingston’s “Rockette” Show

In the main gallery, Livingston’s “Rockette” exhibition will be on display. Beginning a 21-year professional dance career with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes company in New York at the age of 16, Livingston will share her experiences through the exhibition “Life as a Rockette” with historical photographs, costumes elaborate and live performances. Each segment takes you down the timeline to the room where it started in 1932 and continues today. The exhibition will be on view until January 22.

Former Radio City Rockette Sonya Livingston will be one of three artists at the Panama City Center for the Arts' Meet the Artists reception on December 17.  The next day, Livingston will give a dance workshop.

Former Radio City Rockette Sonya Livingston will be one of three performers at the Meet the Artists reception at the Panama City Center for the Arts on December 17. The next day, Livingston will give a dance workshop.

Tesa Burch’s “southern exit”

A native of Callaway, Burch will present “Southern Exit,” which tells the story of “wanting or clinging to something that’s gone or is going,” according to the release. Visitors to the gallery will find that Burch creatively incorporates second-hand materials into his art, including alligator skin, snakeskin, starfish, rhinestones, road reflector dust, dirt, fabric, furs, mirror, watercolor, oil and acrylic. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors from the University of West Florida.

"My disco ball collapsed"  by Tesa Burch.

“My disco ball has collapsed” by Tesa Burch.

According to the statement, when asked about his artistic inspiration, Burch replied, “My art is like a diary to me. My experiences. My process. It developed largely from my sketchbooks. I describe things that I find interesting or poetic. I often talk about how I feel and try to say things that I hesitate to say out loud. My collage style comes from what I love to collect and my personal style.

“Southern Exit” will be visible until December 23.

Work by Kris Serian

And in the café gallery, visitors to the gallery will find Serian’s works. The beauty of what is presented to the eye comes from the depth from which she learned that painting was more than a hobby.

“About 12 years ago my husband passed away suddenly and I got lost,” Serian said in the press release. “A friend of mine introduced me to art with Victoria Bush at Bay Art and Frame. At first, I went to stop everyone from pushing me. I started with a palette knife because I knew I couldn’t focus on the intricacies of brushwork. I fell in love with painting.

Visitors will see her love for painting through a plethora of points of inspiration, from vintage automobiles and boats to flowers.

“Pretty much everything inspires me and then I want to capture it,” she said.

If you are going to

Panama City Center for the Arts, 19 E. Fourth St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The center will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 due to public holidays. It will also be closed January 3-7 for the Bay Arts Team Creative Summit.

For more information on these upcoming exhibitions and the new and expanded gallery, go online at

This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Panama City Center for the Arts hosts former Radio City Rockette, new exhibits

William E. Bennett