Poet Susan Calfee
Susan is passionate about people, places and poetry. "I love sketty cant wayt till its retty" were her first published words in second grade. She was hooked, and still can't resist a rhyme.
A Maryland native, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Speech Communications and now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For 16 years she sang with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Florida Writers Association, and a volunteer at Baptist Medical Center.
She continues to hone the writing skills she learned in workshops which met on a "Shantyboat" moored on Jacksonville’s beautiful Trout River. Susan has published both prose and poetry in magazines, newspapers and online. She is proud to be among many authors in her family. As a veteran traveler, Susan believes that inquisitive children become appreciative adults and stewards of our planet. The award-winning St. Augustine A to Z – A Young Readers Guide to America’s Oldest City is her first book and is available on Amazon. Her most memorable trip was via a 1400-ton freighter, an adventure which prompted her first published travel story.
Her current literary project is a “mystorical” romance novel set on Maryland’s historic Kent Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Susan has two wonderful sons, a cherished daughter-in-law, two rascally grandchildren and a collection of mermaids whose names all begin with “M”.
Artist Marlene Scheer
In New York, Marlene studied with Master Artist Ellen Diamond and also at the Art Students League of NY along with many important teachers to help hone her skills and techniques. Regular visits to MOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York Galleries offered an art education that was extremely important to her development. She has shown in many NYC and Long island Galleries. Her painting technique is one that continues to change since experimentation plays an important role in her work and continues to do so based on what she sees and feels at the moment.
Marlene is a member of the First Coast Cultural Center, Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts, Jacksonville Art Guild (JAG), Saint Augustine Art Association, and FemArt’s World-Wide Gallery. She has won many awards and her work has been on exhibit at the Jaxport Gallery, Wells Fargo Gallery, Wilson Theatre For The Arts, Advanced Furniture Solutions in Jacksonville and featured in their photo shoot, Archway Gallery- 25 paintings. She has also displayed at Reddi-Arts, First Street Gallery, South Kitchen, Players by the Sea Theater, along with a one woman show at The Alhambra Dinner Theatre and several times at Jewish Community Alliance (ACA). One of the volunteer experiences that made the biggest impression on Marlene was her time facilitating an art class at the First Coast Cultural Center for the Alzheimers Association. She did this for one year until the funding ran out. It was a very empathetic and overwhelming time in her art career and one of the most meaningful.
Marlene was also one of the artists featured in Imagination Squared at MOCA in 2011 and 2021. She shared first prize in a contest sponsored by the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to paint the façade of their building. She was one of three nominees for the Beaches Celebration Emerging Artist of the Year 2020 and also won Judges Choice both at the Cummer Museum in 2019 and Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in June 2020.
Musicians The Connors Project
The Connors Project, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, have now lived in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 20+ years. The group is comprised of a husband-and-wife team Ken Connors and Cee Cee Severin, who are often joined by their son, Tom Connors and other family members or fellow musicians.
The Connors Project music is widely diverse and includes many originals, spanning the genres of folk, country, bluegrass, and Americana, with strong vocals and harmonies sweetly blended on guitar, upright bass, dobro, and ukulele. Contact them for gigs!