Sarasota County Arts Council


STARs 2012The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce the STARs (State Teachers Artist Residency) winners for 2012. Florida arts teachers who will be enjoying summer residencies at the Hermitage are Reid Conrad, Volusia County playwright, Donna Haynes, Broward County visual artist, Pamela Janecki, Hillsborough County writer, Freddie Rosa, Miami Dade County visual artist and Teryle Traver, Hillsborough County playwright. The residency runs from Monday, July 16th through Sunday, August 12th. As with all Hermitage artists, the STARs will present a free community program sometime during their stay.

“Once again we are thrilled to support Florida Arts Educators explore their creative side by awarding these summer residencies,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat. “I just returned from the annual leadership summit for Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) where our past STARs could not say enough about how valuable this time was for them. If their enthusiasm is any indication, we have really hit on a very special way to honor the artist in our arts educators.”

The STAR program was begun in 2011 by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and its partner FAAE, which administers the application and selection process. Each year, Florida arts teachers can apply for a four-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat through this statewide organization. Five are selected in a variety of categories that include music, visual arts and/or creative writing.

The 2012 STARs represent four counties and three disciplines, visual artists, writer/poet and playwrights. Playwright Reid Conrad teaches theater at University High School in Orange City, Volusia County. His focus for his students has been one-act plays. Visual Artist Donna Haynes teaches an AP studio program at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, Broward County. Her curriculum includes drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Writer/Poet Pamela Janecki teaches journalism and stagecraft at Orange Grove Middle School of the Arts in Tampa. Visual Artist Freddie Rosa teaches visual art at Mandarin Lakes, grades K-8, in Miami Dade County. Teryle Traver is the drama director at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa. All of these talented artists have interesting projects in mind for their gift of time and space when they live together as artists at the Hermitage.

As STAR winner Teryle Traver commented, “I am looking forward to the opportunity of spending time in an atmosphere that will be both pastoral and professional, where creative minds can interact and exchange ideas.”

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) is a statewide service organization that works to ensure that all Florida students have a complete education that includes the arts. For more information on the application process or the organization, contact Susan Burke, at the Florida Alliance for Arts Education by calling 407-488-9951 or online at

The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located on Manasota Key. It brings accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5-acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay. So far, Hermitage artists have touched over 8,000 Sarasota County children and adults with their unique and inspiring programs. For more information regarding the Hermitage, visit the website or call (941) 475-2098.

Photos top to bottom: Teryle Traver, Donna Haynes, Freddie Rosa, Pamela Janecki and Reid Conrad.

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