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A&E BRIEFS The Hermitage Artist Retreat is located in Englewood. Photo courtesy of The Hermitage NEW STARS RECEIVE HERMITAGE SUMMER RESIDENCIES The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), has announced the winners of the 2013 State Teachers Artist Residency (STAR) program. tors," Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, noted in the release. "These are our only residencies that have an application process, administered by FAAE. It's open to all Florida arts teachers and we are very proud to say it's been a very successful Rocky Bridges, a Polk County visual artist; program, which has brought us some very talRamiro Malagon, a Broward County compos- ented Florida artists who also happen to be er; Kristen Rodriguez, a Broward County writ- teaching our children." er; Melanie Webb, a Duval County writer; and Beverly Williams, a Polk County visual artist, Rocky Bridges teaches sculpture, painting, drawing and art history to 12th-graders at Harare all Florida arts educators who will spend four weeks of their summer vacations as art- rison School for the Arts in Polk County. "He discovered the world of visual art at an earists-in-residence at the Hermitage, a news rely age, stimulated by being able to combine lease says. art categories such as painting and drawing, "This is our third summer hosting Florida art- sculpture and photography, even sometimes ists who work during the year as arts educa- including poetry," the release adds.

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