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Upcoming art shows, book signings and presentations

THE JABU CENTER of Sarasota hosts the TOM CROSS Chronic Survival Tour, a Lung Cancer benefit art show and a "Month of Sundays" weekend events Nov. 11th through Dec. 11th.

- TOM CROSS Chronic Survival Tour opens Nov 11
at The JABU Center in Sarasota:

Shedding Light on Lung Cancer
A benefit exhibition and sale of the works of Tom Cross, including original art, prints and books. Proceeds will benefit Tom's challenge with lung cancer and lung cancer research. This is a "family friendly" event, so kids of all ages are welcome.

Opening reception - Friday, November 11, 2005 from 5-8PM.

Gallery Hours:
Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 11th, 2 - 5P.M.
The gallery is open otherwise by chance or by appointment. The exhibit will hang through January 2006.

The JABU Center is located at in Sarasota at 1915 Ivanhoe Street, just south of the Sarasota Barnes & Noble on U.S. 41. For more information call 941-302-2271. Get Map

Special events each Sunday afternoon Nov. 13th through Dec. 11th.

From Concept to Reality

Join the internationally exhibited and published artist, as well as author & illustrator of THE WAY OF WIZARDS and FAIRY GARDEN for a demonstration and in-depth look into his innovative magical mix of techniques - and how they become collectible lithographs and giclie prints. Mill Pond Press, one of the world's premiere fine art publishers and publisher of many of Tom's images, will also be presenting. Special Guest: Linda Shaner (President, MILL POND PRESS COMPANIES.)

The Making of a Wizard

Join Tom Cross and special guest Jack Perkins (former NBC newsman, host of A&E's Biography and PBS/WEDU's GULF COAST JOURNAL with Jack Perkins) as they explore, explain and welcome home Jack's transformation into Gandalf the Grey, from The Lord of the Rings (in the form of Tom's original painting included in the European touring exposition, "IMAGES FROM MIDDLE-EARTH.") Special Guest: Jack Perkins

NOVEMBER 26th, 7:30-9P.M. & Nov. 27th, 2-3:30P.M. - ANN MORRISON:
Discourse of a Maiden

Award winning Broadway and London stage actress Ann Morrison, star of the new Hal Prince Broadway musical LOVEMUSIK opening in 2006, brings her one woman show to the JABU Center to benefit lung cancer research. Inspired by Joseph Campbell, Celtic mythology, and quantum physics, this one-woman show conceived and performed by Ann Morrison, is a journey through past, present, and future mythology, in the tradition of the ancient Celtic bards. Annie weaves the worlds of myth telling with music and dance to create an evening of inspiration, questing and Otherworldly adventures. TICKETS & RESERVATIONS: $10 in advance or at the door. Call BACKLOT ARTS at 363-9300.

Join Tom Cross and special guest authors and artists that will be on hand to sign their books. Special Guests: Special Guests: Noted wildlife artists John & Suzie Seerey-Lester; Leonard Kessler, illustrator of more than 200 children's books; Sol Schwartz, resident artist at the Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox) and the La Musica Festival (Sarasota); Linda Shute, acclaimed children's author/illustrator. Others to be announced. Check JABUart.com for updates.

Dispelling the "Terminal" Myths

Sharing a common cause of hope and perseverance - there's no better treatment for those that have survived, are battling or are newly diagnosed with cancer. Join Tom Cross and guests as they discuss coping with cancer, Tom's " terminal," stage IV, "NEVER-SMOKER'S" lung cancer diagnosis and his now 2-year quest toward chronic survival, utilizing conventional, complementary and alternative treatments.

Ongoing from Nov. 11th through Dec.11th. Here's a chance to add to your Tom Cross collection or become a first-time owner. Select framed Tom Cross prints published by Mill Pond Press will be on the auction block, as will others. Stop by often and bid for a bargain. Online bidding is also available at http://benefitshow05.tomcross-artist.com or follow the links from http://tomcross-artist.com/ or JABUart.com. Donated art contributed by Mill Pond Press and Artfinity.


Ongoing from Nov. 11th through Dec.11th. A virtual gallery is available at http://benefitshow05.tomcross-artist.com or follow the links from JABUart.com.

THE JABU CENTER: The Possibilities of One Man's Vision
The JABU Center showcases and utilizes the enormous collection of artistic creations of Joseph Anthony Buzzelli to further the messages of environmental awareness, universal peace, and the power each of us has to express ourselves and make a difference.

Jabu, the nom d' art of J. Anthony Buzzelli (1907 - 1983,) lead a very active life with exhibitions that covered forty-eight states and almost every major art institution in America. He was also a teacher, gallery owner, devoted father and avid advocate for environmental awareness and world peace.

With decades of JABU creations at its disposal that visually track the life of an extraordinary man throughout an extraordinary period of art and social history, the JABU Center has been organized and is managed by the late Mr. Buzzelli's son, Robert Buzzelli.

The JABU Center will serve as a site for the art collection, an administrative headquarters for traveling JABU shows and as a vehicle for hosting other events, shows and educational opportunities that serve to promote a world of lasting peace that is environmentally sound for generations to come.

- The LORD OF THE RINGS Show now in Poland.
The traveling European exhibit "IMAGES FROM MIDDLE-EARTH" is scheduled to be in two wonderful venues in Poland. The exhibit features some 150 works of art from a select group of artists from around the world. Recently showing in Gdansk, the show attracted the attention of some 30,000 visitors. It will travel from here to Warsaw from April 26th to June 20th.

The exhibit began in Italy 2 years ago has been shown extensively throughout the country. The recent exhibition in Rome featured Tom's image of "Gandalf:A Friend To Remember" and drew an incredible record of 30.000 visitors, many of them children, which is one of the cornerstone purposes of the Italian organizers, Arteventi.

From Arteventi:
Dear Artists,

yesterday, 22st of December at 5 p.m, it was the opening day of our exhibition "Images from the Middle Earth" in Rome, Villa Celimontana, with the prestigious presence of Maurizio Gasparri, Minister of the Telecommunications, Julie Claire Meckenzie, ambassador of New Zealand, Fabio Rampelli, counselor of the Region Lazio, Roberto Bigliardo, Member of the European Parliament.

The show is magnificent! It includes 120 artworks, in a beautiful location within the Park of Villa Celimontana, which will host the whole event (www.tolkien50years.com/aspettando.htm) The Villa, considered one of the most beautiful in Rome, is part of the archeological area of the capital, next to the Coliseum.

The exhibition is supported also by the European Parliament, the Cabinet Presidency and the Ministry of the Italian Telecommunications, the Embassy of New Zealand in Italy and the Tolkien Society.

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