Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Arsenic & Old Lace Set Design/Build at JCC

This is my 39th set design at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland, FL.  A few were kid and teen shows, but many were for the Center Players (Adult shows). The Center Players next show is Arsenic & Old Lace, that opens April 9th.

Since 1998 I have recycled the flats that were built prior to me and the ones I had  added over the years. Each set is a jigsaw puzzle and before the set is painted for the new production, the walls tell a unique story. Then after the story is told, a new story takes it's place. The walls take on a new color and the play opens. Here is a mini photo opp to see how the auditorium takes on life as a theatre as I build from what I have and what I may have borrowed.

The platform was originally built for Fiddler On The Roof, the second time I did it at the JCC. The stairs were built for Brighton Beach Memoirs. The stain glass structure was built for Rumors which it was really for a double door and now it will be for the window, but had been used for some kids production they painted. The window seat and banister railing was borrowed from Osceola Center for the Arts. They just did Arsenic.

The small window and some of the flats were recently borrowed from the JCC for the play Sweet Evalina that was done at SHAKES.

The windows were built for The Odd Couple. The flats with purple stone and trees were just used in the Center Players production of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.

The first coat of base has been painted.

The finishing touches are being added. The set furniture that we are borrowing from Sloan Brothers Furniture will fill the space in a couple of days.

Additional walls that were used in Robin Hood, extend the playing area.

The walls will be based in a sepia tone color scheme. Along with photos, drapery and additional decor.

Here the walls have been painted and the next step will be a stencil pattern on the walls along with a darker wood grain.

 The walls have been stenciled and the wood grained walls and floor, along with the added photos, furniture bring the full set together.

To see the totally finished set..... You need to come on out to our show.
Saturdays, April 9 & 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 10 & 17 @ 2 p.m. 
Monday, April 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

Roth JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

$25 Patron Seating
$15 General Admission
$12 JCC members
$10 Seniors/Students

Julie Varkonyi, producer

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dale's Dogs and Bonnie's Graphics

'Last year I was invited to be a part of a Red Chair Project that was combined with Public Art. Terry Olson created the idea for this photo book, to be auctioned off during the 2010 United Arts Red Chair Project Event. The book was a big hit, along with the original photos that hung in the Orlando Administration building for a year. A private sponsor came along and bought all the original photos for the city. They are now on tour, the first stop is Orlando City Hall.

One of the photos is my "Red Dog, Red Chair, Blue Bowl". When I was asked to be part of the project and to pick the public art I wanted to use with the red chair, I picked Dale Rogers "Red Dog" located at The Mennello Museum.

Here is the finished photo.

Red Dog, Red Chair, Blue Bowl by Bonnie Sprung
I got to meet Dale at the 2011 Winter Park Art Festival on March 20, 2011.

Dale Rogers posed with me and one of his Dogs.
If you would like to see more of his Big Dog Show you can visit 

Paris Series Hangs at Frames Forever Art Gallery

If you love Paris, like I do... go by Frames Forever and Art Gallery - 941 Orange Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789. Kimberly Marshall is the new owner of this wonderful establishment. Call 407 622 6358 or stop on in.

Here are a few of my Paris Series. Some are Oil Paintings, Digital Oil and just Digital. Each one an Original. Sizes 4"x4" and 12"x12".   

 Also available at Frames Forever are my Original Magnets, in two sizes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Places To Find My Originals

I have two shops that are carrying my USA Studio Originals.

You can find my Scarves and Magnets at the Riverhouse Pottery artisan Gift Gallery
on 118 S. Palmetto Ave., Sanford FL 32771.

Some of these Scarves have already found a new home, but I am always creating more. Each one an Original piece of Art.
Riverhouse Pottery is a wonderful store full of local artists gifts and accessories.


You can also find my Scarves, Magnets and T-shirts at Etoile Boutique,
2424 E. Robinson St. Orlando, FL
Here is one of my Funky Tree T's on display. It is, like all the others... One Of A Kind.
This is one of 3 dragon styles. Go by and check out the rest.
Hanging are several of my Scarves. They are light, cool for anytime and warm for those cooler days. Each one has either motivational words or designs or both. You can also have any scarf made to order.
Large and Small magnets are images of where I have been or art that I have created. The crosses are photos I have taken in Paris. Go by and get a closer look.

Etoile Boutique carries handmade, vintage and local art.