Tuesday, May 14, 2013


An Evening of Art, Poetry & Spoken Word

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On May 31st book publisher and art gallery owner Frank Gromling will hold another novel event at Ocean Books & Art, his bookstore and art gallery across from the Flagler Beach pier. He will hold an art closing party for Palm Coast artist Onicas Gaddis.

Gromling will present an evening of poetry and spoken word performances set against the backdrop of Gaddis’ “In Search of Identity” spiritual expressionism show. “My Heart’s An Open Book” will showcase the poetry of Gaddis and Palm Coast newspaper editor Brian McMillan. 

Adding to the night’s enjoyment will be Stan Alston, whose smooth vocals wowed guests at Gaddis’ April 5th art opening reception. Alston, a member of The Main Ingredient, is taking a break from the soul and R&B group’s tour to perform with his friend Gaddis.

Gromling has demonstrated a keen ability to blend his love of books with a fascination for art, music and film through a variety of projects in the Volusia-Flagler community. His 2012 highly acclaimed “Ocean Fusion” event at The Cinematique Theater in Daytona Beach, where he combined an art show with an international film and a PowerPoint presentation to highlight the wonders of sea turtles, is an excellent example. “My Heart’s An Open Book” will be the first time he has integrated poetry and spoken word into his programs.

Gaddis’ first one-person show, “In Search of Identity,” consisting of 14 large paintings, told his personal story of searching for his identity during the early part of a life filled with heartbreak and challenge. As a direct result of the public outpouring of acclaim for his work, Gaddis said he now accepts his identity and is moving toward new and more exciting vistas.

To honor that, Gaddis is donating an original painting “The Unspoken Secret” to be awarded to the winner of a raffle to be drawn the night of May 31st. Tickets to “My Heart’s An Open Book” are $10, with 90% of the proceeds going to The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia and Flagler, Inc., a support group close to Gaddis’ heart. Tickets are available now at Ocean Books & Art, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A), Flagler Beach or may be purchased at the door the night of the event. 

The activities will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

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