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Sketches

Short Takes on the World of arts and letters at Florida State University.

Third Reprise for "Seven Days"

Artful Move
Third Reprise for "Seven Days"
Record crowds greeted the third edition of FSU's Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival which kicked off Feb.16 this year.

An estimated 15,000 people attended this year's ticketed events and hundreds more flocked to an appetizing offering of free performances both on campus and downtown.

Highlighting this year's festival were performances by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; Hal Holbrook in a venerable return as Mark Twain; a performance by the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Troupe; and a rousing finalé by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on Feb. 26. For glimpses at what's shaping up for 2002, visit

http://www.fsu.edu/~artsfest/

Artful Move:

This spring, John Wetenhall (middle) was named executive director of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Wetenhall is flanked by Arland Christ-Janer (left) who served as the Sarasota museum's interim director, and FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte on a walk through the museum's loggia in March.

Wetenhall , 43, earned his doctorate in art history from Stanford University. An art historian and former director of the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, he is considered an authority on modern public sculpture. In 2000, the Florida Legislature made partners of FSU and the Ringling estate, thereby creating the largest museum/university complex in the nation.