Ocala – The Art of Community

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New Pictorial Book to Showcase Ocala’s Lifestyle and Arts Scene

New Pictorial Book to Showcase Ocala’s Lifestyle and Arts Scene


Jul 06, 2021, O8:00 ET


The lifestyle and art of Ocala is the focus of a coffee-table book in the works for a 2022 publication. Through new photography, Ocala—The Art of Community will be a visual journey into both the dynamic visual and performing arts scene that has blossomed in the community over the last decade and a view of how the city lives, works, and plays.


“We want to show what makes us such a special place, and this is an exciting way to do it,” says Jaye Baillie, executive director of the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA). “The book will cover every aspect of life—our neighborhoods, our schools, our growth, and special events—and also the arts that envelop us in so many wonderful ways.”


Teaming with MCA is the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership. Kevin Sheilley, CEO, notes that Ocala—The Art of Community “promises to be a significant and artistic publishing achievement. But it will also be an exceptional marketing tool, allowing us to continue to attract the type of economic growth that has provided Ocala its unique lifestyle.”


MCA and CEP turned to Riverbend Books of Georgia to develop Ocala—The Art of Community. Riverbend will have editors in Ocala in early August to conduct focus groups and take tours of the community. It is not unknown territory for Riverbend, which first published a stunning photography book on Ocala and Marion County more than 17 years ago. At over 400 pages, the book sold out in mere weeks.


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Executive Director, MCA