Will Read (and Sing) for Food entertaining at Jasper Arts Center
The local group, Will Read (and Sing) for Food performed backstage at the Jasper Arts Center on Saturday, October 5, 2013. This is a great bunch of people who raise money for good causes. In this case, all donations went to the Paul Michael Ash Endowment for Music and the Arts. Their name is derived from their repeated benefit for the Dubois County Food Bank.
This evening of music and hi jinks also had some very poignant moments in the songs by Ed Walston and some of Scott Saalman’s reflections. Abbie Rumbach was a hoot. The musical diversity of the group with Mark Steczyk, Buddy and Billie Hart, Krish Lasher and Kasha Schwartz Phillips was also amazing.
If you see this group around the area, you really ought to try to catch them. And everything they do is for a good cause.
Mark Steczyk and Ed Walston in sync
Buddy and Billie Hart perform some lively music while Abbie Rumbach reflects on her notes
Eugenia Zukerman enthralled the audience with her performance as well as her personality.
We were delighted to open our season with a Backstage Program presenting Eugenia Zukerman and Friends. Eugenia is such a talented musician and such a really nice person. How delightful! She was accompanied by Milana Strezeva on piano and Sophie Shao on cello. Such an elegant evening and a great start to our season.
Milana Strezeva and a young fan after the concert.
Sophie Shao, Mike Jones (JCAC Board President), Eugenia Zukerman, Caroline Jones
Diane Lechner reading her poetry at the Photography and Poetry Community exhibit
The FiRST THURSDAY reception yesterday was a big hit with a broad range of people from the area in attendance. A delicious variety of snacks and goodies was served by our Visual Arts Coordinator, Erin Stenftenagel. Our guest host was Indian Creek Winery from Georgetown, Indiana.
The highlight of the evening was the public reading of poetry created by many of the exhibitors. Diane Lechner read a moving piece about her father’s enlistment in the service many years ago. And our own Donna Schepers entertained us with a few poems, most notably Legacy which is about her view of the beggar children from a recent trip to Egypt.
We invite everyone to come on out this month to view the exhibit. There are many talented people in our community who have submitted their work for public viewing. The show is for people of all ages and walks of life. As always, admission is free. Hours M-F, 9-5, Th until 7, and Sundays noon – 3.
Donna Schepers reading her poetry at the Photography and Poetry Community Exhibit reception
The Photography and Poetry Community Exhibit is open this month in the Krempp Gallery. People of all ages, professionals and amateurs alike, are exhibiting their creations. This community exhibit is open to anyone from the area so we have had hundreds of pieces brought in. Some will make you smile, some will make you cry, but all will move you in some way. Stop by sometime. Remember, admission is always free for our gallery exhibits.
The Jasper Arts entry in the Strassenfest parade was a big hit. The “Haus of Blues” featured the upcoming Blues Brothers Revue (February 2014) with musicians, patrons, music, candy, parade walkers, and BUBBLES! We won the Parade Marshals’ Award (presented to non-business float entry that exhibits the best overall excellence in design, construction, and creativity.) Yeah, Corina and the Special Events Committee! And a special thank you to Helming Brothers Construction and Green Thumb Nursery for your contributions.
Corina giving last minute instructions to the crew.
Waiting in a shady spot
The long long wait. At least we were only 38th in line this year.
Christmas ornaments. One of the many pieces in the display cases.
The Patoka Valley Quilter’s Guild opened last week. This is a wonderful exhibit with a mountain of talent and beauty on display. Check out the photos below for a taste of the full exhibit. Come on out to see it in person. We’re open from M-F 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Thursdays until 7 PM, and Sundays noon – 3 PM. Admission is free.
The Patoka Valley Quilters hung their show in the Krempp Gallery this morning. They liked the new display panels and were able to hang ALL of the work they brought with them. Although the show officially opens tomorrow, August 2nd, we’ve had people stopping by for a preview all day. The quilts will be up all month and the opening reception will be on Thursday, August 8th from 5 to 8 p.m. This show is always popular and we expect visitors from throughout the area. Come on out and bring your friends. The work is truly remarkable!
Some of the 80 members of the Patoka Valley Quilters’ Guild
Making sure the fiber piece is straight is always a challenge.
Two members hang a wall of pieces made with batik-like fabrics.
Mary Jane Fischer puts finishing touches on the exhibit.
We were delighted to host several classes from Hummingbird Daycare at the gallery this week. The children got to see quite a variety of artwork from the Dubois County Art Guild. Education Coordinator, Donna Schepers, and Visual Arts Coordinator, Erin Stenftenagel, discussed the artwork with the children, played games and activities with them. Remember, everyone, there is no fee to visit the gallery and we are normally open six days a week. Classes and groups are always welcome.
Donna Schepers discusses the artwork with the group.
Children asked many questions about the work and techniques.
Visitor contemplates a painting of the Eiffel Tower by Kim Wilson.
The theme for this year’s float for the Strassenfest parade is Haus of Blues tied into our upcoming performance of The Official Blues Brothers Revue in February 2014. The Special Events committee met last night at Green Thumb Nursery to begin assembling the float components and to work out the design. Music, dancing, bubbles, free giveaways – we plan to go over the top this year. We won an Honorable Mention last year with our very first entry. This year we’re going for the top prize! Yeah!
Corina Mack gives Molly some instructions
Corina demonstrating the proposed look of the float’s letterins
Nat Combs from Green Thumb helping to cut materials for the float structure
Emily Colucci helps cut cardboard backing for posters
Trying to decide the look of the entertainment section of the float
Summer ARTventures is winding up this week at Jasper Community Arts. Five weeks of fun and art were enjoyed by dozens of children this year. We had classes in music, painting, sculpture, crafts, and much more. Every year we try to offer something new and to bring back old favorites. Check out the photos below.
Pay attention, students!
Intro to Violin with Kara Bodle
Totally T-shirts. What fun!
Story book art with Jenna Henriott
Clay classes are always filled up
Look what I made!
Kara Bodle demonstrates an instrument in Kids Music class