Summer ARTventures

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We’ve had a wonderful summer of ARTventures this year with over seventeen classes offered for both kids and adults.  Clay classes were popular as was painting for all ages.  AbraCadabra and ArtHodgepodge.  A little bit of fun for everyone!

Wait until you see what we have planned for Fall classes!

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Touch A Truck

20160716_100919_resizedThe City of Jasper hosted a Touch A Truck event down at the Jasper Train Depot this past Saturday, July 16th.  They brought out a sampling of all kinds of city vehicles, everything from firetrucks to street sweeper, dump trucks to back hoes.  Since the Arts Department doesn’t have anything larger than a lawnmower, our contribution was the very popular stand-in.  This is where kids get to pose with a Touch A Truck cutout.  The whole event was family-friendly with an overwhelming crowd.  I expect this will become an annual event.  Thanks to Corina Mack and staff who created this stand-in.

Chalk Walk 2016

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Chalk Walk 2016 was once again a big hit.  This was our 13th annual Chalk Walk event on the square in downtown Jasper, Indiana.  We had a rain postponement until our fall back day of June 11th but everyone had a great time.  Despite the heat, people still showed up early and chalked the walks, plus…played games, shopped the arts booths, and ate lots of yummy food.  For more photos, check out our web page on our main website. http://www.jasperindiana.gov/topic/subtopic.php?topicid=188&structureid=23

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Check out this giant reading chair which made its debut at the Chalk Walk.  Made locally by Indiana Furniture, it will be touring the state with a state-wide reading program.

And our Community Canvas celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial was a Bison…get it…Bisontennial?!

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Mark Brosmer Exhibit

Mark and local artist, Myra Schuetter.

Mark and local artist, Myra Schuetter.

Jasper native, now resident of Los Angeles, is our guest artist in June in the Krempp Gallery.  His amazing paintings often take years to complete!  We had a wonderful reception with tons of people here.  Don’t forget First Thursdays, always in the gallery.

Our good friend Mike O'Brian from Louisville entertained the reception crowd.

Our good friend Mike O’Brian from Louisville entertained the reception crowd.

Yummy hors d'ouevres.  Notice the matching chocolates?!

Yummy hors d’ouevres. Notice the matching chocolates?!

 

Quick Draw – Plein Air Painting at the Riverwalk

Quick Draw at the Schaeffer Barn.

Quick Draw at the Schaeffer Barn.

We nearly tripled our attendance at this year’s Quick Draw / Plein Air Painting event this year.  Moving it to May seemed to help but Saturday was pretty chilly.  In addition to many Indiana artists, we had guests from Michigan and Missouri.  Let’s try for more next year!

Emily and Corina, masters in mischief.

Emily and Corina, masters in mischief.

Another painter.

Another painter.

Judging the final Plein Air entries

Judging the final Plein Air entries

Under the Streetlamp

Under the Streetlamp was a huge hit with our audience AND staff.  These awesome guys delivered an evening of entertainment ranging from Doo-Wop to Motown, old time Rock ‘n Roll and many other favorite songs.  They were recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys.  Wow!

Signing autographs after the show.

Signing autographs after the show.

The guys posing with our Director Kit Miracle.

The guys posing with our Director Kit Miracle.

Summer of Love Concert

The whole staff got in the spirit of the 60s.

The whole staff got in the spirit of the 60s.

This amazing two hour concert had people singing along.  We all knew the words to the songs from 1969.  The audience…and ushers were encouraged to come in costume.  Great show for everyone!

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Peace, baby. Curt Ubelhor spices up ushering for us.

Peace, baby. Curt Ubelhor spices up ushering for us.

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Terrance Simien entertaining at a school show.

Terrance Simien entertaining at a school show.

Terrance Simien and his wonderful band were in town for four days.  They did two days of residency with local and regional schools, plus followed with a public performance on Saturday for families.  Terrance gave a brief lesson in the Cajun history and tradition, but mostly he and his band introduced our students to some great new music.

Terrance never stops smiling. Showing off one of his grammies.

Terrance never stops smiling. Showing off one of his grammies.

Taking time to meet with more audience members after the public show.

Taking time to meet with more audience members after the public show.

We even offered a free Mardi-Gras party for the audience before the public event.  Here you see kids doing the limbo.

Doing the limbo at the Terrance Simien event

Doing the limbo at the Terrance Simien event

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo Play to Full House on Backstage

Frank and Vinny signing autographs after the show.

Frank and Vinny signing autographs after the show.

We’ve been trying to get this jazz guitar duo here for five years!  Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are two of the most technically gifted jazz guitarists on the planet!  Their talent and charisma knocked the audience off their feet.  Look what you missed!

Open House

Having fun at the open house.

Having fun at the open house.

We held an Open House at the Satellite Arts Space this past weekend.  Parents and kids were invited to try their hands and several different arts and crafts projects.  As you can see, this was a huge success!   Everyone seemed to have fun at this free community event.

Wow!  What a crowd!

Wow! What a crowd!