TFAC’s ‘Explore the Arts’ explores myths, legends behind Irish verse

Published 11:21 am Tuesday, March 1, 2011

An example of a Druid. (photo submitted)

Tryon Fine Arts Center’s “Explore the Arts” series explores Irish literature, from the ancient legends of the faeries and banshees to the authors and playwrights of modern Ireland on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. on the Veh Family Stage. Personifying a mysterious Druid, Dr. Dennis P. Sommers will provide a peek into the traditions of his homeland.

Dennis Sommers

The author of six books, Dr. Sommers holds a doctorate degree in theology with a particular interest in early Irish monasteries and the evolution of Irish literature. He has been director of the Institute of Irish History and Culture’s International Summer School at Trinity College, Dublin since 1997. In Ireland he is an elected member of the United Arts Club of Dublin and a recipient of the Kilkenny Cultural Award. In America he is an elected member of the National Social Science Honor Society.

Dr. Sommers lectures at universities, cultural and historical societies in Europe and the United States, and has developed a one-man play of Irish mythology, literary readings, and recitations. Locally he is currently developing a mountaintop retreat and library near Chimney Rock, N.C.

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In its second year, TFAC’s “Explore the Arts” is a series for adult and youth designed to pique curiosity and creativity and explore diversity in the arts.

Tickets are available at the door and light refreshments will be served at the intermission and after the performance. A book signing will follow the presentation.

For further information call Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828-859-8322 or visit