‘Explore the Arts’ starts Sept. 8 at TFAC

Published 8:39 am Friday, September 2, 2011

“Explore the Arts” committee chair Jean Pettigrew (left) and committee member Marianne Carruth (right). The series of events begins Sept. 8 at Tryon Fine Arts Center on Melrose Avenue in Tryon. (photo submitted)

Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) invites the community to “Explore the Arts” at the center.
TFAC, with the support of volunteers, will present a third season of this series of events, performances and educational lectures. Offered monthly September through June, “Explore the Arts” strives to stimulate curiosity and provide an informal and informative evening for all ages.
Thursday, Sept. 8
On Sept. 8, explore the spiritual with a look at the history of this African-American art form. Dr. Warren Carson’s presentation will include solo and quartet musical demonstrations as well as selected readings highlighting this gift of story and song.
Thursday, Oct. 6
On Oct. 6, the Ginger Thistles will perform as TFAC explores Appalachian dulcimer traditions. Ben Seymour, well-known local luthier, will display and discuss his Kudzu Patch dulcimer design and his role in the preservation of the heritage of this musical instrument.
Thursday, Nov. 3
November 3 will bring artist, storyteller and naturalist Jim Draper to explore the natural world and the artist’s brush. An exhibition of this accomplished Mississippi artist’s work will be on display in TFAC’s Mahler Family Board Room for the month of October.
Thursday, Dec. 1
On Dec.1, kick off the holiday season with Handel’s “Messiah” as liturgical composer Mark Schweizer conducts TFAC’s “Do It Yourself” performance of Handel’s masterpiece, accompanied by pianist Beth Child.
Thursday, Feb. 2
On Feb. 2, Asheville artist Jonas Gerard will explore rhythm in color and sound in front of an audience, inspired by the music of River Guerguerian and friends.
Thursday, March 1
On March 1, audiences have the opportunity to explore dancing to a Latin beat. Mario Girard, dancer and dance teacher, will present the evolution of the tango from its roots in Spain to the Argentine alternative sounds of today.
Thursday, April 5
On April 5, writer and improvisational actress Darlene Cah will challenge the audience to put themselves on a creative edge and explore improvisation.
Thursday, May 3
On May 3, renowned sculptors Dale Weiler and Stoney Lamar will examine a creative process and explore the mind of a sculptor. Weiler and Lamar are sculptors of stone and wood.
Thursday, June 7
June 7, the final program of the series, will explore culinary cultures.
Demonstrations and exhibitions in the “Explore the Arts” series are from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at TFAC. Light refreshments are served. Check the website at www.tryonarts.org for more information, or call 828-859-8322.
– article submitted
by Marianne Carruth

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