The Calaveras Arts Council presents
The Calaveras County Arts Council is delighted to launch our first year supporting Poetry Out Loud. POL is a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The students start by reciting their poems in their classrooms, then move on to a school competition then a county wide competition. The winners of the county-wide competition go to Sacramento to compete against other kids from around California; the winner from the state competition gets an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at a national level. The prizes at the national level are big: $20,000 for the national champion and $10,000 for second place. But even at the local level, there will be awards for the winners.
Organized by Ingrid Hjelmervik, the Calaveras Poetry Out Loud program has already administered it’s first competition on Wednesday, November 28 at Bret Harte High School. Fifteen contestants recited two poems each to a packed house of fellow students who listened intently, clapped and cheered, and encouraged the contestants. The competitors were terrific, with sensitive and entertaining readings of poems like Vachel Lindsay’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight recited by Daniel Abando and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Conqueror Worm dramatically presented by Kayla Auten.
The Calaveras High School competition will be Monday, December 3 at 1 p.m. We are expecting even more students to participate in this contest. The competition is at the Calaveras High School performing arts center and is open to the public (but good luck getting a seat!)
The countywide competition will be January 30 at the Calaveras High School Performing Arts Center.
Poetry Out Loud is an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In California it is administered in the state by the California Arts Council. The Calaveras County Arts Council is proud to be the county administration for this exciting program.
Learn more about this competition at www.capoetryoutloud.org
Touring for art
There’s a lot to see. Thirty artists in nineteen locations will exhibit their artwork, opening normally private studios and homes to the public. You can meet the artists, learn about their artwork, and discover treasures that you’ll want to take home. And this year, some of the artists are participating in an abandoned art project; during the week before the tour, keep your eyes peeled for artwork left in public places as a free gift to the finders.
A few blocks away on Clark Street, oil painter Sue Smith opens her home and studio to show her strongly designed work, featuring landscapes, animals, and portraits.
From Sheep Ranch, Dorrington to Murphys
In Dorrington, Ann Nancy Macomber says that people say they like to start their tours at her studio, where they can see her award-winning acrylic and watercolor paintings. From there, it’s an easy drive down Highway 4 to Arnold, where Ruth Morrow, a venerable, well-known and well-loved artist holds court in her studio that’s chockablock with paintings and found-object assemblage. This year Heidi Gaissert joins the tour, displaying hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics at her studio on Meadow View Road.
The elegance of letterpress printing is unmatched in our modern world, and Ryan Anderson aims to bring it back to Murphys in his print shop and studio off French Gulch Road. Come learn about this vintage art form and take home posters and cards that will inspire.
A special preview reception with light refreshments will be at the Arts Council Gallery on Main Street in San Andreas on September 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
September 22-23, 2018
Free, self-guided Tour
Save the date: May 12 noon to 4
Have some Pre-Mother's Day fun in San Andreas with the Calaveras County Arts Council
Family event for Motherhood
“We wanted to do something fun for families and kids in our county,” Kathy Mazzaferro, executive director said. “We want people to know that the Arts Council is a fun resource for all ages.” Event chairperson Fara Roberts added, “This will be an opportunity for families to have fun while experiencing the arts council gallery as well as the old buildings of main street. It is an opportunity to open an art show to more people in the community and have them become involved with the arts council.”
The show will feature artwork about motherhood by local artists, as well as poems and prose. If you wish to read your work, sing a song, or tell a story about motherhood, contact the Arts Council at 209/754-1774 for more information.
In addition to exhibiting artwork by local area artists, this show will feature artwork by local mothers. The project, also called Motherhood, invited women at local mothers groups to express their feelings about motherhood on 6” x 6” canvases. According to Roberts, “Mothers throughout the community, from different walks of life in their motherhood, are expressing on the canvases what motherhood is to them. This is an opportunity for them to be creative, to collaborate on one installation that reflects what mothers experience.” The resulting artwork will be hung together, as one young mother said, “like a patchwork quilt.”
An additional display of artwork from the students of Toyon Middle School will provide another perspective of motherhood. “I like kids’ artwork because it’s uninhibited,” said Mazzaferro. “Children’s artwork frequently has a truth to it that adults are hesitant to express.”
The gallery show will extend from May 4 to June 16.
Gallery: 22 North Main St., San Andreas, CA 95249
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Theater in schools
The shows are entertaining for the kids, to be sure, but they’re about more than just a good show. B Street Theater brings study guides for the teachers that prompt discussions about writing, telling stories, and the themes of the plays, and offer suggestions for kids to write their own stories.
Jenny Lind Fine Arts day
Teacher and volunteers and professional artists work in classrooms giving art lessons for the kids. Past lessons have included spin art, butterflies out of coffee filters, and photography. The kids have had drama, music, and an assembly where they got to watch dancers from the Top Hat School of Dance from Burson.
Our membership drive is gearing up! Join or renew your membership before May 15 and get an extra month free!
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