The Southern Hills Arts Council have elected four to their Board of Trustees. The Southern Hills Arts Council Board consists of no fewer than nine and no more than fifteen (15) persons. Board members are elected by the general membership for a 3-year term. Board trustees must be members of Southern Hills Arts Council in good standing.
Elected to the Board are incumbent Cortney Leach, as well as Dorothy Riepenhoff, Laura Thorne and Dr. Nancy Russell-Fry.
Board of Trustee members have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. A trustee must believe in the purpose and the mission of the organization, and act responsibly and prudently as its steward.
Some of the duties of the Board of Trustees include: attending at least 75% of board meetings, committee meetings, and special events in a calendar year; actively participate in one or more fundraising activities; and work in good faith with staff and other board members as partners towards achievement of the organization’s goals.
The results were announced during the 2017 annual membership meeting that occurred Friday, December 1, at 6 p.m. with a holiday members mixer that followed.
The Southern Hills Arts Council held their annual meeting on Friday, December 1. The meeting served as a wrap up of the Council’s work in 2017 and spotlighted the upcoming year.
During the event, Southern Hills Arts Council Board of Trustees President Cora Willett, announced that the 2017 Southern Hills Arts Council’s Volunteer of the Year was Randy Clawson.
“The recipient of this year’s Volunteer of th Year award can be found is nearly every aspect of SHAC and the Markay! Sometimes you’ll find him backstage or in the tech-booth. He is here sometimes hours before shows for loading-in equipment, assisting during sound checks. He has painted and repaired some of our box office and storage room walls, when needed,” Willett said of Clawson. “At Foothills Art Festival, you can find him on the hanging crew, the card placement crew, the set-up and tear-down crews and many times in between, just to make sure all is ok,” she added.
Clawson is credited with over 100 hours of volunteer hours.
“Always, eager, willing and generous with his time, his abilities and his smiles, we are so glad to be able to award the Volunteer of the Year award to Randy Clawson,” Willett said.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center and the Southern Hills Arts Council have a number of volunteer opportunities. Those interested in volunteering can contact Director of Operatons Jennifer Hughes by calling 740-286-6355 or Box Office Manager Tammy McManis 740-577-3841 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Markey Cultural Arts Center will host an exhibition by Merry Cibula November 17 to December 22. The exhibition is entitled, “Wildlife and Equine Art”
Living in Cameroon, West Africa for six years (where, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Cibula photographed and recorded the art and culture of the people of the Bamenda Grasslands. Her interest in wildlife began with a small collection of animals rescued from
the local markets and traders.
After returning to the States, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Painting, at Ohio University, purchased a farm near Athens, and worked as a large animal vet tech, before directing her interests in animals and photography into her art. “With the horse as my subject, I published several limited edition prints, was an illustrator for the American Quarter Horse Museum, and my work appeared on the covers and in articles of many equine publications,” Cibula said.
A member of the Society of Animal Artists for many years, Cibula’s art found new direction in wildlife. “Working in graphite and colored pencil, I approach my work with a photographer’s eye and attention to detail. Drawn to the moment—the light, the energy of the animal—I prefer close-ups focused on gesture and expression. Off-beat or unusual angles create excitement—a sense of seeing something for the first time—which I hope will encourage, in others, an appreciation for both the beauty and value of the animal I’ve drawn,” Cibula explained.
Meet Merry Cibula at her show’s opening on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. where she will give insight on how some of her pieces were captured, as well as what inspires her art.
The “Wildlife and Equine Art” exhibition will be open from November 17 to December 22 in the Markay Cultural Arts Center’s Gallery, 269 E. Main St., Jackson. The Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and on weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council, with operating funding through the Ohio Arts Council, The Jackson County United Fund, and various donors. Southern Hills Arts Council is a 501
(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Southern Hills Arts Council will be hosting an Art Camp June 26 to June 29, at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main Street, Jackson, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The camp will give children the opportunity to unleash their imagination, while also giving them an introduction to several forms of visual art.
The camp will focus on four artists. The youth will learn about the artist, their art, as well as have hands on art activities.
Those artists are:
• Alexander Calder, (1898-1976), was an American sculptor, known as the originator of the mobile a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents.
• Claude Monet, (1840-1926) was a French Impressionist painter, the most consistent practitioner of the movement philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions of nature.
• Georgia O’Keeffe, (1887-1986), was an American artist. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. She is recognized as the Mother of American modernism.
• Gustav Klimt, ( 862-1918), was an Austrian painter. He is noted for his paintings, murals and sketches. He is best known for his paintings of females influenced by Japanese Art. He is also known for adding gold leaf to his paintings.
Youth in grades five to eight are invited to take part in the camp.
There is a $120 fee for the camp, which includes art supplies that the campers will keep.
Two scholarships are available for interested students. To apply for the scholarships, In 250 to 500 words, answer: “Why do you enjoy art?” (Click the link for the Scholarship Application) Please submit this essay on or before June 16, (Postmarked by June 15, 2017). Scholarship winners will be notified June 19. The application form must accompany the essay, or the name, address, age, school district, telephone and email must be included with a typed essay and returned to SHAC, Attn: Art Camp, PO BOX 149, Jackson, Ohio 45640 or email to Dirctor of Operations Jennifer Hughes, email@example.com
Campers must bring a packed lunch each day and wear appropriate clothing to create art.
The camp is limited to ten. Deadline to sign up is June 19.
The teaching staff of the camp is under the direction of Bob Eisnaugle. Instructors for the camp are Eisnaugle, Paul Brown and Debra Shumate.
Call the Southern Hills Arts Council at 740-286-6355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
A free three-week Musical Theatre Workshop will be offered at the Markay Cultural Arts Center with a professional playwright and director.
The workshop is for ages 12 to 25, however registration is limited. Participants will learn how to create their own 10-minute musicals. The first week will be led by a professional writer and director, then the next two weeks will focus on composing scripts, music and staging. The public will see the end creations at at special performance, Thursday June 22 at 7 p.m.
Pippin Parker will be facilitating the workshop from June 5 to 8. Parker is a writer and director. He is the current Dean of the School of Drama and an Associate Dean of the New School College of Performing Arts. Previously at the School of Drama, he served as Chair of the MFA Playwriting program and as Director of the School, during which time he developed the school’s multidisciplinary BFA degree program. As director, Parker’s work includes Betrayed by George Packer (Lortel Award, Best Play), The Public Theater’s production of Knickerbocker by Jonathan Marc Sherman and the 24 Hour Plays. As writer, his plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles and for radio (The Next Big Thing, NPR) and published by Playscripts, Inc.
Parker has written extensively for animated television series including The Tick and Pocoyo (Kineo Diamante Award, Venice Film Festival) as well as for interactive and new media.
As an actor Parker has appeared on the television series Law and Order and the film Margaret by Kenneth Lonergan.
Parker is a cofounder and former Artistic Director of Naked Angels theater company and has served on the leadership council of The Writers Guild of America, East.
Parker resides in New York City with his wife, Kim and daughter, Imagine. He is the older brother of actress, Sarah Jessica Parker.
June 12-15 the workshop will focus on writing scripts and musical compositions, while June 19-22 the workshop will focus on staging. Those sessions are under the direction of Minda Hager and Greg Miller.
All workshop sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon.
Workshops will be held at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main St., Jackson
Participants must submit an application as soon as possible. Click the link for the application: WorkshopApplication
To pre-register call Greg Miller at 740-645-6306
This workshop is funded by the Imagine Arts Endowment/University of Rio Grande with a partnership with the Southern Hills Arts Council.