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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
Artist Karisa DeLay will have her ‘Bare Wings’ exhibit on display at The Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson from March 31-April 17.
The artist explains that the ‘Bare Wings’ experience will be pieces of art that draw close to the artist’s passion for spiritual world and the emotions of the Angels surrounding us.
DeLay is a full time wife and mother of four daughters, a salon owner/operator at The LOCAL Salon & Spa, a published author with two novels, occasional blogger at www.karisadelay.com , and the owner of The LOCAL Gallery in downtown Jackson, where she helps other local artists sell their art through the gallery and online.
Karisa finds inspiration through those nearest to her and by the talents God has given her to share with those around her.
Meet the artist on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. where she will discuss her work and the inspiration behind the pieces.
“Bare Wings” will be on exhibit from March 31 until April 17 in the Markay Gallery. There is not cost to view the exhibit.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends 1 to 3 p.m. It is also open during performances in the theatre. Viewings by appointments are also available by calling 740-286-6355. There is no charge to view the exhibit.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is under the operation of the Southern Hills Arts Council, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, whose mission is to be a vehicle for experiencing the arts.
For more visit www.southernhillsartscouncil.org or www.markayjackson.org.
The Southern Hills Arts Council is inviting Jackson County Veterans to submit their art for exhibition in the Markay Cultural Arts Center’s Gallery from October
November 12, 2017.
The art will be the featured art on exhibition in the Veterans Art Show from October 27 to Nov. 12, 2017, at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main St., Jackson.
All artwork must be no larger than 36 inches x 36 inches, including the frame, and can weight no more than 15 lbs. The art must be ready to hang upon arrival. The artwork should be original in design, concept, and execution. No art work with nudity will be accepted.
Acceptable media include:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolors
• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor
• Computer-generated art
• Sculpture: clay, wood, ceramics or metal.
Artists have the opportunity to sell their work to the public during this show.
There is no cost to participate, however advanced registration is required before October 1, with art drop off set for October 23 from noon to 5 p.m.
To participate contact the Southern Hills Arts Council, by calling 740-286-6355 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Markay Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
The Southern Hills Arts Council is excited to announce that the Markay Cultural Arts Center will now be able to show motion pictures.
A generous donation funded the electric roll down 24 foot by 10 foot, 6 inch screen and the digital cinema projector. “The new equipment will also facilitate the ability for meetings to take place in the auditorium with connectivity to broadcast presentations on the screen,” said Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes.
“This is very exciting for us,” said Hughes. “This equipment opens another avenue for us to share the arts experience with our community.”
Movies at the Markay will first be shown on Saturday, February 11 at 3 and 7 p.m. Hughes explained that the classic movie that will be shown is one of the most memorable of all film experiences, a true Hollywood legend. Hughes said “Casablanca” is about wartime refugees who gather in Morocco to obtain scarce exit visas to Lisbon. The final airport sequence is an event not to be forgotten. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman fans will not want to miss this event.
Tickets for the movie are on sale now for $5. Hughes said that through partnership with local businesses, Elizabeth’s Flowers and Michael’s Ice Cream for an additional $15 the Sweetheart Special is available for advance purchase, which includes a single red rose, roasted peanuts and assorted chocolates. Those attending the first Movies at the Markay event, will get 10% off their meal (excludes alcohol) at Arch and Eddie’s (181 E. Main St., Jackson) on Feb. 11, 2017 only, when they show their movie ticket.
Concessions, including authentic movie theatre popcorn, from TriCity Theater will be available.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.markaytickets.org or calling the Walnut Hills Neighborhood Box Office at the Markay at 740-577-3841 or by stopping by the box office, 269 E. Main St., Jackson, Ohio Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. or before performances on Jan. 28, Feb. 3 or Feb. 10.
The Apple Country Quilt Show opened on Friday, July 15 at and runs until August 21 at the Markay Cultural Arts Center. Several quilts are on display.
Those having quilts on display are:
The lady who designed the quilt studied the books of the Bible and Apocrypha. The blocks represent the 39 books of the Old Testament, seven books of the Apocrypha and 27 books of the New Testament. For each block she chose a quilt design, which represented the meaning of the book, in her opinion.
The Markay Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The Markay Cultural Arts Center is located at 269 E. Main St., in Jackson.
After three weeks of honing their acting and auditioning skills, several area youth will take the stage to showcase what they have learned in the acting and audition workshop, that was hosted at the Markay this month.
The workshop was offered free to area youth through a grant from the Imagine Arts Endowment, which was facilitated by The University of Rio Grande.
The workshop’s first week was under the direction of Candy Kaniecki from West End Studio in Los Angeles, California. The following weeks were under the direction of Minda Hager, Seth Argabright and Dr. Greg Miller.
“The students have been researching and writing profiles, monologues, dialogues, and songs while learning some of the material made famous by various Jackson County natives who made significant careers in the arts,” explained Miller. He went on to say that the students have been exploring the historical films, musical and literary styles of prior generations of these prominent entertainers who called Jackson County home. Those former Jackson County natives are: Frank Cavett, Ben Ames Williams, Frank Crumit, Carl Summers, Isham Jones, Strickland Gillilan, The Edwards Sisters Quartet, and Brooks Jones.
Miller explained that the students are preparing solos and monologues and will toss in a few surprises for the audience to enjoy.
Small Town, Big Dreams will be presented on the Markay stage, on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Any donations will be gifted to the Markay Cultural Arts Center.
The following youth will be participating in the performance:
• Emma Mathews, 15, of Jackson, is the daughter of Tammy Byler and the grand daughter of Lynn Byler. She attends 10th grade at Jackson High School. Emma has performed in the following productions: Annie as Tessie; Into the Woods, as a member of the chorus; You Can’t Take it with You as Donald; and as Adella in The Little Mermaid.
“It’s exciting to be involved in a program like this and to be working with so many other great actors and actresses,” Emma said of what it meant to her to have access to this workshop.
Emma hopes to continue acting as a career, but if not, she wants to stay involved with productions.
• Kendra Perry, 17, of Jackson, is the daughter of John Perry and Michelle Sanborn. She is a senior at Jackson High School. Kendra has performed in the following roles: Doris in Miracle on 34th Street; Grace in Annie; Dari in The Jungle Book; Cinderella in Into the Woods; Alice in You Can’t Take it with You; Ariel in The Little Mermaid, all productions by the JHS Drama Club; as well as the role of Emma in Emma at the RTG Theatre Guild.
Kendra said that she always had a passion for acting and theatre, adding that there is always more to learn. “I wanted to take this workshop to stay involved and learn as much as a I can,” Kendra explained.
“I hope to gain confidence and basic improve and acting skills,” Kendra said. “I also hope to learn the difference in acting for film and acting for theatre.”
Kendra hopes to major in performance in college and one day act professionally.
• Emily Polcyn, 15, the daughter of Carol and Anthony Polcyn, attends the 10th grade at Jackson High School.
Emily has had the following roles: Jetsam in the Little Mermaid; Kate in Annie, Gay Wellington in You Can’t Take it with You; Harriet in Emma; Alice in Alice in Wonderland Jr.; and in the chorus in Oliver.
Emily hopes to hone her audition skills, cold reading skills and processes for understanding and developing a character.
“This workshop is a great opportunity in a town where acting classes are hard to come by. It teaches me skills I can use as an actress in the future.
Emily plans to attend college for musical theatre.
• Marah Hager, 18, of Rio Grande, is the daughter of Minda Hager. She is a junior at the University of Rio Grande, double majoring in Theatre and English. “I am interested in a MFA in theater eventually. I will go wherever opportunity takes me.”
Marah has held roles in That was Bob (waitress), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Christmas with a Welsh Accent (ghost) and Emma! A pop musical (Emma).
Marah took the workshop to gain more experience and to learn new techniques. She hoped to strengthen her overall acting, as well as be a better character and have better character interaction.
• Courtney Polcyn, 16, the daughter of Carol and Anthony Polcyn, attends the 11th grade at Jackson High School.
Courtney has played the following roles: Kaa in The Jungle Book; Florinda in Into the Woods; June Fairfax in Emma; The Duchess in You Can’t Take it with You; and The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
“I attended the workshop to improve my acting skills and to gain confidence in public speaking,” Courtney said. She hoped to learn how to improve her cold reading, improve and audition skills, as well as how to analyze a script.
“Even though I am not planning on acting as a career, I do plan to continue doing community theatre,” Courtney said of her future acting aspirations.
• Savannah Crisp, 16, of Jackson, is the daughter of Crystal Crisp and Matt. She is a junior at Jackson High School.
Her prior acting roles were in Annie, The Jungle Book as a wolf cub; and Cinderella’s Dead mother in Into the Woods. She also has had a role in the French Art Colony’s production of Emma!, A pop musical.
“I hope to learn how to make a performance more real and how to get more in character,” Savannah explained as to why she attended the workshop. She plans to continue to participate in community theatre.
• Derek McCarty, 16, is the son of Tammy and Roy McCarty of Oak Hill. Derek is a junior at Oak Hill High School. His previous acting roles include the Baker in Beauty and the Beast; the Mayor in the Wizard of Oz; Mike T.V. in Willy Wonka; Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid; Scar in The Lion King and is slated to be the Genie in Aladdin this upcoming school year.
Derek took the workshop because he wanted to improve his acting skills. He explained that he hopes the workshop will help him become the character better.
“It was an amazing experience to participate in this class,” Derek said. He hopes to eventually become a professional actor.
• KeAnn Wilson, 16, of Oak Hill, the daughter of Nikiah Wolfe and John Wolfe. She attends the 11th grade at Oak Hill High School. Her previous acting roles were a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz; an Oomph Loompa in Willy Wonka; Allana in The Little Mermaid, Rafiki in The Lion King and will be starring as Jasmine in the upcoming OHHS production of Aladdin.
“I decided to take this acting workshop to learn more about acting and improve,” KeAnn said. “I hope to learn how to become a better actress,” she explained.
“It’s a pretty big opportunity,” KeAnn said of the workshop. “There aren’t places around here that offer acting classes or anything of the sort and I’m glad I could do this.”
KeAnn said it is her dream to become a professional actress.
• Lindsey Polcyn, 18, of Jackson, is the daughter of Carol and Anthony Polcyn. Lindsey is a Freshman at Capital University. She has undertaken the following roles: Mrs. Armstrong in the Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever; sang in the chorus on Oklahoma; Judge Harper in Miracle on 34th St.; Miss Hannigan in Annie; Shere Khan in The Jungle Book; the Baker’s wife in Into the Woods; Grandma Vanderhoff in You Can’t Take it with You and was Ursula in The Little Mermaid.
“I wanted to further hone my skills as an actress so I can have success in the Operatic Field that I am pursuing,” Lindsey said. “I hope to learn to trust myself as an actress and not rely on what I think the audience wants. I want to be the most genuine version of myself,” she said of what she hoped to learn during the workshop.
“In an area like this, it is often difficult to have access to accelerated studies in the arts outside of high school. This allows those who are truly passionate to learn more about the basics of acting,” Lindsey said of how access to the workshop was important to her.
Lindsey wants to pursue Opera performance in he future. ”I plan to travel around the world and perform,” she said.
• Lillian Sizemore, 14, of Vinton County, is the daughter of Katie and Phil Sizemore. She will be in the 9th grade at Wellston High School in the Fall. Lillian’s past acting roles include Ariel in The Little Mermaid; Harriet in Emma!; Celeste in an Ohio University student film Clairvoyant; Gracie in Songs for Myself; a musical; and was an extra in another Ohio University Student Film titled Doll.
“I’ve already learned important lessons from this class and I hope to learn more,” Lillian said. “I hope to learn how to come out of my shell more and be less nervous I professional situations. I want to learn skills that will help me in a career,” Lillian explained as what she hoped to learn during the workshop.
“I want to work in film,” Lillian said of her acting aspirations. “I want to not only act in film, but I also want to write and work around them.”
• Lilian Colley, 10, of Rio Grande. She is the daughter of Lucia Jones. She attends the fifth grade at Rio Grande Elementary.
Lilian has acted the lead in four Ohio University Film School productions, and one supporting role. She has been in two films; Mother and When Skies are Gray, which was shown at International Film Festivals. She has also acted in several RTG plays and University of Rio Grande Theater.
Lilian hopes to learn how to work better with other actors. Her future acting aspirations include working in film and television.