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OVB unveils Markay Debit Card design

On May 19, Ohio Valley Bank unveiled its new Markay Cultural Arts Center debit card design as part of its Community First debit card program. The Markay MasterCard® debit card is now available at all Ohio Valley Bank locations, including the Milton Banking Company Division locations.
The Markay will receive five dollars for every OVB customer that chooses to upgrade to the new card design. This debit card is the twenty-fourth local design released by Ohio Valley Bank in an effort to make a positive impact on its communities.

“We are excited to be partnering with OVB. This partnership will allow us to continue in our mission to be a vehicle for experiencing the arts in our area,” said Jennifer Hughes, Director of Operations, Southern Hills Arts Council.

The card design features a theatre stage with brilliant red curtains and the Markay’s unique, marquee-style logo. A repeating overlay of the Southern Hills Arts Council logo is the finishing touch. Through the Community First debit card program, bank account holders may upgrade the look of their debit card to one designed for their favorite local school or charity. The upgrade is available for a ten dollar fee with half donated back to the school or charity.

Designs are also available for the Jackson County Apple Festival, Jackson High School, Wellston High School, and Jackson County Friends of 4-H. Bank staff are currently working to add more local designs to the mix. Officials from schools or local charities wishing to participate in the program should email communityfirst@ovbc.com. More information on the cards and a look at the currently available designs can be found at www.ovbc.com/communitycards.

Ohio Valley Bank, established in 1872 operates 19 offices in Ohio and West Virginia. The Bank’s parent company, Ohio Valley Banc Corp., also owns Loan Central, a consumer finance company specializing in tax services. Common stock for Ohio Valley Banc Corp. is traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol OVBC

We are open!

WE ARE OPEN during our minor contruction project!
Please use the 271 E. Main Street entrance for Southern Hills Arts Council and the Markay Box Office during normal business hours.

Dabble in the Arts (4-week Course)

Are you an aspiring artist, or someone who wants to find out a little more about visual arts? Have you wanted to learn the fundamentals of drawing, or lean about painting or watercolors? The Southern Hills Arts Council is offering a four-session course so you can dabble in the arts.

This course will reacquaint you to art. Perfect for those who are craving a creative outlet, or just want to see if they have a raw, untapped talent, or if they just want to find an alternate activity that gets them out of the house and away from the adulting responsibilities of yard work and laundry.

Large_DabbleArts_LogoSeveral art mediums will be discussed and practiced. Students will leave each class with an art project they created. Learn the fundamentals of drawing by working with pencils, charcoal and pastels. Paint on canvas and learn about acrylic, and oil paints, watercolor, brush techniques, and finding inspiration. Work from still life set ups and photographs. Focus on the basics, build skills, and learn how to see as an artist, while working from your own photos, a personal still life, and more.

Classes will be held May 13, May 20, June 3 and June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bob Eisnaugle will be teaching about the fundamentals of drawing on May 13. Paul Brown will be teaching about pastels on May 20. Paul Brown will be teaching about Acrylics on June 3. Kit Dailey will be teaching about Watercolor on June 10.

All Art classes offered by the Southern Hills Arts Council

in the Markay Cultural Arts Center’s classroom, 271 E. Main Street, Jackson.

Class size is limited to eight.

Course fees are $130 and includes most materials you will need to take the course, except for the Fundamentals of Drawing Kit, which must be purchased for $25. The Kit includes:12 Graphite from H to B, Ultra Soft Woodless 6B and 3 Charcoal Pencils, Graphite Sticks, White Vinyl and Kneaded Erasers, Double Hole and Regular Sharpeners, as well as a Knife, Blending Stumps, Sandpaper Pointer and Pencil Extender, meet all your artistic needs. 16 sheets of 5.7″X7.9” (A5) sketch paper, great for use with pencils and suitable for charcoal. The kit includes a wide variety of pencils, charcoals, graphite, charcoal sticks and much more in soft, medium and hard grades for shading and drawing larger areas. The sketching drawing kit comes with a carrying zipper case to store and preserve your supplies. Southern Hills Arts Council members receive a $15 discount on the course.

Must reserve your spot by May 10.

This course may be canceled or rescheduled if class size requirement is not met.

To sign up for a class, call SHAC at 740-286.6355 or email jhughes@markayjackson.org

Southern Hills Arts Council is a 501c3 not for profit organization whose mission is be a vehicle for the community to experience the arts.

Evening with the Arts – “Mad for the Markay” – will be held Saturday, May 20

The 2017 Evening with the Arts – “Mad for the Markay” – will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Jackson Area YMCA beginning at 7p.m.

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Entertainment will be provided by “The Menus,” a Cincinnati-based rock ’n’ roll cover band. They will play your favorites from artists such as John Mellencamp, The Doors, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and The Beetles, along with some weird and wacky antics to keep the crowd rolling.
Included with your ticket is delicious food and desserts catered by The Wounded Goose and a gourmet coffee bar provided by The Spot on Main. A cash bar will be available featuring craft beer selections from Sixth Sense Brewing Company, as well as a variety of wines. A live art auction, a silent auction, and the traditional “Match Pack” and AL Terry Jewelry Chest will round out the evening.
“This year we have a “Mad Hatter / Alice in Wonderland” theme,” said Debra Shumate, 2017 Evening With the Arts Committee Chair. “We hope the community will come out and have a great time, while raising funds to continue the wonderful programming of the Southern Hills Arts Council and the Markay Cultural Arts Center. I have a great planning committee this year who are working hard to make sure everyone who attends has a fabulous time! We are keeping traditional favorites like the art auction, match pack, and the AL Terry Jewelry Chest, while introducing new entertainment and more variety in food and drinks.”

The Menus

The Menus

Tickets are $30/person advance purchase, $40/person at the door, or $275 for a reserved table of 8. Tickets can be purchased at the Walnut Hills Neighborhood Box Office located inside the Markay (open Wednesdays through Fridays 12-5 p.m.), by calling 740.577.3841, or online at http://markaytickets.org .
Thank you to our Red Queen Sponsors – The LOCAL Gallery, Holzer Health System, and AL Terry Jewelers, as well as all of our other sponsors and donors. For more information about the 2017 Evening with the Arts or the Southern Hills Arts Council, please visit http://www.southernhillsartscouncil.org .

Invitation to Bid “Markay Sidewalk Star Installation”

To Whom It May Concern:

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay Cultural Arts Center will be accepting bid proposals for the referenced “Markay Sidewalk Star Installation.” Bids must be received by no later than 04/25/2017 at 4:00 PM. Bids received after this date and/or time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened to the sender.

The purpose of this project is to install bronze stars and make repairs to drainage and sidewalk.

Key components of this project include:

  1. Remove the existing concrete slab that extends from the front of the Markay Cultural Arts Center.
  2. Install concrete reinforcing mesh.
  3. Compact existing sub-grade.
  4. Install new storm leader and connect the existing downspout to whatever is necessary to direct the water away from the building.
  5. Install concrete reinforcing mesh
  6. Installation of the 12 Bronze Stars (24″ x 24″ each). Each Star is threaded for attachment to stainless steel anchors.
  7. Pour new 4,500 psi with air concrete to align to the existing entrances and provide positive slope away from the building.
  8. Work must be started and completed in the month of May, 2017, and scheduled around events held at the venue.

If you are interested in submitting a bid, it should be delivered to the name and address listed below in a sealed envelope labeled as follows:

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay

Bid Submission Attn: Jennifer Hughes

271 E.Main St.

Jackson, Ohio 45640

To receive the full bid package, interested bidders MUST schedule a site visit by contacting Mrs. Jennifer Hughes at 740-286-6355. Visits will be scheduled between 04/17/2017 and 04/25/2017 at The Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 East Main Street, Ohio 45640.

Bids must be must be typed or printed and then signed in ink.

All bids received by the deadline date and time shall be reviewed by Jennifer Hughes. All bids must include all requested work items, conform to the Project Standards/Specifications and be responsive, accurate, and cost reasonable. SHAC/Markay will select the contractor to perform all construction work required and the contract will be executed between SHAC/Markay and the winning contractor.

You are reminded to bid only on those items designated. In the event the owner should request additional work or deletion of any work from the write-up while you are inspecting the property, or should you feel additional work is required, list those items with costs on a separate piece of paper or letterhead stationery. All additional items will be considered separately from the base bid and consideration of any changes will be negotiated with the owner after the bid opening. A refundable secured bid bond in the amount of $25,000 will be required to obtain a full bid package during the scheduled visit. Upon the satisfactory return of the full bid package, in good condition, and no later than 04/25/17, will be refunded within 30 day(s) after return of the full bid package.

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay has the right to reject any and all bids at their sole discretion. Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the items on the work write-up, please contact Jennifer Hughes for clarification prior to bidding. You are reminded that your bid should be inclusive of all taxes, fees and permits.

Upon selection of the winning contractor, SHAC/Markay will send a Bid Award Notice to the selected contractor. The Bid Award Notice will advise the selected contractor of the date, time and location of the pre-construction conference that must take place before any work can begin. Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-construction conference, SHACl/Markay will issue a “Notice to Proceed,” which must be executed by the selected contractor as well.

Artist Emalea Rupe’s work to be on display at the Markay Gallery


Emalea Rupe

Emalea Rupe’s works of art will be on display at the Markay Cultural Arts Center beginning Friday, April 21.
Rupe explains that art begins with a thought, an image in the mind, as well as our perception of the world around us. “Being a quiet person, interaction with others has never come easy. This exhibit is in part a creative view of what it feels like to be me, as I share ideas through painting, photography, and ceramics,” the artist added about her show.
“Every aspect of our personality makes us who we are, whether it be a part of ourselves we share with the world or struggles we carry within. For some, outward interactions come easy, for others it does not. You re-think and over-think everything,” Rupe said. “With eyes closed you may become disconnected and somewhat invisible as others look your way but never really see,” she added.
From Apple Grove, West Virginia, Rupe completed her Associates degree in Fine Art in 2013 and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, with a minor in Photography from the University of Rio Grande in 2016. She was introduced to art at a young age and decided to make it a career. She enjoys working on commission portraits and is currently taking on larger projects for local businesses in Rio Grande.

Her works have been displayed in various shows, including several student shows at the Greer Museum at URG, French Art Colony, the Markay Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 409 Gallery, Point Pleasant River Museum, Marshall University, Huntington Museum of Art, Southern Ohio ceramic_erupe2Museum and the Parkersburg Arts Center. She has also been involved in three Provost’s Academic Excellence Initiative projects and did a collaborated painting of the Welsh mural in Rio Grande, as well as a mural in Rio Grande Memorial Park. Recently, her drawing of Ann Griffiths was added to a poster displayed at a Baptist Church in South Wales.

Meet Emalea Rupe on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. during the opening reception where she will discuss her inspiration and art practices. The opening reception is free and open to the community. Her work will remain on display until May 28.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is located at 269 E. Main Street, Jackson. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a vehicle for the community to experience the arts.photography_erupe1
For more on the Markay Cultural Arts Center visit www.markayjackson.org.

Annual Flower Sale Fundraiser is underway

Dahilas, mixedThe Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) Annual Flower Sale Fundraiser is underway!
As you plan your gardens this year, or are looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, please remember to support SHAC by purchasing your hanging baskets and bedding plants through them.  SHAC has partnered again with Marvin’s Gardens of Jackson to provide an excellent selection of beautiful foliage to fill your landscape.

SHAC’s Flower Sale committee member, Cortney Leach and Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes visited Marvin’s Gardens and with the help and advice of the Marvin’s Gardens team chose wonderful varieties of hanging baskets and potted plants. “I am so excited to see all the wonderful flowers once fully grown! The colors and varieties are just breathtaking,” Leach commented.

The Flower Sale was debuted at the Jackson Spring Showcase with order forms being mailed the next week.  SHAC’s Flower Sale allows you to pre-order from a selection of ten different hanging basket varieties in a twelve inch basket, a selection of ten different hanging basket varieties in a ten inch basket, including Boston Ferns and Bridal Veil; as well as flats of bedding plants such as Geraniums, Dahlias, Zinnias, Petunias, Vinca, Begonias, and much, much more.

Those wishing to order can do so by visiting the Markay Cultural Arts Center located at 269-271 E. Main Street, Jackson Ohio or by visiting http://southernhillsartscouncil.com/annual-events/annual-flower-sale/.
If you didn’t receive an order form through the mail Jennifer Hughes says not to worry. You can pick up the catalog and order form at the Markay.

Orders are to be placed by Thursday, April 20 and picked up on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the home of Scott and Kayla Massie, 125 Gay Street, Jackson.  Orders over $75 and within Jackson County, Ohio qualify for free delivery!

Orders can be sent to Southern Hills Arts Council at PO Box 149, Jackson, Ohio 45640. Payment can be sent with the order by check or you can call us at 740-286-6355 to place an order over the phone and pay with a credit card.

The Southern Hills Arts Council is an organization that works to enhance the quality life in the region by encouraging and stimulating the practice and appreciation of the arts. Supporting this fundraiser enables SHAC to continue to grow.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Hughes, at jhughes@markayjackson.org, or call 740-286-6355.

SHAC thanks you in advance for your support.

‘Bare Wings” exhibit to be on display at the Markay

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.

"Exhausted Freedom", pictured, expresses the burdens we put on our Angels as we tug back and forth screaming "America".  The Angels that watch over us do so without prejudice, or judgment. This painting shows the emotional drain we put our guardian angels through during this rough road we have in America. 
The upcoming show for Karisa DeLay will be called 'Bare Wings' featuring the emotions of angels.

“Exhausted Freedom”, pictured, expresses the burdens we put on our Angels as we tug back and forth screaming “America”. The Angels that watch over us do so without prejudice, or judgment. This painting shows the emotional drain we put our guardian angels through during this rough road we have in America. 
The upcoming show for Karisa DeLay will be called ‘Bare Wings’ featuring the emotions of angels.

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.

Veterans asked to participate in Art Show

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
27 to
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 incluVeteransArtShowLogode:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolors
• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
• Collage

• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor
• Computer-generated art

• Photography
• 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: jhughes@markayjackson.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 Dixie Swim Club” to take over Markay stage

Pictured are members of The Dixie Swim Club cast. Pictured in front, from left, are Laura Miller as Lexie, Maria Hampton as Dinah, and Cassie Walker as Sheree. Pictured standing, from left are Elaine Wheeler as Vernadette and Lucia Colley Jones as Jeri Neal.

Pictured are members of The Dixie Swim Club cast. Pictured in front, from left, are Laura Miller as Lexie, Maria Hampton as Dinah, and Cassie Walker as Sheree. Pictured standing, from left are Elaine Wheeler as Vernadette and Lucia Colley Jones as Jeri Neal.

The Riverby Theatre Guild’s production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will take the Markay stage on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
The comedy with a touch of southern charm, directed by Michelle Miller, takes the audience on a journey of life and friendship. Each August, college friends Lexie (Laura Miller), Jeri Neal (Lucia Jones), Dinah (Mariah Hampton), Sheree (Cassie Walker) and Vernadette (Elaine Wheeler) meet for one weekend in August, in a small beachside cottage, to share a weekend of fun and laughter, free of distractions. The audience is invited to join them as they catch up, laugh and help each other through life’s trials and tribulations. From ex-husbands and plastic surgery to life’s many up and downs, these five friends are there to talk each other through it all. The “Dixie Swim Club is a funny testament to the enduring power of friendship.
About the Actors:
• Laura Miller (Lexie) – Is a newcomer to the area. Her past favorite performances include Gypsy (Electra), Plaza Suite (Karen), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie). When not on stage, you may find her walking dogs at the K-9 shelter or training for triathlons.
• Cassie Walker (Sheree) has enjoyed being in and around theatre her entire life. She has been both in front and behind the curtain. From Bye Bye Birdie in High School, Plaza Suite in college, church venues and most recently the RTG fall production of Witches, Britches, Rings and Things.
• Maria Hampton (Dinah) is thrilled to take the stage with this wonderful cast of ladies and terrific director, Michelle Miller. Being a part of the cast of Les Miserables was her first experience in musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been: Daddy’s Girl (Darlynn), Alibi’s (Hope), How the Other Half Dies (Officer Newbie). Maria is a mixed media artist and quite a bookworm.
• Elaine Wheeler (Vernadette) is very excited to be “one of the girls” in the Riverby Theatre Guild’s production of The Dixie Swim Club. Her theatre credits include musicals: Emma! – A Pop Musical, Annie, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof; children’s productions: The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland; and comedies such as How the Other Half Dies and the Ladies of Harmony. As well as performing, Elaine also enjoys singing and teaching line dance.
• Lucia Colley Jones (Jeri Neal) obtained her BA in Performing Arts from The University of Rio Grande. She is the Program Coordinator at The French Art Colony and Riverby Theatre Guild. She truly enjoys working with children in the arts. Some past favorite performances include: That Was Bob, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Tommy, and more. As a classically trained soprano, her role as Monica, in The Medium, holds a special place in her heart. She is an actor, singer, teacher, wife and mother.
• Michelle Miller, Dixie Swim Club’s Director, graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a degree in technical theatre. Since its inception, she has assisted the Riverby Theatre Guild as a director, techie and, on very rare occasion, a cast member. Over the years, Michelle has directed a variety of shows, including Misery, Wait Until Dark, A Christmas Story, Rednecks Undo Christmas, The Woman in Black, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alibis, Oliver and 12 Angry Jurors. She lives in Gallipolis with her husband Tim and children, Trent and Sydney.

To purchase tickets, call the Markay’s Box Office at 740-577-3841 or visit www.markayjackson.org . Tickets can also be purchased at the Markay box office, Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center, under the care of the Southern Hills Arts Council, is located at 269 E. Main St., Jackson, Ohio.