Arts events abound as new year gets rolling
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I hope your New Year’s resolutions are holding strong.
If one of those was to be more involved in the arts, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re still looking to sign up for a creative class, consider pottery or sculpture at Cone 10 Studios.
Many of the classes are starting Monday, and they have everything from beginners to advanced, as well as “special topic classes in wheel-thrown pottery, introduction to handbuilding techniques and classes for children,” said co-owner Susan Gregory.
Cone 10 offers students additional time in the studio as well as having access to high-fire reduction.
Class sizes are limited and the cost is between $200 and $220 for each full course. Cone 10 is at 1080-B Morrison Drive. Call 853-3345 or go to www.cone10studios.com.
On Friday, the Gibbes Museum of Art will open two exhibitions that are worthy of your time.
“Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman” will be a sampling of the couple’s personal collection “of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, prints and a number of impressive sculptures,” according to marketing and communications manager Amy Mercer.
The second exhibition is called “Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales.”
These striking photographs will include images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.
Museum Executive Director Angela Mack, said “Both exhibitions shed insight on an incredibly significant period of American history. The photographs of James Karales offer an intimate glimpse of the civil rights movement in action, while Jonathan and Richard’s remarkable collection provides a broader perspective of the 20th century and the diverse influences that have shaped American art and culture.”
There will be a handful of tours led by Green and Weedman as well as the curator for the “Witness to History” exhibit over the next couple of months, so be sure to reserve your spot.
There also will be an Art of Healing cocktail reception on Jan. 31 led by Green and Weedman.
Another exciting event to mark on your calendar is Society 1858’s “Habanero Rhythm” party on Feb. 8. This young professionals auxiliary group of the Gibbes has become known for throwing great parties.
The Gibbes Museum is at 135 Meeting St. Call 722-2706 or go to www.gibbesmuseum.org.
‘This Side of Summer’
Join photographer Jennifer Ervin on Wednesday for her solo show at Jericho Advisors.
Titled “This Side of Summer,” the collection focuses on viewing the world through children’s eyes.
“I chose to use this camera for several reasons,” Ervin said of the Polaroid Land 100 camera she used to shoot the collection. “Most of the images were taken at our family cabin (built in the 1940s), a place where time stands still. ... Not much has changed over its 70 years. The Land 100 camera, an antique itself, creates poetic, dark and mysterious images that lend to the same feel as the cabin and its surroundings.”
Wednesday’s reception is free and open to the public and will take place 5-8 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Ervin’s works will be up through Feb. 20 at Jericho Advisors, 207-A St. Philip St., and can be viewed by appointment by calling 276-6316. Go to www.jerichoadvisors.com.
Starting Friday, Pure Theatre is staging “The Motherf***** With the Hat,” which the acting group describes as “a high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery.”
“Don’t let the title scare you away,” said Pure Theatre’s publicist, Carly Ridgeway. “Although if language offends you, this may not be the show for you. Be prepared for a side-splitting, roller-coaster ride of revenge and emotion.”
Pure Theatre’s website says, “Jackie and Veronica have been soulmates since the eighth grade, but they’ve both got substantial issues with substances. Jackie is now on parole and living clean and sober under the guidance of his sponsor, Ralph D., while Veronica is fiercely loving but far from sober. Still, their love is pure. And true. Nothing can come between them ... except a hat.”
Directed by Gus Smythe and boasting a great cast (Michael Smallwood, David Mandel, Tara Denton Holwenger, Liza Dye and Eric Doucette), this sounds like it’s going to be one heck of a play.
The show will run weekends only through Feb. 2. All evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with a Jan. 20 matinee at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $30, and the show is expected to sell out.
Pure Theatre is at 477 King St. Call 723-4444 or go to www.puretheatre.org.