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Ashland Area Chorus Invites Locals to Sing in Abbreviated Summer Session

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Locals to Sing in Abbreviated Summer Session

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), a non-auditioned mixed choir of 40-60 participants, invites local singers to join them for the short summer session and to perform with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. The four-week rehearsal schedule meets for four consecutive Mondays on June 5, 12, 19, 26. Each rehearsal is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Ashland University in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts (formerly the Arts and Humanities building). The session will conclude on Sunday, July 2, with a live performance of light, popular and patriotic tunes with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for the Pops In the Park concert at Brookside Park Band Shell.

The Chorus is open to the entire Ashland community and beyond, with previous singers traveling from Richland, Medina, Wayne, Holmes and Crawford counties. Previous choral experience is helpful and encouraged. While there are no strict age limits, singers under 18 must be approved by the director. There is no cost to the singer for the summer session.

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery Announces Awards

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery Announces Awards

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University has announced the awards for the regional juried exhibition featuring 18 members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The juror for the exhibition was Cathy Welner, watercolorist from Richfield, Ohio.

An opening reception was held on Friday, May 19, with $450 in awards announced, including Best in Show that went to MP Marion for an acrylic painting titled “Inside and Through”; first place to Mary J Ferretti’s digital print on metal titled “Faith”; second place to Nancy Pierce for her Prismacolor pencil drawing titled “Ghost Dancer”; and six Juror Honorable Mentions to Janet Wells for her pastels titled “Mohican”; Cynthia Petry for her mixed media work titled “Blackness and Whiteness Relic 1”; Nancy Dupre’s digital photograph titled “Faux Fleur”; Marty Lee’s oil painting titled “Harvest Ghost”; Bea North’s fused glass titled “Triptych”; and Barb Morejon’s wool felted wool jacket titled “Make A Splash.”

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Feature Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Feature Exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will hold a juried exhibition featuring 48 works created by the members of the Ashland Community Arts League. The exhibition opens Friday, May 19, and the works on view will range from painting, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, printmaking, glass and mixed media.

The juror for the exhibition was watercolorist Cathy Welner from Richfield, Ohio. For over 28 years, Welner has been teaching watercolor and has served as faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a recent workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

Ashland University Students Receive Award at Conference

Ashland University psychology students Emily Wirtz and Danielle Bruno received a regional research award from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago on April 20.

Their research project, titled The Effects of Aggression on Ability, was one of 20 award winners out of the 600 research abstracts that were submitted to the MPA conference. In addition to being recognized at a banquet in Chicago, they were awarded a certificate and $400.

Ashland University Students Receive Award at Conference

Fox News Program Host Tucker Carlson to Speak at 32nd Annual Ashbrook Memorial Dinner on June 3

Fox News Program Host Tucker Carlson to Speak at 32nd Annual Ashbrook Memorial Dinner on June 3

Primetime Fox News program host Tucker Carlson will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Ashland University. Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center, this event has hosted many political leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ed Rollins, Colin Powell and John Boehner.

The dinner program will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. Tickets for this Ashbrook event are $250 per person. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available for an additional cost. Tables of 10 are available in different price packages and include reception tickets, program recognition and preferred table location.

Ashland Community Arts League Juried Exhibition: Call for Entries

Ashland Community Arts League Juried Exhibition: Call for Entries

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery and the Ashland Community Arts League (AshCAL) are seeking works for the 2017 Juried Member Exhibition that will run from May 19 to June 17 in the Coburn Gallery on the AU campus.

The exhibition is open to all artists who are current members of AshCAL. New members may join for a reduced membership fee ($30 for 2017) at the time of entry. Completed entrant information cards, entry fee and work with labels attached must be provided at the time of entry.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Art Camp and Art Day

Ashland University Coburn Gallery to Hold Art Camp and Art Day

The Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University campus will be holding a Summer Art Camp, which will offer both an intensive one-week session and one day art experience for young artists.

Students of a variety of ages will learn how to use many art media and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture in these sessions. Those attending will develop a cultural appreciation and aesthetic awareness as they explore different art forms and develop their own talent for self-expression.

Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

Ashland University Senior Art Exhibition Awards Presented

The Ashland University 2017 Senior Art Exhibition awards were presented by Daniel McDonald, chair of the AU Art Department, on April 20, at the Coburn Art Gallery opening reception.

Alicia Jones was selected as the senior art award recipient by the AU Art Department faculty. Jones’ artworks bring light to the stigmas of difficult topics that many face or fear facing and the taboo nature of the individuals going through them to talk about them.

Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

Three Vocal Ensembles Featured in Spring Choral Collage Concert

The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and the Women’s Chorus will present a spring choral concert program of an eclectic mix from American compositions to spirituals and a cappella pieces during a “Choral Collage Concert” on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir and Chamber Singers. After its spring tour in Germany and a concert with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, the University Choir has prepared three great works by American composers for its final concert of the year. The selections include Randall Thompson's The Last Words of David (text from Biblical book of II Samuel), Z. Randall Stroope's Amor de mi Alma (text by 16th century poet Garcilaso de la Vega) and Eric Whitacre's With a Lily in Your Hand (text by 20th century poet Garcia Lorca).

AU Music Presents a Variety of Recitals to Close Spring Semester

AU Music Presents a Variety of Recitals to Close Spring Semester

The Department of Music at Ashland University announces a variety of recitals to close the spring semester including small ensembles such as brass, saxophone, string and jazz combos, as well as vocal soloists and the semi-annual Jazz at the Nest. All of the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Recitals are performed in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, with the exception of Jazz at the Nest, which is held in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

On Wednesday, April 19, several student ensembles will perform in a joint recital including saxophone, brass and string ensembles under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, Michael Metcalf and Jane Reed, respectively. In addition, Jeff Neitzke will lead the jazz combo on the program.

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