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September 19, 2014

Artists in Action: Enjoy works from artists of all ages

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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:45 am

Art is making its presence known among the young and the old in Anniston this month. The Donoho Lower School’s art exhibit features pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade pieces in the William “Bert” Fargason Fine Arts Center this week. Instructor Sarah Latham hopes the weekly visual art and music classes at the school build a new audience for gallery and museum showings while creating rising artists. When these creative young people are older they can more deeply enjoy displays like the Ornithology Print Exhibition now at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County and the upcoming Indian Springs Concert Choir performance at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

Lower school art at Donoho

Clay sculptures, collages, drawings, paintings and printmaking are waiting to be seen in the fine arts center at The Donoho School through March 7. Art instructor Latham takes pride in her students’ progress. The exhibit includes all the work by all of the students, she said. “This is a great period in their lives to learn art. They love to experiment, they are not critical of what they see, and they’re really curious.”

The exhibit is available for the public to see during school hours.

Ornithology prints at library through April 20

Library patron Andrew Burgin is lending his print collection of bird paintings for the current exhibit in the Ayers Room of the library. The 27 colorful impressions that fill the light blue/gray walls are by such American and British artists and naturalists as Prideaux John Selby of northeast England, naval officer Captain Robert Mitford, Selby’s brother-in-law, and Titian Peale of Philadelphia. Selby, who became a central figure in the British scientific community in the early 19th century, spent countless hours studying birds in their natural habitat for his drawings. The combined result by Selby and Mitford was “Illustrations of British Ornithology,” which was considered to be the English equivalent to the work “Audubon’s Birds.”

Peale, an 18th-century American artist, certainly had parental support for his artistic endeavors, having been born into a family of famous American artists. In fact, 20 artists spanning three generations of his family’s history were painters. His father, Charles Wilson Peale, who named his sons after the famous artists he most admired, believed anyone could learn to paint and taught many of his 17 children the art.

Anne G. Miller from the Birmingham Audubon Society will speak on March 20 at 2 p.m. on birding in conjunction with the exhibit.

The Ayers Room has become an art attraction, thanks to Burgin’s support.

“Drew is quite a benefactor for the library,” said Library Director Teresa Kiser. “He singlehandedly painted the walls of the auditorium to match the wallpaper in there. In addition, he has paid to carpet both the main library and Carver Branch, install a new phone system in the main library, and install a new sound system in the auditorium, and many, many other things.”

Indian Springs Choir performs March 9

Vibrant, exciting musical communication is in store at the Indian Springs School Choir Concert next Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Led by Tim Thomas and accompanied by Alina Viocu, the concert choir and a smaller chamber choir will sing from a range of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century works, as well as Broadway tunes, spirituals and folk songs performed in up to 15 original languages.

“They have come many times to our church, and they are consistently good,” said church member Cathy Coleman about the choirs. “They never disappoint us and they seem to be so happy performing. I think anybody will enjoy their concert.”

The choirs perform across the country and around the world each spring, according to Thomas. The theme of this year’s tour is “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.” Almost half of the student body is in the concert choir.

Included in Sunday’s repertoire is Bach’s “Credo” (I Believe in One God) from his “Mass in B Minor;” “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd” sung by baritone soloists; “Son De Camaguey,” a Cuban folk song; “Loch Lomond” and “Lucy’s Back in Town.”

There is no admission fee to the concert.

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