Artists in Action: Heflin Arts Council presents family comedy
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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Three good-spirited Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — have good intentions for hosting a successful family reunion, but plans are already falling apart. They have chosen the hottest day in July in Sweetgum, Texas, for the event, and it’s the middle of tornado season. A neighbor’s dog finds the food table and suddenly everything that’s edible disappears. But LaMerle has an even bigger concern: Someone might outdo her in making the tastiest red velvet cake.

The upcoming Heflin Arts Council play, “The Red Velvet Cake War” by Jessi Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, focuses on the antics of these country folk, their trials and celebrations. Directed by Shane Smith, it will be March 14-17 at Casey Auditorium in Heflin. On Thursday through Saturday evenings curtain time is 7 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Discount prices are available for groups.

For more information, call Heflin City Hall at 256-463-2290. Tickets can be purchased at Heflin City Hall, WM Grocery and Classy Clippers.

Indian Springs Choir to perform March 10

The choir is back by popular demand. The Indian Springs School concert choir’s performances have become an annual event at Saint Michael and All Angels. Next Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. the singers in the concert and chamber choirs will continue the choral tradition of vibrant singing with a diversity of pieces for this Episcopal congregation.

The independent college preparatory school near Birmingham offers its choral students some exciting opportunities. European tours for the various choir groups have included a combined performance with the Vienna Boys Choir. A tour in China was the highlight in 2002, and a choral tour to Switzerland in June is being planned.

The concert choir has been praised for its sound, precision and quality and can claim a history of honors. It received superior ratings in the All-American Festival in New York City, and the singers have made guest appearances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City as well as the Lincoln Center, the United Nations and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The choirs are directed by Dr. Tim Thomas and accompanied by Dr. Alina Voicu.

Major works delivered with professional orchestras include Handel’s “Messiah” and “Coronation Anthem No. 4,” which was written by Handel for George II of England in 1727. Next Sunday the entire “Schubert Mass in G” is on the program, as well as lighter selections such as “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow,” an arrangement by Thomas’ father Hugh Thomas, the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four,” a Jamaican song “Peze Kafé,” “Greensleeves” and more.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited.

Student art show in Ayers Room

With the budget cuts in arts funding in education, a showcase of Calhoun County student art is an encouraging and welcome sight. An exhibit of painting, drawing and photography representing art classes from the Donoho Lower School and Oxford and Wellborn high schools will be up at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County through March 27.

It is interesting to see how the students express their interests and experiences through visual art. In fact, the Ayers Room has been transformed into a room with multiple views — 53, to be exact. Each piece of art is like a window into each student’s mind.

Justin Harris, an 11th grader at Oxford High appears to be intent on automobiles, as evidenced by his “Negative Reflection” — a photo of a Camaro looking like it’s poised to hit the road. Emma Wiedmer, a fifth grade student at Donoho, found inspiration in her own front yard as she observed a ginkgo tree in mid-December. Her painting centers on the tree against snow and a blue sky. On the same wall, portraits by Hugh Davis and Blake Willingham are termed “Pop Art.”

Sara Landrum, art instructor at Donoho, wanted to give her intermediate students’ work exposure.

“We selected art pieces that had impact, even to the viewer across the room,” Landrum explained. “Also, this was an exercise in geometric progression and critical thinking in order to get the subject correctly on paper.”

As Cobb Elementary and Tenth Street Elementary add after-school art programs for their students, future exhibits featuring learning artists will be up, said Kim Westbrook, the children’s librarian who coordinated the display.
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