June is National Smile Month, according to an events calendar I’ve seen. In our area, maybe all of the upbeat music on offer has something to do with that. Events on tap here feature Broadway, classical and sacred melodies. It is that music that will likely bring on the smiles and good will.

For young artists and actors, exploring the direction of their training can spark growth. And later, the exposure and recognition of their work encourages them even more. For area students, an art exhibit this month and art camps in June could be just the opportunities that fuel their artist…

Euterpe, the muse for which the Euterpean Study Club was named, was a goddess in Greek mythology of lyric poetry, music and song. If we can add that the arts she inspired helps fuel the sharing of history, then Euterpe should get at least some credit for two important events this spring.

The written word, acting and local history intersect next month with a play in Gadsden based on a favorite American novel and a presentation on the entertainment scene from the 1880s through the 1950s in Anniston. Both events promise to be not only enlightening but enchanting (especially in …

Virtuosity is spotlighted in two ways this month as we applaud people featured in the arts. There’s no doubt that Leonard Bernstein, the subject of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performance at Knox Concerts on Feb. 16, was a virtuoso. But in the eyes of a certain Alabama artist, a cr…

This month brings to light the works of celebrated composers and an equally celebrated area photographer. The JSU Civic Symphony and an art exhibit at Nunnally’s Noble Frame and Gallery have much to do with the composers’ and artist’s passion for making art — even if these works didn’t find …

How can we keep the spirit of Christmas cheer and giving aglow after the last candle grows dim? I have two suggestions: First, follow an Anniston family’s example in creativity by placing 24 trees in your home. And second, see an oil painting in Nunnally’s art exhibit that motivates giving f…

Just as the Star of Wonder guided the Three Kings to the Christ Child’s manger, just think: Our calendars are schedules of wonder, too! The number of holiday events is amazing. The calendar is full as plays, concerts and parades guide us toward the Christmas spirit.