Norma C. Wilson, President, Vermillion Area Arts Council
Celebrate the Arts at our Chili Blues Cook-Off set for Saturday, October 8th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, Vermillion. T. Wilson King and a dozen area chefs are cooking up a tasty celebration of food and music at the Vermillion Area Arts Council’s 21st annual Chili Blues Cook-Off. The landscapes of Agnes “Bobbie” Alsgaard-Lien will provide a lovely setting for the event.
Chili Blues guests cast votes for their favorite chili to win the “People’s Choice” award. Three judges from the community will also weigh in to award the “Judge’s Choice” to their favorite chili concoction. The cook-off will also feature a variety of cornbreads and desserts. Pop, beer, and wine will be available for an additional purchase.
Local guitarist and singer T. Wilson King will heat up the place with his eclectic style. Having appeared with such greats as B.B. King, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Leo Kottke, Gatemouth Brown, Jimmy Thackery, the Allman Brothers and Keb Mo, T. Wilson says, “I guess I’m what you might call a ‘journeyman.’ I really dig the blues as well as Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. I enjoy and have been influenced by all the musical styles. I just mixed them all together and came up with my own recipe, so to speak. My favorite moments are when the music is reaching out and touching the listener somehow and we’re all having a good time.”
Tickets to Chili Blues will be available at the door: $10 for each Vermillion Area Arts Council adult member; $15 for non-member adults; $5 for children ages 11 – 18, and free for children ages 10 and under. Sponsors: VAAC, Carey’s Bar, Sharing the Dream and PrintSource.
Throughout the fall semester the VAAC will sponsor receptions for USD Student Artists exhibiting their work at Washington Street Arts Center. There will be a Painting and Photography Exhibit featuring works by students of Professors Ariadne Albright and John Banasiak October 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.. There will be a Printmaking and Graphic Design Exhibit featuring works by students of Professors Johntimothy Pizzuto and Young Ae KimOctober 28th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The receptions are free and open to the public.
The VAAC wishes to thank Vermillion High School Tanager volunteers--Christopher Barta, Lauren Metzger, Elly Miller, Kristopher Miller,Matt Moore, Zachary Nicks, Colin Olson, Grace Olson, Paige Olson, Megan Olson,Emily Orwig, Heidi Osterberg, Shelby Ostermyer, Abby Ouellette, Samuel Pearson,and Carl Rarick--for the hard work they did to clean, organize and trim our building and grounds on September 20th. The volunteers were supervised by VAAC Board member and VHS art teacher Janet Beeman. The old building hasn’t looked this good in a long time!
Find more information about the VAAC: vermillionareaartscouncil.