Vermillion is privileged to host an important musician later this month. Bill Mize has emerged from the the acoustic guitar movement of the 1980's as an influential instrumentalist and composer. Bill is a past winner of the Winfield National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, and is a respected contributor to a number of leading guitar festivals. He received a Grammy Award for his collaboration with storyteller David Holt on the recording "Stellaluna," and Ken Burns included Bill's work in his latest documentary film, "The National Parks, America's Best Idea." His music draws from his Appalachian home, as well as from soul, folk, jazz, and rock traditions. His playing is sublime, yet accessible, smooth, but syncopated, and Beth Bramhall's subtle accordion accompaniment adds a another beautiful element to Bill's sophisticated and engaging performances. We're fortunate to have a hall worthy of such musicianship. Farber Hall, in Old Main on the USD campus, is a gem of an auditorium, beautifully restored, and Bill will take the stage at 8:00. Tickets are $15 at the door. Contact: 670-0236.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Norma C. Wilson, President, Vermillion Area Arts Council
We hope you can attend Vermilion Area Arts Council’s Third Annual Art Exhibit honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, on the National Holiday, Monday, January 16, from 2-6 p.m.
In 1957 Dr. King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the civil rights movement. The ideals of the SCLC were based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ; the organization’s techniques of non-violent resistance were influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. During the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, for protest and action; meanwhile he wrote five books. In 1963, he directed the peaceful march of 250,000 people on Washington, D.C. There he delivered his speech, "l Have a Dream." In 1964, at the age of thirty-five, he was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. Four years later, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city.
Our January 16th Art for Peace and Justice Exhibit featuring works by artists and poets of all ages will be free and open to the public. Students from the University of South Dakota’s Center for Academic Engagement will conduct art activities for children between 2 and 4:30 that afternoon. The foyer will feature art representing the world’s diverse cultures that was donated to the VAAC by USD’s Wesleyan Ministries. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served. Artists and poets are invited to display original works addressing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights issues, social issues, or peace in any art form. All work must be hand-delivered to Washington Street Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 15. For more information contact Lora Hensellora.email@example.com or Tom Emanuel firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Yankton Area Arts is continuing its Crimson Door Holiday Gift Show through Friday, January 6, 2012! The exhibit features over thirty area artists and their one-of-a-kind original handcrafted gifts, and everything is priced under $100! All kinds of treasures remain, so come support our local artists as the New Year begins! The gallery is open from 1-5 PM every weekday.
Additionally, the GAR Gallery will be closing at 5 PM on January 6 through the end of the month in order for us to undertake scheduled work on the hardwood floors. Subsequently, there will be no First Friday event on Friday, January 6. Our next exhibit will be the Youth Art Show, and we’ll have a grand gallery reopening and First Friday event on Friday, February 3, 2012!
The G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery and Yankton Area Arts are located at 508 Douglas. For more information call 665-9745, email email@example.com, or see www.YanktonAreaArts.org.