Introducing Art Marketplace Artists from Independent Living Services

Artwork and holiday cards made by artists with Independent Living Services will be for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park today, October 3, 1pm-7pm.  Your purchase helps support the ILS art program! Mission: "ILS educates, advocates, and provides supportive services to empower families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ILS strives to advance the independence, productivity, and confidence of people into the community." http://indliving.org/  

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Nelson will have his original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.   Hello I'm Kenneth Rage Nelson. I'm known for my metal/alabaster sculptures and my bold graphic design but I work in every medium imaginable from painting and drawings to melted plastic and screen printing etc. I have been told my art is interesting and not common of the area. I'm form Stuttgart Ar, and a Fine Arts major graduate of UCA.   Personally I always hope that people can relate,enjoy,and question my artwork. As I always say "Art is a translation of experience". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-RaGe-Nelson/351836025005142

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Bryan Hill

Bryan Hill will have his original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm. Bryan Hill, born in Little Rock, AR has always wanted to use his creativity growing up and began writing songs as a teenager.  He first started writing and learning how to use music and software. He just recently finished his first novel and has began landing local acting roles. His goal in life is to write and direct movies. He’s a new and upcoming artist that feels if you’re a consistent hard worker, slowly but surely more people will know of your creations. He promotes peace and believes all positive energy is beneficial for becoming a good artist. He firmly believes that everything we need in this world God has given us, and that as individuals we must learn how to nurture ourselves and motivate ourselves to achieve whatever it is that we want. True success comes from within. His art targets the minority community, and those like him. He understands the struggle does exist but feels it’s not the end of their generation, it is the beginning.   Bryan has desire to become a film director. In hopes of creating films that expand the minds of all people. Knowledge is power and he feels that the world wants us to realize our full potential. In the community Bryan wishes to breed a new perspective about life. Using art in all forms to create a new level of freedom. We no longer have a underground railroad system in place that teaches us how to read and write. We should teach those who want to be free how to be free.  Believing in yourself instead of hollywood and television.  By providing opportunities to all people that are driven to reach success. Bryan believes one day he will be able to own his own film studio. The studio will help students grow into their crafts. Also will provide a way out of the endless sea companies that focus on taking your money rather than creating art and helping you become a better person. Artlysium was founded by Bryan Hill in 2012 and Incorporated in 2015.This is his attempt at creating a new world with built in systems of peace and love. In 2016 Bryan wishes to create a foundation for children who also want to use art as their modern day underground railroad.    Artlysium is a growing community that creates positive enlightenment for the world through all art forms.

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Terrie Shires

Terrie Shires will have her original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.  Terrie Shires teaches class piano and serves as a faculty accompanist at the University of Central Arkansas. As the UCA Horn Studio accompanist, she works with students as well as visiting artists.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and minor in mathematics from Hanover College, Indiana, and her MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University. It was in Terrie's senior year at Hanover that she decided to take an art class for fun.  In that class, the students were able to work with a kiln and blow glass, as well as make leaded panels, try sandblasting, and work with copper foiling.  The creative visual-arts spark was ignited!   Over the years she has collected the materials and gathered more experience to work on bigger and more in-depth projects. She and husband, Brent (horn professor at UCA) attempt to balance work with family, including daughters Rebecca (16) and Rachel (13).  

Introducing Art Marketplace Artist Stephanie Stiles

Stephanie Stiles will have her original artwork for sale at Art in the Park in Simon Park on October 3, 1pm-7pm.  "My name is Stephanie Stiles.  I am a Christian, the mother of 2, a wife, and an English teacher. Now I am something I never thought I would be. . . an ARTIST!   I have been an avid reader all my life: books are precious to me.  I know in today’s technology savvy society actual hardback books are becoming less and less important to many, but not to me.  I had way too many books in my small house, but I just could not throw books out.  I often donated them, but I still had too many.  One day I saw folded book art and was amazed, intrigued and in love.  I taught myself how to do it, and now I cannot get enough of it! I can fold almost any shape, letter, word or symbol into a book.  I do custom orders so people can have names, dates, or whatever has a personal meaning put into a book.  Some of the most popular folds right now are baby feet, crosses, giraffes, owls, hearts, and names.    The books are not harmed at all!  The pages are just folded.  If you want to read the book, you can unfold the pages.  I doubt you would want to take the time, but you could.    A lot of time and love goes in to each and every book I fold.  I enjoy being able to make personal, unique gifts that can capture any personality.  I am currently attending various arts and crafts festivals.  You can also check out my work at www.etsy.com/store/divafromscratch or email me at divafromscratch@gmail.com for more information.  I ship internationally.  

Thank you to our Sponsors

Special thanks to: Hastings, American Management Corporation,  Faulkner County Library,  Reynolds Performance Hall,  UCA Baum Gallery,  Hendrix College,  Bob's Grill,  Blackbird Academy of Arts,  Preston Palmer Studios,  Lantern Theater,  UCA Physical Plant,  Mayor's Office,  UCA Blackbox Student Gallery,  UCA Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,  EcoFest,  Arkansas Arts Center,  Conway Copies,  Salter Properties,  Museum of Discovery,  Arkansas Arts Council,  Crain Automotive,  Joe Whisenhunt,  Scott Anderson,  Sherwin Williams,  Conway Food Truck Park,  Goodwill Industries of Arkansas,  Conway Chamber of Commerce, Conway Downtown Partnership, UCA Department of Mass Communications and Theater, UCA Collge of Fine Arts and Communication, and  Conway Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Conway Writers' Group to Host Reading September 27th

CONWAY WRITERS’ GROUP Reading: ArtsFest 2015 Faulkner County Public Library Meeting Room 1 Sunday, September 27 3 p.m. "Write what should not be forgotten." -Isabel Allende THEME: Art and Science (moderator: Michael Abernathy) David Ratchford a chapter from THROUGH THE GAP OF THE MOUNTAIN Joan Leffler an excerpt from FAMILY MEMOIRS Joyce Holder to be announced Bob Reising an excerpt from JIM THORPE: THE REST OF THE STORY Paula Abernathy “So You Want To Be a Time Traveler” Michael Abernathy “Apocalypse” Bryan Williams an excerpt from FROM ME AWAY J. Neal Wood “The Crow” Carroll Williams “A Chip on His Shoulder” QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION TO VISIT UCA AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

  THIRD COAST PERCUSSION TO VISIT UCA AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE   By Elizabeth SandovalCollege of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office   CONWAY — As part of its residency at the University of Central Arkansas, Third Coast Percussion will be in concert on Friday, Oct. 2, in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.   The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.   Dr. Blake Tyson, professor of music and the faculty sponsor for the residency, said the concert would appeal to all ages because the group will be “constantly hitting, scraping and shaking instruments like bells, gongs, toms, marimbas, tin cans, djembes and hundreds of other things that make fantastic sounds. Not only is it great to listen to, it's a lot of fun to watch.”   Called “vibrant” and “superb” by The New Yorker and “sonically spectacular” by the Chicago Tribune, Third Coast Percussion’s program is entitled Points of Contact. From delicate chamber music on Japanese prayer bowls to the incomparable power of beating drums, this program has it all. It will feature instruments from around the world and music by some of the greatest composers of the last 100 years.   “Third Coast Percussion sets a great example for our students,” Tyson said. “They are all fantastic musicians who have a thoughtful and creative approach to both performing and teaching. The success of the ensemble is due to years of very hard work, and I can't wait for them to share their music, and their experiences, with our students.”   Founded in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has performed hundreds of concerts across the country, presents an annual concert season at home in Chicago, teaches musicians of all ages and experience levels, and has commissioned dozens of new works by composers including Glenn Kotche, Chris Cerrone, Donnacha Dennehy, Timo Andres, David T. Little, Ted Hearne, and Augusta Read Thomas. Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.   The ensemble will provide a public presentation on entrepreneurship Thursday, Oct. 1, at 1:40 p.m.They will also present masterclasses for UCA music students on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Third Coast Percussion will be joined by UCA music students for a performance of “In C” by composer Terry Riley at 11 a.m. in Simon Park.   For more information about the residency, contact Tyson at (501) 450-5263 or btyson@uca.edu.   The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information about the program, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail jdmiller@uca.edu.   The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE CERUTI STRING QUARTET SET TO PERFORM SEPT. 30

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE CERUTI STRING QUARTET SET TO PERFORM SEPT. 30   By Kendra Beattie College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office   CONWAY — The extensively trained and internationally recognized Ceruti String Quartet will be artists in residence at the University of Central Arkansas and will perform in Reynolds Performance Hall onSept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.   In addition to the free public performance, the chamber music group will conduct a series of masterclasses for both UCA and Conway High music students beginning Sept. 29. Several UCA and Conway High students will perform in the Reynolds lobby at 7 p.m. prior to the quartet’s performance.   “We are very excited about bringing musicians of such high artistic caliber to the community,” Associate Dean of the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication Dr. Gayle Seymour said. “We really hope the public will come to Reynolds [for the performance]. They’ll be pleasantly surprised how engaging and interesting four musicians can be.”   The Ceruti String Quartet, all faculty members at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, is composed of Marcin Arendt (violin), Timothy Shiu (violin), Lenny Schranze (viola) andSeth Russell (cello).   The group has performed in recitals at renowned venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Goethe Institut in New York City, as well as internationally at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea and the Teatro Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil. They have also been featured artists for the Memphis Chamber Music Society; the Bechstein Hall Concert series in Little Rock and both the Fine Arts Center and Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, S.C.   The quartet was invited to be artists in residence at UCA for its reputation to provide performances variously described as “spirited, richly colorful and incisive,” but also in coordination with ArtsFest.   The Ceruti String Quartet’s residency will coincide with ArtsFest, Conway’s weeklong celebration of various art forms, strives to connect with the Conway community and push the arts outside typical boundaries. The quartet fits in with ArtsFest’s desire to involve Conway’s artists of all skill levels with experienced professionals.   “Unlike an orchestra or band, there is no conductor [in a string quartet]. They have to listen to and understand each other…and start and stop at the same time,” Seymour said. “I think that’s a lot of what these master classes will be about.”   There will be a public presentation for UCA students in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall on Sept. 29 from1:40–2:30 p.m. The String Quartet masterclass will follow the presentation in Snow Fine Arts from2:40-4:10 p.m. with a String Ensemble rehearsal from 4:20-5:35 p.m. The solo instrument masterclass will be from 7-9 p.m. and followed by a discussion with students from 9-9:45 p.m. The Conway High masterclasses will be held from 11 a.m.-noon in the West Campus Band Room.   The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information about the program, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail jdmiller@uca.edu.   The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visitwww.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.

ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE TO ANNOUNCE 2016 SEASON

ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE TO ANNOUNCE 2016 SEASON   CONWAY — Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 2016 season will be announced at AST’s annual Fall Membership Party onOct. 1.   The big announcement will come at 6:30 p.m. at the Conway home of Mary Ruth Marotte, AST’s executive director, 4915 College Ave. The night’s festivities will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, an art show and sale in coordination with Conway’s ArtsFest, as well as a special performance by AST company members and the Conway Symphony Orchestra.   “Our 2016 summer season will be the most exciting to date as we celebrate our 10th season and honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,” Marotte said. “And we will be announcing a lineup that is sure to thrill and delight.”   Admission to the party is free to all 2016 AST members, with membership donations taken at the door. Membership to AST begins at $50 per family.   Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is the state’s only professional Shakespeare company and is proud to make its home on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Each summer, AST offers full productions of a range of Shakespeare's works, as well as other plays and musicals that help fulfill AST's mission to entertain, engage, and enrich the community.     The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Communication, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music and Writing. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.