Community Invited to Join the Fun at First-Ever Art-A-Thon
By KATE SNYDER
Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center will host Danville’s first-ever Art-A-Thon on Saturday, May 13. In addition to showcasing the talents of over 60 regional artists, the event is an opportunity for community members to explore new art forms.
“We originally envisioned the event as being entirely about demonstrations,” says committee member Carlotta Kustes. “But as artists began signing up to participate, quite a few asked if it was okay to include a teaching element to their work.”
Waynesburg artist Roni Gilpin will be creating glass tile mosaics for the event. An accomplished painter, Gilpin decided to do mosaics because the art form lends itself to collaboration.
Kevin Overhulser of Williamstown will be cutting freehand silhouettes for any interested Art-A-Thon spectator. According to Overhulser, the entire process of cutting, mounting and packaging a portrait can be completed in under five minutes. He’ll be performing his art free-of-charge, giving participants a unique and personal reminder of their visit to the event.
Several quilting groups will be working throughout the day inside CAC, and event spectators are invited to add their own stitches to a community quilt square while also learning about the process of quilting. Other fiber arts demonstrations on the agenda include needle tatting, knitting and felting.
Artist Kandice Williams will be demonstrating paper crafting and stamping. Williams says, “Creative expression is such an innate part of me. I can’t help but create. I’ve dabbled in a variety of arts and crafts over my lifetime. My current passions are quilting, cake decorating and paper crafting. This month is my 11th anniversary as an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up. To celebrate that, I am participating in the Art-A-Thon to raise money for local scholarships.”
Visitors to Williams’ table will have a chance to create their very own hand-stamped gift tags.
Also on Saturday, anyone needing a mental health break after a busy week can try Tai Chi at 10 a.m., join a yoga practice at 1 p.m. or learn some basic martial arts moves throughout the afternoon.
For those more interested in seeing art than creating it, the event will include demonstrations of wheel-thrown pottery, painting, drawing, sketching, wood-carving, bead-work, jewelry-making, collage and mixed media. There will also be demonstrations by the Arts Center’s children’s drama students, dancers with Danville Dance at Bunny Davis and tumblers from KC’s Gymnastics. Musical performances will include Centre College professors Larry Bitensky and Nathan Link, student vocalist Londyn Jackson and the Steel Appeal steel drum band.
If You Go
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine
For a full event schedule, including timing of demonstrations and activities, visit www.communityartscenter.net/art-a-thon
ActUp Children’s Theater Workshop – Musical Theater
Elle Ahnquist – Kids Art
Connie Estes Beale – Collage
Ginny Birney – Painting
Larry Bitensky – Music
Tressa Brown – Beadwork
Sophie Byerly – Kids Art
Sarah and Clay Cheatham – AcroYoga
Amelia Cloud – Drawing
Chris Conley – Ceramics
Amy Cooley – Mixed Media
Andrea Cutts – Woodworking
Trevor Cutts – Watercolor
Danville Dance (Bunny Davis) – Dance
John Andrew Dixon – Collage
Ruth Dove – The Coloring Table
Donna Elam – Painting
Donna Forgacs – Painting
Roni Gilpin – Glass Tile Mosaic
Kevin Greer – Painting
Katie Haefner – Coloring
Paxton Harper – Drawing
Steve Hoffman – Photography
Londyn Jackson – Vocalist
KC Gymnastics – Tumbling
Diana Kestly – Charcoal Sketching
Nick Lacy – Photography
Nathan Link – Music
Brandon Long & Family – Kids Art
Miranda Lopez – Ceramics
Nancy Martindale – Felting
Thelma Mills – Needle Tatting
Joni Morgan – Quilting
Charlotta Bright Norby – Quilting
Kevin Overhulser – Freehand Silhouettes
Pieceable Friends – Quiting
Lori Price – Painting
Debbie Sears – Jewelry
Peggy Sherry – Painting
Carrie Snow – Painting
Eliah Snyder – Kids Art
Francine Southerland – Yoga
Tillie Sowders – Pastels
Steel Appeal – Steel Drum
Tai Chi Demonstration
Carol Taylor – Ceramics
Mayme Taylor – Drawing
Catherine Thomsen – Ceramics
Jonathan Turner – Martial Arts
Erica Weil – Ceramics
Mark Wilhelm – Digital Art
Kandice Williams – Papercrafting
Sarah Wiltsee – Pen & Ink Sketching
Student Showcase – through May 25
Artwork by over 300 local students
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Suggested donation $5.
• Starry Night Studio: Tree Hugger
7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, $28
Capture a favorite childhood memory with this lovely painting of a tree with tire swing. Register online at www.communityartscenter.net
• Lunch with the Arts: Featuring Heather Henson and Liz Orndorff
noon Wednesday, May 17, $7 at the door
First came the play, then the children’s book! Join playwright Liz Orndorff and children’s author Heather Henson for a discussion of the story that inspired both an award-winning play and a children’s book.
• Munchkin & Me Preschool Art Class
10 a.m. Mondays
A FREE visual arts class for children ages 18 month – 4 years, with an adult caregiver. Experiment with new techniques and new mediums each week! No preregistration required.
• Ceramic Lotus Candle Holder Workshop
Saturday, June 17 | 10am to 11:30am
$30 per person
In this 90 minute beginner clay workshop, each student will create two lotus flower candle holders. Keep one for yourself and give one to a friend!
• Ceramic Woven Basket Workshop
Wednesday, June 21 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm
$30 per person
Learn to create a beautiful ‘woven’ ceramic basket/platter in this beginner clay workshop.
• Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Pottery
7-9 p.m. Thursdays, June 22-Aug. 3, $120
Special summer pricing for this introductory pottery class!
Bookworms Art Camp – June 5 to 9
Rainforest Adventure Camp – June 12 to 16
Fabulous Food Art – July 17 to 26
Take Flight – July 24 to 28
Camps for rising 2nd through 6th graders
9am to 12pm OR 1pm to 4pm
$100 per camper ($125 after May 14)
Register online at www.communityartscenter.net
Middle School Nerd Camp – July 28 to August 4
Rising 7th through 9th graders
1pm to 4pm
$125 per camper ($150 after May 14)
Register online at www.communityartscenter.net