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Longwood to hold first-ever Fine Arts Week, April 9-16

March 30, 2011

Arts Week

Longwood University's first-ever Fine Arts Week, an effort to showcase student and faculty talent, will be held April 9-16.

Activities, all of which are free and open to the public, will include dance performances, poetry readings, concerts and recitals, the presentation of a tea house that is being constructed, film screenings, and faculty-led art demonstrations in which people can throw a pot, screen-print a T-shirt and create handmade paper.

"We want to showcase student and faculty talent, and we want to showcase what goes on in the fine arts here on a continuing basis," said Erin Devine, chair of the Department of Art and member of the Fine Arts Week planning committee. "Even though there will be some guest performances, this will be mostly a showcase of students."

Organizers hope this will become an annual event. It is sponsored by the Arts Council and is funded by the Sprague Cultural Enrichment Fund, created through a bequest from Dr. Rosemary Sprague, a longtime English professor who died in 1991.

In one activity, a collaboration between art and theatre students, a tea house will be presented in a reception the evening of Monday, April 11. As a fundraiser for tsunami relief in Japan, tea bowls from the tea house will be sold.

"This originated from the course I am teaching on Non-Western Art," Devine said. "I went to a tea ceremony last semester at Washington & Lee, where they teach tea, and came up with the idea as a class project. As we worked on Arts Week, I approached Eric to see if he would be interested in designing a set as a research project with his students. The art students are making tea bowls and the handmade paper used to serve guests during the ceremony."

The activities will kick off Saturday, April 9, with a reception for the senior art show from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. There will be activities from April 11-16 at noon on Lankford Fountain, in addition to other daytime and evening activities. Fine Arts Week will conclude Saturday, April 16, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Blanton Gallery in the CCST, and a concert at 7:30 that evening by the Camerata Singers accompanied by string orchestra at the Farmville United Methodist Church.

The planning committee includes, in addition to Devine, fellow faculty members Dr. Craig Challender (English), Dr. Charlie Kinzer (music), Eric Koger (theatre) and Rodney Williams (dance). For more information, contact Kinzer at (434) 395-2495 or kinzerce@longwood.edu.