Arts Appreciation

Everyone can enjoy looking at a painting or listening to a piece of music, but the more you know, the more your enjoyment grows!  Our Arts Appreciation classes offer you the chance to dig deeper and listen bigger.  Join us to learn more about the cultures and moments that shaped great art, the artistic techniques that move us, and the lives of the talented people who share their gifts with the world.  We often partner with our friends at Centre College for these programs and enjoy learning from their fabulous faculty! 

Save the Date for our fall Arts Appreciation Series! The cost is $40 for the four-week series or $13 for each session, at the door. Click here to register for the series. 

October 23 – Dr. Matthew Klooster – The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
October 30 – Dr. Jeff Fieberg – Art Restoration
November 6 – Dr. Milton Reigelman – The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature 
November 13 – Dr. Danielle La Londe – The Art and Architecture of Angkor Wat

Oct
17
Wed
LWTA – Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Lee Patrick and Loren Tice

Lunch with the Arts: Lee Patrick and Loren Tice
Wednesday, October 17 | 12pm
$5 at the door

Patrick and Tice have been performing together for more than thirty years, with Patrick on the alto saxophone and Tice on the piano. In 2009, they began playing for senior and church groups in Central Kentucky. For these performances, they develop a theme and prepare an hour-long musical program related to this theme. Recent themes have included From Russia with Love, Legends in Music, Italian Splendor, and This Good Earth.

Lee Patrick began playing the saxophone in the 10th grade and has been trying to get better ever since. Through the years, he has encouraged countless others to do likewise. There is a rumor that he has adapted more music for the saxophone than anyone else in history. A vast catalog of publications supports this rumor.

Loren Tice started as pianist, then added organ. He has conducted numerous community choral groups and wrote music criticism for the Herald-Leader. Because of Patrick and Tice’s many years as colleagues at Transylvania University, saxophonists have claimed the lion’s share of his enjoyment. Added to this enjoyment is a long association with the summer Saxophone Institute, founded and directed by Dr. Patrick. Professor Tice helps lead the distinguished early-music vocal ensemble Musick’s Company

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc.

Oct
23
Tue
The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo

The Nature-Inspired Tribal Art of Borneo
Tuesday, October 23 | 12pm to 1pm
Dr. Matthew Klooster
$13 at the door or $40 in advance for the four-lecture series

The island of Borneo in Southeast Asia is home to the oldest rainforest on Earth and is blanketed by one of the most biodiverse landscapes.  Included in this tremendous natural diversity are the nearly 200 ethnic subgroups that make up the Dayak people, which all possess a deep physical and spiritual connection to their tropical environment. This interactive presentation will focus on the seven main ethnic groups of the Dayak and the imagery typically utilized in each culture’s artistic expression. We will then attempt to draw connections to the native rainforest wildlife that inspires this creative work, discussing why these organisms are so important to the native people.   

Dr. Matthew Klooster is Assistant Professor of Biology at Centre College. His research interests are plant population and community ecology, evolutionary-ecology, symbioses, phylogeography, population genetics, genomics, and conservation of rare and endangered species. 

Register in advance for all four of our fall arts appreciation lectures!

Oct
27
Sat
Songwriters in the Round
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Songwriters in the Round
Songwriters in the Round
Saturday, October 27
7pm @ the Arts Center
$5 cover at the door
 
Songwriters will take turns performing their original work, while also sharing the stories behind their music. The event will feature eight artists, performing in two ’rounds’ of four artists each. 

Featured Musicians:
Whitney Acke
Ray Adams
Kristofer Lee Bentley
Travis Lee Kern
Coby Langham
Mark Lucas
Marcus Wilkerson
Melody Youngblood

Oct
30
Tue
Digital Reconstruction of a Van Gogh Masterpiece
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Digital Reconstruction of a Van Gogh Masterpiece

Digital Reconstruction of a Van Gogh Masterpiece
Tuesday, October 30 | 12pm to 1pm
Dr. Jeffrey Fieberg
$13 at the door

One of Vincent van Gogh’s late masterpieces, Undergrowth with Two Figures, is the most-cherished painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection.  This interactive presentation, accessible to the general public, will provide background information on Van Gogh’s life in France, where Undergrowth with Two Figures fits within Van Gogh’s life work, and past conservation work on the painting.  The painting has changed significantly since Van Gogh first executed it.  This presentation will discuss how scientific techniques were used to investigate these changes in order to produce a digital reconstruction of the painting.  Demonstration of x-ray fluorescence, the primary analytical tool used, will be performed during the presentation. 

Dr. Jeff Fieberg is the John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry at Centre College. His research interests are in the technical art historical analyses of modernist paintings and analyses of artists’ materials. 

 

Nov
6
Tue
The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks: Connections Between Art and Literature 
Tuesday, November 6 | 12pm to 1pm
Dr. Milton Reigelman
$13 at the door

The Quaker minister and painter Edward Hicks is best known for his Peaceable Kingdom pictures, of which sixty-two exist. The paintings represent a messianic prophecy in the book of Isaiah (11:6): “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” In his talk, Milton will focus on the 1826 version of the motif and its connection to American literature up to that point.

Milton Reigelman retired in 2017 after serving many roles at Centre. For more than thirty-five years, he has primarily been known as a professor of American literature and humanities at the College. At different times he has also overseen admissions and financial aid, student life, development, planning, alumni affairs, the Norton Center for the Arts, and communications.

Nov
14
Wed
LWTA – Lydia Ellis (Music Practitioner)
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Lydia Ellis (Music Practitioner)

Lunch with the Arts – Lydia DiMartino-Ellis
Wednesday, November 14
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Lydia DiMartino-Ellis has been involved with music in Danville for over 30 years, having taught in the Danville/Boyle County school systems and at local churches and served as the director and piccolo soloist for the Advocate Brass Band. Lydia is president of Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit that promotes and supports education in the arts in Kentucky, especially Danville and Boyle County.

During her presentation, Lydia will describe/demonstrate what it means to be a certified Music Practitioner–a type of Therapeutic Musician.  Medical Administrators are especially invited to come and learn about this drug-free form of Complimentary Medicine!

Sign language interpretation will be provided at this event. 

The 2018-2019 season of Lunch with the Arts is generously supported by Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc.

Nov
29
Thu
Deaf Social and Gallery Tour
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Deaf Social and Gallery Tour

Deaf Social and Gallery Tour
Thursday, November 29
5:30pm to 7:00pm 
FREE to the public!

The Centre Signers of Centre College and the Community Arts Center invite the community for an evening of snacks, friendship, and art. The Arts Center’s Creative Director, Brandon Long, will provide a brief tour of the current art exhibits. Interpretation will be provided. This event is open to the entire community and we hope to foster connections between art-lovers of all stripes!

Dec
19
Wed
LWTA: Young at Heart Band
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA: Young at Heart Band

Lunch with the Arts: Young at Heart Band
Wednesday, December 19| 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 for students)

Join us for what has quickly become a favorite annual event at the Community Arts Center – a holiday performance by the Young at Heart Band. This lively group performs their own brand of swing music from the 1940s era. They may be called young at heart, but here is the kicker – the band members’ average age is 80 years and counting.  That doesn’t prevent them, however, from raising the roof when it comes to their music.

Sign language interpretation will be provided at this event.

Big thanks to our sponsors – Morning Pointe of DanvilleStuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. – for supporting this event!!

Jan
16
Wed
LWTA – Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)

Lunch with the Arts: Dick Domek (Ragtime Piano)
Wednesday, January 19
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Dick Domek is pianist and music director for the Walnut Street Ramblers. Originally from Chicago, he started playing piano at an early age; he learned ragtime and jazz from recordings, sheet music, and working with other musicians.

Knowledgeable on the music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, he is a featured speaker on jazz and ragtime for the Kentucky Humanities Council.   He has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dick is professor emeritus of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

The 2018-2019 season of Lunch with the Arts is sponsored by Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. Sign language interpretation is available through a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Fund.

Feb
20
Wed
LWTA – Maurice Manning
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Maurice Manning

Lunch with the Arts – Maurice Manning, Poet
Wednesday, February 20
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)

Maurice Manning is a Danville native and a nationally-recognized poet. His first collection of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by W.S. Merwin. Since then he has published four collections of poetry. Manning’s book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. His next book, Railsplitter, will be published in the fall. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and lives with his family in Washington County.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc.