Ark City Arts will be host to a music recital on Aug. 27 at 120 S. Summit St.
Other featured events include an art talk and an art exhibit that will be open for viewing Aug. 10-27.
The public is invited to the SEEDS final reception from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27, with the music recital and art talk at 3 p.m. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.
Last autumn, thanks to a grant from the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation, Ark City Arts launched a mentoring program called SEEDS.
In its pilot year, the SEEDS program objective was to provide an empowering mentoring process for three local artists in three separate art disciplines — music, theater and production, and visual arts.
Cowley County-area artists were encouraged to apply, and three were chosen to be paired with accomplished artist mentors, based on their personal art form, experience and genre.
The three mentees selected were:
- music — Elyssa Day, mentored by Karen Craig, an internationally known clarinetist;
- production — Nichole Barnard, mentored by Kerry Schnackenberg, a stage and screen performer;
- visual arts — Kailey Gibbs, mentored by Shin-hee Chin, an internationally known fiber artist.
Each mentee, working closely with her mentor for almost a year, was expected to complete a body of work for a final exhibition. This summer’s “America’s Heartbeat” concert exhibited the SEEDS final theater production talent.
At the final reception, the SEEDS mentors and mentees will bring together an international weaving of music and images.
Clarinetists Craig and Day will perform selections from “Pictures at an Exhibition,” while Chin and Gibbs will present and talk about their series of artworks. “This promises to be an exceptional creative presentation of art and music,” an Ark City Arts release states.
“Pictures at an Exhibition,” a musical work in 10 movements by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, was inspired by a visit to an art exhibition. Each of the movements represents one of the drawings or artworks on display. Although it originally was composed in 1874 for solo piano, the British popular music group Emerson, Lake and Palmer devoted an entire album to their own art-rock interpretation of the piece in 1981.
Mussorgsky composed “Pictures” as a memorial to his friend, Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, who died in 1873 at the age of 39. Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs and architectural studies, and felt the need to capture the experience in music.