Arts Alive! Fall Series Schedule Now Available

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College will offer a variety of Arts Alive! events during the fall semester.  All events are open to the public.

Opening the year’s series will be Printmakers Sage Perrot and Adam Leestma.  The art show is open September 9 – October 9 in Sleeth Gallery in McCuskey Hall.  An opening reception will be held September 11 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. with an artist talk immediately following.

During Family Weekend, speed painter Robert Channing will be featured in Wesley Chapel at 8 p.m. on September 19. You have heard of fast food. But what about fast art? Robert Channing will whip up masterpieces in minutes and create portraits right before your eyes on a 5 by 6-foot canvas in 4-7 minutes.

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company will be presented in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts October 9-11 at 8 p.m.  Directed by Gregory Mach, the play is a response to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, WY.  The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.  Admission fee required.

The 2014 Art Faculty Biennale will be held October 14-November 13 in the Sleeth Gallery.  A reception will be held October 17 from 2-4 p.m.

Love Canon will appear in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on October 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Led by guitarist Jess Harper and banjo player Adam Larrabee, the virtuoso group of string musicians become one on stage – the super 80s bluegrass hits machine.

On October 16, an Evening of Music Concert will be held in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Kayoko Funada, senior pianist, will present her senior recital on November 5 at 6 p.m. in Loar Auditorium.

Next, by Terrance McNally, will show November 7-8 at 8 p.m. in the Annex Theatre.  Directed by senior theatre arts major Bill Hensel, Next is a one-act comedy that follows a battle of wits between a middle-aged, overweight, debt-ridden, divorced father of two who mistakenly has been called by the draft, and a no-nonsense female examining officer.

The Undergraduate Research Conference will be hosted by the Gender Studies Program on November 8.  Dr. Connie Rice of West Virginia University is the keynote speaker.  Dr. Rice will discuss her work as contributing editor of Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism and showcase the importance of gender in Appalachian Studies.

Concentus Vocum, Concert Chorale, and Wesleyan Singers will hold their concert, entitled “Space and Time,” in Wesley Chapel on November 16 at 3 p.m.

The 2014 WV High School Juried Exhibition will be held December 1-12 in Sleeth Gallery.

Urinetown: The Musical will show December 4-5 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on December 6 in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.  Directed by Thomas Schoffler with musical direction by Dr. R. Daniel Hughes and guest choreography by Donald Laney, this wacky musical comedy is about a town which forces its citizens to pay to use the toilet satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The musical won three Tony awards in 2002, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

The small jazz group ensemble concert will be held December 5 at 5 p.m. in Loar Auditorium.

The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be on December 7 at 4 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

Ending the fall Arts Alive! Series will be the Big Band Jazz Ensemble concert on December 12 at 8 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please visit or call 304-473-8104. West Virginia Wesleyan College is a proud sponsor of the Arts Alive! series.