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The Belle of Amherst

A one-woman play about the life of the reclusive yet visionary poet, Emily Dickinson.

The play, written by William Luce, was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and starred Julie Harris. Sybil Rosen, knowing she would be performing in libraries and living rooms with small audiences, adapted the play to an hour-long version. The play is an intimate glimpse into the poet’s unusual life – her legendary seclusion, the close circle of family, the men who loved her. Rosen says “the language, most of it taken from her letters and journals, is so beautiful and witty.”

Rosen’s interest in the play is her love of the play and of Emily Dickinson. She also wants to raise awareness about libraries – to help remind us of what they give us and why it matters. Dickinson was a voracious reader, books brought her the world, making her able to be a recluse and still write vividly and visually about the world. Her imagination was the wellspring of her humanity.

Performance Schedule



Pavlina Dokovska | Vladimir Valjarevic | Dr. Joseph Trivette


Southwest Charles R. King Community Center - Postponed

The Piano x Three concert will feature selections arranged for one, two and three pianos featuring Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Dr. Joseph Trivette.
Composer features will be Bach, Mozart, Beethoven Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Percy Grainger/ Gershwin and Lecuona.


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Celebrating Worldwide Visionaries


The SWCC Student Showcase: Celebrating Worldwide Visionaries will be presented by Southwest students under the direction of Morgan Gilbert and Brian Wright. They will select visionaries from their area of study and interest, do research on those persons and prepare a monologue of them. They will “present” that visionary during the Student Showcase, in costume with appropriate visual and musical accompaniment. Visionaries will represent the Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities.


Culinary Delights from Visionary Chefs



Tickets Required  



Camerata Virtuosi New York

This ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians will perform in three unique concerts to reflect the festival theme.

Inventors and Innovators

Music by composers Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Bruch.

Visionaries and Virtuosos

Tim McClure, Special guest violinist

Music by composers Schumann, Vivaldi, Gershwin, Chopin, Hindemith, Debussy, Bruch.

Teachers and Trailblazers

Music by composers Bach, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Liszt, Beach, Ravel and Gershwin, Bruch



Hosted by the Southwest Music Program



Visionaries Timeless & Universal


This popular game show, skillfully organized by the Library and Recruitment and Student Engagement Staff tests the knowledge of Southwest faculty, staff and students on subjects related to the Festival theme. Enjoy theme-inspired refreshments.

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Richmond Ballet




knoxville symphony chamber orchestra


Always a highlight of the festival, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro James Fellenbaum, will perform works by Kozeluch, Handel, Fauré, Mozart, Puccini, Beethoven, Bach, Copland, Gershwin, Still.

Guest soloists will be pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic and Clara Lisle, soprano.

The SWCC Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, will be accompanied by the orchestra.





Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery

Photographic portraits of living visionaries of Southwest Virginia will create a historical record of those who have significantly impacted Southwest Virginia. The Southwest “School of the Arts” students conducted interviews with living visionaries of SWVA through photographs and interviews. This research will be displayed in the Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery.


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Visionary Textile Artist

This colorful exhibit of needle turned applique quilts, handmade by Marion artist Sylvia Richardson, celebrates an amazing woman, and her unusual, heavily embellished and beaded works of art. A prolific and completely unique artist, Sylvia, now 84, continues to work on a handful of pieces simultaneously, including large wall hangings, baskets and one-of-a-kind clothing.


Sylvia Richardson Quilt - Nine Ladies Dancing


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Festival Logo Designed by Johnathan Keene

The mission of the annual Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts is to provide an in-depth exploration of the cultural riches of countries and cultures around the world to create a better understanding of those nations and cultures. The two-week long Festival consists of numerous musical performances, including vocal, instrumental and solo presentations.

Dance, theatre, literature, visual arts and film are other areas of exploration. Students from the theatre and music departments at Southwest participate, as well as community singers in the SWCC Community Chorus. SWCC art students design the Festival logo each year and prepare art exhibits that reflect the artistic heritage of the country in the spotlight. Workshops are conducted by visiting artists and a Spotlight event is held each year to showcase student talent.


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Mary Lawson

Mary has served as Executive Director of the Festival of the Arts since its inception in 1995.

Phone (276) 964.7348

Pavlina Dokovska
Festival Artistic Director | Chair, Mannes College of Music Piano Department. Ms. Dokovska also serves as pianist-in-residence and conducts master classes for area piano students with their teachers each year.
Vladimir Valijarevic

Assistant Artistic Director, Piano faculty Mannes College of Music

Dr. Joseph Trivette

Choral Director, Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair in Music

Cultural Walk Directors

Morgan Gilbert & Brian Wright

Visual Arts Coordinators

Morgan Gilbert, Sarah Romeo, Courtney Jennelle

Technical Directors

Joe Magee & Ryan Magee

Business Manager

Annette McClanahan

Facility Coordinator

Edna Sizemore

Marketing Coordinators

John Dezember, Travis Roberts, Teresa Pruett

Southwest Educational Foundation Executive Director

Susan Lowe

Festival Logo

Design by Johnathan Keene

Festival Brochure

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Whole Notes:

Nettie Peterson Estate

Stelio and Betty T. Corte Foundation

Ennio and Rosa Corte Foundation

Community Arts Council of Buchanan County

Virginia Commission for the Arts/

National Endowment for the Arts

Half Notes:

Randy and Julie Forehand

Dorothy Wright

Katharine B. Tierney Foundation

George M. Cruise Foundation

Tazewell County Board of Supervisors

Quarter Notes:

Altizer, Walk and White

Richlands Pharmacy Associates/ New Garden Pharmacy

Joe Adair

Gene and Martha Hurst

Mary W. Lawson

Lynda Stuart

Mary Sue Whitt

Sandra Whitt

Nancy Albert Wolf

Keene Family Foundation

Columbus Phipps Foundation

Frank L. Smoot Charitable Trust

Eighth Notes:

Clinch Valley Medical Center

David Mullins Wealth Management

Street Law Firm

TruPoint Bank

Mary G. Adams

Ken and Cynthia Anselmi

James and Becky Belcher

Donna Bell

Anne Adams Bishop

Nancy G. Brooks

Glenda Calver

Rod Cury

Joyce Gillespie

Charles R. King

Larry and Kathy Mitchell

Jane Thornhill

Sam and Martha Varney

Dr. Tommy and Tracey Wright

Southwest Cultural Arts Series

Russell County Board of Supervisors

Town of Bluefield, VA

Town of Richlands

Town of Tazewell

Grace Notes:

Anonymous in Memory of

Roy Wright

Appalachian Family Care

Maria Atanasov

Leonard Companies

Doug and Ginger Branton

Jim L. Dickinson

Ron and Naomi Levison

Kenny and Susan Lowe

Mike McClure

Larry and Kathy Mitchell

Rod and Linda Moore

Jim Morehead

Bob and Nona Nassif

Joe and Cindy Nicholson

Barbara Parker

Edmond Smith

Mary Ann Strong

Bob and Bonnie White

John and Jane Willis

Russell County Rotary Club

TCPL Friends of the Library

Town of Cedar Bluff

Town of Lebanon

Tazewell Music Club