Festival of the Arts Schedule

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Festival of the Arts Schedule

Sunday April 2:  Richmond Ballet II, 3:00 p.m., SWCC King Community Center

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Stolen Moments by Val Caniparoli Richmond Ballet All rights reserved.

Richmond Ballet II
will present a performance of repertoire including A Tribute, Notturno and Stolen Moments.

The Richmond Ballet Residency is made possible through special funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.


Monday, April 3:  Richmond Ballet II lecture demonstration, 11:30 a.m. (bus in students)

Friday, April 21:  Berea College Country Dancers, 7:30 p.m., SWCC King Community Center
Reception hosted by Mark and Trish Estepp

berea college country dancers

Berea College Country Dancers

Dancers will perform English Country and American Contra Dances, Morris and Sword Dances from the British Isles, dances from Denmark and Appalachian Square Dance and Clogging. Berea College Dancers have performed at the White House, nationally and internationally, soon to travel to China and Denmark.


Saturday, April 22:  Dance Workshop with Berea College Country Dancers, 10:00-12:00, King Community Center

*An Evening at the Ballroom: Dinner, Dance Demonstrations by Arthur Murray Dancers and Dancing
6:30-10:30 p.m., Tazewell County Country Club

6:30 p.m.: Reception and Dinner Catered by Basement Bistro at Clinch Valley Medical Center

7:45 p.m.: Professional Floor Show followed by a Student Showcase and Relaxed Group Dance Instruction

$35 per person includes dinner and two complimentary beverages

Reservations and ticket purchases to be made in advance by April 15. Call 276-964-7348/276-964/7347 for reservations and tickets

Sunday, April 23: Festival Fanfare: Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra 4:00 p.m., SWCC King Community Center

Tuesday, April 25 Festival Café, Lunch -11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: ($6, Students $5)
Sponsored by the SWCC Music Program
SWCC Community Center

Kevin Locke: Native American Hoop Dancer and Musician Lecture Demonstrations at Cedar Bluff – 10:00 a.m. and Raven Elementary Schools – 1:30 p.m.

Camerata Virtuosi New York  Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Memorial Concert
7:30 p.m., Elk Garden United Methodist Church, Elk Garden

Thursday, April 27: Jeopardy, 12:10 p.m., Dellinger Hall 118

Camerata Virtuosi New York
Jan McClure Memorial Concert

7:30 p.m., Tazewell Baptist Church, Tazewell

Friday, April 28: *Denim, Dine and Dance: An Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Cake Walk
Music by the Tower Street String Band and Dance Caller Joan Yates
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., The Barn at The Leonard Farm, Westover, Lebanon, VA

tower street band

BBQ by Keene Family BBQ

$20 per person (includes two complimentary beverages)

Enjoy “easy” dances such as Virginia Reel, Gay Gordon, Hat Dance, Patty Cake Polka, Oh, Susannah, Texas Two Step and others
Call 276-964-7347 or 276-964-7348 for ticket information

Saturday, April 29: Spotlight on Talent, 11:00 a. m., SWCC King Community Center

Camerata Virtuosi New York, in memory of Betty T. Corte
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, College Avenue, Bluefield, VA

Sunday, April 30: A Vortex of Energy Exhibit, Artist’s Talk, 2:00 p.m., Elmes Gallery

Festival Finale: Piano X Three,

3:00 p.m., SWCC King Community Center
Reception hosted by Kathy & Larry Mitchell to follow Concert

All performances are by Voluntary Donation at the door except where noted with *

Please call (276)964-7348 / 7347 for information.

Festival of the Arts Exhibits

SWCC King Community Center Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery

artwork by Gloria Coker

Artwork by Gloria Coker

Photography by: Nicholas Elmes

Photography by:
Nicholas Elmes

A Vortex of Energy: The Artworks of Gloria Coker and Nicholas Elmes

April 2-30, 2017

The creative expression of painter Gloria Coker and photographer Nicholas Elmes, who share a common vision in capturing the dynamism and energy of dance, is featured in this exhibit. Time and motion are caught in the acrylic swirls of Coker’s paintbrush and the swooshing colors of Elmes’ lens.

Appalachian Arts Center, Rt. 19 (the former Archie Helton Store)


April 8-29, 2017

dance around the world

This exhibit will showcase artwork created by elementary school children in a series of workshops focusing on the art of dance throughout many cultures. Life sized self-portraits, in various dance poses, will be decorated by the students, in the tradition and appropriate clothing of the dance pose they chose. Participants will learn about the Native American Fancy Shawl Dance and will draw and paint a portrait of a fancy shawl dancer.

Saturday, April 29, 12 noon:           Reception and Exhibit Viewing

Appalachian Arts Center hours:          Tuesday- Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Schedules & Festivities Subject to Change


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