LUNCH WITH THE ARTS (PRO045)Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany Arts Council, and Potomac Edison are pleased to present the fall 2012 season of the “Lunch with the Arts” series. The sessions will be held on Thursdays in October from Noon to 1:00 P.M. Each week, a local artist will lead an informal demonstration/discussion pertaining to their individual art form. The cost of each session is just $12.00 and includes a delicious lunch provided by the Culinaire Café.
Back by popular demand! “A Lunch with the Arts” Season Pass (PRO334). Save more than 10% off the individual session rate. All four sessions for just $43.00. This makes a wonderful gift for the art lovers in your life.
The Gateway Center is located just off Maryland I-68 on the Downtown Cumberland Mall, 112 Baltimore Street. Lunch with the Arts is held in the 2nd floor conference room.
For more information or to register, please contact Allegany College of Maryland at 301-784-5341.
October 4, 2012
Danny Durr, Choreographer/Dance & Fitness Instructor
Danny teaches all ages and a wide range of dance styles from Creative Movement to Advanced Dance. He teaches ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. Danny is an instructor at the Riverside YMCA where he teaches more than 20 weekly classes in group fitness and dance. He is a certified Zumba instructor and also teaches merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, samba, flamenco, and bollywood. Danny is also the Artistic Director for Ydance, the dance program offered at the YMCA.
In conjunction with Ydance, Danny is also the instructor/choreographer for the dance crew “Chorevo.” Chorevo is an auditioned group of well-rounded dancers that perform throughout the area. Chorevo has received superior ratings in competitions and has performed at various venues and concerts.
Danny serves triple duty at Allegany County’s very own professional theater, The Cumberland Theater, as choreographer, actor, and dancer. He has choreographed and performed in such shows as Hairspray, RENT, The Rocky Horror Show, and this past summer’s production of Pirates of Penzance. He also choreographed Frostburg State University’s production of Made in America. Danny works with The Apple Alley Players, choreographing such shows as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Arrowettes, ACM Dance Team, The Rockets, and The Sentinal Sounds are a few of the groups with whom Danny has worked. He also proudly teaches dance to children and adults with developmental disabilities at The Potomac Centre in Romney, West Virginia.
October 11, 2012
Loretta Hummel, Musician-Country, Gospel & Bluegrass
Local musician Loretta Hummel has been delighting regional audiences for many years. Loretta says “My philosophy in life is that we should use the talents that God has given us. We should do the best we can in whatever we do. For what we put into life, we get out of life. I believe that we must teach our children self-worth and confidence. I find that most everything we do in life is by faith, courage, and perseverance. I love life itself when I can bring happiness to other people. I believe in opening my heart so that others will see the sun shine.”
A resident near Frostburg, Hummel is a singer and acoustic songwriter who has recorded and released several music albums. She plays guitar and performs a variety of country, gospel and bluegrass music in the tri-state area. Loretta was featured in the Mountain Discoveries Magazine. Hummel has performed in a variety of places including the Berlin Music Festival, Burlington Apple Festival, Saturday’s on Broadway, Constitution Park, Sagebrush Round-Up at the WV Country Music Hall of Fame, Maple City Blue Grass Festival and Cumberland’s We’ve Got Talent. In 2006, Loretta was a finalist in the Maryland Senior America Pageant. In 2010 and in 2011, she was a Silver Heart winner for her original songs in the Eastern Division of the Country Gospel Music Association in Branson, Missouri. She is a member of the Allegany Arts Council, Country Gospel Music Association, United Methodist Women, Pennsylvania Fiddlers Association, and she is in the Senior America Cameo Club of the Senior America Pageant.
October 18, 2012
Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, Kaitlyn Wharton is currently entering her senior year at Allegany High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and award winning Allegany High School Marching Band. Kaitlyn, a member of the Allegany Arts Council, is an avid volunteer who spends much of her time on the Arts Bus at local festivals. She is a very enthusiastic artist with a capacious array of talents. She paints with watercolor, acrylics, oils, and calligraphy ink on canvas and paper to create artistic pieces that tantalize and intrigue. Many of her paintings and drawings are based upon fantastical images of her own creation. Kaitlyn also enjoys writing and illustrating comic books featuring the adventures of a colorful cast of characters. She has been interested in art since she was very young and has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. Wharton held her debut art show at Dante's in Frostburg, Maryland in 2011. Since her debut she has taken on several freelance projects. She will be hosting her next show at the Cumberland Theater on April 18 through May 5, 2013, during the production of "Avenue Q."
October 25, 2012
Dalis Davidson is a shepherd, artist, dyer, painter, crafter, felter, knitter, weaver, and jewelry maker. Art is the outlet for her abundant energy. Dalis feels she must create something daily that pleases her. Whether it be a painting, a felt purse, a knitted or woven scarf, a mosaic mirror, a fused glass pendant, or an ornamental gourd, she likes to end the day with having satisfied my “creative craving.” Dalis’ main love is for fiber, the natural,organic feel of fresh wool in her hands. She uses the wool as a canvas for color. She sees colors that complement, that clash, and that just look great together. Dalis uses this innate sense of color in the painting of her yarns, watching colors emerge and overlap. When knitted, the colors flow gracefully and resemble an impressionistic painting. Knitting is a “soft” addiction for Dalis and her knitting is never far from reach. Felting has been an interest of hers for years now. She likes abstract, multi-colored pieces with texture, body and undulating colors. She is very passionate about color, light, illumination, laughter, magic and making everyday a joy to live. Dalis’ motto: Don’t just sit there, make something!