LUNCH WITH THE ARTS (PRO045)
Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany Arts Council and Potomac Edison are pleased to present the Spring 2013 season of the “Lunch with the Arts” series. The sessions will be held on Thursdays in April 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 $14.00 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 15% off the individual session rate. All four sessions for just $48.00. 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.
Artists sponsored by Potomac Edison
April 4, 2013
Writer and Painter
Dr. Craig Etchison is a retired professor of English at Allegany College of Maryland and former chair of the Language Division at Glenville State College, WV. His first book was a biography, Maine Main: The Life and Times of a Downeaster, followed by a collection of short stories based on his experiences in the Vietnam War titled Vietnam Snapshots. He began writing young adult novels after teaching classes in children’s and adolescent literature, including The World Weaver trilogy and The Silver Key, all fantasy novels, followed by Journey into Darkness, a realistic young adult novel focusing on what civilians face during war. He has also published numerous articles on the environment and other social issues.
April 11, 2013
Donna Whitford Housel
Donna Whitford-Housel is a lifelong native of Bedford County, PA. Her passion for exploring the natural surroundings of Bedford County was developed throughout her childhood and beyond. As a Continuing Education instructor at Allegany College of Maryland, she teaches Pastel, Colored Pencil and Drawing classes and has recently begun doing workshops in Encaustics. She has taught drawing and pastel at the Somerset County Artist Association’s Art Seeds program and at the Community Art Center of Cambria County and at her “Bear Paw” studio. A founding member and President of The Colored Pencil Society of America, Chapter121, She is also a member of the Allegany Art Council, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, National Art Education Assoc. and the International Encaustic Artists and the Garrett County Art Council. Her work is currently on display at The Gallery in Oakland, Md., and the Bedford County Art Council, Bedford, Pa.
April 18, 2013
Judith Brown received her Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary, School of Sacred Music, New York City, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa., where she majored in organ and choral directing. She has studied with Alec Wyton, John Weaver and Robert Shaw, has served as Assistant Organist at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, and St. James Episcopal Church, Manhattan and was for 25 years the Minister of Music at The Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church, a suburb of Manhattan, where she directed five choirs and was the founding force behind the oratorio ensemble, The Festival Choir and Orchestra, where she directed a 60-voice ensemble and 20-piece professional orchestra in the great works of choral literature. Currently Ms. Brown is the Artistic Director of The Cumberland Choral Society, Director of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Maryland, an accompanist in the Music Department at Frostburg State University, teaches voice, piano and organ privately, and concertizes in the tri-state area.
April 25, 2013
From levitation to making a rabbit appear, illusionist and magician Rhett Wolford has become an in-demand unique performer in the tri-state area for several years. Aside from magic, Wolford has appeared in a number of theatrical performances – most notably at the Cumberland Theatre in recent years including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Jekyll and Hyde, and Avenue Q. A graduate of Bedford High School, Wolford also added educator to his resume this year when he agreed to teach the course “The Art of Magic” for Allegany College of Maryland’s Center for Continuing Education. The class will culminate with the “Art of Magic by Rhett Wolford” magic show at ACM’s Robert S. Zimmer theatre on June 1.