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Lunch with the Arts (PRO045)

Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany Arts Council and First Energy are pleased to present the spring 2014 season of the "Lunch with the Arts" series. The sessions will be held on Thursdays from March 20- April 10, 2014 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. Save 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. Ask for course number: PRO334.

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 A FirstEnergy Company


March 20, 2014
Just Fiddlin' Around
Terry Lee and Peter Pihos, Musicians/ Traditional Irish and Scottish

Having picked up a fiddle about 10 years ago, Terry Lee soon fell in love with the rich traditional style of playing and learning music from some of the old masters of Irish and Scottish music. Traditional tunes are those that have been passed from one musician to another (usually by ear) and are set to dancing. She has been learning and playing Irish Trad for the past 7 years, learning from great musicians (Beanie O'Dell of the Red Wellies, Rose Flanagan and Jeff Thomas). She has also traveled to Scotland the past 6 years to learn traditional Scottish music on the Isle of Skye from masters Alasdair Fraser, Patsy Reid as well as Hanneke Cassel and has had the privilege of performing there often including for the Scottish President. She is co-creator of the Western Maryland Tradition Irish open learning sessions, held monthly (open to anyone who plays a traditional instrument and wants to learn this style) and co-hosts weekly sessions at her house.

Peter Pihos started playing the Irish pennywhistle so that he could play along with his wife Terry who plays a fiddle and had an interest in Scottish/Irish music. With no prior music experience and at age 52 when he first picked up a whistle, Peter is proof that it is never too late to learn to play an instrument and get involved in a music scene. After a couple of workshops Peter found himself attending weekly Irish sessions led by concertina player Jeff Thomas. After having played the pennywhistle for 4 years he attended a performance of the All Ireland Button Accordion Champion Billy McComiskey and made the decision that the accordion was going to be his second instrument. In 2012 Peter attended the Baltimore Irish Music Festival that included workshops with Billy McComiskey and group sessions. Upon his return he decided to create an Irish music scene in Cumberland and is a co-leader of the monthly Irish session for beginners at the Allegany Art Council and weekly sessions at his home.

March 27, 2014
Inspiration through Poetry
Tiffany Santos, poet/writer

Tiffany Santos, a Western Maryland native, is an avid poet, writer, cinephile, new media publicist, event planner, producer, and educator. She has taught various types of writing classes for summer programs, colleges, writers' retreats, and community schools. She is the owner of Cranberryjade Services, a freelance writing and editing service. Tiffany graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in gender studies and a minor in Asian studies and has completed some graduate level work in poetry from Carlow University's low-residency program. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published in several literary journals including the Backbone Mountain Review and Dionne's Story: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose for the Awareness of Relationship Violence. She currently works part-time as a gallery attendant and program coordinator for the Allegany Arts Council. Tiffany will be talking about all the various ways a poet gains inspiration. Using examples from her own work as well as celebrated poets, she will give line by line discussions of how each poem is crafted.

April 3, 2014
Finding his "re" purpose in Life
Tony Cornwell, Visual "Renewal" Artist

After being away from "home" for 13 years, Tony Cornwell moved back to beautiful Little Orleans, bought an old farmhouse on a bit of land where he currently lives with his wife, Stephanie, and a crazy number of rescued cats and dogs. It was here that his true creativity kicked in-- whether re- building his own farmhouse or remodeling a customers. The visual is key in all Tony does- even in the simplest project. He sees the beauty and character in "old-stuff" and loves to re-purpose and re-invent. Like taking an old chestnut chest and shutters and calling it a couch! And so it also goes for his art or "faces" as he calls them for lack of a fancier word. He spreads out all of his old finds (which means found at yard-sales, EBAY, job-sites or maybe the side of the road) and waits to see what comes together. His inanimate objects probably do a little "speakin" too! From old pulleys, flashlights, poultry-feeders, antique hardware, trunks, and farm tools he creates faces. Some are whimsical.... Some have a sci-fi influence... Some are functional... Some funny while others are well, kinda weird! And some simply remind him of his friends!

April 10, 2014
Bringing the Dream Home
Coty Warn, Actress/Director/Entrepreneur

Coty Warn is an artist, dreamer, and visionary that has turned her love of make believe and dress up into a successful career. Coty began her performing career at the age of 3 singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and "Tomorrow " to the customers dining at her parent's restaurant, The Hen House, and the rest is history. A professional actress, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, teacher and now entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience, Coty is excited to be opening Mountain City Center for the Arts, Western Maryland's premier arts facility. Prior to creating and operating Mountain City Center of the Arts, Warn has worked in all of the major entertainment markets including; D.C, Pittsburgh, New York, and Los Angeles as an actor, director, choreographer, and teacher. A graduate of Frostburg State University with concentrations in acting and directing, Coty has worked across the country for a number of award winning companies alongside stars of Broadway, Film, and TV. Ms. Warn has also had the privilege of studying with some of the best teachers and mentors in the industry including award winning teacher Anthony Meindl, voted LA's number one acting school Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop, Fitzmaurice Voice Work creators Catherine Fitzmaurice and Saul Kotezubei, Clay Banks of Clay Banks Studio International, Dallas Travers - The Actors Advocate, Improv with Lia Fischer of Second City Chicago, and dance at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and the Debbie Reynolds Dance Center in Los Angeles. Warn also had the opportunity to work with EMH productions facilitating workshops with notable Los Angeles based casting directors. Described as " a classic with a twist! " Coty is blessed to do what she loves every day and hopes to continue to tell stories, inspires others, create opportunities, and pave pathways for artists of all ages to nurture and pursue their passions. She is excited to create a safe environment for creative exploration at Mountain City Center for the Arts.