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Posted 8/25/2014 / Labels: ,

ART ON THE VINE: It's not fine art! It's fun art!

Instructed by Anzietta DiPierro


It’s the new, trendy, fun night out! Sign up on your own or get together with friends for a girl’s night out, birthday party, date night, bridal shower, mother - daughter outing, employee teambuilding, and more. Unleash your innerVan Gogh as we paint and party!

No Experience Necessary!


Canvases, brushes, acrylic paints, and other supplies will be provided.  Bring your own wine or soft drink and an hors d’oeuvre or snack to share.  We’ll turn on some music, kick back, and relax! In each party-style workshop you’ll paint as the instructor leads you through each step one step at a time.  At the end of the night you’ll take home a one-of-a-kind painting and a newfound talent! Each workshop offers a new and different painting.  

Register early! Space is limited!

September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23,  November 13
Thursdays, 6 - 9 p.m.                       $35 per person




The September 11 painting:


"Rainbow Reflection"









The September 25 painting:
"Sunflowers Make Me Smile "


































The October 9 painting:
"Back to the Lake"











The October 23 painting: 
"Reach for the Sky: Autumn Birch"


























































Our November 13 painting:
"Spiral Silhouette"

















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Welcome to the Ashtabula Arts Center!




A part of the community for sixty years, The Ashtabula Arts Center is a multi-arts facility featuring dance, theater, music and visual arts. From summer kid's camp to ballroom dancing class, the Ashtabula Arts Center offers performances, activities, classes and other programing for all ages and all levels of artistic talents from the beginner to the advanced student.  Spend your free time at the Arts Center.  It's Ashtabula County's family place!


The Theater department offers a variety of classes throughout the year for both children and adults.  Straw Hat Theatre and G.B. Community Theatre offer year-round opportunities for amateur actors of all ages. Everyone, both young and old, is encouraged to join in and audition for a show or volunteer for one of our back stage crews. Productions play on our indoor and outdoor stages throughout the year and always includes comedies, dramas, musicals and more. 






The Dance department offers classes in classical ballet,  jazz, modern, ballroom, tap and more.  Through its resident performing company, Ballet Theatre Ashtabula, performances of "The Nutcracker" are produced annually.  A spring dance concert is also held, showcasing different styles of dance. Fitness classes such as Zumba are offered at different times throughout the year.






 The Music department offers a variety of programs, classes and recitals as well as individual instruction in clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, percussion, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin and cello.  We also offer voice lessons.  “The Good Life,” a community vocal group consisting of area singers, performs annually during the holiday season and in the spring.  “The Show-Offs” and “The Starlights” are the Arts Center’s young adult and youth choirs.  Each is available for performing in outside venues such as festivals, weddings, parties and more.

The focus of the Visual Arts department is to encourage creative stimulation and thought while providing an opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of creating works of art.  A wide variety of classes and workshops are offered including pottery, oil painting, sculpture, woodworking, drawing, knitting, screenprinting and many more.  Rotating gallery exhibits  feature the works of local, regional and national artists.  The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours.  Admission to the gallery is free.

Financial aid is available to those in need for classes and workshops.


Take a stroll around our website.  We're sure you'll find something fun for you and your family to do! And once you join us, we know you'll never want to leave!


 












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Director's Desk for Fall 2014

Fall marks the beginning of a new season at the Ashtabula Arts Center, traditionally coinciding with back-to-school timing.  We are celebrating by holding an Open House on Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and inviting the entire community.
If you are someone who hasn’t been to the arts center recently, please consider coming out and learning about the latest offerings you can enjoy here.  Not only do we want to keep our current students and audiences enthusiastic, but we need our former friends to reengage with us, while we also attract folks who have not yet visited.

As I look to build upon the legacy of my predecessors, I’m working with our talented and dedicated staff to make a few tweaks here and there in how we present our work and manage our relationships to bring you the best possible experiences.  I sincerely believe that our full-time artistic staff, part-time faculty, and the myriad talented volunteers who work onstage, backstage, and offstage all provide excellent quality for a very affordable cost, which will be reflected in some price changes for classes and shows.  I hasten to add that we offer financial aid for families who could use some assistance and free Brown Bag lunch concerts and Concerts on the Lawn during the summer, as well as opportunities to view our plays and dance performances for free when serving as a volunteer usher or concession worker.  One way or another, we want all residents of Ashtabula County to take advantage of what the arts center offers.

Our fall season brings a few new classes I want to call your attention to:  first, Art on the Vine.  What better way for us to acknowledge our tremendous Lake Erie and Grand River Valley wine heritage in this area than by pairing it with making art?!  Come out this fall and join us on a few select Thursday evenings—you may even find me partaking of the class—and some wine—with you.  I say that too about our Tai Chi and Ballroom Dance classes.  We’re very proud of our pre-professional ballet program and the many classes we hold for kids, but I also want to make sure you know about the diverse offerings we have in all our departments.  For the budding adult painter, we have beginner classes in both watercolor and acrylics.  For those of you more into theater, how about trying out for one of this season’s comedies or musicals—and if your talent or personality doesn’t extend to the stage, please consider volunteering to work backstage—we always need people to help with sets, costumes, lights, and sound.

So if you’re reading this and haven’t come visited us for awhile, please take a fresh look. We’re very eager to welcome you!

--Lori Robishaw
Executive Director







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Join us for an Arts Center Open House!

  Saturday, September 13

11 a.m. -  2 p.m.

It promises to be a free, fun for all the family day!  
We will have activities for all ages including:

~musical entertainment 
~ free back stage tours 
~free popcorn ~$2 hot dogs with all other concession items just $1!
~ meet State Representative John Patterson who will give opening remarks
~ door prizes will be given every half hour (must be present to win!)
~ view our new gallery exhibit  
~ free henna “mini” tattoo
~ art studio demonstrations 
~ ballroom dance demonstrations 
~pottery demonstrations ~ screenprint your own panel ~
~ hands on activities ~ and much, much more! 

Stop by and find out about all of our new and exciting events and activities coming this fall.

Bring your family. Bring a friend. Show them just how much the arts center has to offer!

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Our business hours and driving directions

Ashtabula Arts Center Hours



Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

 


The Arts Center will be closed
for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27 - 30.

We will reopen December 1 at 9:00 a.m.






Driving Directions to the Ashtabula Arts Center


Directions from the WEST (Mentor, Painesville, Cleveland)

I-90 or Rt. 20 to Rt. 45. Turn left; follow Rt. 45 until it ends at Rt. 531. Turn Right. Proceed approximately .9 miles to Martini’s. Veer right onto Atlantic Street - this turns into West 13th Street just before Kent State University. Kent State is on the left. The Arts Center is two blocks past Kent State on the right hand side of the street.

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Directions from the EAST & SOUTH (PA, Conneaut, Youngstown)


I-90 to Rt. 11 North, follow until it ends. Turn left onto Rt. 531. Follow 531over the lift bridge to top of the hill. At the traffic light, turn left onto Lake Avenue. Continue past the McDonald’s on the left. Pass the Shell Gas station on your right. The next street is West 13th Street. Turn right. The Arts Center is past the third stop sign on the left.

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Next on stage..."SchoolHouse Rock Live! Jr."

Children’s Theater Production Class II  presents...


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 19 - 21

Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.

Lyrics by  Bob Dorough 
Music by  Bob Dorough 
Lyrics by  Dave Frishberg 
Music by  Dave Frishberg 
Book by  George Keating 
Lyrics by  George Newall 
Music by  George Newall 
Lyrics by  Kathy Mandry 
Music by  Kathy Mandry 
Book by  Kyle Hall 
Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens 
Music by  Lynn Ahrens 
Book by  Scott Ferguson 
Lyrics by  Tom Yohe 
Music by  Tom Yohe 

Based on the ABC-TV
educational animated series which aired from the 1970’s.

The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is now the basis for one of the most fun musicals
ever to hit the stage,
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR.

Memorable songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and
“Conjunction Junction.”


Performed by kids for kids, our Children’s Theater productions often sell out quickly.
Order your tickets early!
(440) 964-3396

Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

- See more at: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000190#sthash.seR5g494.dpuf

Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by
Theatre BAM
From the Series Created by
George Newall and Tom Yohe
Based on an Idea by David McCall
Originally Conceived and Directed by Scott Ferguson
Book by
Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall and George Keating
Music and Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, David Frishberg,
Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
- See more at: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000190#sthash.seR5g494.dpuf

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Class and Workshop Registration Information




Registration prior to the first day of class is required in order to obtain an accurate number of students with which to hold a class. A minimum number of students is needed to hold a class. When necessary, a class will be canceled 24 hours prior to the starting day of the class. Classes and lessons are open to all people regardless of race, sex, religion, age, disability or national origin.

Payment

All classes must be paid at the time of registration unless otherwise noted, and can be made by cash, check, or Visa/ Mastercard (a $2 service fee will be applied to all credit card payments). Members receive a 10% discount on class fees. Lab, materials and/or model fees are excluded from this discount. Any additional fees are noted. When registering make your membership known.

Refund Policy

If a class must be canceled, registered persons will receive appropriate refunds. Persons desiring to withdraw from a class must do so before the first class session. If you drop a class after the first class has met, but before the second class meets, you will receive a refund for 75% of your tuition. There will be no refunds after the second class has met.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid are available to help defray the cost of classes for eligible students. Applications may be obtained at the Ashtabula Arts Center front desk during business hours or from the appropriate class coordinator. Applications are due one week before classes begin.

Participant Waiver

Please Note: By registering yourself or your child for a class/workshop at the Arts Center, you hereby waive and release all rights and claims for damages you or your child may have against the Arts Center and its employees. The Arts Center will not be responsible for injuries suffered by yourself or your children during classes, workshops or activities sponsored by the Arts Center. In addition, you also give the Arts Center and its employees the right to use you or your child’s photograph with or without you or your child’s name, for purposes such as advertising, publicity, and public presentations.

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Dance Class Schedule and Policies



Ballet Theatre Ashtabula is a pre-professional dance company founded in 1981 that provides students and area dancers the freedom to fully develop their technical and artistic abilities.  Our goal is to provide students who are career oriented with the necessary technical foundation while also allowing recreational students the opportunity to participate in classes of high standards. Made possible by a CDC grant, our dance studio is one of the finest in NE Ohio, with a basket weave construction sprung floor just like the one at Lincoln Center in NYC - an important factor in injury prevention. Financial aid is available for those in need.

COMMUNITY DIVISION FOR RECREATIONAL DANCERS:
Anyone is welcome to select classes at the beginning and intermediate levels.  We offer classes exclusively for children ages 4 -10 which explore the world of dance through movement, music, rhythm, and self-expression. Pre-Ballet and Ballet I students begin learning the fundamentals of ballet.

STUDENT AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENT DIVISION:
Consistent attendance is required as students gain an understanding of ballet technique. Other dance styles are also introduced to further enhance the student’s experience with dance as an art form. Dancers in this division are required to take the number of classes designated by their level in order to develop the strength, coordination, and artistry that is required to produce a well rounded dancer. Students are welcome to sign up for any additional classes they wish to take outside of their level requirements.

STUDENT AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:
BALLET II: Two ballet technique classes per week are required. $180 or $162 member rate.
BALLET III: Three ballet technique classes per week are required plus Beginning/Inter- mediate Modern. $342 or $307 member rate.BALLET III STUDENTS ON POINTE: Classes listed above plus Beginning Pointe are required. $427 or $384 member rate.
BALLET IV: Four ballet technique classes per week, Beginnning/Intermediate Pop Funk Jazz, & Intermediate/Advanced Pointe are required.  $513 or $461 member rate.


Classes

BALLET IV
Mondays, 4:30 - 6 p.m.                     Studio A
with Cassie Serdula
8 weeks beginning September 22

Intermediate/Advanced Pointe Mondays, 6 - 7 p.m.                           Studio A
with Cassie Serdula
8 weeks beginning September 22
By invitation only.

Ballet III
Mondays, 4:30 - 6 p.m.                     Studio B
 with Shelagh Dubsky
8 weeks beginning September 22

Tap For Kids
for ages 5 - 10                                       Studio B
with Karen Sly
Mondays, 6-6:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 22
Students will gain a firm foundation and understanding of the fundamentals needed by all tap dancers. Vocabulary and beginning steps learned will be steadily built upon. Dancers will gain rhythmic skill, coordination, and concentration while having fun moving to great music.

Ballet III & IV
with Clover Robinson                      Studio A Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23

Beginning/intermediate
Pop Funk Jazz
with Beth Leslie                                 Studio A Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23
Explore technique with a strong hip-hop influence that will be danced with a jazz-funk style. Wear comfortable clothing plus jazz shoes, sneakers, or bare feet.

Ballet II
with Shelagh Dubsky                        Studio B
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23

Beginning Pointe
 Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.                          Studio B
with ShelaghDubsky
8 weeks beginning September 23
By invitation only.

Beginning/Intermediate Modern
with Karen Sly                                      Studio A
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
Students will learn to use their bodies as instruments of individual expression and learn to initiate whole body movement with a strong core and sense of breath. The class will include footwork, center work, and grounded movement across the floor.

Ballet III & IV
with Shelagh Dubsky                          Studio A
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24

Creative Movement
with Shelagh Dubsky             for ages 4 and 5
 Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
We explore space and movement, improving coordination, and improving understanding of time and rhythm.

Beginning/Intermediate
Ballroom Dance
with Brenda Angle                               Studio B
 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
Single $90/$81 member rate
Couples $135/$121 member rate
 Learn to “dance like the stars” as we learn the steps of classic ballroom dances.

Ballet II
with Meghann Stell                             Studio A
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30
8 weeks beginning September 25

Ballet III & IV
with Meghann Stell                             Studio A
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25

Contemporary Dance Workshop
for ages 11 & up                                    Studio A
with Meghann Stell
 Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
A fusion of ballet and contemporary dance will be studied. Students will learn to
interpret music and express themselves through movement.

Pre-Ballet
with Cassie Serdula                           Studio B
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
Exploring a modified ballet technique, basic ballet vocabulary, body alignment, and rhythm will be introduced. Prerequisite: Creative Movement or director’s permission.

Ballet I
with Cassie Serdula                          Studio B
Thursdays, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
Formal training in classical ballet begins at this level. Learn basic vocabulary,
proper body alignment, and coordination. Musicality and creativity are developed.

Tai Chi 
with Ron Winters                        Studio B
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
$90 class fee/$81 member rate
This ancient, internal Chinese martial art is practiced today as a graceful form of exercise. Movements are performed in a slow focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps increase flexibility and balance.  Great for seniors or anyone looking for a gentle and 
peace-filled exercise program.


Dance Class Fees

1 CLASS: $90 class fee/$81 member rate
2 CLASSES: $180 class fee/$162 member rate
3 CLASSES: $270 class fee/$243 member rate
4 CLASSES: $342 class fee/$307 member rate
5 CLASSES: $427 class fee/$384 member rate
6 CLASSES: $513 class fee/$461 member rate
7 CLASSES: $598 class fee/$538 member rate

PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST at $15 per ½ hour or $25 per hour. Contact Shelagh Dubsky, Director of Dance.

Dance Class Policies

Class Placement:
Class placement in dance is determined by experience, maturity, and ability rather than age. It should be understood that more than one year is often needed in any given level.  Our main concern is to provide each individual student with the training necessary for their stage of development.  If a change to another level is approriate, you or the student will be notified at the end of the term. Parents are welcome to request a conference concerning a child’s progress.

Observing Classes:
Especially in the case of younger students, parents and friends are asked not to observe classes except when invited.  Children are often shy and distracted when they have an audience.  The last class of the term, family and friends will be invited to observe.  If parents have concerns about a child’s progress, a special observation day may be arranged.

Class Attire:
Ballet: Female students should wear pink tights and a solid color leotard. Pink ballet slippers should be worn for all ballet technique classes.  Male students should wear white or black ballet slippers and white t-shirts. Hair should be neatly groomed away from the face. Jazz: Loose clothing such as leotards, footless stirrup tights, running pants, t-shirts, etc. Tap: Tap shoes are required.

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Classes for Homeschoolers


CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS



Classes are no longer scheduled by the month but by the quarterly session.
Payment is expected at the time of registration.

No classes October 17.

COMPREHENSIVE ART
with Meeghan Humphrey
Grades 1 - 6: Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
OR 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades 7 - 12: Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
8 weeks beginning September 26
and ending November 21
(no class October 17)
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
This program gives home-schooled students exposure to the techniques and materials used in a traditional classroom setting.  Lessons are designed to teach basic art concepts such as color theory, drawing, painting, and sculpture.  Students will also be exposed to examples from art history and develop an expanded visual vocabulary.  New students are always welcome.

THEATER: CREATE-A-WORLD
for grades 1 - 6
with Emily Meranda
 Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
8 weeks beginning September 26
(no class on October 17)
$72 class fee/$65 member rate
Students will learn the basics of improvisation and devising to create their own world of characters and stories.  Working with theater games, props, and costumes, we will develop ensemble and performance skills in an environment that unlocks the creativity in each student.

ACTOR’S WORKSHOP
for grades 7 -12
with Emily Meranda
Fridays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 26
 (no class on October 17)
$80 class fee/$72 member rate
This class is designed for both the new and growing actor, and is a great way to develop and deepen your understanding of the craft.  Each week we will work as an ensemble to build skills using a variety of performance styles, including improvisation, scene and monologue work, music, and basic physical theater techniques to inspire creativity and tell a story.

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Creative Cooking Classes with Debbie LaPierre

Creative Cooking          
                           with Debbie LaPierre

Recipes are prepared and presented by the instructor with students observing. The emphasis of each class is to present unique recipes while demonstrating use of professional technique. Students will have tastings of food prepared and receive take home recipe packets.
$35 workshop fee/$31 member rate.     Please register at least one week in advance.

Tomatoes...a.k.a. Love Apples
Wednesday, September 24                           7 - 8:30 p.m.
Tomato...the world’s most loved vegetable...or is it a fruit? This class will feature interesting recipes using fresh and canned tomatoes. Tomato Caper Chicken, Tomato Jam, Homemade Ketchup, Tomato Tarts, and a variety of Stuffed Tomatoes will be prepared for tasting.


Layers of Flavors
Wednesday, October 15                             7 - 8:30 p.m.
All of the recipes in this class have one thing in common, layers of flavors!  Learn to prepare Tex Mex Seven Layer Salad, Mediterranean Layered Salad, Cupcake Lasagna, Layered Mashed Potato and Mushroom Casserole, and S’more Brownies.

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Visual Arts Classes


Please note: Some previous six week class sessions have been revised and are now eight weeks long.

STUDIO POTTERY
by invitation only, from the instructor
Anzietta DiPierro
Mondays, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 22
$90 class fee/$72 member rate
plus a $25 materials fee
Limited to 6 students
Students in this advanced class will work at their own pace while learning new technical skills.  For permission, call the instructor at (440) 964-3396.

BEGINNING POTTERY
for adults and teens ages 15 and up
with Anzietta DiPierro
Mondays, 7 - 8:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 22
$90 class fee/$72 member rate
plus a $25 materials fee
Limited to 8 students
Learn the basics of both hand building and working on the potter’s wheel.  There’s plenty of class time for practice and creativity as you create interesting works of art.

DRAWING FOR THE YOUNG ARTIST
for grades 1 - 3
with Meeghan Humphrey
Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
For the student who really loves to draw and wants to try new things or the student who needs a little help in building their self-
confidence in drawing.  We will work on drawing the things that interest your child.

THE ARTIST'S RECIPE BOX
Make your own art supplies!
for grades 1 - 3
with Meeghan Humphrey
Tuesdays, 5 - 6 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
We will follow recipes to create do-it-yourself art supplies.  Students who like to “experiment” in the kitchen, you will love this class.  We will create clays, paints, chalk, crayons, stamps, and more.  Students will receive recipe cards for all projects.

WATERCOLOR: TRY IT OUT
for adults/teens      with Rebecca Ollikainen
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Choose to paint a landscape
4 weeks beginning September 23
or choose to paint a still life in the studio
4 weeks beginning October 21
or choose to paint both!
$60 class fee/$54 member rate per project
Limited to 10 students
Not sure if watercolor is the thing for you?  In this class, all brushes, paint, and paper will be provided so you need not make a big investment in art supplies. Just bring yourself and a creative spirit. You will learn watercolor technique while completing a painting step-by-step with the instructor.

SCULPTURE
for adults/teens                       with Sandy Rill                  Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23
$90 class fee/$72 member rate
plus a $25 materials fee
An introduction to techniques in working with clay. The work produced will be primarily decorative. Good for beginners.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE KNITTING
for adults/teens   with Meeghan Humphrey
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23
$75 class fee/$67 member rate
Learn the basics of knitting.  Our first project will be a scarf.  As students progress, Meeghan will coach them through a project of their own choosing.  Bring 1 skein of worsted weight yarn and size 8 or 9 straight needles.  Choose a smooth yarn as bumpy and eyelash yarns are difficult to learn with.

YOUNG PICASSOS
for grades K - 3    with Meeghan Humphrey
Wednesdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Using famous artworks as inspiration we explore world of art through painting.

AUTUMN ART EXPLORERS
for grades 2 - 6     with Meeghan Humphrey
Wednesdays, 5 - 6 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
We will use paints, pastels, markers, ink pen, watercolors, and colored pencils as we focus on fall themes and colors.
 
DRAWING CLAWS, JAWS, AND PAWS
for ages 10 & up                  with Ralph Bacon
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Learn drawing and rendering techniques such as texture, shading, and foreshortening as we use mythologies, fables, and nature to create illustrations of monstrous critters.

SKETCHING FOR REFERENCE
for adults/teens                    with Ralph Bacon
Wednesdays, 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 24
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Good artists sketch quickly to help refine an idea as they create a tighter drawing, painting, or sculpture. This class will cover composition; aspects of tone, texture, values, and mass; the need for speed, the importance of different angles; and how to use it all to put together a new piece of art. Artists should bring their own sketchbooks. Paper can be provided for use in class.

PRESCHOOL ART EXPRESSION
See page 7

CLAYTIVITY
for grades 1-6                            with Sandy Rill
Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
plus a $10 materials fee
8 weeks beginning September 25
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Students will use their own creative ideas to work on a series of projects that incorporate the basic methods of hand building in clay.  All the projects will be bisque-fired and glazed to create permanent works of art.

BEGINNING/ INTERMEDIATE CROCHET
for adults/teens                     with Lisa Lowery
Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Learn basic crochet stitches and how to read a simple pattern and decode abbreviations.  With these skills you will make a scarf or other small project.  Bring a size J crochet hook and your favorite color of Red Heart brand worsted weight medium yarn. Intermediate students can work on their own project with support from the instructor.

TUNISIAN CROCHET
for adults/teens                     with Lisa Lowery
Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 25
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Tunisian crochet is a needlework technique that borrows elements from both knitting and crochet.  The instructor will provide needles.  Bring a medium weight Red Heart brand yarn and learn this fun technique.
ART FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
See side bar on the right.

BEGINNING ACRYLIC PAINTING:
TRY IT OUT
for adults/teens                 with Judy Campbell
Saturdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
6 weeks beginning September 27
(There will be no class on Oct. 11)
$60 class fee/$54 member rate
Limited to 10 students
No need to invest in art supplies. We supply all the materials, you supply only your time to explore the colorful world of acrylic painting. Create your own work of art, as the instructor leads you through the basics of color theory and mixing, application, composition, and design. We will work from a still-life photo or magazine subject. Learn lots of tips with special instructor input for beginners.
The last class will be a peer review or instructor critique.

WORKSHOPS

Decorative One Stroke Painting
Mondays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.          
 with Janet Regelman
$20 per class plus the supply fee.
Based on the method made popular by Donna Dewberry, each workshop creates a different project.  Sign up for one project or for all!  Great for beginners.
Sept. 8: Back to Basics                Supply Fee $3
Sept. 15: Dish Towel                   Supply Fee $3
Sept. 22: Burlap Canvas/Flowers
Supply Fee $4
Sept. 29: Mason Jar Lamp       Supply Fee $10 Oct. 6: Back to Basics                 Supply Fee $3 Oct. 13: Textured Bucket         Supply Fee $10
Oct. 20: Wood Book Drawer    Supply Fee $8
Oct. 27: Roc Lon Multi Purpose Cloth
Supply Fee $10
Nov. 3: Multi Purpose Cloth part 2    
Supply Fee $3
Nov. 10: Christmas Card Ornaments
Supply Fee $10
Nov. 17: Winter Wreath Candle Holder
Supply Fee $8
Nov. 24: Landscape Canvas      Supply Fee $4

THE ART OF RAKU
for adults/teens        with Anzietta DiPierro
Choose your two-day workshop:
Saturdays, September 20 and 27
or Saturdays, October 18 and 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$40 workshop fee/$36 member rate
Limited to 20 students
Raku is a Japanese pottery technique using an outdoor-gas fired kiln.  The pots are placed in the kiln, heated quickly to liquefy the glaze, and then removed and placed in a barrel of burnable material.  The high heat and smoke work together to make beautiful glaze effects.  Students will be able to assist with the firing of their pots.
Day #1: Students will make two simple forms using pinch-pot method.
Day #2: Students will use special raku glazes and help fire pieces in the outdoor kiln.
No experience is necessary for this class.

ZENTANGLE YOUR SHOES!
adults/teens          with Meeghan Humphrey
Saturday, October 4                   noon - 4 p.m.
$35 workshop fee/ $31 member rate
Zentangles are graphic designs that can be made step-by-step and anyone can do them. Use this fun decorative method to design a one-of-a-kind pair of tennis shoes.  Bring a pair of canvas shoes to decorate and your creativity and you will end the class with a fun addition to your wardrobe.
Listen ~ Learn ~ Create

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Theater and Music Classes and Workshops

THE SHOWOFFS 
for grades 5 - 8 
with Debra Fleming and Kimberly Godfrey 
Mondays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 22 
$64 class fee/$58 member rate
The “The Showoffs” is a group of musical theatre performers who will focus on putting a show together in the style of a cabaret to share with friends and parents during the student music recital on November 17 at 7 p.m. ”The Showoffs” may be invited to perform at 
nursing homes, churches, benefits, fundraisers, and other events. (Must have a 
minimum of 8 students, maximum of 30.)

STARLITE SINGERS
for K - grade 4
with Debra Fleming and Kimberly Godfrey 
Mondays, 5:15 - 6 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 22
$64 class fee/$58 member rate
 The “Starlite Singers” focus on putting a show together in the style of the TV show, Glee, to share with friends and parents during the student music recital on November 17 at 7 p.m. The“Starlite Singers” may be invited to perform at nursing homes, churches, benefits, fundraisers, and other events. (Must have a minimum of 8 students, maximum of 30.)

THE ARTS CENTER SINGERS
grades 9 - 12
with Debra Fleming and Kimberly Godfrey 
Tuesdays, 5 - 6 p.m. 
8 weeks beginning September 23
$72 class fee/$65 member rate
“The Arts Center Singers” is a class that is based around singing Broadway tunes, show choir classics, and holiday and wedding music. This is a class for music-loving performers. There will be a final concert toward the end of the session during the student music recital on November 17 at 7 p.m. There is a possibility that being a part of this class the group may be hired for concerts at nursing homes, churches, benefits, fundraisers, and other events.  
(Must have a minimum of 8 students, maximum of 30.)

CREATE-A-WORLD
grades 4 - 8
with Emily Meranda
(maximum of 12 students) 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
8 weeks beginning September 23
$72 class fee/$65 rate
Students will learn the basics of
 improvisation and devising to create their own world of characters and stories.  Working with theater games, props, and costumes, we will develop ensemble and performance skills in an environment that unlocks the creativity in each student. 

ACTORS WORKSHOP 
grades 7 - adult
with Emily Meranda
(maximum of 15 students) 
Tuesdays, 7 - 8 p.m. 
8 weeks beginning September 23
$80/$72 member rate
This class is designed for both the new and growing actor, and is a great way to develop and deepen your understanding of the craft.  Each week we will work as an ensemble to build skills using a variety of performance styles, including improvisation, scene and monologue work, music, and basic physical theater techniques to inspire creativity and tell a story. 

STORYBOOK STAGECRAFT: PAGE TO THE STAGE
K - grade 3                      with Emily Meranda                    Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
8 weeks beginning September 23                                   $72 class fee/$65 member rate
(maximum of 12 students) 
Come along and explore some mischievous characters as they get in and out of trouble!  Using popular book series like Curious George, Madeline, and Strega Nona, students will use costumes and props while exploring their imaginations and practicing skills in storytelling and working together as a group.

"BRRR!" IT’S A FROZEN WINTER WORKSHOP

for princesses of all ages!
Dress like a princess and don’t forget your camera!
Saturday, December 6                   9:15 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
$15 workshop fee
$13.50 member rate

Come and experience the world of theater as princesses tell some of our favorite stories of the Christmas season! There will be fun had by all when you experience the actress inside through this theater workshop.  Must have a minimum of 15/maximum of 30.



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Classes for Preschoolers: Thursdays are for Tots:

Thursdays are for Tots: Classes for Preschoolers 

For ages 3 - 5. All classes run for five weeks beginning September 25.
Take one class for $30 each/$27 member rate or $81/$73 member rate when you register for all three.

PRESCHOOL MUSIC
with Carol Linsenmeier
Thursdays, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
As a start for a lifelong love of music, children will sing folk and traditional songs, play musical games, and more as we work to develop listening, social, and pre-reading skills.

PRESCHOOL ART EXPRESSION
with Meeghan Humphrey
Thursdays, 10:05 - 10:45 a.m.
Preschoolers will explore the tools and materials used in making art.  We will create with paint, paper, scissors, glue, and lots of other fun materials.  Students will learn to relate their projects to a story or idea and the season.  They will receive instruction in the proper use and care of materials.  Students will be encouraged to develop confidence through doing.  Dress for a mess.


PRESCHOOL DRAMA
with Kimberly Godfrey
Thursdays, 10:50 - 11:20 a.m. 
This class focuses on using movement and imagination, and working with others. We will create and tell stories as we explore the world of acting. 

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Halloween Kid’s Day Out


October 17
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost $45 per child/$41 member rate paid at the time of registration

Oooh, Eeeek, Yipes!
Halloween is coming and the kids have a day off school. What a great combination for some fun.
Spend the day with us at the arts center and make all kinds of Halloween crafts and treats like bat decorations, cards, scary snacks, creepy drawings,  Halloween rubber stamp designs, fake blood and bruises.  We will also make a batch of stretchy, gooey, glop to take home with you.  There might even be a scary story (but not too scary!). We’ll keep your child busy and entertained all day.
Register early. This event fills up fast.


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The Ashtabula Arts Center Foundation


The Foundation was founded by two brothers, Lawrence L. and Willard T. Hill. They believed a plan should be established for the welfare of the Ashtabula Arts Center and its expansions through a means of perpetuating gifts of money and securities. It was established on April 25, 1974, and is operated by a Board of Supervisors. Supervisors meet quarterly to review the program and determine how income should be used. Monetary gifts are permanently recorded along with your name, or memorialized name(s). The supervisors invest gifts prudently. In this way, income is earned, thereby adding to the resources of the Foundation. The supervisors, board, and staff of the Arts Center are most grateful for gifts to the Foundation.

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AUDITIONS for G. B. Community Theatre 2014 - 15 productions

~ Auditions ~

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Directed by Marti Milliken-Dixon
Auditions will be held on
Sunday, September 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
and Monday, September 22 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. They will consist of readings of the script.

Greater Tuna
Directed by Aaron Drews
TBA (Check our website and your
e-mail for updates.)

Enchanted April
Directed by Stephen Rhodes
Auditions will be held on
Tuesday, November 4
and Wednesday, November 5
from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Please come prepared with a monologue
and British dialect.

Company
Directed by Christy Seymour
Auditions will be held on
Saturday, January 25
and Sunday, January 26
 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Please come prepared with a short song

For all shows: Please bring a list of calendar
conflicts to be used for scheduling purposes.

Please note!
Everyone is welcome to audition.
If you are not cast in a production, we hope you will consider joining the backstage crew.
We very much need your skills and talents.
Putting on a show is a team effort. While actors have the showier part, the fact of the matter is that without a crew, they’ve got no show. Having actors who are familiar with the stage taking a turn at working on the backstage crew can make the difference between a good show and a great show.
At the same time, you’ll learn a new skill and will have fun working with the production team!

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In Our Gallery...Sandra Gottlieb's "Waves in Black and White"



SANDRA GOTTLIEB
“Waves in Black and White” 

On display
September 19 through October 30

   The Ashtabula Arts Center is pleased to present the work of photographer Sandra Gottlieb. She has spent the last fifteen years of her life photographing the magnificent waves from a secluded beach in Rockaway Beach, New York. Gottlieb demonstrates the innate capability to capture the ever-changing beauty and mystery in each wave of the ocean. She strives to express the natural, unaltered ocean and does not edit her photos beyond the zoom of her lens.

Sponsored by
Exhibition organized through 
Katharine T. Carter & Associates



Gallery Hours:

Monday - Thursday 
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The gallery is also open 
before theater performances 
and during intermission.

Admission to the gallery is free.


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Join the arts center today!

Join the Ashtabula Arts Center

Membership year July 1 – June 30 annually
Individual contributors will be recognized in the following categories:

SINGLE $25 -$49
Invitations to special events
Reduced class and workshop fees
Discounts on series events and theater subscriptions

MEMBER $50 - $99
Single benefits, plus all family members included

SUPPORTER $100 - $249
Member benefits, plus two tickets to any performance

FRIEND $250 - $499
Supporter benefits, plus:
Two free classes for two household members (4 classes total)

Patron $500 - $1,499
Friend benefits, plus:
Two free classes for two household members (4 classes total)

BENEFACTOR $1,500 - $4,999
Patron benefits, plus:
Four free classes for two household members (8 classes total)
Two additional tickets to any performance (4 tickets total)

CORNERSTONE $5,000 AND UP
Benefactor benefits, plus:
Four more tickets to any performance (4 tickets total)

Name:  ___________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________
City: ___________________________________ State: _____________________ Zip:  ___________
E-Mail: __________________________________  Phone: __________________________________
 ______ I will contribute $ _________________
______ My company has a matching gift program
            Company name: _____________________________________________
Please make checks payable to Ashtabula Arts Center.
Pay by credit card (Visa/Master Card/Discover)
            Card # _____________________________________________________
            Expiration date: ____________________  V-Code __________________
Please send completed form to:
Ashtabula Arts Center
2928 W. 13th Street
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004


THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!

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Join us for“Dinner Before the Show”


Prior to select performances, these set menu dinners are held in the gallery. Reservations and prepayment are required no later than noon on the Wednesday prior to the event.  Always popular, seats often sell out before the deadline and tickets should be purchased as early as possible.  Dinner seating begins at
6:00 p.m. Cost is $19 plus the price of your theater ticket. (440) 964-3396

Little Shop of Horrors
on Saturday, October 11
with chef Angie Gasch

Dinner Menu:
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
Garden Tossed Salad
Tender Lemon Chicken
Roasted Root Vegetables
Rolls & Butter
Sherbet




Laughter on the 23rd Floor 
on Saturday, November 8
 with chef Mary Ann Kline

Greater Tuna 
on Saturday, January 24
 with chef TBA

Enchanted April
 on Saturday, February 14
with chef TBA

Company
on Saturday, April 18
with chef Angie Gasch

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G. B. Community Theatre 2014 - 15 Season Schedule

Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19
Little Shop of Horrors  

Book by  Howard Ashman 
Music by  Alan Menken 
Lyrics by  Howard Ashman 
Based on the film by Roger Corman
screenplay by Charles Griffith 



Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 7-9, 14 & 15
Laughter on the 23rd Floor

By Neil Simon



Jan. 16-18, 23-25
Greater Tuna

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard



Feb. 6 & 7, 13-15, 20-22
Enchanted April

By Matthew Barber
from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim



April 10 & 11, 17-19, 24-26
Company

       Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth




All shows: 
Fridays & Saturdays 
begin at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

For Tickets: 
(440) 964-3396

Adult $ 17
Senior/Student $15
Child age 12 and under $13

Or save $2 per ticket when you purchase tickets in advance. Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. for Friday performances or by noon on Saturday for Saturday and Sunday shows. All ticket sales are final.



G.B. Community Theatre is sponsored by



Little Shop Of Horrors 
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com - See more at: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000188#sthash.Ktz3xDWD.dpuf


Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Greater Tuna
Is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Enchanted April
Is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.

Company
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com
- See more at: http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000030#sthash.CXydrK1P.dpuf

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