A Concert for Michael Rice

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, a concert honoring Michael Rice will be held.  We are not calling it a “memorial concert," as Michael did not want that, but it will be a concert premiering an extraordinary piece of music written for him by our Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Jon Grier.  The composition will feature John Ravnan’s strings students with soprano Mary Freeman and will be followed by the dedication of  the Voice Studio in Michael's name.
Tickets are required to attend this event. The tickets are free, but they are necessary because we have limited space.  Those wishing to attend should call the school office at 864-355-2551 during business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) to make reservations.  Those reserving tickets may pick them up from the office, or the tickets may be picked up at the door on the evening of the concert.   We will not be able to admit those without a ticket. 

An additional concert will be offered at 8 p.m. and will include additional strings selections by Mr. Ravnan's students. The 8 p.m. performance will be open to the public with no reservation required.

Thank you,
Dr. Roy Fluhrer


2012 National Juried High School Metals Exhibition on Display Now at FAC

First Place: Maxine Pelligra
From February 3 to March 23, 2012, you can view the 2012 National Juried High School Metals Exhibition in the Sheffield Wood Gallery at FAC.  
The biennial National Juried High School Metalsmithing Exhibition was started by retired Fine Arts Center metals teacher Susan Willis, and current metals teacher Katy Bergman Cassell is continuing the tradition. "It connects me to the other teachers in the country who share a passion for this media and who are making the extra effort to gain national exposure for our students' work," says Ms. Cassell.
The goals of the exhibition are to highlight the accomplishments of students and teachers at the high school level, to showcase how metal can be used to achieve artistic expression, and to generate interest in and excitement about the fields of metals and enameling. Work eligible for submission included jewelry, vessels, objects, enameling, and even mixed media, as long as metal was the primary material. The show was open to all high school students and recent graduates, and the work must have been made within the last three years during high school.
Of 163 entries from 18 programs in 9 states, 79 were accepted, including 11 works from FAC students. Juror Bob Ebendorf also chose awards for exceptional pieces.

Said Ebendorf, "There was such wonderful work, much of it on par with what college students create. In celebration of this endeavor by the teachers and students, I’d like them all to be included in the invitational 2014 National High School Metals Exhibition. Congratulations to all students who entered. Submitting their work for judgment and risking non-acceptance takes courage."
Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the awards:
Metalliferous, $200 and $100 Gift Certificates for Best of Show in Metal and teacher of winner
Thompson Enamel, $200 for Best of Show in Enameling and $100 Gift Certificate to the teacher of the winner
Rio Grande, $100 Gift Certificate for 1st Place, and $100 to the teacher of the winner
Lark Books, 1000 Rings, 500 Bracelets, 500 Brooches, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Earrings, The Art of Enameling, and 21st Century Jewelry
Society of North American Goldsmiths, complimentary membership and conference fee waiver for the teacher of the Best of Show in Metal, complimentary membership for the teacher of the 1st Place, and back issues of Metalsmith Magazine for all participating schools
Edinboro University, $50 Best Craftsmanship
The Fine Arts Center, $60 2nd Place and $40 3rd Place

Thank You!

Bernhardt House of Violins (Joyce Miller)
Eric Benjamin
BMW Performance Driving School
Century MINI
Chump Car World Series
Steve and Kim Dillard
EAE Racing
Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer
dv8 Salon
Amy Goode
Green Eyed Girls Boutique (Caroline Quinn and Mary Gollwitzer)
Greenville Yoga (Liz Delaney)
Dr. Jon Grier
Phil Hyman Photography
Hoover Marketing
Shelly Jordan
Patricia Kilburg
Knack (Barb Blair)
Lilly Pottery (Lilly Wikoff)
Donna Shank Major's 2D/3D Design Class
Marian McCreight Interior Design
Michelin North America
The Mello Family
Kai and Jeana Nitsch
Pedal Chic
Postcards from Paris (Pam Childress)
Nutrition Solutions
Orchard Inn (Marc and Marianne Blazer)
Pace Jewelers (Steve Pace)
Palmetto Olive Oil Company
Lorri Payne
Michele Peek
Ristorante Bergamo
Rush Wilson Limited
Michael Shillingburg
Soby's Loft (Teryi Youngblood)
The Smoky Wok (Julie Moore)
Vikki Wulf

Thanks for a Wonderful Evening!

A Taste of the Fine Arts was a splendid success, thanks to the involvement of FAC parents, students, faculty, volunteers and the wider community. We are compiling a list of donors and others that we would like to specifically thank, so stay tuned while we "roll credits."

Tonight's the Night!

While those three words have been often employed by pop musicians with other things in mind, tonight IS the the night we've been looking forward to -- A Taste of the Fine Arts takes place from 6-9 this evening at the Fine Arts Center.
We'll enjoy live music by FAC musicians; a preview performance of a scene from Blood Wedding (showing at FAC in March) by the advanced theatre ensemble; a collection of showtunes and other vocal highlights by the voice students; a dance piece choreographed by Brian McGinnis and performed by the advanced dance students; delicious food from Saskatoon, Bagatelle and Coffee Underground; and, of course, dozens of silent and live auction items.  
Although we've been blogging about it endlessly for the last few weeks, there is still so much we have not been able to mention. Here is a short list of some of the many auction items we have to offer:
BMW Performance Driving School
A Week in Tuscany in a Private Home
Chump Car World Series Racing
Clubhouse Passes to the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head
Four Michelin Tires
A MINI for a Weekend
Dunlop Tennis Racquet and Case Autographed by John McEnroe
Two Hours of Jazz Piano by Dr. Jon Grier
Photo Packages by Phil Hyman Photography
Interactive Dinner fro Four at Soby's Loft
Traditional Thai Dinner for Four in Your Home by the Smoky Wok
Private Theatre Experience at Fusion Systems
Artwork and Jewelry by Local Artists and FAC Students
Hair Salon and Yoga Packages
Gift Baskets by Palmetto Olive Oil and Others
Home Decor and Accessories from Local Boutiques
Don't worry, last minute shoppers. You can still buy tickets today. They will be for sale in the FAC office during school hours and online until 4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door for $5 more. 

The Paparazzi Await

We're rolling out the red carpet at A Taste of the Fine Arts! You'll have the chance to pose and strut like the best of them while the FAC paparazzi (photography students) snap shots of you on the red carpet with an award in hand and flashing your most dazzling smile. Didn't bring your dark sunglasses? Don't worry, our glamourous assistants will help you prepare for your close up.
A Taste of the Fine Arts is less than 24 hours away, but there is still time to get tickets! Stop by the FAC office on Friday during school hours or purchase them online.

A Week in Tuscany

Casa Mello is a privately-owned home with room for four adults (or a family of five) located in the breathtakingly picturesque walled medieval town of Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina in Italy. The village is located in the center of the Tuscany region and is an ideal base for scenic drives and day trips to Florence, Pisa, the medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, and the resort beaches of Follonica and Piombino. Rome is approximately three hours away. Casa Mello has a full kitchen for self-catering and is located on a main street in the village with easy access to shops and restaurants. You can bid on Casa Mello on Friday night at a Taste of the Fine Arts. This auction was one of our most popular last year, and we are looking forward to seeing who will be off to Italy next! 
Tickets for A Taste of the Fine Arts are available online or in the FAC office. 

Student-Created Books Available at A Taste of the Fine Arts

The morning visual arts students in Donna Shank-Major's 2D/3D Design class have donated several handcrafted casebound books that may be used as sketchbooks or journals. Each book represents an original design conceptualized and created independently by the students. These unique, perfectly-sized books would make thoughtful gifts, or they would be a great place to jot your notes or doodles. Make sure to take a look at these clever examples of functional art, and bid on your favorite one in our silent auction on February 3rd.

Tickets for A Taste of the Fine Arts are available online or in the FAC office.

Minus Two Days and Counting

As A Taste of the Fine Arts grows near, the excitement around FAC is palpable. Last minute auction donations have been flooding in, and we've been so busy taking care of all of the details that we have not had time to mention everything on the blog. We're incredibly grateful to all of the individuals and business owners in Greenville who have been so generous, and we'll be sure to publicly thank them all individually after the event. For now, we're content to leave a few auction items to mystery... You'll have to come see us on Friday night to find out what kind of goodies we have in store!

Tickets are available online or in the FAC office. Tickets will be $5 more at the door, so get them now!