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A-C Valley Student Art Exhibit 2017

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be partnering with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools for a third year, presenting an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by Allegheny-Clarion Valley Jr. and Sr. High School students from April 8 to 16, 2017, on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg.  

This exhibit is part of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach program, bringing celebrated artists and seasoned teaching artists to conduct residencies in the A-C Valley Schools and showcasing the artwork of Jr. and Sr. High School students in exhibits at the Red Brick Gallery.

In their educational process, more than one hundred students in A-C Valley High School art teacher, Anita Allen’s classes have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. They have created artwork that is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images in various media: Acrylic, watercolor, pastels, tempera, scratchboard, acrylic on slate, charcoal, marker, India ink – plus three-dimensional art including ceramics, pottery and sculptures.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit throughout the year,” said Anita Allen. “It’s amazing to witness their creative process in the various media in which they have worked.  I am grateful that ARCA is exhibiting their art in the Red Brick Gallery again this Spring.  It’s important for the students to see their artwork displayed publicly.  Our community, without a doubt, will get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this exhibit.”

This is the third exhibit of A-C Valley student art at the Gallery.  Red Brick Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds said, “As many will recall, the Gallery opened its 2015 season for the first time with an A-C Valley Student exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The work was vibrant and explosive! And many people in the community were introduced to the Red Brick Gallery by the lure of viewing the art of a student known to them. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to drop by to support the students. It’s a great experience that leaves everyone with a sense of awe for the freshness and talent of these young artists.”

Superintendent of the A-C Valley School District, David McDeavitt said, “It makes me very happy to have a local organization such as ARCA helping to support our educational system.  Opportunities like the Red Brick Gallery provide our students with learning opportunities that extend past the classroom and into the community.  One of our goals at A-C Valley is to develop our students into productive members of society and this program does just that!”

The exhibit will run two weekends, from Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, April 16, with gallery hours on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Meet the Student Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 12:000 to 5:00 PM. 

The ARCA Board of Directors is grateful to Red Brick Gallery Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds, for her generosity and expertise in hanging this exhibit of A-C Valley student art this spring.

ARCA thanks the A-C Valley School Board, Superintendent David McDeavitt, Principal Bill Jordan, Staff and Faculty including Anita Allen and R.J. Feicht for their partnership.

 

ABOUT THE A-C VALLEY STUDENT ARTISTS

Allegheny-Clarion Valley Art Students of Anita Allen
Featured in the Red Brick Gallery Exhibit 2017

Alyssa Ace                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hello my name is Alyssa Ace. I am 14 years old and go to A-C Valley High School. I live in Parker, PA. I enjoy doing pottery and charcoal drawings. I am in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, cross-country, cheerleading, and gymnastics. I am a runner for Cross Country and I am holding the record for JH. My hobbies are Running, Fishing, Hunting, and Football. For my future job I want to be a MMA fighter or a Professional Woman’s Boxer.

Lauren Alworth                                                     Media: Ceramic/Acrylic                                    11th Grade
My name is Lauren Alworth and I am a junior at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I am very active in the music, art, and cheerleading programs. In past years, we have won our D9 competition, the Co-ed division, gone to states, and advanced to semifinals last year. I participate in marching, jazz and concert band, and I play the alto, tenor, baritone saxophone. I am also in chorus and participate in our musicals. Even though I’ve never had an important part, I have been in Pippin, The Sound of Music, and Schoolhouse Rock and really loved it. I am also part of the student council and the vice president of my class.

Brad Armagost                                                       Medium: Ink                                                            12th Grade
My name is Brad Armagost. I did an Ink picture and it looks pretty sweet too, but in all honesty it was hard and looks amazing.

Makenna Armagost                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Makenna Armagost and I am 14 years old and in 8th grade at A-C Valley. I participate in the A-C Valley Drama Club and Do Something Good Club. I am a Jr. High School cheerleader and also play volleyball and softball. I enjoy singing in the choir and playing the clarinet in concert band. I really enjoy trying out new things.

Zach Austin                                                               Medium: Pencil                                                      11th Grade
My name is Zach Austin and I was born on August 13, 1999. I live in St. Petersburg, PA with my mom, dad, and my dog. I am currently a junior at AC Valley High School. I participate in student council, track, and golf. I am in the middle of my third year of taking an art class. The picture I am entering in the art show is my old style gas station drawing. The drawing represents the history of the time period included in the picture.

Riley Bauer                                                                Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hey dude, my name is Riley. I go to AC-Valley and I participate in only the most prestigious clubs and activities….like band, jazz band, by the way ”ya like jazzzz?” I also go to strategy club and play nerd card games! Baseball, and BMX are the two most amazing things to do in the world, that’s why I do them. But when I can’t do that I SLEEP. THE END

Amanda Booher                                                     Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Amanda Booher. I am a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, and the Clarion County Career Center Allied Health. I have been very active throughout my high school years doing various volunteering, and fundraising activities. I am the member of National Technical Honor Society, SADD, and HOSA. I’ve attended several Nursing Assistant competitions through the State and Internationals. My mom has been my biggest supporter through everything and this painting of a Golden Retriever is for her.

Bridget Brison                                                        Medium: Ink                                                            9th Grade
My name is Bridget Brison and I’m a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and being active. I have been in cross-country since seventh grade. I’ve also been an active member of A-C Valley Business Leaders of Tomorrow Club since seventh grade. I enjoy art very much. I often paint at my house in my free time. The project I did is of a cat in ink. I overcame some obstacles doing it but overall it was a fun challenge.

Destiny Chamoun                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                    11th Grade
My name is Destiny Chamoun and I’m a junior at A-C Valley. I’m originally from Tampa, FL and moved to Parker, PA about four years ago. My favorite medium is definitely acrylic. This is my second year taking art and I enjoy it immensely.

Carter Chase                                                              Media: Markers /Linoleum                            10th Grade
Hello, my name is Carter Chase. I live in Foxburg , Pennsylvania with my parents. I am a sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. In my near future I want to attend Alabama University to become certified in sports medicine.

Colt Christo                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                   12th Grade
My name is Colt Christo, I am currently a senior at A-C Valley and have been in art class for 5 years. I participate in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and football at our school. The medium of the projects I have in this show are ceramics, either thrown from the pottery wheel, or hand sculpted. Being able to make these has been fun and I am glad to be able to present them in the art show.

Leroy Cratty

Leroy Cratty                                                             Media: Watercolor/Charcoal/Acrylic    12th Grade
My name is Leroy Cratty and I’m a senior at AC-Valley. I like to do things with my hands like paint, draw and make jewelry. I plan on attending Clarion University and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Art.

Rachel Cullen                                                           Medium: Ceramic                                                  8th Grade
My name is Rachel Cullen and I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. In my free time I like to watch Netflix, play basketball, and go biking. The ceramic mask I completed was of a rabbit using pink and white colors.

Chloe Dittman                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Chloe Dittman and I am a 14 year-old freshman at A-C Valley High school. I am involved in track, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and gymnastics. I chose this picture because of the bright pink colored flowers and the vibrant background with blues and purples. It really struck my personality and seemed like a fun painting.

Madelyn Dittman                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Madelyn Dittman and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley. I participate in Basketball, Cheerleading, and Track. I have participated in those sports since I started my high school career. In track I run the 3200 relay and I throw javelin. Last year I almost made districts for javelin and I lettered in both track and cheerleading. I have been a member of the Student Council since seventh grade and plan to continue this club until I graduate. I take an honors English class and maintain honor roll throughout the school year. I have never had a grade lower than a B on a progress report or report card. My painting is a bunch of flowers, done in watercolor.

Sylvia Downes                                                          Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
I’m a 9th grader at A-C Valley. I love art class, and currently, acrylic paintings are my favorite type of art project to do.

Michael Dunkel                                                       Medium: Water-Color                                        11th Grade
My name is Michael Dunkel. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School and this is a watercolor I made of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII and a few chocobos, a large bird from the series, which is usually ridden. I am in Strategy Club, Drama Club, and Art Club at my school.

Austin Eaton                                                             Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello, my name is Austin Eaton and I go to AC-Valley High School. The ceramic mask I made in Art class is a Joker mask. I’m in junior high chorus. Some of the interests I have outside of school are reading books about the Mafia and movies and other crime dramas.

Kylee Eaton                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                    10th Grade
My name is Kylee Eaton. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I am a student athlete and I participate in volleyball, basketball, and softball and have achieved varsity letters in each of these sports. I am a member of the Business Leaders of Tomorrow club. Out of school I enjoy kayaking and being outside. I prefer to do acrylic paintings and marker paintings..

Brock Fair                                                                 Medium: Marker/Linoleum                            10th Grade
My name is Brock Fair. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley high school. I live in Parker, PA. I am 17 years old. I had been drawn this project because I have a lot of Indian in my family. I mainly use graphite pencils and shading but I have decided to use marker to extend my knowledge on other mediums.

Cody Fair                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
Hi my name is Cody Fair my favorite color is orange. I live in Parker, Pa. I was born on November 30. I go to A-C Valley High School. I work on the farm with my dad.

Jerry Fair                                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Jerry Fair and I have lived in Parker since I was born. My favorite sport is football. I was born on April 11, 2003. I like to play airsoft. My favorite car is a GTR R35.

Kari Franklin                                                          Medium: Pencil                                                      12th Grade
My name is Kari Franklin. I am an 18-year old senior at A-C Valley school district. I chose to draw Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton an actor/character from my favorite book series. I decided to draw him in pencil because that’s the medium I feel most comfortable with and to interpret the different shades of gray in his personality.

Emma Fox                                                                  Medium: Acrylic Paint                                        11th Grade
My name is Emma Fox and I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I have been a part of the cheerleading squad, basketball team, track team, and golf team for the past four years. I am the secretary of Student Council and I am also part of Prom Committee. I plan on attending college and grad school to become a dermatologist.

Emma Fox

Jeffrey Ginn

Jeffrey Ginn                                                                Medium: Linoleum                                               11th Grade
Hello my Name is Jeffrey Ginn. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in football, basketball, and baseball. My favorite media are markers and linoleums. I occasionally do charcoal portraits.

Kaitlyn Ginnery                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
My name is Kaitlyn Ginnery. I am a freshman at Alleghany- Clarion Valley High School. I love to play volleyball and have played since Jr. High. I am a member of AC-Valley’s Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow. I decided to put my watercolor lion into the art show because I think it is one of the best things I have done so far.

Kaden Green                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Kaden Green. I go to ACV High School. I love Video games, Swimming, and Magic. When I was in 1st Grade, I moved from Emlenton to Karns City. I went to SugarCreek Elementary school for the 2nd to 7th. I moved to Parker where I live currently. I now go to A-C Valley once again and I see some new and old faces. I’m enjoying it here kind of but besides that I am enjoying High School.

Elizabeth Hankey                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          12th Grade
My name is Elizabeth Hankey but most people call me Liz. I am a Senior at A-C Valley. A few of my hobbies include painting and rollerskating. I chose this specific picture because I really enjoy looking at the night sky. It helps me think out my problems and it is very relaxing.

John Hetrick                                                            Media: Ceramics/Acrylic                                 11th Grade
I’m a Junior at A-C Valley where I am very involved in the arts. I participate in band, choir, and art class. I’m also involved in marching band, jazz band, musicals in and out of school, and will be participating in the PMEA All State Choir festival In April. While I will try any art form at least once, my favorite medium is ceramics because you truly are free to do whatever you like. At this point in time, I have begun toying with various forms of marbling, by mixing different colors of clay into a swirl pattern.

Madyson Hetzler                                                    Medium: Charcoal                                                 10th Grade
My name is Madyson Hetzler, I am the youngest in my family and I am a student currently attending A-C Valley High School. I am in 10th grade and I enjoy doing many activities for school and out of school. Some of my interests include cheerleading, golf, gymnastics, and the school musical. I also love to fish, hunt, and spend time with my friends and family. I am also in A-C Valley’s Do Something Good Club. All these activities and people encourage me to do my best in school, and give me a look of great success for my future.

Amber Holton                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amber Holton. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I am in Art Club, Spanish club, SADD, Youth Counsel, and Do Something Good Club where I am treasurer. This is my first year of art class. The painting I did was a deer with little designs inside of it in watercolor.

Adam Hook                                                               Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Adam Hook and I’m in 8th grade at A-C-Valley.   I’m creative and willing to try anything. When not in high school I love to be outside, as well as reading.

Sarah Hughes


Sarah Hughes                                                           Medium: Watercolor and ink                        11th Grade
Hi ya, my name is Sarah Hughes. I am currently a junior at AC Valley Jr./Sr. High School and am Vice President of the Japanese club and President of the Art Club. My hobbies include drawing, writing fanfictions, playing video games, playing violin, and playing in the Marching Band.

Amanda Hunt                                                          Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amanda Hunt.   I am 16 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I played volleyball, basketball, and I currently play softball. I love doing watercolor paintings. Art class calms my nerves when I work on my projects. I participate in Art club and GIVE club to give back to my community. I have one sibling, a sister.

Kenzy Kellogg                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Kenzy Kellogg, and I am 13 in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I participate in Cheerleading, volleyball, and the school musicals. In my free time I enjoy photography, and kayaking. My favorite thing to do in art class is watercolor.

Rachelle Kelly                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Rachelle Kelly, and I’m currently an 8th grade, attending Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I live in Parker, Pennsylvania with both of my parents. My parents’ names are, Brian and Melinda Kelly. I have two brothers and one sister.

Karly King                                                                 Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
Hi, my name is Karly King and I’m a freshman this year at A-C Valley High School. For this art project I painted with acrylic on a stretched canvas. Besides art I participate in Marching Band, Concert band, Jazz Band, and the school musicals! I was honored to go to District Jazz this year for the first time! I love to paint with acrylic and I also like to sculpt different things with clay.

Maiah Kriebel                                                           Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
I’m Maiah Kriebel, I’m from St. Petersburg, PA. I enjoy creating many forms of art. One of my favorites is drawing and would some day like to interpret that into my career. I also needle felt, paint, and work with clay. I’ve been to 46 of our 50 states. I live on a small farm with chickens, ducks, cats, and soon sheep.

Ali Lambert                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Allie Lambert. I am a sophomore at AC Valley High School, and I have been attending this school since kindergarten. In school, I am the president of GIVE Club, and I have been running track and cross-country since the seventh grade. This painting was inspired when my father, Andrew Lambert, was younger. In this painting, a little boy walks along a gravel path in a rural area. Key parts of the painting include: the overalls, the red barn, and landscaping. This project took me around 4 months to paint. Overall, I enjoy the way that this project came out, but if I had to do it again, there are multiple things that I would change to do it better.

Kaity Lance                                                                Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Kaity Lance. I’m 18 years old and a senior in the A-C Valley High School. I spend most of my time either reading or creating art. I also love spending time and joking around with my friends. Graphite is my favorite medium to use because I love blending the different shades together to make a picture come to life. I’ve recently started doing realistic pictures and hope to make them as realistic as I possibly can in the future.

Allyssa Leith                                                            Medium: Ceramics                                              8th Grade
Hi my name is Allyssa. I am 14 and I go to A-C Valley. I am in Jr. High choir and also I’m in Drama and Spanish club. I love to run and am very athletic, but I still love to be creative and draw and paint. My mask is a half mask and is supposed to be like a flower masquerade type mask . Thank you, Have a good day. 🙂

Allison Lewis                                                          Medium: Tempera                                                 9th Grade
My name is Allison Lewis and from Emlenton PA. I am a freshman that attends Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old, and some of my hobbies are cheerleading, volleyball, track, and basketball. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people from new schools. I painted dolphins because they remind me of summer, which is my favorite season.

Brandon Link                                                          Medium: Sharpie                                                    11th Grade
My name is Brandon Link. I am a 16 year old, junior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. My parents are Jim and Rebecca Link. I play baseball. I also like drawing in my free time. When I’m older I plan to attend college to become an accountant.

Joseph Manculich                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Joseph Manculich. I am a senior from Allegheny-Clarion Valley high school. I participate in basketball. I have been in art class since eighth grade, and really enjoy my time spent in this class. I enjoy doing marker, watercolor, and acrylic. In my free time I enjoy to ride dirt bikes, hunt, and go fishing. After graduation, I plan to attend Pennsylvania School of Technology, and major in Construction Management.

Sierra Martinez                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Martinez. I am 15, go to A-C Valley High School and am currently in 9th grade. I enjoy playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. My favorite season is summer because there is more to do outside. My plan is to graduate High School and get my diploma.

Trisha McCalmont                                                Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Trisha McCalmont. I’m 17 years old. I go to A-C Valley; I love to be creative and express myself through painting, sketching, drawing, and writing poems. I go for long walks looking at everything and anything; even on the cross country and track team. I have walls in my bedroom that are a chalkboard paint so I can draw and write how I feel, making my room more unique. My favorite scenes are the night sky, nature, and emotions. All of these are great when blended together and it shows and expresses me more. This painting is a Rose with many different reds and pinks with an abstract background, giving it more character, and with the rose as the centerpiece, giving it more volume and expression.

Chelsea McDaniel                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Chelsea McDaniel. I am senior at A-C Valley High School. I enjoy art and most of my art projects are this that I love to do. I enjoy doing ink and acrylic paint.

Ethan McFadden                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Ethan McFadden I go to school at A-C Valley School in Pennsylvania. My interests are football, hunting, and fishing. I live in West Freedom with my 5 brothers, mother and father.

Tanner Merwin                                                      Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Tanner Merwin. I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. I was born on April 19th 2003. I love playing sports and hanging out with friends. I play basketball, football, and baseball. I have a sister named Kaylie and she is pretty cool, but not as cool as me. I have two dogs and Marley and Libby that are pretty fun to play with. One of my favorite subjects in school is history.

Chloe Milks                                                                Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
I’m Chloe Milks. I am 16, and a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I’m in art club and, Japanese club. I’ve been drawing ever since I was young, but now that I’m more experimental with my artwork. I sketch, draw, ink, and even paint. The type of art I enjoy is ink, water painting, and drawing. I enjoy art but also listening to music, reading, and even learning. Someday I hope I can either become a psychologist or an art teacher.

Todd Morris                                                             Medium: Charcoal/Pastel                               11th Grade
My name is Todd Morris. I’m seventeen years old, in eleventh grade. I plan on playing basketball next year. Outside of school, I graphic design and rap . The drawing is Derrick Rose is a blend between charcoal and pastel. The drawing is of a basketball player, the point guard for the New York Knicks.

Larry Morrison                                                  Medium : Charcoal                                                  10th Grade
My name is Larry Morrison. I am 16 and I am in 10th grade at A-C Valley. I was born on August 8, 2000 and I grew up in Six Lakes, Michigan with my 2 sisters (Molly and Maddy). My parents are Kelly and Larry Ryan Morrison.

Molly Morrison                                                   Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
Greetings! My name is Molly Morrison, currently ajJunior at AC-Valley High School. I’m seventeen, and moved about six times. I was born in Michigan, but later moved to Pennsylvania. I’m the second daughter and middle child of my parents, Kelly and Larry Morrison. I have an older sister, Madelyn Morrison, and a younger brother, Larry Morrison Jr. After high school, I plan on having a military career in the U.S. Army. I enjoy a variety of things to do, such as writing, gaming, and reading. I am a huge bookworm, and usually focus on U.S. military autobiographies ranging from modern warfare to past wars. I’m definitely a bibliophile and pluviophile, and I enjoy hunting and practicing shooting. At school, I absolutely enjoy creating art in Mrs. Allen’s art class! She is a fantastic teacher, and I have learned a lot from her. I enjoy creating acrylic art paintings on canvas, and I love to create U.S. military art! I have a passion for our military and want to express that passion through art. Art class gives me a time to relax and have fun during school. My most two favorite subjects in school would be history class and art class. I’m not the best artist, but it’s like what Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Ross W. Moser                                                        Medium: Linoleum Block Printing             11th Grade
Hello my name is Ross Moser, and I’m a junior at AC-Valley. The activities that I’m involved in are Golf and Baseball. My favorite mediums are charcoal, acrylic, and linoleum.

Ethan Nevel                                                               Medium: Scratchboard Art                            12th Grade
My name is Ethan and I am in twelfth grade. I like to golf and bowl in my free time. The picture I chose to put in your show was my scratchboard art of my tiger.  I am 18 years old and this is my second scratch art I have ever done. They are very fun and interesting to do. I hope you enjoy this picture and it makes your show better.

 

Megan Novak

Megan Novak                                                            Medium: Watercolor                                         12th Grade
Born September 27, 1998, Megan is the youngest of four children. She is a member of NHS, Give club, and President of Japanese Club. Her favorite subject is English and likes to spend time with her friends. Herx favorite art mediums are pastels and pencil, but she is open to new mediums.

JayLynn Nugent                                                       Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is JayLynn Nugent. I am an 8th grader at Allegheny Clarion Valley and 14 years old. I am a member of Give club and Drama club. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with my family.

Rachael O’Neil                                                          Medium: Oil Pastel                                               12th Grade
My name is Rachael O’Neil and I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I live in Emlenton with my parents, Kevin and Jamie O’Neil. I’m the Vice President of my class. I am currently in my fifth year of art. Aside from art, I enjoy reading, playing board games with friends, and being outside. My artwork is an oil pastel of a very colorful frog. It was a lot of fun to complete.

Levi Orton                                                                  Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello my name is Levi Orton and I attend A-C Valley High School. I am currently in eighth grade and this is my first year taking art with Mrs. Allen. I participate in basketball and baseball. My Ceramic is a mask formed into a fox face. We put them in the kiln to fire them and I painted it with high fire glaze.

Myia Page                                                                    Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Myia Page and I go to A-C Valley. I participate in Volleyball, Softball, and Art club. I have made many acrylic paintings ranging in sizes along with a mural along the walls of the Community Christian Day Care. So far this year I have made five pieces including this peacock painting. I used many techniques such as finger painting and palette knives.

Sydney Palmer                                                         Medium: Acrylic/Oil Pastel                            9th Grade
My name is Sydney Palmer and I am in ninth grade. I am involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, honors band, county band, and I play the clarinet and the piano. I am in track and field and I throw discus, javelin, and shot put. I enjoy art, as well as film and I hope to do that in my future career.

Tyler Palmer

Tyler Palmer                                                            Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Tyler Palmer. I am a senior at A-C Valley high school. Outside of school I like hunting, fishing, and just being outside.

Aaron Peterson                                                      Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Aaron, I am a senior in high school. I like to hunt and fish. My favorite thing to hunt is ducks. I love America, the greatest country on Earth. That’s all you need to know about me.

John Planker                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is John Planker. I go to A-C Valley school district, and my favorite color is red. I am 14 years old and I play football. My positions that I have played so far are wide receiver and safety. I was born on February 8th 2003. I have a family of 6. I have 3 sisters and no brothers.

Cameron Rumbaugh                                           Medium: Graphite                                                11th Grade
My name is Cameron J. Rumbaugh.   My nickname is Aero. I attend A-C Valley and am a resident of Emlenton and Kennerdell. I enjoy playing sports such as hockey and airsoft. I’ve lived in Canada for a year for my Ninth grade year. I’m 6’4” with a bulky build.

Lexi Rupert                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                 9th Grade
I am 15 years old and I go to A-C Valley high school and I am in the 9th grade. I moved to Parker when I was in 7th grade. I moved from Erie PA. I have 5 siblings not including my 2 older stepsisters that don’t live with me.

Kora Schmoll                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Kora Schmoll. I am a student at A-C Valley and am 14 years old.   I enjoy art, hunting and, cooking. I am also currently in art club, and I plan on going to school to pursue cooking.

Brooklyn Schreiber                                             Media: Ceramics                                                     8th Grade
Hello, my name is Brooklyn Schreiber. I am 14 years old and in the 8th grade. I live in Emlenton, Pennsylvania and have lived there since I was 5. I am joining softball this Spring and I was in marching band for the past two years. I am currently in Jazz band, Spanish club, Do Something Good Club, and Strategy Club.

Cassie Schwalm                                                      Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
My name is Cassie Schwalm. I am seventeen, and in the eleventh grade. I attend A-C Valley High School. I am on the varsity volleyball team. Outside of school I am involved in a Junior Olympic volleyball team. I am in various clubs including Student Council, and Spanish Club. This is my second year of art class. My featured piece is an acrylic. I chose the picture because I believe it is quite beautiful. I plan to continue my art career, and further my skills in the art world.

Baden Scott                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                8th Grade
My name is Braden Scott I go to Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I play paintball & airsoft. My first charcoal portrait was Donald Trump. I think I did really good on it.

Lydia Seaton                                                             Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
My name is Lydia Seaton, and I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I currently reside in downtown Emlenton. For my project, I used acrylic paints on a stretched canvas. Aside from art, I enjoy playing with my dogs and guinea pig, hanging out with family and friends, and reading up on the latest political news. I am also a swimmer for the Clarion YMCA Riversharks and participate in Track and Field.

Izaya Seeker                                                              Media: Oil Pastel                                                     11th Grade
My name is Izaya Seeker, I’m 16 years old and I’m a junior at ACV. I like to play baseball and I plan to play until I graduate.

Lexie Slater                                                                Medium: Charcoal                                                 11th GradeI am currently a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in many activities inside and outside of school. I am involved in Student Council, Family and Consumer Science Club, 4-H Teen Council, and am the vice president of the junior class. I also participate in cheerleading, softball, and track. Some of my other activities include theatre, gymnastics, choir, and private voice lessons. I also participated in our school musical this year, Schoolhouse Rock. I was a soloist in the songs “3 is a magic number” and “Do the circulation”. In my free time I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends and family. My favorite medium in art would have to be charcoal. In the show this year I have an acrylic painting of a calico kitten and a charcoal portrait of one of my favorite actresses, Keira Knightley.

Carson Snyder                                                         Medium: Charcoal                                              9th Grade
I like Charcoal the most.

Tarra Stefanacci                                                     Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Tarra Stefanacci. I am 13 years old and I am in 8th grade. I am a Jr. High cheerleader, JO volleyball player and a competitive gymnastic. I’m also in Do Something Good Club. I enjoy hunting, fishing and summer. I am a very active student so it is hard to make time to go hunting and fishing.

Collin Stevanus

Collin Stevanus                                                       Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Collin, I am a senior in high school and the youngest in my class. I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. I like hanging out with my friends and family, making memories and being there is the most important thing.

Abby Stewart                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
Hi, my name is Abby Stewart. I am a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I participate in volleyball. I painted a picture of fruit to hang up in our cafeteria. Acrylic is my favorite medium to do paintings in. 

Brooke Terwilliger                                              Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is Brooke Terwilliger. I’m 13 years old. I go to A-C Valley. I made this mask in art class. I participate in cheerleading, volleyball, softball, art club, and do something good club. I love to draw in my free time. My favorite medium is charcoal.

Kelsie Terwilliger                                                  Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Kelsie Terwilliger and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I’ve played softball for the high school for 2 years and cheerleading for the high school for 4 years now and I also love to do gymnastics. I play on a traveling softball team called Clarion Cyclones. I love being outside, spending time with friends and family, and playing softball.  I very much enjoy learning and doing art. Mrs. Allen has taught me a lot such as never giving up and to have confidence in my art; she is a great art teacher. After school I plan on going to the Air Force and doing something in the Health field.

Ellie Thompson                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                          11th Grade
My name is Ellie Thompson and I am a junior at A-C Valley. I participate in golf, basketball, and track. I have also been a member of FBLA for two years and help coach elementary basketball. The watercolor painting I did is of a cow.

Colton Ulrich                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Colton Ulrich I’m a senior up at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am a member of one distinguished club designed to help people of the community. This volunteering aspect has always been with me and will always be with me, as I am entering the Navy of the United States of America to protect my country and serve my duty. Despite the fact that I am going into a serious future, I often enjoy fun things. This painting really expresses how much fun can be found in any situation, even the feud between internet browsers.

Garrett Vincent                                                                         Medium: Marker                                                   10th Grade
I like marker the best.

Sierra Verostek                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                         10th Grade
My name is Sierra Verostek. I am sixteen, a sophomore at A-C Valley, and currently taking my first year of art. I am part of the A-C Valley musical, Senior High choir, A-C Valley Marching Band, and Senior High concert band. My favorite subject to paint is flowers, and my favorite medium to use is watercolor.

Shane Walker                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Shane Walker and I go to AC Valley High School. My mask is about African People from Africa. I painted it with low fire turquoise and black paint. I do a lot of outdoors activities and indoor activities such as sitting and standing. I ripstik a lot and it’s fun.

Marissa Wampler                                                  Medium: Graphite                                               12th Grade
My name is Marissa Wampler. I’m eighteen years old, a senior at AC-valley. I used graphite because I love how the picture comes out with all the shading. Black and white pictures attract me more than fancy colors. I will soon be graduated with a little one on the way.

Broc Weigle                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade                             My name is Broc Weigle and I’m in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I have a younger sister; her name is Cora. I enjoy playing baseball and basketball in my free time. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old; this year will be the 8th year playing. I’ve been playing basketball for 4 years.

Emily Wetzel                                                            Medium: Charcoal                                                9th Grade
My name is Emily Wetzel and I am a ninth grade student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, softball, art club, and intramurals. This portrait of Harry Styles is my first charcoal that I’ve ever done. I was very proud of myself while making this piece, and for a beginner if looks fairly realistic and detailed.

Summer Whitmer                                                 Medium: Oil Pastel                                                10th Grade
My name is Summer Whitmer, I’m a sophomore at A-C Valley. I was born on July 31, 2001. I love to play softball and recently took an interest in outdoor soccer. I also very much enjoy shooting and hunting with my father. I’ve cheered for a few years and also played basketball for 1 year.  I occasionally go to golf outings with my dad and a couple of others, and I definitely enjoy every second of it. I am from Bruin, PA, but I recently moved to Parker from Athens, PA. I have 3 sisters, and I am the oldest sibling. After High School, I plan to go to college for Orthopedic Therapy or Orthopedic Surgery. I just recently decided to take Art when I moved back from Athens, and I’ve taken a liking to Oil Pastels. I picked this project because it was the first project I decided to do this year. Although it did not turn out as I would have liked it to, I’m still proud of how far I’ve come as an artist.

Wyatt Levi Wike                                                    Medium: Linoleum                                              10th Grade
Hi my name Wyatt Wike. I am 15 years old.   I was born on April 27, 2001 and was raised In Emlenton Pennsylvania. My Favorite class is US Cultures 2. Mr. Austin is the best teacher. My project is a linoleum print of the U.S. Army Jump Wings. When I’m out of school, I want to be a Paratrooper in the United States Army.

Sierra Wolfe                                                              Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Wolfe, I’m 14 years old and attend A-C Valley High School and I’m in 9th grade. I’ve always enjoyed drawing ever since I was little. I enjoy watching Supernatural and Shameless on Netflix. I like to read as often as I can. I like doing marker and charcoal drawings. This is my first year taking art but I plan to take it every year. 

Cejae Wyman                                                            Medium: Acrylic/Scratchboard Art          9th Grade
My name is Cejae Wyman. I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy doing track, marching band, concert band, and musicals. I am currently part of the club ACV Business Leaders of Tomorrow. My acrylic painting was of my favorite character from the Disney movie Finding Nemo. I truly enjoy painting in acrylic, especially on vinyl records. My scratchboard art is one of my most favorite mediums; mine is of a butterfly, with a bit of a twist. Art is truly amazing and a very powerful thing.

Summer Young                                                      Medium: Watercolor/ acrylic                       9th Grade
My name is Summer Fawn and I am a 9th grade art student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old and enjoy any kind of art and plan to be an art instructor when I grow up. If it wasn’t for my teacher (Mrs. Allen), my parents (Kelly and J.P. Young) and the rest of my family, I would not be where I am today! I also enjoy making crafty signs and room decor and plan to attend craft shows in the future.

 

 

 

 

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be joining the WEEK OF GIVING fundraising initiative of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations from March 20 to 24, 2017 – not only to attract new donors, but also to to tell its story more widely, about all the work ARCA does in presenting enriching arts and cultural events in the region – AND in bringing arts education services to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.

Please consider making a first time gift to ARCA or adding to your donation during this WEEK OF GIVING to help ARCA continue this important work in the community.  To make a contribution, you can visit www.bbcfgives.org this week – from March 20 – 24 – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!  This is the first time Bridge Builders Community Foundations is launching a Week of Giving event to spur collective charitable giving, allowing donors to give to nonprofits throughout Clarion, Forest and Venango counties as well as the community of Punxsutawney.

Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts’ participation in this multi-county initiative is a natural; even though ARCA’s prime venue, Lincoln Hall, is situated on the banks of the Allegheny River in Clarion County, ARCA presents concerts in several venues in Emlenton, in Venango County; operates the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop in Foxburg, showing work of Cooperative Artists hailing from six counties in the region; provides significant arts education services in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools with students from four counties in the region; and attracts concert and event attendees from a broad community of residents in the greater six county Region and particularly in Venango and Clarion Counties, part of this initiative.

River City Brass in The Crawford Center, Emlenton, PA

ARCA is joining the Foundations’ multi-county endeavor not only to attract new donors and engage with current ARCA Members, but also to be able to tell its story more widely, increasing visibility and awareness of all the work that ARCA does in the community – particularly in the area of arts education.  Your gift to during this WEEK OF GIVING, will help ARCA continue its important work.  To make a contribution, you can click here – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!

“The Music That Make Us Dance” – ARCA 2014 Educational ArtReach Residency in A-C Valley Schools


Why Give to ARCA in the WEEK OF GIVING?

WHY GIVE NOW – or MAKE ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION?  Because when you make a contribution during the WEEK OF GIVING, it opens up MATCHING FUNDS from the Bridge Builders Community Foundations as a multiplier effect for YOUR contribution.  You can MULTIPLY the power of your generosity!  AND help ARCA win additional monies awarded to non-profits with the greatest participation and results!

The WEEK OF GIVING event kicks off on Monday, March 20 at 8 AM and will run until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 24.

Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, says, “Other communities in Western Pennsylvania such as Erie and Pittsburgh have successfully launched giving campaigns and we believe now is the perfect time to develop a similar campaign that will address the needs of our rural communities and the charities that support them.”

Professional C Street Brass Teaching Artists coach A-C Valley band students in after school workshops

The WEEK OF GIVING campaign was the next natural step in supporting area nonprofits after Bridge Builders Community Foundations launched their “Community Wish List” initiative a few years ago.  Moulin said, “We had dozens of nonprofits who weren’t eligible for grants through the foundation’s funds or who needed additional funding to complete a project, so we began posting an up-to-date list of those nonprofits on our web site and tracking their needs. We also offered to accept donations on their behalf and manage those donations at no cost to them.  We just wanted to spur more philanthropy and more positive outcomes for the communities we serve.  The Week of Giving takes that idea to the next level.”

Attack Theatre in A-C Valley H.S. Auditorium

A-C Valley H.S. Students in Attack Theatre workshop

While ARCA is grateful for generous grant its received from Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2015 in support of an Arts Education residency by the internationally celebrated Teaching Artists and dance company Attack Theatre in the A-C Valley Jr-Sr High School, as Trenton Moulin noted, subsequent grants from Bridge Builders have not been possible both within the Foundations’ guidelines and because of the limited funding pool for Clarion County, in which ARCA physically resides.  

The WEEK OF GIVING helps ARCA tell its story to all those who have attended concerts and events in its first ten years 0f performances, who value what it brings to the region and who want to help ARCA continue its important work bringing world class entertainment and arts education resources to residents in the greater Allegheny River Valley Region.

Through its extensive work with nonprofits, Bridge Builders has fostered this initiative to help nonprofits with the challenges they all face in raising money, establishing change and making a contribution in their communities.

What ARCA Does in the Community

ARCA presents up to 24 concerts a year in a wide variety of musical styles in venues in Foxburg and Emlenton (Clarion and Venango Counties) from February to December, owns and operates the Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg, and brings arts education to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.  

For  ARCA, your gift will sustain our important mission to bring  and open the potential of growth and capacity for tomorrow.  AND – every donation to ARCA during this WEEK OF GIVING means that ARCA can continue its powerfully effective arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools – which is ONLY supported by donations, because there is not ticket revenue for these events in the A-C Valley Schools.

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in A-C Valley High School Auditorium

Your gift also will help ARCA celebrate and present the work of regional artists in exhibits in its Red Brick Gallery from April to December each year at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.  ARCA’s Artists Cooperative also runs a gift shop, that brings revenue and livelihood to fourteen artists:  Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Cindy Ford, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Paul O’Neil, Ray Rossi, Glenn and Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak.


HOW “YOU” CAN HELP ARCA THROUGH THIS WEEK OF GIVING

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Holiday Concert in Foxburg’s Church of our Father

Here’s what you can do to Help ARCA:

1. You can follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. When you LIKE our Posts, comment and share our posts with your friends, you are helping us tell our story and make lots of new Friends for ARCA who will be uplifted and inspired by the concerts, events and educational resources we bring to the community.

2. Use your influence in person, via email or social media to encourage your network of friends and associates to consider a donation to ARCA becoming an ARCA Members during this week. Let them know that you support us and why.

3.  Invite a friend to join you in attending one of ARCA’s next concerts:

  •  On Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Carnival of Souls;
  • On Sunday, April 2, the Grove City Touring Choir, featuring local Emlenton singer Zak Klassen, in Lincoln Hall at 2:00 PM.
  • On Saturday, April 22, a joyous New Orleans evening of blues and jazz with “Saturday Fish Fry” with Red Beans and Rice – dressing in your 50’s vintage finery.

4. Make a donation to ARCA during the Week of Giving on March 20-24 at www.bbcfgives.org – selecting your gift for ARCA. Your donation will be prorated through Bridge Builders Community Foundations match fund. If we are successful in meeting our goal we might also win additional cash and prize packages beneficial to our mission for the most individual donations and the largest grand total raised.

Scottish International Rock Band – Big Country – outside at RiverStone Farm

Kari LandryClarinet
Matt LandrySaxophone
Tim GocklinOboe
Ryan ReynoldsBassoon
Andrew KoeppeBass Clarinet

As Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts begins its second decade in 2017, it continues its successful Educational ArtReach program begun in 2009, bringing the celebrated ensemble Akropolis Reed Quintet to perform a residency in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools on Tuesday, February 21.  These seasoned and award winning Teaching Artists will conduct small classroom workshops for K-6,  assembly concerts for K-12 and after-school coaching sessions with A-C Valley band students.

Exploding with infectious energy and intensity and hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures.

Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

The Akropolis Reeds are simply the very pinnacle of Teaching artist ensembles in America today. A music educator wrote after a recent residency, “Akropolis performed for our middle school and did a wonderful job of entertaining as well as educating. Concepts of musical structure and imagery were brought to the students’ attention with wit, depth, and accessibility. My only complaint is that they couldn’t stay for a month!”

Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable performances on a variety of series both traditional and adventurous in nature. All Akropolis events include informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis remains Tim Gocklin (oboe),  Matt Landry (saxophone), Ryan Reynolds (bassoon), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Kari Landry (clarinet).  Akropolis Reed’s mission is to make a difference in the classical music landscape “through engaging performances, new music advocacy, and enriching educational experiences.

About the Akropolis Residency at A-C Valley Schools

ARCA’s arts education program fulfills its mission as a non-profit organization, demonstrating its commitment to contribute to the future of the Allegheny-Clarion valley community through the arts education of its young people. ARCA is grateful for its partnership with the A-C Valley School Board, administrators, faculty and music specialists in making this program possible.

The Akropolis Reeds musicians will perform three small workshops for Allegheny-Clarion Valley Elementary students in grades Pre-K to 6 in the morning, prior to an assembly concert for all elementary students in the Elementary School gymnasium. In the afternoon they will move to the Jr. and Sr. High School to perform an assembly concert for grades 7 – 12 in the High School Auditorium, AND after school conduct hands-on workshops with A-C Valley band students, coordinated by Scott DiTullio, High School Band Director.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet is looking forward to working with young local band musicians in their workshops at A-C Valley and performing for every student in the school system from Pre-K to Grade 12.

Designed specifically as an arts education resource for A-C Valley students, Akropolis Reed Quintet assembly concerts and workshops are not open to the public. Because there is no admission for any residency events, ARCA relies on contributions from the community to support its art education program in the A-C Valley Schools. Anyone interested in making a contribution or becoming an ARCA member may do so on this site.

In advance of their residency, elementary music teacher, A-C Valley choral director and musical theatre director Jennifer Lowrey will prepare students in K-6 for the small workshops, introducing them to songs and melodies from these musicals as well as the instruments in the reed family.  Jennifer Lowrey said of ARCA’s arts education program, “The students at A-C Valley have a love for the arts. The programming ARCA has brought into our district over the years has nurtured that love and opened a window into a world of professional artistic excellence that many students otherwise might not get a chance to experience. It also has given them a glimpse of the possibility of who they could become as an artist.”

A-C Valley Band Direction, Scott DiTullio, expressed his delight that the Akropolis Reeds will be conducting after-school, hands-on workshops with his students in the A-C Valley Jr. and Sr. High School Bands on February 21:  “Musicians grow, in much the same way as athletes.  Musicians train daily for perfection of their instrument.  As they perform with others, musicians have to be at the highest possible level.  They cannot make a mistake.  One wrong note or rhythm in music, creates a major problem for the entire group as they are performing.  Unlike in basketball, if a player misses a free throw, the rest of the team is there to make up for it.  That doesn’t happen in music.  The role of each musician is vital to the entire group, it takes all of them to be 100% accurate all of the time.  Throughout the last several years we have had many university band directors work with our students to help get us to the next level.  Having the young and dynamic professional musicians in The Akropolis Reed Quintet on our campus is an added bonus!  They are inspiring performers and experienced teachers who will be working with the students to help them understand more of what their individual responsibilities are as a musician and as a member of the band.  A special thank you to ARCA for bringing these amazing programs to our students and community.”


Known for his sensitive, colorful and engaging performances, Timothy Gocklin shares his passion for music through his deep love for the oboe. Tim’s relationship with the oboe began at age 11, the day after attending a military band concert featuring the oboe. Since then, he has gone on to perform with some of the world’s leading artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Richard Stolzman.

Outside of Akropolis, Tim performs chamber music in a wide variety of settings. He performed Hindemith’s Die Serenaden as part of the Yale in New York series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and he has participated in the Sarasota and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. As a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tim had the privilege of working with Carol Wincenc and William Purvis in a performance of Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Emile Bernard’s Divertissement. In addition, Tim spent the summer of 2012 as a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a quintet-in-residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp performing around the state of Michigan.

In addition to Tim’s active career as a chamber musician, he has also been fortunate to have opportunities performing as a soloist. In 2009, Tim was announced winner of the inaugural U.S. President’s Own “Marine Band” Concerto Competition, and as a result performed Haydn’s Oboe Concerto with the ensemble at the MTNA national conference in Milwaukee, WI. A few months earlier Tim was invited to perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor as a guest soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.

Tim can be heard on the NAXOS and Block M record labels and has participated in other recording projects, including two albums with the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2010 and 2012, the second of which featured new works for wind ensemble under the direction of Michael Haithcock. These works were taken on a tour to China where the band performed 9 concerts in 6 cities, including at Beijing’s National Centre for the Arts and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. In 2011, he recorded the three piano concerti of Alberto Ginastera with pianist Barbara Nissman and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012, Tim received his Bachelors degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. He went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Yale University studying with Steven Taylor. When not playing the oboe or widdling away at his reeds, Tim can be found relaxing in a coffee shop with a journal and pencil on one side and a hot, robust cup of coffee on the other.

Kari Landry is a Backun Artist and the clarinetist of the acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and hailed by Fanfare Magazine as performing with “imagination, infallible musicality and huge vitality”, the Akropolis Reed Quintet delivers over 70 engaging performances and educational outreach events every year for communities around the United States and abroad.

As the Marketing and Development Manager of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Kari is committed to increasing access to classical music within communities and educating the next generation of musicians to ensure that a vibrant culture of art persists in our society.

Kari is currently the Marketing & Programs Manager at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. Offering 170 + concerts and events to discover with 80,000+ attendees annually, A2SF showcases the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Going on her third season with the festival, Kari’s responsibilities range from digital media & web management, digital & print marketing, program booking, graphic content creation, and nightly event management.

Prior to her current position, Kari received a Michigan EMMY for best historical documentary for her work on “A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone” showcasing 100 Years of University Musical Society Performances in Hill Auditorium.

Kari received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist Dan Gilbert. Kari was the Eb Clarinetist in the University of Michigan Symphony Band’s 2011 tour to China, which released a recording of premiere band works by the composers Kristin Kuster, Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty under the Block M record label. Kari has also spent two of her college summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an avid clarinet teacher in southeast Michigan, Kari owes all of her musical success to her instructors. Her clarinet teachers have included Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Ted Oien and Suzy Dennis-Bratton.

Matt Landry began his music career gigging and teaching as a pianist. He took up the clarinet after piano, and finally the saxophone in middle school. Born in New Orleans before moving to Michigan, Matt dabbles in and appreciates many musical styles. One winter upon reading The Devil’s Horn, a book about the saxophone’s invention and inventor, Matt fell in love, finding the instrument he would stick with for good.

Matt has performed on several concerts with Orchestra Canton, including Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, and he has performed Bernstein’s On the Town with the Dearborn Symphony. He also appears regularly with the Michigan Philharmonic. As well as Akropolis’ two studio albums, he can be heard on two CDs produced by the UM Symphony Band under the Equilibrium Records label, Raise the Roof and Classic Structures. Matt received his Bachelors degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Education and Saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta.

Matt is an avid educator and community engagement specialist. He was a full-time piano teacher at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, MI where he was also Director of Marketing and Outreach, connecting Expressions to neighborhood businesses, schools, and families. Presently he works for the Detroit Regional Chamber as an outreach specialist to small businesses in Detroit and the Detroit metro area.

Matt has also taught middle school band and elementary music full time and he has helped create after-school music programs in west Detroit. Matt also interned at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Neighborhood Audience Development.

In his spare time he enjoys writing, reading, collecting more pianos than his small home has room for, running even though his knees won’t allow it, and trying to emulate the southern cooking styles of his extended southern family.

Ryan Reynolds chose the bassoon in 5th grade under the impression that it produced only one note and would therefore be the easiest instrument to play. His disappointment upon discovering three and a half octaves of notes quickly turned to fascination and intrigue, with the “gorgonzola of the orchestra” providing daily mysteries and rewards.

Ryan is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Florida State University bassoon studio, and has performed with the Traverse and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras. In 2009, Ryan toured the upper peninsula of Michigan with the Sonrisa Wind Quintet as an artist-in-residence for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and in 2012 was a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a wind quintet built entirely of Interlochen alumni that toured around the Midwest.
A passionate educator, Ryan has taught a studio of young bassoonists from throughout southern Michigan, and is currently teaching many of the undergraduate bassoon students at Florida State University. Ryan has taught numerous beginning bassoon camps, masterclasses, and clinics at schools around the United States. He has taught bassoon methods classes at the collegiate level, and coaches several chamber ensembles at FSU.

Ryan has been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”, Interlochen Public Radio, and can be seen in numerous videos in the University of Michigan Bassoon Studio YouTube series.
After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2004-08 where he studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg, Ryan replaced his ‘Interlochen blues’ with Michigan’s, attending the University of Michigan from 2008-2014 while studying with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman. Ryan is currently pursuing his DMA degree at Florida State University under the tutelage of Jeff Keesecker. Ryan is adamant that his sports allegiances still lie with the Maize and Blue.

Ryan’s ultimate goal is to become a respected pedagogue at the university level, and he is grateful to have studied with a series of devoted and inspiring teachers.

An Ann Arbor native, Andrew Koeppe majored in clarinet at the University of Michigan and studied with Chad Burrow, Deborah Chodacki and Monica Kaenzig. He performed in the University Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock, and the University Symphony Orchestra and University Opera Theater under the direction of Kenneth Kiesler. Andrew can be heard on two University of Michigan CDs, including interactions with acclaimed soloists Nancy Ambrose King and Adam Unsworth, as well as the premiere of William Bolcom’s Symphony for Band. He was the featured clarinet soloist in Bolcom’s band orchestration of “Graceful Ghost Rag” on the University of Michigan Symphony Band CD Artifacts. Today, he is a regular performer with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

While studying at the University of Michigan, Andrew performed in clarinet master classes with Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic), Carey Bell (San Francisco Symphony), Julia Heinen (Professor, California State University), and Eighth Blackbird. He was also selected to attend the Buffet-Crampon USA Clarinet Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in 2009 where he studied with clarinetists Eugene Mondie, Dan Gilbert, Andre Moisan, and Ixi Chen.

Also in 2009, Andrew played principal clarinet and bass clarinet in a small orchestral ensemble of select University of Michigan students in a weeklong multi-media workshop and final performance of “Ask Your Mama” with composer Laura Carpman, curator Jessye Norman, and conductor George Manahan. This new work later premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Andrew has also performed with the Michigan Youth Orchestra, the University of Michigan All-State Orchestra at Interlochen, and in large and small ensembles at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. He teaches clarinet and bass clarinet in Ann Arbor as well as at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, and performs as a soloist in churches in the Ann Arbor area.


The Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures, performing an innovative repertoire with acclaimed precision. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first ever reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, Akropolis took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and has garnered prizes at three additional national competitions. Championing the next generation of maverick musicians, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, delivering impactful outreach at schools ranging from kindergarten to conservatory. Akropolis has released two studio albums to critical acclaim and commissioned more than 25 reed quintet works to date. Their dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries.

Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program (YPCA) and has received grants from Chamber Music America and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for Detroit-based community and educational outreach projects, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s Performance Program, whose objective is “to support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music”.

Akropolis’ impressive list of series and festival appearances include 16/17 stops at Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Chautauqua Music Festival. Akropolis has been selected as a juried showcase participant at APAP, Chamber Music America, Performing Arts Exchange, and the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market. With three studio releases (including a March, 2017 release, The Space Between Us), Akropolis has recorded 17 original reed quintet works, and by the end of the 16/17 season will have performed, recorded, or published the work of 21 American composers.

Prolific collaborators, Akropolis premiered the first work for reed quintet and string quartet by David Schiff with the Dover Quartet in 2015, and has performed with artists like the Miró Quartet and renowned clarinetist David Shifrin. In 2015 Akropolis gave an interactive, fully choreographed performance of Four-Letter-Word (Robbie McCarthy) with BodyVox Dance in Portland, OR, and has constructed multi-disciplinary performances with university dance students, theater students, and even HarperCollins published author and scientist, Vic Strecher. During its 16/17 season Akropolis will even perform with youth wind ensembles in Abu Dhabi.

A self-identified entrepreneurial enterprise, Akropolis recognizes the need for rising artists to carve out space for their careers in today’s marketplace. Establishing Akropolis WORKS in January 2016, Akropolis teaches an annual 7-week mini-course at the University of Michigan, and has delivered WORKS lectures to college-level musicians around the United States on marketing, financial planning, brand identity, and more. Equally committed to students K-12, Akropolis toured Illinois and Indiana on the Fischoff Educators Tour in 2015, collaborating with local school reading programs to musically re-enact a children’s book – “The Best Story” by Eileen Spinelli. In 2013 Akropolis conducted its “Fall Education Tour”, funded by over $5,000 raised by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The tour visited 10 schools in Michigan serving underprivileged youth or under-funded arts programs.

Deeply invested in establishing the reed quintet as a cornerstone chamber music ensemble, Akropolis has commissioned more than 25 works from composers in 7 countries, and was selected to premiere the winner of the 2018 Barlow Prize funded by the Barlow Endowment. Previous Barlow Prize premieres have been performed by artists including Yo-Yo Ma, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and eighth blackbird. Akropolis produces a YouTube Web Premiere Series, showcasing new works, arrangements, and composer interviews for a live Internet audience. In 2012 Akropolis created Akropolis Collection and has now sold over 125 original and arranged sheet music works to more than 30 new and established reed quintets. Akropolis is also an annual judge for the Calefax Composers Competition, reviewing 40+ new reed quintet works and committing performances and recordings to their winning selections.

Placing emphasis on audience development for new and traditional classical music, Akropolis regularly appears in unconventional settings, including performances in office spaces in Detroit as part of its Chamber Music America Residency Partnership in January, 2017. In May, 2016 Akropolis conducted a live recording session featuring audience participation for John Steinmetz’s Sorrow and Celebration for reed quintet and audience, which Akropolis commissioned in 2014.

Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable performances on a variety of series both traditional and adventurous in nature. All Akropolis events include informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis remains Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon). Akropolis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the classical music landscape “through engaging performances, new music advocacy, and enriching educational experiences”.

Grove City College Touring Choir

Dr. Katherine MuellerConductor

To usher in the Holy Season, be uplifted by a program of spiritually inspired choral music – as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly presents the Grove City College Touring Choir in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 PM.  Join us for a refreshing afternoon of music as ARCA celebrates the musical excellence of a preeminent choral group in our region, Grove City College Touring Choir, in a concert of choral music, including classical sacred works, songs of praise and African American spirituals.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, Students and Children under 6 are free.   Buy tickets online here or you may call to reserve at (724) 659-3153.

The Choir’s concert in Foxburg follows their annual spring east coast tour to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  The Choir travels widely and has performed in virtually every state east of the Mississippi River, including New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit.  It dedicates itself to the highest standards of musicianship and expressiveness as a choral ensemble.

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ARCA is proud that Emlenton’s own Zak Klassen, a senior at Grove City College, is a member of the Touring Choir and will be performing in the April 2nd Foxburg Concert.  Zak is remembered for his leading roles in musicals and solos in choral concerts at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. Bring with you all the students and young people you know, for whom admission is free. It will be a memorable afternoon of inspiring music.

In recent years the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.  In April 2015, the Touring Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and in April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.

A highlight of the Christmas season is the Choir’s musical performance in Grove City College’s annual candlelight services.

Grove City College Touring Choir 

The Touring Choir has been in existence since its founding in 1959 by Oscar Cooper, and continues to function as a co-curricular activity on the Grove City College campus. Members are selected by audition, and represent a variety of academic disciplines from across the campus community.

The choir travels widely and has established for itself high standards of musicianship and expressiveness as a choral ensemble. In addition to the annual spring tour, the choir performs for churches in the western Pennsylvania area and at various campus events. A highlight of the Christmas season for the choir members is their musical leadership in the annual college candlelight services.

Performances of the Touring Choir for professional music organizations have included the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conferences in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2004, and 2009; the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conventions in 1987 and 1991; and the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2002. In April of 2001 the choir sang for the Palm Sunday Services at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

During recent years the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.  In April 2015 the Touring Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the featured choir with the Keith and Kristyn Getty Band as part of the Getty’s national tour, and performed again with the Gettys in October 2016. In April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.

The Choir is directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller.

Concert Program

Hodie Christus natus est                        Sweelinck

Duo Seraphim (women)                         Victoria

Lobet den Herrn                                      Bach

Laudate Dominum                                  Mozart

Bogoroditse Devo                                    Rachmaninoff

Let All the Nations Praise the Lord       Leisring

Beautiful Savior                                        Christiansen

 

—-   Intermission   —-

 

Abendlied (surround)                             Rheinberger

Song of Triumph                                     Grotenhuis

The Eyes of All                                         Berger

Non nobis Domine (men)                      Powell

Sleep                                                         Eric Whitacre

Glory, Glory, Glory                                  Hogan

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, arr. Page

Ezekiel Saw de Wheel                             arr. Dawson

God Be in My Head                                 arr. Rutter

About the Artists

Dr. Katherine Mueller

The conductor of the Grove City College Touring Choir is Dr. Katherine Mueller, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Grove City College. She completed her D.M.A. in Conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia with Maestro Robert Shafer, and holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon with Maestro Robert Page, a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Susquehanna University.

While in Pittsburgh, Mueller was Music Director of the 90-voice Pittsburgh Concert Chorale for five seasons, as well as Choir Director at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Also during this time, Dr. Mueller served as Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the choir of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where she prepared an opera choruses program for visiting conductor Ian Robertson of the San Francisco Opera, and prepared a women’s chorus for The Pittsburgh Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, she was the high school choral director and Director of Fine Arts in the Ipswich, MA Public Schools, where her choirs earned numerous awards at the state level which led to performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.  Other engagements include the world premiere performance of John Tavener’s final choral/orchestral commission Three Poems of George Herbert at Washington’s National Cathedral, and Music Director and Conductor of Loudoun Lyric Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel in Leesburg, Virginia. Dr. Mueller recently served as guest conductor of the women’s All-State Festival choir in Akron, NY.

Grove City College Touring Choir Members 

Dr. Katherine Mueller, Director
Claire DeArmitt and Evelyn Munson, Accompanists

Choir Officers

Hayley Simpson, President                                                            Zak Klassen, Chaplain

Joel Espenshade, Vice-President                                        Emily Bach, Publicity Chair

Claire DeArmitt, Secretary                                                  David Tharnish, Social Chair

Luke Lofton, Treasurer                                                        Kassaundra Funch, Historian

 

SOPRANO

JULIA BARNES, Meadville, PA – Music, Fr.

AMANDA CASTO, Hillsborough, NJ  – Music Education, Sr.

CHARISSA CODDINGTON, Saegertown, PA  – Political Science, Jr.

VIRGINIA FLANDERS, Fairfax, VA  – English, Jr.

KASSAUNDRA FUNCH, Eden, NY  – Music Education, Jr.

BETHANY KING, Lewisberry, PA  – Marketing Management, So.

LAUREN KOSTELNY, Easton, PA – Music, So.

CALLIE ROBERTS, Grand Rapids, MI –  Music, So.

ANNA SHOENTHAL, Mars, PA –  Music, So.

HAYLEY SIMPSON, Latrobe, PA – Elementary and Secondary Education, Sr.

KIRSTEN WARD, Big Rock, IL – Pre K-4 Education, So.

REBEKAH WILLSON, Beaver Falls, PA – Music, Jr.

 

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EMILY BACH, Fox Chapel, PA  – Pre-K-4 Elementary Education, Jr.

ALLYSON DAVIES, Macungie, PA – Music Business, Fr.

CLAIRE DEARMITT, Bellwood, PA  – Music Education, Sr.

GRACE HERMESMANN, Columbus, NJ – English/French, Jr.

RACHEL KURAK, Avon Lake, OH  – Secondary Mathematics Education, Jr.

AMY LIND, Shoreline, WA 0 Biology, Sr.

ANNA MUNSON, Grove City, PA – History, Sr.

EVELYN MUNSON, Grove City, PA  – Music, So,

JORDYN PISTILLI, Vienna, VA – History/Social Studies Secondary Ed., Fr.

ALINA SANTIAGO, Warrenton, VA – Music Education, Jr.

EMILY THARNISH, Elma, NY – Chemistry, Sr.

 

TENOR

ADAM BANNISTER, East McKeesport, PA – Biology, Fr.

COLTON CROSKEY, Gibsonia, PA – Music Education, So.

BENJAMIN DEMERS, Douglas, MA  – Marketing Management, Fr.

JONATHAN FISHER, Petaluma, CA – Communication Studies, Sr.

TERIN KELSEY, Hampstead, MD – Music Education, Sr.

LUKE LEONE, Camp Hill, PA – History and Philosophy, Jr.

STEVEN MAKER, South Park, PA – Math Secondary Education, Jr.

DOMINIC RODRIGUEZ, Upper Deerfield, NJ – Electrical/Computer Engineering, Jr.

DANIEL SMITH, Moon Township, PA – Computer Science, So.

JOSHUA TRACEY, Union, ME – Accounting, Jr.

 

BASS

SAMUEL BEILER, Mifflinburg, PA – Physics/Computer Software, So.

JOEL ESPENSHADE, Lancaster, PA – Communication Studies, Jr.

BRADLEY EVANS, Mill Creek, WA  – Political Science, So.

MATTHEW GERVASI, Audubon, NJ – Biology Health, Fr.

NICHOLAS HOLMER, Chicago, IL  – Accounting, Jr.

COREY KERSTETTER, Lititz, PA  – Music/Marketing Management, So.

ZAK KLASSEN, Emlenton, PA  – Music Education, Sr.

LUKE LOFTON, New Wilmington, PA – Computer Information Systems, So.

DAVID THARNISH, Elma, NY – Physics, Sr.

TREVOR TUXILL, Burnt Hills, NY – International Business, So.

AUSTIN ZICK, San Diego, CA – English, Jr.

 

Grove City College

Founded in 1876, Grove City College stands on its founding ideals of faith and freedom, made possible by an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and rigorous academics at a price within the reach of families with modest means.

Grove City College is a fully accredited four-year coeducational college of liberal arts, sciences and engineering located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. Its 2,500 students may choose from more than 50 programs of study, including five music-related majors and six pre-professional programs.

The campus of Grove City College comprises more than 150 beautifully landscaped acres, divided into two sections by Wolf Creek. These two areas are connected by Rainbow Bridge, a signature stone arch footbridge.

The students of Grove City College remain at the core of its success. A record number of National Merit Scholars are routinely admitted as freshmen. Each year, the average SAT score of incoming freshmen remains one of the highest in the nation. Studies show that Grove City College education students perform the best on state exams.

A private college striving to remain truly independent, Grove City College is an advocate of the free market economic system and accepts no direct federal funding. Tuition is about half the national average for private colleges.

Grove City College is among the nation’s elite institutions of higher learning, according to Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s Top Colleges. The College has been named a Best Value and a Best National Liberal Arts College by Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The Young America’s Foundation calls Grove City College one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country and it has been honored as a Christian College of Distinction.

 

 

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Happy New Year!  Thank you for your generous support and concert attendance in 2016.

During the 2016 season of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season with memorable concerts and art exhibits.  What ARCA has accomplished in these ten years has only possible because of YOU – our devoted audience members and donors.

The 2016 season also was a banner year with more people than ever before attending concerts and viewing Red Brick Gallery Exhibits and with record funds raised from new and loyal donors and members.

The Board of Directors of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and The Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artists extend their warmest thanks to you – our treasured donors and audience members – for your generous support of our vision to bring world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny River valley.

We hope you have had a joyous and blessed holiday season and wish for you a healthy, fulfilling, and Happy New Year.

Join us as ARCA begins its second decade in 2017 

As ARCA begins its second decade, the 2017 season promises to bring more world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny Valley.  Check back with us soon for our event listings for the Winter and Spring Seasons and information about Red Brick Gallery exhibits during the 2017 season.

ARCA’s new membership brochure also will be online in the New Year.  You can sign up to receive newsletters and and information about ARCA’s new 2017 season and membership events on this site.

Heartiest wishes for a banner 2017!

 

Autumn Colors Plein Air Painting Retreat

Andor Paposi-JobbPainter and Teacher

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AUTUMN COLORS – PLEIN AIR PAINTING RETREAT

MITCHELL PONDS INNE, NINEVAH, PA

October 10-13, 2016

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ANDOR PAPOSI-JOBB, PAINTER AND PROFESSOR EMERITUS,

CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS

Presented in cooperation with Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts

mitchells-pondIf you are longing to escape to the tranquil countryside this fall and revel in the beauty of western Pennsylvania’s autumn colors, while acquiring instruction that further develops your artistic skills – then the Plein Air Painting Retreat is for you from October 10 – 13 when the foliage is in full color!

Every artist relishes the opportunity to paint outside in the midst of a scene which speaks to their creative spirit. Particularly in autumn, it is an artist’s special joy to capture the vivid tones and special light this vibrant season brings.

Renew your artistic spirit and be inspired by sixty acres of serene countryside with ponds and glorious vistas at Mitchell Ponds Inne.

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The country elegance of seven bedrooms (some available for double occupancy) are reserved exclusively for Retreat artists in two 1800’s era buildings – The Carriage House and a Victorian era farmhouse.

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Ten bountiful and delicious meals are included in the price of the charming and up-to-date accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned and non-smoking, most have private baths, and some have kitchenettes, living rooms, porches and parlors. Paint all day and refresh yourself in the rustic, gracious serenity created by Mitchell Ponds Inne owner, Mary Ann Moulin.

Full information on accommodations follows with rates.  To make a reservation for accommodations for the Autumn Colors – Plein Air Painting Retreat at MITCHELL PONDS INNE, contact Mary Ann Moulin at 814-797-1690.  www.mitchellponds.com   Click here for Patricia Sheridan’s article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, October 3.

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The instructor for The Retreat is the internationally acclaimed landscape artist and portraitist, Dr. Paposi-Jobb.

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Artists may choose as their primary medium either oil, watercolor or acrylic. Techniques will be demonstrated and there will be demos in all three mediums, instruction at all levels as needed, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit!  All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Prior to enrolling, Dr. Jobb asks that each artist contact him for a private phone conference to discuss preferred media, supply list, goals and questions. Please contact Andor Jobb directly at 412-894-8749 to register for the event.

The cost of the Autumn Colors – Plein Air Painting Retreat is $275, which includes twenty hours of instruction and additional discussion and consulting time from Dr. Jobb.  Payment is to be paid to Dr. Jobb on the first day of the Retreat. There will be no refunds for missed classes.  Full information on accommodations below.

ABOUT DR. ANDOR PAPOSI-JOBB

fullsizerender_2Internationally renowned for his skills as both a landscape artist and portraitist, Dr. Andor Jobb brings to his teaching a panoply of rich artistic and human experiences.  He was born in 1934 in the Village of Papos, Magyarorszag (Hungary). He spent his early years in Budapest, and while a student at that city’s prestigious Applied Art Academy, he fought in Hungary’s famous 1956 Freedom Fight. When his beloved country’s bid for freedom failed, he escaped by hiking over the border into Austria and immigrating to the United States.

Dr. Jobb attended Kent State University in Ohio and received his BFA and MA from that institution. He served as a Professor of the Fine Arts at Clarion University of Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1991. From 1991-93 he was a Professor of Fine Arts at the Miskolc University in Hungary, and after returning to the USA continued his career as a professional artist. Andor continues to teach painting on a private basis in his hometown of Emlenton, Pennsylvania.

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On Sunday, September 11, Dr. Jobb gave a seminar on landscape painting for an attentive and appreciative audience in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, presented in cooperation with Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts.  Both Dr. Jobb and Jae Brown served on the founding Board of Directors of ARCA, and were instrumental in both developing and marketing programs in its formative years.  A beautiful portrait of ARCA founders, Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee photographed by Jae Brown and painted by Andor Jobb graces the walls of Lincoln Hall.

In his lecture, Dr. Jobb provided an analysis of the origin of artistic terms, defining them in a universal sense spanning thousands of years dating back to the ancient Sumerian civilization.

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Dr. Jobb defining terms in Lincoln Hall

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Dr. Jobb teaches compositional perspective in Lincoln Hall

Dr. Jobb then provided an overview of composition and perspective, which he studied at the Applied Art Academy in Budapest and features in his teaching today.

Several of Dr. Jobb’s framed landscape paintings from his private collection were on display. Included were a painting of fireflies and one he made for his mother as a Christmas card at age 10.  Certainly Dr. Jobb was a precocious and extraordinary talented young artist from his early years, also as noted below in Andor’s artistic statement about his introduction to plein air painting as a boy.

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Dr. Jobb commented on several of his other landscape paintings shown in the “Jobb on Plein Air Painting” section and those of several of his students.  (See art work below by Dr. Jobb’s student, Ray M. Forquer, world renowned for his landscapes depicting Civil War scenes.)

Jobb enjoys landscape painting as a form of recreation, but also finds the field of portraiture enthralling. In November of 2015 he was commissioned to portray Vladimir Putin in an oil portrait for Mr. Putin’s closest friend. His many commissioned works – portraits and landscapes – are cherished works of art in many homes and institutions around the world.

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Fireflies

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Commissioned portrait of Vladimir Putin

Andor’s portraits of outstanding judoka from twenty-one countries are featured in a book – THE JUDO GREATS – now in its fourth printing. Andor is a still-competing world judo champion and 8th Degree Dan. His HUN judo Dojo at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is celebrating its 53rd year and is the second longest running dojo in the United States.img_3043

Andor has very recently undertaken a commission of 911 Hero, Jeremy Glick, a young judoka on United Airlines infamous Flight 93. Mr. Glick’s brave final words, “Let’s roll….” embody the courage and initiative found in judoka. The painting will be unveiled in November 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale.

However, most of all, Dr. Jobb enjoys teaching – his special métier.

Andor Job is very proud of his various past students who have become successful professionals.  One of Dr. Jobb’s most renowned students is Ray W. Forquer, world famous for his landscapes depicting Civil War Scenes.  During Ray’s first summer art class, Dr. Jobb would sit on a stool behind Ray as he painted, and tap him on the shoulder with a yardstick when he mixed the colors ‘wrong’!  Below a Forquer watercolor from Andor Jobb’s private collection and one of Forquer’s Civil War renderings.

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SCHEDULE & RETREAT/ACCOMMODATIONS RATES

PLEIN AIR AUTUMN RETREAT – OCTOBER 10-13, 2016

DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE

MONDAY – October 10th

Check In – 8-9:30 AM

Meet and Greet – 10 AM-12PM

Welcome Luncheon 12-1 PM

Class 1-5 PM

Dinner 6:30 PM in the Inne’s Dining Room

  • NB: Mitchell’s is BYOB, so this is your opportunity to enjoy those special wines from your collection in a celebratory setting.

At the Welcome Meeting each artist will introduce themselves to the group and take a tour of the grounds in order to select the scene they intend to portray. (NB it will be necessary to capture ‘your scene’ for constant reference. You may use your phone, tablet or digital camera.)

After lunch the assembled artists will receive the day’s class that will include instruction regarding various techniques for presenting and blocking a scene. The artists will then set up at their chosen site and begin the creation of their painting.

 

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY*  – October 11-12

8:30 AM Breakfast

  • The artist’s day starts with breakfast. (Coffee will be on hand each morning in the dining room from 7 AM for those who are early risers.)

Class 9 AM-12 PM

Luncheon -12 PM

Class 1-4 PM

  • On Wednesday 4-6 PM an informal sharing discussion with Andor and the group. Pointers for preserving, matting and framing will be shared.

Dinner 6:30 PM

 

THURSDAY – October 13th

8:30 AM – ‘Goodbye’ Breakfast

Class 9 AM – 1PM

Luncheon – 1 PM

The Retreat ends at 3 PM

 

INSTRUCTION FEES

Each student will be charged $275 for twenty hours of instruction and additional discussion and consulting time from Dr. Jobb.

This amount is due upon registration, to be paid to Dr. Jobb on the first day of the Retreat. There will be no refunds for missed classes.

 

Three Nights Single Occupancy Lodging w/Meals Included

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Rooms may be shared, reducing lodging by 50%.   Meal fees would not be reduced. Double occupancy pricing is available upon inquiry.

Tax and gratuities are included in the above pricing.

All of the below Packages will be in addition to Dr. Jobb’s fee for art classes.

PACKAGE   A 

Room with private bath, queen sized bed                        $330 + 218 = $548

& private exterior entrance

In the original carriage house

PACKAGE  B  

Room with private bath, twin beds                                $330 + 218 = $548

In the original carriage house

PACKAGES C & D

Two bedroom suite (queen bed) with integral

large living room, kitchenette and bath. Per room:          $420 + 218 =$638

In the original carriage house

PACKAGES E, F & G

Bedroom with antique full size bed and shared bath
in a private three bedroom Victorian house with              $225+218=$443
two parlors and lovely porches.

The above prices do not include Dr. Jobb’s art instruction.

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Andor Jobb’s Artist Statement on Plein Air Painting

I was yet in kindergarten in the capital city of Budapest, Hungary, when on a group-outing I observed one of our teachers (male) set down nearby and set out his art supplies to paint his landscape…

I was so thoroughly taken by that that of all of my group-outing time I spent just watching him capturing that particular scenery, splashing water around as he cleaned his brushes often.  The other teachers did not mind my fascination and let me stay outside of the group activities.  In the mean time I wondered how a man could do what he was doing. Soon I found myself often at the chalkboard in the kindergarten rendering my own “compositions” of scenes…

andor-mountain-2Time passed and I was in my second grade when on a beautiful day with my brothers and friends we went to swim in the Duna (Danube) river which was near to our apartment building. There I saw a man sitting on a small three-legged stool brushing in  wonderful colors onto a canvas in front of him fixed on an easel. I stopped and asked if I might watch. My brothers and the other kids urged me to continue on to the river, but I chose to stay behind and watch the man paint. I never knew colors existed like the ones progressively appearing on the painter’s canvas… Next I begged my mother to provide me with paper and paint. I joined local libraries to access books with contained scenes and illustrations from which I could copy.

Then the hard times of WWII. were upon us and after the German’s defeat, the Soviets occupied Hungary. I was like other children enrolled in the pioneer (soviet form of boy scouts) movement. Instead of going to church, we had to travel on the weekends across the country and even across the borders into other neighbouring countries to sing communist songs and praise the new soviet system. However I always took my art supplies with me and got behind and under trees to capture scenes that were available to me – rain or shine. The teacher comrades regularly let me do my art rendering because they ended up taking my pictures home with them. Occasionally on a longer trip  I was allowed to paint postcard size landscapes which I could mail home to my mother…

My painting of scenes never stopped, only enriched by painting portraits of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and the Hungarian communist Prime Minister Rákosi…

Regardless of the place, the scene, the times, and the life’s conditions the beauty of mother-nature surrounds me and us, from which one cannot escape…

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present the Clarion University Chamber Singers in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg on Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 PM on the eve of their departure to compete in The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, UK (from July 5 – 10, 2016).  Help ARCA showcase musical excellence in our region as we celebrate Clarion University’s premier vocal ensemble in a concert of choral works in diverse styles, from songs of faith and African-American spirituals to folk and popular music.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Students and Children under 6 are free.   Buy tickets online here or you may call to reserve at (724) 659-3153.

The musical excellence of the Clarion University Chamber Singers has been recognized by their competitive selection to participate and compete in The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, sponsored by the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and running since 1947.  2016 marks the 70th Eisteddfod.Bridge-e1410525057379

Singers and dancers from around the world are invited to participate in the Festival based on an auditioned selection process.  Over 20 high quality artistic competitions are followed each evening by concerts, where the best and most colorful competitors share the stage with professional artists. Singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around 50 countries will be performing to audiences of more than 50,000 over the 6 days of the international music festival.  While in the UK, the Chamber Singers will be performing additional concerts in churches in England and Ireland: Southwark Cathedral in London and Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon; and St. Mary’s Church in Killarney and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

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“This is the first time in the university’s history that any of Clarion University’s musical ensembles has been invited through an audition process to perform at an international competition, and we are incredibly proud of our students for having achieved that milestone,” says Dr. Stephen Johnson, Chamber Singers director. “Our students now realize that with hard work and dedication, Clarion University is competitive on the world stage.”

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Participation in The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, UK is a significant achievement for the Clarion University Chamber Singers, which for more than 50 years has been the premier vocal ensemble at Clarion University. Membership into the group is through a competitive audition process; dedicated students rehearse many hours beyond normally scheduled rehearsal times. For most of its musical history, this extraordinary choral ensemble has been primarily an a cappella group, performing Renaissance motets and madrigals. For many years, the ensemble presented an annual Madrigal Dinner that was greatly anticipated and highly acclaimed in the Clarion community.

Screenshot 2016-05-04 09.33.16Beginning two years ago with new conductor Dr. Stephen Johnson, the ensemble continued not only to perform motets and madrigals but also to expand its repertoire, spanning a broad range of musical periods and genres, including Jazz, popular music, traditional folk music, Spirituals and 20th Century music. The ensemble has replaced the traditional madrigal dinner with an annual benefit dinner, which raises funds for local charities and people in need in the Clarion community.

The Chamber Singers also has expanded its performance schedule to include special events on the Clarion University Campus and concerts in western Pennsylvania communities. In Spring 2015, the Chamber Singers performed community concerts and school assemblies in north central Pennsylvania, including West Forest High School, Smethport High School, Coudersport High School, Ridgway High School and a community concert at Christ Episcopal Church in Coudersport.

In April 2016, the Chamber Singers shared the beauty of their voices on tour, bringing the arts to schools and communities in western Pennsylvania. These included evening community concerts at Heritage United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Anne Ashley United Methodist church in Homestead, and In-school assembly concerts at Greenville High School, Latrobe High School, and Kittanning High School. On June 26, the Chamber Singers are performing in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, presented by Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, in advance of their departure on their European tour.

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Concert Program

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Ave Maria (Angelus Domini)……………………………….………..Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

Soloists: Ellen Bossert and Jared Stack

Daemon Irrepit Callidus………………………………………..…Gyorgy Orban (1947-   )

Bogoroditse Devo, No. 6 from All-Night Vigil—Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

 

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Baba Yetu……………………………………………..……………….Christopher Tin (1976-         )

Soloists: Jared Stack Ben Blinn, Megan Blashford, Ellen Bossert, Jason Poor

Tshepa Thapelo…………………………………..Sotho Folk Song arr. By Ruth Morris Gray

I’m Seventeen Come Sunday………..……………………Percy A. Grainger (1882-1961)

 

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Il est bel et bon……………………………Pierre Passereau (1509-1547) arr. John Leavitt

Nyon Nyon……………………………………………………………..…..Jake Runestad (1986-   )

 

Intermission

  

IV

Plenty Good Room……………………………………………….……..Kirby Shaw (1942- )

Spiritual………………………………………………..……………Ysaye Barnwell (1946-   )

  

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Good Time……………………………………………………..…..Matthew Thiessen (1980-   )

Soloist: Jared Stack

Embraceable You…………………………………………..…George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Words……………………………………………………………………Anders Edenroth (1963-   )

  

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White Winter Hymnal……………………………… ……………Anders Edenroth (1963-   )

Even When He Is Silent………………………………………Kim Andre’ Arnesen (1980-   )

Bridge Over Troubled Water…………………….Paul Simon (1941-   ) arr. Kirby Shaw

About the Artists

Dr. Stephen Johnson

Dr. Stephen JohnsonStephen Johnson is the director of the Clarion University Chamber Singers and Director of University Choirs.  He holds a baccalaureate degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Master of Music in Musical Performance from Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland with concentrations in music curriculum and instruction, performance, conducting, music theory, and statistical analysis.

Currently Director of University Choirs at Clarion University, he is the music director of the Clarion University Concert Choir and the Clarion University Chamber Singers. In addition to directing the university choirs, he teaches courses in elementary and vocal methods, and voice. He is also the faculty advisor for an all-female acapella group, the CUP-ellas.

Some of the highlights from Dr. Johnson’s musical career include a summer of performing and study at the Tanglewood Institute in Tanglewood, Mass. At Tanglewood, he studied privately with Sam Pilafian, tubist for the Boston Pops Orchestra and Empire Brass Quintet, and performed on stage with the Boston Symphony brass section. He also studied privately with Donald Stanley at Mansfield University, Ray Nutaitis at Arizona State University, and Washington Air Force Band euphonium soloist Dr. Brian Bowman at the University of Maryland. Over a four-year period, he co-directed half-time shows for the World Football League throughout Europe including a World Football League Championship Game in Edinboro, Scotland.

Before assuming his current duties as Director of University Choirs, Dr. Johnson served as Chair of the Department of Music for four years and also as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clarion University for eleven years. He taught instrumental music at Sullivan County High School in Laporte, Pennsylvania for three years and taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music for six years at New Covenant Academy in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.

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SOPRANO                                                   MAJOR                                                         HOMETOWN

Megan Bettwy                                           Speech Pathology                                    Holidaysburg, PA

Kiah Harrington-Wimer                           Theatre                                                       Brookville, PA

Brana Hill                                                   Communication                                        Pittsburgh, PA

Katie Gannon                                            Speech Pathology                                     Saxonburg, PA

Tori Heckert                                               Theatre                                                         York, PA

Marina Meholick                                       Rehabilitative Sciences                           Reynoldsville, PA

Anna Mae Pastorok                                  Early Childhood/Special Education     Hamburg, NY

Hanna Reed                                               Speech Pathology                                     Mertztown, PA

 

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Amanda Betts                                            Communication                                         Warren, PA

Megan Blashford                                       Speech Pathology                                     Pittsburgh, PA

Ellen Bossert                                              Speech Pathology                                     Portville, PA

Emily Cooper                                              Rehabilitative Sciences                           Hawley, PA

Jennifer Grenus                                          Music Education                                        Woodland, PA

Katie Kohlenburg                                       Music Education                                        Knox, PA

Allison Oknefski                                         Nursing                                                         Ridgeway, PA

Rachel Raybuck                                          Nursing                                                         Sligo, PA

Carrie Rugh                                                 Social Studies/Special Education         Butler, PA

 

TENOR

Brian E. Miller                                             Music Education                                        Beaver Falls, PA

Andrew Ortega                                           Music Education                                        Titusville, PA

Jared Stack                                                  Finance/Economics                                  Kittanning, PA

 

BASS

Ben Blinn                                                     Mathematics Education                         Pittsburgh, PA

Quincy Nolan                                              Strategic Communication                       Warren, PA

Jason Poor                                                   Accounting/Finance                                 Jersey Shore, PA

Jordan Weeter                                             Chemistry                                                    Knox, PA

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A-C Valley Student Art Exhibit 2016

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be partnering with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools for a second year, presenting an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by Allegheny-Clarion Valley Jr. and Sr. High School students from April 9 to 17, 2016, on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg.

In their educational process, more than eighty-five students in A-C Valley High School art teacher, Anita Allen’s classes have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. They have created artwork that is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images in various media: Acrylic, watercolor, pastels, tempera, scratchboard, acrylic on slate, charcoal, marker, India ink – plus three-dimensional art including ceramics, pottery and sculptures.

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Also a part of the exhibit are ten of the beautiful acrylic on slate paintings that were created under the tutelage of artists, Andor Jobb and Paul McKissick, during the fall of 2015.  While many students gave the slates they created to friends and family as Christmas gifts, some students proudly displayed their slate paintings in the Red Brick Gallery exhibit.  Andor Jobb and Paul McKissick came into Anita Allen’s A-C Valley School art classroom to work one-on-one with the students on their composition and acrylic painting of the slates, donated by Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee of RiverStone Farms… a wonderful project demonstrating the generosity of artists in the community guiding and encouraging the extraordinary talents of A-C Valley students in Anita Allen’s art classes.

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“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit throughout the year,” said Anita Allen. “It’s amazing to witness their creative process in the various media in which they have worked.  I am grateful that ARCA is exhibiting their art in the Red Brick Gallery again this Spring.  It’s important for the students to see their artwork displayed publicly.  Our community, without a doubt, will get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this exhibit.”

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This is the second exhibit of A-C Valley student art at the Gallery.   Last year, more than 100 artworks inspired by the dance were exhibited in the Red Brick as the conclusion of ARCA’s Spring Educational ArtReach program, “Dancing off the Canvas”.

Red Brick Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds said, “As many will recall, the Gallery opened its 2015 season for the first time with an A-C Valley Student exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The work was vibrant and explosive! And many people in the community were introduced to the Red Brick Gallery by the lure of viewing the art of a student known to them. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to drop by to support the students. It’s a great experience that leaves everyone with a sense of awe for the freshness and talent of these young artists.

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Superintendent of the A-C Valley School District, David McDeavitt said, “It makes me very happy to have a local organization such as ARCA helping to support our educational system.  Opportunities like the Red Brick Gallery provide our students with learning opportunities that extend past the classroom and into the community.  One of our goals at A-C Valley is to develop our students into productive members of society and this program does just that!”

The exhibit will run two weekends, from Saturday, April 9 through Sunday, April 17, with gallery hours on Friday April 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Meet the Student Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 12:000 to 5:00 PM. 

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The ARCA Board of Directors is grateful to Red Brick Gallery Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds, for her generosity and expertise in hanging this exhibit of A-C Valley student art this spring.

ARCA thanks the A-C Valley School Board, Superintendent David McDeavitt, Principals Bill Jordan and John Giancola, Staff and Faculty including Anita Allen and R.J. Feicht for their partnership.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Allegheny-Clarion Valley Art Students of Anita Allen
Featured in the Red Brick Gallery Exhibit 2016

Lauren Alworth         Grade 10                 Media: Acrylic on slate, acrylic, ceramic
My name is Lauren Alworth and I am a sophomore at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I am very active in the music, art, and cheerleading programs. This year in cheerleading we won the District 9 Co-ed division, and advanced to the state semi-finals. I participate in marching, jazz and concert band, while I play the alto and baritone saxophone. I like to stick with acrylic art projects, and rarely vary from it. I am also part of the student council and help out with class officers.

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Brad Armagost           Grade 11                 Medium: Tempera
My name is Brad Armagost. I am in a junior in A-C Valley. I did a painting of the best movie ever – Mad Max. There is no denying that it is the greatest ever. THAT IS IT. NOTHING ELSE. P.S. Mad Max rules, everything else drools.

Zach Austin                  Grade 10               Medium: Acrylic
My name is Zach Austin and I was born on August 13, 1999. I live in St. Petersburg, P.A. with my mom, dad, and my dog Max. I’m a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I participate in student council, golf, and track. I’m currently in my second year of art. The picture I’m entering in the art show is of my acrylic golf painting. I’ve played golf almost all of my life and this is one of my favorite paintings.

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Austin Barger               Grade 12               Media: Acrylic, charcoal
My name is Austin J. Barger. I am a senior in Allegheny Clarion Valley Senior High School. Upon graduation I wish to attend the Clarion University of Pennsylvania (CUP) and take their course on Graphic Design. I want to join a design company to be a Concept Artist for games, shows, and movies.

Roe Baum                       Grade 9                Medium: Charcoal
My Name is Roe Baum. I am a freshman at Allegheny-Clarion Valley high school. I am in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Art Club. I also participate in basketball and softball. This is my first year of art. After high school, I plan to go to college and become a crime scene investigator.

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Aven Bittinger               Grade 12              Media: Ceramic, sculpture
Aven Bittinger, now a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, was born June 9, 1998 to Mandy Bittinger of Parker, Pennsylvania. He is part of the school’s Jazz, Concert, and Marching Band as lead trumpet. He also is a member of A-C Valley’s musical, having ascended to acting rather than participating as a stage crew member. When not at school, Aven is Community Service Chairman of the 4-H Clarion-County Teen Council. Mr. Bittinger enjoys reading, running, playing jazz, and engaging in his school’s baseball team as Third Baseman. He hopes to go on to Shippensburg University for Political Science in the near Future.

Jill Caldwell                    Grade 12              Media: Watercolor, ink
My name is Jill Caldwell and I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I am the class president, drum major of the marching band, National Honor Society treasurer, and the secretary of the Family and Consumer Science Club. I also play varsity basketball and participate in the school musicals. Outside of school, I am a member of a 4-H robotics team and a Sunday School teacher. I have submitted an India ink painting of a landscape. Ink is my favorite medium to work with.

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Morgan Campbell        Grade 10              Medium: Watercolor
I am 16 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I live in Parker, PA. I am in track and a member of the FBLA club. For the art show I did a watercolor painting of two little boys running from a train. It’s a scene from the classic movie Stand By Me, which was originally a book by Stephen King called The Body. Art is my favorite class of the day.

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Lane Chalmers             Grade 11                Medium: Acrylic
My name is Lane Chalmers. I’m a junior at AC-Valley High School. I am involved in many sports including football, baseball, and track. I plan to further my education in wildlife biology. I enjoy doing acrylic painting.

Chayanne Christo       Grade 12                Media: Acrylic on slate
My name is Chayanne Christo. I am 18 years old, and have been going to Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School for 13 years (K-12). I am a senior, really creative, and involved in many of the school’s activities, including marching band, track and field, G.I.V.E. club, being the president of art club for 3 years, and much more. I plan on continuing painting and drawing even when I’m no longer in Mrs. Allen’s class and have graduated.

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Colt Christo                   Grade 11                Media: Ceramic, wheel thrown pottery
I am Colt Christo, I am a junior at AC-Valley high school. I participate in extra-curricular activities such as band, jazz band, and marching band, and sports like football and track. In my third year of art, I still enjoy working mostly with clay, which is why my pieces in the show will mainly be steins and mugs thrown from the wheel.

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Morgan Cratty              Grade 12               Media: Watercolor, acrylic
My name is Morgan Cratty and I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, basketball, and track. I am the president of Family and Consumer Science Club and a member of GIVE Club. I am the secretary of National Honor Society and I also tutor 6th grade students. I enjoy spending time with my friends and being happy. I painted an antique shop in an acrylic medium and a tropic floral design in a watercolor medium.

Hayden Defibaugh      Grade 10              Medium: Acrylic on Slate
Hello, my name is Hayden Defibaugh. I live in Parker, Pennsylvania where I reside with my parents. I am currently a sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley high school where I am in many extra-curricular activities, like softball and track. I have been in FBLA for four years and I am currently the secretary. In the future I plan to attend a nursing school where I will become an ultrasound technician.

Samantha Everett       Grade 9                Medium: Ink
Hello, my name is Samantha Everett. I am in the 9th grade. Art is really fun but I don’t know if I can take it next year because I probably will be home schooled. My neighbor is really good at art. She is taking art classes up at Clarion University and is teaching me everything she knows about art. When I get home schooled, I will be able to hangout with her when she is home.

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Brady Feicht                  Grade 11             Medium: Acrylic on slate
Hello there. My name is Brady Feicht. I am a junior at AC Valley. I am on Prom Committee and the Do Something Good Club. I am a member of the Clarion County 4-H program. I show lambs and am the President of the Clarion County 4-H Teen Council, and a member of the robotics team. I enjoy working at tractor pulls in the summer with my family. After high school I plan on attending a trade school for heavy equipment operating.

Kari Franklin                Grade 11             Medium: Colored Pencil
Heyo, I’m a junior at Allegheny Clarion Valley (it’s awesome I know). I usually like to paint anime looking people and scenes in art class. They usually have enormously big heads and funny looking faces, because who doesn’t like funny faces and big heads (no one). In my free time I usually just watch a bunch of prank shows and surf the strange side of YouTube. I have a fluffy Shih Tzu named Oreo who likes to jump and sneeze on my face. Oh and I like anime if you didn’t catch that drift yet.

Abby Freeman               Grade 9            Medium: Watercolor
I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I enjoy riding horses, reading, and participating in sports in my free time. I am also in FBLA and SADD club. I plan on attending college in the future.

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Jeffrey Ginn                    Grade 10         Medium: Linoleum print
My name is Jeffrey Ginn. I was born on August 20, 1999. I am in the 10th grade at A-C Valley High School. I am involved in football, baseball, and basketball. Outside of school I enjoy playing video games and hanging out with my friends. My favorite art project was a charcoal of Ray Lewis.

Alexander Hart             Grade 11         Medium: Acrylic
My name is Alexander Hart. I’m a junior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District. I am President of the GIVE club at school; we put on the Veterans Day assembly and help with the blood drive. I have done projects this year that include a clay bowl, acrylic painting and slate painting.

Austin Heeter               Grade 12        Media: Linoleum print, acrylic, clay bowl
My name is Austin Heeter. I’m an 18 year old whose future plans include joining the United Sates Air Force and later becoming a State Trooper. My hobbies include playing basketball, hockey, and shooting guns.

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Madyson Hetzler         Grade 9          Medium: Watercolor
I am 15 and a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I am in the Do Something Good Club and a varsity cheerleader, but I also enjoy playing different sports with my friends. Next year I plan on joining golf and track, and I will also take part in the musical at our school. Doing art not only is a hobby, it also helps me relax. When I feel sad, angry, or even happy, I transport my emotions into my projects. My amazing art teacher, Mrs. Allen, has always supported me and helped me when I am in need. She is the reason art has become a bigger part of my life.

Sarah Hughes                Grade 10       Medium: Watercolor
Howdy, my name is Sarah Hughes. I am currently a sophomore at AC Valley Jr Sr High School and am Vice President of the Japanese club. My hobbies include drawing, writing fanfictions, playing video games, playing violin, being in Marching Band, and being on the internet.

Alexis Hunsberger       Grade 9         Medium: Pastel

I’m Alexis Hunsberger and I am 15 years old and a Freshman at ACV High School. The art that I will be putting in the art show is a giraffe in pastels. I love Giraffes. They are my second favorite animal. I love to draw but I’m not very good at it.

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Amanda Hunt                Grade 9         Media: Watercolor, acrylic on slate
My name is Amanda Hunt, I was born November 23, 2000. I live in St. Petersburg Pennsylvania and attend A-C Valley. I am a freshman this year. I have taken art since seventh grade and plan on taking it for the rest of the time I go to A-C Valley. I enjoy art because it lets me express how I feel through what I am drawing. After I graduate I plan on attending college and becoming a cosmetologist.

Destiny Hunt                  Grade 9        Medium: Collage with acrylic & watercolor
My name is Destiny Hunt. I am a freshman at A-C Valley. I’m part of the Future Business Leaders of America club and Art club. Since 7th grade, I have participated in cross-country. My picture is of a girl whose dress is made out of blue roses. For the top part of the dress, I used watercolor, and I painted the roses with blue acrylic and white for the details.

Austin Jones                  Grade 12      Media: Acrylic on slate, acrylic painting, ceramic sculptures
Nothing special about me. Just a senior about to graduate from A-C Valley High School. I was born Nov. 19, 1997 in PA. I prefer to do clay over any other form of art, but sometimes I do acrylic paintings. Really do not prefer to compete when it comes to art, so really not very into art shows or other types of competitions such as that.

IMG_7312Virginia Kahl                Grade 12        Medium: Charcoal

I am Virginia Kahl and I am a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I have been attending A-C Valley for thirteen years (K-12). I try to show my creative side by participating the art program for six years and in the music program for eight years. I like to participate in clubs like the GIVE club, Art Club and extracurricular activities such as marching band and the musical (The Sound of Music). I have been treasurer of Art Club and GIVE Club for three years and have been very active in my community by volunteering at the Parker City Fire Department. This year I also am taking the stats for the Track and Field team. I plan to continue to work on my creative side after I graduate and enjoy all the creative styles that I will have a chance to try.

Emily Kaufman           Grade 10       Medium: Acrylic
My name is Emily Kaufman and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I have been very active in the music program while participating in many bands including concert, jazz and marching band. I have represented my school at many different festivals including Autumn Symphonic Winds, District Band and District Jazz band. I have been in Student Council since seventh grade, and now serve as the secretary.

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Karly King                    Grade 8         Medium: Clay/pottery
My name is Karly King and I go to Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I’m 13, in 8th grade, and I’m involved in many school activities. My hobbies include volleyball, basketball, playing music, taking pictures, and painting pictures for my family. I like to form ceramics such as masks and to paint acrylic.   I have lived in Foxburg all my life and enjoy spending time with family. My favorite subjects in school are arts class and U.S. Cultures. I hope to stay in art class through my high school years and continue my passion for art.

Allie Lambert              Grade 9         Medium: Acrylic
I am Allie Lambert and I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I have attended A-C Valley since I was in kindergarten. My school activities include: cheerleading, cross-country, and track. Outside of school I participate in tumbling and helping out at the local skating rink. In my free time I enjoy running, riding, and being with people close to me. Acrylic and ink paintings are my favorite things to do involving art. Most of my ink paintings are made from complex, tight shapes that form a picture.

Kaity Lance                  Grade 11       Medium: Graphite
My name is Kaity Lance. I’m 17 years old, a junior in the A-C Valley High School and am also in track. I spend most of my time either reading or creating art. My favorite medium to use is graphite and I tend to usually stick to that. I’m currently expanding my horizons though and am learning how to paint better. Even though I love creating new pictures, art is more of a hobby of mine instead of a career choice. I plan on going to college and becoming a forensic scientist.

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Brandon Link             Grade 10       Medium: Marker
Hi, my name is Brandon Link. I was born May 18, 2000. Son of Jim and Rebecca Link, I am a sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I moved here last year from Fombell, PA and now live in Emlenton, PA. I like to play baseball and hang out with friends and family. In the future I plan to attend college to be a Certified Public Accountant. 

Wesley Lott                 Grade 12        Medium: Watercolor
My name is Wesley Lott. I am a senior at Allegheny Clarion Valley School District. I live in Emlenton, but it’s not the only place I’ve lived. I used to live in Boyers, but around the age of 10 or so moved here and have been here ever since. I have a great passion for art though I’ve never really been any good at doing such and wished I were better at it. After school I hope to start learning 3D designing on the computer and make a few test games.

Caroline Lowrey       Grade: 10       Medium: Tempera
My name is Caroline Lowrey. I was born on July 6, 1999 and live in Emlenton, PA. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I participate in the Drama Club, Student Council and take private music lessons. I am in the school choir, art class and participate in the school musical. My picture is a colorful display of music notes.

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Joseph Manculich     Grade 11       Medium: Acrylic
My name is Joseph Manculich, and I’m currently a junior of A-C Valley. I’m the son of Matthew and Carla Manculich. I have lived in Parker, PA my entire life, and plan to for the rest of my life. I’m a varsity basketball player for the high school, and I play basketball for a traveling team too. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, and riding my dirt bike. After high school I plan to go to college, and get a bachelors degree in architecture.

Kat Martinelli              Grade 12      Media: Acrylic painting, scratch art, acrylic on slate, mobile
My name is Kat Martinelli and I’m a senior at A-C Valley. I will be attending Clarion University Venango Campus this fall to begin my journey to become a Registered Nurse. I will graduate with my ASN after only two short years of college. I then plan to work on the med-surge floor in the Clarion Hospital while continuing with my education to achieve my BSN after another two short years. I then plan on becoming a trauma nurse by working in the emergency room or on life flights. I enjoy kayaking, camping, fishing, mudding, fires, haunted houses, watching movies, playing volleyball, and painting. I mostly do acrylic paintings of the large cat species and different landscapes. I hope to continue with art in my spare time after I graduate.

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Chelsea McDaniel      Grade 11       Medium: Marker
I am a Junior at A-C Valley High School. I have been in art for the past 3 years of my high school. I am part of the prom committee. I live in Emlenton, PA with my parents and my younger sister. I was born on July 31, 1998 in Grove City. I love doing art in my free time and when I am not doing art I am spending time with my family.

Aidan McKee               Grade 9        Medium: Linoleum print
My name is Aidan McKee. I am a freshman. I go to A-C Valley High School. A enjoy drawing animals like deer. Most of my projects are outdoor pictures. I enjoy drawing with pencils.

Jade McKerahan       Grade 9         Media: Acrylic, ceramic sculpture
My name is Jade McKerahan. I am 15 years old. I am a freshman at the moment. I was born on March 21, 2001. I live in Emlenton with my mother and my sister and I am the youngest in my family. I moved to A-C Valley during my 8th grade year. I came from Butler Junior High School. I am in yearbook club, chorus and Japanese club. I volunteer at the Butler Humane Society. I am working to go to college for my future to be a vet. I enjoy art and it is my fallback if I do not get into college.

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Emily Mechling          Grade 12      Media: Acrylic, acrylic on slate
I am 18 years old, and I am a student at A-C Valley. I enjoy doing art, and I am very glad that I get the opportunity to do it at my school. I have done several projects using acrylic paint, ink, and watercolor. I like that I can challenge and express myself through my work. I hope to continue doing art throughout my life.

Chloe Milks                  Grade 9        Medium: Ink
I’m Chloe Milks. I am 15, and a freshman at Ac-Valley High School. I’m in art club and Japanese club. I’ve been drawing ever since I was young, but now I’m more experimental with my artwork. I sketch, draw, ink, and even paint. The type of art I enjoy is ink, water painting, and drawing. I enjoy art but also listening to music, reading, and even learning. Someday I hope I can either become an art teacher or a Graphic designer.

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Noah Morgan             Grade 12       Medium: Marker
My name is Noah Morgan. I am a senior at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am involved in golf and baseball. I like to use Sharpie for art projects because it looks very clean and ‘sharp’. I’m involved in FBLA and Give Club. I plan to go to Butler County Community College for Nursing.

Todd Morris               Grade 9         Medium: Tempera
My name is Todd Morris. I am in 9th grade and I do not do any after school activities. I was born October 13, 1999 at 10:36 am in the Clarion hospital. My hobbies include playing video games, like 2k, Madden and Call of Duty. Other hobbies are role playing and backyard wrestling.

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Larry Morrison        Grade 9           Media: Charcoal, clay pot
Hello, my name is Larry Morrison. I am currently in 9th grade at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I like to play video games and hang out with friends. I enjoy drawing characters from video games, war, and hunting.

Madelyn Morrison  Grade 12         Medium: Acrylic
Hey there, my name is Madelyn Morrison. I am currently a senior attending Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I enjoy participating in many activities inside and outside of school. I participate in softball, I’m a part of outdoors club, falcon fellowship. I’m very active in my community. I hunt, fish, and attend church. I think art is one of the best subjects in school because it is relaxing and allows me to use my own creative thinking. My favorite medium in art is acrylic painting. My parents are Kelly & Larry/Ryan Morrison of Emlenton. I am the oldest of my two other siblings, Molly and Larry. I was born in Virginia but I grew up in Six Lakes, Michigan, and have moved around Pennsylvania a few times with the family.

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Molly Morrison      Grade 10            Medium: Charcoal
I am a sixteen year old, tenth grade student that is currently attending Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. Some of my hobbies include playing video games, writing, and reading. I grew up in Six Lakes, Michigan, then moved around in Pennsylvania a couple of times until the Morrison family finally settled at Emlenton, Pennsylvania. In art, I mainly love to draw and focus on charcoal drawings. I extremely love to do U.S. Military drawings.

Ethan Nevel              Grade 11            Medium: Acrylic
Hi, my name is Ethan Nevel. I was born January 15 1999. I have been drawing pictures for 4 years now. I live in Emlenton, PA and have lived there all my life. I am in 11th grade and I golf and bowl.

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Treva Page                 Grade 10           Medium: Charcoal
My name is Treva Page and I’m a sophomore at A-C Valley. I am the daughter of Raymond “Buzz” Page and Belinda “Binny” Irwin. I was born on April 12, 2000 and have lived in Emlenton my whole life. I enjoy taking my German shepherd on walks, playing sports, and anything that is out door related. This is my first year of art class. I am currently working on the United States Marine Corps emblem. The medium I am doing is ink. I am doing it in memory of my dad, who was a Mortar-man and earned the rank Corporal in Vietnam.

Brendon Price          Grade 10          Medium: Charcoal
My name is Brendon. I’m a fifteen year-old Sophomore at AC-Valley High School. I enjoy playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends. After high school I plan on joining the military. My picture is of a Star War’s character known as Kylo Ren.

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Shannon Quaill        Grade 12          Medium: Acrylic
My name is Shannon Quaill. I am a senior at A-C Valley High School where I run cross-country and track. I am also President of Student Council, Vice President of the National Honor Society at our school, and Treasurer of Family and Consumer Science Club. Outside of school I participate in a 4-H robotics club. I like to read and spend time with my friends. I also enjoy painting and I’m glad that I have been given the opportunity to take art. After graduation, I plan to attend Penn State Behrend for engineering.

Evan Redding            Grade 12         Medium: Tempera
Hello, I am Evan Redding. I am currently a Senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School and have attended A-C Valley my entire life. I have been in art for two years and in Art club for a year. I am also an athlete here. I play football, baseball and I wrestle. I like to spend my free time with my friends and family. I am attending Westminster College for criminal justice and I am going to play football there as well.

Nathan Redding       Grade 10         Medium: Graphite
My name is Nathan Keith Redding and I’m a Sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I’m 16 years old and I play Football. Most of my projects are done in graphite. I’m also quite good at League of Legends. I’m also a member of Cloud9 pro gaming team.

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Kiersten Rothen      Grade 12          Medium: Tempera
My name is Kiersten Rothen, I attend A-C Valley High School, and I am a senior. I am active in many sports such as volleyball, and softball. I am the Vice-President of Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, and member of FACS club. In the future I plan to go to Butler County Community College and become a Registered Nurse. I hope to work in the Obstetric department.

Jayden Rottman       Grade 9          Medium: Watercolor
Hello my name is Jayden Rottman, I am a freshman at A-C Valley and I enjoy hanging out with friends, fishing, and riding my dirt bike, and golfing. I participate in SADD Club, FBLA, and Art Club. I enjoy painting and using pastels while in art. They are a fun time. I plan on taking art the rest of my High School career with the wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Allen.

Jenn Russell               Grade 12       Medium: Pastel
I am currently a senior at A-C Valley high school. I am Vice President of the SADD Club, Co-founder of Strategy Club, a member of Clarion County Youth Council, and a member of Do Something Good Club. After high school I plan on attending Clarion University to obtain a bachelor of biology in order to fulfill pre-veterinary requirements. I spend my free time reading, playing videogames, playing Magic the Gathering, and being outside.

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Cassie Schwalm        Grade 10       Medium: Acrylic on Slate
My name is Cassie Schwalm. I am sixteen, and in the tenth grade. I attend A-C Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, and softball. Outside of school I am involved in a Junior Olympic volleyball team. I am in various clubs including The Future Business Leaders of America. This is my first year of art class. My featured piece is an acrylic, I chose the picture because I believe it is quite beautiful. I plan to continue my art career, and future my skills in the art world.

Brooke Scott              Grade 12       Medium: Charcoal
My name is Brooke Scott and I am a Senior in high school. Creating art is one of my passions. I drew a lot of things when I was little – even up till now. This is my 4th year of Art class. I am hopefully moving on to a job with a creative side to it. I love Baking, Drawing, Swimming, Traveling and Hunting.

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Lydia Seaton              Grade 8        Medium: Water Color Pencil
Hi, my name is Lydia Seaton. I am 14 years old, and an 8th grade student at A-C Valley High School. I enjoy swimming and other sports, spending time with family, and listening to music. My watercolor painting is based on a Pink Floyd band poster from the late sixties. Along with this project, I have done a few others throughout this year.

Allison Sherman      Grade 10      Medium: Scratchboard
I am currently a sophomore at A-C Valley and a resident of Foxburg. I am a member of the golf, basketball and track teams. I’m also the treasurer of Student Council and president of the sophomore class. In addition to my art class during school, I am also actively involved in many of A-C Valley’s other arts programs. This year, I have attended the 2016 PMEA District 3 choir festival where I qualified to move on to regionals and I am playing the role of Liesl in ACV’s production of The Sound of Music. Outside of school, I take private voice and piano lessons. My project depicts blimps and was done on a scratchboard.

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Eric Show                  Grade 9          Medium: Linoleum print
My name is Eric Show. The picture I made is of a character in a TV show called Doctor Who. I chose this character because he is my favorite character and he has a big part in the show. I did a linoleum cut out because I have never done one before and I wanted to try it.

Lexi Shirey                Grade 9         Medium: Linoleum print
My name is Lexi Shirey and I’m a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I live in Parker. I am now playing softball and plan to play throughout High School. I plan on going to college after High School.

Lexie Slater              Grade 10        Medium: Watercolor
I am currently a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I participate in many activities inside and outside of school. I am involved in Student Council, Home Economics Club, 4-H Teen Council, and am the treasurer of the sophomore class. I also participate in cheerleading, softball, and track. Some of my other activities include theatre, gymnastics, choir, and private voice lessons. I am playing the role of Sister Margaretta in our school musical this year, The Sound of Music. In my free time I enjoy reading and hanging out with my family and friends. In the show I have a watercolor painting of a rainy day in Venice. Currently I am working on a watercolor pencil of hot air balloons over the beautiful city of Paris.

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Sylvia Stalker         Grade 9           Medium: Ink
My name is Sylvia Stalker. I am in 9th grade, and attend A-C Valley High School, I’m a cross country runner. I enjoy making artwork, in school and on my free time. I also enjoy spending my free time outside and with my family. I am a member of Upward Bound, and The Do Something Good Club here at A-C Valley. After I graduate I’m planning on joining the Air Force to become a flight nurse, and to travel the world making a difference.

Katie Stalker          Grade 11         Medium: Ink
My name is Katie Stalker, I am a junior and I attend A-C Valley. This is my first year in art, and I have done several projects I have never done before. I am in Art Club and Drama Club. I went to County Choir, where I sang with a large group of people I’ve never met. I played volleyball for two years and cheered. I currently am in softball, and I play right field.

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Madison Stump     Grade 11         Media: Scratch art, watercolor
My name is Madison Stump, I am currently 17 years old attending as a Junior at A-C Valley. I enjoy various band functions and have succeeded in several competitions while being involved in multiple clubs and sports like Prom Committee, Teen Council, Marching Band, Basketball, and Track. Art has surrounded the past three years of my life involving several styles of paintings. This painting is a watercolor version of potted flowers that I have created for my mother.

Hannah Switzer     Grade 12         Medium: Watercolor
My name is Hannah Switzer, and I’m 18 years old. I am currently a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I enjoy many forms of art such as literature, modern, and music and I plan to attend Clarion University in the fall for art with a concentration in graphic design. I hope other people can learn to appreciate the arts and see that it can serve many purposes for people who need a little hope in their lives.

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Kelsie Terwilliger   Grade 9          Medium: Wheel thrown bowl
I am 15. I am a freshman attending high school at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I’m in FBLA club. I’m in many after school activities such as Gymnastics at Solid Rock, softball for the high school and travel ball in Clarion, and cheerleading for the high school which we won D9 and we were 7th in the state, at states at Milton Hershey. I enjoy working on my art and also being in class with Mrs. Allen. She has taught me a lot throughout my two years of art. I am also in Art Club. I didn’t enjoy art very much until I was in Mrs. Allen’s class. I am so glad I’ve had this experience as a student to work with such an amazing person as Mrs. Allen.

Ellie Thompson       Grade 10         Medium: Acrylic
My name is Ellie Thompson and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley. I’m involved in golf, basketball, track, and FBLA. I am also a volunteer coach for ACV Elementary Basketball. I have been in art class for two years. The painting I did was an acrylic picture of a giraffe.

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Matt Thompson       Grade 10         Medium: Linoleum printing
Hello my name is Matt Thompson. I am in 10th grade and I was born August 22, 1999. I live in Foxburg, PA and I am currently attending AC-Valley. I love to play baseball and soccer. I am kind of an art person. It can be fun at times. I like to do linoleum block printing. It is fun.

Brendan Ulrich        Grade 10         Medium: Watercolor
My name is Brendan Ulrich and I live in Parker, PA. I am 15 years old and I am in 10th grade this year. Most of the projects I do are of Dragons and I usually stick to oil pastel or watercolor since the way it flows makes the project feel better.   My project is of a Dragon flying in storm clouds with the sun shining in the background. I enjoy games and am enthralled by all things fantasy including Dragons, Gryphons, Unicorns, and Chimeras, due to the fact they expand one’s imagination of what they see in the world.

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Colton Ulrich             Grade 11          Medium: Acrylic
My name is Colton Ulrich. I’m 16 years old and I’m in 11th grade. I do many things out of school. I have a job at Whyte’s Market as a stock boy and I’m a volunteer firefighter. My favorite art style is oil pastel, but my only piece is acrylic. I started to be interested in art as a young child. I joke a lot and I’m fun.

Annie Viertel             Grade 10         Media: Scratch Art, clay sculpture
My name is Annie Viertel. I am currently a sophomore attending A-C Valley high school in Foxburg PA. I am 16 years old. I live in a nearby neighborhood. I am currently in the club at our school called FBLA, which stands for Future Business Leaders of America. The sports I liked to play are basketball, softball, and cross-country. I also help volunteer and help coach the little girl’s basketball program. The picture I picked to display was a bird I made out of scratch art. The project was fun to do because I haven’t tried scratch art before. It was exciting to try to make the birds feathers look realistic. I hope to continue my art classes in the future.

Levi Walker               Grade 9           Medium: Charcoal
My name is Levi Walker, and I have just moved to A-C Valley. I am a freshmen, 14 years old. I came from Slippery Rock High School. When I was smaller, I played baseball, and I’m hoping to do so again. Also I’ve done track all throughout middle school, doing throwing and long distance. I love singing. I have been in district choir, chamber singers and regular choir. I have drawn a portrait of a border collie in charcoal, only because I have one myself.

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Ashley Wampler      Grade 12        Medium: Tempera
Hi, my name is Ashley Wampler. I am a senior this year graduating from Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I am 18 years old. I moved to the district when I was in the middle of my 11th grade year. I am in Spanish club and Art Club. This has been an exciting year for me. I want to become a paramedic, but my future is going to be changing a lot as I’m going to be bringing a son into the world in May. I love to do watercolor painting. Lately I have been doing tempera painting. I have never done an acrylic painting, except a slate painting with artists Paul McKissick and Andor Jobb.

Marissa Wampler    Grade 11         Medium: India Ink
My name is Marissa Wampler. I am a junior at ACV. I am 17 years old and I have 9 other brothers and sisters. I am going to be an aunt and I will have a nephew. I get about all A’s and B’s in school. I was originally from Butler until I moved during my 10th grade year. I love doing art. The picture I am putting in the art show is made from India ink. The picture is of two deer combined into a heart. It represents the two deer in love with each other.

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Emily Wetzel               Grade 8          Medium: Ceramic
My name is Emily Wetzel and I am currently an 8th grade student at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, softball, band and basketball. I enjoy creating ceramic pots and masks because no one knows what they will end up with. I am also fond of charcoals and oil pastels. I hope to continue these methods throughout my high school career.

Halee Wetzel             Grade 12           Media: Watercolor , acrylic and acrylic on slate
I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I have played softball and volleyball the past four years. I am a part of the G.I.V.E. Club, Vice President of Home Economics Club, Secretary of the Spanish Club, and President of the National Honors Society at our school. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going to youth on Wednesday nights at Park Hill First Church of God. After graduation, I plan on attending Grove City College with an undecided major.

Dakota Williamson  Grade 10           Medium: Graphite
My name is Dakota Williamson. I go to A-C Valley High School. I am in tenth grade. I enjoy drawing and graphite art. I like to do drawing and concept art from games such as League of Legends. I also really enjoy video games and drawing characters and concept characters from these types of games.

 

Scott NadelsonTrumpet
Joe BadaczewskiTrumpet
Jon CarrollHorn
Gabriel ColbyTrombone
Hakeem BilalBass Trombone
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As Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts celebrates its tenth anniversary performance season in 2016, it is continuing its successful Educational ArtReach program, begun in 2009, bringing professional arts and education performances and workshops to students in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the nationally acclaimed brass quintet and seasoned teaching artists, C Street Brass, will present a full-day arts education residency for students Pre-K to 12th grade in the A-C Valley Schools.  C Street Brass is a brass quintet/band experience like no other, performing passion-driven chamber music in the form of rock, funk, jazz, and classical.

C Street Brass musicians will perform three small workshops for students in grades Pre-K to 6 in the morning, prior to an assembly concert for all elementary students in the Elementary School gymnasium. In the afternoon C Street will move to the Jr. and Sr. High School to perform an assembly concert for grades 7 – 12 in the High School Auditorium, AND conduct hands-on after-school workshops with A-C Valley band students, coordinated by Scott DiTullio, High School Band Director.

Hailed for radiating the joy of music-making, C Street Brass will bring to A-C Valley students not only their imaginative approach to brass quintet performance, superb musicianship, extraordinary technical prowess and seasoned educational skills, but also the ineffable “inspiration factor” of charismatic, young professionals in their twenties who are making a significant career in the music field.

World renowned jazz trumpeter Chris Botti has hailed C Street Brass for their “fantastic and innovative approach to brass quintet music.”  George Vosburgh – Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony and an ARCA favorite in the annual Christmas Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Concert – has said of the group,  “C Street is the new sound, look, and feel of the modern brass quintet. Highly virtuosic playing in a wide variety of styles rolled into an accessible, warm hearted candor which makes for a delightful concert experience. ”  A-C Valley students certainly will be delighted by the energy-charged and exciting artistic performances and workshops of C Street Brass, which have been a “hit” with young audiences wherever they have performed.

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C Street Brass is passionately committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians. In addition to their arts education work in Pittsburgh, the group has done educational residencies in Orcas Island, WA, and at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, among others.  C Street Brass was awarded a Visiting Scholars Grant by the University of South Carolina, spending several one weeks during the 2014-15 school year in Columbia, South Carolina performing concerts, teaching master classes, giving seminars, and working with local community bands and sharing their music with the community in free public outdoor performances.

ARCA’s arts education program fulfills its mission as a non-profit organization, demonstrating its commitment to contribute to the future of the Allegheny-Clarion valley community through the arts education of its young people. ARCA is grateful for its partnership with the A-C Valley School Board, administrators, faculty and music specialists in making this program possible.

Designed specifically as an arts education resource for A-C Valley students, C Street Brass assembly concerts and workshops are not open to the public. Because there is no admission for any residency events, ARCA relies on contributions from the community to support its art education program in the A-C Valley Schools. Anyone interested in making a contribution or becoming an ARCA member may do so on this site.

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About the A-C Valley Workshops

C Street Brass is looking forward to working with young local band musicians in their workshops at A-C Valley and performing for every student in the school system from Pre-K to Grade 12. The theme of their residency will be how melodies play a part in telling a story, using examples from two famous American musicals, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.

C Street Brass & StudentIn the small workshops for students in pre-K to 6, they will use examples from these musicals to explain the history of each instrument and how their instruments are used differently in classical and jazz settings.  In the assembly concerts, C Street also will perform Concerto for Saint Mark, Fly Me to the Moon, and other jazz arrangements for brass quintet.  In advance of their residency, elementary music teacher, A-C Valley choral director and musical theatre director Jennifer Lowrey will prepare students in K-6 for C Street Brass small workshops, introducing them to songs and melodies from these musicals as well as the instruments in the brass family.  Jennifer Lowrey said of ARCA’s arts education program, “The students at A-C Valley have a love for the arts. The programming ARCA has brought into our district over the years has nurtured that love and opened a window into a world of professional artistic excellence that many students otherwise might not get a chance to experience. It also has given them a glimpse of the possibility of who they could become as an artist.”

A-C Valley Band Direction, Scott DiTullio, expressed his delight that C Street will be conducting after-school, hands-on workshops with his students in the A-C Valley Jr. and Sr. High School Bands on March 3:  “Musicians grow, in much the same way as athletes.  Musicians train daily for perfection of their instrument.  As they perform with others, musicians have to be at the highest possible level.  They cannot make a mistake.  One wrong note or rhythm in music, creates a major problem for the entire group as they are performing.  Unlike in basketball, if a player misses a free throw, the rest of the team is there to make up for it.  That doesn’t happen in music.  The role of each musician is vital to the entire group, it takes all of them to be 100% accurate all of the time.  Throughout the last several years we have had many university band directors work with our students to help get us to the next level.  Having the young and dynamic professional musicians in C Street Brass on our campus is an added bonus!  They are inspiring performers and experienced teachers who will be working with the students to help them understand more of what their individual responsibilities are as a musician and as a member of the band.  A special thank you to ARCA for bringing these amazing programs to our students and community.”

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About the Artists

C Street Brass began as a small project between five friends who are coincidentally the most handsome men ever to grace the earth. Equally as comfortable in the sound world of baroque music as they are playing electronic dance music, C Street Brass connects lovers of the arts from all walks of life around a unique and innovative concert experience.

An ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University since 2012, C Street Brass is proud to now call Pittsburgh home. In addition to their contributions to Pittsburgh’s thriving music scene, C Street has been featured on a variety of series around the country including the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Series (Corpus Christi, TX), Community Concerts Second Series (Baltimore, MD) and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. The members of C Street are also regular performers at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, have preformed extensively through the Baltimore/DC Metro area, and have been featured multiple times on WBJC: The Classical Voice of Baltimore. Internationally, C Street Brass has toured in Tbilisi, Georgia as resident ensemble of the 2012 Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar in 2013 as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University .

C Street Brass is passionately committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians. In addition to their educational work in Pittsburgh, the group has recently held educational residencies in: Orcas Island, W A, at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. In Spring 2014 C Street Brass was awarded a Visiting Scholars Grant by the University of South Carolina. By way of the grant, C Street Brass spent one week each semester of the 2014-2015 school year in Columbia, South Carolina. C Street performed a variety of concerts, taught master classes, gave seminars, shared their music with the community by way of public outdoor performances and working with the community bands.

C Street Brass collaborates with musicians and artists of all disciplines. In 2010 the group premiered David Conte’s “Two Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ” with renowned organist and scholar Donald Sutherland. Their most recent project, Beauty Slap presents a new innovative concert experience combining electronic dance music with brass band and guitar. Beauty Slap has toured extensively throughout the east coast and can regularly be seen in dance clubs in the Pittsburgh area.

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Scott Nadelson: Trumpet

Scott Nadelson, the father of the C Street brainchild, brings a unique artistic versatility to the band that enables him to showcase his skills through jazz, classical, commercial, electronic, hip- hop, and chamber music. He also brings an enthusiasm for any Apple product but brings no height to the band’s basketball squad.

Scott began his love affair with trumpet at the age of 12, studying from New York freelancing god Chris Jaudes and was one of two trumpet performers to win the prestigious New Jersey State Governors School award.

An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory, Scott was mentored by international soloist Joe Burgstaller and former Baltimore Symphony trumpet, Edward Hoffman. While at Peabody, Scott was principal trumpet with the Peabody Concert Orchestra and lead trumpet with the Jazz Orchestra. It was during this time in Baltimore that C Street Brass was born.

Scott currently enjoys teaching a private studio based in Pittsburgh, as well as his educational work as a teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is furthering his mission for world trumpet domination at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing a Masters Degree under the tutelage of George Vosburgh and Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Gabriel Colby: Trombone

Gabriel Colby keeps it simple. Give him a trombone, a cup of coffee, and a gym- he’s good to go. Gabriel grew up in Avon, Connecticut surrounded by music. His parents John Colby and Beverly Rohlehr, and his sister Liza Colby are all accomplished musicians in their own right. Gabriel started his performance career in high school as a professional juggler in the duo ‘The Big Hair Jugglers’. His passion for trombone came when he auditioned into principal chair of All-State Orchestra as a sophomore in high school.

Gabriel is classically trained and has a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. from Carnegie Mellon. Gabriel initially found his love for trombone through classical music, but he is very comfortable performing and freelancing in all styles. As a lead trombonist he has played for the ESPY Awards Orchestra in LA, The Nascar Awards Show in Las Vegas, and can he can be heard on the ESPN College Football theme. Gabriel now resides in Pittsburgh where he acted as principal trombone for the River City Brass Band in 2014 and currently plays trombone for Beauty Slap a new barrier-bending genre of brass band, electronica, and funk.

Believe it or not, Gabriel does not play trombone 24 hours a day. He also loves: working out, cooking, scotch, and exploring Pittsburgh, the city he calls home.

Hakeem Bilal: Bass Trombone

Hakeem Bilal proudly hails from Washington, D.C. and joined C Street Brass in early 2013. From the nation’s capital, to Baltimore, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, and now to Pittsburgh with C Street Brass, Hakeem’s bass trombone has led him on an incredible journey!

A highly sought-after freelance musician, Hakeem has established himself in Pittsburgh and throughout the East as a chamber, orchestral, and brass band musician, as well as a clinician,

music coach, and teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition to the band, Hakeem is the Bass Trombonist of the River City Brass and has collaborated with many commercial artists throughout the US. Hakeem feels very fortunate to have taken his trombone to many diverse venues across the globe.

Outside of making music, Hakeem loves to build things. Whether it is constructing an innovative cocktail from the bar, or building a computer from scratch, if its hands on, chances are he is in it to win it. Some things you may not know about Hakeem: Other than being a creative mixologist, aspiring chef, and former teen heartthrob, he has been known to randomly break into dance and thrives on being the catalyst of any party (and he says there is always a party somewhere). Hakeem enjoys sour fruits, whiskey, and BBQ beef ribs (not necessarily in that order). Come join the party!

Greenville High School Steel Drum Band

The joyous young artistry of the Greenville High School Steel Drum Band is going to make the Foxburg Fall Festival 2015 one to remember!  On Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 PM more than forty young steel drum musicians from Greenville, PA High School under the direction of conductor Chris Williams will perform a FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT under the big tent between the Foxburg Inn and the Allegheny Grille.

Greenvill Steel Band

Pleased by the opportunity for the talented, young musicians to perform in Foxburg for its Fall Festival, Conductor Chris Williams said, “Steel Drum Band students at Greenville perform very often out in the community. We enjoy spreading joy through our music with a unique ensemble that many people have never seen before.  The students work very hard preparing and have a lot of fun performing for the public. I am fortunate to teach such a dedicated and talented group of students.”

During the 2014-2015 school year the steel band played thirteen performances out in the community as well as their normal school concerts.  In 2015, the Greenville Area High School Steel Drum band also was selected to perform at the PMEA State Festival in Hershey, PA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy these extraordinary young musicians at 2:00 PM during the Fall Festival on the banks of the beautiful Allegheny River in Foxburg.

About the Greenville High School Steel Drum Band

The Greenville High School Steel Drum Band was established in 1989 in order to provide students with a unique music experience incorporating styles, rhythms, and traditions of the Caribbean culture. At inception, the group consisted of only a starter set of pans and percussion instruments. In the years that followed, the group continued to flourish to the current size of twenty-two sets of pans. Currently, the overwhelming success of the high school group has spread into two additional bands at the 7th and 8th grade levels. Each one of these students plays other instruments in the band program and many are involved in chorus.

The repertoire relies heavily upon the basic rhythms of calypso, soca, and latin music and also includes pop, classical, jazz, and show music. The ensemble has had the pleasure of playing for large audiences around the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia area including performances at festivals, colleges, school assemblies, clinics, and community functions. Some of the ensemble’s most notable performances include performing in 2006 with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, performing in 2006, 2010, and 2015 at the PMEA State Conference, 2007 and 2008 at the Ohio Valley of Steel, and performances in 2009 and 2011 at the MENC All-Eastern Conference.

About Conductor, Chris Williams

Mr. Chris Williams earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education degree from Slippery Rock University, and his Masters Degree in Conducting from Youngstown State University. He currently teaches instrumental music, grades 7-12, in the Greenville Area School District.  Mr. Williams is responsible for the marching band, senior high concert band, junior high concert band, high school percussion ensemble, high school jazz ensemble, and three steel drum bands. The junior and senior high bands consistently receive excellent and superior ratings at adjudication festivals. In 2015, the GHS Steel Drum band was selected to perform at the PMEA State Festival in Hershey, PA.  Mr. Williams is a member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, International Society for Music Education, PMEA, and NAfME. Mr. Williams previously taught in the Franklin Area School District.

 

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