Professor to exhibit
CRESSON - Donald Talbot, associate professor of English, fine arts and visual arts program coordinator at Mount Aloysius College, will present the exhibit he created on his recent sabbatical in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius. "Based on Beverly: A Post-mortem Creative Collaboration," is a visual and tactile treatise and homage to his mentor, the late Beverly J. Semmens, professor emeritus, University of Cincinnati, who died in August of 2010. The exhibit will be on display through March 28.
Talbot resides in Altoona and maintains a season studio (Atelier 9) in Lisbon Falls, Maine. His artwork has been featured in Fiberarts Design, Book 6 and Book 7 and in shows and galleries across the United States.
In a sense Talbot's show is autobiographical in that it reflects his personal and artistic journey that led him to artist, mentor and friend Beverly Semmens.
"I first met Beverly when I was accepted as a graduate student in her fibers program at the University of Cincinnati in 1997," said Talbot. "During my two years there she became one of the most important mentors of my life. She taught me how to think and work as an artist."
Talbot's work will be on display at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the first floor of the Main Building.
PSU Altoona shows art
Penn State Altoona is pleased to present "Missing: Mom," an exhibition of work by Visual Arts Studies senior Hannah Sheridan. The exhibition will be on display in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts from April 24 to May 4.
A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. April 24 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Center.
Sheridan is from Cresson, and has studied multiple art disciplines in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. She recently placed second in Penn State Altoona's juried art exhibition, "Tell Me What You See: Images Inspired by The Beatles."
The Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and before and during all performances.
Music greats teaming up
UNIVERSITY PARK - The Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices came together in Pittsburgh in 1996 to record a live album. The big band and the vocal quartet get together in Pennsylvania again - at 7:30 p.m. April 3, in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium - seeking to re-create the magic that won them a 1997 Grammy Award.
Pianist and bandleader William "Count" Basie died in 1984, but the big band that carries his name and upholds his legacy of Kansas City-style swing still sizzles under the direction of Scotty Barnhart. A trumpet soloist with the orchestra for 20 years, Barnhart leads a big band that's garnered 18 Grammys - the most of any jazz orchestra.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $45 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $35 for a person 18 and under. Tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and Bryce Jordan Center.
Ethipoian band to play show
HUNTINGDON - World music fans can be forgiven if they haven't heard the latest Ethiopian pop music, but that possible oversight by well-rounded listeners will be remedied at Juniata College with a concert by Debo (pronounced "debbo") Band, an Ethiopian pop group, at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.
Debo Band is an 11-piece eclectic band that combines the hot horns and brass of soul bands with tastes of violin, electric instruments and even an accordion. Although the group plays Ethiopian music, all the band members live and perform around Boston, where the group was formed in 2006.
For tickets and information about the Juniata College Presents series, please call 641-JTIX (5849). General admission tickets are $20.
Tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.
SAMA opens new exhibit
JOHNSTOWN - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, "The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2014." On view March 21 through June 6, the exhibition features nearly 40 works created by patients during SAMA's Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program residencies at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute.
The museum will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27. The reception is open to the public free of charge, though reservations are requested by March 23. For reservations or more information, call 269-7234.