Artists in Action: Knox Concert Series announces opening act
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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The Knox Concert Series has announced the first two concerts of the 68th season.

The opening act will be Michael McDonald — singer, songwriter, former lead singer for the Doobie Brothers and five-time Grammy Award winner. The concert is set for Thursday, Oct. 17.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, the focal point of musical life in Haifa and north Israel, will take the stage.

Two more concerts for the 2013-14 season will be announced at a later date.

General admission tickets for the season are $140 through May 1 and $160 after that. Student tickets are $75. For more ticket information, call Lee Merrill at 256-741-8262.

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JSU seniors exhibit through April 26

Displaying their best substance and style in a current art exhibit at Jacksonville State University are 16 graduating art students. To see how they meet the challenge of applying all they’ve learned — and what they can add — to each piece, come view the Graduating Seniors Exhibit, open through April 26.

Art by the BFA candidates will be in Hammond Hall Gallery. The work of the BA candidates is arranged in the Student Gallery, Room 112A.

Earlier this week the students were hanging their drawings, graphic designs, illustrations, paintings, prints and photography.

The collection represents a semester of work and the culmination of each student’s progress. The students not only learned the ropes of writing effective resumes and artist’s statements for the show, they planned all facets of the exhibit, from designing the invitations, to charting the lighting, to taking care of the refreshments.

Each exhibit must be a new, original body of work, Jauneth Skinner, who directed the BA students, said.

“And the entire project is good preparation for exhibit design or fine arts in museums, art galleries or corporation,” she said.

JSU art professors have taught the students to present their work and themselves to the point “where we can market ourselves and look professional and get our artwork out there,” said Nicolette McClure, who works in graphic design and photography. “Presentation is everything. If your work is not displayed nice, neat and clean, then your work loses quality.”

With her photography, McClure learned how to “light paint” a few semesters ago.

“I photographed at night and used slow shutter speeds and a flashlight to ‘paint’ in the parts of the scene I wanted to show,” she explained. “Then I learned how to composite them together.”

As attendees will see, three of her images on display are made up of between eight and 13 images put together.

With her graphic design, McClure used skills that she learned in the department, whether it’s physically or digitally designing things. Her posters will be on view, but she also completed coffee packaging, brochures, stickers and a rugged piece of wood with letters of the logo cut out, she said.

Come enjoy the show. As former art student Jason Wright said, when there’s quality art and interested viewers who truly observe, an unspoken conversation takes place between artist and viewer.

The next scheduled exhibit is the 34th Annual Mini-Works Show from May 2 through May 30.

Hammond Hall Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Hervey Folsom is a longtime supporter of the arts in Calhoun County and has been writing about it for The Star since 1971. She can be contacted at
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