Artists in Action: Parker Memorial to host concert
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Photographer Jim Davenport of Jacksonville is one of the 25 artists in the Visual Arts Society’s Summer Showcase. Hervey Folsom/Special to The Star
Photographer Jim Davenport of Jacksonville is one of the 25 artists in the Visual Arts Society’s Summer Showcase. Hervey Folsom/Special to The Star

Popular, powerful patriotic themes will shine through the music of singers, instruments and songwriters July 2 when Parker Memorial Baptist Church presents “Celebrate America.” The Independence Day concert should be a perfect prelude to your barbecue and fireworks fun in a most traditional way. 

The concert is at 7 p.m. at Anniston High School. Familiar songs and tunes such as “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” will be heard as well a tribute to the armed forces. The 50-member adult choir and 32-piece orchestra will keep the celebration lively with top-tapping tunes, while the children’s choir performance has been a favorite in past years for similar concerts. 

Add to this line-up the songs reminiscent of USO entertainment providing a touch of home for soldiers by HeartNotes, a seven member female group, and you are in for a spirited evening. The group’s medley is reminiscent of USO entertainment providing a touch of home for American soldiers.

In the HeartNotes group are Diane Adams, Lesa Askew, Cindy Cater, Karen Fountain, Debby Mathews, Patti Moore and Lynn Rice.   

Don Gober, minister of music at Parker invites everyone to come to the concert. Admission is free.   

“Come celebrate with us,” he said. 

Summer Showcase by Visual Art Society

At first glance, there’s nothing new about the annual VAS exhibit in Hammond Hall and the variety of talent it displays. Here, viewers always find a collection of new ideas, stories and thoughts. What is new this year are the contributions of four new society members who have totally different approaches to expressions in art. At the opening Tuesday, the gallery was a room of colorful intensity and energy with the work of 25 artists. It will be up through July 5. 

New members Judy Glass and Pam Smith are wildlife photographers, whose photos were taken on safaris with Larry K. Martin. Photographer Jim Davenport’s work includes sports, events, nature and landmarks, while Dauphine Sowell is a textile artist, using a variety of paint, ink and other materials to paint doilies. She also writes manuals for the military and is a graphic artist. 

Davenport’s next challenge will be photographing people, he said. 

“I’ll enjoy the character study that goes with that,” he added. In this exhibit his “Nashville at Night” image was a realistic, dramatic reminder of all Nashville has to offer. His setting is nightlife downtown on a street that borders the Cumberland River. 

Sowell’s favorite vintage textiles are doilies, which are often circular starting from the center and working outward, she said. 

“I was at the top of the collector bell-curve when I decided to use watercolors to paint the doilies I’d collected over the years,” she explained. “I now employ fabric dyes, regular and oil pastels, acrylic paints, inks, stains, and Sharpie permanent markers to color the ubiquitous textiles named after the 17th-century London draper, Doiley.”

About 20 pieces from her collection known as  “DoilyArt par Dauphine” will be featured in the Ayers Room at the Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County in August. The opening reception will be Aug. 2. 

“I hope my exhibit will revive interest in doilies and other vintage textiles, as well as the lost arts of knotting,” she said. 

Etowah Youth Orchestras final auditions

The Etowah Youth Orchestras has announced a final round of auditions for the 2013-2014 season of the EYO. The auditions will be held July 23 at The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel in downtown Gadsden.  

“These auditions are being held to fill vacancies in the ensembles that were not filled during the first two rounds of auditions,” stated EYO Music Director Mike Gagliardo. “Currently we have openings for string players at all levels, flutes, clarinets, bass clarinets, bassoons, baritone saxophones, French horns, trombones, tubas and percussionists.”

Audition information can be found on the EYO website at  Interested students and parents can also contact the EYO offices at or at 256-543-2787, ext. 33.

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