UC Clermont to participate in arts sampler

February 7th, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

U.C. Clermont College is inviting the community to sample the arts by hosting a Fine Arts Sampler Weekend Feb. 9.

Sponsored by Macy’s, there will be seven family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 on the college’s Batavia campus.

“U.C. Clermont will once again take part in Cincinnati’s largest free arts festival,” said U.C. Clermont program coordinator for arts and events Nikki Vargas. “We here at the college feel that it is important to provide fine arts activities for our community. This year there will be something for everyone.”

From 10 a.m. to noon on the Peter-Jones balcony, visitors can design and decorate a quilt square as part of a community quilt project. After the quilt is completed, it will be displayed for all to see on the U.C. Clermont campus.

Clough Pike Elementary students Sarah Bradley, Michael Meece, and Anne Marie stand in front of the art tribute to Claude Monet that they have been creating for this weekend
In the Snyder hallway, across from the art gallery, children of all ages can search the campus for famous art reproductions. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., children will read clues and find solutions within the art works. Adding up the clues will solve a puzzle that leads to an art treasure chest.

Also from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., visitors can view art works by Clough Pike Elementary school students in the art gallery. In a tribute to Claude Monet, the students recreated Monet's Garden in Giverny, France with murals, trees, insects, and a walking bridge.

Harry Potter fans, take note. At 11:30 a.m., join Lonna Kingsbury of Kingsbury Productions as she presents 'Our World - According to Harry." She will share her Hogwarts Cincinnati Zoo chapter with everyone; so come, be sorted, take home a containment bag reminding you of your magic, and share the strengths of all the houses as you weave together a personal design of red, blue, yellow, and green.

The Harry Potter activity will be held in the student lounge, is recommended for ages 7-12, and seating is limited.

At noon on the Peter-Jones balcony, there will be a valentine workshop; one can create a unique or a traditional valentine using a large variety of crafts.

The audition-based West Clermont High School Dance Company will perform student choreographed numbers in styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop at 12:30 p.m. in the Krueger Auditorium.

And finally, at 2 p.m. in the Krueger Auditorium, the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Blue Chip Jazz Band performing jazz selections from the big band era; the performances will feature family-friendly sing-alongs.

For the seventh year, U.C. Clermont is joining dozens of venues across the greater Cincinnati area by offering the free arts sampler weekend.

"The Arts weekend is designed to enrich everyone's experience with fine arts and bring new experiences to our community members," Vargas said.

All of the events are free and open to the community. For more information, call (513) 558-1215.
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