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OVATION Union College Arts & Culture

The “banner stamp” art for this issue of Ovation is inspired by the many crafts from this year’s Redbud Festiaval. Shown is hand-stirred apple butter. Readers, You may find this issue a little photo heavy. There are two good reasons for this: We wanted to share several of our images from April’s events; and the year is winding down, so there aren’t many events to publicize. We’ll not suspend summer editions because campus life is a little sleepy, but the volume of content will obviously reflect the slower side of summer. Please consider this a very enthusiastic invitation to share photos or information regarding arts and cultural events in which you may be involved during the upcoming months. Inside you’ll find photos, along with links to video highlights from past events, including the annual Redbud Festival, Union College’s Spring Concert, the Mama P Celebration and more. There is also some information about a campus exhibit featuring the art of Harold Winslow, an American born artist who moved to Mexico, where his talent flourished. As always, if you have in mind anything you would like to see included in the next edition of Ovation, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Contact Us Office of College Communications Missy Reid, director 606-546-1610

May 2012 | Volume 1 | Issue 3

Una vision

de la mexicanidad a Vision ofthe

  Mexican art has made its way to the mountains of Kentucky. An exhibit by Harold Winslow, a naturalized Mexican artist, will be on display until May 31 in the Sharp Academic Center at Union College.   Winslow, whose work expresses the love he has for the Mexican people, developed this love through shared experiences with the indigenous population in Mexico. As a black child in a very segregated United States, Winslow experienced first hand the racism that limited his professional development.   With a move to Mexico in 1940, Winslow enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts, Old Academy of San Carlos, which belonged to the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Following his time there, he went on to study at La Esmerelda, an art school run by the Ministry of Public Education, and eventually the Mexican School of Painting. There he was able to develop and express his artistic talent to his full potential.   In the program for his exhibit “Una vision de la mexicanidad,” it is said about Winslow that he “captured on canvas the country and the people who welcomed and loved him, making use of his personal experience and technical ability gained from his teachers and founders of the schools.”   Some of his most notable accomplishments include drawing more than 2000 illustrations for the book “Treaty of Human Anatomy,” which is still used by all students at the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico;


personal exhibitions at the Mexican Art Gallery of Inez Amor; two murals, one done for an agricultural fair and one called “The Holocaust,” done in collaboration with Manuel Rodriguez Lozano; and being a founding member of the Salon de Plastica Mexicana and the People’s Graphic Workshop.   Despite these accomplishments, during his lifetime Winslow never received any fame or financial compensation for his work. Not until now, eleven years after his death, have his paintings been displayed.   Following the show in Barbourville, Winslow’s paintings will be displayed in Berea until mid August, and then in Tennessee venues. The exhibits have been made possible thanks to the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and the Secretary of Culture of Michoacan.

through may 31 sharp academic center

a night

to remember

  The last concert of the year for all three Union choirs­—Union Harmony, UC Singers and the UC Regional Chorus—was definitely a night to remember.   The three choirs performed music from the Baroque period, including selections from composers such as Bach and Vivaldi.   While most listeners will remember the night because of the featured talent, many singers will remember it due to the emotion it evoked. This concert was the last choral performance for many to perform as Union College students. There was a time set aside at the concert to recognize these seniors and to show appreciation for all they have done with the Union College music program and choirs.


celebrating with

mama p

Left: Dan Covington, who has been cast in multiple Union College Theatre productions through the years, escorts Rebecca Pettys along the red carpet as the celebration honoring her career draws to a close. Above: The first members of Union’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (national theater honor society) gather with Mama P during her celebration. From left are Ron Vanover, Edward A. Maher, III, Rebecca Pettys, Glenna Roof and Marc Roland.

  It took two days and three events, but Union College was able to celebrate with and say thank you to Dr. Rebecca Pettys for 28 years of service. On Friday, April 13, and the following Saturday, friends, family, coworkers, former and current students all gathered for a Mama P Celebration. Click the icon to hear what some of them had to say.

Left: Dr. Pettys and Union alumna and theatre veteran Gabrielle Mellendorf exchange an embrace during a reception Friday afternoon. Middle: Mama P and alumnus Marc Roland take the stage together for an emotional scene performed for the annual Theatre Awards Gala Saturday night. Right: Dr. Pettys greets former student Gene Dickerson during the Mama P Celebration on Saturday night. Bottom left: Vice President for Enrollment Jerry Jackson and Vice President for Student Life Debbie D’Anna, aka Ike and Tina, “sing” Rollin’ on the River at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Bottom right: Union alumnus Eddie Campbell performs a selection from Dr. Pettys’s favorite musical, “Les Miserables.”


Redbud festival   At this year’s Redbud Festival, there was plenty to take in: music, crafts, Writers Row, live story telling and much more. Events were on April 20 and 21, with the exception of the pageant, which was March 17, and the Redbud Run, which was April 14.   The Redbud Festival and Heritage Living Event has been named one of Kentucky’s Top 10 spring festivals and events by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association. Click the icon for a video highlighting some of the sights and sounds from this year’s festival, and enjoy the photo essay.


find it

online If you love the work of Vincent van Gogh, then this website is for you. Here you can buy pretty much anything you can imagine, and it is all van Gogh themed. Products range from lunchboxes to ornaments, even games for kids.

“Courting Couples” Teapot van Gogh

This website helps you create amazing spaces for children in your home. It offers furniture, bedding and wall art for kids. When all of it comes together, you’ll have a themed room they will love. You’ll love it, too!

Looking for something original, made by hand or possibly one-of-a-kind? Then you should check out Etsy. It’s a website that sells all things handmade and vintage. Besides that, you can also sell your own products there. They offer everything from bracelets to art.

Barn Door Bed


Design Milk is an online magazine dedicated to modern design. Their goal is “to bring you what’s fresh and new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion, and technology. This isn’t a retail site, so you can rest assured that featured pieces are included because the editorial team finds them artistically relevant. Fine Art America is a commerce site for more than 100,000 artists. With over 2 million different works to choose from, it is almost certain you’ll find something you like. You can purchase items as framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards and much more.

Warped Atlas

Fine Art America


if you cannot find (art) at

your own door, you will

never find it.

ralph waldo emerson


Smith Hill Pottery of Bell County, Ky., displayed several pieces at last month’s Redbud Festival. Their products are available at various locations across the state.

calendar of events




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May 4 Baccalaureate, 7:00 pm at Conway Boatman Chapel, Union College, free May 5 Commencement, 10:30 am at Robsion Arena, Union College, free May 7 Barbourville Independent Schools Spring Concert, 7:30 pm at Conway Boatman Chapel, Union College, free

May 10-12 & 18-20 “HEE HAW,” various times at Berea Arena Theater, $8.00 May 17-20 “Rough Magic,” various times at Lucille C. Little Theater, Transylvania University, Lexington, tickets starting at $10.00 May 18-27 “The Drowsy Chaperone,” various times at The Kentucky Center, MeX Theater, Louisville, $16.00

May 3 Patricia Griffith, piano concert, 7:30 pm at the Carrick Theater, Transylvania University, Lexington, free May 7 Portland Cello Project, 7:30 pm at the Norton Center, Centre College, $30.00 May 11 An Evening with Joe Bonamassa, 8:00 pm at Rupp Arena, Lexington, tickets starting at $51.00 May 11 Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra presents “The Planets-an HD Odyssey” featuring women of the Lexington Singers, 7:30 at SCFA Concert Hall, UK Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, tickets starting at $52.00 May 12 An Evening with Bill Cosby, 7:30 pm at The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall, Louisville, tickets starting at $42.75 May 12 “Mama Mentos” workshop led by artist Jacque Parsley, 12:00 pm at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, preregistration required; contact Julie Yoder at (502) 589-0102 or julie@kentucky, admission starting at $5 May 13 CKYO presents Mother’s Day Concert, 3:00 pm at UK Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, tickets starting at $10.00 May 13 Bonnie Raitt, 7:00 pm at The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall, Louisville, tickets starting at $54.50 May 19-20 Lexington Singers: “Aquarius,” various times at the Lexington Opera House, tickets starting at $18.00 May 3-4 Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “A Cinco de Mayo Surprise,” 7:00 pm at the Lexington Opera House, $12.00 May 4 Riverdance, 8:00 pm at EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, tickets starting at $45.00 May 16 Riverdance, 7:30 pm at The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall, Louisville, tickets starting at $25.00


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