An Appalachian Summer Festival celebrates education through lectures and workshops
BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA— An Appalachian Summer Festival celebrates both the enjoyment and education of all forms of art. The festival is proud to welcome distinguished lecturers to speak at the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series and is excited to announce the summer Visual Art Workshops, hosted by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.
Lunch and Learn Lectures
Lunch & Learns are interactive and informative lectures that provide an insider’s look at the festival programming from experts in the field. Bring a bagged lunch to enjoy during the lecture.
A Walk With the Curators: Kelsey Wagner an dMary Anne Redding
Wednesday, July 11 – 12 p.m., Tuchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
The arts tell stories in many ways and from many perspectives, providing individual aesthetic expression that begins with the artist and is carried through each viewer – a seductive and eloquent articulation of place, of time, and of identity – a harbinger of visual culture. Appalachian State University alumna and Turchin Center Curatorial Assistant Kelsey Wagner will discuss the history of human-elephant relations and the anthropology of conservation across Asia and Africa in relation to her exhibit The Elephantine in the Anthropocene. Turchin Center Curator Mary Anne Redding will provide her curatorial insights into working on this summer’s international biennial, Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand. Immediately following the lecture, Mary Anne and Kelsey will lead participants on a walking tour of the international exhibitions.
For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2217.
Collaboration and the Creative Process with Noyes Capehart and Peter Petschauer
Wednesday, July 18 – 12 p.m., Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
Writer and collector Peter Petschauer teams up with artist-writer Noyes Capehart for this fun and fascinating glimpse into the process of writing novels and poetry, while exploring the ways in which collaboration can create a stronger and more meaningful artistic outcome. In 1971 Capehart first explored the incorporation of brief written passages on his paintings. More recently, he experimented with writing about his favorite subject, art. The outcome is a set of two novels that have been well received. Capehart’s latest book, scheduled for release in the summer of 2018, is Cheap Joe, the life story of Boone’s own Joe Miller. He will share his excitement about the discipline of writing. His insights will be complemented by Peter Petschauer’s experiences with writing. Petschauer came to novel and poetry writing through the explorations in numerous historical topics and the collection of art. His novel about an aspiring 18th century German artist continues to find interested readers. He too will explore his experience as a novelist – which requires different skills than his historical training provided. The two authors worked closely with each other to create these “perfect” outcomes. Their intention is to explore first their approaches to writing, then to their cooperation, and finally to ask the audience to dig deeper into the topic through questions and comments.
For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2219.
Forbidden Sounds: The Suppression of Music in Nazi Germany
Wednesday, July 25 – 12 p.m., Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
Presented by Dr. Racelle R Weiman, Holocaust scholar, educator, filmmaker and co-director of Appalachian State University’s 2018 Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on the Holocaust.
The Nazi state banned and condemned music that was purported to be alien to the sensibilities of European culture, according to a racist theory applied to all aspects of society. Using the label “degenerate,” Nazi censors suppressed all Jewish composers and musicians, compositions and music by Jews, and by extension, music that had ‘foreign’ sounds such as jazz and swing. Despite the bans, a small ‘subversive’ resistance by youth groups, and astoundingly, Jewish prisoners in concentration camps, persisted. The lecture is accompanied by live music and is part of Appalachian State University’s 2018 Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on the Holocaust.
For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2221.
AppSummer Book and Film Club with Dr. John Pfeifer
Wednesday, August 1 – 12 p.m., Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
From the Land of the Moon, written by Milena Agus and translated into English by Ana Goldstein, tells the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for her passionate dream of true love against all odds. Nominated for both the Strega Prize and Stresa di Narrative Prize, From the Land of the Moon won the Zerilli-Marimo Prize for Italian fiction in 2008.
Presented in conjunction with the Weicholz Global Film Series as part of the summer festival, this inaugural Lunch & Learn book club event honors the tenth anniversary of presenting quality foreign films at An Appalachian Summer Festival. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to read From the Land of the Moon, discuss the book at this event, and see the film adaptation of the novel on August 3 at 7 p.m., at the Schaefer Center.
For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/calendar/events/2223.
Visual Arts Workshops
Throughout the month of the July, An Appalachian Summer Festival in partnership with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts offer various workshops for children, older teens and adults.
Toddler Power Hour
July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25 – Ages 3 – 5
Explore art through engaging hands-on activities with sculpture, painting, story time and more! Students will gain confidence in self-expression and artistic exploration while learning about color, texture and shapes. For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops/id/2191.
Creative Kids Studio
July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25 – Ages 6 – 10
Be inspired and create colorful memories! Students will learn new skills as they create sculpture, drawing and painting, using a wide variety of materials. For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops/id/2194.
Mixed Media Mania
July 9 – 13
Grades 4 – 9 (ages 9 – 13)
Mix it up with mixed media mania! Students will create art with a multitude of mediums including paper, paint, pastels and printmaking to create treasure boxes, masks, portraits, altered books and mosaics. The class will also include art criticism and art history. For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops/id/2203.
July 23 – 27
Grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 12)
This class is all about TRASH! Have a blast creating fun works of art using recyclables including water bottles, bottle caps, grocery bags, zip ties, plastic lids, cereal boxes and so much more! Students will make animal sculptures, assemblages boxes, mosaics, alter boxes, and Chihuly-inspired hanging sculptures! The class will also include art criticism and art history. For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops/id/2206.
Tuesdays, July 10 – Aug. 7
Metalsmithing 101 will introduce students to the basics of metal working including technical skills, building and problem solving. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of working with hand tools to gain proficiency in sawing, riveting, soldering, simple forming and finishing techniques. For more information, visit https://tcva.appstate.edu/workshops/id/2212.
About An Appalachian Summer Festival:
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.
Festival Corporate Sponsors:
Westglow Resort and Spa, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Appalachian Home Care, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Panoramic Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, and Creekside Electronics
Festival Media Sponsors:
WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, Our State Magazine, Creative Loafing Charlotte, YES! Weekly, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.