2017 Eighth Annual Festival of the Arts Website information

The eighth annual New Life Festival of the Arts will be February 3 & 4, 2017.
Doors open both evenings at 6:00 pm. The Festival features various forms of the arts including, painting, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, dance/choreography, dramatic arts and music.

The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet will perform Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:00. The event is free and this is a chance to hear a world-class string quartet perform. They have delighted audiences with their professional performances and their charm.

Prior to “The President’s Own”, Luke Gray will play the Chapman Stick, Friday, February 3 at 7:00. If you have never heard the Chapman Stick you are in for a treat. Luke has been performing locally for years and is also accomplished as a violin and electric/string bass player.

Saturday evening, February 4th, “Selah Winds” will be performing at 8:00. This group, conducted by Brian Donnelly is a contemporary jazz group made up of local musicians.

The featured visual artist this year is Anthony Silver.

The display area for the visual arts will be open from 6-9. The performance schedule for the event is as follows:

6:00: Doors Open, Scott Oberlin, jazz piano
6:30 “What Scars Are For”, Emily Williams, dance
6:45 Act 5, Scene 1, from “MacBeth”, Esther Servais, director
7:00 Luke Gray, Chapman Stick (Feb. 3)
“Concerto No. 1” by Saint-Saens, Olivia Liu, Cello (Feb. 4)
7:30 “The Prayers from the Ark” by Ivor R Davies, Festival
Ensemble, Veronica Allison, director
8:00 “The President’s Own” US Marine String Quartet (Feb. 3)
“Selah Winds” (jazz) Brian Donnelly, conductor (Feb. 4)

Artist Statement
My work focuses innately on the relationship between modern realism and still life in paintings and portraits. By manipulating the light and context of the individual drawing, my brush technique expresses the emotional depth of each object and face captured in the photograph. I draw inspiration from the experiences gained as a husband, father of one, and soon-to- be grandfather. These relationships taught me how to hone in on my artistic ability to create unforgettable impressions in every body of work. Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro is a major influence in my methodology as a painter. I discovered his technique while studying at the University of Mary Washington, where I received my Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies degree in Studio Art and Art History.​

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