Academy of Lifelong Learning - "Arts"



socialThe Fantasticks Musical
Enjoy a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love. You will enjoy catchy, memorable songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain.” You will find yourself humming along!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:30 p.m.

EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, 
The Black Box Theatre

Academy member:  $8
Non-member:  $15

Register by February 19, 2014


workshopsGee’s Bend:  The Quilters, Stories, Music, and Quilts
View the exhibition of quilts at the newly re-stored Mattoon Train Depot. These bold and dynamic quilts by Gee’s Bend quilters Gloria Hop-pins, Lucy Mingo, Revil Mosely, China Pettway, Mary Ann Pettway, and Lucy Witherspoon, are on display during their week-long visit to Mattoon.  Arrive at the Depot by 1 p.m. to meet the quilters from this isolated community in southwest Alabama. In this sparsely populated rural area near the Alabama River, the women have created works of art admired and revered by galleries, museums, and collectors worldwide. The women will present a program of stories and sacred songs of living in the rural south during the Great Depression, through the Civil Rights Movement, and into today. Quilted items from the Gee’s Bend Quilt Collective will be available for purchase at a wide variety of prices. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1 –3 p.m.

Mattoon Train Depot
1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, IL
Jamie Willis, Instructor

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by March 12, 2014


socialMoonlight and Magnolias
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone With the Wind, dissatisfied with the adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 800-page book. In desperation he locks himself in his office with screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming, determined to fix the script. Subsisting only on peanuts and bananas, the three men struggle to fashion a screenplay for one of the most beloved stories of all time—without losing their minds. This play is cosponsored by the Charleston Community Theatre and the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:30 p.m.

EIU Tarble Arts Center, Atrium
Presented by Charleston Community Theatre

Academy member:  $5
Non-member:  $10

Register by March 13, 2014


social‘Night Mother
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play explores the struggle between a mother who is a survivor and her daughter who has decided that life is no longer worth living. Adult content.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:30 p.m.

EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center
The Black Box Theatre

Academy member:  $8
Non-member:  $12

Register by March 19, 2014


workshops2014 Graduate Art Exhibition
Current Master of Arts candidates in Eastern’s Studio Art program will talk about their art in this group thesis exhibition. Represented in the exhibition are:  Nick Brassel, Christen Contario, Kirbi Eckerty, Shawn Fairchild, Hannah Freeman, Anna Freerksen, Emma Kroop, Dennis Lewis, Danielle Muzina, and Kyle Singer. Art in a wide variety of styles and media will be exhibited, ranging from painting to installation art, and ceramics to print-making. The exhibition is cosponsored by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center. The free gallery talk is a joint program of the Tarble and the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

EIU Tarble Arts Center, Main Galleries

This event is FREE  and open to the public!

Register by April 9, 2014
(limit 25 participants)


workshopsGallery Talk: Text & Textiles: Crafting the Lives of Guy and Irene Buzzard
Guy and Irene Buzzard, Eastern’s third presidential family, shared a passion for handicraft and textile arts. The objects they collected and produced reflect many of the great changes of the twentieth century. This exhibition explores how they crafted their lives together for over fifty years. The exhibition draws from the Buzzard textiles collection within the Tarble Arts Center’s folk arts collection, and from the EIU Archives in Booth Library. EIU Historical Administration graduate students will talk about the exhibition, created for the Tarble through the 2014 Historical Administration program.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Noon–1:30 p.m.

EIU Tarble Arts Center,
Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska & Kit Morice, Supervising Curators

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Register by April 24, 2014
(limit 30 participants)

Featuring the Eastern Symphony Orchestra in “New World Symphony No. 9 in E Minor” by Dvorak and “Chinchester Psalms” by Bernstein.

Friday, May 2, 2014
7:30 p.m.

EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center
Dvorak Concert Hall

Academy member:  $8
Non-member:  $12

Register by April 18, 2014


workshopsA Morning of Folk Arts
Enjoy a performance by local old-time fiddle Gaye Harrison, peruse the From Generation to Generation traveling photo exhibit on Illinois folk artists, and hear gallery talks about two exhibitions:  Text and Textiles, c. 1920–1960 needlework from the Tarble’s collection, and Global Threads, a sampling of international folk art textiles.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:30 a.m.–Noon

EIU Tarble Arts Center

This event is FREE  and open to the public!

Register by May 7, 2014
(limit 30 participants)


workshopsThe Mountain Dulcimer
The Mountain Dulcimer is an American folk instrument originating from the southern Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States around the time of the Revolutionary War. Please join us to learn about the history of the dulcimer and enjoy a few lovely songs for your listening pleasure.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
5–6:30 p.m.

Jackson Avenue Coffee Shop
708 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL
William Lovekamp, Instructor

This event is FREE  and open to the public!

Register by June 5, 2014
(limit 25 participants)

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