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Artists-in-Residence Opening Reception & Live Performance March 1 at EIU's Tarble Arts Center

Explore the Tarble Arts Center Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Tarble’s 2024 Artists-in-Residence exhibition with a live performance by Diane Christensen and Steve Dawson of the band Dolly Varden. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments served.

Dolly Varden is the Chicago quintet built around the singing and songwriting of husband-and-wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen. Though the band’s name suggests a euphonious connection to a certain country singer, it is actually derived from a rare and beautiful species of trout, which in turn was named after a character in Charles Dickens’s short novel Barnaby Rudge. Strange but true: Dawson and Christiansen both had fathers who were avid fishermen who dreamed of one day catching the elusive Dolly Varden in an icy Alaskan lake.

For more information about the Tarble Arts Center and its upcoming events, or to sign up for the Tarble Arts Center newsletter, visit

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