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    The Poetry of Frank X Walker

    EDITOR: TOM DONLON   Frank X Walker is a Full Professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, and the founding editor of the journal Pluck! His sixth collection of poetry, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, won the 2014 NAACP Image […]

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    Bodices for Goddesses

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN, PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK MUSE   The seed of an idea was for local artists to paint mannequin torsos and place them in merchant windows around the small town of Shepherdstown, WV, to complement an annual summer fundraiser for breast cancer. Then, artist Cynthia Fraula-Hahn took it personally — literally. To read the complete story, […]

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    Art From Above: The World as Seen by SkyTruth

    BY SHEILA VERTINO Serving as a watchdog for the Big Blue Marble is the mission of Shepherdstown-based SkyTruth. To track human-caused changes to landscapes and ecosystems around the world, SkyTruth daily scans free satellite imagery from USGS, NASA and occasionally from the European Space Agency, among other sources of imagery and data. “Whether the issue […]

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    The Dance Between Conservation and Art

    BY AMY MATHEWS AMOS   Right from the start, I was captivated by this film. Choreographer Allison Orr’s (right) enthusiasm was infectious, her vision unique, and her personality irresistible. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison introduces her to us by asking the ultimate question; namely, what’s this all about? It’s two days before her big show — the show in […]

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    American Conservation Film Festival 2014

    BY AMY MATHEWS AMOS   At ACFF, we like to think of each year as a journey. We start the year soliciting great conservation films from around the world. As spring rolls around we begin screening the dozens of submissions we receive, choosing the best and regretfully passing on those that don’t quite fit. In […]

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    Embracing Ambiguity: An Interview with James Kline

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN, PHOTOGRAPHS BY HALI TAYLOR   James Kline knew what he wanted to do was paint, but the trip from desire to doing took him to the other side of the world. Growing up in small Keedysville, Maryland, he wasn’t discouraged from pursuing art, but neither was he encouraged. After graduating from the […]

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West Virginia FILMmakers Festival Announces WV FILMmaker of the Year, Lawrence Cumbo; and Award Winners for the 15th Annual Festival

SUTTON, W.Va.—The 15th Annual West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in Sutton’s Elk Theatre, Oct. 3–5. West Virginia FILMmakers in attendance with their projects:  Sonder, Jason Brown; The Flocking: Coal-aid Moviesode, Fertig; Border Patrol, Jason Litton; The Ultimatums Documentary, Ben Berry; WV Covered Bridges, Terry Lively/Vandalia Projects; Ted’s New Hobby, Rose Winland; and Coal Cocked, […]

Shepherd Graphic Design Students Sweep Regional Competition

Three graphic design teams from Shepherd University came away the winners October 24 during the fourth annual Mock Up: Student Design Challenge sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, the professional association for design, and hosted by Shepherd University. The students spent the entire day working on a brand identity that included a logo, letterhead, business cards, […]

Shepherd Music Students Get In-depth Tour of Library of Congress

Students in the capstone music course at Shepherd University recently took a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, where they got a behind-the-scenes tour, and were able to see historic artifacts from several famous composers. Dr. Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and continuing education and associate vice president for academic affairs, […]

Ricco Gallery to Show Shepherdstown Photographer’s Exhibit of Daily Life in “Syria Before the War”

Ricco Gallery in Shepherdstown announces a photography exhibit: “Syria Before the War,” by Shepherdstown-based artist Hyang Suk Oh. The gallery invites the public to an artist’s reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, October 24; or to stop by to see the show between then and December 24, when it will close. Hyang Suk […]

Shepherd Department of Music Presents Choral Concert October 24

The Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir and Women’s Camerata will present “Harp and Handbells” with Ceil Frazier and the Charles Town Presbyterian Church handbell choir as special guest performers, on Friday, October 24 at 8 pm in the Frank Center Theater. The Women’s Camerata will perform Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” with harp accompaniment […]

Writer Homer Hickam part of Shepherd Appalachian Heritage Festival

The culture and heritage of Appalachia will take center stage at Shepherd University during the 19th annual Appalachian Heritage Festival, which includes music, art and dance, as well as a residency with West Virginia native and acclaimed author Homer Hickam. Hickam grew up in Coalwood in McDowell County, West Virginia, in the 1940s and 50s. […]

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