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    Five Playwrights, Five Voices: Interviews by Sharon J. Anderson

    “Everything You Touch” by Sheila Callaghan   CATF: In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t know a thing about fashion. A client once asked me if my shoes were Ferragamos. I replied, “No, they’re mine.” Would you recognize a pair of Ferragamos? Sheila Callaghan: No. I’m not a fashion maven. I’m pretty ignorant when […]

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    Where We Are Now

    BY ZACH DAVIS   As she sat in the waiting room outside the ER, waiting for the doctors to finish sewing up her husband, Charlene said to herself “I’m done.” She wasn’t sure whether or not this was true, and as was typical when she let these words slip, there was no one around but […]

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    Shepherd Senior Exhibits

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN   Each year, the dates and the names change, but the Capstone Exhibit remains — that annual right [sic] of passage for graduating seniors in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. For each student, this one-day exhibit — drawn from their story of living and learning art, of […]

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    The Age of Missing Information: A Collaboration of Art & Poetry

    BY TOM TAYLOR & ED ZAHNISER   Advertising designer Tom Taylor and writer–editor–poet Ed Zahniser—both retired—began collaborating in 2014. They have worked from poem to artwork and artwork to poem and may soon try collaborating from brainstorming.   For the poems and images, please see the magazine.      

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    Peggy McKowen and the Art of Costuming

    BY SHEILA KELLY VERTINO   Deeper and deeper she goes with each reading. Might take 10 or even 20 times reading a play before Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director for CATF, feels that she intimately understands all of the characters and the time and place in which they exist. In her role as costume designer, […]

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    Lucia Valentine: Inspired by a Tradition of Songwriting

    BY TODD COYLE   Fluent: Where did your love of music begin? Lucia Valentine: My earliest musical memories are listening to music on car rides all tucked into my car seat. Apparently, I used to fight going to sleep and music was the only thing that would put me out. Most nights I still fall […]

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    Bruce Fransen: Creating Visual Rhythm

    BY CATHERINE BALDAU   Bruce Fransen has discovered a way to marry two diverse disciplines into a unique art form. An arborist for nearly four decades, Fransen understands the characteristics of tree species, their properties and behavior, and most importantly, he knows how to find the aesthetic treasures buried deep inside their grain. As a […]

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Regional Art : Image of the Week

"Point Pleasant Beach" by Ben Lourie, part of "Two Brothers: Converging Vision–Diverging Views." This new exhibit of the photography of Ira and Ben Lourie at the Washington County Arts Council opens Oct 2, with a reception Sat, Oct 3, 2–4 pm.


Shepherd to Honor Appalachian Writer Nikki Giovanni October 8

Appalachian poet and writer Nikki Giovanni will receive the $5,000 Appalachian Heritage Writers Award from the West Virginia Humanities Council at Shepherd University on Thursday, October 8, at 8 pm in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall auditorium as part of the Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence program. Giovanni will also deliver the Scarborough Lecture, “Chasing […]

Cromwell’s Folly, the first of Fite’s dark murder mystery series, published by Black Opal Books

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 2, 2015)—Award winning writer and editor Ginny Friedlander Fite’s latest novel, Cromwell’s Folly, was published by Black Opal Books and is available at booksellers nationwide. The novel is the first of a murder mystery series featuring detective Sam Lagarde, a member of the West Virginia State Police based near Charles Town, […]


And Celebrating the 84th Year of the Museum HAGERSTOWN, MD—With the end of the 19th century, the American life had changed from agricultural expansion, Westward growth, improvements in transportation and communication, to thriving centers of urban life and industrialization. The artistic movements of the century reflected the effects of modernization and told the story of […]

Shepherd Professor Offers Printmaking Tour at Washington County, Maryland, Museum

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—A Shepherd University professor will discuss the process of printmaking with visitors to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Sunday, September 27, from 1:30-2:15 pm. Rhonda J. Smith, chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater and coordinator of the non-toxic printmaking program, will give a tour titled […]

Shepherd Gallery Hosts Exhibit Featuring ’90s Funk Sculptures

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—The Shepherd University Phaze 2 Gallery in the Center for Contemporary Arts is hosting an exhibit of ’90s funk sculptures and paintings from the collection of  John and Patricia Bain Bachner. An opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, from 4–6 pm. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will […]


BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV—Morgan Arts Council presents the works of 20 artists in a new exhibit, “Freedom of Expression,” in the Ice House Gallery. Daniele Piasecki curates the show, which opens with an artist reception on Friday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit lasts until November 8. Piasecki brings together artists from throughout West Virginia; […]

Artists Play With Light, Dark & Fire in October Show

CHARLES TOWN, WV—September 11, 2015. Three founding members of the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative—Ginny Fite, Martha LeRoi and Carol Slovikosky—open their show, “Light, Dark, Fire,” to the public with a free reception on Saturday, October 3, from 3 to 5 pm in the Fire Hall Gallery in the Charles Town Visitor’s Center, 108 N. George […]

Shepherd Offers Music Visitation Day October 12

High school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a music degree at Shepherd University will have the opportunity to live a “day in the life” of a college music student and learn about the audition and application process during the annual music visitation day Monday, October 12. During visitation day students will attend classes, meet […]

Second Shepherd Salon Series Concert Offers Violin, Piano Repertoire Sep 10

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University’s Department of Music will present the second concert of the 2015–2016 Music Salon Series, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, on Thursday, September 10, at 8 pm in the Frank Center’s W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. An evening of Czech music will feature Washington, D.C.-based violinist Shu-Ting Yao and pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao, […]

Shepherd Faculty Art Exhibit Scheduled September 8–21

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University’s annual Faculty Exhibition will take place September 8–21 in the Center for Contemporary Arts Phaze II Gallery and the Scarborough Library. An opening reception is planned for Tuesday, September 8, from 4–6 pm in the library and from 5–7 pm in the gallery. The exhibit and receptions are free and open to […]

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