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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

"Small Plum” by Neil Super is part of the exhibit “Local Color: An Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, and Turned Wood Vessels” at the Shepherdstown Community Club, July 30–August 2. Opening reception with live music, wine and refreshments is Saturday, August 1, 5–9 pm. The exhibit includes work by Super, Susan Carney and Rhonda Smith.

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The Bodice Project at The Bridge Gallery

Exhibit: The Bridge Gallery, August 6–9, Opening Reception Thursday, August 6, 6 to 8 pm—The Bodice Project is a traveling exhibit to support the healing process of those affected by breast cancer. Our goal is to help those facing the many challenges of breast cancer and to open the eyes and hearts of others. The […]

2015 Summer Preview Show : Over the Mountain Studio Tour

Friday, July 24, Opening Reception 5–7 pm, Saturday, July 25, 10–5 pm, Sunday, July 26, 9–3 pm, War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WV—Celebrate summer and handmade during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour’s annual Summer Preview Show in downtown Shepherdstown’s War Memorial Building, July 24–26. The 25- member tour invites you to kick off its 26th […]

Summertime Arts Soirée

This year the Old Opera House’s 9th Annual Summertime Arts Soirée is Friday and Saturday, July 31 and August 1. The two-day (fundraising) event kicks off with a gala opening on Friday evening that includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music by guitarist Andy Fox. Tickets for Friday evening are available through the Old Opera […]

Washington County Arts Council August Exhibit

“Natural Apparitions” by Kate Keely and “Creations in Wood” by Tom Harple will be the featured exhibits at the Washington County Arts Council during the month of August 2015. The exhibits open with a reception on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm and will run through August 25, 2015. Kathryn (Kate) Keely, […]

Reading from New Shepherd Appalachian Anthology Planned July 25

Selections from Shepherd University’s 2015 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Homer Hickam Volume VII will be read at Four Seasons Books, 116 West German St., Shepherdstown, on Saturday, July 25, at 6 pm. The event will include readings from several award-winning stories and poems that are featured in the book. Kathleen Furbee, Independence, will read a […]

CATF ANNOUNCES ACTING APPRENTICE SHOWCASE

Features four students from the University of Iowa’s Theater program, under the direction of CATF alum Anne Marie Nest Shepherdstown, West Virginia: The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) has announced its Acting Apprentice showcase, entitled “Dry Land,” which is free and open to the public. The acting apprentices are Molly Brown, Allyson […]

Where the wild bees roam

Public Art Installation, Celebration and Education About Bees CraftWorks at Cool Spring will host a day of celebration and education on July 18th to honor artist-in-residence Aaron Treher as he unveils a permanent art installation at CraftWorks entitled “Where The Wild Bees Roam.” Treher’s work represents an unknown species of the 3,999 bee species that […]

CATF Adds Two Extra Performances of THE FULL CATASTROPHE

Due to high demand, Tuesday evening shows added July 21 and July 28 (8:30 pm) Shepherdstown, West Virginia: The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) has announced two additional performances of Michael Weller’s “The Full Catastrophe”: Tuesday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 28th. Both begin at 8:30 pm. Commenting on the decision, Ed […]

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 […]

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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