See & Do Briefs

Posted: March 13, 2014

Bill To Exhibit ‘Call And Response’ At BC

Charlottesville artist Randy Bill will exhibit “Call and Response” from March 17-April 11 in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater College.

Bill works with stoneware and porcelain pottery, and sculptures — known as “stacks” — that incorporate clay and mixed-media, including scrap metals and wood.

Bill is the owner of City Clay, a working and teaching studio in downtown Charlottesville. She also has a studio in City Clay, along with 20 other working members.

Bill earned a master of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Miller Gallery is located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library and is open 8 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday.

An artist’s talk will be held at 4 p.m. March 17 in the Boitnott Room, followed by an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Miller Gallery. The talk, reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

‘Monuments Men’ Author To Speak

Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.  

Edsel spent more than 12 years researching how monuments and great works of art survived World War II.  

Edsel is also the author of “Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art — America and Her Allies Recovered It” and “Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.”

Edsel served as co-producer of the documentary film, “The Rape of Europa,” based on the award-winning book of the same name by Lynn Nicholas. In November 2008, the film was broadcast on PBS and earned two Emmy nominations.

Edsel is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity. In 2007, the foundation was presented with a National Humanities Medal presented by President George W. Bush.

The program, sponsored by the Harry W. and Ina Mason Shank Peace Studies Endowment, the Harold H. Hersch Educational Fund and Bridgewater College’s Center for Cultural Engagement, is free and open to the public.

Bach Festival Benefit Concert To Be Held

A Steel Band Concert, benefiting the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University.

The concert will feature the James Madison University Steel Band, led by Director Michael Overman. The Steel Band performs a variety of music including traditional calypso, jazz, pop, folk, Broadway, classical and various Latin and other world music styles, in addition to TV-theme songs.

In lieu of admission, donations will be collected at the door; no tickets required.

For more information, email, call (540) 432-4367, or visit

Fair Trade Rug Event Comes To City

Ten Thousand Villages will host the area’s first fair trade Oriental rug event, featuring more than 300 hand-knotted rugs, from March 19-22. The rugs will be brought to Harrisonburg from the Bunyaad Rug Room at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, Pa.

At 7 p.m. March 20, attendees will learn how the Oriental rugs are made and how the fair trade system works. Registration encouraged. To make a reservation, call 442-1010 or email

Ten Thousand Villages, 181 S Main St, Harrisonburg, will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 19-21; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 22. Rugs vailable for purchase.

Clarinetist To Give Faculty Recital At BC

David Snively, clarinetist and adjunct instructor in music at Bridgewater College, will present a faculty recital, “Clarinet and Strings,” at 3 p.m. March 23 in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

For the chamber music recital, Snively will be joined by Susan Black, Lianne Campbell, Brian Helmke and Connie Gee.

Snively will perform “Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano” by Aram Khachaturian. He will be accompanied by Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music at Bridgewater College, on piano and Black on violin.

The program will also feature “Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet” by Johannes Brahms. Joining Snively are Black and Campbell on violin, Helmke on cello and Gee on viola.
In addition to Bridgewater College, Snively has taught at the University of Richmond, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Florida Atlantic University and Eastern Mennonite University.

Snively retired as director of bands at Broadway High School.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Simple Gifts Acoustic Jam To Stage

Simple Gifts will take the stage at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave.

Award-winning band members Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorder, hammered dulcimer, guitar and other instruments.

This performance will bring to an end the Acoustic Jamming with Friends workshops the group has conducted.

This project was partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Tickets cost $10 for adults; students in K-12 through college are free. To reserve tickets, call (540) 453-2215.

From Staff Reports

NDN Video News