Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Arts & Science Center in Pine Bluff

Live@5, Saturday Scholars, Backstage Pass class,
after-school programs continue at Arts & Science Center

Classes, performances, exhibits and after-school programs continue to fill the calendar for fall at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., Pine Bluff.
Live@5 to feature sounds of acoustic guitar Oct. 3
Singer-songwriter Mike Tripp, whose repertoire of songs ranges from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to original compositions, will work his magic on acoustic guitar at The Arts & Science Center’s monthly music series, Live@5, set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Center.
Tripp, originally a classically trained brass musician on trumpet, trombone and French horn, has been performing professionally for more than 33 years. His band, RPM, was a finalist at the first Arkansas Acoustic Showdown at University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Live@5 is offered the first Friday of the month by The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Cost of the evening is $5 and includes light refreshments. For more information contact Pat Hopkins at (870) 536-3375.
Saturday Scholars look at such topics as sand and tornadoes
Saturday Scholars, the Center’s art and science classes for children ages K-6th grade, will combine art and science from 1-4 p.m. on two Saturdays in October, Oct. 4 and 11. Using the science stations from the Center’s interactive exhibit, Good Vibrations, the classes will take part in hands-on activities that explore things like sand – where does it come from, how does it move around the earth and how do artists use sand to create art. Cost of each session is $20 for members of the Center and $25 for non-members.
Class teaches what happens backstage at a theater
Have you ever wanted to know what goes on behind stage? How do the lights work in a theater? What’s a pin rail? How does the backstage crew get the lights and sound to work together for a successful show?
If this interests you, then come learn this fun and marketable skill at The Arts & Science Center’s backstage theater training workshops continuing 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 and 9, with sessions focusing on how to use a pin rail and sound to create a finished play production. Cost of each session is $12 for members and $15 for non-members of the Center.
Good Vibrations hands-on kids’ science exhibit closes Oct. 12
Good Vibrations, the free children’s science exhibit about everything and anything that vibrates, will close Oct. 12 which leaves you only a few more weeks to explore the hows and whys of tornadoes, sound, sand and wind – just to name a few of the 15 interesting hands-on stations in this exhibit. Good Vibrations, which was built by the world-renown Exploratorium in San Francisco, has been made possible by the Arkansas Discovery Network, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
Galleries look ahead to Frederic Remington exhibit
The Arts & Science Center is busy making plans for the opening of the exhibit of works by western artist and sculptor Frederic Remington on Nov. 22.
Remington, born 1861, rose to fame in the mid-1880s as an illustrator of western subjects for the most popular magazines of the day including “Harper’s” and “Collier’s.” The exhibit will feature original prints first published in the various magazines. The Center is also planning a family fun day to kick off the exhibit on Nov. 22. For more information about the exhibit or to be involved as a docent or other volunteer contact the Center at (870) 536-3375.
Also continuing in the galleries through October are the works by watercolorist Janis Gill Ward, formerly of Pine Bluff, and the Pine Bluff Art League’s Annual Show. The juried Pine Bluff Art League Exhibit features 40 works of art from its 100-plus membership. Gill Ward’s watercolors depict trees, woods, birds, flowers, sunsets, farms, beach scenes and water.
Opening in the galleries in October will be the pottery – described as free-flowing with deep glazes, sharp contrasts and vibrant colors – of Dumas artist Gail Miller. Miller of Millers Mud Mill in Dumas has spent years perfecting her craft and over the years her work has moved from predictable and traditional to unpredictable and avant-garde. Miller says her pottery expresses growth and healing in her life, a life that has survived cancer, knee replacement surgery and the loss of her home in a tornado.
Admission to all galleries at the Center is free.
After-school programs full of activity at the Arts & Science Center
The Arts & Science Center’s newest program, the After-School Scholars Program, continues with fun, healthy and hands-on learning experiences from 4-5:30 p.m. on Terrific Tuesdays and Wellness Wednesdays.
Terrific Tuesdays focuses on the visual arts and interactive science fun. Wellness Wednesdays is a 25-week health and wellness education and science.
The After-School Scholars Program is open to children from 3rd-6th grades. Pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available by calling 870-536-3375. For more information contact the Center at (870) 536-3375.
The program is funded in part by grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, Synergy Forum and the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation through the Youth Advisory Committee.
The center, 701 Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information, contact the center at (870) 536-3375 or visit the website at

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