September Fine Arts Events at Berry

Release Date: September 05, 2018

Nu-Jive returns to Berry College

 Jazz saxophonist Troy Roberts and his band Nu-Jive will return to Berry to open up the 2018-19 Berry College Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Ford Auditorium.   

This event is free and open to the public.   

Roberts has received numerous awards including two Grammy nominations and four Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards. Based in New York City, he travels around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of the day including Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Joey DeFrancesco.  The group will perform music from their latest album, Perspective. 

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Moon Gallery presents “PROCESS”

 "PROCESS”, an invitational group exhibition, will feature several artists’ work focused around the theme of nature beginning Sept. 17 in the Berry College Moon Gallery.  

The exhibition features five artists ranging from ceramics to photography. Sculptor Fritz Horstman’s pieces will display human nature as it relates to natural systems while John Oles’ ceramic vessels will reference natural landscapes. Noelle Rasmussen’s work explores different methods of photography such as gestural images, photograms and camera-less pictures made by objects being placed on light sensitive paper and then being exposed to light. 

Ruth Stanford, a former scientist, used her knowledge and passion for the natural world to create “Listed,” a sculptural relief that inventories animals of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Painter Wanda Sullivan will present pieces from her ongoing series, “Synthetic Naturals,” which uses flowers altered via an imaging app and oil paint to act as metaphors for climate change. 

Two of the artists are scheduled to speak during the time of the exhibition. 

Stanford will speak at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in the gallery. She will share more about her studio practices and inspiration for her work which derives from social justice, industrial food production and the purpose of memorials in regards to trauma in certain African countries. Oles will speak at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the gallery. He will discuss more about the essence of his porcelain pieces on display in the exhibition.  

All of these events are free and open to the public. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 11. 

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Classical Pianist to Perform at Berry

Classical pianist Ryan Fogg will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Berry College Ford Auditorium.  

The recital is the first in the Guest Artist Series for this year, as well part of a faculty recital exchange with the Berry College Music Faculty. The event is free and open to the public.  

Fogg, an associate professor of music and the director of keyboard studies at Carson-Newman University, is a native Texan. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston and East Texas Baptist University. Fogg has collaborated with the Blair String Quartet, appeared as concerto soloist with the Knoxville Wind Symphony and recorded new works by American composers through Albany Records.  

He serves as the senior piano competitions chair for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and is in high demand as an adjudicator for local and state festivals and competitions. 

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Eclectic Musical Group to Perform at Berry

 The eclectic instrumental group, Gypsy At Heart, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Berry College Ford Auditorium. 

Gypsy At Heart has created their own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds based around a fresh musical vision. Joe Leone on guitar and vocals, and Souryadeep Bhattacharyya on sarod (banjo meets sitar) are the two accomplished musicians at the core of the group. 

The genres range from East Indian Rags and Middle Eastern scales to Latin, Celtic, European Classical, American Folk and Jazz. Gypsy At Heart blends improvisations that are spatial and beautiful, flowing into movements with breathtaking detail and speed. The progressive and unique soundscapes allow their arranged melodies to flow timelessly.  

This event is free and open to the public.

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 Written by Public Relations Students Alexi Bell, Megan Benoit, Victoria Mashburn and Alisa Jordan