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Inaugural art show kicks off at Terra

John Benson • Mar 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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• WHAT: Terra Art Show

• WHEN: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 27-April 8

• WHERE: Terra Community College (Building B, Atrium), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-559-2233

Terra State Community College Department of Music, Arts and Humanities Coordinator Michael Shirtz believes his school is re-branding its image in Northwest Ohio. Part of this metamorphosis is the inaugural Terra Art Show, which takes place March 27 through April 8 in the Building B Atrium. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Arts.”

“The idea is to let people know that the arts are at Terra,” Shirtz said. “That there’s a huge transition of developing the arts programs and engaging our audience base; our students, who may potentially come and have fun, and our alumni coming back to celebrate the school. A lot of people still see Terra as a technical college, and it hasn’t been Terra Tech in about 14 or 15 years. And over the past 10 years, the arts programs have really started to become successful. So we now wanted to have an art show, combine it with music, and say, ‘Hey, look what’s at Terra.’”

Tantalizing the senses across numerous mediums is what Shirtz has planned for the Terra Art Show, which will be highlighting everything from painting, drawing, music, 2-D and 3-D foundations and photography to digital media technology and more. Using the three-balcony glass atrium as a versatile-space art gallery, the venue will have a revolving list of exhibits and works on display catering to all types of discriminating art tastes.

“Some of the sessions are with sculptors and illustrators, others have photography faculty discussing their field,” Shirtz said. “We’ll have a faculty member doing a complete presentation on the history of Native American art. So it’ll be different perspectives on art given by different presenters. Our big thing for the festival is (that) we have guest artist Kathy Kosins coming in. She’s a painter and professional jazz singer. So she’ll be doing a concert on March 27 and workshops.”

Shirtz said the impetus for the Terra Art Show came out of the school’s revamping of its arts and music programs. The idea is to take the fine arts and apply it to current careers and new careers. In addition, the music program is growing with a new facility, which is currently under construction, slated to open next year. “We always had an art show every year, but we never were this extensive,” Shirtz said. “Now we reached out to the music people to join in with the art students to collaborate and create a festival. Also, for our students, it’s a hands-on experience. The more and more we develop our curriculum, the more hands-on experiences we’re going to give them. So for our music students learning how to produce a festival, that’s really valuable.”

Looking ahead, Shirtz stressed there is plenty of room for the Terra Art Show to grow. “Actually, next year instead of having the Winter Jazz Festival in January, which has been plagued with winter and snow problems three years in a row, we’ll be staging the Jazz and Arts Festival,” Shirtz said. “That’ll bring in jazz artists, fine artist painters and sculptors all together for one great celebration next April.”

The free Terra Art Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 27 to April 8 in Terra Community College’s Building B, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont. Call 419-559-2233.

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