Around The Town

From the Writer’s Desk (and the Director’s Chair)”:
The Ken Bradbury Foundation is excited to announce the encore theater production written in tribute to Ken Bradbury.

“From the Writer’s Desk, (and the Director’s Chair)”, is a hilarious compilation of notes, thoughts, and anecdotes taken directly from Bradbury’s journals, written during his many years as a playwright and director.

The two-act, readers theatre show was created and compiled by Jim Yale of Petersburg, a long-time performer and dear friend of Bradbury’s. The cast will perform several of Bradbury’s original songs under the direction of, and accompanied by, Stephanie Soltermann.

Keith Bradbury, Hope Cherry, Stephanie Soltermann, Brenda Yale, and Jim Yale will delight audiences at a new venue: Broadgauge, 107 North 7th Street, Petersburg on Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 pm. A bonus 10-minute pre-show will feature local youth music students.

Tickets are only $ 10.00 each; and will be available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Young Artists Fund in Petersburg which provides free acting workshops for area youth at The Studio on the Square, in Petersburg.

Interested in dining at Broadgauge prior to the show? You may view the menu at:, reservations are recommended.

For additional information, call 217-473-4735.

Mixed media and porcelain jewelry/sculpture at Strawn in November:
The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome Springfield mixed media artist Carolyn Owen Sommer and Bloomington jeweler/sculptor Erin Furimsky to The David Strawn Art Gallery November 4-26.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 4 from 6-8 p.m. with “Gallery Talk” by both artists at 6:30 p.m. Both the gallery opening and gallery hours are free and open to the public.

Carolyn Owen Sommer works in mixed media and watercolor. She has shown in Chicago, Denver, New York and St. Louis. She was chosen as a National Park Artist in Residence, twice. She teaches any place and frequently.  Teaching and demonstrating art-making to others gives her great joy.

She has a BFA from Bradley University, and has taken numerous professional workshops.

She enjoys color, design and feels most fulfilled while making art and believes it is her calling in life.  Much of her work is in layers, and as such, holds layers of meaning.

Erin Furimsky is a ceramic sculptor who creates art influenced by the history of ornamentation. Her research has inspired the creation of a porcelain jewelry line that adorns the body in a contemporary mode. She has also created a contemporary porcelain sculpture line as well.

Erin’s work is skillfully crafted with quality materials, beginning by cutting geometric shapes from a porcelain slab of clay. Erin then draws, carves, prints, and paints a pop of bold color, to create patterns and line work. This is a labor-intensive process, that entails brushing on glazes, hand-sanding each piece, multiple kiln firings, and applying 22k gold or platinum metallic lusters. The work straddles the line of being frisky and refined simulations.

Gallery hours are November 5-26: Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

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