HANCEVILLE – The annual month long Arts in April event is back at Wallace State Community College. New exhibits featuring every medium of art one could think of will be present at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts located on campus.
“Providing cultural enrichment for our students and our community is an important part of Wallace State’s mission,” said Director of Communications and Marketing and Burrow Museum Administrator Kristen Holmes. “Planning for Arts in April events intensified when the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts was established five years ago, and our offerings across campus increased as a result. Each April, as we enjoy the beauty of springtime, we celebrate Arts in April with a month-long line up of events highlighting visual arts, literature, music, theatre, film, dance and so on.”
The Community Art Exhibition kicks off the first part of the month and will be ending on April 11. This exhibition features work inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who is best known for his abstract pieces using blocks of vibrant, primary colors. Students from area schools have entered pieces into the exhibit, which is on display in the exhibit hall of the Burrow Center. Wallace State students also have three-dimensional pieces on display in the atrium of the Burrow Center. The Community Art Exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday.
Next on the list is Mountain Brook artist, Arden Ward Upton, and her “Equus” collection of large-scale photography, which showcases the majesty and grace of the equine species.
The exhibit will be on display in the gallery of the Evelyn Burrow Museum April 7-May 16. An opening reception will be held on April 23 at 6 p.m.
Of course, other forms of art will also be happening throughout the month. Like the Lion’s Den Writing Club who will host a Mix-Tape Talent Show that will be held Wednesday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m., and the final installment of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films that will be screening the documentary, “If You Build It”, on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Burrow Center Recital Hall.
The Wallace State Theatre program will present the musical sensation, “Into the Woods”, April 9-12 at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. from April 9-11, and at 2 p.m. on April 12. With a live orchestra backing up the 30-member cast, this show is one you won’t want to miss. Tickets will be $10.
On April 14, former NFL tight end and Amazing Race contestant Marcus Pollard will speak to students in Learning Communities courses at 9:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Burrow Center. The Lanett, Ala., native is the director of player development and youth football for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Wallace State Jazz Band will present its annual Big Band Ballroom Dance on Friday, April 17, starting at 7 p.m., in the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The band will perform instrumentals, as well as a few tunes featuring vocalist Tahauny Cleghorn of the Wallace State Singers. Admission is $15. Meanwhile, the Wallace State Concert Choir will perform at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church as part of their Arts in April performances.
On Tuesday, April 21, Wallace State’s Suhana Chikatla will present “India and Indian Culture”, as a part of a Learning Communities event. The public is welcome to attend the 9:30 a.m. presentation to learn more about the Indian culture. Finally, the Wallace State Concert Band will close out Arts in April with its Spring Concert on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Burrow Center Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.