Arts Council Events SAVE THESE DATESApril 14 - 2nd Saturdays with Playhouse Merced, Pinkling's Inklings, recommended for children ages 2-5 years old. More info here.April 21 - Green Tour includes the Arts Center...find out why! More info....April 21 - Art Hop...here.April 26 - California Centered: Printmaking Exhibit and ReceptionMay 12 - 2nd Saturdays with Singers CompanyJune 8-9 - Arts24--details coming soon! SAVEMART CARDSIf you are using your SaveMart SHARES card when you grocery shop, then THANK YOU for so far raising almost $2,000 this fiscal year! Using your card every time you shop makes a huge difference. It doesn't cost you extra, and it means the world to the Arts Council. RALEY'S QUALITY OF LIFE CARDSJust restocked! If you shop at Raley's and don't have a Quality of Life card, contact Bo at 388-1090 x11 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have one mailed to you today.DOING YOUR TAXES?Get creative - and support arts and arts education. Contribute to the Arts Council Fund on your annual state tax return! It's simple, whether you're filling out paper forms or using tax preparation tools like Turbo Tax, just check off Arts Council Fund (it's Line 415) in the "contributions" section. One dollar is the minimum donation; the maximum is limited by only your imagination! Contributions are tax deductible. Click here for more information.
Remember: an arts center can only exist in a community that supports it. If you can, donate online at www.artsMerced.org, either in installments (say $10/month) or in one lump sum. Every penny counts!Playhouse Merced presents: "Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver," a concert'style musical that features close to thirty songs made famous by singer, songwriter John Denver, begins a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced mainstage Friday April 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm. This show is rated A = All Ages. Tickets available now by calling (209) 722-7971. http://www.playhousemerced.comPlayhouse Merced presents... Merced College Arts Exhibits are being considered for the fall and spring semester 2012/2013. The Art Gallery is a perfect size for a solo exhibit but we do except group exhibition proposals as well. Artists are encouraged to submit a portfolio for this years selection process. Portfolios may be mailed to the gallery for review. Please include 20 digital images of art work, artist bio, artist statement and a ten dollar fee. A self addressed and stamped envelope if materials need to be returned. Deadline for entries: April 16, 2012 ______________The Merced College Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery visit is free to the public; however, parking on campus is enforced.For more information, call Gallery Coordinator Susanne French at 209.384.6064 or email email@example.com.BOBCAT ART SHOW 2012 March 19th to April 27thUCM Art Gallery (SSM106), Mon. -Thur. 11 AM - 4PM and Kolligian Library during library hours. Artists' Reception: Thursday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 pm, UCM Art Gallery (SSM106) The UC Merced Art Gallery, UCM Library, and Arts UC Merced Presents are proud to present the seventh annual Bobcat Art Show. See art from UC Merced's students, faculty and staff in a range of media from drawings and painting to sculptures, photography, and mixed media. Winners of "Visual Artist of the Year" awards in the categories of 2-dimension, 3-dimensions, photography, and digital media will be announced on April 5th at the reception. The reception is free and open to the public. Follow the signs to the North Bowl parking lot.PITCH PIPES AND PASTA
The Golden Valley Men's Barbershop Chorus presents its annual Dinner Show on Saturday, April 14th at the United Methodist Church, 899 Yosemite Parkway, Merced. The Show features the Chorus, a chapter quartet, as well as quartets from both Merced High School and Manteca High School. The Show follows a delicious Italian pasta dinner with all the trimmings! Tickets are $15 per person and $7 for age 12 and under. A reservation for a table for 8 gets priority seating in the front two rows (while tickets last). Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00. For more information, see flyer at gvc.org or call Howard Barber at 383-3808 for tickets.
California State Fair Competitions The California State Fair hosts hundreds of contests & competitions each year. Californians ofall ages are invited to show off their hobbies, talents and skills for the chance to win cash, prizes and bragging rights! California Fine ArtDeadline: Friday, April 20, 2012
This visual arts exhibition is recognized as one of the Golden State's largest and most prestigious juried art shows.Visit this websitefor details on how to apply.Merced Theatre FoundationEncore! Saturday, April 21, 5:30pmMerced Theatre Grand Re-opening Gala Elegant hors d'oeuvres with a Spanish flair, full cocktail bar, strolling mariachi band The Preservation Big Band will open the evening's entertainment; the Merced Symphony will take the stage, along with renowned Pianist Tara Kamangar. Desserts and coffee alfresco following the performance with more musical entertainment outside Tickets $125 - $200Be a Producer Sponsor for $5,000 and receive added benefitsBe a Director Sponsor for $1,000 and receive added benefits Call the box office at 209-722-3266 or www.mercedtheatre.org.Summer Concert Series Seeks Visual Artists
Samba Arts Group presents a series of summer concerts at Lake McSwain the end of May through October. Several thousand folks visit the McSwain/McClure lakes on the weekends to camp or hang out in their RVs. Artists who've shown at the concerts in Modesto have displayed have been quite happy with their results either as sales or commissions. Events will be on Saturdays only.No fees or commission!Contact John Griswold at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Arbor Gallery Arbor Gallery is proud to have been joined by three new members in as many months. In December, CR.Radding joined the Gallery. CR is a very accomplished jewelry maker. Her pieces are very unique and exquisite. Perfect for gifts and yourself, you will just have to have at least one, once you see them. In January James verDoorn joined the Arbor Gallery. James is a digital artist who creates complicated and color rich compositions using his computer. James had a show at the Multicultural Arts Center this winter, and the Gallery members were just thrilled when he asked to join them. Linda Abbott is the third new member of the Arbor Gallery. Linda creates beautiful landscape and floral oil paintings. Linda is a local artist and it is a joy to have her as a new member. Stop by and see beautiful art created by these three new members as well as our other members.The Arbor Gallery continues to accept applications for new members. Merced Library News The Merced County Library launched its first ever Adopt-A-Book program, in which members of the community can support the library with a $25.00 donation that will go toward the addition of a new book or DVD to any of the 16 Merced County libraries. A bookplate with an inscription of the donor's choosing will be placed inside the cover. The adoptee will receive a thank-you letter, receipt (the donation is tax deductible) and a picture of the bookplate in the mail. Adopt-A-Book forms are available at all Merced County libraries, and on the web. Ericka Carr, Children's LibrarianMerced County Librarywww.mercedcountylibrary.org209-385-7311 x4085World Dance Class Beginning January 26, the Merced County Arts Council will offer World Dance classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Suggested donations are $40 for 6 weeks or $7 per class; 2 for 1 (bring family or friend); Youth and children (with adult) free. The class teaches basic line, circle and couple dances from around the world. Dances progress from beginner to intermediate level dances. No dance partner necessary! The class is designed to have fun, exercise, and to meet new friends! You'll find the instruction very supportive and non-intimidating. You'll also learn about the opportunities to perform these dances with other California communities - even to live music! Sign up at class. Fun, healthy low impact exercise, and new friends! Entrance at 6:30 pm will be through the back of the Merced County Arts Center at 645 West Main Street. Go up to the 3rd Floor. See you there! For more information contact instructor Memo Keswick at 209-723-4016 or email@example.com. Voice and Fine Art Enrichment Experience Workshops by Cheryl Lockett
Discover your power through music! Vocal EnrichmentPrivate Lessons and WorkshopsVocal Recognition: Discover the voice and how to resonate a unique sound with perfect pitch, intonation and quality using proper breath support.Ages: 7-Adult, Levels: Beg/Int/Adv Shakers and Rainmakers An Instrument Making and Rhythm Experience WorkshopsCreate percussion instruments as Fine Art from natural earth and recycled product.K-12, Adults For more information contact Cheryl Lockett @ (916) 529-4973, www.calijazz.com.Creative Placemaking Check out this article on creative placemaking.
What the NEA says about creative placemakingIn creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. Have you liked your Arts Council yet?Pass this on to a friend so they can...join our mailing list!Become a Membertoday to ensure the Arts Council can support the arts to your community. DEMAND THE ARTSOn Going EventsEvery Monday Morning and EveningMusikgartenMerced Improv Club
First Monday Merced Writers CenterHost Merced Playwritingworkshop from 5:30 - 7 pmFree and open to the public Every Thursday Folk Dance @ 6:30 pmMerced Multicultural Art Center, 645 West Main Street, Merced. For more information contactMemo Keswick @firstname.lastname@example.orgWriters Center: Obras Alive @ J&R Tacos 6-8 pm
Fourth SundayWriters Center:Conjuntos @ J&R Tacos 1st & 3rd Thursdays Spoken Word 'Voices' 8-11 pm Atwater Community Center Classes - On going see listings for more detailsDo you have an arts event .... You want included in this email? Email us email@example.com Merced Multicultural Arts Center645 West Main Street Merced, Ca 95340