Visual images are powerful for many reasons, but perhaps most important is their ability to construct a particular version of reality for the viewer. In his artwork, U.K.-born artist Christian Dore creates a lush reality that allows the viewer to not only look at the world around her, but to truly see and experience the sensations of the natural world. Dore’s artwork will be on display in a solo exhibition at Mirada Fine Art Gallery from May 7-29.
Trickster lawyers, flashbulbs snapping at the well-publicized trial, and instant celebrity. This could be the latest Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton escapade. But add a little of the glitz of the Prohibition-era underworld and a touch of jazz, and you have StageDoor Theatre’s latest production of the award-winning musical “Chicago.”
If it weren’t for the White Rabbit, Alice would simply have enjoyed a lazy, albeit slightly boring, day by the river. Instead, Alice follows the talking, clothed Rabbit down the rabbit hole and into a Wonderland filled with nonsense and whimsy. The Evergreen Children’s Chorale is set to take its audiences into Lewis Carroll’s world of talking cards and grinning cats with its upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”
Ever wonder how much stuff you can pack into a 10-foot-by-10-foot space? If you live in Evergreen, the answer is two cast members, one director, five crew members, a full-size set, props, costumes, and … an award-winning theater production.
Over the years, many Evergreen artists have said they would like to make our foothills enclave a “Paris in the mountains,” with artists lining the streets painting en plein air and visitors flocking to a place where they can view and purchase quality art. Rather than turning Evergreen into France, a group of newly formed artists is going one step further — bringing France to Evergreen, in their upcoming show “La Belle France” at the Center for the Arts Evergreen Rotary Gallery at Center/Stage.
“Seussical Jr.” is a celebration of all things whimsical, wonderful, mythical and musical. The show is based on the beloved works of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, the cast at StageDoor Theatre will offer up a fantastical production of singing, dancing and merriment.
Many famous artists will tell you they have been drawing since they could hold a pencil, but their true passion for art was cultivated in a more formal setting — their school art classes. Often, students put brush to canvas or pen to paper for many years but are able to hone their areas of interest or their artistic perspective when under the tutelage of a thought-provoking instructor. Our mountain area schools have some amazing art teachers, and their inspiration will shine through in the work displayed at the upcoming High School Art Show at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.
One of the most popular jokes in theater is poking fun at theater itself. Jabs at the flamboyant personalities of actors and quips about the paper-doll personas of old-time parts such as the ditzy blonde wannabe actress or the scheming producers have been the stuff of musicals throughout the ages.
Body acceptance is a huge issue right now in the news — models are dying from anorexia, childhood obesity is on the rise, and fashion designers are revamping their sizing structures to meet the ever-changing figures of clothing consumers. In the midst of all of this, fine artists have always explored the human figure as an object of artistic inspiration. In celebration of human figures of all sizes, Stoneheart Gallery is hosting a show titled “Every Body’s Beautiful: A Collection of All Nude Works,” opening on Feb. 4.
Being a princess is hard work. Just ask Kate Middleton as she is planning the royal wedding for Prince William. There are glass slippers to be fitted, coaches that keep turning into pumpkins, and royal clocks that strike midnight at inopportune times. But a group of Conifer elementary school students is making being a princess look like a breeze. In StageDoor Theatre’s upcoming production of “Cinderella,” audiences (and Kate Middleton) can see how it’s done.