UP for Arts 2018 Spring Art and Concert Series scheduled

Raku fish made by Gina King. Photo courtesy of artist

Founded in 2000, UP for Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing public art to University Place. The group also hosts an Art and Concert Series, in which musicians present a concert in conjunction with a display of work by a featured artist.

The Spring 2018 Art and Concert Series is soon to begin. Following is the schedule for these events, which are held at the University Place Civic Library Atrium, 3609 Market Square. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 23, Critically acclaimed Bay Area pianist, Robyn Carmichael, performs works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Schuman. Audiences and critics have praised Carmichael for her “extraordinary poetry” and “lush, thrilling and intensely personal” performances. Carmichael’s distinctive style has defined her concerts in the U.S. and abroad. Her 2017-18 season includes West Coast concerts in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tacoma/Seattle area, and East Coast concerts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. She has been featured in a radio interview on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM “Piano” program, and made a CD release with music of Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Bach-Alkan, and Rachmaninoff. New programs feature the virtuosic Tchaikovsky-Pletnev Nutcracker Suite, an all-Russian/Spanish program and educational concerts with commentary for libraries and grassroots organizations. A unique Chopin project and a program honoring the 200th anniversary of choreographer Marius Petipa are planned for 2018. Visit www.robyncarmichael.com for information on Carmichael.

Art for the evening is raku pottery by artist Gina Kling. A friend talked Kling into taking pottery lessons 18 years ago at a community center. She immediately fell in love with pottery. Then one day she was in an art gallery in Gig Harbor and saw raku pottery for the first time. The artist was Christopher Mathis. He was teaching hand built raku pottery. She immediately signed up for classes. She loved the unpredictability of raku. You never knew what the end product would look like. Would it have streaks of copper running through splashes of blues and green? Or, would it have more silver and reds? It was Mathis who encouraged her to begin selling her work. She has been teaching hand built pottery herself on and off for the past seven years and has been with Proctor Art Gallery for the past three years.

On March 23, Seattle opera star and Tacoma native, Ryan Bede – accompanied by pianist Elisabeth Ellis – will sing Songs Of The British Isles with selections by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Quilter, Finzi and more. Visual artist Dan Suckow will show his nature photography.

On April 27, Multi-award winning pianist, violinist and composer Jennifer Thomas performs original songs, plus new music from her latest album. Visual artist Cindy Baij shows her watercolors.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students and UP for Arts members are free. Tickets available at the door.

For more information, visit www.upforarts.org.

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