Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:39
GAMBIER - Schnormeier Gardens has announced the Grand Opening and Inaugural Show in THE GALLERY to coincide with the Annual Open House June 1-4, 2017. THE GALLERY is located on the ground level of the Schnormeier residence. The Inaugural Show will feature exhibits by four photographers, two painter/sculptors and two ceramic artists.
Doug Neese: Doug has a passion for light, texture, and all things beautiful. His sensitivity for the subject matter and composition is unexcelled. It is easy to be blown away by the excellence of his creations.
Ted Schnormeier: His photography accomplishments are thanks to living in the center of his subject matter and being available to document them when the light, colors, blooms and Mother Nature has provided ideal conditions. His work is on permanent display in THE GALLERY , the Welcome Center and the gardens book Peace, Harmony & Serenity.
Carol Shurlow: Carol is one of the most diligent photographers that we know and has produced a substantial body of high quality work. Her choice of subject matter and composition is unexcelled and she has won numerous awards for it. You will surely appreciate the opportunity to meet Carol and travel with her through numerous images.
Darlene Yeager-Torre: Darlene is a fine art photographer and often employs the ‘painting with light’ technique using hand held lights and long exposures to create luminous night photographs. It addition to solo shows, her work has been juried into numerous regional, national and international exhibits.
Riccie Mayer-Middleton: Riccie is a multi-talented artist that has worked in many mediums from Performance Art, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting. We are well acquainted with her from her execution of JIKU – our signature piece of sculpture in the gardens. Her current passion is painting. You will absolutely be astounded by the vibrancy and detail in here current paintings.
Ann Schnormeier: Ann is a very talented artist and works in many mediums. This exhibition features an early work titled DON’T FENCE ME IN which was a Blue Ribbon winner at the Ohio State Fair.
Ban Kajitani: Ban is a ceramic potter/sculptor in the ancient tradition of Japanese potters going back to the Twelfth Century. His accomplishments are simply astounding and the beauty of his work is compelling. The work of his you will see displayed covers many periods in his development from his early years to fairly recently and is in the permanent collection of Ann and Ted Schnormeier. Ban will not be with us for this exhibition as it is a very long trip for him from Japan.
Joshua Shremshock: Josh is a 2003 graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design and owner of The Clay Cup Gallery & Studio in Lithopolis, Ohio. Nature is his inspiration utilizing the elements of earth, air, fire and water which all have an important roll in the creation of his works of art. He was a student of Ban Kajitani in his years a CAAD.
Don’t miss this opportunity to appreciate another artistic and creative feature of Schnormeier Gardens.
Visitors to Schnormeier Gardens need to take note that there is a $10 parking fee to attend.
Published: Monday, 01 May 2017 07:14
MOUNT VERNON - A new community band building on a decades-old musical tradition in Knox County will make its debut during Memorial Day Weekend.
The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schnormeier Event Center at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon. Under the direction of Ted Buehrer of Kenyon College, the 20-member big band will play danceable music from a wide-ranging repertoire including tunes made famous by Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Nat King Cole, and Thad Jones.
The Knox County Jazz Orchestra saxophone section at a recent rehearsal - photo submitted
Joining the jazz orchestra as a soloist for its debut performance will be trombonist Vaughn Wiester, the prominent Columbus-based band leader and arranger who got his start in Mount Vernon.
“This is toe-tapping, timeless music,” said Buehrer, who started the jazz orchestra late last year. “What I love about big-band jazz is the blend of a large-ensemble sound with moments of spontaneity and improvisation provided by soloists. There’s nothing like the great jazz harmonies of a horn section playing charts by gifted arrangers.”
With exciting new performing venues emerging in Mount Vernon, including not only Ariel-Foundation Park but also the soon-to-be-completed Woodward Opera House, Buehrer felt that the time was right to resurrect the area’s big-band tradition. That tradition includes the Colonial City Big Band of the 1980s and early ’90s and, earlier, the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Riley Norris Band.
Like those bands, the new group is very much of and for the community. The musicians include active and retired public school band directors, professionals, and recent college graduates from the area. Buehrer, who plays trumpet in addition to leading the band, teaches music at Kenyon and directs the college’s jazz ensemble. Startup funds for the jazz orchestra were provided through a grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
“The group began rehearsing in late winter and jelled very quickly,” said Buehrer. “From the very first, I was struck by how well they captured the style and essence of these arrangements. They’re very familiar with the music. On top of that, we have some talented, experienced improvisers. All in all, it makes for a very enjoyable experience.”
Buehrer added, “I hope that people will bring their dancing shoes on May 28. We’ll be featuring both swing and Latin numbers. This is also a wonderful chance to hear Vaughn Wiester, a truly distinguished musician.”
Raised in Mount Vernon, Wiester played trombone and arranged for the Riley Norris Band while he was still a high school student. His music career has included a stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra, posts with many other bands, a teaching position in the jazz program at Capital University, and the founding of his own Famous Jazz Orchestra. Wiester’s Columbus-based group gives an annual concert in Mount Vernon to raise money for the Vaughn Wiester Music Scholarship, awarded to a graduating high school senior in Knox County who intends to continue studying music in college.
While the May 28 concert will be the new jazz orchestra’s official debut, some local audiences have already heard the group perform. The band and Wiester played at Mount Vernon Middle School on April 28 at the 60th annual Tops & Pops fundraiser-concert benefitting music programs in the middle school and high school. In addition, on May 2 the group performed in Ariel-Foundation Park with the Lima Interscolar Big Band, a youth ensemble from Lima, Peru.