2014.winfield.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield to Tamworth for four days of school and community workshops, and to present her piece “In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” at Runnells Hall in Chocorua on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM. In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Lida shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her early twenties. This show is a mixture of funny, sad and ironic moments strung together in a creative and captivating format. Lida’s presence on stage expresses her life so clearly that it brings us closer to our own. Tickets for the Wednesday evening performance will be on sale at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends!

Lida will offer two workshops for the public. On Monday, March 16, join us for a professional development workshop for teachers in all grades and subjects, 3:30-5:00 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH. In this experiential workshop Lida will share tools for using movement in the classroom to support diverse learning styles. Come at 2:00, if you’re able, to see a performance of her show before the workshop. On Tuesday, March 17, Lida will offer a Dance and Movement Workshop for all ages and abilities, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH. No experience is necessary. Both workshops are free; donations welcome. Lida will be in residency at K. A. Brett from March 16-19; interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule.

Since 2006, Lida Winfield has created and performed nationally and internationally original solo, duet and group work, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that invariably cause audiences to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. As a performer and teaching artist, she travels the country as a Keynote Performer/Presenter addressing issues of education, disability, access and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations—youth at risk, refugees, homeless families, adults with physical and mental disabilities, college students, rural and urban youth, professional artists and educators. Since 2007, she has taught teachers how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool through the Flynn Center Words Come Alive!. 

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0Lida Winfield’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsor The Other Store and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697. Mark your calendars now for the extraordinary Tim Eriksen and The Trio de Pumpkintown on June 5th and 6th. More info: artstamworth.org, 603-323-0104.

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nhdoe.artshow.web2ndgradeimpressionistdetail.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to announce that the NH Department of Education in Concord is hosting a show of artwork by students from the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and of needle-felted wool murals created in November 2013 during a community-wide Arts Council of Tamworth residency in “Painting with Wool” with Harrisville, NH fiber artist Marcy Schepker. The show will run through the end of February during NHDOE business hours.

muraldetailsummer.webThe four cheerful, brightly colored murals on view on the ground floor of the NHDOE celebrate the four seasons in rural Northern New Hampshire. They were created collaboratively, with guidance from Schepker, by people of all ages working at several venues, and by every student at the K. A. Brett School. As each group worked on the mural, it had an opportunity to make decisions about colors, content and design. The “Spring” mural, for instance, was begun by a group of kindergartners. After brainstorming many ideas, they decided that the mural should include a large rainbow, and they needle-felted the rainbow into prominence in the piece. Another group decided that sled dog races were important to the local community, another that the winter landscape would depict a winter evening with a moon bright in the sky. Before traveling to Concord, the murals were on display at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. It’s been wonderful to see so many enthusiastic responses to work created by a community working together. One young girl came in and pointed with excitement at the murals. “I helped make that!” she exclaimed. She asked why they were hanging in the library, and when she was told that it was because they were beautiful and people wanted to see them, she puffed up with pride. “That blows my mind,” she said.

doeartshowhouse.webBrett School art teacher Melanie McBrian has a wide variety of student work on display on the first and ground floors of the NHDOE: Cityscapes in watercolor, jungle pictures in oil pastel inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau, Cubist-style musicians done in collage, Impressionist gardens, Grant Wood-inspired landscapes in crayon resist, Renaissance-style profile self-portraits in oil pastel, Collagraph Prints, Still Life paintings in complementary colors, examples of En Plein Air paintings done by 3rd graders, mixed media collages of whimsical “shacks” inspired by the work of Beverly Buchanan and large scale comic compositions done in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

2ndgradeimpressionistsdetail2.web“As a teacher,” McBrian says, “I want my students to experience a wide range of art materials and ‘techniques so that they can find their voices, artistically speaking, and express themselves visually. Working in art gives students the opportunity to solve ‘problems’ that have myriad possible ‘answers’. I incorporate art history so they can learn about and begin to understand the progression of art through time. Art has always been used to record and comment on the events in peoples lives.”

Thank you to K. A. Brett Alt. Ed. teacher Bill Arnold and his students for framing the four community murals, to Danny Palmer & Granite State Glass for donating the Plexiglass, to residency sponsors Meadow Pond Animal Hospital and Settlers’ Crossing, to The Gibson/Woodbury Foundation for their generous materials grant, and to the Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. Arts Council of Tamworth is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to NHDOE Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey (pictured on the right) for the opportunity to share and celebrate this beautiful work and to Brett art teacher Melanie McBrian (on the left) for hanging the show.

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The NHDOE is located at 101 Pleasant Street, Concord. Want to bring Marcy Schepker to your community? Visit marcyschepker.com. Find out more about Arts Council of Tamworth’s community workshops, Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances, teacher workshops and work in the school here.purple.nhsca

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