Meeting: Jasper Community Arts Commission

The Jasper Community Arts Commission met Tuesday and:

• Heard a January report from Arts Director Kyle Rupert. Nearly 450 people attended Mark Chesnutt and Joe Diffie’s country concert, despite bad weather, and about 90 people attended the Poulenc Trio’s classical musical performance later in the month. Six hundred tickets have been sold to Forever Young’s performance — which will take place  at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jasper Arts Center — and a handful of tickets are still available. On Feb. 24, magician The Amazing Max will perform at the Jasper Arts Center. The following day, he will visit children at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

• Approved the seeking of quotes for the arts department’s next season guide, promotional posters and a new cyclorama.

• Heard an update on the department’s 2019 plan. Special needs workshops, a classic film series, birthday parties, increasing attendance at major events, expanding input from younger demographics, expanding the department’s volunteer base and gathering more community feedback are all on the department’s radar this year.

• Approved two backstage artists to perform in the upcoming season. Those include Winston Churchill: The Blitz, and Che Apalache.

• Recommended the acceptance of an art donation from John Oilar, a Crawfordsville pen and ink artist. That recommendation now goes to the Common Council.

• Heard that the February exhibit at the Krempp Gallery will feature photography work by Jasper-native and current Boulder, Colorado, resident Chet Strange and Virginia artist Parker Michels-Boyce. The two collaborated on the artwork, which highlights hikers photographed on the Appalachian Trail. The exhibit’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery.

• Approved the seeking of quotes for Chalk Walk T-shirts. The cost of the shirts will not exceed $2,000.

• Heard of various upcoming events at the Astra Theatre, including a screening of “When Harry Met Sally” on Feb. 23 and a concert from Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Iris DeMent on March 22. The first half of the theater’s season will be announced in the coming weeks.

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