Published Sept. 2012
By Bill McKay, The Entertainer Newspaper
Thank you for supporting our Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase. The productions staged by the Theatre Department were two of the finest I have seen. The summer isn’t officially over until Sept. 22, but fall is already under way in the Arts Division at CBC. We have a varied menu of events to appeal to a broad cross-section of our community.
I want to acknowledge our partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute and its years of support of our lecture series, one of the most successful of its kind in our state.
The Community Lecture Series is brought to us, in part, by Humanities Washington, and we are also grateful for their support and encouragement. I want to thank Maria Allan, who is on the screening committee that selects lecturers for Humanities Washington, and all of our community partners who assist in hosting the various events.
Our first lecture of the season is entitled “Journeys West: Cowboys and Cowgirls in Story and Song”. Presented by Bruce and Susan Matley, it will be hosted by Mid-Columbia Libraries on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the library on Union in Kennewick.
This lecture centers around how contemporary life in the American West is profoundly influenced by the legend and lore of the early cowboys and cowgirls. In song, poetry, and story, this colorful program expresses the work ethics, hardships and joys of the frontier that are still strong and vibrant in present-day agricultural life. The Matleys bring these traditions alive in this musical and poetic presentation.
You may recall the Matleys were scheduled to present this lecture as part of the series last January, but were not able to perform for the Tri-Cities community due to freezing weather and a mishap.
Look for other lecture topics this season including “Global Climate Change” (October), “Ice Age Floods” (December) and “Economic Espionage” (January).
Our first gallery exhibit of the season is entitled “Dialogues” and features the sculptures of Michael Horseill, a faculty member at North Idaho College. We are pleased to have his work in our gallery. The exhibit will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 25.
The closing reception will be Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. in the gallery, with an artist talk at 3 p.m. in room P201. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
The Esvelt Gallery would like to thank the student body association, the ASCBC, for its continued support. For more information, contact our gallery director, Mary Dryburgh, at (509) 542-4864 or visit the website www.columbiabasin.edu/esveltgallery.
Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College.
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