Showcase in point

By PATRICIA VANSANT Special to The State Journal Published:

The Frankfort Arts Showcase X will be held Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m., at Kentucky State University Bradford Hall. The Showcase is an evening of music and entertainment presenting the areas performing and visual artists. The Frankfort Arts Foundation whose mission is to promote cultural enrichment through artistic and educational endeavors presents it. This event is part of the FAFs The Arts Build Our Community season series.

Event tickets cost $10 (adult and senior citizen) and $5 (full-time student or child). Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning at 7 p.m. For general information, call 875-4ART or email faf@dcr.net. FAF season tickets will be honored.

There will be city bus service picking up at 7 p.m., Franklin Square Rite Aid; 7:15 p.m., Kings Daughters Apartments, 220 Hanna Place; 7:30 p.m., Brighton Park; and 7:45 p.m., KSU Bradford Hall.

The purpose of the FAF Arts Showcase is to promote and encourage local and emerging visual artists and performers. The Showcase for 2006 is mostly made up of young people, said Jim Terry, founder and chairman of the Showcase Committee.

The community will love the mix of grade school, college, and veteran performers. The variety of talent ranges from a 13-year-old pianist and an 11-year-old country music singer to a local rock and jazz band! We will also present an art exhibit in the lobby of Kentucky State University Bradford Hall with colorful acrylic paintings and artwork from a local high school.

I would like to thank everyone who has auditioned or supported this program of family entertainment throughout the years and anyone who has been a guest. Many people have been involved with the planning and technical support. Please come and enjoy the tenth anniversary of the Frankfort Arts Showcase in celebration of the local talent in the area, said Terry.

The City of Frankfort, American Founders Bank, and Graviss McDonalds Restaurants are the corporate sponsors for Frankfort Arts Showcase X.

Performing and visual artists from Franklin and all contiguous counties submitted videotapes, audiotapes, compact discs, slides, and art work to the FAF to be juried for the Showcase. A panel of area artists and musicians chose five performing artists and two visual artists to be in the Frankfort Arts Showcase X.

Showcase participants receive $250 grant awards, perform on stage at KSU Bradford Hall, and their talents are promoted in the community. One group of visual artists received Showcase Honorable Mention Awards.

The five performing artists or artist groups chosen to be in the Frankfort Arts Showcase X are the following: Megan Crouse, Will Geoghegan, Nick Johnson, Alyssa Meece, and The Elevators. They will receive Frankfort Arts Showcase X Performing Arts Grant Awards.

Megan Crouse is a vocalist and a senior music education major at Kentucky State University. Crouse has had vocal music ministry since she was eight, which she credits as creating a desire to pursue a career in music. She has performed as a vocalist in musicals since the age of 16.

Crouse performed the lead role of Maria in KSUs West Side Story and the role of Diana in Trouble in Tahiti. She was in the cast of Oklahoma at the Kincaid Regional Theatre. Crouse is a student from the studio of Professor Vernell Bennett in KSUs Division of Fine Arts.

She hopes to pursue careers in music education and the ministry, as well as, open a performing arts school. She is the daughter of Rev. Roger and Diana Crouse of Cynthiana, Kentucky. She will be singing Sandi Pattys version of God Bless America.

Will Geoghegan is a dancer currently performing with Capital City Dance Studios in Frankfort, Center Stage Dance in Louisville, and the Kentucky Ballet Theatre in Lexington. He studies tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet.

Geoghegan, an eighth grader at Bondurant Middle School, is the son of Malcolm and Cheryl Geoghegan. This past summer he won first place in the Franklin County Fair Coca Cola Talent Show and third place in the Kentucky State Fair. Geoghegan received third place in the dance competition in the Millie Lewis Actors Models & Talent Competition (AMTC) in Orlando, Florida in 2005.

Also last year, he danced at Encore in Cincinnati and received a national diamond award (top 10 award). Geoghegan annually dances in The Nutcracker with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre. In the Showcase he will perform a self-choreographed lyrical solo to the theme of CSI New York, a self-choreographed country tap solo, and an improvisational tap number.

Nick Johnson, a pianist, is a seventh grader at Elkhorn Middle School. He enjoys soccer, and he plays percussion for the Elkhorn Middle School Band. Johnson has acted in school plays and in plays with the Bluegrass Theatre Guild. This is his sixth year of intensive piano lessons with Tommie Bennett, his piano instructor. He is the son of Mark and Lila Johnson.

Johnson will play the following short pieces: Be our Guest! by Alan Menken, Minuet 1 & 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Super Mario Brothers by Koji Kondo, Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi, and Hungarian Dance by Johannes Brahms.

Alyssa Meece is a vocalist who sings country and gospel music. Meece has been singing since age two when her grandmother, Paula Moore, sang to her. Her love of country music was fueled by music jamborees in which her grandparents participated. Meece is now 11 years old and attends Westridge Elementary School where she is captain of the academic team and a member of the school chorus.

Meece enjoys singing the heartfelt songs of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn and is known as a young cause celebre among the country music set. She sings at Country Place Jamboree, Frankfort; Renfro Valley Entertainment, Renfro Valley; Corydon Jamboree, Corydon, Indiana; Backroads Music Theatre, Midway; Lincoln Jamboree, Hodgenville; Shepherdsville Country Music Show, Shepherdsville; and Junction Jamboree, Lebanon Junction.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Denise Meece. She will sing Crazy by Patsy Cline, Rocky Top, and If Youve Got Leaving On Your Mind by Patsy Cline.

The Elevators, a band, consists of Evan Hudson, saxophone; Mike Hudson, electric guitar; Tim Patterson, drums; and Ben Cowherd, bass guitar. They play instrumental versions of rock classics from the 1970s and 1980s and derive their name from the term elevator music.

Evan Hudson, an accomplished saxophonist, is a freshman at the University of Louisville and has been performing with Mike, his father, in their church praise band and at weddings and other local events since he was in the sixth grade. Ben Cowherd, an outstanding bass guitarist, attends Belmont University in Nashville,Tenn., and is pursuing a career in music. Tim Patterson has performed with other area rock bands over the past several years. The band will play their renditions of Fly Like an Eagle, Spooky, and Play That Funky Music.

The two visual artists who were selected as Frankfort Arts Showcase X Visual Arts Grant Award winners are Suzy Burgess and John Seybold.

Suzy Burgess is a senior art major at Kentucky State University. She won numerous art awards at Franklin County High School where she graduated. A native of Frankfort, this 23-year-old has exhibited works in the community and at KSU.

She works primarily in oil and acrylic painting, as well as, photography. Burgess tends to create large paintings with more figurative pieces and gestural style. Many of her paintings are based on the photographs she takes. Her plans are to continue her studies with a M.F.A. degree. I am excited to exhibit my art work in the community and be a part of this show, says Burgess.

John Seybold is a retired mechanical engineer. Seybold began his art studies years ago sketching with pencils, then using colored pencils, and then painting.

Its been a really long progression thing, said Seybold.

He took a series of classes 20 years ago and was constantly encouraged by his instructors and his wife. When I retired, one of my goals was to take being an artist seriously, says Seybold. He is now taking classes, as a non-traditional student, at KSU.

His medium is painting watercolor, oil, and acrylic, and he likes to paint animals and people. Occasionally he likes to paint landscapes. His juried paintings for Showcase tell of his interests: Morrison (dog), Thinking Is Hard (boy sitting on a railroad track in deep thought), and Purity Of Spring (flower).

Seybold encourages the Frankfort community to come to the Showcase and view the artwork. It is important for me to excite the imagination. Come and see if the paintings cause your imagination to come alive, says Seybold. His wife, Patricia, works for state government.

The Art Department of Western Hills High School had several Showcase Honorable Mention Awards. Art students Chris Green, junior; Laura Hanke, senior; Lauren Irvin, senior; Danielle Skeeters, senior; and Julian Stone, sophomore; will be exhibiting work on Showcase Evening. Their teacher is Janis Kirstein.

Sara Ratliff, 17 and a student at Western Hills High School, will dance pointe ballet as a guest artist.

The community is invited to enjoy this extraordinary evening featuring Frankforts talented artists and musicians.

Patricia Terry Vansant is the executive director of the Frankfort Arts Foundation.

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