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Constance Grayson | Holidays inspire the art community

As November leads us into the winter holidays, art activities are everywhere in Jessamine County.

The month’s visual art activities kick off with the “Day of the Dead” exhibit on Nov. 1 through 30 at the Polvino Family Art Center on 109 S. Main in Nicholasville

This exhibit, hosted by the Creative Art League, features masks created by artist Lilia Vega These masks are symbolic of the Mexican customs surrounding the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos — “Day of the Dead.” This holiday is a time of remembering friends and family members, and is celebrated with family gatherings, sugar skulls and marigolds. The opening reception for the “Day of the Dead” exhibit will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, at the Polvino Family Art Center.

“Making Good(s),” a visual art exhibit at Asbury University, continues through Nov. 14 at the Z.T. Johnson Gallery. The reception for the “Making Good(s)” exhibit is Nov. 11 from 4:15 to 6 p.m. This exhibit — coordinated in partnership with CIVA artists — is curated by Asbury Seminary’s Office of Faith, Work and Economics, and has a special focus on entrepreneurship. The exhibit puts forward a vision where work and art are understood as activities that involve the making of goods as well as contributing to the common good.

A Photography Class Exhibit will also be at Asbury during November at the Kinlaw Library.

KCAL, the old-time radio station of the Creative Art League, will present its third annual Old Time Radio Christmas show in early December. Performances of this show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. The show will begin at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets sell out quickly for this fun family event. For ticket information, contact the KCAL Box Office at 859-885-5363. 

KCAL is also beginning a new performance venue in cooperation with Jess-FM, 105.9. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30,  the inaugural episode of the old time radio show will be heard on Jess-FM. The episodes featured on the radio will not be performed live at their quarterly shows. Rather, they will only be heard on Jess-FM. The KCAL performances on Jess-FM will be broadcast the last Saturday of each month at 8 p.m.

The Jessamine County School District has a variety of performances on the November schedule.

At 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary School will present “Peter Pan Jr.”

East Jessamine High School will host public performances of its student-led program on Nov. 17, 18, 19 and 20; while on Tuesday, Nov. 22, the West Jessamine High School will perform its Thanksgiving Assembly.

The third grade and music enrichment classes of Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary School will perform Thanksgiving Treasure on Tuesday, Nov. 22. 

Ending the month, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the West Jessamine High School will present its student-led play. Details for these performances can be obtained from the respective schools. 

Musical events are in abundance at Asbury University in November.

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, the Scherzo Quartet Concert will be hosted in Akers Auditorium.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 18, in the Hughes Auditorium, the Concert band, Women’s choir, and Men’s Glee Club, will perform the Music Department College Concert. Later that same night, at 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert in the student center.

The next day, beginning at 3 p.m., the All-Star Band Concert will perform in Hughes Auditorium. The Senior Recital, featuring Christa Neal on viola, and Fred Mbesi’s composition will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 in the Akers Auditorium.

The Christmas season will be ushered in on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium with a performance of the Concert Band, the Women’s Choir and the Men’s Glee Club.

The regular monthly meeting of the Creative Art League will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Polvino Family Art Center, 109 S. Main in downtown Nicholasville. The program for this evening will be a peer critique of artwork created by the members and guests. This meeting is free and open to the public. All artists, and those with an interest in art, are invited to attend.