Ceramics

Arts This Year

Blair’s lively arts scene features student concerts and theatrical productions, professional art exhibits in the Romano Gallery, annual Bartow Series performances and workshops, and more. Our community celebrates the arts, and we encourage everyone to experience and participate in our many on-campus arts events.

September 2018

Anne-Marie Caruso

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
September 4-29; reception on September 20 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Anne-Marie Caruso’s photographs represent concepts of aging, nostalgia, domesticity, femininity and depictions of the self. Through the construction of tableaux in rural and neglected corners of New Jersey, she channels folklore, fairy tales and dreams to create solitary and macabre imagery using a large-format camera and film.

October 2018

Blake Courter: Geometry & Manufacturing

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 2-November 3; reception on October 11 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Geometry, generative algorithms and top-down engineering drive Blake Courter’s sculpture, interactive media and apparel. The sculptor, product designer and maker space artist constructs simple sets of rules that synthesize results through manual problem solving and programmed automation. Recurring themes include mapping abstract concepts into tangible objects and confronting engineering orthodoxy. Most of his work is documented via open-source software and CAD models.

The Fantasticks

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 25, 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
Book & lyrics by Tom Jones , music by Harvey Schmidt

There is a reason The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world: It tells a simple story of two parents who try to keep a boy and girl apart in a story about young love moving past disillusion and toward maturity and longevity. El Gallo narrates the timeless fable of romance by moonlight, heartbreak in the sunlight and eventual reconnection. “Try to Remember,” the show’s opening number, reminds us that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Blair on Stage

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
October 19, 8:15 p.m.

Blair’s singers, instrumentalists and actors perform works from their repertoires in this Parents’ Weekend show.

November 2018

Catherine Drabkin: Hidden Color

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 5-December 8; reception on November 15 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Catherine Drabkin’s paintings and experimental films are inspired by the rhythms of nature and music. The painter and animator’s work includes everyday elements from a found object garden or, perhaps, a chaotic kitchen. She translates these forms into paintings that use color to apply musical structure to her lived experience. Her pieces create visual dances of form to build a conversation between exterior reality and the imagination.

Fall Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
November 16, 7 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

December 2018

Deborah Slahta: Raku & Stoneware

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
December 10-January 12; reception on December 13 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Deborah Slahta explores the vessel as a three-dimensional canvas, creating finely crafted Raku and stoneware ceramics with geometric constructions and patterned motifs on their surfaces. Known for her precise designs, the artist’s work underscores the spectacular nature of the Raku experience, where colors sometimes develop and disappear in a split second. Because the firing is extreme and, at times, uncontrollable, Ms. Slahta embraces the magic of smoke permeating the clay body, coloring it from gray to black, crackling lines on glossy glazes, and adding metallic lusters and a rainbow of colors in glazes formulated with copper, cobalt and iron oxides—each step constituting a moment flash-frozen in time.

Christmas Vespers

First Presbyterian Church in Blairstown
December 7, 4:30 & 7 p.m.

Blair’s Chamber Orchestra and Singers perform as part of this traditional Christmas service.

January 2019

Tim Fite '95: Quick Draw

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
January 14-February 9; reception on January 17 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Tim Fite ’95 will display a collection of large-scale, compositionally complex, allegorical, black-and-white drawings on paper, video and wood, some of which have a musical or performative component. The multimedia and print artist is passionate about his medium, and his work underscores his belief that creativity, communication, compassion and hard work are the keys to fostering a more benevolent and inclusive society—as well as his hope that his art contributes to that end. 

February 2019

Tyson & Gina Trish: Artist's Journey

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 11-March 9; reception on February 28 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Photojournalist Tyson Trish and painter Gina Danesi Trish will display past and present work in a retrospective collection that reflects on events over the past two decades that have shaped them as people, artists and documenters of American life. The lifelong visual artists met as undergraduates at George Washington University. Mr. Trish is a fine arts faculty member at Blair. 

Godspell

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
February 14, 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.
Conceived & originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak; music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Before Stephen Schwartz worked his magic on productions such as Wicked, Pippin and Children of Eden, he wrote eclectic music and lyrics for Godspell, a musical in which the cast joins Jesus Christ, acting out the Parables on the way to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. With a mix of pop, rock and vaudeville, the production breathtakingly conveys Jesus’ message of peace, tolerance and love through songs such as "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

March 2019

Simona Prives

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
March 25-April 20; reception on April 4 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Simona Prives creates physical and digital collages, both still and moving, that focus on the process of decomposition and reconstruction. All of the mixed-media artist’s components are site-specific, collected, shot and drawn from both permanent fixtures and areas in transition. In making collages, she draws, disassembles and reconfigures maps, geological patterns and industrial imagery to breed new worlds that are at once familiar and abstract. Every work combines multiple forms of printmaking, using fragments of screen-prints, monotype and found material.

Bartow Series

The Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices from Westminster Choir College present Blair's 2019 Bartow Series performance on March 29.

April 2019

Grandparents' Day Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 17, 10:30 a.m.

Blair’s Singers, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra present works from their repertoires.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Romano Gallery
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
April 25-May 20; reception on May 3 @ 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The gallery will close at noon on the show’s last day.

Displaying student work of all different mediums, this show celebrates the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of Blair’s talented fine artists.

May 2019

Annual Student Film Festival

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 2, 7 p.m.

Student-produced films are screened and awards presented for the best work of the year.

Spring Concert

DuBois Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 3, 7:15 p.m.

Blair’s vocal and instrumental musicians perform works from their repertoires.

The Mousetrap

Wean Theatre
Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts
May 9, 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
by Agatha Christie

This charming and suspenseful mystery will have audience members guessing who is responsible for the murders of fellow guests at an isolated, snowed-in estate. Delighting audiences since 1952, The Mousetrap is known for its plot twist. Over the production’s long run, theatre-goers have been traditionally silent about the story’s surprise ending after the curtains close. Whether you are a longtime Christie fan or a new admirer of her work, this classic whodunnit will keep you guessing and wondering...how will it end and will you be the one to solve the case?

The Crusaders

Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
May 16, 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.
by Matthew Bottone '19

Winner of Blair’s 2018 Underclass Drama Prize, Matthew Bottone ’19 has turned his attention from the stage to the page, and the Blair Academy Players will perform his original comedy under the lights of the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre. Blair audiences will remember Matthew for his performances in Noises Off (as Director Lloyd), Crazy for You (as Bela Zangler) and The Government Inspector (as the Mayor), and audiences fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of The Crusaders will no doubt enjoy a memorable theatrical experience.