Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OU-C theater production of House Plans offers blueprint for entertainment

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present House Plans at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 & 4 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. The play was written and is directed by OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students and are available at the OU-C Box Office the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The 9-person play is set in Pennsylvania in 1974 and involves the story of a family that is already fractured and suddenly finds itself thrown together in a single dwelling because of a development project that is causing the loss of the family homestead. The unraveling of the Nixon presidency at the time serves as a backdrop and metaphor for the family members’ own upheaval.

“The play is both humorous and serious,” Breidenbaugh explained. “It has a lot to do with the 1970s and the societal changes that were taking place. The shock of the ‘60s was wearing off and people were ‘finding themselves.’ But, the play is not about the 1970s. Rather, it is about people and relationships. Self-discovery is a major theme in this story.”

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OU-C art exhibit captures quiet presence of nature’s wonders

An exhibit of photographs, drawings and paintings by OU-C Professor of Art Margaret McAdams entitled “quiet Presence” is currently on display in the Bennett Hall Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The exhibit includes a selection of images that were produced through a 10-year study and exploration of Neolithic stone sites and old growth forests. “Travel to France, England, California, North Carolina and Ohio provided source material for these photographic images,” McAdams explains in the artist’s statement.

“For years I have included stones and trees or parts of trees in my artwork – from paintings and drawings to photographs and installations. Trees manifest both the strength and fragility of nature and suggest power and immortality … Trees and stones are powerful visual art forms – naturalistically, symbolically and aesthetically. To me, they are metaphors for ourselves.”

McAdams earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree, emphasizing painting and photography, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Multi-Media and Painting from Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the OU-C faculty in 1990.