By SARAH BRADBURY
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley will showcase Scott Perry at The Marketplace, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. A solo artist, with various duos and with his bandmates in Porch Swing, Perry recreates and celebrates American music including blues, jazz, honky-tonk and vintage rock & roll.
He also performs original songs that capture the “old school” sound of the recognized masters of those genres. Perry and his student ensemble will perform in 30 minute sets allowing for other exhibitions.
Harriet Anderson will be the featured artisan. Anderson is an accomplished watercolor artist and teaches classes throughout the New River Valley. She currently teaches a watercolor class on Mondays at the Fine Arts Center for the NRV. Harriet and her students will set up and paint as they do in class each Monday at the Center.
An assortment of children’s art classes will be offered and taught by artists Edna Love and Martha Biggars. One of the classes will be Miniature Wire Sculptures, in which participants can make and decorate a sculpture design of their choosing. These are easy to create, even for little hands.
Artist Rhonda Whitehurst and her husband Henry Whitehurst will be offering children attending The Marketplace the choice of two free art projects. They will be able to take home a personally decorated sun visor or a handmade garden bell using recycled materials.
Nellie Hicks and Leon Groseclose, expert ballroom dancers will teach a short ballroom swing dance class beginning at 5:30 p.m. After the class, Hicks and Groseclose will demonstrate the cha-cha and the waltz.
Violinist Melanie Robinson will play selections such as “Smooth Operator,” “Unforgettable,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Rollin’ in the Deep” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” among others.
Another class will be with Melanie Robinson, dance instructor. Some of Robinson’s students will demonstrate ballet, jazz, and clogging beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Andrea Schrader, Zumba Instructor will give an interactive Zumba demonstration at 7 p.m.
New River Jujitsu Sensei Asher’s students will demonstrate the art of Jujitsu at 7:45 p.m. New River Jujitsu coaches people, of all ages, in the process of learning and practicing the martial arts as a tool for learning and practicing the art of being a more complete, proactive, and empowered human being.
For more information on Tuesday’s The Marketplace happenings, or for more information on classes offered, call the Fine Arts Center at 980-7363.