The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 6, 2014

‘Portraits’ is the focal point at Conneaut Arts Center

CONNEAUT — Artists from across Ashtabula County are participating in the Conneaut Arts Center’s latest themed exhibit.

“Portraits” is the focal point of the mixed-media show, on display through Aug. 4. Upwards of 28 pieces are featured, said Penny Armeni, CAC executive director.

“Each year we put out theme to attract different artists, different styles and different interests,” she said.

The show was judged by retired Conneaut art teacher Robert Cox. Best of Show was given to Jan Borgner of Conneaut for her watercolor, “Mother’s Flowers.” The piece that best fit the show’s theme, “Why Me,” was “Lunch” by JoAnn Davey of Conneaut. Cox bestowed a special Judge’s Award to Sabrina Andrew of Conneaut for her unique spray-paint portrait, “True Love.”

There’s much more going on at the CAC in the coming weeks. Here’s a peek:

SUMMER CONCERTS

A storm last weekend washed away the scheduled start of the Conneaut Art Center’s outdoor Summer Concert Series, organizers said.

Rain arrived minutes before Contra Band was set to take the stage at the Newcomb Performing Terrace, located on the grounds of historic Kilpi Hall, 1025 Buffalo St., Armeni said in a statement. The band, which plays the music of Motown, has been rescheduled to wrap up the series on Aug. 24, she said.

The series will launch today with a 7 p.m. performance by Good Question. “Cross your fingers from here on out that the sun shines all day on Sunday,” Armeni said in the statement.

All shows are free, concessions are available and a 50-50 drawing will be held. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Here’s the revised schedule: July 6 — Good Question (music of today and yesterday), 7 p.m.; July 13 — Buzz Cronquist Jazz Band, 7 p.m.; July 20 — Youngstown Connection (high school show choirs), 7 p.m.; July 27 — Red Dust Mountain Boys (bluegrass), 7 p.m.; Aug. 3 — Erie Heights Brass, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 10 — Kingpins (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 22 — Don DiSantis Orchestra’s World War II veterans tribute, 6 p.m.; Aug. 24 — Contra Band, 6 p.m.

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