Artists with local ties to be featured at Bethel show

Two artists with Marion County ties will participating in ?Once Upon a Time: Women Share Fairy Tales, Enchanted and Otherwise? Saturday, April 24, in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus in North Newton.

Leann Toews of Goessel and Nan (Abrahams) Graber, a native of Hillsboro, will be among the featured presenters.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:45. The day ends with lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The Bethel College Women?s Association sponsors the program every five years, with underwriting by the Carolyn Schultz Endowment.

Each of this year?s five presentations have inspired by a fairy or folk tale, and include a storyteller and a visual artist:

? ?Rumpelstiltskin,? Leann Toews, with dance by Katrina Toews, Washington, D.C.

? ?The Enchanting Song of the Magical Bird,? from Nelson Mandela?s Favorite African Folk Tales, Nan Graber, Monument, Colo., with watercolor collage by Susan Bartel, North Newton;

? ?Happily Ever After,? based on an Anna Quindlen work, Lorene Goering, Santa Fe, N.M., with a painting (acrylic on canvas) by Gail Lutsch, Newton, retired professor of art at Bethel;

? ?The Princess and the Pea,? Ardie Goering, Albuquerque, with a series of monoprints by Rachel Epp Buller, Newton, Bethel assistant professor of art;

? ?Cinderella,? Joanna Dreier Bjerum, Newton, with photography by Megan Bartel, Tucson, Ariz.

The speakers will share wisdom from their life experience and passions. Their collaborators have created an original work of art to accompany the story.

Carol Flickinger, facilitator, will give an overview of the role of fairy tales and introduce each of the five presentations with a short summary of the inspiring fairy or folk tale. She will also moderate a time of audience interaction after each presentation.

?(The five) presentations will be unique and completely different,? said BCWA president Donna Becker. ?Participants will be entertained, inspired and transported.?

Another feature of the event will be a display of original art, some of which will be for sale, by area artists and Bethel students.

The cost is $20, including lunch, should be pre-paid by April 17. Registration may be done with a credit card by calling Thresher Bookstore on the Bethel campus, 316-284-5205, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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