DOBSON — More than 100 students, staff, and community members attended Surry Community College’s cultural event — “Sights, Sounds & Verse: Art of European Influence” on April 21 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology in Dobson.
In lieu of their usual semi-annual art show, Fine Arts instructors coordinated with others in the college’s English and Humanities Division to develop a unique event highlighting European culture. The result was two hours of art, music and poetry all with connections to Surry’s students or faculty.
“Sights, Sounds & Verse” featured an art reception showcasing work from students enrolled in Watercolor, Drawing, Ceramics, Digital Photography, and Creative Writing classes. Several student artists and poets were on hand to explain how their pieces coordinated with or were inspired by one another. A performance from the classical ensemble, Duo Amabile, featuring SCC Music Instructor Matvey Lapin followed, as Lapin and his wife, pianist Katya Lapin, played music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries from England and France.
Danajean Mabry, Associate in Fine Arts lead instructor, was impressed by the outcome of the evening, saying: “I think the event was wonderful; we had a large, diverse population of students, families and prominent community members attending.”
The event left such an impression that the second annual “Sights, Sounds & Verse” is already in the works with a date set for April 13, 2017. The English and Humanities Division plans to continue to showcase student art and creative writing and end the evening with another instrumental concert; however, next year will highlight a different, exciting culture.
SCC offers an Associate Degree in Fine Arts. Courses include photography, ceramics, three-dimensional design, painting and drawing. More information about Fine Arts classes at SCC is available at www.surry.edu or through Student Services at 336-386-3264.