Art to the third power

Arts council hosts sixth monthly Mixed MultiMedia program

Arts council hosts sixth monthly Mixed MultiMedia program

July 11, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

Florence Riedesel has a few pieces of poetry "in the closet," but says she has a difficult time reading poetry for an audience.

That hasn't stopped her from enjoying others reading their work at a couple of the mixed-media evenings at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery in Hagerstown.

"It's so nice to hear it read," she says. She enjoys the cadence of the work in the poet's voice - adding another layer of meaning.


The programs are "intellectually exciting" in a comfortable, informal setting, Riedesel says. She's also happy to see people in downtown Hagerstown.

There will be another session of the gallery's Mixed MultiMedia program, known as M3 - pronounced "M Cubed" - Friday, July 12, at 8 p.m. This will be the sixth in the monthly series, hosted by the council at its 41 S. Potomac St. gallery.

In addition to people reading poetry or short fiction written by themselves or others, Kristin Bohlander will display some of her artwork, and The Evan Price Jazz Trio will perform.

Bohlander, who lives in Frederick, Md., describes herself as a mixed-media artist. She is a fabric artist, sewing materials, layering thread on top of thread on canvas and on more obscure materials such as playing cards and rubber tubes. She sometimes uses fabric from the past in a modern way, including scraps from her dad's old neckties.

The Evan Price Trio is called The Evan Price Trio only because the group needed a name, says violinist Evan Price. The jazz combo is composed of "three equal partners just having fun" - bass player Nick Price, who happens to be Evan Price's son, and guitarist Denny Burke, with whom Evan Price also plays in The Blue Comets, a swing-blues band.

Steve Wright, a ceramic drum maker, performed with the South Mountain String Band at the June program. He'll be back Friday, Sept. 13, playing with the Shepherdstown Drum Ensemble.

"It's a nice thing they have," he says of M-Cubed. He hopes that it will continue, possibly with some financial support from an underwriter. Performers volunteer because it's fun, Wright says.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome, says Eli Pollard, gallery director.

The idea for M-Cubed came from Malcolm Norred, 30, who got tired of whining that there wasn't anything to do in Hagerstown. Norred, who wrote his first poem - "The Silver Stallion" - in second grade, has been writing seriously for about 10 years. He approached Pollard with some ideas, and M-Cubed was born.

"It came together very nicely," Pollard says. There have been about three dozen people in attendance at each of the programs. Ages have ranged from about 5 to 70 years old, Pollard estimates.

Norred, who has read his poetry, which he describes as "Dr. Seuss for adults," at several of the sessions, says it's "a nice venue."

Riedesel enjoys the spontaneity of the live performance.

"You really can't mimeograph it," she says.

If you go . . .

Mixed Multi-Media,

known as M3

(pronounced "M Cubed")


The Evan Price Jazz Trio

Exhibit by fabric artist Kristin Bohlander

Friday, July 12, 8 p.m.

Washington County Arts Council Gallery

41 S. Potomac St.



The Friday, Aug. 9, M3 program will feature the work of photographer Bruce Wilder.

For information, call 301-791-3132.

The Herald-Mail Articles