Have a MERA Christmas! - theHumm November 2018
Have a MERA Christmas! - theHumm November 2018
The 16th annual MERA Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 4pm at the MERA Schoolhouse located in McDonalds Corners. Come out to support local artisans, have a wonderful treat from the Wizards Café and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
This popular juried show features painting, felting, woodworking, jewellery, knitted wear, handmade preserves, soap and chocolate, and even a local author. By shopping at the MERA Christmas Fair you are helping to support your local arts facility in their efforts to provide music events, workshops, community dinners and much more. For more information, please visit meraschoolhouse.org .
November Art Show
MERA’s Dean Hall Gallery will host local artist Lynn Shwadchuck for the month of November.
Lynn graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 1974, working first as an ad agency art director and then as an illustrator/designer until she quit her career as a creative director in Waterloo and moved to Sharbot Lake in 2005. She showed her watercolours and embroideries at the Rideau Valley Art Festival from 2006 to 2008 and was elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, winning one award from the society before returning to more lucrative illustration work. Lynn illustrates books for educational publishers these days.
Located at the MERA Schoolhouse, 974 Concession 9A in McDonalds Corners, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1am to 3pm and Friday from 9am to 1pm. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information about MERA please visit meraschoolhouse.org .
Piano Master Performs
The MERA Blue Jeans Classical music series is excited to announce a concert by internationally renowned piano teacher and performer Mark Valenti on Sunday, November 11 at 2pm at the Schoolhouse in McDonald’s Corners.
Over his illustrious career, Mr. Valenti has performed in over 185 venues across the United States and internationally. As he is in Ottawa offering Master Classes at Carleton University, he has agreed to come and perform an exciting concert for the MERA classical music lovers.
Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. He has done extensive work in the jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey, and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.
Formerly a Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighbourhood of Chicago.
Tickets are $25, plus convenience fee, and are available at ticketsplease.ca or 485–6434. Tickets are $28 at the door. Children under 16 get in for free, but are asked to reserve a spot as space is limited.
By Sally Hansen
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A Sure Thing (or Three…) - theHumm November 2018
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