Festival of the Arts Kicks Off Jan. 29

logoBIG RAPIDS – This Thursday, Jan. 29, the opening reception for the Festival of the Arts will take place starting at 6 p.m. at the Rankin Center Gallery. This is the second year for this revitalized tradition, and there is a large and diverse slate of activities taking place from the opening through March 1.

In the first week alone there will be concerts by the eclectic singer Claudia Schmidt, country musician Billy Craig, as well as the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra; Ferris Theatre’s production of the play “Months on End;” a presentation on guitar construction by master instrument maker Bryan Galloup of Galloup Guitars; and a digital photography workshop by Ferris photographer Bill Bitzinger and Ferris graduate Matt Yeoman.

“We have tried to once again pull together many different forms of the arts for you to enjoy,” said Bruce Dilg, festival chairperson and professor of Architectural Technology at Ferris. “We have numerous people and organizations to thank for contributing the money, especially in this economy, that will allow virtually all of these events to be enjoyed by everyone free of charge. We sincerely hope you are one of them.”

A complete list of events is available at www.ferris.edu/festival.

Many people deserve recognition for their hard work in making the Festival of the Arts a reality, including Dilg; Scott Cohen, director of Instrumental Ensembles at Ferris; William Donahue, professor emeritus; Mark Gifford, director of Neighborhood Services for Big Rapids; and Dr. Ed Mallett of Tuba Bach.

27 January, 2009