The Brooks Theater Gallery offers a unique collaboration of visual art for the playgoer and live theater performance art for the art lover!
October 4 – Oceanside First Friday Art Walk, 5-9 pm
Cheryl Ehlers and members of the Sargent Art Group will be presenting art unique to the Appalachian culture which coincides with the Oceanside Theater Company’s production, Foxfire, set in the mountains of the Appalachians, the production is an anthology of wisdom and simplistic lifestyles. Much of the fascinating Appalachian lore woven into the play is drawn from the famous Foxfire books, the outgrowth of a north Georgia high school project in the ’60s that helped keep Appalachian culture and tradition alive through oral history. There’s bluegrass music with fiddle and banjo and dulcimer, the sweetness of homemade jams and jellies, brilliant quilts and handmade baskets and wooden toys. The old traditions of spinning, blacksmithing, and woodworking are as important as the traditions, folktales, and superstitions of growing up, courting, birthing, and dying. What is the price of Heritage?
Ehlers, paintings Last of the Granny Witches and Blue Mountain Music will be on exhibit at the Oceanside Art Walk and Brooks Theater Gallery from October 4 – 30, 2019. One must be intrigued by the art piece “Last of the Granny Witches”. These are a peculiar breed. Their roots grow deeper than the cedars, and yet they don’t know precisely where or who it is that we grew from. They are a mystery as old as the hills themselves, and it doesn’t take much figuring to know that they are enigmas of intentional design and destiny. These are magic women, healers of wounds, tellers of fortunes and hex casters who never considered themselves anything but noble, proud and God-fearing, The blood in their veins is laced with old magic and the secrets of the noble servants before them. Myself, growing up around many cultures, steeped in numerous folk traditions, I feel somehow connected - linked to them. I learned young, how to connect with one’s emotions, passions, and joys of past and present life’s experiences, and embody them in my art. It has made me what I am today, a survivor, healer and a visionary.
Ehlers is .an accomplished and award winning artist. She participates with many art organizations worldwide that reach out to educate communities on the values of art. In 2009 Ehlers founded The Stardust Arts, a youth art program serving underserved children that obtained recognition from the California State Assembly and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for her contributions to the art community. She uses her talents to make a difference in the lives of those around her. "Doing what I love, and touching lives is magical and very rewarding," expressed Cheryl. www.cherylehlersart.com.
Oceanside Theatre Company presents Foxfire Performance
October 11, 18, 25 and October 12, 19, 26 at 7:30pm
Gallery open 6:30-7:30 pm.
October 13, 20, 27 at 2pm
Gallery open 1:00-2:00 pm
Curator, Carol Naegel, Brooks Theatre Gallery, Oceanside Theatre Company, 760-994-5975, email@example.com