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Plan to see this fall's Faculty Art Show
Creative minds can be the best teachers. At Seattle Pacific University each fall, the Art Department holds an exhibition of work by its own faculty members, including painters Michael Caldwell and Laura Lasworth and sculptor Roger Feldman, as well as many adjunct-faculty artists. Anyone who sees the breadth of work at the annual show can see how SPU art students come up with their own works of imagination and excellence. The show starts October 25 and will continue through the end of the quarter. On October 28, come to the Art Center Gallery, at the corner of West Nickerson and West Cremona, to attend this year's opening reception. (See calendar.)

 

Writer's haven moves to Seattle Pacific campus
The Milton Center, a writers' haven originally based at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, has relocated and is being integrated into the Image program at Seattle Pacific University. Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, has been part of SPU since 1999. The two central Milton Center programs are a weekly writers' workshop and an annual postgraduate fellowship. Each postgraduate fellow spends an academic year completing a book-length creative writing project and teaches as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Seattle Pacific.

The first postgraduate fellowship to be awarded by The Milton Center at Image goes to Linda Wendling, a fiction writer who, according to Image Editor Greg Wolfe, “focuses on both the quirky and profound dimensions of human nature — more often than not, by discovering the profound within the quirky." Wendling will give The Milton Center Inaugural Reading on campus on November 10. (See calendar.)

 

Launching soon: MFA in creative writing
In August 2005, a new graduate degree program will be launched at Seattle Pacific University: the master of fine arts in creative writing. The mission of the program, according to the MFA brochure, is “to extend the tradition of Christian writing in which the highest standards of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery come together."

Most of a graduate student's work will be done through online correspondence. The fact that most of the work can be accomplished in cyberspace makes this a low-residency program, found to be a successful MFA model throughout the country. The rest of a student's work will be done during two annual residencies. One residency will be based at SPU's Camp Casey on Whidbey Island in Washington, while the other will be at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leading Christian authors of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry will be part of the program's faculty during both the residencies and the correspondence quarters. [link]

 

A director of many choirs
Terrie Ashbaugh ‘78, who graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in piano performance, now lives in Tucson, Arizona, and directs more choirs than you can shake a baton at. She directs, accompanies and arranges for the University of Arizona Faculty/Staff Choir, Tucson Boys' Choir, Tucson Girls' Choir, a number of church vocal and bell choirs, and the Foothills Women's Chorus.

Ashbaugh taught herself to play the organ at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. At age 13, she became the church organist. Later, she worked as assistant director of both the Columbia Boys' and Columbia Girls' Choirs, also directing the Kirkland Choral Society. She traveled abroad as an invited guest with the Columbia Boys' Choir for their participation in the Tchaikovsky Music Festival in what was then the Soviet Union, with more performances in the Czech Republic and Canada.

 


ARTSGUIDE CALENDAR

 

Art
October 28
Faculty Art Show Reception. Art Center Gallery. 6:00-8:00 p.m. 206/281-2079.

 

Readings
Nov 10
Reading. The Milton Center Inaugural Reading. Presented by Linda Wendling, fiction writer. Library Seminar Room. 7:30 p.m. 206/281-2988. (See story.)

 

Music
Oct 15
Faculty Recital. Featuring Brian Chin, SPU trumpet instructor. E.E. Bach Theatre. No admission charge. 7:30 p.m. 206/281-2205.

Oct 29
Concert: Thalia Symphony. Featuring works by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens and Mendelssohn. With SPU's orchestra-in-residence. First Free Methodist Church (adjacent to campus). Tickets: Adults $12; students and seniors $8. 7:30 p.m. 206/281-2048.

Concert: Robert Deeble. With singer/songwriter Robert Deeble, who will perform from his new folk-rock release, “13 stories." Sponsored by Image journal. Art Center Gallery. No admission charge. 7:30 p.m. 206/281-2988.

Nov 28
Benaroya Advent Concert: The Sacred Sounds of Christmas. Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Cal 206/292-ARTS after October 1 for concert information.

 

Theatre
Nov 11-13, 18-20
Theatre Production. “The Glass Menagerie," by Tennessee Williams. E.E. Bach Theatre. 7:30 p.m. (2:00 p.m. matinee on November 20.) Tickets: 206/281-2959.

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