2016-2017 Performance Series

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2016-2017 Performance Series

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Contact: Meggan George, Manager, Fine Arts Center
Phone:  (616) 493‐8965; Email:  mgeorge@fhps.net
Download a PDF of this press release:  FHFAC 2016-17 Performance Series


Masters of Illusion Arrives at the Forest Hills
Fine Arts Center on October 20, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – October 1, 2016

Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, this Fall! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Audience members will marvel at the huge production values and be drawn in by the immediacy of a live performance. It’s the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and beautiful dancers, all rolled up into a live show. And it’s all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics, just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience.

Tickets for this first-ever Grand Rapids appearance go on sale Monday, October 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased the following ways to this show:

• In person only at the FHFAC Box Office (600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546) Monday – Friday / 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• By calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000

• Online at www.ticketmaster.com

Tickets prices, based on seating area are: $38, $40, $44, $56. The FHFAC accepts Visa/MasterCard, checks, and cash.

The following illusionists will be performing on October 20th at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, as part of the Masters of Illusion Show (information is subject to change based on management decision):

Jonathan Pendragon
JonathanPendragon.com | twitter.com/jpendragonmagic facebook.com/JonathanPendragon

Jonathan Pendragon has performed at three Presidential Galas in Washington D.C., for the Queen of England, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family of Monaco. At the turn of the millennium, MAGIC magazine created a list of the 100 most influential people in the history of 20th Century magic. The list included Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone. Jonathan was one of only a handful of current performers named. The World Magic Awards has twice named him “Best Illusionist” and also “Magician of the Year.” Jonathan can be seen on the new episodes of the hit TV series Masters of Illusion airing in 2016 on the CW.

Tom Burgoon
TomBurgoon.com

With an entrepreneurial career that spans over four decades, Tom Burgoon has wowed and impressed audiences coast to coast both on land and sea. Tom has performed on the acclaimed TV series Masters of Illusion in 2009 and 2015 and can be seen again in the new episodes airing in of 2016 on the CW network. From comedy clubs and stage events in Las Vegas, Reno and L.A. to performing for President George W. Bush at the Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C., Tom has branded his unparalleled one-of-a-kind-show across our country and he has become one of the most in-demand performers today.

Greg Gleason
GleasonMagic.com | facebook.com/GleasonMagic

Greg is one of the top performing magicians in the world, doing shows literally all over the world. In Las Vegas, he starred in “The Wizard’s Secrets” at the MGM Hotel and Casino, performing a record-breaking 9,000 shows there. Greg’s thrilling and cutting-edge performances have made him an international sensation. His shows exhibit his impeccable technique and a dedication to his craft that is rarely seen in modern illusion acts today. He was awarded “Magician of the Year” at the World Magic Awards, which is recognized as the International Academy Awards of Magic. It is from the World Magic Awards and the mult-award winning television series Masters of Illusion that the “Masters of Illusion” live tour was born. Greg can be seen in the new episodes of Masters of Illusion on the CW in 2016.

Farrell Dillon
FarrellDillon.com | twitter.com/farrellfarrellx
facebook.com/FarrellDillonComedyMagic | instagram.com/farrellfarrellx

Farrell Dillon is one of America’s top comedy magicians -combining hip, hilarious, stand-up style comedy with mind blowing magic. He has been touring with Masters of Illusion since its premiere in 2011 and has performed on the hit TV series “Masters of Illusion” for three seasons straight, the most current one airing in 2016 on the CW. Farrell is a rare honors graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Farrell has a unique style that creates a perfect blend of magic, comedy, skill and illusion.

Michael Turco
TurcoMagic.com | twitter.com/michaelturco
facebook.com/TurcoMagic | instagram.com/michaelturco

Michael Turco fell in love with the mystery of magic when he was just five years old. Spending his summers just miles from the strip in Atlantic City, Michael saw every magic show in the area and was intent to master each trick and illusion on his own. Michael has had his own show in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood casino and brought a little bit of Jersey to the strip. The press describes Turco as “a natural born talent... a true success story.” Michael has been with the Masters of Illusion tour for three years now and can be seen in his second straight season of the hit TV series “Masters of Illusion” airing in 2016 on the CW.


The Fine Arts Center’s Professional Season is funded through season ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisers.

Masters of Illusion

2016-2017 Performance Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Meggan George, Manager, Fine Arts Center
Phone:  (616) 493‐8965; Email:  mgeorge@fhps.net
Download a PDF of this press release:  FHFAC 2016-17 Performance Series


Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Season Goes On Sale
Monday, September 19th

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 18, 2016

We are excited to be starting our 13th season with the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. The 2016-2017 season will feature “Something For Everyone,” with our professional series, which kicks off on October 20, 2016 and wraps-up on March 22, 2017. With a line-up that includes world-class illusionists, fan-favorite music, internationally renowned singers, and award-winning acrobatics/theatrics, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, September 19th to the four-show season package. You can get season tickets by calling 616-493-8966 or stop in to see us (and pick out your seats) at 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. We are open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Season ticket sales will close on Thursday, October 20th at 5:00 p.m.

Our subscriber benefits include:
• The opportunity to purchase your tickets early
• The same great seats for all four shows
• The ability to purchase up to two additional single tickets per show
• A discount on overnight accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids
• Lost ticket insurance
• The Five Year Club
• And additional giveaways and opportunities in 2016-2017

It’s going to be an incredible season and a wonderful 13th year of operations and we are looking forward to sharing it with you!

2016-2017 Season Information

Subscriber Rates for the Four-Show Package:
Area A:  $158
Area B:  $140
Area C:  $132

Purchasing the Four-Show Package:
FHFAC Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FHFAC Box Office Location: 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Season ticket order form can be found here.

Season Tickets can be purchased by:
• Calling (616) 493-8966 or (616) 493-8965 during office hours (credit card orders only)
• Stopping in person at the FHFAC Box Office
• Fax the order form in to (616) 493-8969 (credit card orders only)
• Mail the order form in to the FHFAC Box Office

2016-2017 Shows

Masters of Illusion
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38, $40, $44, $56
Single tickets on sale Monday, October 3, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, this Fall! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Audience members will marvel at the huge production values and be drawn in by the immediacy of a live performance. It’s the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and beautiful dancers, all rolled up into a live show. And it’s all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics, just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience.


Christopher Cross
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38, $40, $48, $60
Single tickets on sale Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including—for the first time ever—the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single “Sailing”), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for “Sailing”), and Best New Artist. Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, Secret Ladder, that evokes the artistry of such great singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman while addressing contemporary concerns head-on—a combination which is sure to please his loyal fan base. “Of course, I’m still a romantic at heart,” adds Cross, whose classic hits—including “Ride Like the Wind,” and the Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the film starring Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore.


The Five Irish Tenors
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $28, $30, $32, $40
Single tickets on sale Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Following in the footsteps of the great Irish Tenor John McCormack, in a sensational program, “The Five Irish Tenors” fuses Irish wit and boisterous charm, with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style to bring you a unique Irish tenor concert experience. Featuring both famously beloved Irish song and opera arias in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and tutti, this distinctive program includes, among others, W.B Yeats's "Down by the Sally Gardens," Verdi's "O Mio Rimorso" from La Traviata, Cherubini Bixio's "Mamma, The Rose of Tralee," Cesar Frank's "Paris Angelicus," Mozart's "Il Mio Tesoro," "She Moves Through the Fair," "Will You Go Lassie Go," and the glorious "Danny Boy," performed by Ireland’s most legendary tenors. This concert project is the first tour ever in North America of Ireland’s most popular ensemble, and has been specially recreated from the major cities in Ireland for the United States and Canada.


Golden Dragon Acrobats
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $28, $30, $34, $40
Single tickets on sale Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9 a.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience). The troupe returned to the Broadway venue for the holiday 2014 season, making them the ONLY acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue! The troupe’s reputation remains solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form ... award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques ... to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.


The Fine Arts Center’s Professional Season is funded through season ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisers.

Christopher Cross

2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence
and Exhibit Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Meggan George, Fine Arts Center Manager
Phone:  (616) 493‐8965; Email:  mgeorge@fhps.net
Download a PDF of this press release: FHFAC 2015-16 Exhibit Series


Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Announces
2016-2017 Exhibit Schedule

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 19, 2016

Welcome to our 13th season of entertainment and exhibits at the FAC! 2016-17 is the start of another great year in West Michigan and we are looking forward to sharing it with you!

The 2016-2017 Exhibit Season

Jon McDonald
Artist-in-Residence
August 25– September 22, 2016; Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Websites: jonmcdonaldgallery.com

Local favorite, Jon McDonald, is the chair of the illustration department at Kendall, has had major exhibitions of his paintings on slavery, Native Americans, the blues, African-American role models, and permanent display all over West Michigan, including the wall-sized mural of 1890s Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “I consider myself a person who is more in love with the process than the finished product. I love realism as it still presents a challenge. I paint every day. Being an artist beats working.”


Mary Reusch and Margaret Kriegbaum
Artists-in-Residence
September 29 – October 21, 2016; Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mary Reusch has been painting and showing her work at various galleries and exhibitions in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. Mary has placed in juried art competitions and her work is included in private and public collections. Her subject has centered on landscapes, and she has recently initiated a new perspective on how she envisions her world. Mary uses lakes, streams, earth and vegetation as a metaphor to induce viewers to look more closely at nature and it’s connection to our lives.

Margaret Kriegbaum’s paintings represent an exploration into semi-representational and abstract design using both oils and pastels. Her work is the result of years of study with an emphasis on the whole aesthetic more than detail. She enjoys an approach that allows intuition, imagination, spontaneity and interpretation to flow. In the spirit of the gallery as a place to gather, learn and experience art, Margaret hopes her work touches an emotional chord in her viewers through a myriad of color and shapes.


Forest Hills Staff and Community Exhibit
November 29 – December 15, 2016; Reception: Wednesday, December 7, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join staff members from the Forest Hills Public Schools’ staff, as well as community members who are part of the Community Enrichment program through FHPS, as they present a variety of works.


Kelsea Wierenga
Artist-in-Residence
January 6 – 27, 2017; Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Kelsea Wierenga graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2006. After working 6 years for CreateSpace, an Amazon.com publisher, she became a freelance children’s book illustrator and began her partnership with author Carole P. Roman and Red Feather Publishing. If You Were Me and Lived In…Mexico debuted in 2012, and 16 additional books followed portraying countries such as China, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Italy, Greece and many more. While continuing the If You Were Me and Lived In… cultural series, Kelsea has recently been named Creative Director for Carole P. Roman’s new children’s book series depicting life during dynamic eras of history such as Colonial America, Renaissance Italy, and Elizabethan England.


Sandra Hansen
Artist-in-Residence
February 2 – 24, 2017; Reception: Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: sandrahansen.com

Sandra Hansen became an international artist through her love of travel and painting. She began painting landscapes and portraits in her spare time and took up painting in a serious manner after age 47. She has taught art not only in Grand Rapids but also in Varanasi, India; Bangkok and Khon Kaen, Thailand; and Lund, Sweden. Hansen enrolled at Kendall College of Art and Design as an undergraduate where she received the Excellence in Painting Award in 2013. She received her MFA from Kendall in the spring of 2016. Hansen’s innovative Eco art practice includes the use ofrepurposed plastic bags and handmade paper, which she creates in her low waste studio.


Schyler Binkley
Artist-in-Residence
March 3 – 24, 2017; Reception: Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: schylerbinkley.com

Schyler Binkley is a potter based in Manistee, Michigan. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 2011 with a BFA in ceramics, he moved to Manistee to establish his studio. While primarily firing in an electric kiln, he participates in wood-firings whenever possible. His pots are made using a variety of techniques and are meant for everyday use.


Forest Hills Public Schools Student Exhibit
April 14 – May 11, 2017; Reception: Thursday, April 20 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Forest Hills Public Schools’ art instructors select student works to be included in this annual exhibit displaying works from grades K-12.


Valentina Grigorieva
June 1 – 26, 2017; Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Valentina Grigorieva, a Forest Hills artist, paints personal reflections of her broad interests in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and landscapes, to flora and fauna. Though she works with a variety of special techniques and archival quality media, watercolor is her favorite because “it’s free and unpredictable even though it is the most difficult medium to work with.” She loves to paint on location, but when under time pressure she will make a quick sketch for the future painting and take a photo so that the viewers can experience the emotions of the painting’s captured moment through its blend of subject, colors, shapes, and light.


Ralph NUNZI Annunziata
June 30 – July 21, 2017; Reception: Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: studionunzi.net

Painter, wet sketch artist, photographer, Ralph ‘Nunzi’ Annunziatas’ works reflect his transformative spirit and unique ability to capture light, shadows, and contrasts in colorful nuances. He has a passion in art-making for large multi-medium canvases, multi-faceted and engaging acrylic canvases depicting abstracted expressionistic nature and anatomy technique. Nunzi is an honors graduate from Tech Memorial High School in Erie, PA where he studied art every day with Joseph Michael Plavcan, fine art colorist. Nunzi’s artistic journey with scholarship continued at Columbus College of Art & Design (Franklin University), in Columbus, Ohio, and he studied with Plavcan’s colleague/protege, Dean Joseph V. Canzani. After many years traveling and working with some very notable clients as Nike in Portland, Orgeon, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nunzi decided to settle down in 2012 and call West Michigan home.


2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence and Exhibit Series Sponsors

We want to thank the following exhibit series sponsors for their generosity and support. Our exhibit series is made possible through partnerships and relationships with these wonderful companies and we encourage you to let them know how appreciated they are, if you get the chance.

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center’s AIR/Exhibit Program is generously sponsored by Centennial Securities Company.

Additional Support:
• D&W Fresh Market
• Daylily Floral & Gifts
• Schuil Coffee
• AT Media Studio

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits are free to the public.

Jon McDonald

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center celebrated its grand opening in April of 2004 with a debut season that featured singer Kenny Rogers. With a 1,200 seat theater, gallery, lobby, classrooms, and video/audio production facility, over 2,500 people use the Center weekly.

Each performance season, the Fine Arts center offers a diverse assortment of entertainment. Nationally known singers and musicians, comedians, theatrical performances, acrobats, dance troupes and more grace our stage to the delight of enthusiastic audiences.

Owned and operated by Forest Hills Public Schools, this state-of-the-art performance venue also hosts conferences, trade shows, banquets, and touring art exhibits—and is home to a diverse roster of arts enrichment classes and programs, including the 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence series.

For additional information, please call the Fine Arts Center at 616.493.8965.

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Voice: 616.493.8965  Box Office: 616.493.8966  Fax: 616.493.8969
Web: www.fhfineartscenter.com