News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 29, 2013

Community School of Arts open house features steel sculpture

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts will host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Turman Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, 649 Chestnut St.

The open house will present an opportunity to meet the teachers, learn more about spring 2014 offerings and register for classes and private music lessons. On display in the Turman Gallery will be artwork created by adult students participating in “Metal Sculpture” and “Digital Photography” classes and children participating in “Saturday Art Day.” There will be a special performance by the “Terre Haute Guitar Club,” and guests can enter a drawing to win a free spring arts class.

The three-dimensional work on display at the Turman is created by participants of the “Metal Sculpture” class. Taught by Mike Egy, the class is for beginning to intermediate level students. No prior sculpture or welding experience is necessary. The emphasis of this class is the exploration of three-dimensional form. Students learn how monumental sculpture is produced through the creation of small-scale models, also called “maquettes.” Students are introduced to the fundamental techniques of welding, cutting, grinding and shaping of steel to produce works of art.

Bruce Fiscus, a participant in the class, had no prior welding experience.

“I wanted to learn how to weld and make metal sculptures. I took away a wealth of knowledge from the class,” he said. “I’ve already started to work on other pieces and plan to retake the class in the spring. It advanced me as an artist, and I feel that Mike (the instructor) opened new venues in my art education.”

The upcoming “Metal Sculpture” class runs on Saturdays from Feb. 1 through April 12, from noon to 3 p.m.

The Community School of the Arts is funded through the Unbounded Possibilities initiative. It provides the communities of the Wabash Valley and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in non-credit classes in music, theater and visual art and private music lessons. Welcoming students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels the CSA enables citizens to experience professional and affordable instruction in the performing and fine arts. The CSA provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children, youth and adults in the Wabash Valley while providing Indiana State students who are majoring in the arts outstanding opportunities for experiential learning through assistant teaching.

For more information about programs offered or to enroll, contact Crystal Myers at 812-237-2528 or Petra Nyendick at 812-237-2575 or visit

School plans end-of-semester events

Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts is presenting several end of the semester recitals, performances and exhibitions. The public is invited to attend these free events:

• Tuesday: FUSION theater performance at 4 p.m., New Theater. Fusion is a free after-school program conducted at Sarah Scott Middle School.

• Dec. 5: Musical recital at 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

• Dec. 6: Open House & Art Exhibition from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Turman Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

• Dec. 6-23: Art exhibition at Community Theatre of Terre Haute. An exhibition of artwork by kids in the “Saturday Art Day for Children” and “Squiggles and Doodles for Pre-Schoolers” classes will be on display in the theater lobby during the production of “Babes in Toyland.”

• Dec. 8: Musical recital from 2:30 p.m., and 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

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