TNCC’s Observes Women’s History Month Beginning March 10


Published: March 8, 2010

Throughout March, TNCC will participate in a statewide celebration called, “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts” in observance of Women’s History Month. The first celebration of its kind in Virginia, “Minds Wide Open” will focus on the artistic and cultural contributions of women. Thousands of performances and displays are expected statewide during the celebration, according to the website http://vamindswideopen.org/.

At TNCC, the Cultural Affairs Committee will sponsor a series of performances and lectures scheduled as follows:

“China Patterns”
performed by Dance China NY
Wednesday, March 10
12:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Templin Hall, Hampton campus

TNCC’s Student Activities and Cultural Affairs bring this vivid cultural dance program to the College performed by Dance China NY. The performance introduces students to Chinese culture through language lessons, historical background, on-stage demonstrations, and audience interaction. The dancers perform in full traditional Chinese costumes. Through dance and narration, Dance China NY brings traits, customs, and patterns of Chinese life. Students learn to interpret the dance movements as artistic expressions of what people do, see and feel.

“People, Places & Things,”
an exhibit opening

Monday, March 15
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Library Gallery
Wythe Hall, Hampton campus

An exhibit featuring the creative works of TNCC faculty members opens and will be shown through Thursday, April 15. Photography Department Head Shar Wolff showcases a range of her masterfully done photographs, and paintings by Painting/Drawing Instructor Jackie Merritt will capture the imagination. Art Instructor Margaret Bowen adds another dimension to the exhibit with her exquisitely tailored quilts.

Singer/songwriter Ruth Wyand performs
Wednesday, March 24
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Templin Hall, Hampton campus
Free and open to the public

The first thing that strikes audiences when they hear Ruth Wyand is her powerful guitar playing, but within minutes she also captivates people with her voice, her songs and her stories. A Ruth Wyand concert is a journey through American music. Growing up in Atlantic City, New Jersey she was influenced by the likes of music legends Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and Billie Holliday, and since age 15 she toured as an acoustic soloist in the United States, England and New Zealand. Please visit http://www.ruthwyand.com to learn more about the artist.

AnnMarie Tornabene, New York photographer
Wednesday, March 31
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Templin Hall, Hampton campus

AnnMarie Tornabene, like many artists, uses her camera as a tool for self-exploration. For years she photographed men and women with idealized bodies and in doing so discovered that beauty didn’t protect her models from feelings of insecurity and low self-worth. As an overweight woman, she knew those feelings herself. In the quest to find out if she too was beautiful, she turned the camera on herself. Her work reveals her nude body posed as classic Greek sculptures, heroines, victims, and in stereotypical sexy ways. They are the poses we are familiar with looking at, but never really seeing. We don’t normally associate large people with vulnerability, yet Tornabene shows just how wrong people’s assumptions are. Due to the content, this lecture is more suitable for audiences 18 and older unless accompanied by a parent. Through these works, she dispels some long-held assumptions. Please visit http://www.annmarietornabene.net to learn more about the photographer.

For more information about these events, please contact Wolff at 825-2775.

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