Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Arts in Pottstown Really Takes the Cake

Photo by Evan Brandt

Julie Tonnessen admires the cake, made by The Milkman Lunch Co for ArtFusion19464's 10th anniversary, even as she cuts it into tiny little pieces.

So Friday night was "Arts Night" in Pottstown, for me at least. 

For those of you who didn't go, ArtFusion19464 held its holiday party Friday night and it was a special one, because the non-profit school and artists' gallery is celebrating 10 years in Pottstown. 

The center takes students from 6 to 60 and educates them in everything from painting, to ceramics, to paper arts. 

Making the moment special, and the night's example of the culinary arts, was an artistic devotion, with edible examples of Van Gogh, Freida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.

Here is part of the thanks ArtFusion's founder and director, Erika Hornburg-Cooper, gave to the many who showed up to celebrate.

While walking in, I saw families parking on the Charlotte Street lot and walking over to The Steel River Playhouse for the well-received production of "The Sound of Music," a performance so popular they have added on a Saturday matinee.

(Here's Mercury Arts Editor Cheryl Thornburg's review.)

After a pleasant while sipping a glass of wine and looking over the wares of local artists, I jetted over to The Hill School Center for the Arts and caught the second half of the school's Winter Music Festival.

I mostly caught the Jazz Ensemble performance, and have some videos here to share, but also caught the tail end of the vocal performance by The Hilltones and The Hilltrebles and have some video of that as well for you.

You can see video of three complete jazz ensemble pieces by looking through the Tweets below.

And if you have time Sunday, starting at 4:30 p.m. with an organ prelude, the public is also invited to the candlelight service, choir and lessons in The Hill School's alumni chapel.

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