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After 20 years of service, Dr. Russell Nichols - Hanover College

After 20 years of service, Dr. Russell Nichols - Hanover College

Painting on the

Painting on the curveRivers Institute hosts workshop to paint The PointThere are few people, if having seen it,who would disagree that The Point isone of the most attractive sites on campus.As the only place along the OhioRiver where you can see an s-curve, thePoint has attracted many artists overthe years trying to capture its beauty.In September, the Rivers Institute atHanover College will host the “2006Paint The Point Art Workshops,” featuringinstructors Rick Bennett and BillBorden. Held Thursday and Friday,September 28 and 29,“Paint The Point” willprecede Hanover’sHomecoming weekend.Homecoming is theperfect time to returnto campus to enjoy thespirited festivities,reunite with oldfriends, and enjoy thefall season. The campusoffers an endless streamof subjects to bepainted en plein air –The Point, our magnificentview of the OhioRiver, creeks andstreams, fields andmeadows, and beautifullylandscaped grounds.Bill BordenPaint The Point is open to artists atany skill level in either watercolor oracrylic. These art workshops willinclude sessions on plein air paintingand individualized (one-on-one) sessionswith workshop instructors in thefield. These art workshops will emphasizetechnical processes of plein airpainting, composition concepts, how to“build” a painting and achieve clean,glowing colors, and much more.Bill Borden, a native ofIndianapolis, is a graduateof the Cleveland Institute ofArt where he earned a Bachelorof Fine Arts degree in industrialdesign. For thirty years, Borden wasa designer with the Ford MotorCompany Design Center in Dearborn,Michigan and the Ford ResearchCentre in Melbourne, Australia. Heretired in 1997 and is now a full timewatercolor painter living in Hanover.Borden has instructed numerous watercolorpainting workshops in Michigan,Indiana, and Kentucky. A signaturemember of American WatercolorSociety and other affiliations, he hasentered numerous juried competitionsfor his work, receiving the Kitty LoganAward from the American WatercolorSociety and the American Academy ofArt Award from the MidwestWatercolor Society.Rick BennettBorden was one of ten Indianaartists chosen to contributepaintings for the book TheChanging Face of Agriculture,to be published by IndianaUniversity Press in October, 2006.Rick Bennett holds a Master of FineArts degree from Indiana Universityand currently teaches studio art andhumanities at Hanover College. Bestknown nationally for his paintings ofregional landscapes, rich color andmasterful brushwork are hallmarks ofBennett’s paintings. His work combinestraditional skill with contemporaryexperimentation. Recent worksinclude familiar depictions of creeksand fields with new motifs—gardens, still life subjects,and figures.Rick’s depictions of Kentuckyand Southern Indiana areincluded in collections as farwest as Los Angeles and as fareast as New York City. His oilpaintings have received numerousnational and regionalawards and prizes including theNorman Kolhepp Award andthe Wiesberg Award for realistpainting.The fee for participating in aworkshop is $150, whichincludes meals and an eveningwine tasting event, but does notinclude supplies. You can find additionalinformation or register online atthe Rivers Institute website atwww.riversinstitute.org/events/paintthepoint06. Space islimited in each workshop, so pleaseregister today! All registrations must bereceived by September 18, 2006. Ifyou have any questions, please contactMolly Dodge, Director of ExternalRelations by phone, (812) 866-6846or by e-mail, rivers@hanover.edu.14July/August 2006Art Workshops September 28–29, 2006

anover has alwayshad an acclaimedHtheatre department.Its reputation continuesto be burnished withglad tidings of the latestgoings-on.Theatre Chair Jim Stark ’86has brought distinction tohimself and the departmentby his recent appearanceopposite Pat Haskell in “Auntie andMe” at the South Carolina Repertoryon South Carolina’s Hilton HeadIsland. Stark received “glowing reviews”for the sold-out, standing-room-onlyperformances, according to BarbaraFarrar-Evans ’69, who directed the production.“They were so generous inaccommodating my teaching schedule,”said Stark. “We crammed 15 performancesinto two weeks there.”Stark apprenticed at the Actors Theatrein Louisville and attended graduateschool at University of Illinois atChampaign-Urbana. He’s now servinghis second term as department chair inan unusual “rotating chairmanship”arrangement that allows him to straddlethe worlds of both acting and academia.When asked what makesHanover’s theatre department soesteemed, Stark said, “It’s driven by anhonest devotion to the power of theatreand the truth that faculty and studentspursue in the theatre.”One such student was actor WoodyHarrelson ’83, who’s known fortuneand fame from TV’s classic comedy“Cheers” as well as numerousHollywood movies, including the current“A Prairie Home Companion anda “Scanner Darkly.” Stark knewHarrelson slightly, and recalled that theactor “gave a great deal of energy to thethings he was genuinely interested in.He majored in both english and theatre,and of course, he worked hard inthe theatre. He was also known forbeing lighthearted.”Theatredepartmentbusy ‘gettingat truth’“We’ve had studentsgo on tostudy in prestigiousgrad programs,”Starksaid. He alsomentioned JimLeonard ’78, aveteran writerwhose latest TVshow, “Close toHome,” runscurrently on network TV (Friday nightsat 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS). “Jim’s donesix or seven shows for the networks andcontinues to write plays as well. He wasan english major, though, not theatre,and he had success as a student. He wonthe student playwriting prize in ’79 for“The Diviners,” a play that’s been producedall over the country.”Stark generously credits the “cuttingedge work” of Tom Evans, a former headof Hanover’s theatre department, as thebasis for his shop’s current success. “Thesort of thing Tom taught here years agois now considered state of the art insome lofty dramatic schools. Tom wasdefinitely ahead of his time as a teacherof acting. He wants actors to keep thingssimple and practical.”Stark works with studentson their technique.Evans, now 74, is clearly Stark’s mentor.Although retired from teaching,Evans keeps busy directing and writingplays. “I worked with him for two yearsbefore he retired and we got to knoweach other as colleagues, which nicelyfollowed up on our student/teacherrelationship,” said Stark, “but it stillfelt like walking in big footsteps. Tomforms strong bonds with his students.”That bond extends to the largerHanover family. Farrar-Evans, Stark’sdirector in his most recent play happensto be married to his formerteacher. She recently brought word ofother newsworthy events connected tothe Hanover theatre world:— “Yellow Dog Crossing,” which TomEvans wrote in 1986 with a LillyFaculty Endowment Grant, openedrecently for its 13th production,directed for the fourth time by ChipEgan ’73. It’s running at the SouthCarolina Repertory Theatre. Evansappears in the role her husband created.Pamela Decker ’02, makes herfirst professional debut, with DianeEgan ’72, serving as stage manager.Continued on page 18The Hanoverian15

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