Michael O.D. Donnell book signing

Michael "O' D" O'Donnell is signing copies of his latest book "O'D II: Life Lessons: You don't need a reason to help someone," in the Slemp Student Center Atrium, today, Thursday, Oct. 2, until 2 p.m.

UVa-Wise hosts Avant-Garde Day

Avant-Garde Day

Students from nine regional high schools participated in Avant-Garde Day at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Avant-Garde Day is an annual event that promotes the arts and their importance in culture.

The 177 students attending chose from hands-on sessions in art, music and theater.

Art workshops focused on printmaking, fabric dying, mixed media collage, computer graphics and photography.

“Students learn to see everyday materials in a different way,” said Chris Mullins, visual arts faculty and mixed media workshop facilitator. “Because they are familiar with the materials, it keeps them in a comfort zone, but allows for experimentation.”

Theater sessions offered participants the experience of working on three page play production that was performed at the end of the day.

“We are taking students from the page to the stage and giving them the knowledge of how a production reaches fruition,” said Ben Mays, instructor and technical director. “They may choose to work with sound, stage, lights, sets, costumes, props, set design or as actors.”

Music sessions focused on voice, band, music theory, technology and education. Participants were treated to various ensemble performances including the Wise Guys and Highland Winds.

“Next spring, we will host another special day, Portfolio Day, for students who are considering attending UVa-Wise as an art major,” said Suzanne Adams-Ramsey, visual and performing arts chair. “This will be an opportunity to have portfolios reviewed by our current UVa-Wise art majors. We have scholarship funds available and this portfolio review will begin the scholarship application process.”

Participating schools included Twin Springs, Honaker, Union, John I. Burton, Haysi, Lebanon, Clintwood, Eastside and Letcher County Central.