You’re invited to arts and music events at PC

Abstract Art Exhibit at PC Showcases Everyday Life A reception for "The Many Faces of Abstract," a solo show featuring South Carolina contemporary artist Debbie Bzdyl, will take place on Monday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Bailey Art Gallery Exhibition and Reception event will be held in the Mary Bailey Vance Suitt Rotunda in Neville Hall. The reception and the exhibit from Aug. 26 to Nov. 21 are both open to the public. “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember,” Bzdyl (pronounced “BIZ-dul”) said. “Mom once laughed and said, ‘Debbie was born with a box of crayons in her hand.’” Bzdyl studied graphic design in college and enjoyed a 30-year career in the field. From 1983 until 1991, she worked as a graphic designer for several different organizations. She began her own business in 1992, one that continued until she retired in 2013. Since her return to fine art, Bydyl has been accepted into many juried shows, has won several awards and has had paintings in several public and private collections throughout the country. “When I started painting again, I went back to what I knew: painting in a realistic style,” Bzdyl said. Bzdyl started moving more toward impressionism and abstract art nearly a year later. “I especially enjoy abstract because it allows me to give form to the intangible and to express realities beyond what we can observe in everyday life,” she said. “The beauty of our magnificent and mysterious universe is especially appealing to me - its morphing, evolving, ever-changing dance of becoming.” This approach led Bzdyl to create her “Cosmic Dance” series. Her latest series, “Early Earth,” pays homage to the wonder and power of how our earth came to be, according to Bzdyl. “Whether it’s the mystery of the cosmos or our own private journey through life as we grow, change, and redefine ourselves – that is what touches my soul and keeps me coming back to the canvas,” she said. “Robert Henri, an American painter and teacher in the early 1900s, said we all have a song inside us, and it is the responsibility of artists to be true to ourselves and sing with all our hearts. “It is my hope that the song I sing through my art inspires those who see it and allows them to experience the world in new and beautiful ways.” "The Many Faces of Abstract" is one of many events taking place on campus this semester. Please see Events on the PC website for a list of films, musical performances and other fun things to see and do at Presbyterian College.

One of the best parts about having a college in your backyard is being able to attend arts and music events throughout the year -- often for free. 

The school year is about to start back up at PC, and there are plenty of events for you to see. From August to December, you can take in concerts, look at artwork, and watch independent films on the PC campus. 

 

Take in Concerts

Christmas at PC has been as much a part of Clinton over the past 20 years as the Christmas tree that goes up downtown and the decorations on the light poles. The tradition continues this year. Mark your calendars for December 7 and 8 for this year’s performance. 

But you don’t have to wait until Christmas is in the air to hear great performances. Belk Auditorium (BA) and Edmunds Hall (EH) on the PC campus are the places to be for concerts and recitals beginning in September. The PC Choir and other ensembles perform throughout the year. And professors and students sing and play instruments ranging from the piano to the cello on most Fridays at 1:30 and other specified times:

 

September

13 MHP faculty performances 1:30pm EH

24 Dr. Richard Thomas faculty cello recital 7:30pm EH

26 Dr. Tish Oney & Quartet 7:30pm EH

 

October

8 Dr. Ron Davis faculty organ recital 7:30pm BA

22 Performance Series: The Ethel Quartet 7:30pm EH

31 Hallowinds Concert, The PC Wind Ensemble’s annual event 6:00pm BA

 

November

4 Dr. James Buckland faculty guitar recital 7:30pm EH

7 Dr. Karen Buckland faculty piano recital 7:30pm EH

12 PC Orchestra fall concert 7:30pm EH

14 Hugo Vera, voice 7:30pm EH

19 Chamber Ensemble recital 7:30pm EH

22 Rebekah Martin & Katelyn Shiley, senior voice recital 7:30pm EH

 

December

7 Christmas at PC 7:00pm BA

8 Christmas at PC 3:00pm BA

13 Laurens County Academy of Music recital 6:00pm EH

14     Laurens County Academy of Music recital       3:00pm  EH

 

Check out Artwork

If you think that looking at artwork is boring, think again. From September 5 to November 23, you’re invited to the Harper Center Gallery for the Arts on the PC campus for an exhibit called “Zinesters.”

“Zines” are independent comic books, photography booklets, pamphlets, stickers, and other publications that use cartoon drawings. During the exhibit, you can see artwork from eleven different “Zinesters,” ’zine enthusiasts who are bringing back the comic book artform.

The Harper Center Gallery for the Arts is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 5, except on the holidays. You can meet the artists themselves at a reception that opens the exhibit on September 5 from 5 to 7. There is also a workshop on Thursday, September 26 from 12 to 5. 

 

Watch Independent Films 

Speaking of indie artwork, PC is hosting six independent films over the course of the year. The first will be shown in September, and the last will be shown in April. 

“This season’s films and filmmakers represent the voices and conversations occurring throughout our region and nation,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, the program’s director. “They resonate with audiences and lead to impactful, sometimes challenging discussions of topics relevant to their communities.” 

The films are part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. 

And you can do more than watch these films: You can discuss them with the filmmakers who will also be on the PC campus. Check out presby.edu/events for the films that will be shown this year as well as the other arts and music events available to you this coming year. 

 

 

About PC: Presbyterian College is between Columbia and Greenville, in the college town of Clinton, S.C. At PC, we’re noted as much for our challenging academics as we are for our one-of-a-kind mascot: the Blue Hose. Our students are one-of-a-kind too: They bring their own interests and abilities to campus and pursue them with gusto. Students customize their education by choosing from 50-plus majors and pre-professional programs. They’re taught and mentored by a faculty whose #1 priority is their students’ success. Students research, intern, and study abroad. And they get involved on campus, a place defined by honor and ethics. PC prepares students to be fulfilled personally and professionally so they can contribute to today’s global society. 

 

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