Committee members, from the left, seated: Maria DeCastro, Phyllis Michael, Heidi Vititoe; standing: Megan McKee, Paul Brown, Jill Smalley, and David Furbee are busy working out details for this year’s gala fundraiser. Unavailable for the photo were Brenda Weber and Josh Willett.

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We’re traveling to Italy for this year’s Evening with the Arts. Please join us for Art Under the Tuscan Sky on Saturday, March 14 commencing at 7 p.m. We are returning to Wagon Wheelers Hall in Jackson and valet parking will be available. Tickets are $30 per person if you order in advance or $35 at the door.

You may order by calling Southern Hills Arts Council at 740-286-6355 or dropping your check in the mail to the Council, Box 149, Jackson, OH 45640 or by contacting us at

Co-Chairing this year’s party are Phyllis Michael and Heidi Vititoe. Past Chairwoman Maxine Plummer has passed the gavel after many years of devoted service.

Phyllis and Heidi are carrying on in Maxine’s tradition. They promise outstanding live music and intriguing finger foods.

Folks can play the Match Pack Raffle or join in Split-the-Pot. Everyone will want to buy a key to the Jewelry Treasure Chest. Each year Alan and Jeanine Terry, of A. L. Terry Jewelers, dazzle us with several pieces of outstanding jewelry including the hottest fashions. If your key fits, you wear a brand new piece of jewelry home that very night.

Brian and Lori Lintala have selected a backdrop reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside. They will take your picture and have a copy ready to go by evening’s end. You make a donation and every cent goes right to the Markay!!!

A Silent Auction will feature a specially selected group of items. There will be a minimum bid on each piece. You write down your bid, then you must check back before the evening’s deadline to see if your bid is still on top. We never know just what treasures will be offered for your delight! Stop by the table as you enter the hall and see for yourselves.

Genial Mark Anderson, our Volunteer of the Year winner in 2014, will host the event. Seth Michael will repeat as Auctioneer. He will assist you in purchasing one or more of the 20 pieces of fine art that will be auctioned toward the end of the evening.

Yes, this is a fundraiser and now that we’re drawing so close to opening the theatre for Live Performances in Music, Theatre, and Dance, the need for these dollars is critical. However, it is also a grand time to break out of winter’s funk, put on your party clothes and kick up your heels. Come enjoy Art Under the Tuscan Sky.

University of Rio Grande Student Show

Each year it is our distinct pleasure to welcome art work created by students at the University of Rio Grande. We call the exhibit New Dimensions in Art as we never can guess what these young artists will bring to our doors but we always know it will be fresh and innovative.

You are cordially invited to join us Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. as we welcome the students with a Reception in their honor. You can ask them questions about their work or just offer your congratulations. There is no admission charge. The Gallery is accessible to all. Light refreshments will be served.

New Dimensions in Art will be in the Gallery, 269 East Main Street, Jackson, through March 15. Regular Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from Noon to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. Of course, we are always pleased to make arrangements outside these hours for groups of any size. Simply call Southern Hills Arts Council at 740-286-6355 to make arrangements.


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There are still many things to be done before we are ready to open the Markay’s Theatre for live performances. If all goes well, we’re aiming for a Grand Opening in 2015. A Programming Committee is hard at work investigating performance companies to bring into our midst. Those folks are eager to hear from you. What do you want to see at the Markay? How often will you come? What can you afford to pay for a live performance? There are lots of questions we want your answers. Please take this survey and let your voice be heard.



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