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Clifton Town Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Clifton Town Council is Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton.

Workhouse Artists, Instructor Get Published

The Workhouse Arts Center has announced that two Workhouse Studio artists and one instructor have published books recently. Mary Gallagher-Stout and John Gascot, also known as the Art Monkeys, teamed up to write, USA to Z: Artful ABC’s for Kids of All Ages. Hula instructor, Cherry Nutting conducted extensive research to co-author Halau’s mana’o: 11th Kauai Polynesian Festival—May 24 to 27, 2012, hosted by the Kamanawa Foundation.

This is the first published book for the artist team. John and Mary collaborated on each picture in the book, with the exception of two. The inspiration for this book was an evolution of their works for the 30x30: 30 Works in 30 Days exhibit that is running in the McGuireWoods Gallery at the Workhouse. They combined these works with their ideas for a children’s coloring book. The book is an example of their ongoing outreach to inspire artistic expression in children. At the end of the book there is a blank page where the Art Monkeys ask kids to draw a picture of their city and mail it back to them. They hope to create an online gallery with the responses.

In March the Art Monkeys will be showing larger renditions of the cities in the book. This show will pair with a book signing. The show will be in studio building W-4 of the Workhouse Arts Center. The book is available for sale on their Etsy page; http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtMonkeys.

For more information on the Art Monkeys and their book visit: http://theartmonkeys.com/.

Cherry Nutting is a hula instructor with the Art of Movement program at the Workhouse Arts Center. Her book includes research compiled about the song “Queen’s Jubilee.” In preparation to perform a traditional hula dance, the performer must understand the history and background of the song. The purpose of the book is to aid in the dancer’s understanding of the song and the judge’s ability to score the dance. This narrative expresses the passions and commitment hula dancers have while preparing for a competition. Cherry will be teaching a hula class during the winter quarter of the Workhouse’s education program.