When you hear the word “Magician,” you may imagine top hat and tails, with an elegant demeanor and jaw-dropping prestidigitation skills – just like those of Jason Andrews, a magician’s magician based in Las Vegas. He’s just back from a three-month gig on a luxury cruise ship in China, but his resume includes headline appearances in England, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Turkey, as well as four tours of the United States. “America’s Got Talent”? Of course. National Geographic’s “Brain Games”. You betcha. He’s also won 25 variety accolades, including International Champion of Magic (from the International Brotherhood of Magicians) and Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year (Boyd Gaming). Get your tickets now, as his 2012 show in LincolnCitywas a sellout.
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, easy-to-learn movements and sacred songs honoring spiritual traditions from around the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, the Goddess, Celtic and Native American Traditions. These dances are taught globally and serve as a way of promoting tolerance and respect for different religious and spiritual traditions. People attend the dances to learn and grow, for spiritual reasons, to have a relaxing, heart-opening and meditative experience or simply because they enjoy connecting with others thru song and dance.
Ben transforms common functional objects including mugs, pitchers and teapots into metaphors for social interactions. Caroline’s figurative sculptures combine elements of history and nature to create fable-like tableaus. Together, “Outside Looking In” borrows ingredients from domesticity and wildness that explore fundamental emotions, dreams and visions in a Through the Looking Glass style lens.
Ben and Caroline moved to the Oregon coast from New Mexico in 2012. While newer to the area, both had previously spent time in the Northwest. Ben was born in eastern Washington, and Caroline grew up in Ohio and lived in Washington from 1995-2002. They met while studying art at Western Washington University. Caroline went on to earn an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College in New York. Afterwards they spent 8 years in New Mexico during which Ben completed an MFA in ceramics at New Mexico State University. Now on the coast, Caroline continues her work in the non-profit arts field and Ben teaches ceramics and art foundation courses through the Oregon Coast Community College in Lincoln City. They also co-manage The Clay Studio at the Lincoln City Cultural Center and present community ceramics classes and events.
Ben creates both functional and sculptural work in clay. With an interest in science, he enjoys the alchemy of the medium. The endless combinations of clay bodies and glaze ingredients along with firing techniques produce sometimes surprising results. He wheel-throws most of his forms and adds hand-formed elements and alterations. His functional works include nested bowls, service sets, platters and other household wares. His sculpture is drawn from clay’s functional history and the kinesthetic and psychological experience of sharing a meal. The works include altered teapots and service sets that challenge ones expectations through added spouts or handles and merged forms that provide metaphors for people’s interrelationships.
Caroline has a background in sculpture and drawing and began working with clay in 2009. Her work has always incorporated wildlife and elements from nature as a symbolic and playful tool to explore human traits. Her recent figurative work expands on her earlier ideas and is also inspired by her Austrian heritage with the inclusion of historical and fable-like motifs.
Check out more of Ben and Caroline’s work at www.brookspottery.com.
The Lincoln Pops Orchestra, also known as the Lincoln Pops Big Band, has evolved into one of the finest big bands in Oregon, playing both concert performances and dances. A non-profit organization, the Lincoln Pops are dedicated to preserving and passing along the heritage of the big band era, and plays concert performances as well as dances.
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The Modern Mandolin Quartet is a chamber group using the instruments of the mandolin family (two mandolins, mandola and a mando-cello) to perform classical and contemporary compositions from around the world. The MMQ was founded in the mid-1980s by Dana Rath and Mike Marshall, who in a moment of insanity decided to bring back the mandolin ensemble tradition of the early 1900s. Originally created for the performer’s personal enjoyment, the group has achieved success with four albums on Windham Hill Records and concert tours throughout the U.S.and Europe(plus two additional albums on independent labels). They’re touring the country this fall in support of their latest album, “Americana.”