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Modernist jeweler to feature colorful work at Art on the Mall

As Jane Lamanna settled into her chair, she adjusted her ivory crescent necklace, just one of many pieces she’s fashioned throughout her career.



The jeweler constructs a variety of colorful pieces, but her favorite ones to create are earrings.

“I do make a lot of earrings; I like to wear them,” she said, gesturing to a dangly pair on her own ears. “For me, it’s fun to make two of the same — pairs are always fun to make.

“I don’t make tons of bracelets probably because I don’t like to wear them,” she added with a laugh.

Inspired by midcentury modernist jewelers, much of Lamanna’s work features clean lines and shapes that relate well to the body.

“When I’m thinking of how to make my jewelry, I like it to be clean and comfortable to wear and colorful — that’s the other thing that really inspires me,” she said. “Some of my newer pieces that feature color resin are more fun for me because I’m mixing the color myself to get just the right one.”

But long before color mixing, Lamanna starts with a sketch where she formulates her idea and scales it to a size that she would want to wear. From there, she cuts sheet metal with a tiny saw blade and forms it to create the style she wants.

“There’s soldering, sawing, filing, sanding; lots and lots of cleanup so it looks snappy,” she said.

Lamanna blue earringsWorking with the metal is her favorite part of jewelry making, but mixing the colors to create resin is a close second. It takes her two days to tinker with the colors — blending and mixing the different hues to get just the right shade.

Sometimes while mixing, Lamanna creates a color she never intended to that works for the piece: “It’s a great surprise when that happens.”

She sells her jewelry at many art fairs and venues, including Art on the Mall, where she will be one of more than 100 exhibitors Sunday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on UT’s Centennial Mall. Her work also is featured at the Toledo Museum of Art’s gift shop.

A number of her wearable works will be featured at the free, juried event.

Lamanna necklace“I’m still in the process of creating pieces for [Art on the Mall],” she said. “There’s going to be tons of earrings and some new styles of necklaces and everything. There should be new colors and styles of resin. All sorts of new things — clean and colorful.”

For Lamanna, jewelry making is a family affair that started with her grandfather in the 1940s and 1950s. He owned a jewelry shop in Manhattan, where Lamanna’s grandmother and aunts helped string pearls, she recalled. Since then, there have been many family members who owned shops or created their own pieces.

While Lamanna never got the chance to work with her grandfather because he passed away while she was very young, she feels he lives through her today. Many of his tools were passed down to her, and she uses them for her own work.

“It’s funny, I have an old design book — kind of like a reference book — of his. A couple years ago I was flipping through that and found that he had made little sketches and notes. I felt like he was talking to me through that,” she said.

When she’s not creating or selling pieces of jewelry, Lamanna can be found teaching others how to make it at the Toledo Museum of Art. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced fabrication classes, which guides students through the process of cutting sheet metal and wire to building something — a job she finds highly rewarding.

“I just really, really love teaching.”

Ever since taking classes in college, Lamanna said she has known jewelry making is where she belongs.

Department of Music to present summer workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Music is offering four music workshops in June and July.

The workshops that will be offered are:

• Janus Vocal Arts Festival — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14

music campFaculty: Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini
Ages: 12 and older
Adult track — Thursday through Sunday, June 4-14
Study and performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Performance dates: Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, at 7:30 p.m.
Participant fee: $550

High school track — Monday through Sunday, June 8-14
Voice training, personal coaching, concert preparation
Concert date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $200

Youth track — Wednesday through Sunday, June 10-14
Acting classes, voice lessons, music theater
Performance date: Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
Participant fee: $160

Register by Friday, May 29; payment is due first day of track.

To register and learn more, click here.

• Flute Camp — Monday through Friday, June 8-12

Tse watches flute playersFaculty: Joel Tse, principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and UT flute instructor, and Amy Heritage, flutist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki flute instructor
Ages: Elementary school through adult
Track 1 — Suzuki book 1 and 2 and beginning band (Heritage) — $150/week (mornings-only workshop)
Track 2 — Intermediate and advanced (Tse)
— $300/week (full day) or $65 per day if attending less than five days

Special guest Robert Johnson of Flute Specialists will present a flute repair and care workshop.

Additional workshops for all participants will be offered in yoga and breathing, and music and movement, and for younger students, flute crafts and stories.

A concert performed by all students will conclude the workshop Friday, June 12.

Register by Friday, June 5; payment due Monday, June 8.

To register and learn more, click here.

• 2015 UT Summer Jazz Institute — Sunday through Wednesday, June 14-20

SJIcomboFaculty: Jay Rinsen Weik, guitar; Norm Damschroder, assistant director, bass; Gunnar Mossblad, director, saxophone; Tad Weed, piano; Dr. Olman Piedra, percussion
Ages: 12 and older
Tracks: Vocal, instrumental, teacher-training, jazz appreciation

The UT Summer Jazz Institute is the place where all levels of jazz students can discover and achieve their jazz potential through the study of jazz in one of four exceptional programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training and jazz appreciation. The teacher-training track is flexible to fit the participant’s time and needs. It provides enough contact hours for one to three hours of continuing education. Check with the school district for its continuing education policies and forms.

Register by Monday, June 1, or a $25 late fee will apply; payment due Friday, June 12.

To register and learn more, click here.

Summer Strings — July 14, 16, 21, 23, 26

Faculty: Cecilia Johnson, director
Ages: 18 and older
Track: Adult amateur musician

Summer Strings will meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. This strings workshop (violin, viola, cello and bass) is for the adult amateur musician who is looking for a fun music experience that will keep playing skills sharp over the summer plus provide an opportunity for concert performance. Participants are asked to attend at least two of the rehearsals and the final session Sunday, July 26, which will be the concert performance at 3 p.m.

Fees: $90 (all five sessions) or $25 per session for those who cannot attend all rehearsals

Register by Friday, July 10; payment due Friday, July 10.

To register or for more information, call the Music Department at 419.530.2448 or provide contact information — phone and/or email — and indicate instrument when mailing in payment.

Please note: Participants younger than 18 must complete and have a parent or guardian sign the permission/medical consent form.

For more information, go to the UT Department of Music Summer Workshops website here.

UT Opera Ensemble to give Cabaret Concert

The University of Toledo Department of Music and the UT Opera Ensemble will present a Cabaret Concert to close out the season Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

The concert will feature a variety of bawdy and rollicking show tunes, as well as a few opera favorites, according to Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and director of the UT Opera Ensemble.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at utoledo.tix.com.

Two members of the UT Opera Ensemble recently were recognized for their talents.

Devon Desmond (baritone) was recently awarded the top prize in the Barbara Rondelli Perry Scholarship Competition for superior achievement in vocal performance.

Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) was the first-place winner of the local 2015 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists and will represent the area in the regional finals in Detroit in the summer. Contestants had to perform an opera aria, foreign-language art song, an art song in English, a selection from oratorio, and a spiritual or piece by an African-American composer.

UT music graduates to share talents in ‘Alumni Sing for Alma Mater’

The University of Toledo Alumni Association and the Richard R. and Barbara R. Perry Program Excellence Fund are co-sponsoring “Alumni Sing for Alma Mater” Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

Alumni Sing_Poster FinalThe free afternoon music performance will be followed by a reception in the lobby outside the theater.

“Alumni Sing for Alma Mater” will feature singers who are graduates of the University and have achieved success in opera, stage performance and through the teaching of classical, Broadway and jazz.

Michele Fredericks, Jo-Anne Chrysochoos, Jodi Jobuck, Joyce Rush, Kim Buehler, Sam Mason, Kevin Foos, Chris Jakutowicz, Janet Ziegler and Emily Holsclaw will entertain and educate with their vocal repertoire.

Robert Ballinger, UT associate lecturer in the Department of Music, will serve as accompanist.

Parking is free in the lots nearest University Hall: areas 2, 13, 1N and 1S. A shuttle bus will transport guests from area 17 outside the Driscoll Alumni Center to Doermann Theater.

While the event is free, reservations are encouraged online at toledoalumni.org or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2586 or 800.235.6766.

Artwork on exhibit at UT thanks to Michigan entrepreneur; RSVP for April 28 reception

The fifth floor of Mulford Library at The University of Toledo is a bit brighter these days.

This work by Paul Collins is part of the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This work by Paul Collins is part of the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

That’s because nearly every wall is covered with the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit, featuring artwork by Paul Collins. Pieces inspired by people from all over the world give a glimpse into the different cultures reflected in the University’s community.

“We embrace diversity here at UT, and this exhibit complements that philosophy,” said Marcie Ferguson, director of corporate relations, operations and initiatives, who organized the installation efforts for the collection.

To understand the exhibit, you first have to understand John Barfield and Paul Collins.

Barfield, the son of two field hands, was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before moving to Washington, Pa., and later Ypsilanti, Mich. In 1947, he began working as a custodian for the University of Michigan, later cleaning newly constructed houses on the side for additional income.

After his side job became more lucrative than his full-time job, he quit his UM job and began the Barfield Cleaning Co. After several acquisitions and transitions, Barfield founded the Barfield Manufacturing Co., now called The Bartech Group, which he has since turned over to his son, Jon.

This sketch by Paul Collins also is featured in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This sketch by Paul Collins also is featured in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

The staffing and human resources company based in Southfield, Mich., employs and manages the daily work assignments for more than 35,000 associates and more than $3 billion in contingent labor for major employers around the world.

“The life story of John Barfield is inspiring to all,” said Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for corporate relations. “And he always remembers to keep the important things first and in order: faith, family and friends.”

In 1975 when Barfield was refurbishing one of his company’s offices, he commissioned Collins to create some art for the space.

Collins is a well-known artist from Grand Rapids, Mich., recognized for his portraits depicting all ages, races and cultures that define humanity. He is credited with more than 100 exhibitions around the world, including “Great Beautiful Black Women,” recognizing history makers such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, and “America at Work,” showcasing the American worker’s contributions to the country and its success.

Collins’ mural of President Gerald R. Ford is on display in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and he also created the Ford Museum commemorative poster for the opening of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

This painting by Paul Collins also is included in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

This painting by Paul Collins also is included in the John W. & Betty Jane Barfield Exhibit.

For Barfield’s offices, Collins was sent to Harlem and returned with 19 sketches that blew Barfield away — sketches that now are part of the collection he donated to UT.

It was the shared passion for showcasing culture and humanity that led to Barfield sponsoring Collins’ trip to Kenya and Tanzania to paint the Maasai people and preserve a dying culture. These paintings are some of the most vibrant pieces included in the collection in Mulford Library

Barfield collected many of Collins’ other works over the years, amassing a collection worth more than $230,000 that includes the works from Harlem and Africa, as well as pieces inspired by Japan and Native Americans in South Dakota.

Barfield donated his collection to the Charles H. Wright African American Museum in Detroit. When Barfield showed the collection to then UT President Lloyd Jacobs, whom he was introduced to by Dr. Nina McClelland, former dean of the UT College of Arts and Sciences, they discussed putting it on display at the University.

Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Museum, agreed to permanently loan the collection to UT.

A ribbon-cutting and reception for the collection on the fifth floor of the Mulford Library will take place Tuesday, April 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Barfield, Jacobs and Interim President Nagi Naganathan will offer remarks, and Collins will be in attendance.

During the reception, Barfield will sign copies of his autobiography, Starting From Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two Billion Dollar Enterprise.

“I’m glad that we were able to keep this art intact, first by giving it to the museum and now by having it at the University,” Barfield said. “We’re very excited to see the unveiling of it.”

To attend, RSVP before Wednesday, April 22, to the Office of Special Events at 419.530.2200 or specialevents@utoledo.edu,/a>.

Spotlight to shine on poetry set to music April 19

The University of Toledo Department of Music will present Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

CarminaThe name “Carmina Burana” refers to a large body of poems written in the Middle Ages as a form of rebellion against religion and social mores. Some poems mock the clergy, while others celebrate love and the return of spring, as well as drinking, gambling and other forms of mischief. The surviving manuscript contains more than 200 poems. Orff collected 24 of the poems and set them to music.

Taking the stage will be the University Concert Chorale and Community Chorus, and members of the Whiteford Agricultural High School Choir.

Soloists Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini (soprano), Ryan de Ryke (baritone) and Eric Smith (tenor) also will perform. Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music, is director of the UT Opera Ensemble; de Ryke appears often the Chamber Opera Chicago; and Smith is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University where he is studying choral music.

For the show, the arrangement for piano and percussion will be used. The music will be performed on two pianos by Christina Montri, UT graduate student in piano performance, and Phil Clark, who earned his master’s degree in piano from the UT Department of Music.

Dr. Olman Piedra, UT assistant professor of music, and the UT Percussion Ensemble will accompany.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors 60 and older. Visit utoledo.tix.com or call 419.530.2375

Exhibit showcases talent of graduating students

Works by graduating students are on display in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the UT Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

See artwork by Veronica Bialecki, Matt Dangler, Khrystyne Dewey, Kayla Dopfer, Sarah Emch, Jared Geisman, Nate Perez and Courtney Stahl.

The free, public exhibit will be open through Sunday, May 10.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Art imitates space: Exhibit to open this week in Ritter Planetarium

The University of Toledo Department of Art will be among the stars beginning Tuesday, April 14, in Ritter Planetarium.

UT student Xueling Zhao made this image for the exhibit.

UT student Xueling Zhao made this image for the exhibit.

As part of the planetarium program titled “Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe,” photographs made by students will be on display in the lobby gallery and on the dome as well.

A screening of the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and be followed by a reception with the artists. Seating is limited at the free, public program.

The exhibition titled “Faux Space” is the third photo show at the planetarium. The images on display were made in the Department of Art’s fall 2014 introductory photo course taught by Professor Deborah Orloff.

Students were challenged to create photos that evoke a sense of space in the extraterrestrial sense. They used a diverse range of materials to create their images — food, toys, pots, glitter, fire, lasers, smoke and oils.

All images were made with a digital single-lens reflex camera; they are not computer-generated or taken from space.

Student artists featured in the exhibition are Shalissa Bailey, Jamie Campbell, Andrea Fackelman, Emily Frank, June Galvin, Danielle Hedger, Qiong Jia, Leanne Jones, Chariti Lockhard, Nicelle McCuchen, Kathlynn Meyer, Kayla Perez, Alexandra Ray, Daniel Rivera, Madison Roy, Jamie Snyder, Drew Tansel, Chelsea Thompson, Xueling Zhao and Yue Zhao.

The gallery images will be on display throughout the summer during regular business hours and when there are shows at Ritter Planetarium.

Original puppet theatre production ‘The Immortals’ to open April 10

The UT Department of Theatre and Film will close out its 2014-15 season with a work of puppet theatre created by Lecturer Erica Frank, a costume designer of theatre, film and commercial production, with a specialization in mask and puppetry.

Students rehearsed a scene from “The Immortals,” which will feature puppetry and masks created by Erica Frank, UT lecturer in theatre.

Students rehearsed a scene from “The Immortals,” which will feature puppetry and masks created by Erica Frank, UT lecturer in theatre.

“The Immortals” is a play that uses poetry, utopian myth and fantasy to craft a universe in which forces are bringing to rapid decay a world once bright, colorful and full of promise. But all is not lost; “The Immortals” is ultimately a story of hope.

The UT production brings together a talented team of students, faculty and local professionals — composing the music score, creating the voices of the creatures, bringing them to life on stage as puppeteers, and developing and building the puppets and the stage world they inhabit.

“In all of my years here in the UT Department of Theatre and Film, I have to say that this is one of the most ambitiously creative and adventurous productions we have ever produced,” said Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.
“This is a breathtakingly beautiful, amazing piece of theatre art and finely crafted storytelling.”

Frank’s poetic script tells the tale of Chang E, a pale, luminescent immortal of the moon. Displaced by the chaos that has dislodged her from her lunar home, she bemoans the unnatural terrestrial decay: “Your life is scarcely shown and withered, from the sky I’ve been delivered, from moon to shadow in the day, where sun should be to light the way. On this island, once spring eternal, dark north wind has come infernal, price of freedom, dreams will cease, when poisons from planets increase.”

“The Immortals” will open Friday, April 10, and run through Sunday, April 12, and Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

On opening night, the department will hold a free pre-show panel discussion, “Challenges and Hope: Theatre and Positive Change in the Age of Global Warming” at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Four speakers will make brief presentations, and there will be a talkback session with the audience. The speakers will be Frank; Dr. Andy Jorgensen, UT associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT professor and chair of geography and planning; and Dr. Mike Weintraub, UT associate professor of environmental sciences.

Tickets to “The Immortals” range from $7 to $12 and will be available at the door or in advance from the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office, by calling 419.530.2375, and online at utoledo.tix.com.

Art, fashion collide in ‘Wearable Conditions’

Art Lecturer Brian Carpenter’s 3D Concepts: Mixed Media class will present “Wearable Conditions,” a fashion show, Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Green Room.

Using a variety of mediums and technologies, students in the class have been working all semester to design and create wearable art based on diseases, viruses and disorders, Carpenter said.

For more information on the free, public show, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

This head piece created by student Mark Why will be featured during “Wearable Conditions.”

This head piece created by student Mark Why will be featured during “Wearable Conditions.”