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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2008
Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State Lima announces PALS events

Winter quarter line-up includes musicians, writer and noted sculptor

The quarterly Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) will showcase pianists, dramatists and a well-known Ohio sculptor on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Lima and James A. Rhodes State College beginning this month.

All performances begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. All events are free and open to the public. For program information please call 419-995-8414 or 419-995-8382.

Gary Barnett, Pianist
Monday, January 28, 2008
Gary Barnett (D.M.A., Piano) has served as an Assistant Professor in applied piano on the piano faculties of the University of Texas Pan American and Westfield State College, Massachusetts. Dr. Barnett recently premiered a new piano concerto by Jeff Manookian with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia under the baton of Yuri Poghosian. He is currently working on a recording featuring solo piano music of contemporary Armenian composers as well as piano music of the Russian avant-garde. As soloist and collaborative artist Barnett has performed in major cities throughout the world. Winner of the 1997 Joanna Hodges/Ernst Krenek International Piano competition, his past teachers include Jack Winerock, Lev Vlessenko, Manahem Pressler, and Gary Amano.

Dr. Tess Onwueme, Dramatist & Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Dr. Tess Onwueme is Africa’s best known female dramatist and among the leading writers. Internationally renowned for her award-winning plays and novels, Dr. Onwueme’s writing and speaking often poke into taboo and controversial subjects revealing the untold hidden stories of young women and the poor, who remain caught in various crossfires with family, tradition, race, class, gender, culture and politics. Her creative works include: What Mama Said; Tell it to Women; Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen; and The Reign of Wazobia. Dr. Onwueme was born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Nigeria, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Benin, Nigeria, and both her Master and Bachelor degrees from the University of Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Onwueme has won numerous international awards for her creative writing and contributions, including the Drama Prize of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

Anthony J. Patterson, Pianist
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Anthony Patterson holds the positions of Artist-in-Residence at Alma College. He is one of the great pianists who is equally at home in the classical and popular music worlds. A noted composer, Patterson has released two CD recordings of his original piano compositions and has written and arranged many songs for the Alma Choirs. For eighteen years Patterson has been a member of the artist faculty at the Bay View Festival in northern Michigan where he has served as the Music Director for the renowned Bay View Opera. Patterson made his solo debut at the age of eight playing the Mozart Piano Concerto #29. A graduate of Ohio University, where he studied with Professor Richard Syracuse, Patterson has won or been a finalist in a number of prestigious piano competitions including the Ohio and National Federation of Music Clubs competition.

George Carruth, Carruth Studio
Monday, February 25, 2008
George Carruth’s work was originally two-dimensional, in the form of illustrations for advertising. This was not his career of choice; his dream was always to sculpt for a living. That’s where his wife Deb enters the picture. Her philosophy of life is to do what makes you happy, and so a stone carver emerged. Commissions from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree, pieces in permanent collections across the country indicate George’s prolific nature. For more than 2 years, George and Deb fed themselves by selling hand carved originals at juried shows and to fine galleries. They now employee more than 40 employees at Carruth Studio in Waterville.