ARTS AND CULTURE: Dancing with Our Stars returns Feb. 5 – The Tribune

This year’s competition pits all-stars vs. present stars

Dancing with Our Stars returns with past winners facing new competitors.

The competition returns for its eighth year with local celebrities and their partners competing for $1 votes to win the famous Mirror Ball Trophy on Feb. 5.

Reservations for Dancing with Our Stars 2022 can be made by calling the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center at 606-329-8888 and voting online has already started and continues until the competition on Feb. 5. Dancing with Our Stars includes a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. with a gourmet dinner catered by the 3J Group at 7 p.m. The competition begins at 8 p.m. followed by dancing.

This year’s event, which is put on by the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, will feature 10 couples including several dancers with an Ironton connection:

• Viviane Khounlavong is a certified personal trainer, strength coach, reiki master and

Read More

ARTS AND CULTURE: Tribune staff, community share top 5 – The Tribune

The Ironton Tribune staff, along with community members, selects their favorite arts and culture moments and releases from 2021:

Sarah Simmons
General manager, The Ironton Tribune

1. Children’s graphic novel, “When Stars are Scattered,” by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson. It paints a picture of what a refugee camp is like, including struggles and enduring them, from a child’s perspective.

2. “Space Camp,” an EP from Ironton-based, genre-crossing Appalachian rock from Building Rockets.

3. Television series, Press Room Recordings, filmed by Armstrong Cable. This series features original music from locals and musicians passing through our region.

4. Cream of the Crop, a juried exhibition of works from regional artists using a wide range of media at Southern Ohio Museum.

5. Portsmouth Little Theater, which has been given a facelift by volunteers and donors and provides a place for locals to hone their craft and transport viewers during each performance.


Read More

ARTS AND CULTURE: Gov. DeWine recognizes October as Arts and Humanities Month in Ohio – The Tribune

COLUMBUS — Ohio Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council announced this month the recognition of October as Arts and Humanities Month in Ohio by Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

“The arts and the humanities can exist on their own. You can find pleasure in a work of art without understanding its meaning or study a historical event without images,” said Ohio Humanities executive director Rebecca Brown Asmo. “But together, the arts and the humanities are the gateway to understanding our world and each other and addressing our most formidable challenges.”

“We are so appreciative of Gov. DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted, and Ohio’s many elected officials who demonstrate their consistent, meaningful, and bipartisan support for the arts and humanities, this month and every month,” said Ohio Arts Council executive director Donna S. Collins. “Having strong, public support encourages all those who work in the arts and humanities as

Read More

ARTS AND CULTURE: Shayna Moore – The Tribune

Submitted photos

How did the project start? I’d say I started drawing very early. As far as I can remember, as soon as I was able to draw, color and hold a pencil, I was creating. I remember spending hours at the kitchen table, just drawing whatever came to mind. It’s always been a part of my life.

What are three adjectives to describe your style? Lively, Expressive and emotional.

Walk us through your creative process. Does it vary, if so, how? Since I do my artwork with colored pencils, it’s very important to have the right kind for the job. Using something with a soft core is optimal for blending, so I always stick with my Prismacolors. Next, we move on to the paper, I use smooth Bristol paper, because, once again, I can get a nice blend with it since it doesn’t have too much tooth. After I

Read More