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Revivalists: New Video, New Album

The Revivalists, the New Orleans-based roots-rock outfit under the leadership of Hamilton native David Shaw, will release a new studio album this week, “Men Amongst Mountains,” on July 17.

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Here’s the official press release on “Men Amongst Mountains”:

It’s actually surprising that when The Revivalists take the stage, the entire planet doesn’t hear them playing–yes, their sound is that big. It’s not just because this band – who have performed everywhere across the country – has seven members and perform with a wide breadth on instruments. It is because there is so much passion spewing out of these guys that it’s completely impossible to ignore them.

After seven years of making music together, New Orleans rock hybrid The Revivalists (David Shaw – vocals, Zack Feinberg – guitar, Andrew Campanelli – drums, Ed Williams – pedal steel guitar, George Gekas – bass, Rob Ingraham – saxophone, and Michael Girardot – keyboards & trumpet) are set to deliver their latest studio album, Men Amongst Mountains. The forthcoming release, out on July 17, is an album about growth. It is appropriate, then, that the band set out to challenge itself while writing and recording their latest batch of music.

The Revivalists cloistered themselves within the intimate confines of Bogalusa, LA’s Studio in the Country for nearly two weeks while recording Men Amongst Mountains, taking advantage of the studio’s generous acoustics by setting up in a single room and recording to tape in an effort to induce a more performance-based sensibility. New Orleans’ Esplanade and Living Room Studios hosted the finishing touches to an album which leans first and foremost on capturing authentic moments in warm, rich tones and with a distinctly raw, old-world feel.

Mirroring the broader themes which connect the individual songs on the album, the recording and instrumentation on Men Amongst Mountains represents the next step in The Revivalists’ ever-evolving depth and maturity. Like the band’s vaunted live shows, Men Amongst Mountains can and will turn on a dime. The gentle gives way to the heavy, the acoustic to the orchestral. Despair becomes hope. Fire becomes light. At times, the obstacles and troubles in our lives can make the world seem impossibly, hopelessly big. Men Amongst Mountains, ultimately, is about the journey that makes us greater than the mountains standing in our way.

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Local artist headed for international New York sculpture exhibition

The exhibition, edge, which opened June 13 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, will be ending July 31, 2015, for all artists involved with the exception of local artist Nathaniel A. Foley.

Foley, one of four artists displayed within the edge exhibition,  will be closing his portion of the exhibition on Friday, July 25 in order to participate in the Kingston Sculpture Biennial in Kingston, New York. This show is an every-other-year event in which artists create public art pieces to be displayed in the summer and fall seasons in various locations.

The 2015 Biennial will be on view August 1 through October 31. The Biennial encouraged submission of some large scale sculptures since there are some locations with major exposure that will be especially conducive to that kind of work.

The Fitton Center enthusiastically supports Foley, whose sculptures hint at both majestic and destructive qualities of the machinery of flight, for his acceptance into this prestigious show.

Supporting local art and local artists is important to the Fitton Center. Foley participating in this show allows him to share his talent with others outside of the Ohio community. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view this remarkable exhibition, please do so.

Other artists in the show include:

  • Paula Baumann’s intricate hand-dyed dimensional silk forms translate an appreciation for the subtlety and fragility of nature.  (Hamilton, Ohio)
  • Robin Dru Germany’s large mesmerizing photographic prints reveal life on either side of the line between water and land.  (Slaton, Texas)
  • Michelle Podgorski’s large botanical watercolor paintings focus on the constant cycles and adaptations that occur in nature despite human interference and sometimes because of it.  (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Photo: F-105 Thunderchief, Mixed Media, 2012, by Nathaniel A. Foley


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Dedication of Parks Conservancy Mural

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The mural outside the Hamilton Parks Conservancy office on North Second Street, across from the YMCA, comes from the Art Strategy Committee, a collaboration that is moving the City’s Strategic Plan forward to make our city a better place to Live, Work and Play.

Artists on the project include Taylor Welch (Community Design Alliance), Jenn Acus-Smith (Fitton Center for Creative Arts), Brianne Thyen ( Miami University Hamilton student) and Stephen Smith (InsideOut Studio). It took them less than a week of painting to complete the mural.

Here are some photos of the work in progress, courtesy Stephen Smith, Jenn Acus-Smith, Brianne Live Thyen,  Carrie Mancuso and Ian MacKenzie Thurley:

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Hamilton’s Newest Work of Public Art (Updated)

Hamilton’s newest work of public art is now finished and a dedication is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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The mural outside the Hamilton Parks Conservancy office on North Second Street, across from the YMCA, comes from the Art Strategy Committee, a collaboration that is moving the City’s Strategic Plan forward to make our city a better place to Live, Work and Play.

Artists on the project include Taylor Welch (Community Design Alliance), Jenn Acus-Smith (Fitton Center for Creative Arts), Brianne Thyen ( Miami University Hamilton student) and Stephen Smith (InsideOut Studio). It took them less than a week of painting to complete the mural.

Here are some photos of the work in progress, courtesy Stephen Smith, Jenn Acus-Smith, Brianne Live Thyen,  Carrie Mancuso and Ian MacKenzie Thurley:

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Pyramid Hill Welcomes New Management Team

The Board of  Directors of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum is pleased to introduce its new management team.  Jeni Barton joins Shaun Higgins, newly appointed Director of Park Operations, as Director of  Programming and Administration.

Jeni has spent the past 10 years in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Wilmington, Delaware, as Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator.  She is a dedicated arts administration professional with a record of success in developing arts initiatives and programming which strengthened the Wilmington community’s artistic and cultural identity.  Jeni holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware.   Jeni is an experienced grant and media writer as well as an innovative arts marketer.  She is also a creative graphic designer, illustrator and photographer.

Shaun has served as Interim Director at Pyramid Hill for the past year.  During this time membership, attendance and financial support have grown.  Shaun was hired by Harry Wilks as the Assistant Director of Pyramid Hill in 2001. He left in 2005 and returned in May, 2014. After moving to Hamilton in 1986, Shaun worked in media for a number of years in Hamilton, Cincinnati, Dayton and Middletown. He also produced and hosted an interview program at Miami University Hamilton Downtown called “What’s Your Story”. More recently Shaun was a trainer in non-profit education curriculum at Community Development Professionals. Shaun has been involved with many community organizations and events throughout Hamilton.

Board President Bill Groth said, “We look forward to the future of Pyramid Hill under this new management team and the strong backing of the Board of Directors.”

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is a 300+ acre outdoor museum that features over 60 pieces of monumental sculpture in natural settings as well as an indoor ancient sculpture museum that features Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan pieces. Pyramid Hill is located at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd.


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