Fall 2019 Vern Riffe After Dark

WEDNESDAY NOV. 13, 6pm-9pm

Are you hoping to sell some of your art or connect with other artists…Then Vern Riffe After Dark is the event for YOU!! The holidays are fast approaching and this will be a great opportunity for the community to support local artists and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts.

ARTISTS: Please fill out this application and return to this email vrcfafterhours@gmail.com

Fall 2019-After-Dark-Application


Important Dates:
Applications Due by October 30th
Table Fee Due by November 6th


2019-2020 ARTS COME ALIVE! A Performing Arts Outreach Program


Thursday, October 3, 2019 – COLLECTIF9 – A Canadian String Band – Grades 3-12

Known for pushing the boundaries in their music, Montreal-based classical string band COLLECTIF9 has forged into uncharted territory. Formed in 2011, COLLECTIF9 is a nine-member group of classically-trained string players that show they aren’t shy about shaking things up. Their bold performance style is heavily influenced by popular music, combining a rock-inspired vitality with audio-visual elements such as lights and amplification.

(Student Matinee at noon; Ticketed public performance at 7:30 p.m. as part of 19-20 SOPAA Series.)

Friday, January 24, 2020 – The Morehead Percussion Ensemble – Grades K-12

Under the direction of Dr. Brian S. Mason, who has guided the ensemble since 2009, the group has toured Brazil, Spain, China, as well as toured nationally in the United States. The student matinee performance will feature MSU percussion program’s steel drum ensemble, MSU STEEL. This multi-cultural program utilizes the diverse and exciting characteristics of world percussion to present a musical journey that takes the audience through the sounds of Trinidad, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Africa. The program offers a variety of fun and interactive activities that provides the audience with an entertaining and educational experience. The evening performance will feature the full percussion ensemble in concert.

(Student Matinee at noon; Masterclass TBD; Ticketed public performance at 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 20, 2020 – The Q4 Guitar Ensemble – Grades 3-12

The Q4 Guitar Ensemble is made up of four guitarists: Dr. Julio Alves, Mason Anderson, Chase Mayo and Jonathan Thorne, faculty and graduates of the Marshall University School of Music. Under Alves’ direction, these players, acquired extensive performing experience throughout the region and abroad as members of the Marshall University Guitar Ensemble. Inspired by this collaborative musical work together over the years, Alves invited Anderson, Mayo, and Thorne to form the “Q4 Guitar Ensemble,” in order to continue making music together, and bring guitar ensemble concert music to the Tri-State community and other audiences.

(Student Matinee at noon; Masterclass TBD; Ticketed public performance at 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective – Grades 5-12

Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective is a group of professional dancers based in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Collective believes in enhancing and promoting culture through movement and dance. Founder Summer Logan delves into the experiential, social, political, and historic views of Appalachia. This particular performance falls on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and will explore the themes of the sacred day of remembrance through dance, music and literature.

(Student Matinee at noon; Masterclass TBD; Ticketed public performance at 7:00 p.m.)

Dear Principals and Teachers,
We at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts believe that the future of the arts begins with our young people. As the Director of the VRCFA, I am happy to announce the launching of a new outreach program here at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts – Arts Come Alive!  The program is comprised of four outreach concerts: all free, all at noon, and all at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. (In addition, there will be opportunities to attend after-school masterclasses with the artists, and a ticketed public performance in the evening.)

The Ohio Department of Education has set Fine Arts standards for the education of every student in Ohio. However, in this age of budget cuts, and emphasis on standardized testing, it has become increasingly difficult for school districts to provide this. The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, wants to be a part of the solution!

Investing in music and performing arts education is important for our local students. Fine Arts study encourages students to build problem solving skills, which are applicable to all other content areas. Learning in areas of the Fine Arts also engages the language and reasoning areas of the brain, in addition to building the memory. Furthermore, membership in Fine Arts ensembles and projects requires students to work together and strive to meet goals as a team. All of these skills are applicable and essential to success in the 21st century.

Attending live performances enhances this experience for students, and furthers the benefits of learning through the Fine Arts. Students can see and hear the real world application of what they’ve learned in the classroom. They can see other performers who have spent hours practicing and rehearsing, and understand what it takes to present a final product. Also, students will be exposed to other ensembles and different styles of music and performing mediums, which expands their understanding of the art form. They can experience the Fine Arts from different historical periods, and songs, dances, and visual elements from many different parts of the world they would not otherwise experience. Additionally, attending performances allows students the opportunity to see real musicians, dancers and artists excelling in their craft. This is an authentic experience that students cannot have in any other way. Offering students opportunities to attend live performances benefits their understanding of many historical, literary and cultural connections within the Fine Arts discipline.

As mentioned before, we want to be a part of the solution in helping your students achieve the standards of the Ohio Department of Education, and most importantly, bring to them the incredible experience of the performing arts, here at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts!

For more information, or to make reservations for one, or several of the shows, contact me at the VRCFA, 740.351.3621 or sworkman@shawnee.edu, or my colleague, Casey Glenn at 740.351.3640, or cglenn@shawnee.edu,                                                                                                                 Dr. Stanley Workman, Jr.

What are some of the benefits of our students attending live performances at the VRCFA?

  • Critical and Creative Thinking: Students will combine and apply artistic and reasoning skills to understand works produced and performed by others.
  • Literacy: As consumers, critics, and creators, students evaluate and understand visual and performing artworks produced in the media forms of the day.
  • Cultural Significance: Recognize that examining the socio-cultural traditions and historical and political significance of music/drama/dance deepens personal understanding of students’ worlds.

Based on K-12 Ohio Fine Arts Content Standards

At appropriate developmental levels, students will…

  • Listen to and view wide variety of Fine Arts examples from multiple cultures focusing on the historical and cultural significance of the works.
  • Use historical information from the study of the Fine Arts to other art forms & disciplines outside the arts.
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience etiquette at live performances
  • Recognize the use of the Fine Arts for various purposes by performers & listeners in a variety of cultures.
  • Form opinions about the Fine Arts they hear in formal and informal live performances.
  • Identify and discriminate between sounds produced by various instruments and the human voice.
  • Identify and classify voices, musical instruments, roles and careers of musicians.
  • Identify careers in the Fine Arts, including composing, performing and conducting., dancing, painting, etc.
  • Identify non-performing careers in music, dance, and dramatic arts (i.e. lighting, set/theater architecture/design, instrument making/repair, costume design, directing, and etc…)
  • Develop criteria to evaluate solo and group performances of Fine Arts.
  • Apply multiple criteria to evaluate quality and effectiveness of Fine Arts performances and compositions and then identify areas for improvement/refinement.

After experiencing live performances at the VRCFA, with the expert guidance of their teachers, in the classroom, students will be able to…

  • Explain how the Fine Arts are used for a variety of purposes and occasions.
  • Discuss the Fine Arts in terms of the various composers, periods, cultures and contrasting styles.
  • Discuss how music, dance, and visual elements communicate feelings, moods, images and meaning.
  • Describe how Fine Arts communicates feelings, moods, images and meaning.
  • Communicate a response to music using dance, drama or visual art.
  • Connect concepts shared between music, dance, other art forms and other curricular subjects.
  • Form & express personal opinions about a performance & show respect for the opinions of others.
  • Discuss audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.
  • Describe themes, concepts and ideas from other content areas that are reflected in dances they view and music they hear.
  • Recognize and describe the role of the Fine Arts in their lives and in their communities.
  • Compare and contrast ways that the subject matter in musical selections relates to other disciplines.
  • Discuss use of technology and the media arts they heard/witnessed through research, composition, & performance.
  • Reflect on a variety of live or recorded music and dance performances, as well as visual exhibitions.
  • Communicate the importance of the Fine Arts in everyday life.
  • Compare and contrast subject matter common to the Fine Arts and other subject areas.
  • Describe the impact of technology and innovation in the development of Fine Arts careers.
  • Identify and describe non-performing careers in music, dance, and visual/dramatic arts (i.e. lighting, set design, instrument building/repair, costume design, directing, and etc…)


2019-2020 Season Tickets Available Now!

You want a subscription, or maybe just a show or two….all tickets available now! We offer the convenience of online ticketing, as well as, over the phone (740-351-3600) and in person. Stop by the box office, we’d love to chat and get you set for the season. This year’s lineup is spectacular and not to be missed. There’s a little something for everyone. So treat yourself to one (or more!) of these awesome shows!

Call For Submissions! Vern Riffe After Dark Spring 2019

We are putting out a call for entries for our next Vern Riffe After Dark on Thursday, March 28, 7-10 pm

Right now we are looking for artists interested in participating in showing and selling their original art.  We will be accepting applications with work samples until March 8.

Upon acceptance of work for the After Hours event, a $20 per table fee will be due March 22.

Just download the form fillable application and send it to vrcfafterhours@gmail.com. You can also send questions and inquires there as well. The form and supporting information may also be mailed to Casey Thornsberry, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, 940 Second St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.

Questions: Contact Casey Thornsberry at 740-351-3640

Thanks to the Creative Cult for their help in promoting this event.

High School Musical Theatre Festival

Hosted by Shawnee State University Theatre Department

@ the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
March 29th-31st

Join the Theatre and Dance Dept. at Shawnee State University for the very first High School Musical Theatre Festival!Open to any student 9th-12th grade. Participants can take dance, vocal, acting, and technology classes as well as perform on the main stage.
If you are interested in more information and how to register for the festival please email Summer Logan at slogan@shawnee.edu.


2018-19 Season Has Been Announced

The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association – Shawnee State University 2018-2019 season was announced on April 29.

For more information about which performances are included in the subscription or flex subscription series, visit the SOPAA website.

Subscribers will receive season brochures in late May/Early June. They will have until July 6 to renew their seats.

Starting July 9, new subscribers and single ticket buyers can start purchasing tickets.

If you would like additional information or to have a brochure mailed to you, you can contact the Vern Riffe Center Box Office, 10:00 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday at 740-351-3600.

No Need To Wait Until Dark To See The Art

Vern Riffe After Dark is about three weeks away, but you can see some of the art that will be on display if you know where to look.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses for hosting these works in advance of the show. Wander in and check ’em out.

by Josie Wickerham
Find it at Law Offices of William Dever, 1110 Gay Street


Stormy Lakefront by Ken Carlson
Find it at Trinity Business Group, 613 Chillicothe St
Butterfly Ascension by Sarah Minter
Find it at Market Street Café, 212 Market Street
Broken Heart by Dale Hall
Find it at Edward Jones Financial Advisors, 604 Second St.
Dutch Voyage by Nicko Savicz.
Find it at Stewart Supply, 681 Webster St., South Webster
The Preposterous Radical Bug by Drew Pierce
Find it at Castle Comics, 901 Gallia St, Portsmouth
Galaxy Bubble by Breanna Stewart
Find it at- Port City Cafe and Pub, 424 Chillicothe St, Portsmouth
Farm by starlight by Terry Noel
Find it at the NEW Sherman-Kricker Insurance Offices, 1033 Gallia St, Portsmouth

We Want To Put Art In Your Business

Want To Show Off The Talents of Local Artists In Your Business?

We are looking for businesses and organizations who are all about showing some love and pride in the talented people of our community by providing some space to display some art for about three weeks before the next Vern Riffe After Dark on April 12.

How will it work you ask?

  • Artists will submit images and dimensions of the pieces they want to display by March 9.
  • Week of March 12 we will send you pictures of the pieces so you can decide whether it will fit in your available space
  • Week of March 19 we will deliver the pieces to you. We will take pictures and post them to social media so people will know what to look for when they visit your business.
  • April 9-11 we will come back to pick the art up so the artists can sell them on April 13
  • What if you love the piece and want to buy it? Well that would be awesome!

How Can You Participate?

Fill out the form below or contact Joe Patti at the Vern Riffe Center 740-351-3621.

(Ceramic bowl by Charlotte Gordon)

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Show Off Your Creative Abilities At Art After Dark V

You may think that “V” is for the fifth After Dark (okay, sure it is) but even more it is a V for Victory thanks to the support of the creative folks who have made this event successful over the past few years.

Thanks to the interest and response to our last After Dark event, we are putting out a call for entries for our next show on Thursday, April 12, 7-10 pm

Right now we are looking for artists interested in participating in showing and selling their art.  We will be accepting applications with work samples until March 9.

The deadline is earlier this year because past participants have had the idea of displaying work in area businesses in advance of the show. If you are interested in having your work displayed publicly in advance of the show, please indicate this on your application.  Upon acceptance of work for the After Hours event, a $20 per table fee will be due by April 6

If you know of a business that would like to display work, please have them complete the form on this page or contact Joe Patti at 740-351-3621

Your willingness to submit work for public placement has no influence on acceptance for the After Dark Art Show

How Public Placement Will Work

  • Submit your application and pictures of work samples by March 9. Indicate on the application which image represents the work you would like displayed, its dimensions and how it should be displayed. (hung, on a pedestal/table, does it require heavy duty hardware due to its weight.)
  • We will provide the submitted information to the business so that they can decide if it is appropriate for their space and clientele.
  • In the meantime, we will ask you to bring the work you want displayed to the Vern Riffe Center by March 16. Because we won’t have control over how and where the works are displayed, we encourage people to submit copies, prints or pieces of lower value that you don’t strongly value or have an attachment to.
  • Week of March 19, we will distribute works to the participating businesses. After that we will call attention to the placements on social media so people can check them out.
  • April 9-11, we will retrieve the works so you can sell them on April 12

Just download the form fillable application and send it to vrcfafterhours@gmail.com. You can also send questions and inquires there as well.

Thanks to our friends at the Creative Cult for their help in promoting this event. (Image: Clockwork insect by Sarah Minter)

Brochures Are In The Mail

The 2017-2018 Season brochures are in the mail. If you haven’t received one by July 12, 2017 and would like one, please contact us at 740-351-3600 or info@vrcfa.com