Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, guest costume designer Tania Ballve brings her passion for fashion to the Quincy Community Theatre stage this holiday season!
While working on The Witches and Elf: The Musical, Tania shared her background and process for building unforgettable costumes.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a costume designer from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to Indiana two years ago with my husband, who is a biologist from Sweden. I love art, theatre, reading historical novels and Netflix.
How did you get started in costume designing?
I studied Fashion Design and, after seven years working as a wardrobe stylist for the fashion and film industry, I decided I wanted to design costumes where I could be very creative and change the story in every project.
How did the partnership with Quincy Community Theatre come to be?
QCT was looking for a guest costume designer and I got really interested in the theatre and the community, so I decided to apply for it.
How would you describe your style? My background in fashion usually shows on my creations. I’d describe it as contemporary and eclectic.
Can you share insights into your design process?
I read the script, analyze the characters, research the period and styles, design outfits, look and pull from different costume sources, build costumes, do fittings with actors and work a lot to make them look great!
Which designers inspire you?
Eiko Ishioka, Vivienne Westwood, Leon Bakst, Maria Björnson, Christian Lacroix, but these are only some of them.
Do you have a dream show?
I’d love to design Carmen (Bizet) because it’s one of my favorite operas.
What do a musician, painter, educator and history buff all have in common? An appreciation for the finer things! If your friends and family members are passionate for the visual arts, music, humanities, literary and performing arts, they’ll appreciate a unique gift that suits their interests and hobbies this holiday season!
Here is Arts Quincy’s Top 5 Christmas
Fine Arts & Culture Gifts for 2018
1. Season Tickets
Season Ticket holders are some of the many people who make each performance great at Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association and Quincy Civic Music Association! What gift recipient wouldn’t love a season pass to one of their favorite performance organizations? Not able to purchase the entire season pass? Individual tickets are available that can be used on date nights or special occasions for a reasonable price tag!
You are never too old to learn something new! How great would it be to sculpt an item from clay? Or become a master-woodworker? Many organizations offer educational classes that fit into even the busiest of schedules! Quincy Art Center, local colleges and studios continually offer special interest courses or seminars for a low-to-no cost! Additional discounts and scholarships may be available for those who qualify.
3. Gift Shops
Want to give a physical, gift wrapped present? Quincy Museum, Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum and Quincy Brewery & Arts offer books, ornaments, magnets, apparel and more in their gift shops! Did you know that many of Quincy’s small businesses support individual artists by selling their handmade products like artwork, furniture, clothing and more? Visit Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce’s website for a list of these entrepreneurs!
Why not support your favorite nonprofit club or alliance by gifting your loved ones a membership to the organization? Becoming a member to organizations offers various benefits and sometimes perks including discounts, entrance to special events or even a free bottle of wine! Quincy Woodworkers Guild, Great River Watercolor Society, Quincy Preserves or the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County all welcome new members and the dues are used to further each organization’s mission as well as provide exclusive opportunities for members. Click here for a full list of Arts Quincy's Partner Organizations.
5. Memorial Donations
Honor a friend or relative by donating to a special cause or organization in their name. Now through Dec. 31, when you become a member of Arts Quincy, you will receive a free family membership ($50 value!) to share with another family who loves the arts! Did you know that Arts Quincy works to foster, strengthen and expand the arts throughout Adams County? As a member, you are making an impact to groups, individuals, classrooms and more! Arts Quincy is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and reports show that 85 cents of every dollar Arts Quincy receives is put right back into the community! Learn how you can contribute by visiting artsquincy.org/supportus.
By gifting the arts this holiday season, you are giving a truly unique gift that will be enjoyed in 2019 and beyond while supporting a local nonprofit that relies on funds from its community to survive! See a comprehensive listing of Arts Quincy’s nonprofit partner arts organizations and what they have to offer by clicking here. Watch a video that tells you about everything Arts Quincy is, click here.
Quincy Public Library’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Helsabeck to fill the position of Executive Director.
Helsabeck began her duties October 15. A reception to welcome her will be held Tuesday, October 23, at 5 pm at QPL. The public is invited.
“We are excited for the future of the library under Kathleen’s leadership,” said QPL Board President Lynn Niewohner. “We have one of the best libraries in the state of Illinois and would like to continue the innovative and exciting services and programs available for our community, allowing for QPL’s growth as an essential community center with resources for all ages.”
Helsabeck holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Culver-Stockton College. She previously worked for Vatterott College for nine years, first as the librarian, and then as the director of education, managing the academic programs, staff, and students.
She was raised in Canton, Missouri, and lives in Quincy with her husband and two young children.
“I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity,” said Helsabeck. “My goals are to maintain the integrity of QPL services and to understand the needs of the community in order to provide relevant programs providing vital support for children and adults. I want to build connections between the library and our community members.”
For more information, call Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309 or visit quincylibrary.org.
The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.
The Art Center and UnityPoint Hospice present Moments That Matter, a touching exhibit that will be on display at Quincy Medical Group from October 10–December 4. This exhibit will feature photography by Joselyn Rae, of Joselyn Rae Photography, who has a passion for capturing emotions and telling people’s stories. Rae was approached to help with the UnityPoint Moments that Matter patient fund because she is known to capture those beautiful little moments that make up day to day life.
“I want to document real life, all the little things that happen in between birthdays, vacations, and holidays that many people don’t take time to capture, but wish they had,” Rae said.
UnityPoint Hospice started Moments That Matter, a fund focused on local hospice patients. Their mission is to grant “bucket list” wishes for their patients to enhance and celebrate their life and create lasting memories with family and friends. “These wishes have proven to be moments of pure radiance as patients make the most of every day available to them,” says Laura Tenhouse, physician and community liaison for UnityPoint. “Our hope is for the photos to become a cherished legacy for families and alongside the wish fulfilled, serve as a tool to help families in their grief journey.”
Rae was able to use her artistic passion as she captured patients living out their bucket list wishes. Rae was able to capture the joy and beauty of Betty Robinson (as pictured) as she received the wish to spend time with a baby. Robinson, a 99 year old dementia patient, was a wonderful mother and her family wished to give her the chance to relive her cherished memories of motherhood. “While working with Betty’s family on her wish, I was so excited to share that I had a seven month old baby,” says Tenhouse. “Betty came alive when she saw baby Annie!”
Please join the organization on this journey to create memories and raise awareness to help people understand that hospice is truly about living!
Q&A submitted by Susan Deege
When did you start playing an instrument? I started playing the trombone in 6th grade beginning band at age 11 in Cabool, Missouri, which is my hometown.
Often people are surprised when they meet females that play the trombone. How did you choose this fantastic instrument? From the time I was a little kid, I always loved the deep rich sounds of the low brass. I wanted to play the tuba in band, but they didn't start students on tuba. My band teacher talked me into playing the trombone and promised me that if I did it, she would teach me how to play the tuba. I have yet to play the tuba, but have not stopped playing and loving the trombone!
What do you like about being in the Quincy Concert Band? I like being in QCB because it gives me another opportunity to practice and perform my craft. I get to engage with other band members who share the same passion for creating music and bringing joy to others through music. One of the biggest advantages for students who play in QCB is that the group is made up of amazing instrumentalist which makes it a productive learning experience. It also gives students an opportunity to network and develop professionally with others in musical careers.
What is your favorite type of music? Is there a particular type of group you like to play with? I don't have a favorite type of music because there are too many great types! My favorite type of group to play with is one that has members that are hard-working and don't settle for just playing the right notes. I love when they exceed expectations and that is exactly the kind of musicians that make up QCB!
What other groups have you played with? At Culver-Stockton, I play with the Symphonic Band, the All-College Band, the Wind Ensemble and Camerata 808 where anything goes. I have also played in a trombone quartet.
Tell me about your opera experience, or another musical performance you particularly enjoyed. It was so much fun to be a part of Hansel and Gretel with Muddy River Opera. I grew tremendously as a vocalist and performer. My favorite part of the opera was watching all of the childrens' reactions as the story unfolded. I also enjoyed answering their questions and seeing what they thought about the show.
What type of school would you like to teach in the future? I would like to teach both vocal and instrumental music in a small rural school.
Is your family musical? Some members of my family are very musical, but some of them are also tone deaf. My grandma, aunt and parents have helped me experience all kinds of music from heavy metal to opera. I know I wouldn't be the person or musician I am without their support and encouragement.
Mark your calendars for Quincy Concert Band's Nov. 4th fall performance!
Hi there, it’s Taylor! I went to Noon Blues last Friday and it sure was a fun time. I brought my folding chair, set it up under a shady tree, grabbed a hot dog from the Butcher Block’s food stand, and I was ready to go!
Katie Hogge, a local singer/songwriter, was singing songs and playing her acoustic guitar during the Friday lunch hour in Washington Park. Hogge played a wide selection of tunes such as “2002”, “Fire Escape” and “Butterflies”. She included lots of today’s pop hits by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, but she also included songs from the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Take On Me”. She was very skilled at playing her guitar, which was impressive given that she is only sixteen years old! I love how our Quincy arts gives so many opportunities for young people to show their love of music through performances such as Noon Blues. It is great that the community is helping the next generation find their voice and share it with others through the arts.
Several different people came out to enjoy the summer afternoon entertainment! There were many business people working downtown who walked over on their break for some lunch and a relaxing performance. Several families came out as well and set-up picnic blankets. The children were running around and playing games, all while being exposed to beautiful music in the park. I saw many groups of friends meet up at the performance as well. Even Mayor Moore was there enjoying the wonderful music and the fellowship that the Quincy arts community cultivates. This was a really great way to unwind after a busy morning and to refresh myself before the rest of the day. Making art a part of your daily life can be a great stress reliever and can bring brightness to any circumstance.
Noon Blues is every second and fourth Friday during the summer months from 12-1 pm. This lunchtime event takes place every Friday that there is a Blues in the District concert, so you have two opportunities on those Friday’s to get your summer music fix. Butcher Block is available during both Noon Blues and Blues in the District events to satisfy all of your lunchtime and dinnertime cravings.
There are two more chances to catch Noon Blues in Washington Park before the summer ends! On August 10, Cheeks McGee will be performing, and the 2018 season will wrap up with Logan Kammerer on August 24. You don’t want to miss these incredibly talented local artists! So invite your friends, bring your lawn chair, and head out to the park to enjoy the lunchtime tunes!
Hello everybody, it's Taylor and I am back from an evening full of music and fun! On July 5, Hannibal, Missouri welcomed the Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band to Music Under the Stars. This group played tunes such as “The Waltz of No Return” that had people dancing with their partners and grooving in their seats.
The Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band was comprised of a fiddle, acoustic guitar, accordion, drums and a bass guitar. I had never heard this combination of instruments before, but I was pleasantly surprised with howwell they sounded together. Every tune they played had me tapping mytoes and feeling grateful for the summertime. Due to weather issues, this event was moved inside to the Admiral Coontz Armory. However, this did not stop people from coming out. The crowd filled the recreation center and were full of energy the entire night. One couple got up and danced to almost every song for the crowd. It was a very lively evening!
Music Under the Stars has done a fantastic job over the past 12 years of bringing great musicians to the local area. Every Thursday from 7-9 pm the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum put on these free outdoor concerts for you and all of your friends to enjoy in June, July and August.
Grab a comfy chair and enjoy the eight remaining bands that are scheduled to take the stage this summer. This Thursday, July 12, Music Under the Stars will welcome A Side of Country to their stage and you don’t want to miss it!
Nonprofit organizations, groups and clubs are at each concert selling food as a fundraiser. Local businesses are available to sell soda, water, wine, and craft beers. If your group is interested in this opportunity to raise funds, please contact the Melissa Cummins through email at email@example.com.
Music Under the Stars runs through August 30, so be sure to hurry over to Historic Hill Street to get your summer music fix. For more information and to see the full season schedule, visit www.marktwainmuseum.org or call 573-221-9010. Like the page on Facebook for updates and weather-related announcements.
Hi everybody! It's Taylor and I have officially been interning at Arts Quincy for a month now! I love the artistic opportunities I get to partake in, such as the Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening that I attended on Friday, June 29. The evening was full of fun, refreshments and incredible art created by QAC’s members.
In the Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery, QAC members presented their creative artwork. The art center welcomed Jake Schreacke on piano to accompany this exhibit. The live music made the evening even more enjoyable and helped to bring all of the artwork on display to life. At 7:30, guest artist talks were held and artists spoke about the inspiration behind their pieces and the techniques they used to execute their works of art. I found it so interesting how some artists were inspired by small things, such as a girl texting or flowers in a vase, and how others were inspired by big things, such as national parks or a black hole. No matter what the inspiration was, each work of art was beautiful and told its own story. I also appreciated the many different mediums of art that were represented at this event. There were photographs, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more. This opening made me grateful for all of the diverse talent we have in our area and I was thrilled to be able to witness it.
In the Katherine Gardner Stevenson Gallery, works by Neysa McMein were displayed along with selections from the Quincy Art Center’s Permanent Collection. Singer/guitarist Kathy Brink accompanied guests as they walked through this gallery. Before viewing McMein’s pieces, there was a short autobiography posted about her. She is a true inspiration and shows that with talent and dedication, dreams can be achievable.
McMein was born in Quincy in 1889 and moved to New York after graduating from Quincy High School and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to create magazine covers and the original Betty Crocker portrait for General Mills. She was also involved with the United State’s defense efforts during World War I and was one of three women to be appointed an honorary noncommissioned officer in the US Marine Corps. Throughout her career, she befriended many famous people such as Walt Disney and H.G. Wells. Upon her death, McMein donated her art to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Quincy Art Center.
McMein’s magazine covers were beautiful and eye-catching, but one of my favorite pieces was her self-portrait which was hung next to a painting of her created by another artist. Seeing these two pictures side-by-side was quite eye-opening because her self-image came through in the painting as sad and dark while the other artist showed her in a beautiful light and used bright colors. I think this is a testament to the idea that even though it seems like you may have it all to others, you may have a different view of your own self-worth.
The Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening provided me with a fun and enriching evening, but it is not too late for you to have this same experience. These works of art will be on display until Friday, July 20, so be sure to see them before they are gone. The Quincy Art Center is open from 9 - 4 Monday - Saturday. For more information, please visit www.quincyartcenter.org or call 217-223-5900.
By Taylor Tweedell
Hey guys! I am back with more fun-filled arts news for you! I got to talk to Camden Scifres who is the executive director of Barefoot in the Park. The play will be performed at the Lewis Street Playhouse starting tomorrow in Canton, Missouri from June 21 – June 24.
This classic Neal Simmons comedy is the second longest running play on Broadway and is about a young, straight-laced lawyer who marries a hippie girl and together they discover the complexities of marriage. Some of the struggles they face are living on the sixth floor of a building that has no elevator, crazy neighbors, and a trying mother-in-law. The actors playing the couple’s roles are Wes and Courtney Friday. These two are actually married in real life, so they are sure to bring an authentic portrayal to the stage.
The venue for this show is an old opera house, but it is now being used by Scifres and his co-director Zoe Gudehus to bring more theatre to the Lewis County area. By putting on this play, Gudehus and Scifres aim to provide more outlets and resources for community members and for area college students to see and work in shows.
These two young and aspiring thespians decided to put on this show last year during their studies at Lindenwood University. They were in an acting class together and after reading the script for Barefoot in the Park, they really enjoyed the show. When considering what show would work best for the space, they remembered what they had read in class and fell in love with the idea of showing it to Lewis County.
Without theatre opportunities in Quincy, Scifres and Gudehus would not be who they are today. Scifres said that he had never been in a show until he became involved at Quincy Community Theatre, and he immediately fell in love with performing after his first performance on that stage. “Many people do not know that they love what they love until they do it”, stated Scifres. He is seeking to offer the same opportunity that he received at QCT through this show.
Barefoot in the Park will run from June 21 - June 23 at 7:30pm and June 23 - June 24 at 2:00 pm at the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and under. The directors are very grateful to Quincy Medical Group for sponsoring this production.
Guest clinician Mike Weaver returns for a week-long summer camp
This June, Quincy will welcome the fantastic Mike Weaver to host a summer show choir and movement workshop for area students in grades 7-8 and 9-12. Weaver is a talented individual based in Chicago who works widely in conceptual and technical development with show choirs, competition programs, concerts and theatrical events.
Weaver is no stranger to the Quincy area, having served as a guest clinician at Quincy Senior High School’s “Showcase of Excellence,” the annual show choir and jazz band festival. Weaver is excited to return to Quincy for this week-long summer workshop.
“This workshop is for performers who want to step up their game,” says Weaver. “I have done workshops all over the country and Quincy seems to be in need of a training camp like this. The students are very talented and eager to learn. The community is a strong supporter for the arts. It’s phenomenal!” Participants will learn how to improve and build upon their acting, singing and dancing abilities.
Weaver has made a huge impact in my life as a show choir member and performer through Showcase of Excellence workshops. Weaver has such an amazing energy when working with students! He promotes positivity within show choir groups and gives great, intentional feedback about our performance and stunned us with this ability to create moving choreography within seconds. Weaver transformed our group’s attitude towards our set of music and helped us to better display our passion for the arts as we performed. I was in awe of his talent for choreography and his ability to drastically improve our show choir within such a short time frame. Attending a week long camp with Weaver is sure to immensely impact any performer who is ready and willing to learn.
This incredible author and award-winning director/choreographer invites students to attend and learn from him the week of June 25-29 from 12- 5 pm in the QHS Auditorium. The camp will conclude with a performance on Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. Kathi Dooley and Monica Scholz, local music professionals, encourage local students to attend. The intensive music and choreography sessions available through this program are designed to not only build greater skills and self-confidence in students, but to also promote the art of show choir in the region. The cost of the camp is $125, which includes all materials and a performance t-shirt. To sign up, click here to download the form. For more information, please call 773-383-0524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weaver is an author and award-winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He is nationally known as a clinician specializing in the performing arts with show choirs and has worked with many big name companies and attractions. Weaver is also the national chair for the American Choral Director’s Association.