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Deines Cultural Center to Feature Celtic Guitarist Nov. 19

DCC Members ReceptionJoin the Deines Cultural Center in Russell in celebrating its 27th year with a live concert performance by Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow, followed by the opening of two new exhibitions, Selected Works by Birger Sandzén from the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and An Homage to the Landscape: Paintings by Elizabeth Rowley.

The Deines Cultural Center is pleased to once again welcome Celtic fingerstyle guitarist and storyteller Jerry Barlow. The concert is entitled Voyage of Hope and will be presented on Sunday, November 19 at 4 PM at the Center at 820 North Main Street in Russell.

"I have always been intrigued by the Irish immigration," said Barlow. "One million strong...leaving their beloved homeland to escape English oppression and the Potato Famine. Risking the perilous three-month voyage on ships that were barely seaworthy. In search of freedom and a better life."

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels and haunting airs are described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.

Birger Sandzén was a prolific American painter internationally recognized for his landscapes. Most of his work was produced while teaching art at Bethany College. His paintings are included in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and many others.

Elizabeth Rowley's work has a common thread, which is texture. She loves to build texture in both her landscapes and mixed media work. The idea of the textural element and what lays underneath, what she wants to reveal and what she wants to bury, can be best described as poetic impulses generated from shards of reality, somehow rearranged into a special kind of truth. Rowley's biggest influence was her artist and writer father, Patric Rowley, who studied with William and Betty Dickerson.

As a special thanks to DCC members, this event is free and open to the public. They encourage you to sign up or renew your membership to the Friends of the Deines Cultural Center.

Call 785-483-3742 for more information.

(Information and photo courtesy Deines Cultural Center.)

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