Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center: The
Southern Ohio Museum opened its galleries and programs
to the public in 1979, after the community's largest
bank moved its headquarters from the handsome Beaux
Arts style building at 825 Gallia Street in the heart
of Portsmouth's downtown. The building now houses two
permanent installations featuring the largest single
collection of works by native son and well-known American
Scene painter Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000) and
"Art of the Ancients," 10,000 prehistoric Native American
objects from the Charles and William Wertz Collection.
Three other galleries feature group and solo exhibitions
of well-known and emerging contemporary Ohio and regional
artists. The Museum also offers a 100-seat theatre for
music and performing arts, a gift shop, a reading room
with more than 1000 volumes and changing exhibits of
local historic photographs, a classroom, a guided tour
program, an off-site circus arts studio and year-round
programming designed to enhance the exhibitions. For
information call (740) 354-5629.
picture featured at the right is actually a painting
of the building by Willard Reader.
Vern Riffe Performing Arts Center:
The Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is 102,000 square
foot state-of-the-art facility located on the campus
of Shawnee State University. It is the home of the university’s
bachelor of fine arts programs and has featured some
of the biggest names in Broadway, theater, jazz, big
band, dance, folk, dramatic arts, and pop music. The
main theater seats 1139 people and features a 20 ft.
x 20 ft. projection screen with rear projection capabilities,
satellite and digital projection capabilities, moveable
thrust stage for speaker programs, full theatrical stage
lighting and sound and two way cable access. The facility
also has a generous display area in the grand lobby
and the campus food service is available to serve your
catering needs. For more programming information and
ticket availability, call (740) 351-3622 or the McKinley
Box Office at (740) 351-3600.
Wind Symphony: The The
Portsmouth Wind Symphony presents four concerts annually.
This group of community members ranging in age from
local high school students, to retirees, and including
all professions, rehearses weekly on Mondays at the
Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The concert season typically
includes a Fall Concert in October, a very traditional
Christmas Concert which involves the Portsmouth Civic
Chorale and other guests, and a Spring "Pops" Concert.
Finally, on July 4th, the PWS presents an outdoor concert
at Tracy Park in downtown Portsmouth.
Little Theatre: Get your
tickets early as the Portsmouth Little Theatre presentations
traditionally sell out. This totally volunteer theatre
group offers four plays annually and truly represents
community theatre at its best. For information call
Ohio Light Opera: Enjoy exciting
guest artists, favorite local talents, magnificent scenery,
stunning costumes, elegant dancing and a thrilling full
orchestra as the Southern Ohio Light Opera (SOLO) offers
its annual operetta(s). This is an annual summer activity,
so look for the presentation in July or August. For
information, call (740) 353-5044.
Ohio Performing Arts:
Presents nationally renowned performing arts productions
and concerts featuring Broadway, Family Pops and Fine
Arts mini-series in conjunction with Shawnee State University
at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. For scheduled
events and ticket information call (740) 351-3600.
F. M. LOCAL #482: In connection
with the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Beautification
Society, this group presents free summertime concerts
in Tracy Park. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair,
sit back, relax, and enjoy the music. Contact Gary Billups
for information (740) 574-6756.
Portsmouth Area Arts Council: Founded in 1970,
and dedicated to encourage the development, practice,
appreciation and preservation of the Arts among the
people of the Greater Portsmouth Area, this organization's
main goal is to bring the Arts to area students through
special exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, workshops
and performances, giving students the opportunity to
experience and learn from professional artists.
Arts Center: Boneyfiddle Arts Center, Inc. is
a membership-based nonprofit visual arts center and
exposition place. Their vision is to enrich the lives
of artists and the community as a cultural center, arts
educational facility and art gallery; encourage and
promote the visual arts through changing exhibitions,
workshops, classes, and community outreach programs;
to introduce art to non-artists; and to foster artist
development and artistic talent. Located in the historic
Boneyfiddle district at 546 Second Street, Portsmouth.
For more information, please contact us at (740) 876-9668.
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