Hop, Skip and Jump Away
Located in the former St. Brednanﾒs Catholic Church on the corner of Park Street and Randolph Avenue in Elkins, the Randolph County Community Arts Center is a haven for all things art, music and dance.
The 83-year-old building became the arts center in 2001 when the Catholic church moved to a new building.
The Great Hallﾒs main exhibit gallery hosts creations by individual artists and collaborative exhibits fill the walls with artistic expression. On the far end of the hall is the stage, where musicians from all over the world perform their melodic craft.
Leaving the Great Hall, classrooms and The Maxwell Gallery, named for the late Judge Robert E. Maxwell, complete the art center.
Along with exhibits and concerts, the arts center offers classes for budding artists. Patrons are taught by masters of their crafts in the fields of watercolor, pottery, dance and music.
Remnants of the buildingﾒs past life remain, including the pipe organ above the main entrance and frescoes on the apse behind the stage, add to the atmosphere of the building.
Events for the month of March:
ﾕ The RCCAC Blueprint Collection Exhibition, the Great Hall gallery. On display through March 12. The exhibit consists of a collection of architectural blueprints drawn by Walter Martens, who designed the church for the Catholic Diocese in 1928.
ﾕ Randolph County Students Art Exhibit, the Great Hall gallery. On display March 19 through April 20. In its eighth year, the student exhibit has an array of pieces by children from Pre-K to 12th grade.
ﾕ Ken McCoy Solo Exhibit, the Maxwell Gallery. On display through March 12. A photographer with more than 50 years of interest in his field, McCoy exhibits photographs in ﾓImages: Near and Far.ﾔ
ﾕ Grey Darden Solo Exhibit, the Maxwell Gallery. On display March 19 through April 20. Dardenﾒs watercolors capture the beauty of West Virginia landscapes.
- Hours for all exhibits are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ﾕ Todd Burge and the Odd Urges, Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Great Hall. An eclectic musician, Burge plays everything from alternative rock to bluegrass and has performed in famous venues like CBGBﾒs and the Kennedy Center. Tickets: Adults $13, seniors, $11 and students $5.
ﾕ Brown Bag Concert featuring the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir and Jazz Band, Wednesday, March 16, noon, the Great Hall. The monthly brown bag concert is a free event sponsored by Davis Trust Company. Bring your lunch and enjoy the lunch hour entertainment.
For more information on the events and classes offered at the RCCAC, visit the website at www.randolpharts.org or call 304-637-2355. W