Garden City Community College is hosting a pair of holiday events Thursday, including the Winter Instrumental Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building and the GCCC Potter's Guild Holiday Art Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the fine arts lobby.
Each is part of a series of programs and opportunities for the season and each involves the talents of students from various communities, including Cimarron, Holcomb, Hugoton, Lakin, Scott City, Ulysses and Garden City.
“This is a sale that showcases original works by local artists with a variety of skill levels, as well as a variety of approaches to ceramic media,” said Brian McCallum, ceramics and sculpture instructor.
“There will be many reasonably priced items, all handmade and wonderful to behold,” McCallum said, with most in the price range of $5 to $50. The sale will include vases, dishes, bowls, plates, platters, cups, candleholders, jugs, pots, wall hangings, ornaments and additional creations from a number of artists, some well known in the area.
Students will wrap and sack selections, and can accept either cash or checks. Anyone with questions may reach the instructor at 276-0419. The group conducts the sale each December as the fall semester closes, and also sponsors a spring sale each May.
The evening of music, conducted by Dr. Jim McAllister, band director, will include the GCCC Concert Band and the GCCC Jazz Ensemble.
The program is calling for classic, contemporary and seasonal selections. Admission is free.
Jazz Ensemble numbers will include “Don’t Miss the Bus,” by Paul Clark; “All Blues,” a Miles Davis piece arranged by Michael Sweeney; “Cubano Chant,” by Ray Bryant,” “Listen Here,” an Eddie Harris composition arranged by Victor Lopez; “The Preacher,” by Horace Silver, arranged by Sy Johnson; and “Afro Blue,” a Michael Sweeney arrangement originally written by Mongo Santamaria. Also on the program are “High Maintenance,” a Gordon Goodwin tune arranged by Mike Story; and “Big Band Holiday,” by Carl Strommen.
The Concert Band is preparing Felix Bernard’s “Winter Wonderland,” arranged by John Edmondson; Claude Debussy’s “Beau Soir,” arranged by Bryan Warner; and Claire Grundman’s “Little English Suite.” The full band will also perform “Noel Francis,” arranged by James Ployhar and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival.”
Additional free events this season include the annual Vespers Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the fine arts auditorium on campus, featuring Yule numbers by the College Concert Choir, College Singers ensemble and community musicians; and a public reception for the GCCC Art Faculty Exhibition, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 16 in Mercer Gallery. The exhibition opened Dec. 8 and will continue through Dec. 20, as well as Jan. 14-26.