IONA: Art Sanctuary Winter Festival of Fine Arts 

Arts & Entertainment

IONA: Art Sanctuary’s Winter Festival of Fine Arts is scheduled for Oct. 15–17, beginning each night at 7 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 will feature an art exhibit by Franklin County Art Guild members, and poets Malcolm McLaurin, Mandy Tu, Jackson Harwell and creative writer Virginia Craighill.

On Oct. 16, creative writer Patrick Dean will read. Dean is a content ambassador for Territory Run Co. Dean’s first book, on Hudson Stuck and the 1913 first ascent of Denali, is under contract to Pegasus Books. Dean will be followed by Aaron Bridgers-Carlos and Sean Bridgers. Cellist David Kearley will perform an arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to mark the 400th anniversary of slaves coming to this country and are as much American founders as those who founded Plymouth in Massachusetts and Jamestown in Virginia.

On Oct. 17, poets Leigh Ann Couch and Wyatt Prunty will read and will be followed by performances by Gary Sturgis and Kathy Sturgis.

Also, on Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m., Linda Heck, multimedia artist, musician, writer, producer and founder of Electric Arcadia will be presenting as Infanta Silhouette, creating from chance procedures an evolving palette of processed field and studio recording. Her digital compositions (softwares such as Ableton) involve moving into sonic other-topias, and in this instance to celebrate the new IONA field constellation work.

Heck is accompanied by Adam Latham of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference whose short story on Adam and Eve (depicted with two six foot high start portraits) within a modern vocabulary idiom is hilarious. Naomi Buck Palagi participates too and whose poetry has been published in Spoon River Review, Otolits, Masque and Spectacle, Eleven Eleven, BlazeVOX and The Esthetic Apostole. Palagi’s contribution to the celebration at IONA is a poem, Night Sky, that ascends into a lilting, lovely, lullaby.

The Celestial Sky-Messiah will be lit from 6:30 to 8:45 each evening of the festival. The next such lighting will be on Christmas Eve 2019, and again on Epiphany, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

IONA is located at 630 Garnertown Rd., off Hwy. 56 south from Hwy. 41A. All readings are free, and parking is available at IONA.