Bethany Presents Music, Theatre, Art and Dance Sampler with Arts Feast 2011

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will host a celebration of the arts December 1-4. Open to the public, Bethany’s Arts Feast 2011 will feature performances, exhibits, lessons and more designed to allow participants to explore and interact with a wide variety of artistic expressions. The four-day sampler will be offered at no cost to participants.

Events will kick off on December 1 at 7:45 p.m. with a Holiday Lessons and Carols Concert by the Bethany College Choir and Wind Ensemble at Bethany Memorial Church.

Friday’s schedule features classes in drawing, music, makeup design, acting, printmaking, art fundamentals, and music theory. The College’s dance classes will perform Ghouls at School in Wailes Theatre at 7 p.m., followed by student-directed one-act shows at 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Judith R. Hurl Education Center.

December 3 events begin with Bethany Green & White Day activities, including a welcome by President Scott D. Miller, presented to give students more information on Bethany’s program offerings and to allow them to experience life on campus first-hand.

Visual and performing arts demonstrations in pottery creation, watercolor monotypes and music — including lessons in rock and classical guitar; banjo; and brass, wind and percussion instruments — will follow, lasting until 3 p.m.  

After dinner, attendees can enjoy both a music sampler and visual art display at the Renner Art Gallery, where the 44th Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition will be open from 6:15-8 p.m. Another evening of live theatre at the Judith R. Hurl Education Center will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Arts Feast offerings will wrap up on December 4 with the Bethany Fall Annual Art Exhibition Artists’ Reception in Renner Art Gallery from 2:30-4 p.m. 

To view the full schedule and to register, visit

Individuals with questions may also contact the Bethany Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Luke Hardt at or 304.829.7117.

Lodging is available at Gresham Inn for $65 per night. Call 304-829-7622 for reservations.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.