Festival of New Plays
The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in a Short Play Festival, February 24, 2019. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute and 10-Minute plays. The theme for this year’s festival is "Coming Together: Healing Our Divisions.” Topics may include such issues as racial, cultural, and economic divisions. The goal of the festival is to provide positive and encouraging ways to bridge our differences and bring us together. Plays selected to be a part of the 2019 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience.
Email all submissions by December 15, 2018
The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir draws on a rich tradition of sacred music, from familiar church standards, to classics of the European choral repertoire to contemporary American anthems. The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir comprises 17-20 volunteers and sings for the regular 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service as well as special services throughout the Liturgical year. In addition to the primary duty of leading congregational hymnody and service music, the St. Paul’s Choir enriches worship by offering anthems, hymn descants, varied Psalm settings from Anglican Chant to Plainsong. The St. Paul’s Chancel Choir season runs from the Sunday after Labor Day through Pentecost Sunday. During the choral season, rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:15a.m.
The St. Paul’s handbell choir consists of 2-3 octaves of bells played by volunteers with various musical backgrounds and experiences. The handbell choir enhances our worship music by providing occasional bell descants to congregational hymns or choir anthems, in addition to playing solo handbell pieces of varied levels. The handbell choir rehearses from September through May on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30p.m. We invite and welcome new participation to our handbell choir, regardless of your musical background.
Art on the Parish Green
We want to give artists a chance to expand their following and give the community a chance to expand their appreciation of the arts! We are a downtown church, and New Albany’s downtown is a great place to be. We want to give folks an excuse to come visit downtown and see what New Albany has to offer. We are raising money for Shepherd’s Kitchen, a feeding ministry that provides free meals to 60 to 80 needy folks from our community every single Friday night of the year.
Art in the Parlor
Art in the Parlor is part of Arts Council of St. Paul's. Our mission: "To engage the church, the community, writers, actors, and other artists in conversations that will open people's eyes to the richness of art, music, and poetic words in order to bring about positive and productive creative action from truth and godly motives." Art in the Parlor hosts local artists for a month-long gallery show. During the gallery opening, each artist presents an interactive gallery talk about his/her work.
St. Paul’s Art Gallery highlights the Quilt and Fiber Biennial
St. Paul’s Art Gallery will be a venue for the Quilt and Fiber Biennial during the months of November and December. The biennial show is a city-wide event featuring several galleries in New Albany. The exhibit and events will run concurrent with the performance of the Quilters at TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana, November 8 – 18, 2018. Quilters is a musical play based on a book by Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek, and Music/Lyrics by Barbara Damashek.
Damashek and Molly Newman wrote “Quilters,” based on a nonfiction book, “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. This musical tells the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters by stitching together a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic, which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. “Quilters” comes imbued with womanly sensibilities that address the same big questions that arise in many plays that take place in the world of men.
The quilts and fiber in the City-Wide Exhibits will explore the traditional and contemporary roles that fiber plays in our society from a domestic art to a contemporary art form. Exhibits will include museum quality traditional historic quilts, contemporary quilts with a social message, and fiber used as a creative medium.
The gallery show opens with a Trolley Hop on November 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Normal gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Parlor Stories is a literary and performing arts series bringing together local actors, story-tellers, and authors reading great literature. The series is inspired by Stories on Stage in Denver, Arts & Letters Live in Dallas, and Selected Shorts in New York City. Each performance of Parlor Stories has a unifying theme presented through several stories. The stories are sometimes classic, sometimes new; performed by great actors or story-tellers from Kentuckiana who bring these short stories to life.