What's Ahead

December 1, 2014


Student jewelry exhibit combines art and geology

Most people buy jewelry online or in stores, but students from different disciplines at Grand Valley are collaborating to create their own.

Renee Zettle-Sterling, associate professor of art and design, and her students are collaborating with Grand Valley’s Geology Club to present “Cut, Ground, Formed and Fabricated.” The exhibition will feature jewelry crafted by art and design students from cabochon stones created by Geology Club students.

It will be on display in the Mary Idema Pew Library exhibition space from November 25-December 15. A reception celebrating the exhibit is set for Tuesday, December 2, from 5-6 p.m.

Zettle-Sterling said the collaboration began with a general interest in geology. “The stones that we purchase for our projects fascinate both my students and me. We use the stones in our work, but have no real understanding of what goes into creating them,” said Zettle-Sterling.

The students used the flat-backed cabochon stones to design and fabricate necklaces and bracelets that will be on display during the exhibit. Zettle-Sterling said this has been an experience full of firsts for her students.

“For the majority of the students in the class, this is the first time they have used a torch, worked with silver, made a setting for a stone or fabricated a metal,” said Zettle-Sterling. “Designing and constructing pieces of jewelry, responding to the stones made by the Geology Club, working within a deadline and setting up an exhibition are great ways of gaining professional experience in the field of Art and Design.”


Holiday concert concludes Fall Arts Celebration

Fall Arts Celebration concludes with the University Arts Chorale and the Jenison High School Chamber Singers joining music and dance faculty members and guests for a special performance of Robert Shaw’s “The Many Moods of Christmas.”

The concert, “The Many Moods of Christmas: Celebrating the Traditional Music of the Holidays,” is Grand Valley’s holiday gift performance to the West Michigan community and will feature traditional Christmas carols with music from composers like Handel, Bizet and Bach. The December 8 event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids; it is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

“This is a unique performance opportunity as “The Many Moods” are almost never performed in their entirety. It will be amazingly popular with those who attend,” said Danny Phipps, chair of music and dance.

“The Many Moods of Christmas” was created with collaborator Robert Russell Bennett in 1963 for a special RCA Victor recording release that same year. Combining the ageless music of 18 of the most traditional carols with well-loved holiday melodies, the talented duo constructed an oratorio-like iconic masterpiece that strings together tune after tune like pearls in a necklace, filling the listener with the magic and excitement of the holidays.

Shaw often has been cited as America’s greatest choral conductor, with a remarkable career that included positions as conductor and musical director of both the Cleveland and the Atlanta symphony orchestras.

For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/fallarts, or call x12185.