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10 February 2005

Gettysburg Campus of HACC celebrates Black History Month

The Black History Month celebration at the Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, features the work of award-winning African-American artist Ophelia Chambliss, and a musical performance by Monnette Sudler. The celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the HACC-Gettysburg campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road.

Also scheduled, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm, is a viewing and discussion of "The Color of Fear," described in movie reviews as "an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent." The "Color of Fear," followed by a college-wide discussion, will be broadcast via compressed video from HACC's Harrisburg campus to the regional campuses in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York.

Jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler, who will be performing as an artist-in-residence with the Adams County Arts Council, has become established as an innovative bandleader, a creative guitarist, an accomplished vocalist and a dynamic composer. The addition of her drum work and poetry offers her audiences unique and exciting performances celebrating the music and poetry of African-American women. Her performance will be followed by a question-and-answer dialogue with the audience.

Sudler's presentation is supported in part by the Adams County Arts Council's STAR Grant Program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Adams County Commissioners, and the Borough of Gettysburg.

Chambliss' art is featured in an exhibit at HACC-Gettysburg Campus which runs through March 18. During the Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 23, she will describe the works in her exhibit and discuss her artistic techniques and inspirations.

An accomplished artist who can paint and draw with both hands, Chambliss works in a variety of media and styles. She has worked as a professional designer, graphic artist, and art director in the educational publishing industry for more than 20 years, and she teaches an abstract oil painting workshop through the York Arts Association. Her works are exhibited in Chicago and Detroit, and at gallery shows in the Washington, D.C. area.

Earlier this year, Chambliss completed a three-part oil painting mural piece that was commissioned by Susquenanna Communications for their new office building in York. She is currently working on a series of local pieces, mostly realistic, to give her impression of the area. Her current show at HACC, which represents a new body of work, is bright, colorful and full of movement.

In addition to the events at the Gettysburg Campus, the Black History Month celebration concludes with events at HACC's Harrisburg and Lebanon Campuses. There is an admission charge for the Stompdown at the Harrisburg Campus; the Lebanon Campus event is free. All events are open to the public.

The Harrisburg Campus presents the Third Annual Stompdown at the James Evans Physical Education Center Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Sororities, fraternities and school groups from the region will demonstrate their own unique styles of "stepping" at the Stompdown. Last year's Stompdown attracted more than 500 people.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Office of Student Activities at the Gettysburg Campus (717) 337-3855, ext. 3031.

HACC's Stompdown is a family friendly event. Ticket information is available from HACC's Office of Student Life at (717) 780-2525. Proceeds from the Stompdown will benefit HACC scholarships.

At the Lebanon Campus Michael Joyner, presents his dramatic interpretation of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. His performance is noon Monday, February 28 in the Lebanon Campus lobby.

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