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Woven Harmony to perform in Athens

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 11, 2006) -- The Performing Arts Series presents Woven Harmony, the music of classical guitarist Robert Bluestone and the tapestry art of fiber artist Rebecca Bluestone, together in concert on Jan. 13. This husband-and-wife team will offer a unique collaboration of music and art. The work of these artists is based upon common ground: guitar and loom are both handmade instruments requiring a shared love of form and texture, tone and timbre, honed by hours of solitary practice. The Bluestones are fascinated by the interplay of the subtle variations of sonic and visual tints in their work.

Robert Bluestone has earned an international reputation with programs celebrating the diversity of the classical guitar repertoire, performing music from four continents and four centuries. Rebecca Bluestone is a tapestry weaver and teacher with a full-time weaving and dye studio in Santa Fe, N.M. With Rebecca's tapestries, inspired by the music Robert plays, installed on stage, their performance combines the verbal exchange between the couple regarding their shared inspiration with the beauty of music and art.

The Bluestones say that Woven Harmony became, "a wonderful fusion of the visual and performing arts and a fitting metaphor for our relationship. We are able to combine these aspects of our lives in a collaboration that speaks to audiences about love, creativity, contemplation and beauty."

Robert's music inspires and influences Rebecca's art. She says, "There is a lyrical undercurrent in all of my work, for I find it impossible to separate color from music."

In addition to performing on Jan. 13, the Bluestones will participate in a week-long residency at Ohio University. The purpose of the residency is to involve the artists in the community and emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary appreciation.

The Performing Arts Series and the City of Athens will present "Partnerships: Prosperity Through Creativity in the 21st Century," a community luncheon with Robert Bluestone on Jan. 12. Robert will discuss the importance of collaboration and why partnerships are so powerful.

Dan Gate, special event coordinator for the City of Athens, said, "We are truly blessed with a great amount of talented people in Athens and the surrounding counties. It is my hope that we can utilize this luncheon as a catalyst to get more people involved in building an even greater economic impact from one of our most valuable resources, our talented artisans and musicians."

Lindley Cultural Center and the Performing Arts Series will host a wine and cheese reception celebrating Woven Harmony at the Lindley Art Gallery on the evening of Jan. 12. Community and university members, including President Roderick J. McDavis and the first lady, are scheduled to attend.

In addition, the Bluestones will speak to various classes throughout the week about the connection between the course material and the inspiration that is behind Woven Harmony. On Jan. 12, they will present to Management 350, Creativity and Innovative Management, about integrating creativity into a corporate setting.

Gary Coombs, professor of the class, said, "I want to expose my students to different forms of creativity. The Bluestones are innovative in that they have found a way to convert their creative ideas into a 'business model' that captures the economic value in their aesthetic works. This is the essence of creativity and innovation from a management and business perspective."

On Jan. 11, the couple will present to Interdisciplinary Arts 118, Art and Spirituality, about the relationship between spirituality and the arts.

Professor Matthew R. Turner, who teaches the class, said, "The work done by Woven Harmony is exactly the kind of interdisciplinary enterprise that the School of Interdisciplinary Arts is interested in studying and teaching because it explores the interrelations and influences that the arts can and do have on one another. It showcases how art can be a spiritual experience both in its creation and its reception."

Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office, open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance. For tickets or information, please call (740) 593-1760. The Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Ameriprise Financial and Hocking Valley Bank, lifetime supporter, sponsor this performance.

To schedule an interview with the Bluestones or a professor whom they will be speaking to, please contact Caitlin Murray, special project coordinator for the Office of University Events, at cm285501@ohio.edu or (740) 593-0804.

For more information, please visit the Office of University Events news Web site at http://www.ohio.edu/performingarts/newsroom.cfm.

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Media Contact: Performing Arts Series Publicity Coordinator Sarah Petersen, (740) 593-0802 or ss230302@ohio.edu

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