Event to benefit Family Abuse Shelter

TROY — Music, dance, art, and theater are coming to the Mayflower Arts Center in Troy on April 1. Sponsored by Edison State Community College and the center as a benefit for the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, “Women’s Untold Stories: An Evening of Music, Dance, Art, and Theater” will feature 17 women from the college and the community displaying their talents as they salute girls and women.

During the reception from 5-7 p.m., musicians Nancy Shuler, Kathryn Ellicott, Mindy Bach, and Shannon Cothran will entertain guests with classic and contemporary selections.

The center’s gallery will feature the work of Troy artist Nancy Shuler and Piqua artist Linda Hamilton. Shuler’s work depicts a teenager on the levee at Troy and a self-portrait done in a studio at Wright State University. Shuler says that she employs “a direct approach using oils and modulating colors based on observation, perspective, light, and color relationships.” Hamilton will display a painting of her daughter, Erika Hamilton Loubek, at age 3, and her latest work, a painting of her mother-in-law, Mary F. Hamilton, 91.

Shuler and Hamilton’s paintings, along with other art depicting girls and women will be in the gallery at the Mayflower Arts Center throughout April.

At 7 p.m., the show will begin with a lyrical dance by Troy native Savannah Harvey followed by a viola solo by Shannon Cothran, also a Troy native and a senior at Troy High School.

For the main event, 13 area college students/employees and community leaders will take the stage and deliver monologues in answer to poet Muriel Rukeyser’s question, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?” Dr. Vivian Blevins and students in her Women in Theatre class at Edison State, Mindy Bach, Savannah Harvey, and Rachel Darrow wrote the monologues, which feature diverse themes from sex trafficking to emotional and physical poverty to communication lapses.

The final act of the evening will feature Dayton musician Brenda Cobbs-Allen presenting songs by Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin.

Audience members will have the opportunity to talk to the cast at the conclusion of the evening and share their own stories.

The basic price of admission is $10. Those who would like to make additional contributions to the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County are encouraged to do so. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.mayflowerartscenter.com.