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Storytelling, other arts to be on display at Celebrate Women! event

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Women and the arts – especially the art of storytelling – will be the focus of the third Celebrate Women! event at Bethel College.

The Bethel College Women’s Association sponsors the program every five years, with underwriting by the Carolyn Schultz Endowment.

“Once Upon a Time: Women Share Fairy Tales, Enchanted and Otherwise” will take place Saturday, April 24, in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:45. The day ends with lunch at 12:30.

The program consists of five presentations, each inspired by a fairy or folk tale and including both a storyteller and a visual artist: “Happily Ever After” (based on an Anna Quindlen work), Lorene Goering, Santa Fe, N.M., with a painting (acrylic on canvas) by Gail Lutsch, Newton, retired professor of art at Bethel; “The Princess and the Pea,” Ardie Goering, Albuquerque, with a series of monoprints by Rachel Epp Buller, Newton, Bethel assistant professor of art; “Cinderella,” Joanna Dreier Bjerum, Newton, with photography by Megan Bartel, Tucson, Ariz.; “The Enchanting Song of the Magical Bird” (from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folk Tales), Nan Graber, Monument, Colo., with watercolor collage by Susan Bartel, North Newton; and “Rumpelstiltskin,” Leann Toews, Goessel, with dance by Katrina Toews, Washington, D.C.

The speakers will share wisdom from their life experience and passions. Their collaborators have created an original work of art to accompany the story.

Carol Flickinger, Newton, will serve as facilitator. She will give an overview of the role of fairy tales and introduce each of the five presentations with a short summary of the inspiring fairy or folk tale. She will also moderate a time of audience interaction after each presentation.

“[The five] presentations will be unique and completely different,” said BCWA president Donna Becker. “Participants will be entertained, inspired and transported.”

Another feature of the event will be a display of original art (some of which will be for sale) by area artists and Bethel students. Those who have expressed interest so far are Verla Adams, Hutchinson; Susan Bartel; Rachel Epp Buller; Geneva Flickner, Moundridge; Nan Graber (she will also bring baskets woven by African women); Eldine Harder, North Newton; Tamara Herl, Moundridge; Wilma Schmidt, Walton; LaVerle Schrag, Hutchinson; Jeannette Seager, Newton; and Bethel senior art majors Sarah Fuentes, Erie, Colo., Kelsie Miller, Goshen, Ind., and Susan Schmeichel, Hurley, S.D. Media will include sculpture, textiles, prints, paintings and drawings.

The cost is $20 (includes lunch), which should be pre-paid, due April 17. A brochure may be downloaded at or registration may be done with a credit card by calling Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus, 316-284-5205, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or by mailing a check to BCWA Once Upon a Time, Bethel College, 300 E. 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117.

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