New Mural Reflects Infinity Visual And Performing Arts’ Identity

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts of Jamestown has a new outdoor mural thanks to two local artists and a grant from the Jamestown Renaissance Center.

The 5-by-8-foot mural, located outside Infinity, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown, was made possible in part by a JRC Downtown Renaissance Block Challenge grant that awarded 50 percent of funding for certain improvements, which several other businesses in the area have also received.

According to Shane Hawkins, executive director for Infinity, the organization had wanted an outdoor mural for a long time, and the grant made it the right opportunity. So, she approached David Grice, of Jamestown, to complete the piece, who opted to involve his brother, Joseph, to complete the piece together.

“We chose Dave and Joe Grice because we felt Dave’s colorful style and Joe’s intricate detail work would create a unique, eye-catching piece of public art,” Hawkins said.

Joseph, who was very excited for the opportunity to display his work on such a big public scale, immediately started brainstorming for ideas when Dave approached him, he said.

“We wanted to incorporate the theme and spirit of Infinity,” Joseph said.

“I wanted it to represent Infinity and the spirit of what it is – I just want people to enjoy it,” David added. “There is a lot of detail in it that you can’t see from far away.”

“It’s almost like a metaphor for Infinity,” Joseph continued. “It’s this great big thing that people can appreciate, and think is really cool. But, once you get in close, you see all the tiny little details, hard work and hours that we put into it – it’s the same with Infinity.”

Joseph has been an art instructor at Infinity for several years. Dave is responsible for both the glowing Volt Vision Smackdab piece near the entrance of Infinity and a large indoor mural located inside the Infinity facility, which are popular and colorful parts of its decor, Hawkins said.

“Both Grices are well-respected and known in our arts community. I am so happy that we have their work on display, and to increase community access to public art,” Hawkins said. “We would love to see more public art installed in the Jamestown area because it brings beauty and interest to our town, is great for tourism and gives our local talented artists exposure and recognition.”

“I love it – it makes downtown more vibrant,” David added.

David is a member of the Active Artists Alliance and selections of his work can be found on its website, www.activeartist.org. For more information search for “David Grice” or “Joseph Grice” on Facebook.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

Coal Train To Perform At Infinity Cafe Friday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will present Coal Train on Friday from 7-9 p.m.

The group, which features Stephanie Rogers on vocals, Mark Bunce on lead and slide guitar, Jim Foti on bass, Paul Sweat on rhythm guitar, and Jon Washburn on drums, performs a mix of country, southern rock, blues and boogie tunes. The event will be Rogers’ final performance before she relocates to Georgia.

The event is free and open to the public. Infinity is located at115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or search for “Infinity Visual and Performing Arts” on Facebook.

Struthers Library Theatre To Host “Captain Fantastic’s The Magic of Elton John” Saturday: Walt Wise, Captain Fantastic, will appear as Elton John at Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third St. in Warren, Pa., on Saturday at 8 p.m.

By using costumes, a 5-foot baby grand piano, lights, smoke and lasers, Captain Fantastic will recreate Elton John hits such as “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Rocketman,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Bennie And The Jets,” “Island Girl,” “Daniel” and others.

For more information, call 814-489-3110 or visit www.strutherslibrarytheatre.com.

Auditions For Lucille Ball Little Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical” Set For Sunday: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will host auditions for its production of “Shrek The Musical” on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Roles for adults and children are available. Auditionees are to be prepared to sing a song of choice, and bring sheet music if applicable. “Shrek The Musical” is set for Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15.

For more information, call 483-1095 or visit www.lucilleballlittletheatre.org.

Infinity Students To Perform Free Concert Sunday: The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Ave. in Jamestown, will host Collective Groove and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts student soloists on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Collective Groove, an ensemble that combines Caribbean steel drums, a rhythm section and vocalists, performs a variety of genres including rock, calypso, pop, Latin and others. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted.

For more information, call 664-0991 or search for “Infinity Visual and Performing Arts” on Facebook.

Infinity Orientation Session Set For Monday: New Infinity Visual and Performing Arts students are required to attend an orientation session. The orientation takes about 40 minutes, and involves both the watching of a video and a tour of the facility. For more information, call 664-0991 or search for “Infinity Visual and Performing Arts” on Facebook.

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts To Host Halloween Insomniac Film Festival: The Insomniac Competitive Film Festival is set to host a special Halloween edition on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Area residents may submit short films up to five minutes in length by Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. Filmmakers and patrons may be school-aged children, thus content should be kept reasonable. Accepted formats are .mov, .avi or .wmv.

For more information or to register, email lbarry@artscouncil.com, call 664-2465, ext. 227.

HAPPENINGS

To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.

Tonight

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry And Cassadee Pope: 7:30 p.m., Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St. in Erie.

Friday

Velvet Cabbies: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Jon Halmi And Center Stage Karaoke: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Brian Chase: 8-11 p.m., Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Zephyr: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Saturday

Brian Chase: 2-5 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Jesse Taylor: 6-9 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Sammy Slicker Band: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Pressure Sensitive: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Ion Sky Band: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Sunday

Brian Chase: 2-5 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Jesse Taylor: 6-9 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.