Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp June 25-29
Teachers, musicians, dancers, artists will create unique experience
National and regional teachers, musicians, visual artists and dancers will all come together to create another unique and fun experience at this year’s Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp on June 25 – June 29. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and the First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, the camp is designed to not only showcase the talents of performing and exhibiting artists, but also to share the journeys which led to their careers in the fine arts arena. Students are able to select class preference for hands-on workshops, while all will enjoy several live professional performances throughout the week.
Daily hands-on classes, taught by professional artists and instructors, will include a choice of several Visual Art, Dance, Writing, Music and Drama/Theater classes. To register for the camp online, visit gulfcoastartsalliance.com, stop by the GCAA Gallery on E. 24th Ave. in Gulf Shores (across from Acme Oyster House), or the First Presbyterian Church. Tuition for the entire week is $115 per student ($100 additional siblings); both partial and full scholarships are available. Call 251-978-8130 for more and/or scholarship information.
Appearing this year for the first time will be renowned cellist Della Grigsby. Della is a favorite along the Gulf Coast, as she has an exceptional ability to demonstrate the great versatility of the cello, like no other. Beginning study of the cello at the age of nine, Della went on to study at the Berklee School of Music and has performed internationally on four of the seven continents. She has played with symphonies, small ensembles, jazz bands and even rock bands in various locations around the world, including the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the International Celtic Music Festival in France and at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. She is proficient in many realms, including classical, jazz, new age, rock, celtic and latin music.
Della (pictured) loves introducing young people to the cello. In 2015, she was selected to teach at the Festival International de Musica Loja in Ecuador, where she was the instructor for twenty-five students who branded the technique master class, “The Rockin’ Cello Orchestra”. Mrs. Grigsby has always been fascinated by rhythm, and it shows. “Having had the privilege of performing with Della”, says camp director Pam Winstead, “I would
say that she has turned this fascination into an ability to play the cello with what might even be called “spunk”, and then, when the mood changes on the next piece of music, she plays with soulful beauty. The students at our camp are in for a big treat with both Della’s personality and her performance.”