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OCAF Seeking Volunteer Gallery Director

OCAF's long-time Gallery Director, Charles Warnock, is now OCAF's Programs Assistant and is giving up his volunteer duties as Gallery Director.  We are now looking for a Volunteer to take on this important role. If you are interested in learning about this part-time volunteer position please click here for the job description/contact form. 

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Mingle with Kringle

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SESSION 1: 10 AM TO 12 PM
SESSION 2: 1 PM TO 3 PM
 

ADMISSION: AN UNWRAPPED TOY OR $2 DONATION FOR TOYS FOR TOTS

NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY

CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

  

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Mingle with Kringle, an OCAF holiday tradition, is a FUN filled and FANTASTIC day of entertainment for children!  Each session consists of a FREE photo with Kringle, festive storytelling, Holiday crafts, construction of the Peaceful Village, Story Time with Mrs. Klaus and an entertaining puppet show every child (and parent) will love.
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This year's Mingle with Kringle Show

"ANIMALIA"

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Hobey Ford’s beautiful production of ANIMALIA explores the world of animals through movement, music and visually stunning puppetry. Breaking out of the traditional puppet theater booth, Hobey Ford turns the whole theatre into his performance stage. The performance includes a magnified look at butterfly and frog metamorphosis, the world of birds and a classic undersea ballet of whales, frolicking dolphins and otters. Witness the magic of beautiful, animated, carved foam puppets, each one a work of art. In creating these stunningly lifelike “Foamies” puppets, Hobey carefully studies each animal’s characteristic movements; he then designs various control mechanisms to make the puppets move in a lifelike manner.

 

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Hobey Ford is the winner of puppetry's highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence,  and recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants. He is known for excellence in puppetry performance and craft.

Hobey's intricate shadow puppetry work and creation of the original rod puppets, the "Foamies", have earned him a place on stages across the world. Hobey's performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles including Bunraku, rod, marionettes, "Foamies", and shadow puppetry. Hobey adapts folk tales from various cultures for many of his performances, always adding a special "Golden Rod" twist. He uses his own voice to create characters and sound effects, tell stories, and sing.

Hobey utilizes his artistic study at The State University of New York at Purchase and the University of North Carolina at Asheville to design and construct all of his Golden Rod Puppets and the beautiful sets that surround them. Hobey also draws on his early experiences growing up in coastal Connecticut or living in a Nevada Native American community in writing the scripts for some of his performances such as "Whale Walker" and "Turtle Island Tales".

Hobey is considered both an innovator in puppetry craft and a master storyteller. He has created both the "Foamies" and the clever hand puppet known as "Peepers". The "Foamies" are large animal puppets carved from blocks of foam. After studying each animal's characteristic movements, Hobey designs various control mechanisms to make the puppets themselves move in a life-like manner. The "Foamies" are presented using both stage and house performance space.

 

Mingle with Kringle will be located at the OCAF’s Rocket Hall

34 School Street, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677.

For more information call (706) 769-4565 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


 

DON'T MISS THIS YEAR'S ADDED ATTRACTION!


SHADOW PUPPETRY WORKSHOP

With Hobey Ford

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Friday, December 11, 2015 

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Cost: $12 per child

(materials included)


Extend the Holiday Season with a Friday afternoon Shadow Puppetry Workshop presented by Hobey Ford, a master award-winning puppeteer from North Carolina.

The workshop – for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade – combines storytelling with shadow puppetry, bringing a variety of cultures to life in the classroom through folktales.  During the workshop, students learn shadow puppetry performance techniques and how to construct their own shadow puppets. Hobey discusses the construction of a shadow puppet theater and how to later implement the techniques for performing their own shadow plays.

Hobey Ford will be presenting his puppet show, ANIMALIA, the next day at Mingle with Kringle. This workshop is a great opportunity for children to learn some of his techniques to help them create a puppet show of their own.

Hobey Ford has never had another career.  Now internationally renowned in the puppetry field, award-winning performer, and Kennedy Center Partner in Education teaching artist, Ford knew early on what he wanted to do after seeing a puppet show while still a youngster: he was bitten by the puppetry bug!  While studying at an arts college, Hobey eventually formed “…one of my cornerstones – that I would approach puppetry as storytelling with puppets.”  Ford designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod Puppets as well as the beautiful set that surround them.  Now a resident of Asheville NC, Hobey also draws on his early experiences growing up in coastal Connecticut or living in a Nevada Native American community in writing the scripts for some of his performances.  He has received the highest awards for his brilliant and priceless contributions to the world of puppetry: two-time winner of puppetry’s highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants and chosen as a Kennedy Center Partner to teach teachers (and other artists) how to use the performing arts in the classroom curriculum.

Space is limited so register now!

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