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Diana exhibit in Cincinnati through August

June 8, 2014

By Meredith Moss, Dayton Daily News, Ohio



June 08--Those who missed the Princess Diana museum exhibit when it was at the Dayton Art Institute -- or those who might just like to see it once more before it leaves America -- will want to visit the Cincinnati Museum Center before Aug. 17.

This is the last stop on the 11-year world tour.

"Diana, A Celebration" chronicles the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales in nine galleries containing 150 objects -- ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. The exhibition is on loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family's 500-year-old ancestral home.

A three-screened video presentation highlights the hundreds of associations that continue to benefit from her patronage and dedication. The world's grief at her untimely death is dealt with in a display of books of condolence and space for reflection and remembrance.

Admission is $23 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for seniors. There is a discount for members. For information: http://www.cincymuseum.org

We Care Arts to be featured on "The Art Show"

One of the Miami Valley's most inspiration art centers will be featured on an upcoming edition of ThinkTV16's new program, "The Art Show."

Slated for 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, is a tour of We Care Arts in Kettering, the place where art instructors teach clients with a variety of challenges. Clients, who sell their wares at the organization's gift shop, also learn life skills.

The June 15 show will also highlight African drummer and now Ohioan Sogbety Diomande and the Dayton-based music video "Where There is Love" produced for Playing for Change.

Columbus conference designed for those interested in church music

Choral directors and singers will have an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen the congregation's song when the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada meets for its July 13-17 conference at Capital University in Columbus.

Phyllis Warner, a life member of the Society who is from Tipp City, has been a presenter at past conferences in Birmingham and Winnipeg and says it's a rare opportunity for those interested in church music.

"It's one of the few conferences that gets all denominations together, it isn't sponsored by a particular religion or denomination," she says. "There will be something there for all people who are interested in church music -- for organists, for choir directors, for text and tune writers, for singers and instrumentalists."

Free hymn festivals will be presented at 7:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Programming will range from African drumming to "Hymns for Hand-bells." Sessions include Musical Pedagogy, Balancing Between Teaching Notes and Giving Context in Song Leading. Leaders include John Bell, Christopher Anderson, Marcia McFee and the composers team of Mary Kay Beall and John Carter.

Single day registrations and C.E.U. credits are also available. Prices vary depending upon participation. More details are available at www.thehymnsociety.com.

Would you like to be a "Minimalist?"

Inspired by the recent visit of "The Minimalists," Ann Kent of Yellow Springs has decided to host a "Minimalist Meet-up" group for anyone wishing to know more about some of the ideas that have transformed the lives of these two men who grew up in the Miami Valley.

We featured Joshua Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus in the Life section of the Dayton Daily News before their May visit to the Dayton Visual Arts Center in May. They came to talk about their book, "Everything That Remains."

"They both were leading corporate lives yet finally decided to leave the corporate worlds to find greater value in their lives," says Kent. According to The Minimalists, getting rid of the physical, emotional or spiritual clutter enables each of us to find more times to pursue the things we're passionate about and enjoy the relationships that add value to our lives.

Kent is issuing an invite to anyone who would like to be part of a continuing "conversation" regarding "The Minimalists" and their ideas. The first meeting will be held at The Bryan Center, 100 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Any questions can be sent to akentys@gmail.com or call (937) 767-1777. if you want to get a better idea of the concept, check out www.TheMinimalists.com

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