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DVCE 2017 ImageNew Exhibition at MAC Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will usher in the return of Different Voices and Common Experiences this Friday, August 4, at 6pm with a public opening reception. There will be a performance art viewing at 7. The exhibition will be located in the Benedum Gallery until August 26, 2017.  Different Voices and Common Experiences is presented by the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. It is supported in part by funds from the Morgantown Knights of Columbus and private donors. Additional support is provided by community members.

Different Voices and Common Experiences was created with the intent of increasing awareness of mental health issues in the region and has become an integral part of MAC's programming. This exhibition has been assembled with the intention of both showcasing the talent of such a unique and diverse segment of our population and promoting awareness within our region of the effects of mental illness. MAC' executive director, Ro Brooks says “MAC is delighted to once again showcase the work of artists who have been touched by mental health issues. This annual exhibition has consistently been well received by gallery visitors. With each exhibit, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artwork and the public positive reaction. I am confident that this year’s showing will also surprise and delight viewers!”

Information was sent to a variety of local and state agencies, mailing lists and Facebook groups, as well as advertised on NWVCIL’s social media pages and website. Submissions were accepted on a first come first served basis. All participants have been affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family members. This process can be therapeutic and provides those with mental illnesses an outlet to express themselves and share their perspectives.

MAC invites all to celebrate at the Public Opening Reception on August 4, and welcomes donations. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquires should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

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Pierce Pettis

PierceOn Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Compass Records recording artist Pierce Pettis will visit MAC's Tanner Theatre for a MACmusic concert!
Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. Pettis began his long career as a writer / artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and later as a staff writer for Polygram / Universal Music in Nashville.
His songs have been covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. Pettis’ fifth album for Compass Records (Nashville) received rave reviews from XM / Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly…to name a few. His newest, “New Agrarians” (by the trio of the same name) is a co-effort with Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel, released November of 2014. Pettis will begin work on a new solo project for Compass Records Group in August of 2017.
For tickets please visit, call, or visit the MAC Lobby Desk. Admission to this one-night event is $15.
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Hiroya Tsukamoto

HiroyaTopPhotoHiroya Tsukamoto Returns To MAC For Summer Concert


Hiroya Tsukamoto will be returning to the Tanner Theatre on July 21, 2017 at 8 pm for his second MACmusic performance.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an internationally-acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and composer from Kyoto, Japan. After receiving a scholarship to study in the US in 2000, he began performing internationally. He has released six albums.

“Guitar poetry” is how Hiroya describes his music, and it is nothing short of accurate. His romantic songs tell a traveler’s story in a way that is cinematic and soulful. As he explains: “By playing music, I could travel to different places and times.” Growing up, Hiroya listened to many varieties of music, an influence that, along with his Japanese folk music roots, shaped his sound.

Hiroya has received many accolades, and the Boston Herald says he "takes us to an impressionistic journey." MAC invites you to come enjoy this unique experience that will take the audience across genres and cultures.

Tickets are now available for this one-night event. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at

MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.Hiroya



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Fearless Fools

Fearless FoolsVintage Theatre Company Presents The Fearless Fools


Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will be hosting the Vintage Theatre Company’s production of The Fearless Fools, West Virginia’s premier professional comedy troupe. Specializing in a unique blend of short-form and long-form improv, the Fools frequently fuse their performances with stand-up and original sketch comedy.In addition to public performances, the Fools are also available for private events, corporate trainings, and holiday parties.


The Fearless Fools performance will take place on July 15, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets are now available for this one-night event. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.



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Back In The Day

Back In the Day ImageMonongalia Arts Center welcomes Back In The Day to the Tanner Theatre on July 8, 2017. This MACMusic performance, following the July 4 holiday season, recreates pieces of nostalgic Americana. The band’s organizer and bassist, Terry Morgan, describes their sound as “50s and 60s Sock Hop Music”, drawing much of their inspiration from legendary rock n’ roll pioneers like Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.


MAC invites all to attend this one-night event on July 8, at 8 pm. Admission to the concert is $10 at the MAC Lobby Desk or online at MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325. For more information about Back In The Day, contact Terry Morgan at 304-599-8871 or visit their FaceBook page.

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