Artists & Authors Symposium

Displays start at 2 p.m. on Friday (and all day Saturday)

Presented by Black River Technical College


FREE Admission – FREE Entertainment – FREE Parking

Featuring art and private collection displays, seminars, multi-media presentations, including meet-and-greet and autograph signing sessions.

ATTENTION TEACHERS. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be issued by Black River Technical College. Bring your family for an entertaining and educational experience.

FRIDAY, 19 September 2014

2 p.m.

Displays open for viewing at “The Studio”

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at “The Venue”

“The Year The Beatles Came to Walnut Ridge: 1964”

The exciting events that led up to The Beatles’ landing at Walnut Ridge, AR will be brought to life in a multi-media presentation by authors Jude Southerland Kessler and Chuck Gunderson.

First Kessler (author of The John Lennon Series) will lead attendees through the “eye of the hurricane,” the mad days of Beatlemania leading up to The American Tour in August and September 1964. She will give listeners glimpses of The Ed Sullivan Shows, The Beatles in Washington, D.C. and Miami, their concert at Carnegie Hall, the premiere of “A Hard Day’s Night,” and their first World Tour!

Then Gunderson (author of Some Fun Tonight: The Historic Tours of 1964-66) will take listeners on the wild ride that was The Beatles’  American Tour: from venue to venue, city to city…right up to the moment they land and conquer Walnut Ridge! Using rare photos, music, and film, Kessler and Gunderson will make 1964 come alive once again! Don’t miss this exciting kick-off for the weekend.

Both Kessler and Gunderson will be signing books and answering questions from 8:00-8:30. Light refreshments provided.

NOTE: The artwork of Enoch Doyle Jeter, our FEATURED ARTIST, will be displayed in The Venue for guests to view before or after the program. Jeter will be on hand to meet you and discuss his works. Prints will also be for sale on Friday night as well as Saturday.

SATURDAY, 20 September, 2014

Throughout the Day:

Artist Rande Kessler will have a booth in the marketplace featuring his portrait of John Lennon and “The Doors of Liverpool” art poster. Rande will be on hand to answer questions and to sign prints.

Ken Orth will have his “Meet The Look Alikes” Display open for Viewing in The Studio on main street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come Meet Ken and Talk About The Beatles’ Album Cover artwork with him!

**** All Authors will have their books for sale in the MarketPlace (including Jude Southerland Kessler and Chuck Gunderson, who Spoke on Friday Night).

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Cookin’ Up A Beatle Brunch with Author Lanea Stagg

Lanea Stagg (author of Recipe Records, Recipe Records Sixties Edition, and Recipe Records: A Tribute to The Beatles) will demonstrate the preparation of a Beatle brunch recipe and will let participants join in the fun and sample the wares afterwards! While Lanea cooks and teaches her “class” to make this dee-lish dish, she will rock The Venue with great Beatles’ music and some interesting stories/trivia about The Lads. If you like food and hands-on fun and fab music, this is YOUR event! At the end of the session, Lanea will be signing copies of her three books!

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Kit O’Toole: “A Walk Through the Abbey Road Medley”

Bring a Sack Lunch

Kit will lead the audience through each section of the legendary Abbey Road medley. Experience how the Beatles wrote and recorded each part, and hear some rare outtakes and alternate mixes. It will be a journey to remember!

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Gallery Tour with FEATURED ARTIST, Enoch Doyle Jeter

Beatles at the Ridge’s Featured Artist, Enoch Doyle Jeter will conduct a personal tour of his gallery of lithographs telling the story of The Beatles second album With the Beatles! See the amazing artwork inspired by “Little Child,” “All My Loving,” “It Won’t Be Long,” “Till There Was You,” and many more hits. Find out how these one-of-a-kind lithographs were created and what the hidden meaning waits behind each unique work of art.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be able to purchase signed prints by Jeter and/or ask him questions about his work.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tea ’n Trumpets (er, Guitars) with Dr. Kit O’Toole!

“Ten Beatles Sounds that Changed the World”

Share a cup of tea with Beatles expert and author, Dr. Kit O’Toole as she wows music lovers with “Ten Sounds That Shook The Beatles World!”

What 10 famous chords, notes, or innovations that The Beatles invented changed music forever? Can you guess? Find out at this fun, interesting talk…where you’ll be treated to the songs of The Beatles.

Afterwards, meet Kit who is a Contributing Editor of BeatleFan magazine, ask her questions about the lads, and learn about her brand new book on Michael Jackson, coming out in 2015!

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Grand Finale: Beatles’ Multi-Track Meltdown

Ready for an evening of GREAT Beatles’ music? Well, talented musician and author, Anthony Robustelli kicks things off with a toe-tappin’ presentation, “Beatles Multi-Track Meltdown.” You’ll listen to amazing Beatles sounds and find out the secrets behind each one. Things you never heard before will emerge from the selections that Anthony plays for you. Don’t miss this wonderful “insider’s look” into the songs of The Beatles.

After the presentation, get a signed copy of Anthony’s new book, I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide To the Music of The Beatles: 1962-1963.


jude-thumbJude Southerland Kessler

Featured Author

Author of three books (of what is to be a nine book series) on the life of John Lennon: “Shoulda Been There”, “Shivering Inside”, and “She Loves You”. She is currently working on Volume 4, “Should’ve Known Better”. Jude is the radio host for “The John Lennon Hour” on BeatlesARama radio.
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gunderson-thumb Chuck Gunderson

Chuck Gunderson’s labor of love over the last decade has been his painstaking compilation of the facts, the unpublished photographs, the contracts, correspondence, and ticket stubs associated with every single concert the Beatles played in North America during their three epic tours from August 1964 to August 1966. The results are arrayed in a comprehensive TWO-volume set called “Some Fun Tonight!”
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otoole-thumb Dr. Kit O’Toole

Kit O’Toole, a fixture on Chicago’s Fest for Beatles Fans panels over the years, began the Deep Beatles series for Something Else! in June of 2012 with a personal memory on “Eight Days a Week”. She has also delved into the closing medley on Abbey Road and, most recently, their reunion effort “Free as a Bird.” O’Toole is a long-time contributing editor at BeatleFan magazine and the website Blinded by Sound, as well.
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lanea-thumb Lanea Stagg

Author Lanea Stagg continues the Recipe Records series with her latest publications: Recipe Records the 60′s Edition and Recipe Records – a Culinary Tribute to The Beatles. Maggie McHugh (1967 – 2011) and Lanea published Recipe Records in 2010.
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anthony-robustelli Anthony Robustelli

Anthony Robustelli is a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and author of “I Want To Tell You – The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963″. He has successfully run his own recording studio, Shady Bear Productions, since 1996, with studios in Brooklyn and The Catskill Mountains.
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doyle-thumbEnoch Doyle Jeter

Featured Artist

An instructor in Fine Arts Printmaking at the University Of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, Doyle has produced a series of 14 original lithographs expressly for Jude Southerland Kessler’s 3rd book, “She Loves You”, on the life of John Lennon. Each print represents a song from the Beatles first album, “Please Please Me”.
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orth-thumbKen Orth

Ken is a collector of art and has created a unique exhibit called “Meet the Look Alikes!”, a collection of artwork that parodies The Beatles’ album covers. Think of these artworks as visual puns, covers of covers, tributes, spoofs, and homage, all in the spirit of The Beatles’ original album artwork.
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Rande-thumbRande Kessler

Cover artist for She Loves You and photography artist for “The Doors of Liverpool” poster. Kessler is primarily a pen and ink artist who was The Caroline Dorman artist of the year in 1983 and won first place at Melrose Arts Festival in 1986.
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