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Recital hall, art gallery at Northwestern State receive improvements
Jan 25, 2012 | 1178 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers install new carpet in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State.
Workers install new carpet in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State.
Magale Recital Hall and the upstairs Orville Hanchey Art Gallery at Northwestern State University are both getting some touch-up work.

The Recital Hall is getting new carpet. Handrails are being added to assist concertgoers getting up and down the stairs. A new curtain and lighting system were also recently installed. Magale Recital Hall is one of the most heavily used venues at Northwestern State hosting concerts, recitals, classes and university and community events on more than 300 days a year.

“Magale Recital Hall will look much nicer and more inviting to those who enjoy using it,” said Bill Brent, director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts. “Having the best possible concert hall is important to the musicians, vocalists and others who are on the stage. This work will help us continue providing the best possible educational experience for our students.”

Hanchey Gallery is getting new carpeting and wall surfacing. The art galleries at Northwestern State host exhibits by students and guest artists year-round.

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January 28, 2012
In the summer of 1953, I was part of a group of new freshmen hired to re-upholster the seats in the "Little Theater", as it was then called. The four of us divided the labor into precise areas, one of which was the cutting of individual pieces of Naugahide for the chairs. None of us were the brightest bulbs on the marquee, but the fellow doing the cutting cut them a bit too small and wasted quite a bit of material. When confronted by the administrator in charge of the the project, he sternly advised us that a number of "Naugas" would have to be hunted, killed, and skinned because of our carelessness. We bought his story, hook, line, and sinker,

I was also an art major when Orville Hanchey was the chairman of the department. He was a wonderful man and a fine painter, himself. Those early days at Northwestern State (then "college") were the happiest time for me. I got to know every nook and cranny under and over the Fine Arts Building. The large concert hall in front of the building was one of the finest and most professional venues for all manner of performances, from symphony orchestras to grand opera. Please publish more photos of the newly spruced-up building.
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