ADA — The community is invited to celebrate National Arts and Humanities month with the Ada Arts Council in October. Special events on tap for the celebration include Arts Picnic in the Park and a concert by Native American guitarist Brad Richter.

Arts Picnic in the Park has become a regular event hosted by the Ada Arts Council each fall. It brings together local artists and musicians for a day of food, fun and entertainment. This year’s event will be Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden on the northeast side of Wintersmith Park.

There will be free hot dogs and cokes for everyone while supplies last, and the Kiwanis Club will open its park up to visitors for a different type of entertainment. Local artists and musicians will be demonstrating their work and other special events, such as a face painting tent, will be open.

Artists and musicians who would like to participate in the Arts Picnic in the Park, phone Rosemarie Benya, coordinator, at (580) 332-0560 or e-mail Patti Resse, secretary at

On Saturday, Oct. 26, internationally acclaimed guitarist Brad Richter will take the stage at Dorothy I. Summers Theatre on the campus of East Central University. There will be a $5 general admission charge for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets will be mailed to the Ada Arts Council members, but those who need more than their level of membership provides may purchase more tickets at the door.

Richter’s music tells stories and paints pictures by tapping into sonorities and textures one might think were being created by a small orchestra rather than a single guitar. His command of the classical guitar as well as his charismatic stage presence have made him a favorite with audiences worldwide.

He began teaching himself to play guitar and compose at age 12, but at age 18, with no formal training, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. The Conservatory is where he began performing, composing and teaching professionally. His concert programs are constantly evolving as he reworks existing material and composes new pieces to be included.

While at home in Tucson, Ariz., Richter teaches at the University of Arizona. He said he also loves to spend time with his wife Kerstin and son Noah. He also enjoys hiking, running, biking and playing his guitar in the mountains and deserts that surround Tucson which have been an inspiration for much of his music. His critically acclaimed new CD, “A Whisper in the Desert,” is available from Acoustic Music Records,

Ada Arts Council encourages the community to support both these events and any other arts-related events planned by other community organization during the month of October.

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