What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

New spring classes, two theater productions, a new art exhibit in Cicero, the community mural project gets launched, Author Spotlight on the topic of Alzheimer’s, Arts Fest returns with its talent competition and handmade original art, Arty Camp registration opens, a special community event is expected mid-summer, and the announcement of a gallery opening in May…what’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

More than we can keep track of as we live up to our mission of bringing art experiences to the region with every event.

Author’s Spotlight, tonight at 7 p.m., is especially important this month with a discussion of “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease” written by Rev. Diane Bradshaw.

“I Am Arnold,” her first book, is about Rev. Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, who received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

College basketball and Easter themes are the focus of the next culinary arts class, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will decorate basketball cookies, cupcakes, and Easter treats. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

Also on the schedule March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is oil painting with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will help students learn how to add wildlife to landscapes – a deer, elk, moose and more.

The Arts Center wraps up March with the final class in Digital Photography 101 Tuesday March 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kendra Matott will provide composition tips for composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots!

With better weather ahead, CNY Arts Center launches the spring quarter of classes with Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and older. This class will help children create a script for a 10-15 min. short film, and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home. This six week class runs Saturdays starting April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A new writing class, Introduction to Writing, will also start Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. This class for beginning writers will meet once a month with Jim Farfaglia and look at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary.

Our third festival season starts with Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink. This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a Talent Competition featuring prizes in several categories. Register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Also online is the registration for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but April 5th is the deadline for this opportunity.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp registrations are available with full details on the web site. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Some sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Helen Keller” are both coming to the stage in April; an art exhibit is now up at the piano and organ store in Cicero; and preparation has begun for “Art in the Wind,” featuring the art work of Dr. Angela Arrey-Wastavino on the Community Mural Project to be completed at Harborfest this year.

And stay tuned for news of the grand opening of CNY Arts Center’s first art gallery in downtown Fulton, opening early May.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

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