What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

We’re headed out of the building for a few weeks with our float in the Memorial Day parade. United We Stand for our country, our community and the arts! Look for us in our best patriotic costumes and smiles on our faces.

The following week, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house for our new gallery “Arts in the Heart,” located at 47 S. First St., Fulton, will be held. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m., and see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY.

The official ribbon cutting will be held June 5 at 11 a.m. just before Tunes in June.

We’ll also be open during Farmer’s Market every Saturday so stop by when you’re at the market, on your lunch hour during the week, or whenever you’re downtown. Make time to see what’s new at Arts in the Heart Gallery open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The third annual Arts Fest will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. There will be crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, and prizes. There will be more than vendors to browse.

Talent is still being sought for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lois Dixon and the Olives and Tom Eagan will each perform onstage following the competition, which awards prizes in three age categories plus a new category for bands just added. And there is still room for vendors. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

A six-week Digital Photography 101 class will be making a return to the center June 4 at 6 p.m. Students can take one or all six classes and learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex digital camera is recommended, but not required.

The class is taught by Kendra Matott, studio arts coordinator and featured artist of the Month at Arts in the Heart Gallery.

une 4 is another Ink Class with Bonnie McClellan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students will work on buildings and scenery, using Fulton’s history as models.

June 9 brings the monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing is the perfect place to share your writings and enjoy the work of others like yourself. All genres welcome. Contact Jim Farfaglia at  402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

A new class is coming June 15, Woodworking for Beginners, for ages 10 and up from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided.

The center is located in the lower level of State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

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