Great holiday gift giving at CNY Arts Center

perfect holiday gift for anyone artistic, who likes to express themselves or who just likes the arts.

During the month of December, the Center is offering gift certificates called “Artist Monthly Membership” that will provide aspiring artists their choice of a month of classes at the Center beginning in January .

“The idea of this unique gift is to give someone who wants to explore their art a little nudge,” said Alice Lamb, Program Coordinator for the Art Center.

“We hear of many people who say they’d just love to learn how to paint, write their memoir or bake delicious desserts, but don’t ever do it. This gift is a way to open that creative door for them,” Lamb said.

The gift certificate can be redeemed at the Arts Center, located at 357 State St., Fulton in the State St. Methodist Church, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 for the soon-to-be artists’ first two-hour session.

There they will meet Culinary Arts Instructor Diane Sokolowski, Studio Arts Instructor Kendra Matott and Writing Arts Instructor Jim Farfaglia who will provide participants with a short demo on what they will be exploring in their art genre in the coming weeks.

Students can “dabble” in each of the three genres to see which they want to take.

The remaining three sessions (all will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays) will allow students to choose the genre they want to work in — or to try all three throughout the month.

Topics will range from creating yummy appetizers to learning how to creating artwork using Photoshop to capturing your favorite school memories in a short story form.

Gift givers can purchase certificates for the month of January or for the two-month period of January and February.

Certificates are available at the CNY Arts Center or at the Arts in the HeART Gallery, located at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

For more information about this program contact the Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit their website at

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