In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council, hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.
At the event, those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.
Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.
The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.
In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.
Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.
“Our region is home to so much great local talent, and this event was a way to not only highlight that, but also to thank the artists who share their amazing work with us. This event was truly special, because we recognized our region’s ‘next generation’ of artists, by honoring high school students who have exceptional artistic abilities and inviting several of those students to perform,” Ritchie said.
“I’d like thank the North Country Arts Council for helping to make this event possible. The organization is a wonderful resource not only for artists, but also for the community experience the various types of culture our area has to offer,” she said.
Honorees from Oswego County:
- Gale Armstrong
- Phyllis DiSalvo
- Sandra Dowie
- Edward Elsner
- James Fitzgerald
- Joe Galvin
- Ellen Landphere
- Phillip Lee
- Bonnie McClellan
- Loie Mechetti
- Joanne Neff
- Marcella Slater
- Kathryn Wehrung
Oswego County students honored:
- Ashlee Bishop: APW High School
- Nicole Light: Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square
- Cassondra Orr: G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton
- Sydney Ryan: Mexico High School
- Kayla Volkomer: Oswego High School
- Megan Lentz: John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix
- Isabel Englbrekt: Pulaski Junior-Senior High School
- Sarah McDougal: Sandy Creek High School