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What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Charlotte’s Web is a great memory now. August Arty Camp is in full swing this week and we turn our attention to the wrap-up of summer classes and events.

A very special author, Mary Slimmer, will share her newest book, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School,” during Author Spotlight at 7 tonight, Aug. 21.

Slimmer, a retired teacher and administrator in the Oswego City School District, has written her first novel for young adults. This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.” Mary also is teaching a writing class for Arty Camp.

Michael Lynne launches a great new class tomorrow, Painting Fundamentals I, Aug 22, 29 and Sept. 5 Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Lynne’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

Jim Farfaglia offers a one-day workshop for aspiring authors, Working through Writer’s Block, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 24. This workshop provides an overview of positive and affirming activities to help writers move through challenges in their writing.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, returns from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug 27 for the last class with Kendra Matott. Our book title, “Good Night, Moon,” will have your little artist sketching his or her own room full of things to say goodnight to! Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.  Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get us all together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come and bring a friend! This event is open to the public and held at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St., in Fulton.

September will bring a special night to experience the artistry of the Cashore Marionettes, our popular outdoor Arts Market, and a brand new slate of classes for the fall. Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

Remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate  locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeArt Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Poetry Corner

By Jim Farfaglia

College Bound

 

The night air streams in,

car windows wide open,

feeling the fullness of summer

 

and breathing in the beauty

that Seals and Crofts are singing;

treasuring it, for our tomorrows…

 

Old enough to know this endless fun will end.

Young enough to wonder

how we’ll learn to leave it all behind…

 

No one says a word; the song on the radio

playing like a gentle breeze,

soothing the ache that’s closing in.

Final concert tonight

The eighth and final concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be 7 p.m. today, Aug. 21 at Breitbeck Park.

These concerts are provided free to the public by the city of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County.

The 17 piece jazz ensemble, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will perform. Popular selections from all eras of Big Band music will be featured.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or relax in a car and enjoy the music and the Oswego sunset.

Visser named CNY Arts Center Volunteer of the Month

The CNY Arts Center has selected Mary Jane Visser as  July Volunteer of the Month.

The Arts Center, which was founded in 2011, is dedicated to providing quality arts programming for people of all ages and relies on volunteers to reach its goals.

The volunteer awards program was created to acknowledge the work of those who have made contributions.

“Volunteers are involved with all aspects of the Arts Center,” says Alice Lamb, program coordinator and volunteer recognition coordinator for the center. “They often bring in new ideas and then provide the energy to carry those ideas out.”

Visser aptly fits the description of a typical CNY Arts Center volunteer. As one of the founding members of the center, she has shared her background as a studio artist as well as a multi-talented crafter.

“Mary Jane has been with us since the first Arts Fest, has faithfully attended our weekly meetings and taken charge of almost all of our children’s art projects,” says Nancy Fox, the center’s director. “She is always on the hunt for the next most unique art project for all age levels, and then gathers supplies to create the finished project, using recycled items as often as possible.”

Her volunteering can be seen both behind the scenes and in the activities themselves. She takes care of keeping supplies inventoried, organized and accessible; she has been a familiar face at the center’s open houses and holiday events.

In addition, Visser has become an invaluable resource for feedback on numerous issues as the Arts Center grows.

CNY Arts Center is proud to honor Visser as the latest Volunteer of the Month. The center’s home is at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State. St., Fulton.

For more information about the center, visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

Artist explores technique: Work on display through August

Displaying seven paintings now until September at Oswego Public Library, Michael Lynne shares his work and eye for beauty in overlooked places.

Lynne attended Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a bachelor of fine arts with a major in illustration. After a three-year stint in advertising, he returned to RIT to complete a master of science in teaching degree.

What followed was a 35-year career teaching art in three school districts. His last position was at Oswego High School.

Since retirement, he has been working on his art and entering national and international juried art shows with some success.

The seven works exhibited at the Oswego library show some of the pathways he has been exploring. His newest work strives for a looser technique and a thicker application of paint. Each piece in this show has a little write up to explain the work.

These paintings are not for sale, but Lynne has work for sale at Arts in the HeArt Gallery in Fulton.

In the artist’s words

Michael Lynne has this to say about his work “Underpass,” done in acrylic:

This painting is another subject that I find interesting and worth exploring. Again my loftier interests have not been realized; those of decay, the empire in need of repair, etc. I keep sniffing around the edges of a bigger project with more of a message but just haven’t nailed it yet. I did two of these – one in oil and one acrylic, but I continue to think there is a bigger image out there yet. I do like the light and its geometric relationship to the overall image.

Arnold, Van Tassell wed at Elks Club

Peggy Lee Arnold and Jeffrey J. Van Tassell, both of Red Creek, were united in marriage June 15 at the Elks Club in Baldwinsville.

The Rev. Richard Blake performed the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her brother Joseph Hopp. Matron of honor was the bride’s sister Wanda James.

Bridesmaids were Verna Millward, the bride’s cousin; LeeAnn DeMott, a friend of the bride; and junior bridesmaids were Destiny and Melany, daughters of the bride and groom.

Flower girl was Harmony, also daughter of the bride and groom.

Michael Van Tassell served as his brother’s best man. Ushers were Dave Hughes, friend of the groom; and Sean Taylor, cousin of the groom.

Parents of the couple are Carol Arnold of Martville; Gene Arnold of Martville; and Barbara Van Tassell of Baldwinsville.

The couple honeymooned in Pocono Palace.

Evans earns history degree at Oneonta

James P. Evans graduated from the State University College at Oneonta May 13 with a bachelor of science degree in history.

He will pursue his master’s degree in library information science at the University of Buffalo.

Evans is the son of Mike and Mary Evans of Fulton. He is a 2009 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Local woman gets Senate post

Tiffany Latino, a native of Fulton, has been appointed communications director by state Sen. John A. DeFrancisco.

Latino had served as assistant communications director for the senator since 2011.

She previously worked as a news reporter for various media in Central New York.

She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Latino is the daughter of Francine and Joseph Latino of Fulton. She resides in Liverpool.