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Local artists take home recognition

Awards from the Art Association of Oswego 2013 Members’ Exhibition based on popular vote were given to:

  • First place: Bonnie Bergan for her watercolor, “Summer Day.”
  • Second place: Robert Jones for his watercolor, “Aurora’s Big Dance.”
  • Third place: Sandra Dowie for her oil painting on wood panel, “Sailing.”
  • Honorable mentions: Laurie Kester for her wood and glass assemblage, “Wind Charmer”; Terry Carbone for her oil painting, “Misty Cove.”

A special recognition for use of color and a portable easel were awarded to Ron Throop for his acrylic on hardboard painting, “The Land Developer Improves Land Like Beelzebub Nurtures Puppies.” The easel was donated by AAO member Charlene Davis.

A solo show award was given to Robert Jones, who will have the opportunity to mount a one-artist exhibition of work in the Jo Hyse (first floor) Gallery during the 2014 exhibition season.

As always, exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, across from Fort Ontario.

Regular gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends, or by appointment. The Members Exhibition will continue until Aug. 18. For more information, call 343-5675 or visit the AAO website at oswegoarts.org.

Retired teacher in CNY Arts Center’s Spotlight

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, a monthly program where community members meet local writers who have recently published a book.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Mary Slimmer will present her young adult novel, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School.” This is Slimmer’s first book. She is a retired teacher and administrator from the Oswego City School District.

The book centers on a group of students who have a regularly scheduled lunch with their principal.  During one lunch, the principal shows the students a set of keys and one of the students talks the others into getting the keys without her permission to explore the school basement.  After a series of frightening experiences, the students end up in the police station, where they find out more about the mysteries of what lies beneath the school.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years. I wrote it because I wanted to experience the journey of writing a book. I believe in the power of words and I wondered if I could write a story that was enjoyable, yet believable.”

Slimmer still teaches workshops for both children and adults. Later this month, she will teach a children’s writing workshop at CNY Art Center’s Arty Camp.

During Author Spotlight, Slimmer will explain her process of writing the book, read excerpts from it and offer a question and answer period.

Afterward, attendants can meet her and purchase a signed copy of her book. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

Author Spotlights are held at the CNY Arts Center, located at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St. in Fulton.

For more information, call 592-3373 or visit the art center’s website at www.cnyartscenter.com.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Another opening, another show with the debut of “Charlotte’s Web,” 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug.16, followed by 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.

Not only is this a debut for “Charlotte’s Web” on our stage, it is the debut of more than 20 children who have never experienced the thrill and terror of being on stage before a live audience.

It is a great production you won’t want to miss. Reservations are encouraged. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, moves to 6 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 14, for one week only with Kendra Matott.

Our book title, Olivia will have kids splattering paint just like Olivia! Only one more session of this fun class, Aug. 27 with Good Night Moon. Children will sketch their own room full of things to say goodnight to!  Don’t miss out on fun art projects.  Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Arty Camp immediately follows “Charlotte’s Web” with its final session of the summer, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.19 to 23 for ages 5 to 15. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available – no child will be turned away. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for information.

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

The Lighthouse in Grove Park School will be the subject of our Author Spotlight on Mary Slimmer, 7  p.m. Aug. 21. Mary Slimmer, a retired teacher/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.”

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

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, from 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., Fulton.

Students are reminded to preregister 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 and 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.

Smith to wed Emmanouilidis

Together with their parents, Michelle Smith, formerly of Fulton, and Yianni Emmanouilidis of Boston announce their engagement.

Smith is the daughter of Theresa (Bill) Kszystyniak and Michael (Becca) Smith, all of Fulton.

Grandparents are Frances and the late Leo Enwright of Oswego, and Patrick and Claudette Smith, of Fulton.

Emmanouilidis is the son of Mike and Sue Emmanouilidis of Brookline, Mass.

Smith is a 2001 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and a 2005 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

She is a vice president at U.S. Bank in Boston.

Emmanouilidis is a graduate of Bentley University and is employed with the Morgan Stanley Corp.

A fall wedding is being planned. The couple will reside in the Boston area.

Catholic High plans reunion Aug. 17

The Crusader Committee members are getting ready for their 45th class reunion.

The Oswego Catholic High School class of 1968 will reunite the evening of Aug. 17 at Tavern on the Lock in Fulton.

The evening will begin with Mass celebrated by the Rev. Gerard Lupa. The Mass will be dedicated to deceased members of the class.

A casual on deck buffet will follow around 6 p.m.

For more information, call Meg at 342-4399 or Gail at 598-1463.

Marsh graduates magna cum laude

Samantha Marsh graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York  College at Brockport in May with a degree in psychology and health science.

Marsh plans to attend graduate school in the fall to pursue her master’s degree.

She is the daughter of Dave and Alison Marsh of Fulton. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Sandy Weston of Fulton, and Bob and Helen Marsh of Liverpool.

She is a 2009 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.