CNY Arts Center is seeking vendors for the fourth annual Arts Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway.
Registrations for vendor spots are open now. Vendors can register for a 10×10 spot with electricity at the festival. Food vendors are also actively sought.
The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for sale along with food vendors, and hands on art.
New at this year’s event will be art demonstrations and sample art classes for all ages along with new outdoor entertainment. The annual CNY Arts Center community mural will also be completed at this year’s Arts Fest.
Previous murals have been created during Harborfest. The 2014 mural will use recycled bottle caps to create an Alice in Wonderland theme and festival attendees will help create the mural to be framed and displayed in a prominent Fulton location.
For online registration and more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Spring is here again and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is gearing up for the start of the Springboard Mural Project.
Now in its sixth year, the mural organizing committee is seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of public art in the city of Oswego.
The Youth Bureau will hold an informational meeting with young artists and their parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Common Council Chambers of Oswego City Hall.
Youth ages 13 and older, and 8- to 12-year-olds (with parent attendance during painting) are welcome to participate.
The murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and are designed and created by local students.
“Last year 21 students completed over 30 murals along the river walk. We are hoping to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott, youth activities coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.
“The mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee,” she said.
The project was originally a city-sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.
“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” Metott said. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by everyone.”
“Instead of just covering up the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”
For additional information or to participate in the project, attend the May 6 meeting or contact Metott at the Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is posted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.
The CNY Arts Center will feature author Tracy Kinne at its next Author Spotlight at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.
The program highlights local authors and their recently published work. Kinne, a lifelong resident of Parish, was a newspaper journalist for 21 years before taking a buyout and leaving The Post-Standard in 2007.
She also was former editor at several smaller newspapers, including the Phoenix Register and the Valley News.
Kinne is the author of two books. Her first is a memoir about her four years as a low-wage retail worker. Kinne was named a 2013 Central New York Workers Memorial Day Champion of Worker Safety and Health for this memoir, “On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap.”
The book also took honorable mention in three international festivals: Paris, New York and New England.
Her second book is young adult fiction, “Little Town on the Shale: A Girl Fights Hydrofracking,” describes the challenges faced by a teen who is an emerging activist but lives in rural poverty much like that in parts of Oswego County.
“I wanted people to understand the growing poverty and economic inequality on a personal level,” Kinne said.
During the program, Kinne will explain how she wrote her books, read excerpts from them and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, attendants can purchase a signed copy of their books, with all proceeds to benefit the Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.
For more information about the event, call the CNY Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit http://www.cnyartscenter.com.
SUNY Oswego’s spring Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts exhibitions will open Friday, May 2, with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tyler Art Gallery.
The reception in Tyler Hall for the students eligible for BFA degrees at Commencement will coincide with pre-exhibition festivities for students displaying works in the BA exhibition in the gallery. The shows will run through May 17.
The BFA candidates include Leonard Abramovich of Potsdam, Timothy Ano of Sherrill, Amanda Blakley of Bridgeport, Lauren Calabrese of Latham, Brittany Cook of Phoenix, Joel Dodge of Fulton, Kyle Gilyard of Endicott, Sarah Harbacz of Cohoes, Travis Harrison of Queens Village, Rebecca Hess of Altmar, KimberlyKittleson of Liverpool, Pauline Lam of Ballston Spa Shawn Lockwood of Mohawk, Katelyn Luce of Central Square and Nicole McElroy of Latham.
Also participating are Katherine Morelli of Nanuet, Stephanie Peck of Jordan, Gianna Putrino of Endicott, Elizabeth Raymonda of Syracuse, Caitlin Roberts of Queensbury, Morgan Rook of Lowville. Clare Salisbury-Ruf of Liverpool, Megan Stachnick of Queensbury, Danielle White of Baldwinsville, Emily Wild of Rochester and Zachary Zaremba of Watertown.
Bachelor of arts candidates are eligible to display their artwork in the non-required BA Exhibition. BA students pursue multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies in psychology, communications, marketing and other majors, in addition to art. BFA students participate in SUNY Oswego’s demanding and focused programs in studio art or graphic design.
Tyler Art Galley is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Parking at SUNY Oswego is by permit only; for more information about guest parking, visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.
For more information about fine arts presentations, call 315-312-2112 or visit www.oswego.edu/arts.
CNY Arts Center wants your help to express gratitude to veterans and service personnel everywhere through pictures, letters, poems and live talent onstage when they host local talent for the 33rd annual Memorial Day Salute from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 24.
In addition to featured Young Performers who have been working with CNY Arts Center throughout the school year, the organization is inviting local talent to share the stage with their own salute to veterans and military personnel.
“Do you have a message you’d like to send to the troops and veterans being honored? This year’s theme ‘Showing Gratitude to our veterans’ is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation in song, story, music, dance, or whatever your family-friendly talent is,” said Nancy Fox, director.
“We invite everyone from the youngest to the oldest to send a message of thanks,” she said. “We hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians, or storytelling.”
“We know there is a lot of talent and many wonderful performing artists. Memorial Day Salute is a popular tradition for local families and here is a way to be directly involved as we show our gratitude to veterans and share your talent with your hometown family and friends,” Fox said.
Participants interested in performing should contact Nancy Fox directly at 592-3373. Time slots are few and limited to 3 minutes per act.
The organization will also accept art work, poems, and written tributes of thanks to be shared throughout the talent show between acts.
Items collected will be donated to a veterans’ organization after the event.
Art work will be accepted at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St in Fulton. Messages or written tributes should be mailed to CNY Arts Center, P. O Box 477, Fulton NY 13069.
To kick off the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum and the Oswego Film Group are presenting the movie, “Lightkeepers”, at the Beacon Hotel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.
“Lightkeepers” was filmed at Race Point Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Mass. The Race Point Light was built in 1817 and has a long history of serving the maritime community.
The movie was filmed in 2009 and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner and Bruce Dern. “Lightkeepers” is a romantic comedy about a curmudgeon lighthouse keeper, who has sworn off women.
The movie is set in 1912. Some of the artifacts utilized in the movie belonged to Oswego resident Ted Panayotoff from when he lived in Maine with his wife Jo.
The Chatham Lighthouse of Massachusetts also loaned objects to the film project.
The movie will be shown at the Beacon Hotel, 75 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
There are only 50 tickets available, therefore seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must have a ticket to view the movie.
Tickets can be picked up at two locations in Oswego: H. Lee White Marine Museum, located at the end of the West First Street Pier and river’s end bookstore, located at 19 West Bridge Street.
Popcorn is provided courtesy of Zurich Cinemas of Oswego and soda will also be available.
Donations for the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Restoration project are encouraged.