Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Undergrads exhibit works of art

Legend lives -- Joel Dodge, a SUNY Oswego candidate for a bachelor of fine arts degree, touches up a print of Frankenstein’s monster for his part in the college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, opening at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, with a free public reception in Tyler Art Gallery.
Legend lives — Joel Dodge, a SUNY Oswego candidate for a bachelor of fine arts degree, touches up a print of Frankenstein’s monster for his part in the college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, opening at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, with a free public reception in Tyler Art Gallery.

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 seeks vet tributes

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.

Marine Museum presents ‘movie night’

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.

Fulton dance center competes

Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.
Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.

Thirty Off Broadway Dance Center students competed in the Shining Star Division at the Power of Dance competition at the OnCenter in Syracuse  April 5 and 6.

Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle. Both photos by Teri Loetterle
Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle.
Both photos by Teri Loetterle

Results were:

  • Mattie Burdick, Senior Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Genesis Loetterle, Senior Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Lizzie Russell, Tween Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Megan Johnson, Tween Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Jaidyn Perry, Junior Solo, 3rd Place
  • Talia Trombino, Petite Solo, 3rd Place, Ruby Status
  • Grady Marshall, Petite Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Bailey & Jaidyn Perry, Tween Duo/Trio, 3rd Place, Emerald Status
  • Makaylee Schmeer, Taylor Bonoffski, Megan Johnson, Tween Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Mackenzie Hayden and Lizzie Russell, Tween Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Janna Moody, Olivia Metcalf and Jaidyn Perry, Junior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Talia Trombino and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Anthony Ferguson and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Korbin Cooper and Grace Gilles, Super Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Emerald Status
  • “Neon Lights”, Senior Small Group, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “The Waitresses”, Senior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “This Is My Dance Floor”, Petite Small Group, 6th Place, 1st in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Ruby Status
  • “Where’s The Party”, Petite Small Group, 9th Place, 3rd in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Emerald Status

The director or Off Broadway Dance Center is Ellen Russell Marshall. The OBDC Competition Team will take part in two more national competitions this season and one regional competition.

Fulton business helps Lions Club

Mystic Music Entertainment Services, Fulton, is donating the sound and lighting equipment for The Fulton Lions Club’s “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Fulton Polish Home.

“We are extremely grateful to Mystic for their support of our event,” said Fulton Lions President Don Labarge.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” he said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive-In.

The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each.

For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

For further information on Fulton Lions go to http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

For more information on Mystic Entertainment,   go to http://www.mysticmusicentertainmentservice.com, or call 806-4354.

CNY Arts in the HeART Gallery features Bodley student artist

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Artwork by Student of the Month Cassondra Orr-Savage.
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School

CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.

Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage, 18, is an  honor roll student at G. Ray Bodley High School.

In junior high, she noticed she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates. She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister, who is also loves art — visual arts and performing arts as well.

Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Orr-Savage want to be better at art.

Sara Koblentz is the reason Orr-Savage has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.

Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year. This almost discouraged Orr-Savage from continuing with her senior year in art.

She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art. This shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.

Koblentz pushed Orr-Savage into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.

“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better, said Orr-
Savage.

“I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces,” she said.

Much of her inspiration for her art work is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork.  She has even had her work recognized by state Sen. Patricia Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.

Orr-Savage takes her studies very seriously. As a senior, not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through Oswego County BOCES.

For years she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife, who adopted Orr-Savage in June 2013.

Now her future is focused; she is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military.  After high school she will be entering the Air Force working in security.

She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime. Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – ART!

Orr-Savage’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Bodley students win theater awards

Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot.  Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot.  Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.
Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot. Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot. Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.

SUNY Oswego grad to perform April 30

4-19_A&EcokorinosMetropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others.

His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.