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Spring classes at Lakeside Artisans

Sewn spring bag
Sewn spring bag

Spring has sprung at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

Classes for the month of May include hand-painted silk scarves, sewn spring bags and hand painted papier mache boxes.

Cindy Schmidt is teaching a class in hand painted silk scarves from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Create your own wearable art to brighten up your spring.

There is a class limit of six students. All materials will be provided.

Make a fashionable spring bag in a class offered at Lakeside Artisans from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 8.

The instructor, Kathy Fenlon will guide students in selecting fabric to design their own unique bag. There is a limit of four students per class.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the bag in class. The bag includes an easy (practically fool proof) way to install a zipper. These bags make great gifts!

Students may bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one. A machine will be provided for students who do not have one to bring.

General knowledge of operating a sewing machine is helpful — the sewing is easy and basic.

Use bright spring colors and motifs to decorate two small papier mache boxes in a class with Lakeside Artisans’ artist Michele Southgate. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

To register for the class, or for more information, contact us at 342-8880 or lakesideartisans@gmail.com .

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the items and a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per participant.

Registration for a class may be done in person at Lakeside Artisans or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, with contact information, at 191 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Oswego High grad designs winning Harborfest poster

Catherine Wells with her winning Harborfest poster design.
Catherine Wells with her winning Harborfest poster design.

The winner of the Harborfest poster design contest for 2014 is recent Oswego High School graduate Catherine Wells.

Each year, Harborfest has an elaborate poster design. Sometimes it goes with a theme, or there is a contest with guidelines.

In the most recent years, posters have been created by Oswego High School students in a computer graphics class taught by Melissa Martin.

They are given a description of what should be included in the Harborfest poster. This year the students were given ships and the lighthouse.

The winning design is chosen by Harborfest staff, and the overlay to turn it into the Harborfest poster is done by Step-One Creative.

Wells graduated from Oswego High School in 2013 and was senior class vice president and the National Honor Society president, as well as a member of Key Club, student council, and played soccer throughout high school.

She is attending Ithaca College where she is studying television-radio.

“Computer graphics my senior year was the first art class I’d taken,” said Wells. She went on to explain “it shows how great a teacher Mrs. Martin is — her students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in a short span of time, but are able to create awesome projects by the end of the year.”

Harborfest is July 24 through 27. Saturday night will feature fireworks by Grucci presented by Entergy Nuclear.

For more information, call Harborfest staff at 343-6858.

Vendors sought for Arts Fest

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.

Youth artists needed for mural project; meeting scheduled for May 6 in Oswego

Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.
Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.

Submitted by Oswego County 

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 dmetott@oswegocounty.com.

Additional information is posted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.

Arts Fest registration open now

Vendors prepare for the crowds at CNY Arts Center Arts Fest. Registrations are now open for Arts Fest 2014 to be held June 14 from 10am to 3 pm. Register online at CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.
Vendors prepare for the crowds at CNY Arts Center Arts Fest. Registrations are now open for Arts Fest 2014 to be held June 14 from 10am to 3 pm. Register online at CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

CNY Arts Center officials say vendors can now register for the fourth annual Arts Fest set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway in Fulton.

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. Festival attendees will help create the mural to be framed and displayed in a prominent Fulton location.

Vendors can register for a 10×10 spot with electricity at the festival. Food vendors are also actively sought.

For online registration and more information  visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Parish author to speak at Arts Center

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.

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.