Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Illustration class exhibits its work

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Students in a SUNY Oswego illustration class will display their artwork beginning Saturday, March 29, at Oswego State Downtown.

An opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. that day at the downtown branch of the College Store at West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. The exhibition will run through April 19.

The display, “Traditional Illustration by Oswego Students,” began as a pair of assignments in instructor Judith Ann Benedict’s introductory class in illustration last fall. The students worked on portraits of historical figures and came up with endings to a graphic novel.

Benedict said for the historical figures, students “were encouraged to look beyond a likeness and include indications of personality, etc., in their finished work.”

For the graphic novel assignment, each student worked from the same story to illustrate the ending in nine to 15 panels, using a color palette restricted to black, white-grays and reds.

The course’s goal was to acquaint students with creative techniques, technical processes and business aspects commonly used in illustration, Benedict said.

Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 216-4985 or email

Oswego native’s photo on display in Caz

McDonald’s Restaurant in Cazenovia is displaying a selection of photographs by Cazenovia College student and Oswego native Brittany Juravich, now through May 1, 2014.

“My work represents thoughts and ideas of my imagination,” said Juravich, a photography major. “I am able to make sense of the inner workings of my mind and create my own fantasy world where anything can happen through photography.”

Sarah Stonefoot, assistant professor and director of the Photography Program at Cazenovia College, has high praise for her student’s artwork.

“Using the photographic medium to its full potential, Brittany’s photographs delve into the world of dreams,” Stonefoot said. “Her strong control over technique makes the viewer ever more eager to believe that the world she presents is the one in which we should believe.”

Cazenovia College’s Studio Art–Photography Program is professionally geared to prepare the next generation of photographic image makers with broad knowledge and experience of photographic techniques and concepts. The photography concentration prepares students for careers in photo journalism, fine art photography, and commercial photography, or for further study in graduate school.

Students enjoy working in Cazenovia’s state-of-the-art photo facilities located in Reisman Hall, and taking studio courses such as Studio Photography, Alternative Processes, Color Photo, On Assignment, and Large Format Photography,  as well as Digital Imaging, Portfolio Preparation, and a Photography Internship.

Salmon River center displays student art

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski will be exhibiting student art work in support of two competitions representing students in Oswego County.

The first– the 2014 Oswego County Student Art Show and Competition — features artwork from students throughout Oswego County, including home-schooled students.

Selected students works representing grades 7 – 12 will be on display throughout the month of April, with opening reception to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

Awards to be presented include firt, second, third and honorable mentions in both the junior (grades 7, 8, 9) and senior (grades 10, 11, 12) categories.

Additional awards include Best of Show, Sally Deaton Memorial and Darcy Hilton Memorial Awards; with prizes valued at more than $500.

Simultaneously, — the Fine Arts Center will host the county-level competition for the 32nd Annual Congressional Art Competition – an Artistic Discovery, sponsored by the office of Congressman Richard L. Hanna, R-Barneveld, representing the 22nd Congressional District.

The six winners of this local exhibit will compete in the regional show at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica May 3. The first place winner in the regional competition will have his or her artwork exhibited in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year.

In addition, second- and third-place winners will have their work exhibited in Hanna’s district offices in Binghamton and Utica.

Cash prizes, donated by Hanna, will be awarded to the three finalists.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 298-7007 or go to for more information. Also find the center at

Lakeside Artisans offers classes in making Easter egg ornaments

Lakeside Artisans, at 191 W. First St., in Oswego, is offering classes in making glass Easter egg ornaments.

The classes are from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 22 and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday,  April 6.

Instructor Diane Chepko-Sade will bring in egg shaped cut-outs in glass, and decorative elements that students can use to make their own “Ukrainian style” Easter eggs.

After the students create their own designs and glue their decorations in place, the eggs will be fired in the kiln so they become permanently fused. A bale will be glued to the top of the egg so that it can be hung as a decoration to welcome Spring and celebrate Easter.

There is a limit of eight students in each class. Chepko-Sade will accept children more than 6 years old in the class if they are accompanied by an adult.

The class fee, including materials and firing, is $45.

There is a non-refundable registration fee, which will be deducted from the class fee, of $10 to sign up for the class.

For more information on how to register for the class, call 342-8880, go to or visit us on Facebook.

Bodley senior is student artist of the month

The CNY Arts Center Arts in the HeART Gallery is opening its doors to local high school students to be able to display their art work for one full month.

Gallery coordinator Bonnie McClellan has teamed with local high school students to bring these exhibits to the public.

Hannah Jones, a senior at G. Ray Bodley High School, currently has her work on exhibit at the gallery.

When Hannah was about five years old, she knew she loved art. Like most young children, she was interested in painting, drawing and coloring. She loved to paint pictures on rocks she picked up from the shore of Lake Ontario, but her favorite thing to do was color.

She enjoyed drawing and coloring sunsets because they were so fascinating to her. Luckily being artsy has always stuck with her and to this day art is her favorite hobby.

Taking all the art classes G. Ray Bodley offers has made her realize she wants to continue taking art classes throughout college. Her plan is to major in art and minor in psychology in order to pursue a career in art therapy.

Hannah plans to attend Onondaga Community College in the fall.

A career in art therapy is an amazing way to reach out to people and teach them alternative ways of coping with problems, managing stress, fostering self-awareness, and developing social skills.

Many people in a community benefit from art therapy because it is an effective treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, social or psychological impairment.

Individuals who benefit from art therapy include those who have survived trauma resulting from combat, abuse and natural disaster.  Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, and achieve personal insight.

It also provides an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of making art.

Hannah said she is honored to be the student artist of the month. CNY Arts Center is equally happy to exhibit Hannah’s work. Thank you for sharing your art work with us and the community.

Stop in to see her work at Arts in the heART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Poetry Corner

After an Adirondack Snowstorm,
by Jim Farfaglia

The world is black and white again;


even a mountain range of fir trees

softly darkens

and every branch, bush and boulder

gently hold

a million  flakes, so quietly balanced,

like life here

where a telephone wire’s sole purpose

is to guide me

on the pathway of my peaceful heart.

Jay Ungar, Molly Mason come to Oswego Music Hall March 22

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will bring their consummate musicianship, warmth and wit, and clear love of music that has delighted audiences world wide to Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Ungar and Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene.

They have been heard on Ntaional Public Radio programs like A Prairie Home Companion, or soundtracks from movies such as Brothers Keepers, or the haunting music composed and performed for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War.

Their powerful melody, Ashokan Farewell, went on to win a Grammy and an Emmy nomination, took on a life of its own, and is played by fiddlers and classical musicians and worldwide.

“Jay Ungar and Molly Mason play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us” — Ken Burns, producer of PBS’ The Civil War

Ungar and Mason make music that is simple and overwhelming . . . joyful and full of feeling . . . an apotheosis of American traditional music” — Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion

Another critic raves about Jay and Molly, saying that they “complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow.”

How fortunate that these musicians met each other — with their enormous talent on violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and piano.

He was a Brooklyn kid, and she grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ‘50s.  She liked traditional fiddle music and ‘30s and ‘40s tunes.

He hung our in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and roamed North Carolina and Tennessee, seeking out traditional musicians. She played gigs on the West Coast and loved swing and jazz. But meet they did — by chance — at a rural New York club in the 1970s.

Their careers intertwined a bit, and, a little after Ungar began his Ashokan Fiddle & Dance camps in the Catskills (a center for fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists, dancers, dance callers and instructors), Mason signed on as a partner.

Their early band, Fiddle Fever, recorded two classic LPs, now available on CD as The Best of Fiddle Fever (Flying Fish Records). Many recordings and collaborations later, married since 1991, they are still an artistic force.

One example from 2002: Jay and Molly produced, arranged and performed on A Song of Home, a collaborative recording for RCA, with flutist Sir James Galway, mandolinist Peter Ostroushko and bassist Steve Rust.

Check out some of their music on

The concert venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices for this event are $18 if purchased in advance and $22 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, April 5, will feature Run Boy Run, a five-piece band that thrives on the tension between music of the traditional Appalachian South and our 21st century.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website:

Arts Center Artist of the Month

The Arts in the heART Gallery has selected Sharon Vita to be March’s artist of the month.

This talented artist has many different facets of her work. She is a well established artist out of Onondaga County who has sold many pieces of her work, and has explored and expanded her ability to work with many different media.

Some of her work on display at the gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton consists of oils, acrylics, water colors, mixed media and collage. She has a lot of variety to offer with her selected pieces on display.

Her subjects include landscapes, still life, abstract and realism to name a few.  This artist and many more are available for viewing at the gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.