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Learn to make wearable art in March

Start your spring off with some wearable art made by you.

Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego, is offering classes in hand-painted silk scarves and in making scrap fabric tote bags.

Scrap fabric tote bags will meet with Lakeside Artisans’ Kathy Fenlon from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Students will use scrap fabrics and learn a method  called “quilt as you go” to complete a cute, useful tote bag.

All supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one, but if they do not have one, one will be provided.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Michele Southgate will demonstrate how to use the resist and dye method to create a design for decorating silk scarves. All materials will be provided.

To register for a class, a non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required. The deposit may be delivered to the store or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego 13126.

The total class fee is $45 which includes the registration fee. For more information, call 342-8880, www.lakesideartisans.com , or visit us on Facebook.

Drumming workshop March 15 at CNY Arts Center

CNY Arts Center will host a drumming workshop with Diane Jones from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

The is open to all ages and students are invited to bring any hand percussion instrument they have, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.

As part of the same collaboration, CNY Arts Center recently hosted choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell with a dance workshop for young area dancers as part of Vision of Sound produced by Society for New Music.

The organization promotes continued growth in the music community by commissioning new works. Vision of Sound brings composer and choreographer together to present a new work in music and dance performed for the public in late March.

“We are honored to host Diane Jones and to have had Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell share this wonderful opportunity with us,” said Nancy Fox, arts center executive director.

“The drumming workshop looks to be a lot of fun and a departure from our regular classes,” she said. “We hope everyone will seize the chance for an afternoon of drumming fun!”

Jones is a percussionist with SU Brazilian Ensemble Samba Laranja and loves writing for and collaborating with performers.

With commissions and performances by Mélomanie, The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, and Flautet, her music reflects her rich, eclectic influences and her love of line and rhythm.  In 2011, her Choro Samba Laranja was included on the SAMMY award-winning CD, Native Orange.

Jones was the live weekend host on WCNY-FM, Central New York’s Classical Radio Station and is past president of the Society for New Music.

She has had her music featured on Fresh Ink, the weekly new music broadcast produced by the Society.

A recipient of the Billy Joel Fellowship, a fellowship with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and awarded the prestigious Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware, Jones is also a member of  Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society.

Active as a performer as well as a composer, Jones regularly performs with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir.  She has played flute and piccolo in regional orchestras, and was one half of the flute duo, Flutes of Fancy.

Jones also has also studied with outstanding composers Daniel S. Godfrey, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Jennifer Margaret Barker. To learn more about Diane visit www.petdragonmusic.com.

The workshop will be held at the Arts Center located in State St. Methodist Church at 357 State St., through the Park Street entrance.

A modest fee will be charged and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

SUNY Oswego student’s work exhibited

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego master of art candidate Mark Taitt will display digital print portraits in “Identity,” a Tyler Art Gallery exhibition starting Friday, March 28.

The work uses multiple media to pose the question, “Are slavery’s scars still with us?”

A free public artist’s reception will take place at 5 p.m. March 28 in Tyler Art Galley on the SUNY Oswego campus. The exhibition will run through April 19.

Taitt’s Master of Art Exhibition — which will include audio and projected imagery — derives its message from historic images in the New York Public Library collection.

The Brooklyn native, inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin, altered and personalized these photos of slavery’s victims for “Identity.”

Taitt also received bachelor’s degrees in studio art and public relations at Oswego.

Using light to create halo-like effects, Taitt said in an artist’s statement that he “seeks to resurrect, glorify and elevate (the) anonymous subjects who were victims of slavery and its sanctioned physical abuse.”

A companion show, “Generations IV: A Master of Arts in Teaching Exhibition,” opens Friday, March 14, and runs through April 19.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when classes are in session. Parking for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information about SUNY Oswego exhibitions, contact the art department at 312-2112 or Michael Flanagan, gallery director, at michael.flanagan@oswego.edu.

Ritchie commends local artists

In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council, hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.

At the event, those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.

Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.

The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.

Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.

“Our region is home to so much great local talent, and this event was a way to not only highlight that, but also to thank the artists who share their amazing work with us. This event was truly special, because we recognized our region’s ‘next generation’ of artists, by honoring high school students who have exceptional artistic abilities and inviting several of those students to perform,” Ritchie said.

“I’d like thank the North Country Arts Council for helping to make this event possible.  The organization is a wonderful resource not only for artists, but also for the community experience the various types of culture our area has to offer,” she said.

Honorees from Oswego County:

  • Gale Armstrong
  • Phyllis DiSalvo
  • Sandra Dowie
  • Edward Elsner
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Joe Galvin
  • Ellen Landphere
  • Phillip Lee
  • Bonnie McClellan
  • Loie Mechetti
  • Joanne Neff
  • Marcella Slater
  • Kathryn Wehrung

Oswego County students honored:

  • Ashlee Bishop:  APW High School
  • Nicole Light:  Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square
  • Cassondra Orr: G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton
  • Sydney Ryan: Mexico High School
  • Kayla Volkomer: Oswego High School
  • Megan Lentz: John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix
  • Isabel Englbrekt: Pulaski Junior-Senior High School
  • Sarah McDougal: Sandy Creek High School

 

National recording group to play SOS FEST

National recording artists Seventh Day Slumber will play this summer’s SOS FEST  at 8:30 p.m. Friday,  July 18 at the Hannibal Firemen’s Fairgrounds.

Seventh Day Slumber, formerly of Texas but now from Tennessee, has released 10 CDS with a string of number one hits.

The band tours all over the USA playing in front of 100s of thousands each year.

The band plays large festivals as well as many small venues.

The SOS FEST is a three-day family oriented music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group, with the intent on helping all area youth and families.

The festival also is here to help area nonprofits, sports clubs, scout troops, boosters organizations, youth groups and churches by providing free space for these organizations to raise awareness and money for their own cause.

There will be more than 15 bands and speakers during the three-day festival as well as nearly 20 displays, mission booths, merchandise booths, food booths, radio stations, water slides and games.

There also will be crafters, vendors and artists. Call Erik at 564-6133 for details on booth space.

This years SOS FEST, the 4th annual, will start Friday night July 18 with bands that teens and all ages will love. The speaker for the night will be Wes Aarum.

Saturday, July 19 will feature many bands and speakers with many music styles sure to please every taste.

Sunday, July 20 will wrap up with several great bands and will roll right into Hannibal’s Concert in the Park with its band lineup.

The full SOS Fest band lineup will be announced soon. Tickets are only $10 per day and Sunday is free.

Tickets are available now at www.itickets.com and details can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org.

Hannibal concert celebrates ‘Music in Our Schools’ Month

The Hannibal Senior High Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the high school’s Lockwood Auditorium.

The National Association for Music Education has announced this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…..!!!!,” a message emphasizing the important role that music education plays in our students’ lives.

The Senior High Jazz Band will open the program with three selections, including the upbeat mambo, Adelieland, from the film Happy Feet. Solos will be performed by Amanda Kimball, Elyssa Terry DeRycke, and  Zane Pointon.

Senior Choral Director Abel Searor will lead the chorus in a medley of music from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The audience will find it difficult not to hum along on tunes like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.”

Beginning with a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the senior band under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, will present selections inspired by great works of literature including Dante’s The Divine Comedy,  and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as a piece by the contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

The Senior Band and Senior Chorus will combine to present the final offering of the night, “When You Believe,” from the 1998 animated classic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Admission is free.

Phoenix Community Band to perform March 17

The Phoenix Community Band, in its 11th year and under the direction of Dave Frateschi, will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. March 17 in the John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium.

The band is reprising an arrangement of an English folk song, playing new arrangements of songs by Billy Joel, a classical excerpt and classic band pieces, as well as exciting new music.

One piece celebrates an epic battle in the ancient Middle East. Some familiar faces may be seen in a visual presentation with another piece.

There will also be some music specifically for the date, St. Patrick’s Day.

Anyone who is a new fan or a veteran follower of the band, wil be for a treat at this concert.

Please note that the snow date, should the concert have to be postponed due to weather, is the following evening, Tuesday, March 18. Should this occur, band officials will make every effort to have it posted on TV channels 3 and 5 as early as possible on Monday.

Generally, however, if school is open Monday, the concert will be on.

Admission is free, though donations are always welcome.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing – 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.