Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Open mic night in Fulton Nov. 17

The “Arts in the heART” Gallery, CNY Arts Center’s downtown Fulton venue, is hosting an Open Mic Night for local artists at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

The gallery is at 47 S. First St., across from the city’s gazebo.

“We have over 25 local artists’ work on display,” said Bonnie McClellan, gallery director. “We also like to occasionally open the gallery to let artists from other genres present their work. We look forward to local writers, dancers, culinary artists and musicians to share.”

“We also welcome those who want to enjoy what the artists will share,” she said. “It is perfectly fine to just come and take in local artists providing the entertainment.”

“We anticipate another great response to this Open Mic night,” added Nancy Fox, CNY Art Center’s director. “The talent of our local talents continues to inspire and amaze me. And our own Culinary Arts teacher, Diane Sokolowski, will be presenting a food demonstration and will provide free refreshments. Come join the fun!”

To register to present your art at the gallery, call CNY Arts Center’s Writing Arts Coordinator, Jim Farfaglia, who is organizing the evening’s event. Farfaglia can be reached at 402-2297 or email at

For more information about this and other events happening at the CNY Arts Center or the Arts in the heART Gallery, call 598-ARTS or at access them on the web at or

‘Vocal Array’ of faculty voices fill Nov. 10 concert

SUNY Oswego faculty voices will rise at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Sheldon Hall ballroom in a concert titled “Vocal Array,” featuring songs of France, Germany and Japan.

Voice faculty Mihoko Tsutsumi, Todd Graber, Nancy James and Robert Allen will sing selections whose composers range from Debussy to Beethoven, Strauss to Charpentier, accompanied by Rebecca Horning on piano.

“I’m so pleased to have them all here,” said Graber, chair of the music department. “It adds variety to the way we approach teaching voice — it gives our students exposure to similar information disseminated differently. It’s a nice ‘array’ of talent and teaching.”

In tribute to her native land, the soprano Tsutsumi, SUNY Oswego’s new director of choral activities, will perform three Japanese art songs, “Hamabe no Uta,” “Kono Michi” and, in a duet with Graber, “Hana.” She and Graber also will offer “Et misericordia” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat.”

The concert, part of the music department’s Focus on Faculty series, will feature a four-song French repertoire from James, a soprano who has served as chorus master for the Syracuse Opera as well as an adjunct instructor of voice at Oswego. Debussy’s “C’est l’extase” from “Ariettes oubliees” is among them.

Allen, an adjunct instructor, voice teacher and tenor, will offer three songs from Richard Strauss, including “Morgen,” and another, “Adelaide,” from Ludwig van Beethoven.

Graber, a tenor, will solo with “An die ferne Geliebte,” a cycle of six songs by Beethoven.

Tickets for “Vocal Array” and other concerts in the Focus on Faculty series are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at the college’s box offices, online at and by calling 312-2141.

Parking for this event is included in the price of admission, and is available in the employee lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the performance.

Learn about muck farming in Oswego County at Nov. 10 event

A discussion of a book about muck farming in Oswego County will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Local author Jim Farfaglia will talk about his recently-published book and will present a slideshow with photos used in the book, an overview of why muck farming has been so important to Oswego County and stories told to Farfaglia by local muck farmers.

“The idea for this book started with an event at the Fulton Public Library in March 2012,” Farfaglia explained.

“I was conducting a reading from my book of poems, ‘Country Boy,’ which is about growing up in rural Central New York and working on my uncles’ muck farms. Members of several muck-farm families attended and, after my reading, these farmers started telling stories and comparing experiences from the mucks.

“I saw people nodding in agreement with each anecdote and noticed how one story built upon another. As I listened to the emotion underlying each farmer’s recollections, I knew I wanted to capture their memories.”

Farfaglia proceeded to interview muck farmers, their family members, neighbors, workers and agricultural specialists. Using the interviews, photographs and maps, he created the book.

“I like to say that I compiled and edited the book instead of saying I wrote it,” Farfaglia said. “About 90 percent of the book is the story of the mucks in the interviewees’ own words. After all, the people who lived and worked the mucks should be the ones to tell their story.”

Following the Nov. 10 program, Farfaglia will present a complimentary copy of the book to each farm family he interviewed, introduce the farmers to the audience and take questions about the book.

Refreshments will be served. Because of limited seating, reservations to attend the event are required. Contact Farfaglia at 402-2297 or to register.

Art Association of Oswego plans holiday tour

The Art Association of Oswego is having its first ever Holiday Studio/Gallery Tour from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9.

The tour will end with an opening reception for the exhibit by Bob and Laurie Kester, ‘Til Death Do We Art, at the Art Association from 6 to 8 p.m.

This is a perfect time for the community to come out and visit local artists in their studio as well as purchase art and enjoy the husband and wife show, ‘Til Death Do Us Art.

Bob Kester is a local photographer, taking photos of local scenery. Laurie Kester is a stained glass artist who owns and operates her studio, Glasshaven. She also enjoys other media such as, pottery, painting and collage.

The show is a collaboration of both artists. The Kesters enjoy inspiring each other through their art. This exhibit runs from Nov. 9 through Dec. 8.

The Holiday/Gallery Tour includes:  printmaker Bill Demott, whose studio is at the Oswego Armory; Allen Bjorkman of the Picture Connection is opening his Fenix art studio; Lakeside Artisans, a unique art gallery with local artists; SUNY Oswego’s  Downtown  gallery will exhibit ‘Painterly Prints’ by Mary Pierce’s printmaking students; and Zinc, with original screen prints, will also have their gallery open.

Plus, at the Art Association of Oswego, several local artists — Kathy Besaw, Sandra Dowie, Phyllis Richardson and Jane VanEmmerik — will be displaying their art.

The tour will end at the Art Association where participants can turn in their postcards. Postcards are available at all locations on the tour.

Cards need to be signed off at all locations to be eligible for a drawing of art prizes. The drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m. and participants must be present to win.  Refreshments will be at all locations.

Join the Art Association for a festive evening and do your holiday shopping with us. The AAO is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street, across from the fort,  in Oswego.

Regular gallery hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends or by appointment and all events are free and open to the public.  This event is made possible in part by funds from CNY Arts of Syracuse.

‘Graphic Flash’ set for Nov. 8 at SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego students in the graphic arts and creative writing programs have teamed up for an exhibition titled “Graphic Flash 2” opening Friday, Nov. 8, with a special presentation Tuesday, Nov. 12, on campus.

The “Graphic Flash” exhibition, following last year’s successful debut, will open with a reception from 4 to 5:20 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Penfield Library lobby.

At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, readings will take place in the Campus Center auditorium as illustrations project on-screen. The exhibition will run through Dec. 7 in the library.

Graphic artists from art faculty member Amy Bartell’s advanced graphics class illustrated the flash fiction — stories of no more than 1,000 words delivering strong impact — of writers from English and creative writing faculty member Leigh Wilson’s advanced fiction-writing course to create what Wilson called “an explosion of creative collaboration, from striking micro-stories to bold and colorful illustrations.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Parking for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking sticker is $1; see for information.

For more information about “Graphic Flash 2,” contact Wilson at or Bartell at

SUNY Oswego prof combines loves of philosophy and science fiction in new book

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

The lines between two of SUNY Oswego faculty member Craig DeLancey’s great passions — philosophy and science fiction — intertwine subtly but surely in his first traditionally published novel, “Gods of Earth.”

New from 47North, an Amazon-owned publisher based in Seattle, DeLancey’s novel follows Chance Kyrien, a 17-year-old orphan who longs for nothing more than a farm, a wedding and a religious life, but who is swept up in the aftermath of a cataclysmic war in a far-future, technologically out-of-control Earth. A dark, brooding god awakens and seeks him out, launching Chance on a quest to save himself, his family and his way of life.

“It’s a novel that reflects on, ‘What are the ultimate ends of technology?’” DeLancey said. “If we are free, how do we decide how to live? If we are radically free, and if technology continues to progress, then technology is going to make us more and more powerful. (Chance) is confronting the possibility of technologies that allow you to be whatever you want to be.”

A faculty member in SUNY Oswego’s philosophy department since 2002, DeLancey teaches logic and existentialism, among other courses. He also has a scholarly book published by Oxford University Press, more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Philosophical Studies, Metaphysica, and Ethics and the Environment, and numerous presentations on subjects from emotion and the function of consciousness to the concept of wilderness.

 Why science fiction?

“I can’t ever remember not being interested in science fiction,” DeLancey said. “At a very young age, I declared — I think I was 6 — that I was going be an astronaut. … My stepfather bought me a boxed set of (Robert) Heinlein’s juvenile novels when I was 13 or 14. That was the end of all resistance for me. I’ve probably been continually writing and reading sci-fi since that time.”

 Sci-fi as literature

Science fiction, he said, is the literature of ideas. It’s inevitable that when his love of philosophy and his love of science fiction meet, one informs the other, DeLancey said.

“There is a character in the novel that is an artificial intelligence, not an uncommon presence in sci-fi these days,” he said. “That’s one of my areas of research — the philosophy of artificial intelligence; the philosophy of mind is my primary area of research. How that (an AI character) would work — and the challenges and difficulties for the kinds of things that computation can do and moreover the kinds of things it can’t do — really informed the book.”

Smiling, he added, “I know I just scared away a thousand readers. You can read it as a kind of tale. You don’t need a degree in philosophy to read this book.”

The 503-page “Gods of Earth” had what DeLancey called “a very curious genesis.” About 10 years ago, an artist friend of his wanted to collaborate on a project, and sent DeLancey some artwork.

“One of them was a figure that was strange and interesting — it was just meant to be a lamp, I think — but to me it looked like some kind of strange container, and that’s what spurred me to do a story for this,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that the philosophical questions drive many of the themes of the fiction, and that I think is true of all the things I’ve written,” DeLancey said. “I try not to indulge in theory ever in my fiction — to keep those worlds separate — because I think fiction is about portraying the complexities of life that have difficulty being squeezed into theory. Fiction is about things that are messy and seem to us at first patternless — the accidents of a person’s life and what they do to make meaning of that.”

A month since publication, “Gods of Earth” has sold primarily as an e-book, though it’s also available as a paperback. DeLancey said an audio book read by Nick Podehl, whose credits include Nora Roberts’ “Black Hills,” is due out soon.

DeLancey has published dozens of short stories in science-fiction magazines such as Analog, Cosmos and Shimmer, and won a Cosmos Top 12 Science Fiction Short Stories Award of 2012 for “The Man Who Betrayed Turing.” He also writes plays, many of which have received staged readings and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne, among other places.

What’s Happening at the CNY Arts Center?

November ushers in new classes from new instructors at the Arts Center located in 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

The new month kicks off with two Wednesday classes for artists.

First up, “Portrait Drawing Made Easy” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 with Joe Galvin. Students will learn to recreate drawings from copies using graphite paper and pencils. The owner of Studio 51, Galvin’s artistry is on display at Arts in the HeART Gallery in downtown Fulton.

“Oil Painting Made Easy” is Joe Galvin’s second class this month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. In this class, students will learn to recreate a favorite image in oil paints while perfecting techniques of blending and control.

Arts in the Heart Gallery Director Bonnie McClellan offers two oil painting workshops Thursdays in November.

“Oil Painting Fall Scene,” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, will guide students to create an autumn scene step by step.

“How to…” follows on November 14 from 6 to 9 pm where students will learn how to make your own canvases (regular, beveled edge or floating.) Also learn how to matte and frame your artwork including wooden frames and how to make an old frame new.

Taking advantage of a school holiday, Frank Reis is helping youngsters ages 8 to 15 expand their imaginations with an “Art of Heroes” class, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday Nov. 11. Young artists will learn the basic steps to drawing comic book super heroes and how to create their own super heroes!

Another culinary treat is scheduled with Diane Sokolowski. During “Thanksgiving Treats”, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16, each student will learn candy construction making turkeys, pilgrim hats, and more in addition to decorating cupcakes and cookies. Pre-registration is specifically required for this class at

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit  for all the latest details and updates or call 592-3373. All classes are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton unless otherwise noted.

Remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. Please use the Park Street entrance.

Arts in the HeART Galleryis located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry.

Monthly artists meet-ups and TH3 Happy Hour also takes place at the gallery. Artists can apply for gallery space online at

Salmon River Fine Arts Center competition winner named

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center recently held its opening reception for the  Annual 2013 – Exhibition and Competition of Sunday Artists.

It is open until Nov. 23. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

It is free and open to the public. Special tours may be arranged by calling 298-7007. Judge for this event was artist Jeanne Lampson .

AQUAMEDIA: First Place: Jan Tighe, Pulaski, for SELKIRK II;  Second Place: Rhoda Cunningham, Oswego, for AFTER THE FLOOD; Third Place:Tammy Woodruff, Pulaski, for HARBOR HOLLYHOCKS; Honorable Mention: Maggie Henry, Oswego and Jan Tighe Pulaski.

DECORATIVE ART: First Place: Virginia Hansen, Adams, for LINEN WALL HANGING; Second Place: Jerry Bonk, Hastings, for PUMPKIN; Third Place: Pat Fahey, Pulaski, for CAMP; Honorable Mention: Jerry Bonk,Hastings, for LIBERTY.

GRAPHICS: First Place: Linda Flynn, Bridgeport, for ORANGE LANDSCAPE, Second Place: Kathy Mason, Lacona, for ARBOUR ABSTRACT; Third Place: Maryanne Laratta, Brewerton, for WHISPER OF AUTUMN.  Honorable Mention: Terese DeMarais, Pulaski

OIL: First Place, Russ Fahey, Pulaski, for SPIRIT LAKE, Second Place: Frieda Daniels, Pulaski, for ANGRY SKY, Third Place: Virginia Hansen, Adams, for WILLOW AT SOUTHWICKS.

PHOTOGRAPHY: First Place: Susan Hubbard, Pulaski, for GREAT BLUE HERON; Second Place: Rhoda Cunningham, Oswego, for WARM SUNSHINE BLOSSOM: Third Place: Kimberly Rossiter, Fulton, for ROCKY PEAK RIDGE; Honorable Mention: Christal Goodsell, Pulaski and Ellen Landphere, Mexico, Wally Reardon, Pulaski, and Terrie Carter, Orwell.

SCULPTURE: First Place: Stanley Webb, Pulaski,  for BEYOND THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS.

STAINED GLASS: First Place: Kimberly Rossiter, Fulton, for CARNIVAL.

WOOD: First Place: Gerald Higby, Pulaski, for LILAC’S OTHER BEAUTY.