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Fulton Art Association announces photography winners

The Fulton Art Association held its first photography competition Aug. 3-4 at the Fulton Municipal Building. Twenty-two artists from Fulton, Oswego, Central Square, Phoenix, and Mexico participated in the show. Each participant was allowed to enter four pieces, and we displayed 72 entries in four categories: Animals, Nature/Landscapes, People/Portraits, and Black and White, according to FAA president Kathy Mihalek.

Katherine Walseman, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Oswego in 2011 and received her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013, was the judge for this show.

All prizes awarded are the discretion of the judge. Judging is anonymous — the judge in our shows does not know who the artists are for any of the pieces.

Alex McCombie, of Fulton, won Best of Show with his Animal Photo, “Morning Graze.”

Awards in each of the categories were as follows:

Animals: First place, Kristen McKeown-Fanning (Fulton) for “Resignation”; second place, Jeanne King (Fulton) for “Murder Unleashed”; honorable mention, Jeanne King for “Shades of Fin.”

Nature/Landscapes: First place to Katherine Lust (Oswego) for “Sunset Over Oswego Yacht Club”; second place (tie) to Jeanne King (Fulton) for “Bleeding Love” and Tim Markert (Central Square) for “Ontario Sunset on the Rocks.” Honorable mentions were given to Katherine Lust for “A Tree in Winter,” Tim Markert for “Chittenango Falls,” Alex McCombie for “Terra,” Colleen O’Brien (Fulton) for “Sneak Peek” and “Life Force,” John Shaben (Phoenix) for “Flash of Red” and Mary Spencer-Geer (Phoenix) for “Liberty’s Beacon.”

People/Portraits: First place, Alex McCombie (Fulton) for “The Arrival”; second place to Deborah Engelke (Oswego) for “Faces in the Crown” and honorable mentions to Ellen Landphere (Mexico) for “Essence of Valor” and Katherine Lust for “A Man with His Toy.”

Black and White: First place, Deborah Engelke (Oswego) for “Echo in Time,” second place to Alex McCombie for “Goodbye,” and honorable mentions to Brenda Dann (Central Square) for “Seeking Summer” and Deborah Engelke for “Woman in Black.”

Special appreciation is extended to the local businesses and individuals for making our 2013 shows possible: David Mirabito (Metropolitan Life), Foster Funeral Home, Fulton Savings Bank, Medicine Place, Mimi’s, and Oswego County Ambulance, Bob and Sandy Weston.

Markert snags Viewers’ Choice in competition

At the Fulton Art Association’s first Photography Competition held on Aug. 3-4 at the Fulton Municipal Building, every person who attended was allowed to vote for their favorite piece from all of the entries in the show.

The winner of that public vote is awarded the Viewers’ Choice Award and receives a ribbon and prize comparable to the judge’s Best of Show award.

Tim Markert, of Central Square, won the public’s choice for this award with his color, landscape photograph, “Ontario Sunset on the Rocks.” He received a ribbon and $50 award.

Second place was a tie between Kathryn Mihalek’s (Fulton) color, animal photo of Kaan, a tiger from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, titled “Face to Face with Kaan,” and Tim Markert’s color, landscape photo titled “Wehle at Sundown.”

Third place was a five-way tie among Jeanne King’s (Fulton) “Mine, mine, mine” (People/Portraits) and “Shades of Fin” (Animals), Tim Markert’s “Chittenango Falls” (Nature/Landscapes), Kim Rossiter’s (Fulton) “Gabriels” (Nature/Lanadscapes), and Nancy Swan’s (Phoenix) “Fire in the Clouds” (Nature/Landscapes).

Fourth place went to Alex McCombie (Fulton) for “Morning Graze” in the animal category, which won the judge’s Best of Show.

Viewers' Choice Award - Ontario Sunset on the Rocks - Tim Markert

Fiddle, piano featured at concert

Dick Bolt of Rochester will  play a concert of old time fiddle music 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola.

He will be accompanied by Jane Knoeck on the piano. This free concert is funded in part by the state Council on the Arts.

Bolt has been pleasing audiences for more than 40 years with his energetic, skillful and versatile performances of traditional American, Canadian and Celtic music at concerts and festivals.

He plays Irish/Celtic music with the popular trio Tullamore Celtic Band and old time music with Doc & The Snake Oil String Band.

He also plays fiddle for square contra, English and Scottish country dances and performs 19th century historical music at living history museums and Civil War re-enactments.

Bolt is also a vocalist and plays many other instruments including Celtic harp, guitar, banjo and piano.

For the past 14 years, he has been a busy and successful fiddle teacher and is proud to have several students win fiddle contests and many others become professional fiddle players.

Knoeck’s musical beginnings were a mix of classical piano and voice studies. In the 1980s, she discovered instrumental folk music and contra dancing.

Dance bands soon followed and she has been playing piano and accordion ever since, weaving a wide variety of musical influences into her style.

Knoeck also plays with the nationally touring Groovemongers. In addition to contra dance, she enjoys playing for English and Scottish country dancing.

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The next free Sunday concert at the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15, featuring the Association of North Country Fiddlers Chapter of NYSOTFA.

The Hall of Fame & Museum is open during the Sunday concerts and all facilities are accessible to people with disabilities and enclosable in the event of bad weather.

Refreshments are available at adjacent patio umbrella tables.

Other concerts from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum are:

Sept. 22 – Craobh Dugan of Utica, 2 to 5 p.m.

Sept. 29 – season finale – “Old Time Fiddlers’ Reunion and Roger Thesier House Party” with open mic and dish-to-pass lunch, noon to 5 p.m.

For information, visit or call 599-7009 and leave a message.

Dennis inducted into North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame

The New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association is pleased to announce that Laura Dennis, of Brantingham Lake, has been chosen as this year’s inductee for New York state into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame.

Although Laura’s mother came from a family of fiddlers from Quebec, Canada, Laura had little exposure to fiddling until later years. Fifteen years ago, she attended a fiddle concert and found the music magical and exciting. Desiring to learn to fiddle, Laura contacted a local fiddler and Hall of Fame Inductee, Randy Kerr, who helped start her on her way to fulfilling her childhood dream.

The criteria for selecting a Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame Inductee require that the nominee be an advanced fiddler who is known to have contributed to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the tradition of Old Tyme Fiddling through performing, teaching, and sharing his or her knowledge of fiddling with others.

Laura has shared her tunes and experiences with many people at performances and has taught beginning fiddling to a number of aspiring young people as well as adults. She is a member of both the Central Chapter and Black River Valley Chapter Fiddlers.

She has presented three concerts at the Fiddlers’ Hall of fame and performs regularly for chapter concerts, fundraisers, weddings, funerals, county fairs and church services. As her friends and family are well aware, fiddling and performing has been a great source of joy in Laura’s life.

Performing at Oswego Speedway tonight

Granny 4 Barrel, based in Nashville, Oswego and Syracuse, will perform 10 p.m. today, Aug. 31 at Thunder Road Bar & Grill located at the Oswego Speedway as part of Classic Weekend. The band’s sound can be thought of as a mixture of bluegrass meets AC/DC. Banjo player Don Wayne Reno will fly in from Nashville for the show. Local favorite Oswego’s own Doc Apple will open the show.

CNY art gallery says goodbye to a friend

The “Arts in the heART Gallery” in Fulton will soon be saying goodbye to one of its artists.

Watercolor and collage artist Rose Besch, who lives in the Fulton area seasonally, will be leaving soon to spend her fall and winter months in the South. There she will continue her painting and art shows.

Besch is a retired educator who taught art to all age levels for 30 years in New York state schools.

After her retirement, she spent more time pursuing her passion for art. She has taken numerous workshops from nationally known artists and has taught classes for all age groups and experience levels.  Since her retirement, Besch has received many awards for her artwork, having been honored with several dual and one-woman shows.

Besch always amazes the gallery staff by switching out her work with a variety of watercolor paintings and collages.  Her new work contributes a refreshing look for those who pay a visit to the gallery.

Though the gallery will be disappointed to see Besch go, they will be awaiting her return in the spring.

This is the last week her art will be displayed at the gallery for this calendar year. Please stop by and take a look at Besch’s work, as well as the other artists whose work is featured.

Arts in the heART Gallery is located in downtown Fulton, across from the city’s gazebo, at 47 S. First St.  For more information and for gallery hours, contact 598-ARTS.

Arts Market pairs with City-Wide Yard Sale

Yard sales, bargain shopping, treasure hunting, gift-giving — all these and more describe CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Market set for Sept 14.

Timed to coincide with Fulton’s annual City-Wide Yard Sale event, the CNY Arts Center will host another gathering of artists, crafters and flea market vendors, to serve a feast for the sidewalk shopper.

Visitors to Fulton will not only find treasures throughout the neighborhoods but also gathered in one oversized location for an extended shopping experience.

Set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the old Nestle parking lot on Fay Street, the market will be a great place to shop for handmade items and creative crafts. Shoppers will find holiday gift giving ideas and meet local artists and entrepreneurs.

The multi-arts organization has been working to raise public awareness in the arts and recently opened an art gallery in downtown Fulton at 47 S. First St.

With over 200 members signed on, the group takes every opportunity to connect artists with the public in creative and beneficial ways.

“The Arts Market has become a popular event that attracts hundreds of shoppers every year to Fulton. Garage sales and yard sale hopping is a popular weekend activity here. With the city-wide event, we complement that experience with a full market — a one-day event to encourage outsiders to come to Fulton and see the array of goods from artists and merchants all over CNY,” said Kiley Casper, coordinator of the event.

“We have artists and crafters from around the region signed on, many whom participated in our other events such as Arts Fest and previous Arts Market. Shoppers will find a wide variety of vendors to browse as well as food and drink for a pick-me-up during their busy shopping day.”

The size of the lot allows ample room for vendors along with children’s sidewalk chalk painting in a special section. A sidewalk artist is expected to attend and demonstrate his unique artistry.

“This Market is part of our ongoing effort to bring artists to the community for an engaging experience,” Casper continued. “We’re continuing our efforts to generate momentum for something that promises great economic benefit and revitalization for the entire region. When artists collaborate, great things happen.”

There is still room for vendors in the extra large parking lot. More information can be found at or call 592-3373.

Palermo farm plans first music fest Sept. 1

The Wooden-Apple Farmstead in Palermo is hosting the first annual Wooden-Apple Music Festival from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept.1.

The day’s lineup includes Lois Dixon & the Olives, Gina Holsopple, The Polashenski’s and more!

The festival will conclude with an open mic and storytelling, so visitors should feel free to bring an instrument and add their names to the list.

Gina Holsopple, a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter, will be officially releasing her new album, “RED” at this event.  Lois Dixon & the Olives, another local favorite, also will grace the stage.

Guests are invited to bring their own food and drink for this family friendly event with a suggested donation for adults.

There will be a grill going all afternoon for anyone who wants to grill.  Bring a lawn chair, bring a blanket and bring a friend.

Contact the Wooden-Apple Farmstead at 591-0711 or for further information, to RSVP and for directions.

More information also can be found at Visit to learn more about “RED” and the music of Gina Holsopple.