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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.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Arty Camp had its largest enrollment to date with more than 40 youths attending every day last week. More exciting camp plans will be created for next summer’s fun, but for now there is a great lineup of classes and events for every age and interest.

Michael Lynne’s new class, Painting Fundamentals I, scheduled for last week, has a new start date of Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s not too late to register for this class, which will continue Sept. 5 and 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

With his work on display at the Oswego Public Library as well as the Arts in the HeArt Gallery in Fulton, this unique artist shares his expertise with students.

This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Michael’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

September brings a closeup look at the artistry of the Cashore Marionettes in a special demonstration at 7 p.m. Sept 6.

The artist, Joseph Cashore, will give just 40 audience members a guided tour of the detailed workings of his most popular marionettes. These are not simple puppets but rather each one a finely crafted moving piece of art.

Some marionettes take as long as a year to engineer and build. Seating is limited to just 40 so that all audience members can see up close and appreciate the beauty of this art in motion. This is not for young children!

Our popular outdoor Arts Market returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Nestles parking lot.

One last chance for bargain shopping, yard sale treasures, arts and crafts, Christmas gifts and a great shopping experience on Fulton’s City-Wide Yard Sale Day. There is still room for vendors who want in on the action. Register at

A brand new slate of classes is being planned for the fall including popular culinary adventures, Writing Critique Workshop and capturing memories in story and in collage.

With a generous grant from the Shineman Foundation, we’re excited to offer a new Drama Club for seventh and eighth graders meeting 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Arts Center.

This great new activity is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the area regardless of school or home school affiliation. This group will work throughout the fall to develop a new theater group for teens with a production scheduled for mid- November. The club will meet at CNY Arts Center located in the State Street United Methodist Church.

More new classes on tap for the fall including popular culinary adventures, Writing Critique Workshop and capturing memories in story and in collage, Story time art and Kids Onstage, which will return from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, all taking place at the center located at 357 State St.

Get all the latest news and updates 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 more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

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

Arts in the HeArt Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo, for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at

Workshop focuses on gold gesso

Carol Burghart, local watercolorist and Lakeside Artisans member, is offering a full-day workshop in the use of gold gesso as underpainting for watercolor paintings. The workshop will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Lakeside Artisans.

The use of this technique in watercolor creates paintings that glow with gold undertones and areas where the color is removed to let the gold show through.

For more information, call 342-8880 or email or like the organization on Facebook.

SUNY Oswego to present puppet wizardry of Cashore Marionettes

Master puppeteer Joseph Cashore brings his lifelike creations to State University College at Oswego’s Waterman Theater Sept. 7 for performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m., launching the college’s 2013-14 Artswego Performing Arts Series.

In addition, programs by the artist are scheduled in three area communities as part of an extended residency.

While the Cashore Marionettes are complex in construction, the veteran puppeteer aims for effects that are stunning in their simplicity.

He has been awarded the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive.

“I try in my work to be as simple and direct as possible, to express the theme of each piece with an economy of means,” Cashore said.

The Saturday evening performance, titled “Life in Motion,” is the Cashore Marionettes’ full-length program for adults.

The show consists of short vignettes covering the full range of human experience from comic to tragic moments, with characters and actions that are convincing and engaging, Cashore said.

Each segment is performed to evocative music by composers from Vivaldi to Strauss and Copland.

The Saturday afternoon show is a shorter program called “Simple Gifts,” designed for families.

Because of the subtlety of movement and expression, the program is best suited for children ages 8 and older.

Advance tickets for the two performances may be purchased at any SUNY Oswego Box Office, online at or by calling 312-2141.

Parking for the Cashore Marionettes’ performances is included in the cost of the ticket, in the employee lots in front of and just east of Culkin Hall, the college’s main administration building off state Route 104.

‘Meet the artist’

Area residents may attend Cashore’s preview presentations at 7 p.m. Sept. 5, at H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, or at 7 p.m. Sept. 6, at the CNY Arts Center in Fulton.

At both of these “meet the artist” sessions, the puppeteer will explain and demonstrate how he imagines, constructs and performs with his expressive characters.

These illustrated artist talks are geared to adults as well as children age 8 and above.

Adults and art students who wish to pursue Joseph Cashore’s technique in greater depth may register for a marionette master at 2 p.m. Sept. 8, at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski. Call 298-7007 for more information.

The Cashore Marionettes’ community residency is made possible by grants from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by CNY Arts. It also is made possible by the partnering host organizations.

Detailed program information, video clips and ticket links for the two on-campus performances are available online at

Arts series at SUNY Oswego to blend current, classic fare

From bluegrass to the Bard, the 2013-14 Artswego Series at State University College at Oswego offers a diverse slate of artists and performing arts experiences to area audiences.

“Whether tastes incline toward music or theater, traditional or contemporary expressions, we’ve covered the bases,” series director John Shaffer said. “And we’ve held ticket costs far below levels seen at premiere venues around the country – big-city opportunities at small-town prices.”

The season begins Sept. 7, with two performances by the Cashore Marionettes at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Waterman Theater.

Through virtuosic movement, music and poetic insight, master puppeteer Joseph Cashore leads his audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Cashore’s shows – the matinee especially for families and the other designed for grown-ups – are entertaining, surprising and theatrically satisfying one-of-a-kind events, Shaffer said.

Appearing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Waterman Theater, Melody of China is a San Francisco-based world-music ensemble – equally adept at traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

Celebrating an instrument family that extends from East to West — the yangqin (hammered dulcimer or cimbalom) — the musicians are joined by Rochester folk favorite Mitzie Collins and members of the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble from the University of Rochester’s Eastman Community Music School.

Each year, Artswego highlights a Central New York performing organization along with its slate of touring artists.

This season’s regional partnership is with the accomplished Syracuse Vocal Ensemble. On Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Sheldon Hall ballroom, Artswego will host the SVE’s fall program “Classical Meets Bluegrass,” including Appalachian-inspired choral music and composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” joined by a band of regional bluegrass headliners.

The films of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu were featured this summer in a major retrospective at New York City’s Film Forum. On Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Waterman Theater, Windham Hill recording artist Alex de Grassi will provide live accompaniment for Ozu’s silent classic, “A Story of Floating Weeds” – performing an original score commissioned by the New York Guitar Society.

While productions of “A Christmas Carol” abound, actor Carl Whidden provides a different twist on Dickens. On Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Hewitt Union ballroom, the SUNY Oswego alum reprises the role of Scrooge that he played 40 years ago under the direction of the late SUNY Oswego professor Rosemary Nesbitt, a local theater and history legend.

This time, Whidden plays the other roles as well. One actor performs the holiday tale from end to end to celebrate Nesbitt’s memorable holiday productions.

The New York Times says, “The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater company in the United States.” In its 41st season, it has nurtured such talents as Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Rainn Wilson.

Featured in the current PBS documentary “Still on the Road,” the present-day band of young professional players arrives at Waterman Theater March 26 and 27 to attempt a rare feat: back-to-back performances of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and its comic counterpart, Sir Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Kaki King has been named to Rolling Stone’s list of “The New Guitar Gods.” On March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Waterman Theater, the hard-driving young instrumentalist joins forces with the contemporary string quartet ETHEL. In a genre-bending collaboration called “And Other Stories …,” they bring an evening of instrumental skill, rich sonic adventures and flights of fantastic storytelling.

Tickets are also available at any SUNY Oswego box office location, online at or by calling 312-2141.

Old Tyme Fiddlers play Osceola Sept. 1

Listeners can enjoy some musical fun with a concert of old-time fiddle music by Fiddlin’s Fun, the Southern Tier area chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association.

The concert takes place 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola.

It is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Fiddlin’s Fun was formed in 2001 and dedicated to the memory of the late Larry Downey, whose motto — “Fiddlin’s Fun” — the group adopted as its name.

Larry, who took his first fiddle lesson in 1917 and passed away at the age of 90, once quipped that he wrote one of his tunes, “Baltimore Rag,” “back when the world was young — around 1940.”

Larry’s repertoire was endless and he learned many of his tunes from one of his musical mentors, the late Jehile Kirkhuff , 1954 World Champion Old-Time Fiddler.  Larry treasured Jehile’s gold mine of tunes and took great efforts to preserve and proliferate this music, greatly varied as it is.

Larry loved a very varied repertoire, and “Fiddlin’s Fun” carries on this tradition by performing a wide variety of tunes ranging from traditional Irish, English, Scottish, French Canadian and New England and jigs, reels and polkas, to catchy Appalachian songs that are sometimes accompanied by vocals. The group is especially appreciated for its beautiful harmonies.

For more information about the chapter’s activities, visit their website at

The next free Sunday concert at the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame in Osceola, on Sunday, September 8, will feature Dick Bolt, of Rochester. Patrons are invited to tour the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum during the Sunday concerts.

All the facilities are handicapped accessible and enclosable in the event of bad weather. Refreshments are available from a food concession.

For directions, visit or call (315) 599-7009 and leave a message. Upcoming concerts Sundays 2-5 pm at the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Museum 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola, NY.

Sept. 8 – Dick Bolt, of Rochester

Sept. 15 – Association of North Country Fiddlers chapter of the NYSOTFA

Sept. 22 – T.B.A.

Sept. 29 – Season’s Finale – “Roger Thesier House Party” – Noon – 5 p.m. – Dish-to-Pass lunch, Old Time Fiddlers’ Reunion and Jamming