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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

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Charlotte’s Web is a great memory now. August Arty Camp is in full swing this week and we turn our attention to the wrap-up of summer classes and events.

A very special author, Mary Slimmer, will share her newest book, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School,” during Author Spotlight at 7 tonight, Aug. 21.

Slimmer, a retired teacher and administrator in the Oswego City School District, has written her first novel for young adults. This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.” Mary also is teaching a writing class for Arty Camp.

Michael Lynne launches a great new class tomorrow, Painting Fundamentals I, Aug 22, 29 and Sept. 5 Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Lynne’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

Jim Farfaglia offers a one-day workshop for aspiring authors, Working through Writer’s Block, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 24. This workshop provides an overview of positive and affirming activities to help writers move through challenges in their writing.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, returns from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug 27 for the last class with Kendra Matott. Our book title, “Good Night, Moon,” will have your little artist sketching his or her own room full of things to say goodnight to! Please pre-register at

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.  Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get us all together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come and bring a friend! This event is open to the public and held at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St., in Fulton.

September will bring a special night to experience the artistry of the Cashore Marionettes, our popular outdoor Arts Market, and a brand new slate of classes for the fall. 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 United 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

Final concert tonight

The eighth and final concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be 7 p.m. today, Aug. 21 at Breitbeck Park.

These concerts are provided free to the public by the city of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County.

The 17 piece jazz ensemble, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will perform. Popular selections from all eras of Big Band music will be featured.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs or relax in a car and enjoy the music and the Oswego sunset.

Visser named CNY Arts Center Volunteer of the Month

The CNY Arts Center has selected Mary Jane Visser as  July Volunteer of the Month.

The Arts Center, which was founded in 2011, is dedicated to providing quality arts programming for people of all ages and relies on volunteers to reach its goals.

The volunteer awards program was created to acknowledge the work of those who have made contributions.

“Volunteers are involved with all aspects of the Arts Center,” says Alice Lamb, program coordinator and volunteer recognition coordinator for the center. “They often bring in new ideas and then provide the energy to carry those ideas out.”

Visser aptly fits the description of a typical CNY Arts Center volunteer. As one of the founding members of the center, she has shared her background as a studio artist as well as a multi-talented crafter.

“Mary Jane has been with us since the first Arts Fest, has faithfully attended our weekly meetings and taken charge of almost all of our children’s art projects,” says Nancy Fox, the center’s director. “She is always on the hunt for the next most unique art project for all age levels, and then gathers supplies to create the finished project, using recycled items as often as possible.”

Her volunteering can be seen both behind the scenes and in the activities themselves. She takes care of keeping supplies inventoried, organized and accessible; she has been a familiar face at the center’s open houses and holiday events.

In addition, Visser has become an invaluable resource for feedback on numerous issues as the Arts Center grows.

CNY Arts Center is proud to honor Visser as the latest Volunteer of the Month. The center’s home is at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State. St., Fulton.

For more information about the center, visit or call 592-3373.