Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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 www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

Artist explores technique: Work on display through August

Displaying seven paintings now until September at Oswego Public Library, Michael Lynne shares his work and eye for beauty in overlooked places.

Lynne attended Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a bachelor of fine arts with a major in illustration. After a three-year stint in advertising, he returned to RIT to complete a master of science in teaching degree.

What followed was a 35-year career teaching art in three school districts. His last position was at Oswego High School.

Since retirement, he has been working on his art and entering national and international juried art shows with some success.

The seven works exhibited at the Oswego library show some of the pathways he has been exploring. His newest work strives for a looser technique and a thicker application of paint. Each piece in this show has a little write up to explain the work.

These paintings are not for sale, but Lynne has work for sale at Arts in the HeArt Gallery in Fulton.

In the artist’s words

Michael Lynne has this to say about his work “Underpass,” done in acrylic:

This painting is another subject that I find interesting and worth exploring. Again my loftier interests have not been realized; those of decay, the empire in need of repair, etc. I keep sniffing around the edges of a bigger project with more of a message but just haven’t nailed it yet. I did two of these – one in oil and one acrylic, but I continue to think there is a bigger image out there yet. I do like the light and its geometric relationship to the overall image.

Local artists take home recognition

Awards from the Art Association of Oswego 2013 Members’ Exhibition based on popular vote were given to:

  • First place: Bonnie Bergan for her watercolor, “Summer Day.”
  • Second place: Robert Jones for his watercolor, “Aurora’s Big Dance.”
  • Third place: Sandra Dowie for her oil painting on wood panel, “Sailing.”
  • Honorable mentions: Laurie Kester for her wood and glass assemblage, “Wind Charmer”; Terry Carbone for her oil painting, “Misty Cove.”

A special recognition for use of color and a portable easel were awarded to Ron Throop for his acrylic on hardboard painting, “The Land Developer Improves Land Like Beelzebub Nurtures Puppies.” The easel was donated by AAO member Charlene Davis.

A solo show award was given to Robert Jones, who will have the opportunity to mount a one-artist exhibition of work in the Jo Hyse (first floor) Gallery during the 2014 exhibition season.

As always, exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, across from Fort Ontario.

Regular gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends, or by appointment. The Members Exhibition will continue until Aug. 18. For more information, call 343-5675 or visit the AAO website at oswegoarts.org.

Retired teacher in CNY Arts Center’s Spotlight

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, a monthly program where community members meet local writers who have recently published a book.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Mary Slimmer will present her young adult novel, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School.” This is Slimmer’s first book. She is a retired teacher and administrator from the Oswego City School District.

The book centers on a group of students who have a regularly scheduled lunch with their principal.  During one lunch, the principal shows the students a set of keys and one of the students talks the others into getting the keys without her permission to explore the school basement.  After a series of frightening experiences, the students end up in the police station, where they find out more about the mysteries of what lies beneath the school.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years. I wrote it because I wanted to experience the journey of writing a book. I believe in the power of words and I wondered if I could write a story that was enjoyable, yet believable.”

Slimmer still teaches workshops for both children and adults. Later this month, she will teach a children’s writing workshop at CNY Art Center’s Arty Camp.

During Author Spotlight, Slimmer will explain her process of writing the book, read excerpts from it and offer a question and answer period.

Afterward, attendants can meet her and purchase a signed copy of her book. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

Author Spotlights are held at the CNY Arts Center, located at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St. in Fulton.

For more information, call 592-3373 or visit the art center’s website at www.cnyartscenter.com.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Another opening, another show with the debut of “Charlotte’s Web,” 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug.16, followed by 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.

Not only is this a debut for “Charlotte’s Web” on our stage, it is the debut of more than 20 children who have never experienced the thrill and terror of being on stage before a live audience.

It is a great production you won’t want to miss. Reservations are encouraged. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, moves to 6 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 14, for one week only with Kendra Matott.

Our book title, Olivia will have kids splattering paint just like Olivia! Only one more session of this fun class, Aug. 27 with Good Night Moon. Children will sketch their own room full of things to say goodnight to!  Don’t miss out on fun art projects.  Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Arty Camp immediately follows “Charlotte’s Web” with its final session of the summer, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.19 to 23 for ages 5 to 15. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available – no child will be turned away. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for information.

Michael Lynne, a new CNY Arts Center artist, offers Painting Fundamentals I from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5. 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.

The Lighthouse in Grove Park School will be the subject of our Author Spotlight on Mary Slimmer, 7  p.m. Aug. 21. Mary Slimmer, a retired teacher/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.”

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

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, from 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., Fulton.

Students are reminded to preregister for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and 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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Community comes closer for Jazz Fest

By Tracy Kinne

Jazz Fest brings the community together and draws people from other areas to enjoy what Fulton has to offer, said Beth Hilton, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a little hard to measure” the economic impact of the festival, because there isn’t an admission fee, she said, but “a lot of businesses do quite well.” Craft and food vendors gain exposure, she said.

For the rest of this story, pick up the print version of the Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Breezy tunes and weather make Jazz Fest a success

By Ashley M. Casey

A cloudy start to the weekend gave way to sunny skies last Friday as the Fulton Jazz Fest kicked off a breezy, fun-filled evening.

Held behind the War Memorial by Lake Neatahwanta last Friday and Saturday, the Jazz Fest boasted positive attendance, according to the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Several local acts graced the Fulton Savings Bank stage. The Cortini Brothers, with special guest saxophonist Tommy Ciappa, warmed up the crowd for Friday’s opening “Happy Hour.” The bank also donated door prizes for the Happy Hour drawing. Continue reading