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CNY Arts Center to open new art gallery in City of Fulton

With a successful start to programming and events in its State Street facility, CNY Arts Center is preparing to expand their community presence with the opening of an art gallery in downtown Fulton.

The new space will give artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the public hoping to generate awareness, sales and demand for regional art.

“We are stepping out with the idea that if we provide this affordable opportunity for artists to participate, the economic potential for all artists will grow along with an increased appetite for the arts,” said Nancy Fox, director of the CNY Arts Center.

“The arts as an industry will have a significant impact when we harness that potential and bring it right to the community,” she added. “Through the arts center programming, we are discovering artists of all mediums. Providing this public space to exhibit their art is a giant step forward for many of them.”

Artists can apply for space in the gallery which will be located on First Street across from the city gazebo.

“With farmer’s market and events happening in the gazebo and along the river all summer long,” said Bonnie McClellan, project lead for the art gallery expansion, “we felt confident this prime location would be a great place to generate the necessary foot traffic as we introduce these artists to the community. And it will be a nice addition for downtown shoppers, employees and restaurants.”

There will be space for artists with drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, and sculpture or 3D design.

No crafts will be considered. Adjustments are being made to accommodate as many artists as possible.

Artists will be spotlighted on a rotating basis in one of two distinct display areas while monthly social events will allow the public to meet and mingle with the artists. The gallery will also be available to artists for private exhibits.

In addition to a modest fee and sales commission, artists will be asked to work in the art gallery a few hours each month as part of the all-volunteer staff. The nonprofit CNY Arts Center is run entirely by volunteers.

Not limited to Fulton, Artists from the CNY region are encouraged to apply and will find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

Gallery opening is scheduled for early May.

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Minetto Elementary School students present ‘Cinderella’

Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).
Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” provided a magical moment as the Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Once again, elementary age students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in live musical theatre as the combined fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade chorus members presented a memorable production.

Directed by music teacher Debora Bartholomew, with music by Dr. Juan LaManna and Heather Sweeting, the students presented the two-hour performance before friends and family.

Julie May was “Cinderella” and took the audience on a magical ride. The huge cast filled the stage for ensemble numbers various times throughout the 20 scenes.

Among the cast were Jordan Hare (Jaq), Maggie McSweeney (Lizzie), Alyssa Adner (Tiny Tina), Kelly Lizotte (Gus), Hayleigh Hough (Lucifer), Alyssa Lapetino (Bruno),  Allison Choate (Druzilla), Tia Bevacqua (Anastasia), Tessa Smith  (Stepmother), Diente Parker (King), Keegan Thompson (Grand Duke), Carson Colucci (Messenger),  Taylor Ladue (Fairy Godmother), Cody Vincent (Pumpkin), Mikayla Hardesty (Coachman), Savanna DeLong (Footman), and Dylan Cohen and Cody Vincent (Ball Announcers).

Also, Matthew Caraccioli (Prince), Kyle Roland, Zeida Olson and Morgan Samson (Coach Horses) and narrators Maria Foti, Maddison Dashnau, Allison Griffin, Aidan Thompson, Olivia Bivens, Abby Brancato and Morgan Samson.

Producing a stage version of “Cinderella” would not be possible without birds, mice and numerous guests at the ball.

Holding the roles of the birds were Maddie Jones and Cody Vincent. The mice and guests included Julian Allan, Hailey Babcock, Olivia Bivens, Hannah Blackburn, Abby Brancato, Lucas Capstraw, Mason Cass, Jennifer Ciarla, Ezra Clemons, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Maddison Dashnau, Savanna DeLong, Maria Foti, Allison Griffin, Angie Guarerra, Anna Guarerra, Mikayla Hardesty, and Brayden Hardter.

Also, Ben Hough, Sarah Jones, Adam Lofthouse, Morgan Mace, Tyler May, Zeida Olson, Seth Perrin, Jennifer Pittman, Lillian Reese, Kyle Roland, Morgan Samson, Natalyia Smith, Melanie Solanno, Ashley St. John, Aidan Thompson, Maya Upcraft, Kylie Wallace, Shelby Wallace and Brianna Waldron.

Behind the scenes the coach design and construction was completed by Steve Braun and the OHS Tech Crew while art teacher Crystal Mason did the coach painting and art students were also involved in the props.

Costumes were completed by Joanne Choate, Cindi Hermann, Crystal Mason and Debbie Bartholomew.

Make up, hair, dressers and crowd control were provided through the services of Brenda Getman, Linda Doud, Crystal Mason, Linda Stummer, Pam Caraccioli, Kris Adner, Barb Czerow, Dinah Olson, Michele May, Kim LeRoy, Sharon and Hannah Griffin, Heidi Samson, and Amy Jones among others.

Also contributing to the smooth flow of the production were stage manager Angella Bandla and deck manager Deanna Santiago along with T.J. Bandla and the entire OHS Theatre crew.

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Acclaimed Daedalus Quartet to perform April 10 at SUNY Oswego

The award-winning and well-traveled Daedalus Quartet will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series concert in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.
The award-winning and well-traveled Daedalus Quartet will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series concert in SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

SUNY Oswego will present the award-winning Daedalus Quartet, with longtime music professor Daniel Barach as host, in a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series concert Wednesday, April 10.

The performance, in Sheldon Hall ballroom, will begin at 7:30 p.m. A preconcert talk is scheduled at 7.

The New Yorker described Daedalus as “one of the finest young groups to emerge in our current golden age of string quartets.”

Performing together for more than 11 years, the quartet in 2007 earned the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award.

From Carnegie Hall to the Cite de la Musique in Paris, Daedalus has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues.

The repertoire is set to include Joan Tower’s “White Water” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet, Op. 127,” while Barach — who teaches music history and literature at SUNY Oswego — will join Daedalus to play second viola for Mozart’s “String Quintet No. 1, K. 174.”

This will be Barach’s first time performing for the Ke-Nekt series. While he has played viola for more than 60 years, he tore a ligament in his wrist a few years ago, after suffering a strain while playing the viola, and had reconstructive surgery.

“It’s very stressful playing the viola,” Barach said. The viola is a large string instrument that causes performers to stretch the wrist for long periods of time, he said. Barach now uses a specially designed viola called a cutaway so he doesn’t strain his wrist.

Tickets available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 312-2141.

The cost of parking is included in the ticket price and available in lots across from and adjacent to Sheldon Hall. 

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

New spring classes, two theater productions, a new art exhibit in Cicero, the community mural project gets launched, Author Spotlight on the topic of Alzheimer’s, Arts Fest returns with its talent competition and handmade original art, Arty Camp registration opens, a special community event is expected mid-summer, and the announcement of a gallery opening in May…what’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

More than we can keep track of as we live up to our mission of bringing art experiences to the region with every event.

Author’s Spotlight, tonight at 7 p.m., is especially important this month with a discussion of “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease” written by Rev. Diane Bradshaw.

“I Am Arnold,” her first book, is about Rev. Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, who received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

College basketball and Easter themes are the focus of the next culinary arts class, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will decorate basketball cookies, cupcakes, and Easter treats. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

Also on the schedule March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is oil painting with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will help students learn how to add wildlife to landscapes – a deer, elk, moose and more.

The Arts Center wraps up March with the final class in Digital Photography 101 Tuesday March 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kendra Matott will provide composition tips for composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots!

With better weather ahead, CNY Arts Center launches the spring quarter of classes with Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and older. This class will help children create a script for a 10-15 min. short film, and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home. This six week class runs Saturdays starting April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A new writing class, Introduction to Writing, will also start Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. This class for beginning writers will meet once a month with Jim Farfaglia and look at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary.

Our third festival season starts with Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink. This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a Talent Competition featuring prizes in several categories. Register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Also online is the registration for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but April 5th is the deadline for this opportunity.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp registrations are available with full details on the web site. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Some sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Helen Keller” are both coming to the stage in April; an art exhibit is now up at the piano and organ store in Cicero; and preparation has begun for “Art in the Wind,” featuring the art work of Dr. Angela Arrey-Wastavino on the Community Mural Project to be completed at Harborfest this year.

And stay tuned for news of the grand opening of CNY Arts Center’s first art gallery in downtown Fulton, opening early May.

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

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

The CNY Arts Center marches on toward spring with two more topics offered in Digital Photography 101 with Kendra Matott.

March 19 will cover focus as students learn how and where to focus in a photograph and how depth of field affects what is in focus. March 26 will share composition tips about composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots. Both classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The next Author’s Spotlight, March 20 at 7 p.m., will feature Rev. Diane Bradshaw as she discusses her book “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Bradshaw graduated from Empire State College with a BS degree and from Colgate-Rochester with a master of divinity degree.

Bradshaw has served as an officer (Captain) in the Salvation Army and as a United Methodist minister in Pennellville. It is her first book.

Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

March Madness and Easter come together in another culinary delight, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will have fun decorating basketball cookies and cupcakes, and Easter treats too. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

March wraps up with another oil painting class with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will teach students how to add wildlife to landscapes — a deer, elk, moose or more — March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New spring quarter classes will start April 6 with a full roster of art, writing, and culinary classes and a return of Kids OnScreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up. Details will be available online soon for all the spring classes.

Our festival season kicks off with open registrations for our third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink.

And registration is open for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but time is limited. Vendors can find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

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

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

Live auction to highlight Lions club’s wine and beer tasting

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its 15th annual wine and beer tasting with silent auction Friday, March 22 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Cakes Galore or from any Lions Club member. Tickets will be available at the door. Each person will be provided a complimentary wine glass or beer mug at the door.

“The Oswego Lions Club is looking forward to the Wine and Beer tasting with silent auction again this year,” said Steve Jurivich, president of the local chapter of Lions International. “The event has truly become one that the entire community looks forward to each March.”

The annual event will once again showcase many of the area’s beer vendors and New York State wineries, including Fulkerson Winery, Americana Vineyards, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Anthony Road Wine Company, and Young and Somers Winery, Eagle Beverage and Onondaga Beverage.

A “new” tasting this year will feature “Taste the Word,” offering coffee tastings with iced coffee and Irish coffee.

The silent auction will feature many donated items from businesses throughout the area. Items to be auctioned off will include gift certificates from many restaurants in the area such as Blue Moon Grill, Port City Café, The Red Sun and Mimi’s Drive In.

Ray’s Furniture Perk has donated restored antique chairs and a doll/trophy case. There are gift baskets from Devine Designs by Gail, Green Planet Grocery, The Coffee Connection and Harbor Towne Gifts.

Cakes Galore has donated a “cake a month for a year,” Riverview Wellness donated a 60-minute signature facial, and there are admission tickets to Darien Lake.

There will be a live auction at the end of the event with local auctioneer Ted Sivers. The featured live auction this year will be a dinner for four at the high bidder’s home, courtesy of Bill Wadsworth, restaurateur of Bistro 197.

Wadsworth was born and raised in Oswego and is a graduate of Oswego State University and Capella University. He is an untrained food enthusiast and opened his first restaurant at age 27 – Avanti Bistro. He opened Bistro197 in November 2011. This personalized meal will include appetizers, dinner and dessert.

Another featured item for the live auction will be a wine cellar with over 20 bottles of wine and a wine refrigerator.

Complimentary appetizers will be provided. A cash bar will also will be available at The American Foundry.

All proceeds of the event will benefit The Oswego Lions Club and their active role within, and contributions to the community.

Art association to hold spring exhibition, classes

Spring is arriving and it is time for creative renewal to begin at the Art Association of Oswego.

The AAO is located across from Fort Ontario overlooking Lake Ontario.

The purpose of this organization is to further art appreciation, art education and the cultural enrichment of the surrounding areas.

Exhibitions and workshops will begin the new season with the annual Statewide-Lakeside juried art exhibition opening reception March 23.

Many more events, exhibitions and workshops will be held throughout the summer and fall months.

Registration for the following workshops is handled by the instructors. Space is limited and participants should register in advance.

• Introduction to Stained Glass

Wednesdays, March 11 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

This workshop is for 16 years and older to learn the craft of stained glass. All tools and materials will be supplied. There is a fee to register for the class.

• Stained Glass Window Panel

Wednesdays, April 17 through May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

This is a six-week course for adults interested in designing their own stained glass window panel.

• Hand-Built Pottery Tuesdays April 2 through May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie,   947-6000.

This is a six-week class and you will complete four projects.

• Fused Glass Pendant Necklace Tuesdays, May 14 and May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie, 947-6000. Design and create your own original fused glass pendant necklace.

• More Hand-Building Pottery Wednesdays, May 29 through July from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

• Log Cabin Quilt Saturdays, April 13 and 20 from noon to 4 p.m. There is a tuition fee. The instructor is Charlotte Arcadi, 593-6741. Complete a log cabin quilt top during this class. Must bring your own sewing machine.

• Painting on Slate Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie, 947-6000.

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Tri-County Singers to perform at local churches

Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.
Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.

The Tri-County Singers will be presenting “Upon This Rock” by Pepper Choplin at various local churches during this Easter season.

This cantata is a touching presentation of the Easter experience through the eyes of Peter. The combination of narration and music tell a story of doubt, passion, failure, forgiveness and faith through the use of both new and traditional Easter melodies.

The Cantata is presented free of charge, although an offering will be taken to defray costs of music and supplies.

The group is led by director Michelle Pawlenko, with her mother Terry Pawlenko assisting and accompanying on the piano.

Soloists this season include Dave Eamer, Michelle Canfield, Mike Pawlenko and Lonny Drake.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Methodist Church; Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at West Baptist Church in Oswego; Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Sterling Valley Community Church; and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Red Creek Westbury UMC.

The entire performance is just under an hour in length. The Tri-County Singers is a variable collection of over two dozen Christian musicians from Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties.