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‘Art in the Wind’ mural takes flight

CNY Arts Center is ready to launch its next community mural project titled “Art in the Wind.”

The 8-foot-by-12-foot mural will invite visitors to Harborfest’ Novelis Family Park July 26-28 to paint recycled aluminum squares as a portion of a larger painting.

Pieces will then be baked, strung on an aluminum frame, and hung in a permanent location in the CNY region.

“We are excited to present another community mural project for Harborfest visitors,” said concept creator Leslie Paice. “Last year’s stained glass mural of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was a crowd pleaser. The completed mural using nearly 2,000 cut glass bottles was erected in Fulton at Indian Point Park.

“This year’s mural is the exact opposite in terms of lightweight construction.” Paice added. “It is bigger and calls for more than 600 individual aluminum squares to be painted and assembled like a giant puzzle.”

The original art entitled “Wings” is the creation of Angela Arrey-Wastavino whose artwork was chosen in a juried competition earlier in the year.

“We are delighted with this selection for the mural,” Paice noted. “It is inspirational and uplifting and with the metal exposure will capture the sunlight beautifully drawing the eye and making spirits soar. The art evokes feelings of freedom and joy, a perfect depiction of what the mural intends to convey.”

Arrey-Wastavino is a versatile multi-disciplinary artist and academician whose work has exhibited internationally in Europe and Latin America.

She is currently president of Onondaga Art Guild and leads public relations for Associated Artists of Central New York. Her international life style and multiethnic background have inspired her creativity in the field of visual arts developing concepts with particular attention to details.

The artist will be in attendance during Harborfest to help with the project, accompanied by students and family members coming from Europe to participate in the historic event.

“This is another example of the arts bringing the community coming together, an international community in this case, to create a lasting legacy for all to enjoy,” said Paice.

Those seeking more information on the group may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center? July 10, 2013

It’s time for ARTY Day Camp, which starts this Monday, July 15 and runs through Friday, July 19. We still have spots open and scholarship funds available for this camp each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 15.

Participants may choose from art, writing, dance or theater and spend five days exploring their favorite art, have lunch and create special group art projects in the afternoon. Friday, parents will join us for a special presentation. Camp takes place at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton. Find us on the Park Street side of the church.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for more information.

Art classes continue with Oil Painting Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Taught by Bonnie McClellan, this class will paint “Sunset Geese” and students will go home with a completed original painting.

Author Spotlight, also July 17 from 7 to 9pm, will introduce Jim Farfaglia’s newest book, “People, Places & Things, the Powerful Nouns of My Life.” As CNY Arts Center’s writing coordinator, Farfaglia will share excerpts from his latest book of poetry; will talk about his process of writing; and will also work with those in attendance to create a “group poem.”

Leslie Paice continues her Introductory Stained Glass series Thursdays, July 18 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make a stained glass panel using the leaded method; be introduced to copper foil method; andlearn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, hanging and patina techniques. Some patterns provided or help adapting your custom design.

Writers on the Road, set for July 20, is a one-day class for all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt their work. The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 S. First St., downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Brittney Jerred offers Journal Entries – On a Personal Note as a one-time workshop July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn voice, colorful writing, and “showing – not telling” writing journal entries based on real-life experiences. Bring a lunch and be ready to write! Writing projects (blog) will be published on the internet. Bring laptop or pad and paper.

Kids get ready to draw your favorite super hero July 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in a great new class for ages 8 to 15: Art of Heroes: Learning to draw Super Heroes! Learn the basic steps to drawing comic book super heroes and creating your own super hero with Frank Reis. Story Time Art for 4-7 year olds returns Tuesday, July 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. with Kendra Matott. The class will read “Fancy Nancy” and design their own fancy outfits!

More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register 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. 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.

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Second annual Arty Day Camp to be held July 15-19

Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.
Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.

CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arty Day Camp will run July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23 at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.

The camp will offer students a choice of art, writing, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Art classes with Kendra Matott and Ken Blount will deliver unusual art lessons. Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator has a love of magic and fantasy and creates a variety of classes and workshops, including storytime art to different ways to draw, including drawing with your feet.

Blount has pioneered a textured, collage art technique which he will share with art students during the week.

Students will disassemble objects before turning them into unique pieces of art.

His work is on exhibit along with Kendra’s at CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Writing classes boast the talents of a professional writer leading students to explore writing concepts and nurture the love of writing.

Mary Slimmer, retired from the Oswego City School District after 25 years, has written many eclectic articles for newspapers and recently completed 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,” said Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”

She has also been recently published in a book of poetry.

Dance classes with Jennica Vehrs will provide students with the opportunity to experience lyrical/contemporary and jazz dancing.

Throughout the course of the week, students will learn and participate in stretches to improve flexibility, across-the-floor exercises to improve technique, and both a lyrical/contemporary routine as well as a jazz routine to implement the components of these dance styles.

Vehrs recently completed her master’s in literacy from SUNY Oswego where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.

Drama, improv, theatre games and props will be the order of the day for students interested in theater classes.

Students will be led through exercises to expand awareness of the physical environment, learn the “who, what, where and why” of acting, polish stage presence and discover the tools to create believable characters!

Classes will be taught by Adam Schmidtmann, who recently portrayed the role of Fred in CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller.”

Schmidtmann began working with CNY Arts Center as stage manager for “Yes, Virginia, The Musical” and was co-director of Kids Onstage production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

He will be co-teaching Kids Onstage again this fall.

Students will receive morning instructions with these professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities.

Fees apply for instruction in art, writing, dance and theater and scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Registration is available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

CNY Arts Center is also designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp.

Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon art projects at no charge. Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Those seeking more information may visit the web site or call the center at 592-3373.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.
Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.

Save the dates for these exciting summer time happenings:

Story Time Art for four to seven year olds continues Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 9 with Kendra Matott. Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The class will read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon! More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Leslie Paice will start a six week series with Introductory Stained Glass. It will meet Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make a stained glass panel using the leaded method…be introduced to copper foil method, learn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, and hanging and patina techniques. Some patterns provided or help adapting your custom design.

Open Studio debuts at the center July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Chat with friends and just have fun! We’ll go outside some days (weather permitting). Bring your own materials or use some of ours. Artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work. Come early, stay late!

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is free and open to all writers to come and share their work. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com to share your work.

Kids have lots to choose from next week with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With scholarship money available, no child should miss out. Choose from art, writing, dance or theatre, enjoy lunch and group art projects in the afternoons. Please register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Writers on the Road July 20 is a one day class for all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt their work. The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Students are reminded to pre-register 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.

Family Fun Arts Fest next Saturday

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Festival will be held Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway.

The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for show and sale along with food vendors Tavern on the Lock, Treat Me Sweet Desserts, and Upper Landings.

Art projects for older kids including an unique painting experience still being developed and fabric art for all ages making hand-decorating canvas shopping bags. There will be a grand prize for festival attendees who register at the festival.

Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will each perform onstage in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Tupe is a local singer/songwriter with a new group named Lois Dixon and the Olives, which is comprised of Tupe, Hannah Doerrier, and Emily Plummer.  Tupe was a winner of the first Arts Fest Talent Competition who will also serve as a judge for this year’s talent competition.

Eagan, known as Blackstone Acoustic and Art, is an artist, guitarist and auctioneer who also plays dobro and blues harp.

He started playing as a young teenager in garage rock bands, mostly southern rhythm and blues styles.

He has played with many local known talents in the CNY and Syracuse area, including the Georgia Pickers and Cotton Blue.

Also scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. is Butler Sheehan Academy of Traditional Irish Dance. The Syracuse-based group includes members from Oswego and Fulton.

The festival also promotes the arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent of all ages and types will compete in age categories for those under 12, 12-20, and 20 plus. A new category has been added for garage bands or amateur youth bands just getting started with minimal public appearances.

Actors, singers, dancers, comedians, storytellers, all family friendly acts are encouraged to register and showcase their talents. Kristin Cook, actor and vocalist, will be returning for the third year as Emcee of the event.

“We’re so thrilled to be offering our third annual festival to showcase the wonderful arts in CNY,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “Who knew when we first started in downtown Fulton we would grow to a large venue with over 50 vendors and such wonderful talent? This festival is becoming a much anticipated event for the local arts and we’re proud to offer this opportunity.”

There is still time to register your talent and more room for more artists and crafters.  Talent and vendors may register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month brings lots of weekend events, starting with the very first Saturday of the month. June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house for our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St., Fulton. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m.; see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY. Get a free “ARTs in the HeART” bracelet while supplies last. The public is also invited to the official Ribbon Cutting set for June 5 at 11 a.m. just before Tunes in June.

We’ll also be open during Farmer’s Market every Saturday so stop by when you’re at the market, on your lunch hour during the week or whenever you’re downtown.

Make time to see what’s new at Arts in the HeART Gallery open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The second Saturday finds the third annual Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. This annual event is growing in popularity each year. Crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, prizes, and family fun. With more 50 vendors to browse, this event will offer the best local handmade original art and crafts. Make it a day to celebrate the arts in CNY.

We still need performers for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Butler-Sheehan Irish Step Dancers are scheduled to perform during judges deliberations.

Lois Dixon and the Olives and Tom Eagan will each perform onstage following the Competition which awards prizes in three age categories plus a new category for bands just added. And there is still room for vendors. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Our focus is on kids the third Saturday, June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-up for our summer play “Charlotte’s Web.” The play is open to all children from ages 5-15 and we’ll find a part for everyone. There is no charge to participate.

The play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center located in the 357 State Street church. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or sing a song. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Digital Photography 101 series kicks off our class schedule June 4 and you can attend any or all of the six classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera is recommended, but not required. The class is taught by Kendra Matott, studio arts coordinator and Featured Artist of the Month at Arts in the HeART Gallery.

Sunday, June 9 brings our monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center. This informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing is the perfect place to share your writings and enjoy the work of others like yourself. All genres welcome. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Three great classes are on the calendar for Saturday, June 15 with Woodworking for Beginners, ages 10 and up from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’re going to love this one using things around the house…a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory that becomes a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Bring items to make a collage. Please pre-register.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class will paint “Abandoned Cabin” full of colors! All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

Students are reminded to pre-register 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 look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

Talent sought for third annual Arts Fest

CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes during the third annual Arts Fest June 8 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older and a new separate category for bands.

Focused on discovering hidden talents, event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocalists, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continues, “We’re especially excited to add a specific category for garage bands this year – groups just emerging or performing only part time for the joy of the music. We have had a good response from local bands and we want to encourage their participation by giving them a separate competition category that better suits their talents.

“We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer,” she added. “Being held at the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prizes awarded by 1:30 p.m. Performers may register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month kicks off with the soft opening today of our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton.

Local artists will have their work on display for browsing and for sale. On your lunch hour, when you take an evening walk, or whenever you’re downtown make time to see what’s new at Arts in the Heart Gallery. Call 216-8790 for gallery hours.

In our main facility located in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., classes are still being offered along with theatre productions, and casual group meetings such as Writer’s Café and Artist Meet-up.

Creative Blockbuster starts off with a class May 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Students will learn how to work through creative blocks and get your creative juices going again with a variety of activities.

Oil Painting is also on tap May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bonnie McClellan will guide you to paint a relaxing beach scene and take home a completed painting.

Closing weekend of “Helen Keller” running Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Those seeking reservations may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Start making plans now for Girls Night Out Thursday, May 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This will be a fun-filled evening between friends. Share a little wine and light snacks while you spruce up your jewelry line, or add a little bling to an old pair of shoes. Bring in an old pair of pumps or plain shoes, even canvas flats. We’ll dazzle them up! Make a necklace or entire set. Treat yourself to some fun and take home something new when you leave.

We need your talent for the third annual Arts Fest Talent Competition to be held June 8 in the War Memorial Ice Rink. Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the Competition offering prizes in several categories.

This event also offers handmade original art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 50 vendors to browse. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is open for registration. 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. Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

All arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center with classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening May 1.

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 happenings at CNY Arts Center.