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CNY Arts Center launches Volunteer of the Month program

Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s first Volunteer of the Month, is pictured working on the set for the center’s upcoming production of “Helen Keller.”
Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s first Volunteer of the Month, is pictured working on the set for the center’s upcoming production of “Helen Keller.”

The CNY Arts Center, an organization located in Fulton that strives to engage people of all ages with all arts, has announced its volunteer recognition program.

The program’s purpose is to acknowledge the many hours of work done by the people who make the center’s activities and events happen.

“Volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization,” said Alice Lamb, program coordinator and volunteer recognition coordinator for the center. “We are a young community center, with limited funding, so we rely heavily on our volunteers to assure our programs can be realized.”

The Volunteer of the Month for April is Ken Blount, who has been instrumental in CNY Arts Center’s success from its beginning.

“Ken was a leader in the process to clean and organize the facility where we present our programs,” said Nancy Fox, the center’s director. “He put in countless hours in preparing the space that we are renting from the State Street Methodist Church, who have been a great host for our Center. In fact, Ken has worked so closely with the church that he now volunteers for them as well!”

Blount is a native Fultonian who has always been interested in art and drama. He continues to work on his own studio art, often creating work from common household articles. He has donated his artwork to the Center for various events.

“Ken has also painted stage sets, provided some of its furniture and is the go-to guy for anything having to do with the facility, often covering the office for after-hour events,” continued Fox. “He maintains the look of our entrance and takes out the garbage every week.” 

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Flower pot cookies, oil painting, photography, young writers and life drawing techniques are all on tap for the busy weekend ahead with a full day of classes Saturday, April 20.

Spring Treats will teach how to make flower pot cookies and more. Acrylics, oil painting, and life drawing all present classes for any skill level running throughout the day.

Two more writing programs debut with a writer’s workshop titled How Digital Photography Can Help Writers Reach Readers and an afternoon for young writers age 8 to 15 with Write Away! Registration for classes is open until 6 p.m. the day before a class starts. Students are asked to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

The third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink is filling with artists and Crafters.

Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the third annual Talent Competition.

This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

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.

Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

Classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening soon delivers all arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center.

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

“ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

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.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

CNY Arts Center offers an exciting spring line-up of classes for all arts and all ages starting April 6 with Kids Onscreen from 2 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 and up; oil painting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ink drawing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Introduction to Writing from 1 to 4 p.m.

Information on these classes can be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 pm will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

For these and more classes in the month of April, the web site has all the latest news and updates.  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.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the center’s first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage, will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets and reservations are available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Artists are being sought for the new Art Gallery opening in downtown Fulton early May.  Art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, stained glass or sculpture will be featured in the galley and artists are encouraged to reserve exhibit space.

The gallery will be open for downtown shopping and browsing most evenings and weekends including Saturday mornings during Farmer’s Market.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new slate of classes and events are taking off in April with an exciting spring season planned.

Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up launches April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. This six-week 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.

Oil painting and Ink Drawing classes with Bonnie McClellan will also take place April 6. The oil painting class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will guide students to paint a “Cape Cod Lighthouse” while the ink drawing class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. will teach students techniques for drawing wildlife.

Introduction to Writing, a class for beginning writers, joins the April roster with a monthly class looking at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary for this class that meets April 6, May 4 and June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Jim Farfaglia.

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” our first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Much more than classes and theatre are taking place at CNY Arts Center with the announcement of an Art Gallery opening early May in downtown Fulton.

This great opportunity for artists will create exhibit space and a new audience for a variety of art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, to sculpture.

Coupled with an art exhibit in Cicero, art on display in offices around the region, and work begun on the Community Mural Project,   CNY Arts Center’s commitment to artists is playing out in a variety of ways. Artists are encouraged to find out how they can participate in these great opportunities at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Artists and Crafters can register for the third annual Arts Fest to be held 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

Time is drawing to a close to register for Harborfest Showcase Oswego through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount. Booths must be prepaid by April 5 to take advantage of this offer.

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.

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.

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.

Successful cabaret

by Nancy Fox, Director

It is with delight I say a hearty thank you for the wonderful support CNY Arts Center received from businesses, organizations, members, and media coverage, for our first Cabaret “Songs of the Seasons.”

We greatly appreciate the businesses, organizations, and artists who donated gift certificates and works of art for their contribution.

The entertainers, Adam Schmidtmann, Amy Price, Carly Farfaglia, Noel Christine and Marlina Beebe, directed by Marguerite Beebe and accompanied by the incomparable Douglas McCall, presented a wonderful evening of music and poetry in a relaxed environment. Steve and Josh Beebe provided technical design, assistance and videography while CNY Arts Center volunteers pitched in to put on a lavish feast of desserts and decorations and play host to our guests.

With the response and support demonstrated at the cabaret, we are affirmed there is great passion for the arts in Fulton and in Central New York.

We are proud to be a part of the art community and committed to promoting all art organizations, and all arts for all ages.

I personally am grateful for the hard work and dedication of so many. Thank you everyone!

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

February finishes out the month with an Artist Spotlight tonight, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. featuring the work of Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator.

Blount’s artistry finds the beauty in ordinary items when gathered on canvas in non-traditional ways – the inner workings of a VHS tape become a tree, the gears of a toy become a 3D scene depicting a space ship, the unseen parts of an old piano create a wall-hanging with sophistication and beauty. His art is unique and his technique is in the spotlight this month, open to the public at no charge, at 7 p.m. Find more information on our web site.

March comes roaring in with many great things to do at CNY Arts Center!

Friday, March 1 launches Writing through Our Grief. This workshop will offer participants ideas and examples of how writing can be used in the grieving process. No previous writing experience is necessary. For ages 18 and older, this four-week class will run Fridays in March from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 our first benefit Cabaret debuts featuring Songs of the Seasons at 8 p.m. It will include familiar music, desserts and items for raffle throughout the evening. Gift certificates for area restaurants and local attractions, ARTY Cash, Camperships to Arty Camp, framed art and more will be up for raffle.

Each cabaret admission receives one free raffle ticket towards a gift item. Proceeds from this event will support programming and events at the Arts Center.

March 2 will also debut Texture, Foil and Acrylics from 9 a.m. to noon with Loie Mechetti. This class includes creating unusual, hang-able art with heavy duty foil, acrylics, and anything that will press shapes into the foil.

Tuesday, March 5 offers another new class with Digital Photography 101 is offering the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera for different skill levels. Students can sign up for one class or take all four that cover topics such as shutter speed vs. aperture; how and where to focus; composing good photos; and improving basic snap shots. Class will meet Tuesdays in March from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, March 8 will see a return of the watercolor class Going with the Flow Again! from 1 to 4 p.m. No drawing skills are necessary in this class for beginners and for those who just want to brush up on their skills.

Saturday, March 9 rounds out the week with Ink Drawing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and Oil Painting Workshop “Upon a River’s Bend” from 1:30 to 5 p.m.  Instructor Bonnie McClellan will teach a wet on wet technique of landscapes with step by step instruction in a group setting. Students will start with a blank canvas and walk out with their very own painting!

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

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