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CNY Arts Center to hold art classes for adults

The CNY Arts Center will be offering art classes for adults in early July.

Students can enroll in classes such as decorative paper, mosaic stepping stones, introduction to stained glass, homemade greeting cards, watercolor monotypes  merging painting and printmaking, stained glass wind chimes, botanical drawings, watercolor painting, advanced sketching, wet on wet oil, acrylic painting, pencil drawings, beginner photo solutions, along with tools and techniques of scrapbooking.  Drawing from local artists as teachers, classes will be available in a variety of times and days, mornings, evenings, and one-day weekend workshops.

“It’s the quality and professionalism of our own local instructors that has been a delightful discovery in putting these classes together,“ said Alice Lamb, coordinator of class scheduling. “Published authors, artists in every medium with impressive accomplishments, each with a passion to share their individual talents make this an exciting time to take a class and learn something new.”

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Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

Fulton has been yarn bombed

Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

by Nicole Reitz

If you’ve seen the knitted bench near Kinney Drugs in Fulton, don’t worry, it’s not cold.

It’s been yarn bombed.

Yarn bombing is a term to describe a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. Instead of spray painted graffiti that damages property, yarn bombing is meant to create interest and beautify a city.

Three women, members of the CNY Arts Center, are responsible for the guerilla knitting seen in spots around the City of Fulton.

The group calls themselves the Yarn Crusaders and their goal is to reclaim and personalize sterile public places in town. Their eye-catching yarn installations are non-permanent and can be removed if necessary.

Monday night, members of the group met after the CNY Arts Center meeting to yarn bomb poles outside of the group’s location at 357 State St., the Park Street entrance of State Street United Methodist Church.

The Yarn Crusaders are in their infancy and are looking to meet regularly to create pieces for the project.

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CNY Arts Center still seeking artists for Arts Fest

With Arts Fest just a few weeks away, CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older.

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, vocals, 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 continued, “We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer. Being in the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition along with art and food vendors – 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 noon with prizes awarded by 12:30 p.m. Performers are invited to register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-8812 for more information.

Writing class for adults to be held in June

The CNY Arts Center will hold a class for adult writers entitled “Building Your Writing Muscle.”

Instructor Jim Farfaglia will teach this six-week class for beginning writers or experienced writers who are looking to develop better writing skills.

The class will be taught for six consecutive Thursdays beginning June 7. Class time will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Fulton Public Library.

Topics to be discussed during the class include “Finding The Time To Write,” “How To Edit and Improve Written Work,” and “Strategies for Becoming a More Creative Writer.” Some time for students to share their writing will be provided.

There is a fee for the class. Information about the fee and how to register for the class may be obtained by visiting the center’s web site at http://www.cnyartscenter.com.

Those seeking information about the class can contact Jim Farfaglia at sjimf903@twcny.rr.com or at 402-2297.

CNY Arts Center seeks local talent for Arts Fest

With Arts Fest just a few weeks away, the CNY Arts Center announced a call for local talent to compete for prizes June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

With professional performing artists as judges, prizes will be awarded in three categories according to age: under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older.

“Arts Fest is meant to be a celebration of all the arts we represent as an organization. We see this portion of the event for the performing arts and hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy,” said Nancy Fox, president of the organization. “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. This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

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Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross

CNY Arts Center will be joining the American Red Cross to recognize their heroes in an open gala Saturday, April 28 at the Thunder Island Oasis, 21 Wilcox Rd., Fulton.

“Arts in Motion: Heroes for the American Red Cross” will be a culminating event that will give acknowledgement to those who have been donating and raising funds during the Red Cross’s recent Hero campaign.

The purpose of the gathering is not only to recognize these heroes, but to also bring their actions and accomplishments to life through art.

Through this, the organizations hope to get exposure for the heroes and for the local artists as well.

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Beth DeRousie confuses Kristin Cook with bizarre behavior in this scene from “John, His Story,” set to encore April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton. The production presented by CNY Arts Center celebrates the fifth anniversary of the play.

Anniversary of ‘John, His Story’ brings veteran actors to stage

Beth DeRousie confuses Kristin Cook with bizarre behavior in this scene from “John, His Story,” set to encore April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton.

CNY Arts Center is staging a reunion of veteran actors Krissy Cook, Beth DeRousie, Bobby Fontana and Dan Williams for a fifth anniversary performance of “John, His Story” at State St. United Methodist Church in Fulton.

The 90 -minute performance will take place Sunday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The play has been performed in area churches around Oswego County since 2007 when it first debuted under the direction of Nancy Fox and Port City Theatre.

“It has proved to be an unexpected delight with audiences every time it is performed,” said Fox, now president of CNY Arts Center. “When they hear the familiar stories of the miracles of Christ brought to life through 25 characters portrayed by only four actors the comments always include pleasant surprise.  Performances of the popular play are requested often and it’s wonderful to realize audiences are still asking for the play five years after its debut.

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‘Heroes’ event to benefit CNY Arts Center and Red Cross

CNY Arts Center will be collaborating with the local Red Cross to present “Heroes of the American Red Cross: Arts in Motion.”

Artists are being sought for a live art and silent auction benefit April 28 at Thunder Island Oasis from 6 to 9 p.m. “Heroes” for the American Red Cross will be recognized while artists create a piece of art portraying the “Hero” theme during the evening’s event. Artists will have approximately one hour to complete their art, which will then be auctioned to benefit the Red Cross and CNY Arts Center.

Artists are also asked to donate a single piece of art from their collection to benefit the work.

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