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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.

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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.” 

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

The compelling story of a deaf/blind child takes center stage this weekend in this fresh adaptation of the classic story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.

“Helen Keller” will preview with a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal April 25 at 8 p.m. and then open April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. The second weekend starts May 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. is Fulton Lion’s Club-sponsored performance night. Helen Keller closes May 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee.

Things around the house — a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory — can become a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come with the newest class at CNY Arts Center.

Textured Memories with Ken Blount will teach students to create art using common household items; things you just can’t bring yourself to toss can be turned into art with a little paint and glue. Mementos become treasure keepsakes when displayed as DIY art in this class being offered one day only, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15 and up.

Tuesday, April 30, the public is invited to join the growing artist community at this event designed to get artists 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, bring a friend and hear about the new ARTs in the heART Gallery opening in Downtown Fulton very soon.

Talent is being sought 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.

Registration is open for the second annual ARTY Day Camp. 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.

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. 1st 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.

CNY Arts Center seeks artists for Community Mural Project

CNY Arts Center is seeking artists to submit original art for its next Community Mural Project to be recreated in recycled aluminum sheets and hung in a public location in Central New York.

The mural will be enlarged to 8’ by 12’ and graphed onto 3” by 3” aluminum squares. It will then be painted and strung on wires to swing freely in the wind, hence the name “Art in the Wind.”

The mural will be painted and assembled during this year’s Harborfest in late July. A panel of judges will be selected to choose the winning art work.

Artists are invited to submit a drawing, ink rendering or painting for juried art selection by a panel of judges.

“This aluminum mural will hang and move freely in the wind and catch the shimmer of light on the aluminum,” said Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center Studio Arts coordinator. “We’re looking for art that will have gaps and areas to expose the aluminum for full effect. These areas could represent background, foreground, images, or the color silver; grey or white. We’re excited to see what imaginations can create for this mural.”

Art work must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 31. The winner will be announced Feb. 20 by a panel of judges chosen from area artists. CNY Arts Center is also inviting area artists to submit a resume and letter of interest to serve on a juried panel of five judges who will select from the entries received.

Judges are excluded from also submitting a piece for consideration.

Preliminary production will begin in March and actual painting and construction will take place during Harborfest, July 24-28 in Oswego.

The winning artist is invited and encouraged to help in the creation of the mural throughout the entire process and will receive recognition on a commemorative plaque mounted near the completed mural.

Last year’s mural, Van Gogh’s Starry Night was completed in stained glass with more than 2,000 glass bottles and hundreds of volunteers. The framed mural stands in Fulton’s Indian Point Park.

Those seeking more information about the project may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com, email mural@CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.