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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.

Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

Second annual Arts Market to be held next month

Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

The CNY Arts Center will hold its second annual Arts Market Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the former Nestle parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

Artists, crafters, antiques and food vendors may participate in the event.

“The Arts Market was a huge success last year with more than 40 vendors and a crowd of nearly 800 shoppers that stopped by throughout the day, which coincides with Fulton’s annual city-wide yard sale,” said event coordinator Kiley Casper.

“It’s a great way to wrap up a busy summer and give artists, crafters and other vendors one more chance to display their work to the general public. The large parking lot proved to be a popular location for this gathering with ample room for everyone. It is the one event from last year that people seem to remember the most!

“This is truly a market as opposed to an arts festival in the variety of vendors we’re accepting,” Casper continued. “We had several requests last year from independent consultants who work from home-selling commercial product lines. Because these small business owners can have a significant economic impact and need to reach a broader public, we’re accepting a limited number of vendors from this category along with hand-made original arts and crafts.

“We believe this will give shoppers a wide variety of items for every pocketbook,” she said. “In keeping with the theme of the city-wide yard sale, we’re also accepting a limited number of flea-market vendors.”

CNY Arts Center will also raffle a basket of goods donated from vendors participating in the event.

Activities for children will include sidewalk chalk art and bubble fun.

Food vendors will be on site at this year’s event, along with strolling minstrels Merry Mischief, who will make an encore appearance fresh from the Arts Fest held in Fulton’s War Memorial in June.

Those seeking more information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 216-8790 or 598-8812.