"Hills and Valleys" magazine
You can pick up the latest copy of our annual literary (and visual arts) magazine online by clicking here.
"Hills and Valleys" presents all the winners of our literary awards
and also the high school-level winners of our Youth Art visual awards.
Sadie Lewis Takes Choice of Show Award
Three judges from the Sullivan County Council on the Arts took their
time to pick a single winner among the as-always marvelous work on
view at the annual Sullivan County High School art show, May 6. In
the end, they chose "Metallic Knight," a charming and
enticing carnival-type mask, adored with gilt tracery, feathers and
a single flower. In separate judging, Sadie's entire display at the
show also took first prize in that category, sponsored by the
As has been the tradition for 18 years, "Metallic Knight"
has been purchased from Sadie by the Arts Council. It will be framed
in a shadow box and hung on permanent display, with a plaque, in the
school's main corridor, along with all previous winners dating back
Sadie's piece is only the second three-dimensional work to
gain the award, the other being Catherine Badger's in 2004. All the
winners are on display in miniature at
sullivanarts.org/about/index.php, but the only way to gain their
full effect is to drop by the high school and walk the hallway to
view the originals. It's well worth anyone's time.
This year's judges were Pat Arcaro, Lynn Kibbe and Joan Moore. The
Arts Council extends its sincere thanks for their time, effort -
and excellent artist choice.
At the presentation, outgoing high school art director Deb McDonald
lauded her students for the massive effort they put in throughout
the year, not only in creating the artworks themselves, but
preparing materials and setting up and overseeing the elaborate
annual showcase that has increased in size, complexity and quality
throughout two decades.
Arts Council president Helen Day echoed Deb's sentiments and
added that the Arts Council and students will be forever in Deb's
debt for her dedication and the sterling work she has put into both
teaching and presentation. She also thanked the school board for
showing its continuing support for the arts.
Though the multiple prizes handed out at the show depend on
the support of numerous organizations in the county, they are, and
will remain, a testament to Deb's initiative and unstinting devotion
to the arts in education.
Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2015
Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization
working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the
residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock
forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.
Check out our activities page to see what we're up to. And our members page to help support the arts in Sullivan County.
For a pdf copy of our 2015 brochure, click here.
For an SCCA membership form, click here.
For an audition form for the 2015 Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Review, click here.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
Look for the the Sullivan County Council on the Arts on Facebook!
Join the Vaudeville Revival
- Applications for Fall Art Expo
The SCCA is accepting entries, through September 30 for
jurying in its annual Fall Art Expo. To simplify the jurying, artists can now send
photos of their work, either by email or standard mail. We
- feel that jurying
from photos relieves the artist of the tedious procedure of transporting artwork
to a central site.
The fee for jurying
artwork is $20 for three pieces. If accepted, this fee will be applied to the entry
fee for the Expo.
One of the
longest-running programs the SCCA has undertaken, the Art
Expo is open to our widest audience of working artists, throughout the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the
- Southern Tier of New
York. At least $1,200 in
cash prizes will be awarded, along with the usual People's Choice Award, which
has also been increased. Categories include
painting, drawing, photography and three-dimensional art - basically, anything an
artist of quality can produce.
- The Art Expo will be
held at the Forksville Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville, PA, during the Sullivan
County Fall Festival, October 10-11, 10 am-5 pm. For an application, click here.
- Questions concerning
the Expo should be directed to email or 570-245-5694.
- It's early – but not at all too early – to gear up for the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Review.
What's that? It's the Sullivan County Council on the Arts effort to bring back the wacky and wonderful excitement of the live stage skits, songs and buffoonery that were the staple of vaudeville in its 1920s-'30s heyday.
Though the show itself won't take place until the first week in November, we're getting performers and acts together starting now. Yes, there will be quite a bit of revival (watch Eddie Cantor reenacted before your very eyes!) and old-time songs like "Would You Like to Swing on a Star" and "One Meat Ball." But we're not going to be just digging up the past. We want new acts, new ideas, new humor that still fits into the old-time mold.
And we want the best. So we'll be auditioning any acts and actors (or singers) who have an idea and want to be involved. It's not necessary to present a finished project, just enough to show that you can get up on stage and belt it out (or belt somebody else out, if slapstick's your routine.)
Audition dates will be set up as requests come in. Just fill out a form and send it in. The audition form is available here.
Acts lined up so far include:
The Can't Can't Dancers, otherwise known as the Moulin Rouge Rejects or the Geriatric Gyrators, with performers Luscious DuDrop, Viva LaCompanie and Major Blunder (among others).
Luke Warm and Maddy Ochre, the most boring couple on earth.
The Undrews Sisters in a reprise of their show-stopping "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" from last year's production of "The Home Front."
A barbershop quartet (no pole dancing)
A hole new rendition of "A Hole in the Bucket."
"Grandma's Feather Bed" (without boxspring).
The ghost of Jimmy Durante.
Best of all – believe it or not, the RHTVRAOTNR (as it's affectionately known) will be just the culmination of the Art's Council's Ultimate Music Theater Weekend.
Here's the full lineup:
November 6, 7 pm – the fourth annual appearance of the Celtic Martins, the most enthusiastically received band ever to appear in Sullivan County.
November 7 – afternoon kids' workshops and concerts with the Celtic Martins and other performers yet to be named.
November 7, 7 pm – Bob Milne, the world's most celebrated and esteemed ragtime and boogie pianist.
November 8, 2 pm -- the RHTVRAOTNR, overseen by the mysterious (but never sinister) Master of All Known Ceremonies, aided by his charming assistant, Marginella.
All shows (except outside activities for the kids, weather permitting) will be held in St. Basil's Hall. Dushore. And all shows are family entertainment, recommended for all ages and outlooks.
Tickets will become available in August. Tickets to individual performances will be $10, $1 for students. A weekend pass will go for $25.
Join the fun. Come make a fool of yourself. We sure will.