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Winners At Art Expo

The annual Art Expo at the Fall Festival brought together some of the finest artworks seen over the Expo's long history. Winners were chosen in three broad categories: painting/drawing, photography, and 3-D. The contest is sponsored by the Sullivan County Council on the Arts.

Rusti Shaff of New Albany took first place for "Blue VW," an engaging, playful acrylic tribute to the iconic Volkswagen Bug. Curtis Salonick from Wilkes-Barre captured  the top prize in photography with his aptly titled "The Foreboding," showing a dark, silhouetted figure on a hill. The top award in 3-D went to Berwick's Rita Millard for her small, colorful collage/tapestry, "My Iris Garden."

Shaff double-dipped, taking second prize for her intense, unsettling "Hand of God." Second-place in 3-D went to Helen Day of Eagles Mere for her feather-festooned buffalo skull, "Medicine Wheel."

Another double-winner, Sheila Hagemeyer of Montoursville, was awarded second and third place in photography for her crystalline black and white of a derelict farmhouse, "Comforting Spirits," and her evocative color landscape, "Misty Winter Morning."

Third prize in 3-D went to Linda Roman of Eagles Mere for her ceramic wall-mounted "Mountain Owl." "Sty-mied," a restful watercolor of a snoozing piglet, earned Wilkes-Barre's Diana Novosel a third in drawing/painting.

Hagemeyer and Novosel were both winners last year, and the Arts Council was delighted to see their return.

The coveted Peoples Choice Award, determined by the votes of those attending the exhibit, went to Jason Sitcosky of Ulster. His watercolor of very attentive cats "Nosing Where the Mice Have Been" received the most votes among the record 498 who entered their choice this year.

Total prizes given out, including the Peoples Choice, came to $1300. The SCCA wants to extend special thanks to its three judges, Cat Badger (from Dallas), Karen Black (Dushore), and Amy Evans (Rome).

2015 Literary Award Winners

Four judges have chosen the prize winners for the fifth annual Literary Awards, presented to students in grades seven through 12.
First prize went to Libby Schreffler for two marvelously crafted short stories, "Roy and Juliet" and "Big Top Horror." "Roy and Juliet" took the unusual approach of presenting a Bonnie and Clyde-style tale written as a roughly 1940s piece of pulp fiction. It was the unanimous choice of the judges.
Madison Glinski took second prize for "Veterans," a patriotic-themed story with an ending that took all the judges by surprise.
Shawna Chamberlin's "Persephone," updating Greek myth in a modern setting with an undercurrent of horror (and another "trick" ending), garnered third prize.
"The Art of Walking (To the Top of the World)" brought Danielle Reeser fourth prize for an impassioned call to interact with the world more directly than we tend to do these virtual-reality days.
Anna Myers's melancholy poem, "A Lost Friendship," received honorable mention.
The top four winners will receive cash prizes, and all five students chosen will be honored at the high school awards assembly, scheduled for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.
In a preliminary round, the judges also singled out the following students for their superior contributions:
Alaina Bedford, Dane Carpenter, Brittany Halbfoerster, Leona Hatch, Lilly Houseknecht, Jessica King, Aaron Kinsey, Anastasia Miller, Ayianna Petty, Anastasia Schiele, Keith Seeley, and Sam Skoranski.
Their work, along with that of the official prize winners, will appear in the upcoming issue of the Arts Council's "Hills and Valleys" magazine. Visual artwork winners in the earlier Youth Art competition will also be featured in "Hills and Valleys," which will be distributed free after the awards ceremony to any student interested in picking up a copy.
Judges for the literary contest were Cat Badger, Derek Davis, Connie Hatch and Megan Kiner (herself a previous winner of the top Literary Award).

Welcome to the Sullivan County Council on the Arts

Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2015

The 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.

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Looking Ahead

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.

"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 Bowhunter's Festival.

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 to 1998.

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, 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.

Join the Vaudeville Revival
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.








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