"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!
Is Bob Milne?
isn't a quiz or the lean-in to a review of a mystery writer. It's a
call to listen, this November, to the world's foremost ragtime and
boogie piano player, and one of the most amazing minds of his time.
worldwide for half a century, Bob has played as far afield as Japan.
But perhaps more tellingly, he has been interviewed by the Library
of Congress (you can find the discussions online) and studied by
researchers at the Hershey, PA, Medical Center. They have been
interested not only in his performance abilities, but in a brain
whose functions, so far, have proved wholly unique.
grew up with the unrivaled ability to hear and visualize up to four
complete, different symphonic performances in his head at the same
time - a phenomenon unmatched by the world's leading conductors.
Once he has heard a piece of music, he retains it with total
fidelity: tone, tempo and pitch. Studies at the Hershey Center
indicate that this results from a tightly organized mental structure
that seems to waste little or no energy on unrelated activities.
very well, you may say, but what has this to do with his
performances? We don't come to hear his brain, we come to hear the
music he produces. True, and yet his ability to hear internally and
faithfully reproduce externally any sound a piano can make produces
stunning results. His playing is intricate yet crystal clear,
complex yet apparently effortless.
can play two tunes at the same time, allowing them to complement and
intertwine. He can take a straightforward, familiar song, such as
"Frankie and Johnny," and turn it into a rich, layered
composition. And somehow, with Bob, it just happens.
The mental impetus translates directly to total physical control. "I
never practice," he explains matter-of-factly, "that would
be cheating." Perhaps, since he performs up to 250 nights a
year, he really doesn't need "practice."
his performances, he does not simply sit and play, he introduces you
to the music as to a personal friend whose habits he enjoys
recounting. He explains and how simple chords become the basis for
some of our most familiar melodies, then demonstrates this to
his rare mental abilities linked by nature to his flawless physical
dexterity? You have to wonder: Can
there be others with his ability to hear and mentally organize
musical complexity who don't have the physical ability to make
practical, creative use of them? There would be no way for us to
that side of Bob Milne will interest you, perhaps not. But his
playing, as graceful, sure and musically full and exuberant as any
in the world today, surely will. So set the date today: November 7,
7 p.m. at St. Basil's Hall, Dushore.
Milne will be part of the SCCA
Ultimate Music Theater Weekend, which will also include the Celtic
Martins (returning for their fourth year) and the Roving Hysterical
Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue. You'll be
hearing more about all these acts over the coming weeks.
- 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: