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"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.

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

Who Is Bob Milne?

This 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.

Performing 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.

Bob 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.

All 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.

Bob 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."

During 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 startling effect.

Are 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 know.

Perhaps 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.

Bob 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:








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