DVDs are here!
Most in-county copies can be delivered, one way or another, for free (we often leave them off at the library in Dushore). If you need your to be mailed to you, please send a check for $22, which includes a $2 shipping and fondling fee. Mail all checks to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA 18614. To order a copy by phone, call 570-928-8927 and talk to one of our numerous flunkies.
It just keeps getting better. This year's Fall Art Expo was a wang-dang-doodle of an art show.
With the Fall Festival drawing a record number of revelers to the Fairgrounds, the Expo was clogged with visitors both days, October 13-14 – the People's Choice Award, presented to the artist whose work garners the most visitor votes, tallied almost 300 entries.
The work, judged by artists Dan Curry, Helen Day and Joyce Ross, was divided into three categories: Painting and Drawing, which included oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and pen and pencil; Photography; and 3-D, which in this case encompassed wood, stained glass, mixed media and a mask.
First prize in Painting and Drawing went to Charles Long, Jr., for his meticulous cross-hatched pen and ink rendering of "Boordy Vineyards," bringing to the drawing of a building as much character as the portrait of a noble.
The top winner in photography was Sheila Hagemeyer, whose black and white photo, "Snow Plow Train," reanimates the grace of a vanished era, capturing the unlikely machinery used to keep the rail beds clear in an inhospitable climate.
Mary Ellen Minnier's beautifully and painstakingly constructed stained glass piece, "The Wonderful Fiddler," takes us farther back in time, gaining her first prize in 3-D for the winsome figure who might have stepped out of Sherwood Forest.
Mary Ellen also took second prize in Painting and Drawing for her acrylic, "Rat," a personable vermin scrounge thoroughly enjoying his corncob meal.
Second and third place in Photography went to Jeff Hoodak for "Summer at the Harbor" and "Ripple Reflections," the first a quiet look at a boat-filled marina flanked by luminous flowers, the second a soft-textured evocation of leaves bobbing on a pond's surface.
Emily Green took second prize in 3-D with her exuberant mask of "Aslan," done for a theater production of the Narnia stories but taking on a captivating life of its own.
"Luisa's Iris" was the third-prize watercolor by Diana Novosel, so rich and explosive with color that you can almost smell the petals.
And perennial bowl-master Sam Wylie took third prize in 3-D for "Norfolk Island Pine Vase," a wooden wonder so exquisitely lathe-turned as to seem impossible.
These were the judges' choices, but what did the public like best? Lynn Kibbe's scratchboard study of a wildcat, "Silent Gaze," was the runaway winner of the People's Choice Award, as it eyed each of us from the night of its black background.
Congratulations not only to the winners but to every entrant who made this far and away the best and most enjoyable Art Expo ever. Please come back next year, all of you.
Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2013
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.
For a pdf copy of our 2013 brochure, click here.
We have set up an Archives page which holds links to all our theater scripts, past calendar listings and, over time, various writeups that expand on what we plan, and what we have in mind. Please visit it here .
Application for 2013 Artisans Holiday Sale, click here.
Artisans' Holiday Sale
Once again, the SCCA, along with the Pantry Pride Relay for Life team, will hold its sale of art and craft items at St. Basil's Hall, Dushore, on December 14. This annual event pulls in photographers, painters, jewelers, honey merchants and cookie vendors from Sullivan County and beyond with hand- and custom -made artworks that make ideal holiday gifts. The Pantry Pride team will be handing out candy canes in advance at Pam's Restaurant during Breakfast with Santa that day, and the Arts Council will be selling a variety of foods and drinks. Santa's resident helper, Hers Elf, will be on hand to convey Christmas wishes to the roley-poley one and lead children's games. The sale will go on from 10 am to 4 pm.
A Standout Concert by the Celtic Martins
How many people can you crowd into one living room?
At home, the Celtic Martins number ten (including the latest five-month-old addition) when they put together their extraordinary musical act. But they brought their living room with them to St. Basil's Hall in Dushore last Friday and invited 150 revelers to join them for for an hour and a half of tunes from Ireland and Scotland (with a polka and some bluegrass tossed in for good measure).
The Martins, from the Reading, PA, area, have mastered an awe-inspiring range of instruments. Although heavy on strings (where else will you hear "The Orange Blossom Special" played on four fiddles?), they also easily incorporate Irish whistles, accordion, drums and Scottish bagpipes.
But all of this wouldn't be half as effective without the rampant enthusiasm they impart to every tune and that they share so completely with their audience. They don't just "play music," they haul you right into their lives.
It's hard to say exactly what makes them such a standout group. Maybe it's "musical sense." Many years ago, a young Leonard Bernstein presented a series of TV programs on "Omnibus" in which he unraveled the mechanisms of various classical composers. When he reached Beethoven, the best he could say was that the master "just knew which note to put after the one that came before."
Similarly, the Martins know which instrument fits where and how all the sounds should blend together without ever getting in each other's way. Up to seven musicians will be playing with total clarity and brilliant verve. Jigs jog and reels unreel smoothly yet with intense life-force, aided by the Martins' superb sound system.
Then there's the step dancing of daughters Emily, Melissa and Christy. Their sharp, rhythmic rat-a-tat on the wooden floor brought exuberance yet intimacy to the wide-open space of St. Basil's Hall.
The drumming of Elijah Roeder deserves special mention too: Rather than acting as simple backup, it mixes an almost rock approach with elements of traditional Irish to produce a dynamic sense of drive.For all those who missed this year's concert: Don't despair. The Celtic Martins will be back next year, same time, same place, November 7.