Sullivan County Council on the Arts - Supporting the arts, culture and heritage of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
SCCA Presents: 2014
The same old things. And we're proud of them.

The Sullivan County Council on the Arts for 2014 will offer a repeat of our full range of programs. But the last few years have been any indication, we expect even more participation by the public and a still firmer response from and interaction with the county's youth.

But there will be changes in 2015, since 2014 will feature the final entry in our Roving Historical Theater's series of eight community-centered plays. This only opens new vistas, and plans for a unique music festival the following year are already under way.

Our programs start off in February with the annual Clothesline Art Exhibit at the Kiwanis Winterfest, Presidents' weekend, at Camp Brule. Here, kids receive prizes for new art work which is displayed during the festivities.

March brings our spring entertainment at the DarWay and Highlands care centers.

April will be highlighted by the  22nd annual Youth Art Awards, honoring visual arts students from the Sullivan County School District and home schoolers. In 2013, students entered over 200 art works and we distributed over $300 in prizes. The exhibit and awards ceremony are held in the Sullivan County Library, Dushore.

April will also feature the 4th annual Literary Awards, shared by four winners from throughout the upper grades (home or public school). We print their work in our annual magazine, Hills and Valleys (along with photos of the winners of the Youth Art Awards).

In May, we will present the 17th annual Choice of Show award. SCCA judges pick a single work by a Sullivan County High School student, which is purchased from the artist, framed and placed on permanent display in the school hallway.

Also in May, the 4th annual Theater Award will go to a senior high-school-level student (home or public school) who has done the most for theater over his or her high school career.

The Covered Bridge Gallery in Forksville will open over Memorial Day weekend. The Gallery started up last year to a remarkably enthusiastic reception. For our second year, we plan to expand our range of artists and events. We extend our continuing thanks to  Mike Pennella, who has offered the space rent-free.

In 2007, the SCCA inaugurated the Roving Historical Theater. Each original production is held in a different county community, each highlighting the heritage of that community. Next June, as mentioned, we present the final entry in the initial series, "The Home Front," covering the history of Sonestown, Nordmont and Muncy Valley. It will also concentrate on the effects of the country's wars on the county over the past 250 years.

October 11-12, the annual juried Art Expo will be held during the Fall Festival at the Forksville Fairgrounds. Over the last two years, the Arts Council has renovated the Blue Building, increased the size of prizes and widened our search for artists.

On November 7 we will present the 3rd annual concert by the Celtic Martins. The almost scarily talented Martin family of musicians and step dancers has also agreed to be the headline act for a proposed two-day festival to celebrate the ancestral music of the county in 2015. 

Finally, on December 13, we'll hold the annual Artisans Holiday Sale (weather permitting) at St. Basil's Hall in Dushore. Sadly, the massive snowstorm that swamped the county this year forced its cancellation.

We will begin our membership drive immediately after the holidays. The Arts Council welcomes people of all ages to become members of the SCCA. We also encourage businesses to become members, to help support both the arts and the tourist economy of the county. Your membership offers a gift that gives back, continually, through the talents displayed by our kids and adult artists.

Glorious Art Expo
It just keeps getting better. This year's Fall Art Expo was a wang-dang-doodle of an art show.
Charles Long, Jr.,
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.
Emily Green,
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.


Welcome to the Sullivan County Council on the Arts

Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2014

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 2014 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 .

Looking Ahead

Literary Award Winners

These awards honor a high school-level student's "body of work" - the total effect of all pieces entered, whether they be a single entry or a collection that can include a combination of prose and poetry.

Of this year's four winners, three submitted both prose and poetry, and three chose a foreign setting for their short story.

First place went to Megan Kiner, who is home schooled and who was also the top winner of the award the year it was first given. Her entries included "Perspective," a poem about the shift in outlook on winter that can come with age; "Seasons," a short study of fire, ash, life and death; and "Changeling," a mesmerizing story of sorrow, trauma and redemption at an English boarding school for girls during World War II.

Second Prize winner Kelly Kramer, a Sullivan County High School student, entered a short story with the intriguing title, "To be or not to be a fish," a tale of a Greek teenager caught between the pulls of tradition and college education in America; and "World History: a Timepiece," a clever poetic look at knowledge through the ages.

Third Prize went to home schooled Amy Brian McGee, last year's top winner, for "The Promise of Better Days Soak Through My Socks on Starry Nights," a stirring tale of a father's dealing with family tragedy; and a poem on sadness at the edge of sleep, "I woke amidst a mist of dreariness."

Libby Schreffler, from Sullivan County High School, took Fourth Prize with "The Window in Nonna's Attic," a charming story of a grandmother's diary detailing her trip to Venice where she met the great love of her life.

The prize winners, along with the cream of the other entries who made it through the first round of judging, will appear in the fourth annual copy of "Hills and Valleys," the annual Arts Council magazine, which will also feature the high school-level winners of the Youth Arts Awards.

The four winners of the Literary Awards will receive a cash prize and certificate at the high school awards assembly held May 28 at 1:30 pm in the high school auditorium.

2014 Youth Art Award Winners

The SCCA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Youth Art Awards. Each of the first, second and third-place winners received a small cash prize, and all winners including honorable mention were given an ornate certificate. The awards ceremony took place at the Sullivan County Library in Dushore on March 29.

Elementary and high school students entered 189 paintings, drawings and other two-dimensional work through their art teachers, Karen Oliver-Rider and Deb McDonald. Winners in 14 categories were chosen by judges Cat Badger, Helen Day and Joan Moore. The Arts Council thanks the judges for the time and careful consideration they gave to a daunting task - finding the best when all the work is excellent.

Ages 5-6 Mixed Media, 1st, Rory Sherwood, Flowers in Vase; 2nd, Kira Hottenstein, Sunset at the Ocean; 3rd, Kira Hottenstein, Fire Fly; Honorable Mention, Kaeleigh McDonald, Flowers on Table.

Ages 6-7 Mixed Media, 1st, Torrance Marotti, "Shiney,  the Dog"; 2nd, Hunter O'Conner, Fire Fly; 3rd, Taylor Sznaider, Indian Girl; 6Honorable Mention, Marty Ellen Zeigler, Fire Fly.

Ages 7-10 Painting, 1st, Sydnie Stone, Starry Night; 2nd, Shane Malinowski, Self portrait; 3rd, Caden Fluck, Scarecrow; Honorable Mention, Michael Lopez, Self Portrait.

Ages 10-12 Drawing, 1st, Kala Bolsar, Starclan; 2nd, Colby Heaton, Busy Workers; 3rd, Nathan Higley, Woman with Pet; Honorable Mention, Jade Eberlin, Girl with Bright Shirt.

Ages 10-12 Mixed Media, 1st, Jessica King, Chameleon; 2nd, Lucas Molyneux, Spider; 3rd, Braeden Bedford, Monster; Honorable Mention, Bethany Beinlich, Profile.

Ages  10-12 Painting & Pastel, 1st, Colton Ammerman, Kangaroo; 2nd, Samantha Albright, Palm Trees; 3rd, Colby Heaton, Still Life; Honorable Mention, Emily Geist, Fisher King.

Rotation Art, 1st, Melissa Frank, Mans Best Friend; 2nd, Rayanna Higley, Rubix Cubes; 3rd, Dylan Staples, Three Fish; Honorable Mention, Anastasia Miller, Three D Ana.

Ages  14 Mixed Media, 1st, Skyler Carpenter, A Million Suns; 2nd, Hayden Baumunk, Zebras Grazing; 3rd, Hayden Baumunk, Cells; Honorable Mention, Hayden Baumunk, Ice Cream.

Ages 15-16 Colored Pencil, 1st, Noah Krieg, Duck in the Water; 2nd, Molly Frey, Growing Into Your True Colors; 3rd, Molly Frey, Resting Otters; Honorable Mention, Taylor Hull, Zentangle.

Ages 15-16 Marker & Oil Pastel, 1st, Taylor Hull, Dancer; 2nd, Michael Feister, The Tide; 3rd, Kayla Shaffer, Floral Beauty; Honorable Mention, Carly Lewis, Sunset.

Ages 15-16 Scratch Art, 1st, Taylor Hull, Think; 2nd, Kayla Magargle, Living Dead Girl; 3rd, Kayla Shaffer, Joker; Honorable Mention, Molly Frey, The Song of the Forest.

Ages 17-18 Colored Pencil, 1st, Jaron Williams, Buffalo; 2nd, Emily McMahon, Elephant in Love; 3rd, Bela Bialer, In Memory of Dad; Honorable Mention, Mystick Wood, Deep in Color; Honorable Mention, Ean Ammerman, Bird of  "Passion."

Ages 17-18 Oil Pastel & Marker, 1st, Bela Bialer, Man of No Words; 2nd, Sadie Lewis, Cozette; 3rd, Emily McMahon, Bridge Over Venus; Honorable Mention, Courtney Leahy, Spring.

Ages 17-18 Scratch Art, 1st, Bela Bialer, The Age of Sadness; 2nd, Erika Spako, Gorilla; 3rd, Stephanie Hill, Crazy Chameleons; Honorable Mention, Sadie Lewis, Guy.

The art work will remain on display at the library through April 5. All first-place winners are featured in the library window.

Following the Youth Art Exhibit, the library will feature the work of Sullivan County Head Start students, taught by artist Dan Curry.


We've been asked to pass along this April event:

The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Helmacy is pleased to announce the following upcoming performances:
Sat, Apr 26    8:00pm    Wallenpaupack High School
                2552 Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428
Crown Imperial March- William Walton
A Shropshire Lad- George Butterworth
Polka and Fugue from  Schwanda - Jaromir Weinberger  
Scheherazade- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children
To order tickets by mail, please send a check with your request to:  
Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 111
Nicholson PA 18446-0111
Please be sure to indicate the number and type of tickets requested (adult/child), as well as to include your return address.
570 289-1090

--Derek Davis







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