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,
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
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
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
Madison Glinski took second prize for "Veterans," a
patriotic-themed story with an ending that took all the judges by
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
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
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!
"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.
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.