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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

Hysterical Nonsense Coming

What exactly is the Roving Hysterical Theater up to with its Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue, coming this November? Sir Geoffrey Svelte, the Master of All Known Ceremonies who will introduce the acts, attempts to explain the matter to you in this sneak preview.

"You may think we perpetrate too much monkey business," intones Sir Geoffrey. "But I say - there can be no such thing. The lesser primates, after all, have a charming way of commanding your attention. The organ grinder and his monkey - how many recall the calliope-like sound, the thrill of that costumed visitor's soft, tiny hand receiving your penny?

"Tonight we have the real thing, the joyous past reanimated. Please welcome Sergio Placebo and his jungle compatriot, Alphonse."

Sergio comes on grinding a monstrous box of hurdy-gurdy music. Alphonse jumps up and down and makes monkey noises. Sergio stops playing and bows to the audience.

"I cannot say to what I feel such wonder. So much flocculations of joy abut me I do not know before. I would, once, have been so down in the sewer, but here, I am up high like the kite bird swooping. Yes? I grind the organ to make the music that my Alphonse can wallow among you and demand of you tribute. Is that not a magnificence?

"Truly, I play the tunes, and Alphonse gropes to see what you will give. The Queen of England said to me - but she did not really, that is a joke - that she would pay my life salary to hear this music while Alphonse would lumber and tango to my tunes. So here he is to do that. Now you must extend your hands filled with munificence for his encumbrance. See? I play."

Music plays off speed while Alphonse harasses the audience. When offered a coin, he turns it over several times and makes sputtering noises to show his displeasure at its puniness. He grabs someone's hat, slaps it on his head and bounds back up to the stage.

"Is not Alphonse the most delightful of simians? He is like the kettle set to boil away all displeasures and effrontments. With him I know the moderate delight of veritable extension. But now we must go home, where he makes his bed of sweet smelling laundry. So to you I say goodbye, or in my language, arriva dirty. Next time, we find the golden treasure of mighty remembrance. I see you in my dreams."

And this will be one of only 20-some acts lined up for the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue, which will unfold Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm at St. Basil's Hall, Dushore.

The show will be the culmination of the Arts Council's Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend, which will also feature the Celtic Martins, November 6 at 7 pm, and magical ragtime pianist Bob Milne, November 7 at 7 pm. Tickets for each event will be $10 for adults, $1 for students through high school, pre-school free. You can purchase an adult weekend pass for $25. Order advance tickets at 570-928-8968 or send a check to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA, 18614. All tickets will be held at the door.

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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