"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.
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!
Hysterical Nonsense Coming
Applications for Fall Art Expo
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,
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
"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
"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.
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: