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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 2016

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 2016 brochure, click here.

For an SCCA membership form, click here.

Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.

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Looking Ahead

Announcing the 2016 Season
It's another busy year for the SCCA, with a repeat of its numerous youth awards, the return the Fall Art Expo, and an all-new, expanded Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend.
Youth Art Awards: Each April, the SCCA honors visual arts students within the Sullivan County School District, including home schoolers. In 2015, students entered 200 art works and received $300 in prizes. All entries are exhibited for two weeks at the Sullivan County Library in Dushore.
Choice of Show: At the annual Sullivan County High School art show in May, three SCCA judges pick a single work for the Choice of Show Award. The piece is purchased from the artist, framed and placed on permanent display in the high school hallway, along with past winners going back to 1998.
Theater and Literary Awards: The annual Theater Award goes to a senior-level student (home-schooled or public school) who has done the most for theater over his or her high-school career.
The Literary Awards are shared by four winners from throughout the upper grades (home or public schooled and the Red Rock Job Corps Center). Their work is featured in our annual magazine, Hills and Valleys, along with photos from the winners of the high-school-level Youth Art Awards.
Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend: Last November, the SCCA experimented with presenting three diverse performances, all geared to a family audience. For 2016 they're expanding on this idea and moving the Weekend to warmer times, August 26-28, again using St. Basil's Hall in Dushore, supplemented by an outdoor stage.
As headliners, perennial favorites the Celtic Martins will return for their fifth year. The sprawling Martin family embraces five fiddle players, two guitarists, along with drums, bagpipes, accordion and a variety of other string instruments (including, yes, cello). Their concerts invariably lead to kids dancing in the aisles.
The Saturday night performer will be Geoff Muldaur, a major blues and folk artist nationally for the past half century. Geoff got his start with the Even Dozen and Jim Kweskin jug bands, spent time with the Paul Butterfield blues band and has put out multiple albums and CDs from the 1970s to the present, including releases with his wife, Maria. His rendition of "Brazil" was the lead-in song in Terry Gilliam's film of the same name.
Local bands, to be announced, will play throughout the Weekend.
The August shindig will expand the Roving Hysterical Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Revue to two performances. A work in neverending progress, it mixes theatrical history, slapstick and musical numbers that echo the audience-friendly spirit of vaudeville. There were be enhanced repeats, all-new routines, topical jokes and satire, featuring the Undrews Sisters, the Can't-Can't Dancers, Oatley the Mathematical Horse, lounge singers, the OK Chorale and the Master of All Known Ceremonies.
Fall Art Expo: October 8-9, at the Fall Festival held in the Forksville Fairgrounds, artists from through central and northeast Pennsylvania and southern New York will compete for some $1200 in prizes. The 2015 selection was the best yet.
Annual potluck dinner: This gathering of SCCA members and friends will be held October 15. Where? Ah, that's a secret, for the moment.








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