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 music festival the following year are 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.
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.
Literary Award WinnersThese 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.
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.
For a pdf copy of our 2014 brochure, click here.
Our Archives page holds links to all our theater scripts and prize winners.
2014 Art Expo application available here.
A (relatively) simple way to send tiny donations to the Arts Council
If you'd like to support the SCCA without having to think too much, amazon.com has set up a system to donate 1/2 of one percent of your purchase price to us if you enter amazon through the Amazon Smile secret doorway. What you do is go to the URL below, tell them you want to support the Sullivan County Council on the Arts, and each time you buy some trinket through amazon using that entrance, we get a pittance. Isn't that exciting? Yes. Anyway, here's the link. Check it out if you're hungry to support the (local) arts.:
Our annual visual-arts awards at the Sullivan County Fall Festival will be handed out October 11-12. Applications and information will be available in about a week, posted here and and mailed and emailed to artists across a broad area of Pennsylvania and New York. More next week.
Roving into Absurdity
Shivering with horror at the reported death of the Roving Historical Theater? Ha! Read about its ridiculous rebirth here.
"Hills and Valleys" #4
Take a look at the excellent writing and visual arts talents of Sullivan County's high school-level students in this years addition of "Hills and Valleys" magazine. What these student artists have come up with is little short of amazing.