"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 2016
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.
Look for the the Sullivan County Council on the Arts on Facebook!
- 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
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
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