DVDs are here!
Most in-county copies can be delivered, one way or another, for free (we often leave them off at the library in Dushore). If you need your to be mailed to you, please send a check for $22, which includes a $2 shipping and fondling fee. Mail all checks to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA 18614. To order a copy by phone, call 570-928-8927 and talk to one of our numerous flunkies.
It just keeps getting better. This year's Fall Art Expo was a wang-dang-doodle of an art show.
With the Fall Festival drawing a record number of revelers to the Fairgrounds, the Expo was clogged with visitors both days, October 13-14 – the People's Choice Award, presented to the artist whose work garners the most visitor votes, tallied almost 300 entries.
The work, judged by artists Dan Curry, Helen Day and Joyce Ross, was divided into three categories: Painting and Drawing, which included oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and pen and pencil; Photography; and 3-D, which in this case encompassed wood, stained glass, mixed media and a mask.
First prize in Painting and Drawing went to Charles Long, Jr., for his meticulous cross-hatched pen and ink rendering of "Boordy Vineyards," bringing to the drawing of a building as much character as the portrait of a noble.
The top winner in photography was Sheila Hagemeyer, whose black and white photo, "Snow Plow Train," reanimates the grace of a vanished era, capturing the unlikely machinery used to keep the rail beds clear in an inhospitable climate.
Mary Ellen Minnier's beautifully and painstakingly constructed stained glass piece, "The Wonderful Fiddler," takes us farther back in time, gaining her first prize in 3-D for the winsome figure who might have stepped out of Sherwood Forest.
Mary Ellen also took second prize in Painting and Drawing for her acrylic, "Rat," a personable vermin scrounge thoroughly enjoying his corncob meal.
Second and third place in Photography went to Jeff Hoodak for "Summer at the Harbor" and "Ripple Reflections," the first a quiet look at a boat-filled marina flanked by luminous flowers, the second a soft-textured evocation of leaves bobbing on a pond's surface.
Emily Green took second prize in 3-D with her exuberant mask of "Aslan," done for a theater production of the Narnia stories but taking on a captivating life of its own.
"Luisa's Iris" was the third-prize watercolor by Diana Novosel, so rich and explosive with color that you can almost smell the petals.
And perennial bowl-master Sam Wylie took third prize in 3-D for "Norfolk Island Pine Vase," a wooden wonder so exquisitely lathe-turned as to seem impossible.
These were the judges' choices, but what did the public like best? Lynn Kibbe's scratchboard study of a wildcat, "Silent Gaze," was the runaway winner of the People's Choice Award, as it eyed each of us from the night of its black background.
Congratulations not only to the winners but to every entrant who made this far and away the best and most enjoyable Art Expo ever. Please come back next year, all of you.
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.
We have set up an Archives page which holds links to all our theater scripts, past calendar listings and, over time, various writeups that expand on what we plan, and what we have in mind. Please visit it here .
Literary Competition In Full Swing
For our fourth year, we're holding our spring writing competition. The contest is open to all high school-level students in Sullivan County - public, homeschooled and residents of the Red Rock Job Corps Center.
The winners will be celebrated at the annual awards ceremony at the high school. All entries that receive the judges approval, winners and non-winners, will be featured in the fourth annual "Hills and Valleys" literary magazine, which will also include winners of the Youth Art awards.
Stories, in general, should not run over 2000 words, poetry over 25 lines. The deadline for submission is March 15. Digital entries - which we prefer, as they simplify the judging process - can be submitted through your teacher or directly to the Arts Council at email . Print entries can be sent to SCCA, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA 18614. Please include your name and contact information on your entries, though all work will be judged anonymously.
Calling Local Musicians
Are you a local musician or at-home instrument player who recalls the music of Sullivan County's yesteryear? Then the SCCA would very much like to hear from you.
A main focus for the Arts Council 2015 season will be a two-day theater and music festival to be held, mostly likely, during the second weekend of June. It will feature some top-notch bands, such as the brilliant Celtic Martins, who will be the lead act.
But even more important, it will be a forum for gathering together musicians from the county and surrounding areas who can help us resurrect and enliven the often-lost music of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
What were the settlers and immigrants playing when they came, how did they play and how did they gather to listen? Far too often, this knowledge has faded from the public view. Oral histories, such as those gathered by Sullivan County High School students in the 1980s, give us small glimpses into these past treasures, but often without detail or context. And without the music itself to listen to.
Square and round dances have been kept up in some few areas, mostly outside the county, but what other forms were used and how did they change over time?
These are only a few of questions we want to approach during the festival. And we want to do it in an unusual way, by presenting historical theater skits featuring local players that lead into professional musical acts of today that perform similar fare. If the weather and location permit, we'd like to combine inside skits with fresh-air concerts. The festival will also feature dance, storytelling and, we hope, demonstrations of instrument-making.
So if you are one of those musicians who plays local tunes - especially if you've been doing this all your life - or if you know someone who is, please contact us below. Take part in a unique attempt to celebrate and preserve the music that belongs forever in Sullivan County.
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 unique music festival the following year are already 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.
We will begin our membership drive immediately after the holidays. 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.--Derek Davis