Winners At Art Expo
The annual Art Expo at the Fall
Festival brought together some of the finest artworks seen over the Expo's long
history. Winners were chosen in three broad categories: painting/drawing,
photography, and 3-D. The contest is sponsored by the Sullivan County Council
on the Arts.
Rusti Shaff of New Albany took first
place for "Blue VW," an engaging, playful acrylic tribute to the iconic
Volkswagen Bug. Curtis Salonick from Wilkes-Barre captured the top prize in photography with his aptly
titled "The Foreboding," showing a dark, silhouetted figure on a
hill. The top award in 3-D went to Berwick's Rita Millard for her small, colorful
collage/tapestry, "My Iris Garden."
Shaff double-dipped, taking second
prize for her intense, unsettling "Hand of God." Second-place in 3-D
went to Helen Day of Eagles Mere for her feather-festooned buffalo skull,
Another double-winner, Sheila
Hagemeyer of Montoursville, was awarded second and third place in photography
for her crystalline black and white of a derelict farmhouse, "Comforting
Spirits," and her evocative color landscape, "Misty Winter
Third prize in 3-D went to Linda
Roman of Eagles Mere for her ceramic wall-mounted "Mountain Owl."
"Sty-mied," a restful watercolor of a snoozing piglet, earned
Wilkes-Barre's Diana Novosel a third in drawing/painting.
Hagemeyer and Novosel were both
winners last year, and the Arts Council was delighted to see their return.
The coveted Peoples Choice Award,
determined by the votes of those attending the exhibit, went to Jason Sitcosky
of Ulster. His watercolor of very attentive cats "Nosing Where the Mice
Have Been" received the most votes among the record 498 who entered their
choice this year.
Total prizes given out, including
the Peoples Choice, came to $1300. The SCCA wants to extend special thanks to
its three judges, Cat Badger (from Dallas), Karen Black (Dushore), and Amy
Arts Council's Wide-Ranging
Choice of Show: At the Sullivan County High School art show in May, SCCA
judges pick a single work by a student artist which is purchased from the
artist, framed and placed on permanent display in the school hallway.
Roving Historical Theater:For 2015, the Theater is taking a change in direction to become
(temporarily?) the Roving Hysterical
Theater, introducing the Ultimate Musical Theater Weekend - not a Broadway
review, but something quite different and decidedly diverse.
November 6-8, the SCCA will present three diverse performances. First,
perennial favorites the Celtic Martins return for their fourth year, bringing a
following that appears at virtually every concert the Martins hold in
Pennsylvania and nearby states.
Next comes Bob Milne, the greatest living virtuoso of ragtime and boogie
piano. Bob has toured the world for the past two decades with his nuanced yet
accessible piano playing, his engaging personality and his phenomenal mind.
There's no one else, anywhere, like Bob Milne.
Last, and far from least, the series winds up with the Roving Hysterical
Theater Vaudeville Revival and Old-Time Nonsense Review. A work in neverending
progress, it will mix music, history and humor, with nods to Al Jolson, Fanny
Brice, Laurel and Hardy, Jimmy Durante and later performers who carried on the
traditions that made vaudeville and the American music hall world famous. And
it won't just be rehash: There will be plenty of all-new routines, topical
jokes and satire, featuring the Undrews Sisters, the Can't-Can't Dancers and
the Master of All Known Ceremonies.
Much of the cost of Arts Council programs (especially the youth awards) is
covered by those of you who become SCCA members. The Council welcomes people of
all ages and also encourages businesses to become members to help support both
the arts and the county's tourist economy.
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!
Literary Award Winners Chosen For 2015
Four judges from the Sullivan County Council on the Arts have chosen
the prize winners for the fifth annual Literary Awards, presented to
students in grades seven through 12. Most entries this year came from
the Sullivan County High School, though a few were home schoolers,
First prize went to Libby Schreffler for two marvelously crafted
short stories, "Roy and Juliet" and "Big Top Horror."
"Roy and Juliet" took the unusual approach of presenting a
Bonnie and Clyde-style tale written as a roughly 1940s piece of pulp
fiction. It was the unanimous choice of the judges.
Madison Glinski took second prize for "Veterans," a
patriotic-themed story with an ending that took all the judges by
Shawna Chamberlin's "Persephone," updating Greek myth in a
modern setting with an undercurrent of horror (and another "trick"
ending), garnered third prize.
"The Art of Walking (To the Top of the World)" brought
Danielle Reeser fourth prize for an impassioned call to interact
with the world more directly than we tend to do these
Anna Myers's melancholy poem, "A Lost Friendship,"
received honorable mention.
The top four winners will receive cash prizes, and all five students
chosen will be honored at the high school awards assembly, scheduled
for May 28 at 1:30 p.m.
In a preliminary round, the judges also singled out the following
students for their superior contributions:
Alaina Bedford, Dane Carpenter, Brittany Halbfoerster, Leona Hatch,
Lilly Houseknecht, Jessica King, Aaron Kinsey, Anastasia Miller,
Ayianna Petty, Anastasia Schiele, Keith Seeley, and Sam Skoranski.
Their work, along with that of the official prize winners, will
appear in the upcoming issue of the Arts Council's "Hills and
Valleys" magazine. Visual artwork winners in the earlier Youth
Art competition will also be featured in "Hills and Valleys,"
which will be distributed free after the awards ceremony to any
student interested in picking up a copy.
Judges for the literary contest were Cat Badger, Derek Davis, Connie
Hatch and Megan Kiner (herself a previous winner of the top Literary
- 2015 Youth Art Winners
Now entering their third decade, the Sullivan County
Council on the Arts annual Youth Art Awards this year drew 197
entries from grades kindergarten through senior high school.
- The winners were chosen by three area judges:
Mural artist Cat Badger, watercolorist Ron Lent, and stained
glass-scrimshaw artist Mary Ellen Minnier
- The SCCA also wants to extend its lasting appreciation
to the school district's two superb art teachers, Karen Oliver Rider
in the elementary school and Deb McDonald in the high school, who
will both be leaving us at the end of this year. They have brought
color, life and an essential element of education to all the
county's students and have been the backbone of the Youth Art
Awards. They will be sorely missed and difficult to replace.
Ages 5 to 6 mixed media: First prize, Grace Zelewicz,
Find the Leaf; second prize, Ilona Drauschak, Purple Heart; third
prize, Sierra Bellerby, Dancing Potato; honorable mention, Miley
Dickinson, Swimming Fish; honorable mention, Marley George, Swimming
Ages 6 to 7 mixed media: First prize, Preston Stueck,
The Dog; second prize, August Harney, Owl; third prize, Bradi
Warner, Let It Snow; honorable mention, Kira Hottenstein, The Dog;
honorable mention, Sarah Silfies, Owl.
Ages 7 to 8 mxed media: First prize, Taylor Sznaider,
Tucan; second prize, Marty Zigler, Cat; third prize, Hunter
O'Conner, Leaf & Wind & Rain; honorable mention, Nevaeh
Lund, Cat; honorable mention, Isaac Carr, Matisse Inspired Collage.
Ages 8 to 9 mixed media: First prize, Adelyn Zelewizc,
The Elephant; second prize, Miranda Klein, The Black Cat; third
prize, Erin Wise, Crazy Colors; honorable mention, Derrick Finnegan,
Ages 9 to 10 mixed media: First prize, Lyndsey Smith,
Fall Tree; second prize, Kiersten Shoemaker, Colorful Trees; third
prize, Caleb Seeley, Fall Tree; honorable mention, Cash Minier, Find
Ages 10-11 mixed media: First prize, Jillian Verelst,
Fall Tree; second prize, Zoe Pedro, Fall Tree; third prize, Chloe
Shea, Forest; honorable mention, Kassidy Beinlich, Forest.
Ages 11-12 mixed media: First prize, Kyler Burke, Bird;
second prize, Haley Spivey, Self Portrait; third prize, Yasler
Montero-Salas, The Rock; honorable mention, Emily Geist, Mermaid.
Rotation art ages 12-15 2-D art: First prize, Kyleigh
Ammerman, Field of Hope; second prize, Sam Skoranski, 3-D Handprint;
third prize, Brandi Wood, Rainbow Polar Opposites; honorable
mention, Kyleigh Ammerman, The Blue Lagoon; honorable mention,
Michelle Molyneux, Magic of Disney.
Ages 12-15 mixed: First prize, Brue Hoffman, Gloomy
Lighthouse; second prize, Ashlynn Bowling, Flowing Lines; third
prize, Brue Hoffman, The Strangest of Nights; honorable mention,
Ashlynn Bowling, Dream Difference.
- Ages 14 to 16 3-D: First prize, Macy McCarthy,
Daisy; second prize, Jackie Hill, Owl Mask; third prize, Jasper
Graves, A Taste of Spring; third prize, Brianna Baldwin, Fall
Ages 15 to 16 2-D: First prize, Hayden Baumunk, Heavy
Crown; second prize, Kayla Shaffer, Peace; third prize, Hayden
Baumunk, Elephant; honorable mention, Annamay Sherwood, Swirls.
Ages 15 to 16 acrylic painting: First prize, Abbey
Paulhamus, Dark Dragon; second prize, George Stockage, Quiet
Mountains; third prize, Ariel Leahy, Family Cat; honorable mention,
Briana Haulman, Comic Relief; honorable mention, Skylar Carpenter,
Ages 15 to 16 ink drawing: First prize, Gunnar Kleese,
Husky; second prize, Jessica Boyd, Flowery Butterfly; third prize,
Kayla Shaffer, Illlusionati; honorable mention, Ariel Leahy, Gunner;
honorable mention, Tyler Crofut, Tractor.
Ages 17 to 19 2-D: First prize, Taylor Hull, Aged
Wisdom; second prize, Carly Lewis, Women; third prize, MacKenzie
Doyle, Colored Shapes; honorable mention, Morgan Farrell, Circles;
honorable mention, Emily McMahon, Laughter.
Ages 17 to 19 acrylic painting: First prize, Robert
Hoffman, Blonde Chick; second prize, Kayla Magargle, The Wise One;
third prize, Emily McMahon, Summer Breeze; honorable mention, Grace
Hart, Lines; honorable mention, Michael Lee Martin, Country Land.
Ages 17 to 19 ink drawing: First prize, Emily McMahon,
Paul; second prize, Tayler Hull, Stork Delivery; third prize,
Courtney Smith, Farmall; honorable mention, Jaron Williams, Look in
Lookout; honorable mention, Sadie Lewis, Mother and Child.