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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, "Medicine Wheel."

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 Morning."

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 Evans (Rome).

Arts Council's Wide-Ranging Year

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.

Welcome to the Sullivan County Council on the Arts

Looking Forward to New
Local Arts in 2015

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.

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.

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Looking Ahead

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 surprise.

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 virtual-reality days.

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 Award).

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 Fish.
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, Echo Leaf.
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 the Heart.
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 Getaway.
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, Blue Reflections.
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.








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