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Christopher Pierce Hosts Holiday Exhibition in Shushan

Christopher Pierce, of Shushan, NY, will hold an exhibition of “New Paintings and More” at his studio Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm. The public is also invited to an opening reception at the studio, Saturday, December 30 from 5 – 8 pm. Christopher Pierce is a nationally recognized fine artist who paints florals, still lifes, portraits, figures, and interiors with panache and a mature sensitivity. Along with his stunning portraiture, he is well known for the huge and commanding florals that come from the bounty of his gardens. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine’s 33rd Art Competition in the Still Life/Interior category and was also awarded second prize in the Annual Sylvia Maria Glesmann Members’ Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC. In 2014 International Artist Magazine published a feature article on his work, his studio, and a demonstration of his creating one of his paintings in the April/May issue. Also his painting, “Homage to Sargent and Tuke,” was awarded the “Speaks to You” prize in the American Artist Professional League online portrait and figure exhibition. It can be viewed at http://www.americanartistsprofessionalleague.org/online_portrait_winners_14.htm#gallery In 2013, Pierce was featured in articles in both American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines. His paintings have also been finalists in both the Portrait/Figure and Still Life/Floral categories in The Artists Magazine’s annual art competition, and...

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JHS Madrigal 2.0 reunion concert to be held on Saturday, December 23

On Saturday, December 23, 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown, the former Johnstown High School Madrigal Choir will host a reunion concert under the direction of Dr. William Crankshaw. Alumni members spanning the years 1993 – 2003 will return to perform the concert of well-known Madrigal favorites and join the audience in a Christmas carol sing-along. The Johnstown High School Madrigal Choir combined four-, six- and eight-part harmonies, singing mostly A capella medieval choir music along with multi-part interpretations of classics and modern compositions. During the 11 years Dr. Crankshaw directed the Madrigal Choir, it had...

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SVAN Announces It’s 2018 Winter Concert Schedule

The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network’s 2018 Winter Concert Series will begin on Sunday, January 21 from 3-5 pm at the Inn at the Bridge with Americana band, Two Shoes. Two Shoes features Don Hoffman and Sean Cohan of the well known area band New Shoes, and with their variety of styles and instruments, Two Shoes is guaranteed to show anyone a good time. So come break the monotony of winter, and warm up with one of SVAN’s best local talents! Admission is $12 ($10 for SVAN members), and food and drink will be available for purchase. Seating is limited,...

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The Depot Theatre receives several grants to enhance artist housing

Westport, N.Y. — The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has recently been awarded three grants to help prepare artist housing for year-round use. In recent weeks, the Depot received a $2,000 grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation, a $2,000 grant from J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc., and a $2,000 grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. These grant awards will be used to upgrade HVAC systems in the Depot’s facilities, allowing the organization the flexibility to expand programming into the winter months. “We’re grateful for the vote of confidence in the form of financial support from these respected foundations,” said Amy McNamara, president of the theatre’s Board of Trustees. “Having facilities that can be used year-round ultimately provides increased opportunities for us to have a positive impact on the quality of life of our community through increased cultural and economic activities.” The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in the Adirondacks, and operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018, the Theatre currently offers 3-4 productions in the summer along with education programs. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit depottheatre.org or call 518.962.4449. ABOUT THE DEPOT THEATRE The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train...

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Park Coffee House Releases Concert Schedule

Park Coffee House in Holland Patent has released its schedule for the Winter-Spring Concerts of the current season. The talented performers, local and regional musicians, continue the long tradition of acoustic music at Park Coffee House. January 13 Cincinnati Creek February 10 John Kirk and Trish Miller March 17 The Rattlin Bog March 31 Marc Berger April 14 The Cadleys May 12 Jamcrackers with Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Dan Duggan June 9 Local Favorites All concerts start at 7:30 PM, and admission is charged. Before the performance and during intermission, homemade desserts are available for a donation. Proceeds from the refreshments benefit the local food pantry operated by non-denominational charity Foothills Rural Community Ministry, the parent organization of Park Coffee House. Park Coffee House is located at the historic Twin Churches in the village of Holland Patent, just off Main Street (NYS Route 365), across from the park. Information on Park Coffee House events can be found at...

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Holiday Market to be held Dec 16th at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall

WHALLONSBURG, N.Y. – The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, New York welcomes everyone to its annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 16 from 1-4pm. Come and shop for delicious food for your holiday table and last-minute handmade gifts and decorations. Fifteen local farms and food producers will have booths selling produce, fresh breads, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, maple syrup, pickles, pies, candy and more. Crafters and artisans will sell handmade holiday decorations, soaps, pottery, rugs and other textiles. Author and naturalist Sheri Amsel will be leading hands-on activities for children and will have a wide range of children’s books for sale. Lunch and desserts will be available from the Hub on the Hill and Farmer’s Cone and Honey Pie. Admission to the Holiday Market is free and all are welcome. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at 1610 NYS Route 22, five miles south of the Essex ferry dock. For more information, visit...

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Winter Funderland Day Camp Returns to Nigra Arts Center

Gloversville, NY – The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is offering its third annual Winter Funderland Day Camp this winter break for children ages 5 to 10. On December 27, 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., campers will enjoy a wide range of winter crafts and activities at the art center’s facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. Campers will experience something different each day as the instructors keep them active, engaged and using their imaginations. Kids will have a blast with arts projects, cooking, yoga, square dancing and more. Campers should bring their own...

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TAUNY Cookie Cutter Collection Exhibit and Cookie Making Drop-in with The Millers, 12/14

TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, invites the community to see its latest exhibit, Personal Collection Series: Cookie Cutters from the Miller Family Collection, and join the Millers for a Drop-in Sugar Cookie Making afternoon on Thursday, December 14 from 3:00-5:00pm at The TAUNY Center. Cookie-making participants can drop in for as little or as long as you like to join in baking and decorating sugar cookies with John and Lynn Miller. This fun, informal event will give visitors a chance to use cookie cutters from the Miller Family collection, as featured in this month’s Personal Collections Series exhibit. Dazzle, drizzle, and design to your heart’s content, and make sure to leave some room for sampling your creations! Guests will be able to design and taste or take home a few cookies each, with fresh batches continuing to come out as the afternoon goes on. All supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome. (Children must be supervised.) There is a $5 suggested donation for this program. Personal Collection Series: Cookie Cutters from the Miller Family Collection, on view through December 30th, features a variety of cookie cutters for all occasions that were collected over decades by the Miller Family of DeKalb Junction, NY. Over a few big days each season, the Miller family has always baked, frosted, and decorated dozens and dozens of sugar cookies, among other...

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The Glens Falls Symphony to Perform Holiday Concert on December 17

The Glens Falls Symphony presents its annual Holiday Concert, “Holiday Stories”, on Sunday, December 17, 4pm, at Glens Falls High School Auditorium, Glens Falls, NY. The orchestra will perform a wide range of festive favorites in a celebration of the joys of season, with featured performances by the Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus. Chorus alumni from past years will join the Chorus for some pieces, revisiting their childhood and holiday memories. Entertainer and special guest Laura Roth will add a little spice to the program with narrations of Twas the Night Before Christmas and other tales of the season....

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