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The Earlville Opera House welcomes the wild Vaudevillian blues of the Wiyos on Sunday, April 6th.at 7 pm. They capture the exuberance of the 1920s era of raucous swinging jug bands. The band is touring in support of their most recent CD One More For the Road.  

The band’s 2012 concept album Twist, inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” has gained the Wiyos global acclaim by winning the 12th annual Independent Music Award for best concept album. The Los Angelos Times calls them “fabulously skilled and inspired kooks.”

“The Wiyos, a Brooklyn Based Trio named after one of new York’s toughest old-time street gangs, draws on rural blues, spirituals, and Appalachian jug-band music… the group brings exuberance and maverick intensity to these vintage styles.” – The New Yorker

“They take the wonderful western swing of Bob Wills, the blues of Blind Willie McTell, the jazz of The Washboard Rhythm Kings (who at times featured the likes of Jellyroll Morton and Henry “Red” Allen), and combines them with the musings of a Beck with the creativity of a Beatles disc.” Bob Gottleib, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

The Wiyos, including Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Seth Travins,  were one of the first “old-timey” acoustic bands to emerge on the national scene riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. They play all manner of guitar, cornet, double bass, rubboard, harmonica and sundry items that are hit in rhythm.  Their tours of the U.S. and Europe as well as their critically acclaimed albums landed them a full summer opening for the 2009 Bob Dylan Tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.

The band has made fans in the U.K. with British music critic Simon Holland praising a live show, “In addition to their obvious, abundant musicianship, there was a level of showmanship and performance on display that made the evening extraordinary.”

Take a listen to the Vaudevillian ragtime/jugband/blues/hillbilly/swing of The Wiyos at these links:

Cornbread and Butterbeans 
The Wiyos perform at Middle Earth in Bradford, Vermont on March 9, 2007.

Promenade Live from the BBC showcases their vocal harmonies!

Tin Man.from their album Twist based on the Wizard of Oz

Rag Mama Rag Live the Brooklyn Lyceum on Nov. 3, 2007.

Dying Crapshooter Blues Live the Brooklyn Lyceum on Nov. 3, 2007.

Join us for a swinging evening of wild Vaudevillian blues in the Arts Café on April 6th!  Seating is limited.  Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15.  The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

The Arts Café Spring Series continues with the VanNorstrand Brothers, Andrew and Noah, who bring their finely honed vocal harmonies and masterful instrumentals on Saturday, April 26th.  Andrew and Noah are a true brother duo in the line of the Stanleys or the Everlys. Their music is recommended if you like Nickel Creek or Solas (CD Baby).

On Tuesday, April 29, in a special collaboration with Colgate University and Writing for Peace, don’t miss a chance to hear Sam Hamill, one of the most highly regarded poets of our timel.  His reading is entitled “Writing for Peace,” and it will be followed by an in-depth discussion ” The Practice of Poetry,”with Q &A. Sam Hamill co-founded the Copper Canyon Press and began the Poets Against War movement.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

 

The Wiyos

The Wiyos playing live at our sister venue the Nelson Odeon!

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members

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The Earlville Opera House has been asked to coordinate Artistic Discovery for Congressman Richard Hanna’s office for Madison County.  While we are excited to help with the Artistic Discovery Contest, we are pleased to continue our annual celebration of the artwork of schools in our region.  We have incorporated the new Artistic Discovery contest into our existing spring TeensART exhibit.
TeensART at the Earlville Opera House Arts Center 2013We ask that you please share this information with the art teachers teaching teens at your school.  Below are the new guidelines for TeensART and see the links to more information on Artistic Discovery at the bottom of this page as we move to incorporate the request into our existing program.  EOH welcomes the work of all teens (grades 7-12) in TeensART.  Individual teens are also allowed to enter in either TeensART or Artistic Discovery.  Entry into the Artistic Discovery Contest is for high school students only, but exceptions can be made for schools with grades 7 through 12 on one campus.
March 5, 2014 Invitation to Teachers – please share Greetings!
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Teen musicians performed at the 2013 opening.

EOH cordially invites you to submit your students’ artwork for our eighth annual TeensArt Exhibit, to be held from April 12th – May 10th, 2014. (This exhibit will feature work from students in seventh through twelfth grade.) The opening reception will be on Saturday, April 12th from 12-3pm. TeensART is an opportunity to showcase teen’s work in a professional gallery space. We appreciate your help showing the best work that is being done by teens in our community!

New this year for TeensART, the Earlville Opera House has just been asked to coordinate the Artistic Discovery Contest for Madison County for Congressman Richard Hanna’s office. Six winners from Madison County will be chosen. Please see the guidelines for Artistic Discovery below. To be entered in Artistic Discovery, please have the student fill in the release form (link here). All work submitted will be displayed at the EOH TeensArt Exhibit with the exception of the six Madison County winners, which must be taken to Richard Hanna’s office on 4/8. Entry in the Artistic Discovery Contest also authorizes EOH to take photos of the winners’ work so that they can be released to the press. Because of this new aspect of TeensART, we have had to slightly adjust deadlines and guidelines. See the new guidelines below.

SONY DSCAgain this year, we are hosting our annual TeensArt Postcard Competition to select artwork for reproduction on our 2014 TeensArt Exhibit postcard invitations. Digital submissions of work are highly encouraged! ***Please note the early deadline for submissions; you are welcome to begin submitting your students’ artwork for consideration at any time. Postcard Competition entry details follow.

The EOH Gallery is a not-for-profit exhibit space and runs year-round exhibits of local, regional and national artwork. Our TeensArt Exhibit draws over 350 people to our Gallery over the course of the show. The exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for youth throughout the region to display their work in a professional gallery, and for the community at large to see the fine quality art these young people are producing. The feedback that we have received from teens is that it is a great way for them to see what their peers are doing in other schools.

Please RSVP whether you can participate this year by MARCH 22, 2014 if possible or if you are finding out about this opportunity, please let us know as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing the new work by your students! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our programs.

Sincerely,
Patricia Lockwood-Blais, Executive Director

SONY DSCGuidelines for TeensART 2014
What to send:
For participation in the TeensArt show – please note the changes!
· TEACHERS may submit up to 30 pieces of two-dimensional work and up to 5 pieces of three-dimensional work (ALL ENTRIES ARE APPRECIATED – Please don’t feel that if you have less work, it is not worth entering!) Even one entry is fine.
NOTE: TEENS (home-schooled) MAY SUBMIT WORK INDIVIDUALLY (Up to 2 pieces and please use the Artistic Discovery 2014 Student Information and Release form linked here)
· Two-dimensional work must be mounted on construction paper, as it is hung on the walls with masking tape, and we wish to avoid damaging the artwork
· Work must be labeled with the following information on the front for display:
– student-artist name
– grade level (2014 academic year)
– teacher name
– school name
* Note that for the Artistic Discovery Entries; please lightly tape the Artistic Discovery 2014 Student Information and Release form to the back of your student’s entry. All Artistic Discovery entries must be received by the entry deadline below.
* Note that for the Artistic Discovery Winners, we will take the EOH requested label off the front and create labels to meet their guidelines.
· All work to be shown must be received at the EOH Gallery before Friday, April 4, 2014.
· TeensART Postcards Please pick up the postcards for your school when you drop off your artwork between Fri 3/28 to Fri 4/4! We’ll also have digital forms of the postcard that will be e-mailed to participating teachers.
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For the TeensArt Postcard Competition:
You may submit up to 6 entries per school
Digital submissions are great (please send resolution of 300 dpi and e-mail to
info at earlvilleoperahouse.com)
Work submitted digitally must be accompanied by the following information:
* student-artist name
* grade level (2014 academic year)
* teacher name
* school name
· Deadline:
All postcard entries must be received at the EOH Gallery by Saturday, March 22, 2014 so that we can use them in designing the card – we will try to fit as many entries on the card as artistically feasible.
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These are the dates scheduled for TeensART
Postcard deadline: Before Sat, March 22nd
Drop off dates: Between Fri 3/28 – Fri 4/4 Note: EOH hours: Tues-Fri 10-5 and Sat 12-3
Hanging dates: Tues 4/8- Fri 4/11 – Community Service Opportunity: looking for teen volunteers
Notification date: April 8, we’ll let teachers know who the six Madison County winners are for Artistic Discovery.
Exhibition dates: Sat April 12 – Sat May 10
Opening date: Saturday, April 12 from noon to 3pm,
The opening reception features cookies, chocolate, chips, popcorn!
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Artistic Discovery: All work dropped off before 4/4 from Madison County students with the Artistic Discovery 2014 Student Information and Release form attached to it will be considered for the Artistic Discovery Contest.
Work need not be in Artistic Discovery to be in TeensART! EOH is celebrating all the work of teens in central New York!
ARTISTIC DISCOVERY MORE INFO AND FORMS:
Links: these forms are also online under TeensART, under EOH Gallery Events on our website!
#————————————————————————————————————————————–New this year: Please return this form – one copy for each teacher submitting work
ALL ART TEACHERS MUST SUPPLY THE EOH WITH CONTACT INFORMATION.
TO ACCOMPANY SUBMISSIONS
CONTACT INFO
TEACHER SUBMITTING WORK________________________________________________
ART TEACHER’S EMAIL ______________________________________________________
ART TEACHER PHONE_______________________________________________________
SCHOOL___________________________________________________________________
SCHOOL ADDRESS__________________________________________________________
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Thank you for supporting this free arts for youth event!
Questions: Patti Lockwood-Blais, 315-691-3550 or info at earlvilleoperahouse.com
Farmer by day and musician by night, her voice ploughs through her folkin' originals as she cultivates themes on journeying, belonging, commonality, and individuality.

Farmer by day and musician by night, her voice ploughs through her folkin’ originals as she cultivates themes on journeying, belonging, commonality, and individuality.

The Earlville Opera House starts its Spring Series with folk singer songwriter, Ellen Fagan in the Arts Café on Saturday, March 22nd at 8pm.  Link to listen to Ellen.

A locally grown artist, Ellen Theresa Fagan is joyful to return home for her first solo performance at the Earlville Opera House.  One of Earlville’s own, Ellen has spent time on and off the stage at the Earlville Opera House since childhood remembering fondly having been backstage with her mother as well as in the crowd. After years of getting her hands dirty in agriculture around the northeast, she’s beginning to expand a side project as a lifetime song maker and a budding guitarist. Ellen combines her natural love of the folk music tradition, with its use of familiar imagery and song structure, with her “fingers-in-the-dirt” perspective to produce engaging songs that expand the genre. Her style ranges from gentle to fierce, sometimes in the span of a single song. Farmer by day and musician by night, her voice ploughs through her folkin’ originals as she cultivates themes on journeying, belonging, commonality, and individuality.

Join us in the intimate EOH Arts Café for an evening with Ellen Fagan’s lovely and expressive voice on Saturday, March 22nd!   Seating is limited.  Admission is $10 and $8 for EOH members and students are discounted to $5.  The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

Upcoming concerts include Ellen Fagan, The Wiyos, Andrew & Noah Van Norstrand.  Renowned Poet Sam Hamill is our first collaborative event with Colgate University, Writing For Peace and Poets & Writers.

Upcoming concerts include 4/6 The Wiyos and 4/26 Andrew & Noah Van Norstrand. On 4/29, don’t miss renowned Poet Sam Hamill in our first collaborative event with Colgate University, Writing For Peace and Poets & Writers.

The Arts Café Spring Series continues with the wild acoustic blues of the Wiyos on Sunday, April 6th. The Wiyos album Twist recently won Best Concept Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. Then Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand bring their finely honed vocal harmonies and masterful instrumentals on Saturday, April 26th.  Andrew and Noah are a true brother duo in the line of the Stanleys or the Everlys. Their music is recommended if you like Nickel Creek or Solas (CD Baby).

On Tuesday, April 29, in a special collaboration with Colgate University, Poets & Writers and Writing for Peace, don’t miss a chance to hear Sam Hamill, one of the most highly regarded poets of our time.  His reading is entitled “Writing for Peace,” and it will be followed by an in-depth discussion “The Practice of Poetry.” Sam Hamill co-founded the Copper Canyon Press and began the Poets Against War movement.

More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Ellen combines her natural love of the folk music tradition, with its use of familiar imagery and song structure, with her "fingers-in-the-dirt" perspective to produce engaging songs that expand the genre

Ellen combines her natural love of the folk music tradition, with its use of familiar imagery and song structure, with her “fingers-in-the-dirt” perspective to produce engaging songs that expand the genre

Laying out the design in wool over a silk base, the process of felting is like simplified painting with wool.  First timers are repeatedly impressed with the beauty of their first project.

The process of felting is like simplified painting with wool. First timers are repeatedly impressed with the beauty of their first project.

Local fiber artist and shepherdess with over 30 years experience, Lisa Merian of Spinner Hill Farms returns to offer dual workshops “Project: Collage with Felting” for beginners and “Open Felting Studio Workshop” for advanced felting at the Earlville Opera House.  The workshops will be held from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.  This class will review various wet and dry felting techniques including instruction on needle felting techniques if desired.  Participants will design and create their own unique felted projects with layers of hand-dyed wool and other fibers from Spinner Hill Farms.

Experienced participants can create a project that expands on previous techniques learned. Three-dimensional projects are also possible.  All materials are provided.  Registration is $75 and includes $22 in materials.  If a larger project is desired, it may incur additional materials fees.  Bring a lunch.

Early registrations are encouraged so that the instructor can call you ahead to talk about your project.  To register, call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550.  For more information about upcoming events, visit the EOH website at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Earlville Opera House is located on East Main Street, at NYS Route 12B.  For e-mailing questions try patti at earlvilleoperahouse.com.  Thanks!

Link to photos of a 2011 workshop in progress on FACEBOOK!  

Link to pictures from the March 12, 2012 workshop on Facebook    

For more information call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550.  Or email the office.

To sign up online click here: charge your $75 per class fee and write in the name of the class that you are signing up for in the message box.  Thanks.

Earlville Opera House events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and through the generosity of Earlville Opera House members.

The Earlville Galleries at the Earlville Opera House open new exhibits featuring the work of two CNY artists:  Lisa Iannello from New Berlin and Patricia Coyle from Franklin that examine the introspective nature of the outdoors and in drawers.

Silver Lake 5 by Lisa Iannello, Acrylic on Canvas, 24"X24", May, 2012

Silver Lake 5 by Lisa Iannello, Acrylic on Canvas, 24″X24″, May, 2012

In the Arts Café Gallery, Lisa Iannello presents “Conscious Landscapes,” with her plein aire techniques that employ both color and overlapping shapes to express the intertwined emotions born of both critical illness and natural beauty.  Iannello’s background includes a BFA in the Fine and Applied Arts program in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her survival of a rare traumatic medical condition, coupled with growing up among the landscapes of rural Central New York, uniquely inform her present artistic vision.  Her work has been exhibited throughout CNY from Rochester to Binghamton and Cooperstown. Link to more about Lisa Iannello.

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Dad’s Drawer by Patricia Coyle, Installation detail, 16″ x 16″, October, 2012

In the East Gallery, Patricia Coyle presents “Pennies, Bandaids, and Safety Pins: The Objects We Keep Hidden.” The artist takes us into the smallest places of our private lives:  dresser drawers.  Her installation examines the personal objects people keep inside drawers throughout their homes, either intentionally or absentmindedly – objects that offer revelations about the people who keep them and their relationships.  Each drawer in the exhibit is unique, with contents presented like historical artifacts, relevant to a specific person, time, or place.  Coyle’s work has been shown throughout Central New York as well as Florida and Vermont.  Here’s a link to Patricia Coyle’s website!

A reception will be held from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, March 22.  Refreshments will be served, and admission is free. The exhibits will run through May 10.

The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville.  EOH Galleries are open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday, and on Saturdays from Noon to 3 pm.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.  

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Two new exhibits by Lisa Iannello and Patricia Coyle open on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon to 3 pm.

Sample photo: Hattie Mae Smith circa 1920's by the house on the Red River, Colfax Louisiana. Granddaughter: Patti Lockwood-Blais lives in Eaton, NY.

Sample photo: Hattie Mae Smith circa 1920’s by the house on the Red River, Colfax Louisiana. Granddaughter: Patti Lockwood-Blais lives in Eaton, NY.
We want to see your photos in this exhibit!

Mark your calendars now!  This is the 100th year since President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday in the United States in 1914.  For this centennial anniversary, the Earlville Opera House (EOH) and the Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH) will collaborate on two distinct and very special exhibits to celebrate Mother’s Day throughout Central New York.

The EOH exhibit will present photographs of the special women from the past who were the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers of the families of Central New York, accompanied by a brief narrative describing the person and what made her so special.  You are invited to submit photographs of the women of your family.  Submission details can be found at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com, or call 315-691-3550.  The submission deadline is April 18. Here are the details of the intake form.

The OCMH exhibit will present a history of the mothers and children of the original Oneida Community, a utopian community of more than 300 people that for 33 years (1848-1880) under the leadership of John Humphrey Noyes challenged contemporary social views on property ownership, gender roles, child-rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work. For more information on the OCMH exhibit, visit www.oneidacommunity.org.

Both exhibits are free and will open to the public on Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day.

Also on May 10, EOH is hosting an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Tea Party from 1-3 pm, with prizes for the most creative, most whimsical, and prettiest hats.  Organized by EOH board member Dode Page from Black Cat Antiques, the menu will feature English tea and raspberry lemonade, cucumber sandwiches, and a wonderfully delightful assortment of cakes, cupcakes, tarts, and cookies.  The Tea is by reservation only, with seating for 32 people.  All proceeds help pay for the EOH “Free Family Series” programming.

Mark your calendars now, and join us as the Opera House and the Mansion House pay tribute to the remarkable women of our past on this very special Mother’s Day in Central New York!

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