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Here's a sample of an early poster design by Maxfield Parrish that includes eye catching design techniques.

Here’s a sample of an early poster by Maxfield Parrish that shows eye catching design techniques.

A Free Golden Artist Colors Workshop for Teens:

In this 4 hour workshop we’ll be creating posters or t-shirts for a favorite cause with artist Mike Townsend.  
We’ll be teaching eye-catching poster and sign layout and design for maximum impact, and also teaching basic hand lettering by brush.  Teens should “BYOC” to class.  (Bring your own cause!).  Any images teens can provide (by cell phone or tablet or printed) will be helpful to make the most of the class. Inspiration can be also drawn from the exhibitions at the Earlville Galleries…the workshop overlaps the TeensART exhibit that runs through May 10.

The goal is to help artists with basic drawing skills but who may be intimidated by the paintbrush with a fun, low key approach to learning about working with acrylic color and creating surfaces you can draw on.  Attendees would learn preparation of a surface for drawing, sealing and adding color to their work during and after creating a drawn outline. An introduction to new GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics that can be used by brush, airbrush, fiber tipped markers, and dip pen!  For this workshop, we’ll provide poster stock.  Teens can bring in their own T-shirts to paint if they prefer to WEAR their cause!.  

This class is taught by artist super hero Mike Townsend Michael Townsend, an artist and employee of Golden Artist Colors for over 20 years.  He works with cutting edge technologies in the acrylic field at the Golden Artist Colors factory.  He’s very often the guy on the phone helping artists understand how to do what they want to do with the medium!  (That makes him a super hero to many because sometimes they work together to invent new ways to solve problems!)

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP: FILL IN THESE TWO SURVEY QUESTIONS:
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.
These workshops are funded, in part, with a grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.  
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It’s National Poetry Month! In a collaboration with Colgate University, Writing for Peace, and Poets & Writers, the Earlville Opera House welcomes poet Sam Hamill on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with one of the major poets and cultural forces of our time. Sam Hamill is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry, most recently Measured by Stone.

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Sam Hamill, cofounder of the Copper Canyon Press and founder of Poets Against War will be at the Earlville Opera House with a reading on Writing for Peace and an intimate discussion of the Practice of Poetry.

On Hamill’s poetry, Robert Tilendis said, “The English language being what it is, one is tempted to call in one’s complete arsenal of glowing adjectives to try to do justice to Hamill’s vision, while realizing that to do so would belie that vision. Perhaps best just to say that here is craft so completely assimilated that it no longer exists.”

Sam Hamill co-founded, and for thirty-two years was editor, at Copper Canyon Press, with a mission to advance poets and poetry as vital to language and living.  Copper Canyon Press has a tradition of publishing extraordinary poetry from around the world to engage the imaginations and intellects of readers.

“If Hamill were an editor and publisher alone, he would be a significant presence. But he is also a renowned translator, having translated such classics as The Art of Writing: Lu chi’s Wen Fu, The Essential Chuang Tzu , The Essential Basho, as well as rich anthologies, Only Companion: Japanese Poems of Love & Longing , The Erotic Spirit, The Infinite Moment: Poems from Ancient Greek , and most recently Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese.”  Rebecca Seiferle

He also began the Poets Against War movement.  The resulting site PoetsAgainstWar.net continues the tradition of socially engaged poetry and literature that stand as a voice against war, tyranny and oppression.  Hamill has taught in prisons for fourteen years and has worked extensively with battered women and children.

Hamill has been awarded the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Join us for an evening with renowned poet Sam Hamill on April 29th! The evening starts with a reading, Writing for Peace at 6:30 pm, and then at 7:45 pm continues with An Intimate Discussion on the Practice of Poetry.

Seating is limited.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. 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. 

This Poets & Writers project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. poetsAgainstWar

More about Poets Against the War:

Mr. Hamill was invited to the White House by Laura Bush in 2003 for an evening celebrating American poetry on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the president having just outlined his plans for shock and awe. Hamill declined the invitation and extended his own invitation to fellow poets to speak for the conscience of our country.

Led by poet Sam Hamill, February 12, 2003 became a day of Poetry Against the War conducted as a reading at the White House gates in addition to over 160 public readings in many different countries and almost all of the 50 states. Since then, over 9,000 poets have joined this grassroots peace movement by submitting poems and statements to www.poetsagainstthewar.org , registering their opposition to the Bush administration’s headlong plunge toward war in Iraq.

Excerpt from Sam Hamill interview with Anne Marie Cusac in the Progressive just a couple of months after the movement started in April 2003:

Progressive: “Why did your call for a new Poets Against the War movement elicit such support?”

Sam Hamill: “It was almost as if they were waiting breathlessly for someone to step forward and say, “Enough is enough.” We became a chorus. Last week, the poems were coming in at one per minute. We have twenty-five editors downloading and formatting poems. We’re well over 11,000 poems already, and we’ll publish an anthology of probably about 225 pages of theoretically the best.”

Progressive:  “Who inspired you to do this?”

Hamill: “The spirit of Denise Levertov, and listening to Galway Kinnell and Philip Levine and Etheridge Knight and June Jordan during the 1960s. That made me decide when I received the invitation to the White House that I simply couldn’t just say no thank you and pretend that it was OK.

“Poets should speak out against what we see as the assault against our Constitution and the warmongering that’s going on. I’m perfectly willing to lay down my life for my Constitution, but I am not willing to take a life for it or any other reason because I think killing people is counterproductive.”

Here’s a poem Hamill wrote for Denise Levertov mentioned by Hamill above:

Little Epic Elegy (1998)
for Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

She is gone who brought
us closer to what we are,
who brought us a world—
a passion for the garden,
a heaven of moons and stars.

And now she attends
our days with the salts of truth
and all the honeys
of conviction. Her vision
returns us into a world

of mystery, awe,
all compassion and delight,
to joy in the work
of being fully human,
always picking up the torch,

passing on the light.

 

EARLVILLE AWESOME ARTS EXPANDING LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS

At the Earlville Awesome House: Free Workshop for Kids 6-13 with Ellie Olsen

The workshop uses the ARTS FOR SELF DISCOVERY: “We will reinvent famous works of art, within the pages of books showcased by the library with children taking center stage (the works will include self portraits – photos taken in class and printed to incorporate into the famous works).   I hope that it will be fun and inspirational for children, who are our up-and-coming artists of the future!”

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Seeing Myself in Art class

The EOH exhibits TeensART 2014, Conscious Landscapes by Lisa Iannello and Pennies, Bandaids and Safety Pins: The Objects that We Keep Hidden by Patricia Coyle will be used to talk about color theory and more!

ALL MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE

“Everyone has an inner artist. Our expression of this artist is as unique as our backgrounds, and can be bold and flashy, timid and subtle, or somewhere in the middle. Perhaps we think we are too busy or lack sufficient talent to really make a go of it. As the stay-at home mother of four boys, I have learned many things. In regard to art, the process of creating is always joyful for children. They are masters of the sublimely simple, and thus, become the perfect inspiration to combat doubt, expectation, and complexity in the adult world. Much like the process of growing up, where the reality goes beyond a mold, and the play is largely unscripted, my philosophy of the process of art goes beyond a technical exercise.

“The nature of creating, by definition, demands that the outcome not be certain, or even primary. The process must allow for risk, for uncertainty, and joy to really allow for the creation of a unique expression that speaks to the artist that created it.   Children naturally know this before we teach them about cookie-cutters and stereotypes. We have much to learn for our children. My approach enables those still moments of discovery – in celebration of the joy of just “letting them be.” ELIZABETH OLSEN, GREEN DOOR GALLERY

This workshop is funded, in part, with a grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau. The EOH raises the other half with our IPAD raffle sales!

For more info call 315-691-3550.  To sign up click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8DPMRQM

INTAKE QUESTIONS found in survey. These may also be e-mailed to info@earlvilleoperahouse.com :

  1. Do you know the names of any famous artists? Please list the ones that you know.
  2. Do you know what color theory is?
  3. To sign up: please list your name, address, phone or e-mail and age.
Brothers Andrew (right) and Noah (left) Van Norstrand

Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand

The Earlville Opera House welcomes the brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand with their high-energy old time country and bluegrass music on Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm. The Van Norstrands have been featured on the “Prairie Home Companion” and at Grey Fox Bluegrass and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals.  For Tickets

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). They are renowned for their vocal harmonies and their instrumental prowess. Andrew provides fiddle, guitar, octave mandolin, and banjo while Noah brings fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion.

Andrew and Noah’s recent release: All the Good Summers drew this review from Bluegrass Unlimited: “This CD…showcases the siblings’ creative energies at their best. The multi-talented performers do it all on All The Good Summers, a blend of oldtime country and bluegrass, swing and jazz, Celtic and contra, and alternative folk-rock. The VanNorstrands wrote the music and lyrics, produced the CD, and put their fingers into overdrive on a variety of instruments.”

The brothers bring a deep reverence for the music and in particular the “fiddle tune.” Andrew Van Norstrand says “People have poured their lives into these melodies.  They’ve crossed oceans and mountains and prairies.  They’ve soaked up sun and rain and whiskey and tears to the point where they are literally overflowing with joy and heartache and memories.  When you play an old fiddle tune, it’s going to weave it’s own unique path…”

Or check out their reviews at http://www.sonicbids.com/band/andrewandnoah/press/

Here’s a link to their You Tube Dial / Pancake

Here’s a link to a brief high energy sample of the brothers! (at last year’s SAMMY Awards show)

Join us for a swinging evening of wild rides on old Fiddle tunes in the Arts Café on April 26th!  Seating is limited.  Admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

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Join us for a swinging evening of wild rides on old Fiddle tunes!

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 time.  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.

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.

Here are the exciting results! The Earlville Opera House organized the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery for Madison County on behalf of Congressman Richard Hanna’s office.  Invitations were sent to 10 schools.  EOH received 73 submissions from four schools: Hamilton Central High, Morrisville-Eaton High, Oneida High, and Sherburne-Earlville High School.  This is the first year that Madison County schools were represented in this national contest.

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Hannah Farrell won a first place distinction from the judging panel on behalf of all of the submissions received in Madison County.

We’d like to thank our Madison County judges for generously donating their time to assess the entries.  Lynette Stephenson is an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Colgate University.  Leigh Yardley is an Adjunct Instructor of Art at Morrisville State College and a Teaching Artist for The Utica Arts in Education Institute.

Here are the medal winners from Madison County – alphabetically by school:

Hannah Farrell, grade 12 from Hamilton Central School – Art Teacher Ashley Stagner

Elena Haskins, grade 12 from Hamilton Central School – Art Teacher Ashley Stagner

Laura Konieczko, grade 12 from Morrisville Eaton School – Art Teacher Karen Howlett

Hannah Westbrook, grade 12 from Sherburne-Earlville School – Art Teacher Jackie Craine Gimson

Madeline DuBois, grade 11 from Sherburne-Earlville School – Art Teacher Jackie Craine Gimson

Joseph Rondinelli, grade 11 from Oneida Central School – Art Teacher Heather Cigeroglu

 

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The judging panel awarded a second place distinction to Laura Konieczko, from Morrisville Eaton School on behalf of all of the submissions received.

Each participating county is sending in six winners to the next level of competition.  The next round of judging will be at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute at 310 Genesee Street Utica, New York for all the counties in Congressman Hanna’s District with an exhibition on Saturday, May 3rd.  For more information about the arts in our region, please call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550 or see www.earlvilleoperahouse.com .

 

 

TAKE YOUR ART TO THE NEXT LEVEL with Two Free Golden Artist Colors Workshops for Teens to Accompany the TeensART 2014 Exhibit –
To be rescheduled: TBA PAINT YOUR SELFIE! Learn acrylic painting and transfer techniques in a self portrait.
Sat, May 3, 10 am to 2 pm PAINT YOUR CAUSE! (BYOC)  Learn how to make an impact with your design…add some force to that idea!

We could use your help scheduling Paint Your Selfie!  Please take this survey to let us know best times and to sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8JWMYCR

Both classes are taught by artist super hero Mike Townsend Michael Townsend, an artist and employee of Golden Artist Colors for over 20 years.  He works with cutting edge technologies in the acrylic field at the Golden Artist Colors factory.  He’s very often the guy on the phone helping artists understand how to do what they want to do with the medium!  (That makes him a super hero to many because sometimes they work together to invent new ways to solve problems!)
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More info about the workshops and the exhibits to visit in the galleries:

The Class PAINT YOUR SELFIE! will be rescheduled in May!  

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Mike Townsend takes a selfie with his son and will show how the image can be transferred and transformed into a painted portrait on canvas.

A Free Golden Artist Colors Workshop for Teens:  (max 20)   Students will learn new techniques with image transfer to canvas and painting with acrylic paints and color glazes.  Students will take “selfies” and send them with their cell phones to the instructor who will get them printed while instruction continues (cell phone can be provided in class if needed).  When the prints are ready to go, the next step will be image transference to small canvases and then the fun begins!  Students can choose to take as much time as they like using new techniques to paint their Selfies on canvas or can choose a quick approach to make 4 prints like an Andy Warhol.

Sat, May 3, 10 am to 2 pm PAINT YOUR CAUSE! (BYOC)…bring your own cause!

A Free Golden Artist Colors Workshop for Teens:  (max 20)   Learn how to make an impact with your design…add some force to that idea! We’ll be teaching eye-catching poster and sign layout and design for maximum impact, and also teaching basic hand lettering by brush.  Teens should “BYOC” to class.  (Bring your own cause!).  Any images teens can provide (by cell phone or tablet or printed) will be helpful to make the most of the class.

The goal is to help artists that draw decently but are intimidated by the paintbrush with a fun, low key approach to learning about working with (acrylic) color and creating surfaces you can draw on.  For this workshop, we’ll provide poster stock or teens may bring in their own T-shirts if they prefer to WEAR THEIR CAUSE!.  Attendees would learn preparation of a surface for drawing, sealing and adding color to their work during and after creating a drawn outline. An introduction to new GOLDEN High Flow Acrylics that can be used by brush, airbrush, fiber tipped markers, and dip pen! Youth will work on poster projects and are empowered to create posters for themselves or for a favorite cause: (We could optionally collaborate with a teen chosen cause to make posters to expand outreach.)

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This Maxfield Parrish advertisement  shows how strong imagery and strong lettering combine to make a powerful statement to “sell” your cause.

The Earlville Galleries:  visit the galleries when you take a workshop!

The tenth annual TeensART Exhibit runs from April 12 through May 10, 2014.  This year nine area schools will be participating:  Hamilton, New Hartford, New Life Christian School, Morrisville-Eaton, Norwich, Oneida, Sherburne-Earlville, Unadilla Valley and Waterville. The show will feature work from teens from sixth grade through seniors, in a wide range of media. It presents a unique opportunity to view what is happening in the world of student art.

The Teens ART reception for the public will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 12 – 3 p.m.  Teen-approved snacks and home baked cookies will be served!

Two exhibits are on display concurrently with the TeensART exhibit through May 10 and provide insights into contemporary art for old and young alike.  See more about Lisa Iannello’s Conscious Landscapes and Patricia Coyle’s “Pennies, Bandaids, and Safety Pins: The Objects We Keep Hidden.”

The Earlville Opera House is at 18 East Main Street in Earlville, located near the intersection with NYS Route 12B.  The EOH Galleries are not-for-profit exhibit space and run year-round exhibits of local, regional, and national artwork.  For more information, please call (315) 691-3550.

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.

These workshops are funded, in part, with a grant from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.

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The Earlville Awesome House is celebrating the work of young artists in the community with its tenth annual TeensART Exhibit from April 12th through May 10th, 2014.  This year nine area schools will be participating Hamilton, New Hartford, New Life Christian School, Morrisville-Eaton, Norwich, Oneida, Sherburne-Earlville, Unadilla Valley and Waterville. The show will feature work …

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