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Here are the six medal winners from Madison County that will go to the next round of judging.

Here are the exciting results! The Earlville Opera House organized the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery for Madison County on behalf of Congressman Richard Hanna’s office. EOH received 45 submissions from three schools: Hamilton Central High, Oneida High, and Sherburne-Earlville High School. This is the second year that Madison County schools were represented in this national contest.

We’d like to thank our judges for generously donating their time to assess the entries. This year’s judges were Amy McKinnon and Stacy Brock, both artists working at Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin. “There was a lot of great work and it made for some difficult decisions,” says McKinnon. “Best of luck with the show and to all the young artists there.”

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

Scott Bodnar, 11th grade, Hamilton Central School, male portrait.
Becca Rogers, 12th grade, Hamilton Central School, “Chameleon.”
Shannon Gallagher, 11th grade, Oneida High School, “Corkscrew.”
Maddie Sgarlata, 12th grade, Oneida High School, “Naptime.”
Helen Judge, Sherburne-Earlville Central School, “Peace in the Horizon.”
Megan Rodman, Sherburne-Earlville Central School, “Red.” (photo)

Congratulations to Madison County’s winners! The next round of judging will be at the District-wide Art show on Saturday, April 18th at the Roberson Museum & Science Center in Binghamton (30 Front Street). Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

For more information about the arts in our region, please call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550 or see www.earlvilleoperahouse.com

“There was a lot of great work and it made for some difficult decisions,” says McKinnon.

“There was a lot of great work and it made for some difficult decisions,” says McKinnon.

Shannon Gallagher, 11th grade, Oneida High School, “Corkscrew.”

This piece by Shannon Gallagher in 11th grade at Oneida High School is one of 6 pieces that will go to the next round of judging at the District-wide Art show on Saturday, April 18th at the Roberson Museum & Science Center in Binghamton, NY (30 Front Street).

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East Gallery: Winkler installation

East Gallery: Winkler installation

The Earlville Galleries are now accepting proposals for solo artist exhibitions for the 2016 season. The Earlville Galleries annually present 14 solo exhibitions of regional and national contemporary visual artists in all media. High quality work by professional and emerging artists who live part-time or full-time in the Central New York region is given priority, but artists from other areas of New York and other states are also considered. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 1, 2015.

Digital submissions are preferred, but slides are also accepted. All media and styles are considered, as are installations and proposals by curators. Email submissions are not accepted. Detailed submission guidelines and instructions can be found under the Artists & Musicians tab on the EOH website at earlvilleoperahouse.com. (Linkhttp://bit.ly/1MkDk4P)

A professional panel juries all submissions, and for each exhibit the Earlville Galleries provide publicity, invitations to the show and reception, a printed list of the work on exhibit, an artist’s statement or resume, and insurance of the artwork while on exhibit. Artwork can be for sale or not, and EOH collects commission and sales tax on all sales.

The Earlville Galleries are an integral part of the multi-arts programming at the Earlville Opera House and are funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tues-Fri and 12-3 on Saturdays. The Galleries are also open during all performances in the historic theater. Gallery diagrams are available upon request. For more information, call 315-691-3550.

Arts Cafe Gallery

Arts Cafe Gallery: Alexander exhibit

West Gallery: Irbouh exhibit

West Gallery: Irbouh exhibit

15TeensARTcelebration postcard rgb webThe Earlville Galleries will celebrate the amazing artwork of young artists in the Central New York community with its 11th Annual TeensART Exhibit, generously sponsored this year by Tom Morris DMD and Steve Trojan DDS of Family Dentistry in Norwich.
The exhibit showcases the artwork of students in grades 6 – 12 from eleven participating schools this year: Norwich, Sherburne-Earlville, Hamilton, New Hartford, Madison, Oneida, Unadilla Valley, Cazenovia, Stockbridge Valley, Waterville and New Life Christian.

A reception for the artists, their teachers, friends and families will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 12-3 pm. The reception is open to the public and will feature local musicians Taiward Wider and Bruce Ward.

Two other exhibits will also be on display at the Earlville Galleries: Tony Thompson’s “Cloud Physics” in the Arts Café, and “Changing Landscapes” in the East Gallery, featuring the artwork of seven women artists from Upstate New York, in collaboration with Morrisville State’s “Climates of Change” festival. All three exhibits will run through May 9.

The Earlville Galleries are part of the Earlville Opera House, located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tues-Fri and 12-3 on Saturdays. The Earlville Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift, and admission is free.

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

climate for change logoOur climate is changing. How and why and what we can do about it are concerns of farmers and politicians, CEO’s and first graders, artists and scientists. Our landscape is our vision of the future. Changing Landscapes is part of a conversation about our future. We invite you to come share your ideas and your vision of our changing landscape. Reaching out to wider audiences through out Central New York, the Earlville Galleries is collaborating with Morrisville State College to present “Changing Landscapes,” an exhibit that is part of the first-ever two-week Climates of Change Festival. The exhibit opens on March 21 with a reception for the artists from 12-3 pm, and will run through May 9.On March 21, in collaboration with Morrisville State College’s Climates of Change: A CNY Art, Poetry, and Theater Festival, the Earlville Galleries will present “Changing Landscapes,” a multi-artist installation featuring the work of seven women artists from Upstate New York: Lynette Stephenson, Leigh Yardley, Jenna North, Marion Wilson, Amy McKinnon, Aida Khalil, and Lisa Iannello. The exhibit is curated by Timothy W. Gerken, PhD, Associate Professor of Humanities at Morrisville State, who writes: “The landscape is a crucial influence on our private understanding of the environment. While art does not provide solutions, it can facilitate a discussion of what a community wants to do about climate change.”

Lynette Stephenson's Red Cross series of paintings was born after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family home

Lynette Stephenson’s Red Cross series of paintings was born after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family home

Lynette Stephenson’s “The Red Cross” series of paintings was born after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family home. Leigh Yardleys installations provide an opportunity to examine our cultural detachment from the environment. Jenna North’s artwork explores the destructive impact of human demands on nature. Marion Wilsons work demonstrates how a socially engaged artist can be an instigator in community revitalization. Lisa Iannello merges a sensory awareness from a medically induced coma at age 14 with plein air landscapes painted during the last ten years. With a background in Landscape Architecture, Aida Khalil bridges the gap between object making and space making, using a wide variety of materials in mixed media sculpture, assemblage, and collage. Amy McKinnon’s paintings document the ever-changing environment of CNY, frequently using her farm’s produce and animals as subject matter. A reception for the “Changing Landscapes” artists will be held at the Earlville Opera House (18 East Main Street, Earlville) on March 21 from 12-3pm. The exhibit will run through May 9 in conjunction with the popular TeensART 2015 and “Cloud Physics” by Tony Thompson. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the EOH is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members. The Climates of Change Festival (http://climatesofchange.morrisville.edu/) showcases performance art, visual art, and poetry that engage themes of climate change and local community. The festival will be held from April 13-29 at venues across CNY.

3-13 BL-SugarShack-Fly webThe Earlville Opera House welcomes The Boxcar Lilies on Friday, March 13th at 8 pm to the EOH Arts Cafe. The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting.

“When we think of great harmonies in the contemporary roots music world, we think of bands like The Wailin’ Jennys or Red Molly. We can now add The Boxcar Lilies to that list.” –Sheryl Hunter, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, bass, and washboard, The Boxcar Lilies have conveyed their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard, including The Birchmere Music Hall, Club Passim, and Philadelphia’s Tin Angel. In 2013, they released their second studio album Sugar Shack, which debuted on the North American Folk DJ Charts at #2 and was highlighted by both CMJ.com and eMusic.com in their roundup of exciting new releases.

[The Boxcar Lilies] bring energy, improvisation and a charming presence to the stage each night. Anyone with an ear for folk or luscious harmonies will enjoy these women.”
–Zak Jason, Cape Cod Times

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Join us for an evening of luscious harmonies and Americana folk with the Boxcar Lilies on Friday, March 13th! 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. 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.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

More about the Boxcar Lilies (website)

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.

One of the submissions in 2014 by Laura Konieczko, grade 12 from Morrisville Eaton School - Art Teacher Karen Howlett

One of the submissions in 2014 by Laura Konieczko, grade 12 from Morrisville Eaton School – Art Teacher Karen Howlett

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. This year, Earlville Opera House will be organizing the Artistic Discovery Contest on behalf of Madison County, NY.

Teachers in Madison County schools are invited to submit their student’s work to the Opera House March 10-14. The competition is open to high school students only. Exceptions may be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus.

Artwork must be two-dimensional. EOH will recruit judges to select the work from Madison County that will then go to the Representative Richard Hanna’s office. Each participating county will send six winners to the next level of competition.

The next round of judging will be at the District-wide art show on Saturday, April 18th at the Roberson Museum & Science Center in Binghamton (30 Front Street). Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

For more information about the arts in our region, please call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550 or see http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  See the sidebar for complete guidelines for submissions.

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