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This fall, three artists will fill the Earlville Galleries with bold, colorful pieces full of movement. Andrea Deschambeault-Porter merges elements of Cubism with themes of ancestry, inheritance, and political strife in her works, while ceramic artist Vartan Poghosian creates fanciful clay vessels, some of them adorned with mottled, many-layered glazes. And bridging the divide between sculpture and pottery, Rebecca Murtaugh creates richly textured geometric forms painted with reclaimed house paint. The exhibits run September 5 through October 31.

Left to right: works by Rebecca Murtaugh, Vartan Poghosian and Andrea Deschembault-Porter

Left to right: “Aperture” by Rebecca Murtaugh, “Toxic Blue” by Vartan Poghosian and “Studio” by Andrea Deschambeault-Porter

Deschambeault-Porter, who hails from the Catskills region, studied at SUNY Purchase and Syracuse University, with a year abroad in Venice Italy. Her works combine representational aspects with an overall abstract design, incorporating such tropes as antique picture frames, human silhouettes, and natural imagery. She expertly uses strong black forms, including silhouettes, to create interesting negative space on the canvas, filling the expanse with bright swatches of color, snippets of pattern, or iconic forms. “If I am lucky, I find myself somewhere unexpected, losing myself along the way,” writes Deschambeault-Porter. “Painting cultivates this experience—a kind of attentiveness, which has its own kind of knowledge, whereby forgetting and finding make way for creating and discovering.”

Born in Armenia, Poghosian fell in love with crystalline glazes—those glazes that form glassy, translucent crystals on the surface of fired clay—and has been experimenting ever since. “The creation all started when I came across a picture of a vase fired with crystalline glaze,” says Poghosian. “I thought whatever I was looking at was well worth researching. Since then, I have been developing these glazes with several, very beautiful results.” Poghosian owns and operates 4 Elements Studio in Utica, and teaches glazing workshops there.

Murtaugh, who grew up in Philadelphia and now teaches at Hamilton College, re-appropriates the names of the cast-off paint colors she chooses as titles for her works, such as “Fusion and Radish,” a vivid chartreuse and red number, or “Shrimp and Grandview,” featuring shades of pinky-beige and blue. She mixes the paint with a solidifier to create texture before applying it to the forms she builds, which range from tabletop to floor-sized. “I want the viewer to be inquisitive and to have a sense of wonder,” she says. “If something is interesting I’ll pursue it.”

A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 6-7:30 pm. The exhibits will run through October 31st. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Earlville Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Exhibits 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.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet performs at Festival Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, La. at Festival Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, La.

Just one reason that Beausoleil is so much fun is that Micheal Doucet is one of the best fiddlers on the planet!

The legendary band BeauSoleil continuously cranks out fun, can’t-stay-in-your-seat music that sounds like it’s literally made by the light of the “beautiful sun,” to translate from the French. Join this exhilarating band as they celebrate forty years of making joyous music together in the amazing acoustics of the historic Earlville Opera House on Saturday, August 22nd at 8pm.

There’s no doubt BeauSoleil has brought Cajun music to new heights and helped it become popular across the country. They were the very first Cajun group to ever win a GRAMMY, for L’amour Ou La Folie in 1998, and they went on to win another GRAMMY in 2010. They performed at the Super Bowl in 1997. They’ve become mainstays on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.

The band has released 25 albums, the most recent of which was 2013’s From Bamako to Carencro, a culture-crossing release designed to highlight the connections between West Africa, and the kind of music made in Lafayette, LA. There’s a “sonic bloodline” there, one running straight back into the band’s Louisiana roots, but that doesn’t stop them from exploring swing, blues, jazz, R&B, and even bluegrass on the album, where guitarist David Doucet, “even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos.”

“The best Cajun band in the world.” -- Garrison Keillor, host of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion."

“The best Cajun band in the world.” — Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Bring your dancing shoes, and don’t miss this lively band on Saturday, August 22nd, at 8pm. Come an hour early for a dance workshop to learn the basics of Cajun Waltz and Two-Step, free with your ticket to the show! (please call to sign up) Admission is $45, $43 for members, and students are discounted to $40. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three quilt exhibits on display and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

You Tubes:
BeauSoleil- Dance Pavilion Richmond Folk Fest 2008

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet – Parlez-Nous a Boire (Cambridge 2013)

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

For more information, or to reserve your seats or sign up for the dance class, call 315-691-3550 or order tickets online at http://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.

*** please note date change from postcard. EOH Beausoleil concert is not 8/21…go to the Clayton Opera House if you need tickets for Friday night!

2015 Back row from left: Tommy Alesi (Drums), Billy Ware (Timbale, Congas, Triangle),Bill Bennett (Bass), Michael Doucet (Violin, Accordion, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar), David Doucet (Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals),  Front Row: Mitchell Reed (Bass, Fiddle)

2015 Back row from left: Tommy Alesi (Drums), Billy Ware (Timbale, Congas, Triangle),Bill Bennett (Bass), Michael Doucet (Violin, Accordion, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar), David Doucet (Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals),  Front Row: Mitchell Reed (Bass, Fiddle)

This singalong event will include lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing.  Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

This singalong event will include the lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing. Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

Get ready to enjoy a campfire-style hootenanny with your friends and family on Saturday, August 15th, at 7 pm. Join guitar wizard and Hamilton native Chris White for a sing-along for all ages, drawing on over 200 years of classic American songs, from Oh! Susanna to Think of All the Things You Can Do With a Chair! White will explain the stories behind the songs, and packets will be handed out with lyrics. This promises to be a night to remember, with as many sing-along moments as possible.

White is a regular performer at the Roots and Ruckus showcase at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn and has taught numerous children and adults to play the guitar and the ukulele. Although he has written hundreds of songs and plays in a large variety of different styles, he is most well known for his interpretations of jazz and pop standards and for his silly original songs. It is not uncommon for him to interpret a work in wild and wonderful voices. Chris notes, “Kids today don’t seem to be familiar with Stephen Foster, or other classic, old American songs.” He will mix some history and mythology in with the performance as well as a couple of his goofy originals.

Learn these songs:

Aloha ‘Oe
Blue Skies
Slue Suede Shoes
Yankee Doodle
Home on the range
Working on the Railroad
When you Wish Upon a Star
Wonderful World
Erie Canal
When the Saints Go marching In
Stand by Me
Think of all the things you can do with a chair
Keep on the Sunny Side
MTA
Oh! Susannah

This evening with Chris White will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits.
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.

Note: This performance is the first of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists. EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May. Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists. Please call EOH to find out more.

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

Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson are two quietly monumental figures of an era of American music

Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson are two quietly monumental figures of an era of American music

Flawless harmonies. Finely crafted, tasteful picking. Some of the most instantly recognizable folk-rock tunes ever written. Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen played alongside Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Neil Young, Al Perkins and so many more as young guns, and now, they’re bringing their signature mix of traditional gospel and bluegrass songs with old hits from the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Desert Rose Band to the Earlville Opera House Friday, August 14th, at 8pm.

Arguably the pioneer of the genre known as folk-rock, Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music. In 1965, he joined up with the Byrds, and later, with Gram Parsons, where he was instrumental in defining the sound of country-rock of that era. He played in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band as well.

Herb Pedersen began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60’s playing 5-string banjo and acoustic guitar with people like David Grisman and Jerry Garcia. His recording discography is like a who’s who of the singer/songwriter scene. In the 1980s, Pedersen joined with Hillman to form bluegrassy country-rock band Desert Rose; when that band broke up in 1994, Pedersen and Hillman began playing together as a duo.

Don’t miss an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Friday, August 14th, at 8pm. Admission is $26 for nonmembers, $23 for members, and students are discounted to $21. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three quilt exhibits and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

Before the show! Good Nature Brewing will be hosting a Listening Party at their brewery in Hamilton NY from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Listen to tunes by Hillman and Pedersen and enjoy draft specials for Hillman and Pedersen ticket holders and EOH members!

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.

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

Don't miss this virtuoso guitar duo in the exquisite acoustics of the Earlville Opera House!

Don’t miss this workshop with virtuoso guitar duo Loren and Mark at the Earlville Opera House!

Saturday, August 15th, 11 am-1 pm

Come learn the fundamentals of finger-style guitar picking at the Earlville Opera House! On Saturday, August 15th, from 11am-1pm, friendly and engaging Syracuse-based guitar duo Loren & Mark will inspire workshop participants with a demonstration of different guitar styles popularized by greats like Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Merle Travis, before leading a Q&A designed to help guitarists take their music to the next level.

The workshop provides an opportunity for people at different levels of experience to ask questions and get help with specific problems or aspects of their music that they are working on. Pick up some new licks, get answers to your questions, and above all, enjoy an entertaining and interactive experience at EOH. (Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced level of play)

“Fresh and Exciting… these guys ROCK!!”

Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitar virtuoso

In town for the Bouckville Antiques Fest or Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen show? Why not make a weekend of it and stay for Saturday’s guitar workshop? Hillman & Pedersen are sure to inspire some questions in the hearts of all aspiring guitar heroes in attendance– questions Loren & Mark will happily answer at the next day’s workshop. Find out more about these international performers – artist website http://www.lorenandmark.com/

We have scholarships for the workshop and it may be  free for teens and students under 21(please call if you have questions about the experience level for the class ..Intermediate to Advance levels). Adult admission is $50.

To sign up online click here: charge your $50 per class fee and write in the date of the class that you are signing up for in the message box. Thanks. Enter a donation amount of $50 and write “guitar masters class” in the comment section of the online form.

Participants in both this and the upcoming Loren & Mark songwriting workshop (November 4th) will receive a 25% off voucher good for Mark & Loren’s EOH performance, coming July, 2016.

Check out Loren & Mark’s guitar wizardry in this great video, recorded in Rochester!

This Project is funded in part with an award received from The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Shivering Timbers! In 2014 we've been voted Best Musician/Band in Akron Empire, and Second Best Local Band (second to The Black Keys) in Akron Life Magazine.

Shivering Timbers:  In 2014 they were voted Best Musician/Band in Akron Empire, and 2nd Best Local Band (second to The Black Keys) in Akron Life Magazine.

Join what the Nashville Scene compares to “P.J. Harvey fronting the Bad Seeds on a shadowy corner of Sesame Street…

Shivering Timbers, a fast-emerging indie trio boasting ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy rock sensibilities. They’ll be performing live on the Hamilton Village Green on Thursday, August 13th at 7pm.

The trio calls Akron, Ohio home, and both their performance style and the subject matter of their songs tips a hat to their Rust Belt home. Their songs are wistful, curious, sparse, and haunting like the profile of a steel mill long-shuttered. In 2010, the group released its first album, a collection of fractured fairy tales and dark folk songs called We All Started in the Same Place. Sing Sing followed in 2012, and in 2014, Shivering Timbers was voted second best local band in Akron Life Magazine (ok so the Black Keys were first…that’s some pretty stiff competition!).

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green.

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program. The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by CNY Arts in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. These funds are made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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Shivering Timbers is Sarah Benn, Jayson Benn, joined by Daniel Kshywonis, musicians who call Akron, Ohio home. Our story developed when we — Sarah and Jayson Benn — started singing and crafting songs for our then-infant daughter. As she grew the music began to take shape, and a band was born. Our music was discovered by our friend Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) when we were invited to perform at his birthday party. The first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach’s Akron studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales called “We All Started in the Same Place”.

The Monk Row Trio dive into the roots of Rock in this educational exploration of American music.

The Monk Row Trio dive into the roots of Rock in this educational exploration of American music.

From Chuck Berry to Carl Perkins, the Monk Rowe Trio‘s Roots of Rock ‘n Roll will explore the signature sounds of early rock on Thursday, August 6th at 7 pm. Spanning the era from World War II to the early sixties, the Hamilton Village Green will reverberate with the pre-rock sounds of swing, R&B, country, and gospel, and plenty of chart-toppers from the era as well.

Monk Rowe on saxophone and piano, John Hutson on guitar and vocals and Tom McGrath on drums comprise the group, sure to “Shake, Rattle & Roll.” Bandleader Monk Rowe has a deep knowledge of jazz, delta blues, swing, and rock & roll. He shares his intimate knowledge of the music world through his workshops, live performances and recordings. Monk is a member of Hamilton College’s adjunct faculty for saxophone instruction, and since 1995 he has been Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive.

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. This season’s offerings run the gamut from folk to rock, big band to bluegrass, and bluesy Americana to concert band music. Closing out the summer concert series next week, fast-emerging indie trio Shivering Timbers brings their ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy punk sensibilities to the green on Thursday, August 13th.

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green for all shows.

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program. The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by CNY Arts in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. These funds are made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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