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holiday-sale-2016For 19 years, the Earlville Opera House has been gathering the best talent in the region in an amazing display of artistic talent and creativity known as the Annual Holiday Artists Sale. Beginning the week before Thanksgiving, visitors are invited inside our West Gallery space to peruse the works of over 60 regional artists to kick off their holiday shopping with local flair.

The first floor of the historic 19th century building is transformed from workshop space and gallery space into a wonderland of intermingled treasures that entice and astound. Displayed on tables draped with fabric, hung on the walls, and sparkling from special displays, the combination of artistry, creativity, imagination, and beauty is truly awe-inspiring.

No matter who you buy for, there is something for everyone at this fantastic sale. Handmade wooden toys, traditional games, mittens and hats and socks welcome winter fun with children and grandchildren. A variety of potters offer practical and beautiful additions to the kitchens of your favorite cooks; jewelry abounds, for all ages and all styles. Handmade sweaters, gloves, scarves, shawls, and hats in so many varieties, many created with locally harvested fibers from sheep, goats, alpaca, and llamas. Beautiful paintings and photographs both as framed art and as matted prints and note cards. Handmade soaps and lotions, dried flower arrangements, practical and beautiful baskets of all sizes and shapes – there just isn’t enough room to describe all the beautiful work that goes into creating this amazing show.

This year marks the debut participation of several new artists with exciting new wares. If you think you’ve seen it all on the first weekend, think again: new artists and new artwork will arrive throughout the sale. There’s always something more to see, so plan to come more than once.

The sale runs for 5 consecutive weekends, beginning November 18. Sale dates are Fri. – Sun. Nov. 18, 19, and 20; Nov. 25, 26, and 27; Dec. 2, 3, and 4; Dec. 9, 10, and 11; and Dec. 16, 17, and 18. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12-4 pm, with two additional sale days Tues. and Wed. Dec. 20 and 21 from 10 am – 4 pm.

Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Mettler shows off the artwork for her album Patchwork. Photo credit: Keith Jones.

The Earlville Opera House is thrilled to host an album-release party for singer-songwriter Lauren Mettler Saturday November 12 at 7 PM, free and open to the public. The double-release of Mettler’s first two albums, A Handful of Soil and Patchwork, marks the culmination of over 3 years of work for this Sherburne native, and the celebration of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign leading up to their October 15 release. Both albums boast a different style and unique sound, reflecting Mettler’s creativity and breadth as an artist.

With a practice of delving into many different genres and cultures for insight and nuance, Mettler’s original subject matter and styles range, but are intrinsically tied together by common themes of compassion, reaching the essential depth of people and issues. Her writing is evocative, empathetic, and gently explorative, inviting her audience to face their own vulnerabilities and others’ as well.

Citing inspiration in the works of a diverse array of musicians, from Etta James and Joni Mitchell to Sarah Jarosz and Ray LaMontagne, her songwriting proves to be more than the sum of its parts. A recent interview with Anti-Heroin Chic highlights this dynamic talent: “When listening to Lauren Mettler’s album ‘A Handful of Soil’ you can almost imagine that it was a record made 50 years ago. …Lauren’s voice is reminiscent of the sounds you might hear pouring out of a 1960’s village Cafe, a rich mix of folk and blues that is lyrically strong to its core.”

Albums, t-shirts, artwork, and Kickstarter rewards will be on display, and available for contributors to take home after the show. Additionally, Mettler has generously promised to donate a portion of merchandise proceeds from the evening to the Earlville Opera House, supporting other local artists and music programming.

The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Earlville Opera House is thrilled to exhibit the work of two talented artists, Jim Loveless and Mike Townsend, from November 5 – December 21, and will be hosting an opening reception on November 5 from 12-3 PM.

In the East Gallery we will be featuring the work of artists and educator James K. Loveless. Loveless returns to the Earlville Galleries with a stunning retrospective of his work. Art and Art History Professor Emeritus at Colgate University, his artwork is represented in the collections of over 200 private collectors across the US, UK, and Canada and in over 40 private collections in and around the Hamilton area. Says Loveless of his work, “The only figure I care about is the single viewer looking at my painting.… Everything else is ideology.”

Mike Townsend will be featured in the Arts Café. As a graduate of Mansfield University’s fine art program and Golden Artist Colors, Inc.’s Materials Specialist, one could easily say that artist Mike Townsend is well-acquainted with his medium. “My decades of creating and working with art materials has given me a keen sense of process,” says Townsend. His dynamic and vibrant works feature what the artist himself refers to as “controlled chaos,” and are sure to invite the viewer in for a more in-depth look.

The Earlville Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 12-3. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Earlville Opera House is thrilled to reprise a beloved tradition, and will be transforming our historic 1892 theater into the Haunted Opera House. Come if you dare on the eve of Saturday, October 29th from 7-9pm, but beware, a frightening time awaits you!

Generously sponsored by Black Cat Antiques in Earlville, the Haunted Opera House is entirely free and open to the public, though donations are welcomed. Parents with young children, please use your own judgement, we don’t want to frighten any little ones. Also, please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times please!

The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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