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United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is awarding grants to artistic projects of five Chautauqua County non-profit organizations and two local artists.

“It’s hard to imagine Chautauqua County without all of the wonderful cultural opportunities and talented artists that reside here,” UAA President Shane Hawkins said, in announcing the recipients of the 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. “The United Arts Appeal is happy to be able to support local artists and arts programming through our Projects Pool grants.”

Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Art and music will dazzle the senses at the 41st annual Roycroft Summer Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 and 25 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora.

The show will feature dozens of juried artisans, including three newly accepted Roycroft Artisans — Leslie Green Guilbault, ceramics; Patricia McDermott, beadwork; and Kathy Cairns-Hendershott, fiber arts. Providing musical entertainment will be Creek Bend on Saturday and the Old Hippies on Sunday.

Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will offer free demonstrations of their crafts on both Saturday and Sunday. The demonstration schedule includes the following: 

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Silk Scarf Workshop, you can learn an easy technique to create a beautiful nature-themed scarf.

On Friday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Elaine Caflisch and Mary Barker will co-teach this hands-on workshop and provide all the materials you need to make a wearable nature-themed art piece.

Not only will you go home with a silk scarf to wear or give as a gift, you will also know how to make your own creations. The technique will be demonstrated on silk scarves, but can be applied to other fabric items as well.

Elaine Caflisch has been painting for 45 years, mostly on porcelain, but also murals, furniture, and other items. Mary Barker is retired from a 33-year career in art and elementary education and most recently has been repurposing old china to make mosaics. Both these “friends in art” are officers in the Chautauqua County Society of Artists.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (May 10, 2017) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors! Ryan Hawkins (Steel Drum) and Kate Rinko (Infinite Exploration).

Ryan co-directs Infinity’s Steel Drum Ensemble and beginning Steel Drum classes. Kate is teaching Infinity’s newest private lesson experience,  “Infinite Exploration!”

Do you want to join Infinity, but you aren't sure where to start?

Sign up for "Infinite Exploration", and you will receive a 30 minute private lesson each week exploring a variety of different instruments and art forms!  Discover the right fit for you!

Infinite Exploration Lessons include experiences such as:

Piano, Ukulele, Dance, Film, Photography, Rhythm, Reading Music, Steel Drums, Hand Drums, Guitar, Art

Ryan Hawkins- Steel Drum Instructor

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Jamestown, NY – With spring come new growth to wildflowers, plants, and trees, new critters in ponds, fields, woods, and forest, and beautiful landscapes to charm the eye.

What better time to set your eye to your camera and enter Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images and compete for prizes.

Winners over the years have come from as far away as Beijing, China, and as near-by as just down the road from Audubon’s 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails, native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor enclosure. 

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, May 11

Audubon Nature Photography Club Meeting, Thursday, May 11

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to participate in the Audubon Nature Photography Club’s regular meeting on Thursday evening, May 11.

There will be two topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m.  “Low light photography” will be an opportunity to learn the impact of Chad Ecklof’s presentation at the April meeting. “Wildflowers in nature” will focus on showing the beauty around us.

There will be a show-and-tell time when members can share some of their best pictures.

A social time follows the program.

First-time visitors are welcome to participate free of charge. The annual membership is $30. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

Youth Orchestras Hear Rochester Philharmonic Prior to Their Own Concert Sunday

Youth Orchestras Hear Rochester Philharmonic Prior to Their Own Concert Sunday

Jamestown, NY – The young musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) had an inspiring outing last Saturday when they heard the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.”

As the concert promotion described, “From a galaxy far, far away to a boy’s first day at Hogwarts, [John Williams] is the master behind the sound of the greatest films of our time.” Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz directed music from Star Wars, ET, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and more.

Chafetz spends his summers at Chautauqua Institution, where he is the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s timpanist and conductor for the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts, and where the three CRYS orchestras will perform next Sunday.