Have you been art-full in September?

Did you attend a concert or performance? Did you stroll the route of the First Friday Art Walk? Did you “road trip” to Colorscape or another regional event? Please share how you have been art-full so far this month?

5 Responses to "Have you been art-full in September?"

  1. Sharon Ball

    Attended the Festival of Women Writers in tiny Hobart, NY this past Saturday. Beautiful day to travel I-88 to Oneonta, then curve through the Catskills on State Route 28 to 10 through Delhi to Hobart. Why all the detail? Because people confuse this lovely little Hobart (locals pronounce it “HOE-burt) with the better known Hobart College. But I digress. The Festival of Women Writers (It only cost $10 advance registration for all 3 days; $12 registration at the door!) featured well-known poets and writers from all over, many of whom drove over the mountain from NYC and New Jersey to conduct workshops, read from their works, and commune with other lovers of the written word. I could only visit on Saturday, so I skipped the workshops and just gorged on readings in the late morning, mid afternoon, late afternoon, and on into the night. Reading writers included Bertha Rogers, Cheryl Clark, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Evie Shockley, Alexis DeVeaux, Sofphronia Scott, Lynn Domina, Breena Clark, Mary Johnson, Marianela Medrano, Tayari Jones, oh my. Sponsored by Hobart’s FIVE independent book stores, (known collectively as the Hobart Book Village) the Festival is likely to be the first of many annual gatherings in this pretty, out of the way place. For a full list of the writers who participated, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage/festival-of-women-writers.html. It was a great day and only about 90 minutes from Binghamton. If the Festival happens next year, I plan to be there for the whole festival. In the meantime, I’m going back to Hobart again this Fall to spend the day strolling slowly through all those delicious book stores. And maybe this time, I’ll take some pictures!!!
    BTW: I wanted to mention the Literary Map of New York State that they were giving away at the registration desk. Among the Literary sites listed is “SUNY at Binghamton, Creative Writing Program.” Check out the map and its updates at http://www.nyslittree.org. There’s an free on-line calendar for posting literary events throughout the state. Let’s use it to put ALL of Binghamton’s literary life on the map.

  2. There is a point where superlatives become cliché (Extraordinary! Amazing!, etc.), and the reviewer falls into the trap of expounding on the many abilities the artist exhibits. Giving light to a solo piano performance is rather like trying to explain one’s first love affair. Certainly it is unique and often described as being replete with lightning and/or heavenly images, but, unless you were there, the essence of the happening goes lacking on paper.

    What is it that can be said of a piano performance, assuming the artist hasn’t completely fallen off his bench? (In which case mercy dictates a brief review expounding on the hoped-for observation “that he broke no bones when he hit the floor.”) Regarding Gleb Ivanov’s performance, the only thing that risked being reduced to splinters was the Steinway concert grand (so lovingly prepared by master tuner/technician Lance G. Hill) by, dare I say it?, Ivanov’s incredibly nuanced thunder and lightning.

    Ivanov, a student of the Russian school of music, exhibited his mastery of the piano in a program of Liszt (the only exception being a Schubert/Liszt rendition of Gretchen am Spinnrade (S.558/8). He brought the audience to its feet with his very first number, the Schubert/Liszt, and again, with his performance of the seldom performed Polonaise (S.223). That the polonaise is seldom performed is no mystery; few pianists can perform it, and fewer still with such excellence.

    Such is the case with the Binghamton debut recital given by Ivanov at the United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton (launching its first First Friday event) to an appreciative audience of more than 100 people. Our community is indeed very fortunate to have a pianist of such high caliber residing here.

    Al Williams
    Co-founder/Director
    Classical Pianists of the Future

  3. Scott Anderson

    Looking forward to Windsor’s Window On The Arts tomorrow (Sept. 14). I will be down on the green in Windsor with my wife selling my photography and my wife’s baked goods. Hope the weather will cooperate?!
    This Friday (Sept. 13) isn’t very good, weather-wise … just keeps raining and raining. There are quite a few other things and events going on this weekend; right now, with all this rain, it is a good evening to visit Roberson’s Regional Art Exhibition again.

    Scott M. Anderson (Windsor, NY, freelance photographer)

  4. Susan Rambo

    I’m sorry you missed the UCF-sponsored Window on the Arts festival, Scott.
    Were you and your wife able to get to Klumpp Park at all?

  5. Sue Rambo

    Despite the cool weather, the sixth annual Window on the Arts festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Windsor was spectacular!
    This was the festival’s second year in Klumpp Park and it’s the perfect location with safe, onsite parking; level, well-maintained grounds; shade trees; even playground equipment for children to enjoy.
    The juried fine arts show hosted dozens of artists ranging from painters, jewelers and potters to fabric artists, wood carvers and blacksmiths. Many artists demonstrated their art during the festival which attendees always enjoy.
    A wide variety of music is provided throughout the day due in part to a grant from the United Cultural Fund of Broome County Arts Council. The talents of Jamie Willard, Toybox Trophies, Melanie & the Boys, Barefoot Betty, Victor Lay/Brian Wahl/Slyfoot Johnny and a special appearance by Broome County Celtic Pipes & Drums kept our toes tapping all day.
    Window on the Arts presented a new feature this year entitled Young Emerging Artists. Two college students were chosen by the Window on the Arts board based on their goals of pursuing careers in the world of art:
    Rachel Perciphone Kilbury is a senior at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, majoring in illustration. She interned this summer with comic book publisher Dynamic Forces and has recently been hired to work there as a part-time graphic designer.
    Kateryna Santa Cruz Hess is a sophomore at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., majoring in art therapy, with a minor in painting. Although her final occupation is yet to be decided, Kateryna is already winning awards from many art shows and galleries.
    Window on the Arts was happy to provide a special installation with a canopy and display racks for the two young artists to highlight their artwork. They stayed for the day and met people, answered questions and hopefully encouraged others to see the world of art not just as a hobby but as a serious vocation.