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The first Twin Tiers International Film Festival will be held at the Chenango Arts Council’s Martin W. Kappel Theater (27 West Main St. in Norwich) from Friday through Sunday.
Fifty-two films will be screened at the festival, which also will host to cinematography and screenwriter workshops.
“We had 203 film submissions in our first year, which is tremendous,” stated festival director Christopher Pike. “The hardest part of the whole process is not being able to screen them all.”
Two films made by local area filmmakers will be screened. “Smacked! Addiction and Recovery in Rural America” is a feature-length documentary written and directed by Jessica Vecchione of Hamden.
“Smacked!” documents the drug addiction problem that has plagued our area and sheds light into the recovery process. It is nominated for both best documentary and best local film, and it will be screened at 12 p.m. Friday. Ithaca College will host a screenwriter workshop at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th.
The second regional film, “House Shark,” is written and directed by Syracuse native Ron Bonk and stars Trey Harrison. It is a comedy-horror feature about an unknown breed of shark that has mysteriously begun terrorizing homeowner Frank. “House Shark” is also nominated for best local film and will screen at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Professor Alex Mendez Giner of Syracuse University will host a cinematography workshop at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Professor Jack Bryant of
On Sunday, Hollywood actor and Binghamton native Jon Donahue will present the festival's awards. A former WBNG-TV news reporter, he has since played roles in films such as “Inferno,”“Bridge of Spies” and “The Post.”
Professor Alex Mendez Giner of Syracuse University will host a cinematography workshop at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Professor Jack Bryant of Ithaca College will host a screenwriter workshop at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th.
Tickets for the festival are $45 for the weekend, $20 per day or $10 to see either a block of short films or 2 feature films. To purchase tickets and see a full film schedule, go online to

NORWICH—The Chenango Arts Council announces a unique experience for art aficionados interested in visiting one of the most highly-regarded collections of fine works in the U.S.
Reservations are now being accepted for a CAC-hosted bus trip to New York City's very own Metropolitan Museum of Art, and you're invited. The Arts Council has done all the legwork, and all arrangements have been made.
Those interested can join the CAC staff on March 31 for a tour of The Met for just $115 per person, which includes travel both ways along with admission to the The Met.
Whither it be exploring the ancient textiles of the Milton Sonday Archive, basking in the Quicksilver Brilliance of Adolf de Meyer's photographs, or simply celebrating with the Year of the Dog Exhibition—The Met Fifth Ave has dozens of inspiring installations sure to pique the interest of all who visit.
While at The Met, you'll be free to roam the facility—there's a number of eateries and even a bar on site, so you don't have to worry about packing a lunch or venturing off; unless you'd like to.
As a fund raising initiative of the local arts nonprofit, this event holds a twofold benefit by incorporating convenient access cultural opportunities to Chenango County and generating funds for future community arts programming.
Travel arrangements have been made through Oneonta Bus Lines, and those taking the trip will depart from and return to the Arts Council parking lot. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. And will return back home in Norwich at approximately 10 p.m. Reservations with full payment are required my Friday, March 16, 2018.
For more information, contact the Chenango Arts Council office at 607.336.ARTS or visit to reserve your seat today!

NORWICH-The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce the return of its annual Chenango Area Student Art exhibition on Friday, March 2.
Slated for 7 p.m. at the Arts Council's Mariea Brown and Raymond Galleries, the exhibition recognizes talent from across Chenango county's seven school districts.
With a focus on conventional mediums most often associated with high school art curriculum--mixed media, paint, photography, drawing and 3-D art—submissions are judged by a panel of local art educators from across the county.
In addition to place awards for this years' submissions during an opening reception, two deserving high school seniors will be named as recipients of the 2018 Lucy Funke Scholarships.
The Scholarship, named in honor of Mrs. Lucy Funke, longtime executive director responsible for the success and stature of the Chenango Arts Council as it's known in the community today, awards two-$1,000 scholarships to seniors in Chenango county based on merit and pursuit of the arts as a career through higher education.
“Generating interest in the lifelong pursuit of the arts from early adulthood onward is one of the cornerstones of the CAC's mission,” said Arts Council executive director Alecia Oneill. “Whether we're hosting a reception for one of our artists-members, local students or an artists from out-of-town; public participation and community appreciation at gallery receptions are significant in galvanizing the culture of creativity that Chenango County has become known for. It's through exposure and resources of art education through our schools that students discover their talent; CASA is simply the stage for them to frame their passion.”
Oneill also noted that the annual scholarships program through the CAC is intended to assist high school seniors enrolling in a program of study within the arts and who have long-term goals of joining the arts workforce.
“The Lucy Funke Scholarships are meant to reinforce the notion that students can obtain gainful employment within the arts field after high school,” said Oneill. “A board discipline in design and commercial art processes is essential in many industries, and it comes as no surprise that Bob Tenney of Mid York Press realizes the importance of formal art education. It is with his support that the CAC is able to award these scholarships annually.”
Students who wish to apply still have time to get their applications in by the February 28 deadline. Those interest should contact their guidance office, art instructors or the Chenango Arts Council at 607.336.ARTS directly for more information.
The opening reception for the CASA exhibition will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. In the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft galleries within the Chenango Arts Council at 27 West Main Street, Norwich.

NORWICH-The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce a number of new and exciting workshops for Fall and Winter aimed at bringing creative opportunities to community members of all ages.
A four-week watercolor workshop with local artist Carl Houghton will begin on Sunday, October 29, 2017. This workshop is appropriate for all a skill levers from novice to intermediate and includes all needed supplies. Price is $60, seating limited.
On Sunday, November 19, the Arts Council will host a special Christmas edition of its kid's acrylic paint workshop from noon to 2:30 p.m. Led by Matthew Wilson, current Norwich middle school art teacher and former adjunct professor of ceramics at SUNY Oswego (and owner of Wilson Ceramics), the class will include all necessary materials and instruction. Price is just $35 per student.
Also on November 19, The Chenango Arts Council and Jane Hough of Mill Artisans in Sherburne are pleased to once again offer a silk scarf dyeing workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. The fee is $30 for CAC members and $32 for non-members, and silk/wool scarves are purchased separately at $15 each. Class space is limited to 12, and registration is required by November 15.
A unique Stained Glass workshop will be held on Sunday, December 3 at the Chenango Arts Council from noon to 5 p.m. This workshop is an adult beginner-to-intermediate course designed to teach students to go from glass to creating a full stained glass piece. The workshop is step by step and leveled for every skill set. The $100 per person fee includes all equipment, materials, and instruction by Matt Wilson.
Back by popular demand, the Chenango Arts Council's Christmas China Painting class will be offered on Sunday, December 10 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Come celebrate the season in an artistic way with our Holiday themed DIY dish painting. Participants will be instructed from start to finish creating their own set of chinaware. Pieces are already created, and you can choose from a large assortment of sets including cookie trays, platters, plates, bowls, cups, and more. The price of entry-just $35 for Arts Council members and $40 for nonmembers-and includes everything but your creative imagination.
Classes are held at the Chenango Arts Council classroom 107, and space is limited. To register for any of these creative opportunities, contact the Chenango Arts Council by calling 607-226-2787 or by visiting or email

Chenango County Health Department to sponsor “Bat Appreciation!” during Pumpkin Fest

Join the Chenango Arts Council (CAC) and Friends of Rogers (FOR) for “Bat Appreciation!” during the 19th annual Pumpkin Fest. Beginning at 6 pm on October 27, this interactive presentation will take place in the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, where a unique bat exhibit will be on display through November 3.
New York State is home to at least nine species of bats, an unusual order of winged mammals, often nocturnal and generally insectivores. Contrary to popular belief, they are not blind. Bats have eyes and can see, just not very well. Flying insects are more abundant at night, when light is scarce, so bats use echolocation - the ability to create high-pitched sounds, which bounce off objects and return to the mammal’s highly sensitive ears. Bats play an important role in the control of insects, especially mosquitos. A single bat can devour as many as a thousand insects in one night, and a family of bats can help control insect populations for a whole neighborhood.
In an effort to offer an immersive visual learning experience, the CAC has sourced a collection of taxidermied bats. The bats on display at the event were collected over 50 years ago by Professor Emeritus Robert Goodwin of Colgate University’s Biology Department, and are now on loan to the CAC with the assistance of Timothy McCay, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Colgate University.

“The bats chosen for this exhibit are of the insect-eating variety indigenous to the northeastern and mid-western U.S.,” said CAC marketing director, Matthew White. “A sizeable collection of other bat species, as well as birds and other mammals, are available for viewing by special arrangements with Prof. McCay,” added White.

“We are grateful for the Chenango County Health Department’s sponsorship of this unique program,” said FOR executive director Simon Solomon. “Working with the Chenango Arts Council to advance bat appreciation, admiration, and conservation is both an exciting community collaboration and a dynamic way of fulfilling our mission.”
While this interactive presentation is offered free of charge, donations are welcome to support future programs.

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for all ages. Seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (607) 674-4733 or visit

Chenango Arts Council announces fall bus trip

NORWICH- Fall has officially caught this year off its guard here in the northeast, and next month the Chenango Arts Council will host a bus trip from Norwich to beautiful Cooperstown on Saturday, October 7, 2017. You’re invited to join the Arts Council staff as they set off to explore the rustic Cooperstown Farmers' Museum and nearby Fenimore Art Museum at the peak of Autumn.
What better way to take in the natural beauty of central New York’s Fall foliage than letting someone else drive? Bring your camera and come enjoy one of mother nature’s most anticipated works of art along the way.
For $50 participants receive tickets to both museums, round trip transportation and a lunch that includes a wrap of your choice, chips, fruit, salad, dessert and a beverage.
In addition, tickets also grant you access to the Farmers' Museum annual Tractor Day, occurring that Saturday, and Docent Tours at the Fenimore.
Departure for the day's trip will be promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the Chenango Arts Council parking lot, and the return time is slated for 6 p.m.
For more information, or to reserve your seat, call the 607-336-ARTS or email by September 29, 2017.

At its regular meeting on June 22, the Chenango Arts Council (CAC) Board of Directors appointed Alecia ONeill the Council’s new executive director. The appointment followed the strong recommendation of the search committee, which worked diligently to evaluate candidates and find the best fit. ONeill scored the highest on the search evaluation rubric and was also praised for her commitment to the organization during the transition process, serving as the organization's interim executive director since January when the previous director resigned.
ONeill received her BFA in theater design and stage lighting, with a double minor in linguistics and cinema studies/filmmaking from SUNY Binghamton, and earned a Master of Arts in theater production and management, also from SUNY Binghamton. She was an adjunct instructor in theater appreciation and history at Broome Community College and served for six years as marketing coordinator for the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. Her tenure as marketing and public relations coordinator at Wealth by Design Financial gave her an in-depth exposure to financial planning and budgeting. In June 2015, Ms. ONeill joined CAC as Marketing and Public Relations Director.
“I am so grateful for the Board’s confidence in me,” said ONeill, “and I am truly excited about the many new programming and educational initiatives we are planning. We have a great team in place to make wonderful things happen for our community through the arts.” After a six-month search, “the Board is extremely confident that Alecia will bring strong leadership and effective community relationships to CAC’s mission,” said board president Joseph Skundrich.
CAC offers live theater and music performances in the historic Martin Kappel Theater as well as gallery exhibits by local and regional artists. Workshops in painting, ceramics, fabric, and other crafts are offered throughout the year, and a variety of services are available to artists. CAC also administers the NYS Decentralization Grants Program for Chenango, Broome, and Otsego counties, funded by the NYS Council on the Arts, as well as its own corporate-funded Grants for Teachers Program for Chenango County K-12 teachers.
For more information about CAC’s programming, workshops, services, memberships, and grants, visit or call 607-336-2787.

On Tuesday, May 9 the Chenango Arts Council was invited to attend the Oxford Academy Primary School's first-ever LEGO Club Art Show where parents and community members discovered more than one hundred works of art from the hands of nearly 80 OXAC students.
The newly formed LEGO Club, directed by educator Jon Carey, exemplifies one of the core directives of the CAC by fostering children's creativity through hands-on activities; which is one of the reasons why the program received funding through our Grants For Teachers Program.
In an era driven by data and technology, a strong emphasis on supporting free creativity and imagination is crucial in the development of our future workforce. Through the use of the LEGOs, students are able to use their imagination to design, build, experiment and present their creations while interacting with peers in a relaxed and open environment.
While at the Art Show, Interim Executive Director Alecia Oneill was able to spend some one-on-one time with students who demonstrated the basic fundamentals of binary coding and computer programming gleaned though LEGO building.
The integration of Art in the ever popular STEM curriculum, or “STEM to STEAM,” are a perfect use of LEGO blocks.
“The results of the Oxford Elementary LEGO program far exceeded our expectations,” said Oneill. “Having the opportunity to witness first-hand the high level of creativity and ingenuity from the minds and through the hands of these students validates the CAC's goal of continued development of future STEAM initiatives. The Chenango Arts Council applauds the efforts of the Oxford Academy educators who had the foresight to bring this program to fruition.”
Each year, the Chenango Arts Council offers the Grants for Teachers programs with the primary purpose of providing funding directly to classroom teachers responsible for achieving New York State Education Department Learning Standards for the Arts or English Language Arts.
For more information, visit or call the Chenango Arts Council directly at 607.336.ARTS

With the warmth of spring bringing the palette of mother nature back to life, the Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce that they are accepting registrations for the 16th annual Allegro Run for the Arts 5K fundraiser. The race begins at the Council of the Arts, 27 West Main St., Norwich beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6.
Race day registrations will be accepted from 8 until 8:45 a.m. Entry fees for each race are $15 up until race day and $20 the day of the race. Students will pay $10 both pre registration and day of the race. Family groups are encouraged to run as a team, and will also be allowed to walk together if they so choose. Corporate teams are encouraged. A link to discounted online pre registration is available at
The Allegro Run for the Arts’ major sponsor is NBT Bank. Additional support has been provided by Power Bar, Runners World, Vitamin Water and Sidney Federal Credit Union. Media sponsors for the event are The Evening Sun and the Norwich/Sidney Pennysaver.
Participation in the Allegro helps to support the Chenango County Council of the Arts which has been a vital part of the county since 1975. From performances to workshops, gallery openings to grant making, the Arts Council provides services and activities for Chenango County’s artists, organizations, and citizens of all ages.
In addition to the Allegro Run, The CAC is also hosting it's annual spring craft fair to following race in Guernsey Memorial Park. Crafters and artists from all around the county will set up in the park behind the Guernsey Memorial Library from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. And as if that were not enough, the first-ever CATS (Chenango Arts Talent Showcase) will take the Martin Kappel Theater stage following the day's activities with musical guests Jes Sheldon, Woodshed Prophets and Castle Creek.
Tickets for the show-also available at just $24-$29 and are selling fast.
Come enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment with three of CNY's most sought after groups all on one stage for one night only.
For Allegro Run for the Arts registration information, sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer to help the day of the race, contact the Chenango County Council of the Arts, 27 West Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815; 336-ARTS or by email at
The Chenango Arts Council, now in in it's 41st season, would like to thank major corporate sponsors NBT Bank, Preferred Mutual Insurance, Wells Fargo Advisors along with The Evening Sun and Pennysaver print media sponsors for their years of continued generous support.

Chenango Arts Council Awards annual Scholarships, unveils CASA exhibit

NORWICH - March 23, 2017—Currently on display in the Chenango Arts Council's very own Mariea Brown & Raymond Loft Galleries, 2017's CASA Chenango Area Student Art Exhibit. Not only is CASA a clever acronym, it also places an emphasis on the spirit of localized student creativity, talent and expression - all sourced from school districts right here at home - within greater Chenango county.
Feel free to stop into the gallery to located on the first level of the Arts Council—just behind the Martin Kappel Theater—to catch a glimpse of what nearly 100 of our area's up and coming artists' have poured their hearts and minds into.
The Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries are open weekdays from 10 a.m.— 4 p.m., and also by appointment on weekends, providing accessibility to the arts in our community.
In addition to CASA '17, recipients of the 2017 Lucy Funke Scholarship Awards were announced at the CASA gallery opening on March 17. High school seniors Shannon Laundry of Norwich and Colleen Eggers from Sherburne-Earlville were each awarded $1000 awards to assist in their higher education expenses in the arts.

About the 2017 Lucy Funke Scholarship Award winners:
Shannon Laundry was selected to receive this scholarship award in recognition of her dedication to art since her teachers, family and friends continued to inspire her at a very early age,” said Funke, “When one of her pieces was selected for the NYS school board association in the 5th grade, She went to the conference with her mom and was profoundly inspired when she saw all the amazing art on the wall. That also happened to discover the profession of art conservation, and that is still her plan.
Laundry has continued to create and share her work at the district art show, Earlville Opera House Teen Art Exhibit and past Artistic Discovery exhibits here at the Chenango Arts Council—winning best in show.
Laundry feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the school of art institute of Chicago where she studied a rigorous course in advanced digital photography. Her years at S-E have provided a creative output and also fulfilled her life with the most enjoyable moments. Shannon plans include attending Boston University with a long term goal of receiving a Master’s degree in art history.
Colleen Eggers of the Sherburne–Earlville school district believes the many opportunities provided at S-E helped her grow as an artist. She admits signing up for every art class imaginable. She Enrolled in film photography in her sophomore year and missed some of the work in the darkroom. Within weeks she caught up with her class.
The next year she chose an independent study in film Photography, because she loved this medium so much. This year, she chose an independent study in digital photography and began using her new camera along with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create stunning images. Eggers prides herself on being judged in the national Vans Custom Culture contest, and while she did not win, she did glean a sense of accomplishment and was proud to have entered.
When Eggers is not creating art, can be found cleaning the art room. Recently, she has likewise kept busy by collaborating with the Sherburne art enrichment group tasked with developing a mural of Sherburne's Rexford Falls for the iconic Sherburne Inn to be unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the Inn’s opening.
“I want to thank the parents for encouraging and supporting both Colleen and Shannon, and I want to especially thank their art teachers—Kayleigh Olive from Sherburne - Earlville and Wane Franklin of the Norwich high school,” said Funke. “I want to thank them for sharing their artistic talent and knowledge to help Colleen and Shannon mature and grow under their leadership and thoughtful advice and their dedication to help all our young artists flourish.”
In addition, I would especially like to thank Bob Tenney and the Mid-York Press of Sherburne, who have generously helped to increase the amount of this year's scholarship award; along with the Chenango Arts Council Board of Directors, and our friends and members for making these awards possible for nearly 20 years,” said Funke.

The Chenango Arts Council is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit that supports life-enriching arts throughout the greater Chenango region by facilitating the discovery of art in everyday life. In addition, the Arts Council serves as a three county hub for the management and disbursement of decentralized grant funding to artists and art educators from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The CAC also operates the 514-seat Martin Kappel Theater, the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, the William J. Hall Conference Room, and creative spaces for artists, crafters, and arts educators at 27 West Main Street, Norwich, New York.

The Chenango Arts Council's performance programming and outreach initiatives are designed with an emphasis on enhancement of cultural diversity for all in rural Chenango County and beyond.

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