Helen Demong of Saranac Lake is the recipient of the individual artists award for her proposal of “Voices of Timbuctoo: An Abolition Oratorio.”
PLATTSBURGH — Regional artists will be awarded grants at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts on March 8 for the first annual Tri-County Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony. The event will be held simultaneously with the closing ceremony for the senior art show.
“As people arrive they will be able to eat, drink, listen to music and see the exhibit before the award ceremony,” said Decentralization Grant Coordinator Kathy Recchia.
Artists from Clinton, Essex and Franklin county will be honored at the ceremony on March 8 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA), which is located at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. Almost 30 area art programs and individual artists were announced as decentralization grant recipients for the 2013 grant funding on Feb 1. Grants were given in the following categories: community arts, arts education, and for the first time an individual artist grant was awarded.
The decentralization is a regrant program intended to help promote the arts in outlying regions. It is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and administered locally by the NCCCA Arts Center in Clinton and northern Franklin counties.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, along with NCCCA board members, will present awards to the grant recipients.
The ceremony will include live music from cellist Muriel Kerr, a meet the artists reception, and will conclude with a closing reception of the senior art show titled “Encore.” The senior exhibition will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the same day in the main gallery of the arts center. The original opening reception was canceled due to a blizzard on Feb. 8.
The “Encore” exhibit features more than 100 works in a variety of mediums by 18 senior artists. There is also an accompanying display of original artwork by approximately 40 Girl Scouts focusing on the theme of “Important Women throughout History,” in celebration of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.
“Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with senior citizens who play a vital role in our community as individuals and talented artists, view artwork created by the Girl Scouts who worked with the senior artists, and meet other artists and organizations who are promoting the arts in our tri-county community,” Janine Scherline, executive director of the NCCCA, said in a press release.
“This closing reception is a chance for the community to come get one last look at the show and meet the artists in person,” Shawna Armstrong, NCCCA graphics and gallery coordinator said in a press release. “The artists range from beginners to life-long masters. There is a wealth of knowledge and creativity here that the community should experience.”
For a complete listing of exhibitions and events, and DEC funded projects, visit the NCCCA Arts Center’s website at www.plattsburgharts.org.
“I think it’s going to be nice to honor artists exhibiting in the community at the same time as the award ceremony,” Recchia said.
Since the NCCCA has recently become the artistic hub for the three counties, Recchia said it will be an opportunity to gain insight into what others are doing and find inspiration for their own communities.
“It’s a chance for folks from all over the North Country to see what is going on at the other end of the region, something they might not get to do from home,” Recchia said.