Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. Helping plan MArts Madness are, front from left, Mariann Rapple, June Curtis, Chattie Van Wert; back, Vincent Smith, Jill Cunningham, Cathie Burdick, Deb Malaney, Steven Boyce and Jerry Cooper.
MArts Madness is coming to Ticonderoga.
Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. MArts Madness will be March 2-17.
“One of the activities of the initiative this winter has been to develop MArts Madness, a celebration of the cultural arts of the Ticonderoga area, and a take off on the basketball March Madness,” explained, Vincent Smith, the group’s chairman. “From March 2 to March 17 there will be a variety of cultural events. Keep your eyes open for the many activities that will brighten your winter.
“There will be a wide variety of visual, performing and literary activities,” he said. “Almost every arts organization in Ticonderoga will participate in brightening up the winter months and celebrating the arts energy that goes on year round in the Ticonderoga area.”
Highlighting MArts Madness will be the opening of a new gallery.
STUDIO 117, located directly next to The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga, will open Saturday, March 2, with a reception and art show 5 to 10 p.m. Sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, furniture and more will be shown and be for sale. The show will continue through March 17.
Participating artists include June Borho, Jessica Chevelier, Tonya Whitford Condon, Tavish Costello, Matt Gregson, Skye Gregson, Brad Peria, Willa Shakeshaft and Crispin Shakeshaft.
“With hard work, coordination as a community, and donations from Aubuchon Hardware, we have renovated and brought life to another of the downtown Ticonderoga's vacant storefronts,” Costello said. “This opening event will be a unique experience for all. We will be gathering to enjoy live music, unique art works and refreshments.”
Costello also noted the contributions of the Reale family and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance in making the gallery a reality.
Other MArts Madness events include:
— March 2, 1 p.m., reception at The Black Watch Memorial Library for the opening of a quilt show co-sponsored by The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. The quilt show will run through March 17;
— March 2 7 p.m., Ticonderoga High School Sentinel Productions presents “Fairy Tale: The Ever After” by Kevin Stone at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium;
— March 3, 3 p.m., a concert by Towne Meeting at the Best Western Inn, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild;
— March 3, 2 p.m., Ticonderoga High School Sentinel Productions presents “Fairy Tale: The Ever After” by Kevin Stone at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium;
— March 9, Fort Ticonderoga North Country History Day;
— March 9, 7:30 p.m., The Downtown Gallery will host a production of “Love Letters” by A.R.Gurney with Kathy Recchia and Vincent Smith;
— March 10, 3 p.m., The Downtown Gallery will host a production of “Love Letters” by A.R.Gurney with Kathy Recchia and Vincent Smith;
—March 12, 5:30 p.m., the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation on the “Way Space Affects Our Behavior and Productivity” by VMS Design;
— March 14, 4 p.m., the Black Watch Memorial Library will host a lecture on “The Cheever Mines” by Jim Davis;
— March 16, Fort Ticonderoga will host a 1750’s provincial coat workshop;
— March 16, 6 p.m., the Irishmen of the Year dinner at the Knights of Columbus in Ticonderoga; and
— March 17, Fort Ticonderoga will host its Fort Fever Series! “Evacuation Day 1776” and a 1750’s provincial coat workshop.
The Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area was created to bring together the arts, cultural,and historical organizations in the Ticonderoga area and raise the visibility of the cultural arts.
“There are numerous people and groups that spend a great deal of time in creating and producing wonderful activities,” Smith said. “There is a lot going on. By promoting, fostering and cultivating the visual, performing and literary arts, the initiative wants to build a strong sense of community and make both our residents and visitors aware of the many offerings that exist in the Ticonderoga area.
“Emphasizing and strengthening the extent of the community’s culture will help improve the quality of life in the region and make the Ticonderoga area more attractive to visitors and businesses that might locate in the area,” he said.
The group meets the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Community Building. Public participation is welcome. More infromation is available online at http://ti-alliance.org/cultural-arts/cultural-arts-initiative.html