At New York’s Arbor Day ceremony held April 27 in Albany, Department of Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens noted, “Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the essential role trees play in our environment.” A photo submitted by Ticonderoga photographer Tonya Whitford Condon, center, was selected by the State Arbor Day Committee to be featured on the official New York Arbor Day Poster. Joining Condon and Martens was Mary Kramarchyk of the State Arbor Day Committee as the award winning poster was unveiled. The poster is printed on paper made at International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill from trees harvested in accordance with the principles of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Ticonderoga Arts is preparing for another season.
The local artists gallery will open Thursday, June 7. The gallery is located in the Hancock House at Moses Circle.
Ticonderoga Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local artists by promoting education, exhibitions and sales. It was established in 2008.
“Today, we have evolved into a full-fledged arts organization with a well-dressed gallery in one of the most historic and handsome buildings in our region,” said June Curtis, Ti Arts spokeswoman.
The group plans to again collaborate with the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum this summer on a series of children’s arts programs.
“In keeping with our mission to advance artistic and cultural activities through education and interpretation, Ti Arts participated in last summer’s children’s workshop series ‘Meet the Artists of Ticonderoga’ sponsored by the Heritage Museum,” Curtis said. “We’ll lead the workshops again this year with the ‘Artist’s Touch’ being the theme.”
“On several occasions we collaborated with the Ticonderoga Historical Society in community outreach activities such as a special Native American pow wow for children, the annual Festival of Trees and Heritage Weekend open houses,” Curtis said. “To further our commitment to education, we provide an annual scholarship award to an art student at Ticonderoga High School.”
Artists Stella Dwyer and Joan Pulling have designed a project, “Art in the Park, a Plein Air Fest,” to be staged this July in Bicentennial Park in downtown Ticonderoga.
“En plein air is a French expression for painting in the open air,” Curtis explained. “The community, young and old, is invited to participate in this event to be held on the banks of the La Chute River overlooking the falls, where the beauty of the river, the falls and the Kissing Bridge will serve as inspiration for whatever can be imagined in the mind’s eye.”
For more information call Pulling at 585-6312.
To help fund “Art in the Park, a Plein Air Fest” Dwyer was awarded a Developing Community Arts Grant by the New York State Council on the Arts. Stella and Tonya Whitford Condon, another Ticonderoga Arts artist, attended the awards ceremony at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts where Dwyer accepted the award — a first for Ticonderoga Arts.
Whitford also recently received two honors. She received honorable mention for her photograph “Gray Treefrog” in the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks Traveling Cover Art Exhibit. Her photograph is now on exhibit at North Country Community College in Ticonderoga as part of a traveling show.
Having won the New York State Arbor Day 2012 poster contest, Whitford attended the Arbor Day celebration in Albany, where she was presented with a framed copy of her poster “Shady Lane” and participated in a ceremonial tree planting in West Capitol Park.
Whitford’s photograph was produced on paper donated by the International Paper Co. Ticonderoga mill from trees harvested in working Adirondack forests.
“When Ticonderoga Arts opens their gallery for the season, we’ll be promoting an appreciation for the creative process and the role that our artists play in the vitality of our community,” Curtis said. “We invite you to stop in and discover the work of 18 artists in a continually expanding variety of media including painting, photography, pottery, wood, textiles and jewelry on exhibit and for sale.
“Support by members is essential to keep the gallery going and growing,” she added. “Please help us continue to offer art and culture in the Ticonderoga area by becoming a member.”
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