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Arts Center Offers The Gift of Self-Expression

FULTON, NY – Do you know someone who has artistic ambitions but hasn’t yet found a way to express them? Do you have a loved one with a story to tell, a friend with a flare for cooking? A coworker with an eye for expressive artwork?

The CNY Arts Center has the perfect holiday gift for just such people.

Culinary treats are on the menu for CNY Arts Center's Self-Expression classes being offered in January. Gift certificates for Artist Monthly Memberships for a sampler of studio, culinary and writing arts are available at all Arts Center locations and online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Culinary treats are on the menu for CNY Arts Center’s Self-Expression classes being offered in January. Gift certificates for Artist Monthly Memberships for a sampler of studio, culinary and writing arts are available at all Arts Center locations and online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

During the month of December, the center is offering gift certificates called “Artist Monthly Membership” that will provide aspiring artists their choice of a month of classes at the center beginning in January.

“The idea of this unique gift is to give someone who wants to explore their art a little nudge,” said Alice Lamb, program coordinator for the Arts Center. “We hear of many people who say they’d just love to learn how to paint, write their memoir or bake delicious desserts, but don’t ever do it. This gift is a way to open that creative door for them.”

The gift certificate can be redeemed at the Arts Center, 357 State St., in the State Street Methodist Church, on January 4 at 1 p.m. for the soon-to-be artists’ first two-hour session.

There they will meet culinary arts instructor Diane Sokolowski, studio arts instructor Kendra Matott and writing arts instructor Jim Farfaglia who will provide participants with a short demo on what they will be exploring in their art genre in the coming weeks.

Students can “dabble” in each of the three genres to see which they want to take.

Kendra Matott's artwork explores digital photography and mixed media being offered during January as part of CNY Arts Center's Gift of Self-Expression. An Artist Monthly Membership sampler is available at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Kendra Matott’s artwork explores digital photography and mixed media being offered during January as part of CNY Arts Center’s Gift of Self-Expression. An Artist Monthly Membership sampler is available at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

The remaining three sessions (all will run on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.) will allow students to choose the genre they want to work in or to try all three throughout the month.

Topics will range from creating yummy appetizers to learning how to creating artwork using Photoshop to capturing your favorite school memories in a short story form.

Gift-givers can purchase certificates for the month of January or for the two-month period of January and February.

Certificates are available at the CNY Arts Center or at the Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St.

For more information about this program contact the Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit www.cnyartscenter.com