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CNY Arts Center Draws a Crowd

FULTON – Getting the word out and increasing awareness are driving goals for CNY Arts Center as the new nonprofit organization works to revitalize the region through the arts.

Crowds gather to watch the stained glass mural project come to life at Harborfest’s Showcase Oswego. CNY Arts Center originated the 9 foot by 10 foot mural which will have a permanent home in Fulton’s Indian Point Park. For more information about the arts organization visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com
Crowds gather to watch the stained glass mural project come to life at Harborfest’s Showcase Oswego. CNY Arts Center originated the 9 foot by 10 foot mural which will have a permanent home in Fulton’s Indian Point Park. For more information about the arts organization visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com

The recent stained glass mural project completed during Harborfest is just one example of programs and works in progress for the group which opened a temporary facility in the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton July 1.

“We launched ARTY Day Camp and began classes in this first month and August is filling quickly. We’re starting a six week class in stained glass, one day classes in watercolor monotypes, botanical drawings, digital photo tools, and oil painting, hosting a one day stained glass workshop, a two day watercolor class for beginners, and stepping on to our brand new stage with the premiere of Godspell Aug. 17-26,” said Nancy Fox, president of the group.  “We’re also hosting our second session of ARTY Day Camp Aug. 20-24. There is so much to do and we want everyone to get involved.”

Local Artists and art organizations line the sidewalk during Harborfest’s Showcase Oswego in Novelis Family Park. The venue was the scene of the first non-commercial, non-juried art gathering for local artists in collaboration with Harborfest and local art organizations.
Local artists and art organizations line the sidewalk during Harborfest’s Showcase Oswego in Novelis Family Park. The venue was the scene of the first non-commercial, non-juried art gathering for local artists in collaboration with Harborfest and local art organizations.

“We were excited to participate in Showcase Oswego in West Park during Harborfest. It was a great opportunity for artists to show the community an intoxicating assortment of original art from pottery to fine paintings, fabric arts, jewelry, vintage recreations, up-cycled art, and more. Individual artists from around the county alongside Art Association of Oswego, Lakeside Artisans, Oswego Players, Firefly Studio, Lake County Quilt Guild and CNY Arts Center members were joined by an army of volunteers and festival attendees who pitched in to help with the mural. It was great to be a part of so many coming together as one cohesive art community,” Fox continued. “It symbolized our commitment at CNY Arts Center to all arts for all ages and we’re working to deliver on those promises. We finally have a facility with well qualified teachers, flexible class schedules and a variety of great classes and productions planned. We’re working really hard to be accessible and provide up to date information on all the activities on our web site. And we’re still meeting on Monday nights, now at the center, 6:30 at the Park Street entrance of State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.”

For more information about the group, the classes or Godspell tickets or reservations, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call Fox at 315-216-8790.

Festival attendees were invited to hands-on participation in the mural project laying the glass pieces assisted by Mural designer Leslie Paice and a team of volunteers. The mural was a project of CNY Arts Center completed during Showcase Oswego at Harborfest. For more information about the arts organization visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com
Festival attendees were invited to hands-on participation in the mural project laying the glass pieces assisted by Mural designer Leslie Paice and a team of volunteers. The mural was a project of CNY Arts Center completed during Showcase Oswego at Harborfest. For more information about the arts organization visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com