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Schuyler County Arts Initiative Reorganization

At a July 24th meeting, the volunteer planning committee of the Schuyler Community Arts Initiative (SCAI) met to explore ways to revitalize this organization to better serve the working artists of the County’s 5 village centers, and to more fully involve the community at large in the appreciation and expression of the arts.In attendance were the Reverend Michael Hartney of the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, Martha Hornby, owner of the Gatherings Gallery in Watkins Glen, Helene Chaika Fausold, owner of a Watkins Glen based Management Consulting Firm and Joe Skeens, a working artist and seasonal resident of Millport. At that meeting, the issues discussed ranged from developing new art-show venues such as Sundays-In-The-Park, which would include hands-on opportunities for adults and children alike to experience art in its many forms in a relaxed, fun environment, to the more long range goal of addressing the many requests for a permanent community supported facility that would be an “art center” in the purest sense, by housing important permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits and by offering classes where County residents and visitors can brush up on old skills, or learn new skills in a wide range of artistic expressions.For the past 6 months, The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes representatives, Ms. Lynn Rhoda and Ms. Ginnie Lupi, have graciously provided interim leadership for the group. However, at the organization’s last meeting in mid-July, it became clear that it is time for SCAI to coalesce around its own duly elected leadership and to set a course for the future. The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes is very supportive of our efforts to become self sustaining and has made us aware of several “Grant” opportunities that could help to underwrite a number of community projects to help us to meet both short-term and long-term goals. Committee member Martha Hornby, who features more than 20 local and regional artists in her Watkins Glen gallery, is encouraged by the enthusiastic reception that the gallery has received since its opening, and is excited about the role that SCAI can play in the expansion of the cultural life of our community.When asked why he personally feels such a strong commitment towards expanding SCAI, Reverend Hartney said: “Schuyler County deserves to have a dedicated organization to promote and facilitate the arts, both for our residents and the thousands of visitors we host every year.”Towards that end, SCAI will hold a “Reorganization” meeting on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 6:00 pm in the St. Paul’s parish house located at 112 S. Genesee Street, Montour Falls. Affiliation and membership are open to current members, all working artists residing in Schuyler County and all full-time and seasonal Schuyler County residents who wish to support the arts. Come join SCAI… share your own vision, time and energy and help us to develop a wide range of cultural opportunities designed to complement the natural beauty of Schuyler County. Please RSVP: Ms. Martha Hornby @ (607) 535-9698 during regular business hours of 10AM – 5PM Wed – Thursday, 10AM –7PM Friday & Saturday and 10AM – 4PM, Sundays.

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