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Ithaca College student and production partner win prestigious award

Kyle Arnold, a senior in the Journalism Department at Ithaca College, developed, along with Ismael Byers from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a short film called, “Solitude: A Companion Abroad,” documenting the four months the two men spent studying in Chile at the renowned Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago. Although the weather was always hot while there from February... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Fire giveth and fire taketh away

In perhaps the most ironic tragedy in recent local history, an artist couple whose works depend on fire, lost their studios, the tools of their craft, much of their work and many other possessions to the very same volatile element. Recently retired art educators for Keuka College and Penn Yan Central Schools, Dexter and Faith Benedict were awakened at 5... more

Sculptor’s studio is ‘total loss’ after Milo fire

Fire destroyed the studio of a well-known sculptor Wednesday morning. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike deemed the Baker Road workspace of Dexter Benedict a total loss. Deputies said Benedict’s wife, Faith, woke up around 5 a.m. when she heard their dog barking. She looked outside and saw Fireworks Foundry, as the barn/studio is called, engulfed in flames. Firefighters were unable... more

SCP offers free monthly theatrical series

If you missed Seneca Community Players’ performance of Little Shop of Horrors in 1996, you have another chance to see it soon! Over the last 46 years Seneca Community Players has performed and produced over 200 shows. Generally, each show involves a cast and crew of 15 to 40 people and is in production rehearsing for 6-8 weeks. After all... more

Directors sought for Seneca Community Players 46th season

Seneca Community Players is seeking theatre directors from throughout the region to participate in their 46th season of providing live theatre in the Finger Lakes. Individuals of all experience levels, from first time directors to seasoned veterans, are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals for dramatic, comedic and musical productions of any length are welcome. Opportunities for a... more

Arts Center exhibit celebrates diversity in Yates

Continuing a year-long theme of exploring the impact of art on Earth, the Arts Center of Yates County’s next exhibit, entitled “Big Blue Marble,” will explore the idea of “the family of man.” The exhibit, which opens Friday, Oct. 13 with a free reception, features the work of a quartet of Rochester-area painters and a sculptor from Ithaca. Each of... more

STARSTRUCK IN LYONS: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner film scenes at local store

Sean Dobbins found out that it’s not easy to run a pharmacy while John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are in your store. However, the award-winning actor and actress were not there to pick up prescriptions from Dobbins Drugs. Rather, they were there for some filming of a yet-to-be-named movie that is being described by producers as a love story. The... more

Wanted: A few budding artist-historians in West Bloomfield

Discover history in your hometown. That is the idea behind the West Bloomfield Historical Society’s first-time contest for young people. Kids are invited to look around West Bloomfield to find really old things, create an image of what they find, and learn the story behind it. Entrants do not have to actually live in the town but the artwork must... more

Apple Shed kicks off fall harvest with Kids Weekend

The Apple Shed in Newark is kicking off the fall harvest with its annual Kids’ Weekend on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Festivities run from Noon-5 pm each day. Saturday features a marketplace of kid entrepreneurs, Sunday features live entertainment. Both days, orchard hayride will run from Noon to 5 pm and proceeds will be donated to Newark... more

Michaela Kenny finds America Miss World Pageant grueling but fun

Michaela Kenny was competing in the America Miss World Pageant, held Aug. 8 to 13 in Orlando, but you might not know it by some of the events she took part in. Like the sports competition, where the women had to perform sprints, do high jumps, long jumps and battle rope (weighted ropes). None other than former NFL great Charles... more

Penn Yan Art Guild plans day trip

The Penn Yan Art Guild is once again offering a day trip to view the art of master artists at special exhibitions within a day’s drive of Penn Yan. The Guild has contracted with Fitzgerald Bros. Transportation Inc. of Geneva to provide a comfortable bus ride to the Fenimore Art Gallery in Cooperstown and the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie on... more

Seneca County Arts Council announces 2017 “6×6 Frenzy”

The Seneca County Arts Council will hold its annual fundraiser the “6×6 Frenzy” on Friday, August 18th at the Art Works Gallery, 109 Fall St. in downtown Seneca Falls. A reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm gives participants a chance to view the work while enjoying refreshments. Door prizes add to the excitement of the evening. Here’s how the “6... more

Regional artist to showcase paintings, photos in Wayne gallery

Regional artist Jeremy Bach will be showcasing his artwork this summer at Wayne County Arts Council Fayad gallery, from July 27 through Aug. 24. With the success of the artist’s “Empire” show at Hazlitt’s Winery in Naples in May, Bach now brings his unique and varied styles in the visual arts to a solo exhibition titled “Studio Days” at the... more
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