April 4, 2013

Arts Express: April 4, 2013


---- — NCCCA plans clay classes for kids

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will hold clay classes for youths age 5 to 14 in the areas of hand building and wheel work.

Students will learn basic clay techniques and create pieces they can take home at the end of the session.

The Kids’ Clay: Hand Building class, instructed by Jen Shutts, allows children ages 5 to 9 to create both functional pottery and creative sculptures. The classes take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays from April 7 through May 5. The cost is $95 (or $85 for Arts Center members), plus a $10 materials fee.

Kim Mazur will instruct the Kids’ Wheel class, for kids ages 10 to 14. Participants learn how to throw on a potter’s wheel and create their own mugs, bowls, plates and shallow dishes to keep. Classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays from April 13 through May 4. The cost is $120 ($115 for Arts Center members), plus a $25 materials fee.

For information, check the website or contact Education Coordinator Emily Owens by phone at 563-1604 or by email at

Artists sought for ARTWays Project

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts has set the third round of call to artists for the Adirondack Coast ARTWays Project.

The theme will be “Adirondack Coast Performing Arts.”

Artists are encouraged to apply in their medium of choice, including but not limited to: paint, ink, pencil, mixed media, textiles, mosaics, glass, photography, collage, fiber art and graphic art.

Entries may be portrait or landscape; winning artwork will be featured on a 20-by-30-inch, portrait-oriented poster.

Entries will be judged by a panel of diverse individuals representing businesses, the travel and tourism sector, artists and arts professionals, county and city officials and non-profit organizations.

The winner will be announced at a public unveiling ceremony on June 8 before the culminating performance of the 2013 Spring Performance Series, to be held at the Strand Theatre.

The winning work will be on display at the ceremony, along with the second- and third-place recipients.

Twenty works from the pool of submissions will be chosen to be on display at the Gallery at Best Western in Plattsburgh from June 10 to 30.

Artists are limited to one submission each and must submit their work as a high-resolution JPEG of no less than 300 dpi to the Arts Center by email to: by 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. No original works will be accepted.

Artists must include a brief bio and artist statement along with the dimensions, medium and year of creation of the original work. Submitted images must not be watermarked or signed, to preserve anonymity during the judging.

The winner will receive region-wide recognition through reproductions displayed in local businesses and on keepsakes, including posters, magnets and other merchandise and eventually as signs and banners at Plattsburgh International Airport.

The original artwork will be kept as part of the permanent collection of the NCCCA Arts Center.

For more information, visit the website

Crop for the Cure spots still open

PLATTSBURGH — Seats are still available to scrapbookers at the Crop for the Cure being held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Seton Academy (the old St. Peter’s School), 23 St. Charles St. 

Registration is $45 and includes cropping space, access to vendors such as Creative Memories and Stampin’ Up, door prizes, snacks and beverages throughout the day, dinner, raffles and more, to benefit breast-cancer research and the American Cancer Society. Walk-ins welcome. 

Contact Margaret Downs at 562-0124 or email for questions.

Congressman announces Art Competition

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bill Owens’s office is accepting submissions from high-school students in New York’s 21st Congressional District for the annual Congressional Art Competition.

“I am proud to offer young artists an opportunity to have their work displayed at the U.S. Capitol,” Owens said in a statement.

Students should submit a digital copy and a completed Student Information and Release Form to This form can be found at or by requesting a copy from Owens’s office.

A full description of contest guidelines can be found at

The winner of the competition will send his or her submission to Washington, D.C., to be displayed for one year as part of the national student art exhibition in the U.S. Capitol. All submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, April 23.

Let Your YogaDance luncheon planned in Malone

MALONE — The Foothills ARTSociety is sponsoring a fundraising luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Malone Golf Club.

Let Your Yoga Dance will be presented by Nancy Child, certified instructor, through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Cost for this event is $25, which includes the presentation, a 30-minute audience participation (optional) class and the luncheon with four food selections.

To reserve a seat and your choice from the menu, call 483-4135 or 291-6439 or email