November 29, 2012

Arts Express: Nov. 29, 2012


---- — Gallery seeks geek-related artwork

PLATTSBURGH — From Dec. 1 to 13, ROTA Gallery and Studios will be hosting an exhibition that will be a grand tribute to geeky subculture.

People are invited to submit their artwork. ROTA is looking for art inspired by your favorite comic books, video games, movies and TV.

To submit, send a picture of your work to Nicholas Dubay, who can be reached at, Nicholas Dubay on Facebook or 524-7829.

ROTA Gallery is a cooperatively owned not-for-profit cultural center located at 50 Margaret St. For more information, visit

National Heritage Partnership grants available

GRAND ISLE, Vt — The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership and the Lake Champlain Basin Program request proposals for cultural/natural heritage research and interpretation projects.

Funding for these projects comes from the National Park Service.

The two grant categories are Wayside Exhibit Grants, with a deadline of Dec. 7, and Implementation Grants, with a Dec. 20 deadline.

Grant applications are available on the website at For further information about the program, contact CVNHP Assistant Director Jim Brangan at the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213.

History Center Museum gift shop

to be open

ELIZABETHTOWN — The gift shop at the Adirondack History Center Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, during the Greens Tea.

Visitors can browse for for books, puppets, prints, music and stocking stuffers or give a museum membership as a gift. Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, and there will be free drawings for a gift bag.

The museum is located at 7590 Court St., Elizabethtown.

Exhibit features six female photographers

PLATTSBURGH — Pine Harbour Assisted Living is hosting a photography exhibit, “In Focus 2012,” until Jan. 29, 2013.

It brings together six North Country women photographers: Penny Clute, Gail Kemp, Joanne Kennedy, Andrea Knight, Lynn Manning and Jan Stanley. A variety of themes, styles and interpretations will be on exhibit.

Open hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Saturday at 15 New Hampshire Road, Plattsburgh. For further information, call 561-5307.

Sinfonietta donates to White Memorial Shell fund

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Sinfonietta made a donation of $1,070, half of the summer’s Park Series raffle proceeds, to the Paul White Memorial Shell Fund at Adirondack Community Trust.

The orchestra has presented a free community concert series in this shell in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid every summer since the structure was originally built by Sinfonietta volunteers in 1976.

Presenting the check on behalf of the Sinfonietta Board of Directors was board member and Park Series volunteer chair Lethe Lescinsky. Accepting on behalf of the Ad-Hoc group working to restore the shell was Niki Politi, granddaughter of conductor and composer Paul White, for whom the shell is named and a past president of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Board of Directors.

“The park concerts have become one of our most beloved concert series, and in order to continue this gift to the community, it is absolutely necessary that the venue be in good repair,” Music Director Ron Spigelman said. “The initiative to replace the shell with a more modern and usable structure is going to benefit us for many years in the future and a worthwhile investment.”

The sinfonietta was able to offer a raffle at each concert because of the donations of prizes by area businesses, including The Sugar Shack, Emma’s Ice Cream, Jeri Wright’s Natural Expressions, Norm’s Barber Shop, Contemporary Images, The Palace Theater and Pirates Cove Adventure Mini-Golf.