August 30, 2012

Arts Express: Aug. 30, 2012


---- — Seminars set for grant funding

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is now administering the Decentralization Grant, which is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, for Essex, Clinton and Franklin counties.

Applicants who have never received a Decentralization Grant, also known as a DEC/DCA grant, and/or first-year applicants are required to attend one of the upcoming seminars in order to apply for the 2013 grant. Other applicants should call or email to become aware of the recent changes.

Preregistration is required at least 24 hours prior to the start of the seminar by emailing or calling 563-1604.

Seminars will be held at the following locations: Thursday, Sept. 6, Hand House, Elizabethtown: 4 p.m. Community Arts, 5:15 p.m. Arts Education and Individual Artist. Saturday, Sept. 8, Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake: 11 a.m. Community Arts, 12:15 p.m. Arts Education and Individual Artist, 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. consult time by appointment or drop-in. Tuesday, Sept. 11, Schroon Lake Town Hall: 6 p.m. Community Arts, 7:15 p.m. Arts Education and Individual Artist. Thursday, Sept. 13, For Art’s Sake, Malone: 5 p.m. Community Arts, 6:15 p.m. Arts Education and Individual Artist. Saturday, Sept. 15, NCCCA, Plattsburgh: 11 a.m. Community Arts, 12:15 p.m. Arts Education and Individual Artist; 2 to 4 p.m. consult time by appointment or drop-in.

If you cannot attend a seminar, please call 563-1604 and make an appointment to meet with the coordinator.

The grant application deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at the NCCCA.

For questions or an application, visit or call 563-1604.

Adirondack Coast photo contest in final month

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, launched its first-ever Facebook photo contest, entitled “Then & Now,” in June.

The photo contest will end on Sept. 3.

The contest allows fans to share their memories of vacationing in Plattsburgh, on Lake Champlain and all along the Adirondack Coast. By “liking” the Adirondack Coast Facebook page users can simply fill out the information on the “Then & Now” Sweepstakes form and submit an original photo, old or new, of their favorite Adirondack Coast memory into one of 12 categories: fishing, cycling, parks and beaches, paddling, boating and sailing, winter fun, fall foliage, history, golfing, hiking, scenics and vistas, and agriculture and farms (including orchards, maple and vineyards).

Each of the categories will have a winner at the end of the contest. The image with the most “likes” will win a prize specific to that category.

Prize packages were provided by Mountain Riders Bike Shop, Kayak Shack, Shipwreck Schwenk’s Fishing Adventures, Valcour Processing Technology, Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, Holiday Inn Express, Mo’s Family Restaurant, The View at Mirror Lake Inn, Legend’s Bistro& Wine Bar, Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend Commemoration Committee, Bluff Point Golf Resort, Harmony Golf Club & Community, Amazing Grace Vineyard, The Champlain Wine Co., Hid-in Pines Vineyard, Elf’s Winery & Cidermill, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Anne Porter and Associates and Ausable Chasm.

The grand prize, for the image with the most “likes,” regardless of category, will receive a two-night stay at the Normandie Beach Club for four people plus a powerboat-guided tour of Lake Champlain.

Gallery seeks to hold exhibit to showcase diversity

PLATTSBURGH — ROTA Gallery is holding an open call to lesbian-gay-bisexual-transexual and ally artists for a community art show to open up on the evening of Se

pt. 15.

“We are looking for LGBT and ally artists who work with any kind of artistic mediums to submit pieces that will help to further showcase the diversity of our community,” the group said in a news release.

Submissions can be dropped off to the ROTA Gallery, 50 Margaret St., during regular open hours, noon to 5 p.m. seven days a week. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Artists will be charged a $2 submission fee. ROTA Gallery reserves a 15 percent commission on all works sold during the exhibition.

For more information, contact Matt Hall at 563-0494 or contact