September 6, 2012

Arts Express: Aug. 6, 2012


---- — Youth Orchestra begins season Sunday

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association begins its 2012-13 season from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Myers Fine Arts Building, third floor, room 300, at Plattsburgh State.

There is a $10 discount for each multiple registration in a family. Registration forms and fees can be obtained at

If the participant has a copy of their New York State School Music Association solo sheet, they should include it with the registration form or bring it with them on the first night. For those who do not have a copy of their scores, there will be placement seating auditions. Participants will be required to perform a brief solo for the conductors with a short excerpt demonstrating the player’s ability.

The program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the ARTS and is administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

Submissions sought for Juried Art Show

LAKE PLACID — The annual Adirondack Juried Art Show: A Showcase of Regional Artists will be on display from Sept. 14 through Oct. 20 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive.

Artists are invited to drop off up to two works from 1 to 5 p.m. today, Sept. 7 and 8. The Juried Art Show is open to artists of all media, including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, woodcrafts, jewelry, prints and constructions. A $20 non-refundable entry fee does apply.

Approximately $1,000 in cash and gift certificates will be awarded.

An opening reception and awards presentation is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

For more information, call 523-2512 or visit www.Lake

Harold K. Hochschild Award presented

to Ernsts in July

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — The Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum formally presented the Harold K. Hochschild Award to John and Margot Ernst at the annual Gala Benefit on July 28.

The award is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people and environment inspired the creation of the Adirondack Museum.

Since 1990, the museum has presented the award to a wide range of intellectual and community leaders throughout the Adirondack Park, highlighting their contributions to the region’s culture and quality of life.

“On behalf of the Adirondack Museum, I would like to congratulate John and Margot Ernst on receiving this prestigious honor for their commitment and service to the Adirondack region,” David M. Kahn, executive director of the Adirondack Museum, said in a news release.

The Ernsts split their time between New York City and Elk Lake Lodge, a family-owned resort near North Hudson. They have been involved in public service through their work with non-profit organizations in New York state and the North Country.

Ballet, dance classes offered at LPCA

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid School of Ballet and Dance, in residence at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, will be accepting registration for the fall 2012-winter 2013 year from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 13.

Classes are offered for ABT levels one through seven. A number of new classes will also be offered. For more information, contact the LPCA at 523-2512 or visit


Summer travel writing contest under way

WESTPORT — Summer is prime time for exploring New York’s Champlain Valley.

“There are few places with historic hamlets settled so sweetly into a rich landscape of forests, farms, and hills with views of a beautiful lake and mountains,” Chris Maron, executive director of Champlain Area Trails (CATS), said in a news release.

This is the perfect place to hike, paddle the lake, browse a farmers market, track songbirds or enjoy a gourmet meal. Then write about your summer adventures, and you could earn $500.

“Now in its third cycle, the CATS Travel Writing Contest aims to spread the word about all the Champlain Valley has to offer and promote tourism to the area,” said Gretel Schueller, contest coordinator.

The winner, selected by a guest judge, will receive a $500 first prize. There’s also a chance for the public to pick their favorite story during our online voting in October. The People’s Choice — the story with the most online votes — wins $250.

Winners will also have their entries published online in the CATS destination guide, “Tales from the Trails.”

The guest judge is Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, including “Champlain Valley: Plattsburgh to Ticonderoga. Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities with GPS Coordinates.”

The deadline for entries is Sept. 30. For full contest details, visit For contest-related questions, email