Arts and Community

Bosch, ship of fools

Hieronymus Bosch, “Ship of Fools,” seen in full sail these days.

Bob Milne and Celtic Martins concerts moved to 2021

At our August meeting, the SCCA regretfully voted to cancel our scheduled fall concerts with Bob Milne (October 3) and the Celtic Martins (November 7), given the ongoing health situation. The Martins have been the Arts Council’s fall highlight for the last eight years, and top-drawer ragtime pianist Bob Milne gets a highly enthusiastic response whenever and wherever he appears (this year would have been his third visit to Sullivan County).

Both acts have committed to return next year, when, we sincerely hope, we can all gather together in maskless peace and harmony. The Council is considering shifting the Martins to an outdoor setting, if scheduling will permit.

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Literary Contest winners and runners up

You can read (and download) the complete winners and runners up of this spring’s Literary Contest here.  We have print copies available which include only the 4 prize winners, so this is, unfortunately, the only place to get the full range of our high school students delightful writing.

This has not been the happiest year for the Arts Council in distributing prizes to our students, since all the art exhibits and shows had to be cancelled. We do hope to be able to at least have a 2020 Choice of Show winner, but that’s still up in the air.

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Fall Art Expo cancelled

Since the Fall Festival in Oct. has been cancelled, the Art Expo fell with it. We have sent out an email to all the visual artists on our list, but if you know someone personally who might have wanted to enter, please let them know. We’re trying to see if there’s some practical way to hold a virtual exhibit (with real prizes), possibly with the school arts shows as well. Stay tuned.

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The Arts Council has once again joined the Dushore Music Club in providing scholarships to high school graduates pursuing music as a career. We had hoped to also again support scholarships for high school juniors to attend the Oct. Endless Arts in Eagles Mere, but the event has been shelved for this year and moved to 2021 in response to the virus closedown. If any of you have ideas for how this money can be redirected for 2020, please get in touch.

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We were delighted to once again receive a $2,500 grant from the Claire Aldona Gallagher Trust for the Arts. These funds are provided to support and expand our programs. We also received our annual $700 donation from the Sullivan County Commissioners. These were on top of our $3,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Though its been a lean year for our usual programs – especially for students – we plan to find new ways to support the arts and artists of the area. Again, any clever (or even mundane) suggestions more than welcome.

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For a list of all our major programs, look here.

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Local arts and other links:

Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum

Sullivan County Library

Sullivan County general page

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Heading photo by Donna Sherwood