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May 3, 2013

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — MURAL exhibit to open in Hobart

The Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League announced the first show of the 2013 season at the new “Mural On Main” Gallery in Hobart. The exhibition “Color and Form” will present the paintings and collages of Barbara Ardan and the sculptures of Dennis Stahl. The public is invited to the reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 631 Main St. MURAL will offer refreshments from Harpersfield Cheese and Tundra Brewery.

Since 1983 when MURAL began showing at the Frank W. Cyr Center in Stamford, hundreds of local artists have been represented. The “Student Show,” which each year highlights the work of young people from five area schools, opened in March at the Cyr Center. 

Each year MURAL presents bi-monthly exhibitions showcasing the works of local and  regional artists. The rest of the exhibit calendar includes “Primitive Expressionism,” from July 6 to Sept. 2, and “Black and White” from Sept. 7 and Oct. 27.  The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Fine crafts such as pottery, felted scarves, jewelry and many other items from local artists will also be on display at the gallery.


Annual fine arts show to open

The Jericho Arts Council’s annual Fine Show will open Saturday and run through Friday, May 10, from 1 to 7 p.m. each day.  On May 11, the show will open at 1 p.m. and end after a 3 p.m. reception for the artists. The show is held on the second floor of the Town Hall Building on Main Street in Bainbridge. Admission is free

The art show features work in four categories: oil and acrylic paintings, watercolor and gouache paintings, graphics and mixed media, and photography. Prizes will be awarded in each category, and a Best of Show and Tennant Award, for realism, will also be given. Visitors to the show will vote for their favorite pieces, and the winning piece will be given the People’s Choice award.

Many of the pieces will be available for sale.


Flutist to be featured Sunday

The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Rabeler, will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Chestnut and Church streets in Oneonta.

The concert will features flutist Jonelle Goldman Rabeler performing “Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Band.”  She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the State University College at Fredonia and a master’s degree in flute performance from the Ohio State University. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician, teaches instrumental music at Delaware Academy Central School in Delhi, and is a founding member of the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public, with donations  accepted. For more information, call 432-7085 or go to the Ensemble’s website,


Funk bands to perform Sunday

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center will host a special performance of the SUNY Oneonta Funk Bands. The concert is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the Production Room at 24 Market St. in Oneonta. The concert will feature two bands — a six-piece and and eight-piece band directed by Grammy-nominated composer and keyboardist Jeremy Wall of Spyro Gyra. The band features All Star vocalist Ryan Quinn. Donations will be accepted. For more information, visit


Concert set at SUNY Oneonta

The State University College at Oneonta will present a concert with the Brass Ensemble directed by Ben Aldridge and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Orlando Legname at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The concert will be held in the Hunt Union Ballroom of the SUNY Oneonta campus.

The program will feature Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture” and Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” with Julie Licata as a guest soloist. The concert is free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. For more information, call 436-3415.


Center to host music Tuesday

Hank Wagner and Rachel Grundy of Coyote Love will perform at the Blue Deer Center in Margaretville at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They will peform the unplugged version of their “positive vibe, old school bluesy, soul,” according to a media release.

The opening act will be the local acoustic folk duo, Theodore Finkle and Pam West of Diviner.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted. The center is at 1155 County Route 6 in Margaretville.

For more information, visit

Polish Moses to play Thursday

The B-Side Ballroom at 1 Clinton Plaza in Oneonta will present Polish Moses at 8 p.m. Thursday. The group is composed of singer-songwriter Joe Chmielowski, guitarist, and pianist/vocalist JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski. With an alternative folk sound influenced by many genres of music including rock, folk, blues, reggae, jazz and country styles, the lyric themes of songwriter Joe Chmielowski range from social issues, to environment, relationships and just plain comic fantasy, according to a media release. 

WKC to audition young artists

The West Kortright Centre will hold auditions for Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase 2013 at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the West Kortright Centre’s auditorium.

Now in its 22nd year, the showcase invites youths and young adults ages 10 to 21 from Delaware, Otsego, Chenango and Schoharie counties to audition for the opportunity to perform for five minutes before scheduled WKC performances by professional musicians. 

Auditions will be considered in dramatic scenes, readings of original work and vocal and instrumental music. This year’s young artists will be chosen by a jury of arts professionals including violinist Carol Erlandson, oboist René Prins, guitarist Dennis Turechek, and soprano Johana Arnold.

Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to call or email in advance to confirm their participation and what they will perform. A piano is available, but performers must provide their own accompanist.

To get an audition registration form, download it at or request one by emailing or by calling 278-5454.