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October 25, 2013

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — Final gallery openings set for today

The last gallery opening of the season at The Jill Kraft Gallery in the Artists’ Palette in Norwich will take place today. The fourth Friday event and the feature monthly showings at both the Jill Kraft Gallery and Made in Chenango will be discontinued until spring, but both venues will remain open. 

The show will feature Wells Horton, a photographer from Sherburne, who primarily photographs throughout upstate New York. The artist will be available for a meet and greet from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Made In Chenango will feature Oxford wood carver Loren Rademacher’s wood sculptures and tole painted works by Nancy Focardi, Pauline Foster and Linda Haight. Made In Chenango will also celebrate its 16th anniversary with a drawing of the” pick-a-prize” winners at 7 p.m., refreshments and Fojo Beans Coffee.

For more information call Jill Kraft at 244-1445.

DCHA to host photography exhibit

“Time Passages”will open with a wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m. today  at the Delaware County Historical Association. 

The exhibit in the Elijah Thomas Gallery features historic photographs from numerous DCHA collections including Farrington and McMurdy and photographs from the present. Viewers will be able to compare the same scenes in the area at various times over the course of the last 100 years.

Admission to the exhibit, which will be open until January, is free.

For more information, call 746-3849, or email  DCHA is on state Route 10, three miles northeast of Delhi.

Reschedule piano concert set

The Case-Young Concert Series will present a program of solo works for piano performed by Christine Diwyk at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Owen D. Young Central School on state Route 80 in the village of Van Hornesville. The concert, which is presented by the Catskill Conservatory, in association with the Van Hornesville Community Corp., is part of a 40-year collaboration between those two organizations.

Diwyk, will present an hour of music for solo piano by American composers, including Aaron Copland, Edward MacDowell, George Gershwin, Charles T. Griffes, John Adams, Frederic Rzewski and William Bolcom. The program is free and open to all, with neither tickets nor reservations needed.

This program was originally scheduled for presentation at the Windfall Dutch Barn on July 4, as part of the Catskill Conservatory’s Quiet Concert for the Fourth series. However, that program had to be cancelled, due to the floods that had devastated the Mohawk Valley the week before, leaving most of the roads in that area either closed or impassable. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to help with ongoing flood-relief projects in the community.

For more information, call the Conservatory, at 436-3419.

B-side to host jazz Wednesday

Jazz vocalist Diane Ducey will perform at the B-side Ballroom in Oneonta at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ducey made her professional singing debut in France, before moving to Boston, New York City, and more recently, upstate New York. She has worked in almost every musical genre, from singing jazz in the streets of Paris during her junior year abroad to playing mangy rock clubs and pop/jazz venues in Boston before heading to New York City where she did jingle demos and honed her craft. 

Rob Hunt will perform on keyboard. He is a well-known jazz pianist in the Leatherstocking region, playing at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, and other regional venues. Sadiq Abdushahid will be on drums. After recording in Detroit on various Motown tunes, Abdushahid moved to New York City where he played with many jazz greats. Chris Wolf-Gould will be on bass. There is no cover charge. The B-side Ballroom is in the Clinton Plaza on Main Street in Oneonta.

Mask and Hammer to present ‘No Exit’ 

The Mask and Hammer Theatre Club at the State University College at Oneonta will present “No Exit,” an existential drama written by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, at the college’s Hamblin Theater. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

“No Exit” is an depiction of afterlife, illustrating what Sarte called “the look”—the constant struggle, usually brought on by the presence of another, of viewing oneself as an object to be viewed or to view other objects. It follows the mysterious Valet who leads three deceased souls — first Garcin, then Inez, and finally Estelle—into a lone room with a locked door. It doesn’t take long before the characters realize that they are in hell. Expecting torture and punishment, they are surprised to realize that damnation is spending eternity with one another.

SUNY Oneonta junior Chris Mackin directs “No Exit,” which has been funded by the Student Association. All performances are open to the public. Tickets cost $5, or $2 with a valid student ID, and may be purchased on campus at the Hunt Union or online at

Event to benefit Dominican relief

“Juerga Flamenca,” an afternoon of Flemenco music and dance plus Irish, tap and ballroom performances, will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Upstairs Theater at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center.

There is suggested $10 person donation to benefit the Esperanza Dominican Relief, a nonprofit, nonsectarian medical relief corporation whose sole purpose is to improve the health, education, and social services of the disadvantaged residents of the Dominican Republic.

The event will feature: La Nina, Tacones Calientes Dance Ensemble, cellist Monica Wilson-Roach, Master Percussionist Brian Melick, flamenco guitarist and composer Maria Zemantauski, Mireille Vandenheuvel and David Arnold, and the Claddagh Ring Irish Dancers.

For more information, call Rebeca at 432-3509 or