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November 20, 2013

Area arts venue to host open house|

Twenty-one years of readings, workshops, art exhibits and more will be celebrated Saturday as Bright Hill Center marks its anniversary with an open house and marathon reading. 

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Treadwell arts venue will invite many of those who have been involved with Bright Hill during its 21-year history to join in the celebration. Refreshments will be served throughout the day, with “anniversary cake” served at 6 p.m. during a closing reception. Works from Bright Hill’s archives dating back to 1992 will be on display. 

Kicking off the marathon reading in the Word & Image Gallery will be several former participants in Bright Hill’s children’s literary workshops, reading from stories and poems they wrote during the programs. Bright Hill founder Bertha Rogers said Tuesday that the young readers range in age from first grade to eighth grade.  

According to a media release, more than 2,000 children and teens have passed through Bright Hill’s literary and visual arts workshops, studying poetry, creating artists’ books and working with materials from the center’s library. A video created by Worcester artist Pooh Kaye, working with students in the 2013 workshops, will be screened during the open house. 

After the students share their work, the reading will continue as an open forum. Those who wish to attend can sign up to read by calling 829-5055 or emailing wordthur@stny.rr.com. Scheduled to participate, along with founder Bertha Rogers, are Evelyn Augusto of Jefferson, Mermer Blakeslee of Roscoe, Richard Bernstein of Norwich, Richard Q. Downey of Otego, Ernest M. Fishman of Treadwell, Jesse Hilson of Delhi, Ginnah Howard of Gilbertsville, Sylvia Jorrin of East Meredith, Susan King of Walton, Tommy Klehr of Oneonta, Andy Morris of Downsville, John O’Connor of Franklin and New York City, Sharon Ruetenik of Delhi, Annie Sauter of Oneonta, Pamela Strother of Oneonta, Julia Suarez of Oneonta and Marly Youmans of Cooperstown.

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