Thursday, July 19, 2012

CANO announces effort to expand arts

CANO unveils new, renewed efforts to expand arts

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta announced some new and renewed programs Wednesday as it evolves from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, an arts group formed more than 40 years ago with a more recent rocky spell.

"Tonight is a celebration of the rebirth of the spirit of UCCCA," Mayor Dick Miller said. "I have great hopes."

At Wilber Mansion, the 11 Ford Ave. home of the arts organization, CANO board President Raina D'Amico spoke to a privately assembled group of artists and arts supporters about the new and continuing factors of the group.

To go with its new name, CANO has a new website --, D'Amico said, and CANO worked with ISD, a computer and information technology company, on the site for six or seven months. The site will serve as a database for information about local artists, she said, and as collaborations grow with area arts and cultural groups, the website will provide links to events and activities.

CANO will continue to present events such as its fundraising Chili Bowl and offer new programs, such as a "Halloween bash," D'Amico said. Plans are to paint the mansion, she said, and negotiations are under way to make the carriage house near the mansion into a teaching facility again.

Guests applauded in support of the educational programming.

D'Amico introduced CANO board members and pledged, "we will be as transparent as we can be" as the group advances.

CANO has about 300 names on its membership list, but some of those memberships need to be renewed, D'Amico said, and CANO will be seeking new members. Membership for an individual costs $25, and members can be artists or art lovers, she said.

CANO is gearing up for its next event -- the 10th annual City of the Hills Arts Festival on Aug. 4.

Miller, who introduced D'Amico, reiterated the role that the arts have in fueling the local economy and enhancing the quality of life and sense of community.

Miller, who held two arts summits and established a task force, said he suggested that as UCCCA reorganized in the past 18 months that a name change include "Oneonta" as an anchor and highlight the role Oneonta has in its efforts.

"Because I'm so committed to Oneonta, I understand how important the arts community is," Miller said. "I'm all about Oneonta."

Christine Alexander, an abstract painter from East Meredith who exhibits through CANO, said she hopes the organization restores its vibrancy and the support it offered artists in past years. Artists can benefit from formal networking programs CANO might offer, she said, and CANO can be helpful in promoting the arts in these struggling economic times.

Artists are "very hopeful and excited" about CANO's future, Alexander said after the speeches.

"An arts organization is really crucial to us.'

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Smithy Center for the Arts Offers Discounts for NYCON Members at Upcoming Theatre Shows

Good afternoon to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, NYCON, OCCA, Otsego 2000, Lion's Club, Rotary Club, and NYSHA,

As a "thank you" for always being such wonderful collaborators and supporters of the Smithy, I'd like to offer members of your respective organizations $4 discounts on theatre tickets for the production the Smithy is mounting this upcoming weekend!  (That will make tickets $14 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and $8 for children-- though children view with caution as there is adult language). 

The play is absolutely wonderful and features a honky tonk band.  I sincerely hope we have sell out crowds because it's the only way we'll be able to keep producing live theatre!  If you would each please spread the word to your membership, I would appreciate it very much.  The announcement I did via email last week is below, so please feel free to forward it to your lists with the notice of the discounted ticket price.  If the images don't appear, please click the link ("Having trouble... Click here.") to be re-directed to a free-standing web-page with the announcement.

Tickets can be purchased at the Smithy Gallery (55 Pioneer St.) Tuesday- Saturday from 10-5 pm or reserved over the phone (547-8671).  If anyone has a contact at the Veteran's Club, please forward to me as I would like to offer free tickets to their members.  (The show, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star deals with issues of war and returning Vets in an often humorous but also deeply moving and dramatic way.) 

Thank you so much-- I so enjoy working with all of you and look forward to a future jam-packed with exciting collaborations!

Danielle Newell

Smithy Center for the Arts

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Live Theatre in Cooperstown
Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Featuring A Honky Tonk Band at Cooperstown Theatre Festival

Cooperstown, NY - Smithy Center for the Arts' Glimmer Globe Theatre Company presents Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon at the Coopertown Theatre Festival on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th at 8p.m., and Sunday, July 15th at 3 p.m.  The two paired, one-act plays by James McLure are directed by Steve Dillon and Danielle Newell and feature a Honky Tonk Band led by Darcy Gibson. The plots are intricately tied together and each features three actors-- Lone Star with three men, Laundry & Bourbon with three women.   

Originally commentaries on the Vietnam War, the plays are filled with clever comedy, artful dialogue, and thought-provoking conversations and relationships that provide an entertaining and winning experience. The plays are pertinent to our world today in their telling of how war affects veterans and their families once they have returned home. 

This production is an exciting new partnership between members of Oneonta Theatre Stage Players and Cooperstown's the Smithy.  The actors and directors draw from throughout the region. Performers include Jessi Denison, Cassandra Miller, Kate McKenna, Tio Schluter IV, Jake Wansor, and Chris Thorington.

Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon tickets are on sale now at Smithy Center for the Arts located at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown; $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $12 for children under 12. Veterans are free. Group rates available. Reserve in advance to ensure seating or purchase at theatre day of performance.  The plays involve adult language and themes, parental guidance recommended. Call 607-547-8671 or visit

And Don't Forget... 
Monday, July 9th is a busy day at the Smithy!  

Our summer class session kicks off with classes ranging from pottery to theatre to children's book writing and illustrating...  See the schedule below for details.

At 3 PM we are offering a free JAZZ MUSIC CLINIC with members of the band COMPASS. Please call in advance to reserve a spot.

At 7 PM the swingin' jazz band COMPASS will delight our audiences at the Smithy with a live performance in our courtyard.  Dinner and desserts from the spectacular local Origins Cafe will be available for purchase, so come hungry!  Beer courtesy of Brewery Ommegang.  Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for children.

summer schedule 2012