Skaneateles Skinny THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Tuesday, October 5 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater (APT),
108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national talent, and
featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the door at.
www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Tuesday, September 28 – October 9 “Ring of Fire” at the Merry-Go-Round
Playhouse Evening & matinee performances For tickets and more information (315)
255-1785 or 1 (800) 457-8897 online at www.merry-go-round.com
Wednesday, October 6 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell
Wednesday, October 6 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Skaneateles YMCA &
Community Center, 97 State St. 11:00 AM All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor or
business partner. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Thursday, October 7 Open Mic Night with Joanne Perry: 6:30 – 8:00 PM Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379
Thursday, October 7 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 FILM: I Am Comic 10/8 at 1:00 PM & 8:00 PM;
10/9 8:00 PM All tickets $4 advance; $5 door Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee
St., Auburn www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce
Auction Items at Imagine THAT…. to benefit Craft Emergency Relief Fund now through October 10
Saturday, October 9 Comedian Joe Bolster with Adam Cozens at Auburn Public
Theater, 108 Genesee St., $12/person wine & beer with ID 8:00 PM
www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Saturday, October 9 Skaneateles Farmers Market 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St. (315) 685-1949
Saturday, October 9 Skaneateles Ski Hill 2nd annual Fall Fundraising event 4:00 PM
– 10:00 PM. Singing & dancing to the sounds of four live bands: Dusty Pas’cal, Bone &
Doolittle, Edgy Folk, Sloppy Joes. Bring your own food or purchase it for a nominal fee.
Kids activities at no charge include crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting. Raffles,
Chinese auction & more. $25.00/carload
Saturday, October 9 Gallery 54 features a Meet and Greet with artist Cheri Haring.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5,Sun 12-5. www.gallery54cny.com (315) 685-
Tuesday, October 12 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater
(APT), 108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national
talent, and featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the
door at. www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Tuesday, October 12 Dickens Auditions, First Presbyterian Church, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 14 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Saturday, October 16 Gazella Performance will be holding an Open House We will
offer 10 am – 1 pm. 11 free 30 minute introductory classes. In addition, Melissa Evans
of Purely Facials will offer free 20 minute facials. For more information (315) 729-8645
City Staff and Public Attend Arts Districts Presentation
Imagine if Auburn was a hub for artists and creative professionals, and the city attracted thousands of tourists who spent millions of dollars every year. Some members of the local arts community believe it can happen, and they are pointing to a small city in Kentucky as their evidence.
Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center director Donna Lamb, Mack Studio Displays project manager Hilary Ford and Auburn Public Theater director Angela Daddabbo gave two presentations in August at the APT about how they believe establishing an arts district and encouraging artists to relocate to local residences could improve Auburn’s economy.
Throughout the presentations, which took place during and after the weekly city council meeting, the three speakers examined Paducah, KY, which revamped its downtown business district and neighborhoods through the arts.
The city, which has a similar population as Auburn with 27,000 people, boasts millions of dollars in annual tourism revenue thanks to a number of public and private art initiatives, Ford, Lamb and Daddabbo said. And they believe some of those can be successful here.
Ford, who was raised in Paducah, said the city is very similar to Auburn in a lot of ways. “It’s not any bigger. The demographics aren’t different,” she said during the presentation.
Between 2001 and 2007, the city of Paducah invested about $3 million in projects and initiatives related to the arts and saw almost $40 million spent by organizations, visitors and artists in that same stretch. One random property worth $715,000 in the downtown area in 1987 is now worth $4 million.
A number of factors led to the city’s economic success, the speakers said. Paducah hosts a national quilting festival and is home to a major quilting museum. The city and private businesses invested in numerous public art initiatives and beautification projects, including a series of murals on a wall built in the 1930s to prevent flood damage.
The neighborhoods are tied together by an arts district that boasts multiple galleries and performance venues. And an artist recruitment program offered professional artists an opportunity to own homes in one run-down neighborhood practically free of charge in exchange for the artist’s commitment to invest in and fix up the properties.
“In 10 years, five really, I saw the city completely turn around,” Ford said. All three said this sort of thing can happen in Auburn if the city, local businesses, organizations and the residents themselves can all come together and commit to a similar concept.
An arts district can help tie together Auburn’s many cultural and historic sites that already exist, Lamb said. Private and public initiatives can help spur investments, as can changes to city codes and tax incentives, she said. According to the group, this would improve the city’s quality of life.
Lamb said the city listed similar priorities in the 10-year master plan released last year. And the city council is looking to overhaul some of its codes and zoning policies in the coming years.
“We’ve already done a lot,” Lamb said. “But there’s a lot of potential to move this along even further.”
After the council meeting, Mayor Michael Quill said he was impressed with the presentation and the three speakers’ enthusiasm for improving Auburn through the arts.
Quill said he believes it could be possible with a strong commitment from the city, private sponsors, citizens and arts organizations. Though local initiatives would need to reflect the local community, he said. “I feel something similar is very logical and doable,” Quill said.
Exhibition by Joyce Bond Backus Opens at Imagine That… Gallery Sept. 3
Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will feature new figurative artwork by Joyce Bond Backus throughout September.
The show opens Sept. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday art night. The longtime Skaneateles-area artist—known for her nature, figurative and whimsical paintings—will be in attendance and available to discuss her work. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.
“My recent figure-drawing series combines the tradition of life observation drawing and experimental digital techniques,” says Backus. “I combine multiple hand-drawn images with my digital imagery, handmade paper, hand-written letters and found artifacts. These pieces reflect urban settings, architectural and natural environments.
“Each image created from my life figure drawings becomes a unique work in a series of related themes,” she explains. “My digital techniques have become drawing tools as much as my paintbrush or charcoal stick. I work to create an emotional connection to the art image. I enjoy the psychological element that happens between artist, life model and drawing surface.”
Backus’ jewelry designs are also shown at Imagine That…
Backus works from her home studio in Marietta, where she says she is inspired by “our beautiful area landscapes and my English gardens.”
She earned master’s degrees in illustration and environmental design at Syracuse University and teaches fashion design at SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Her art can be viewed at www.joycebackus.com.
Imagine That… is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call the gallery at 685-6264.
Saturday, August 14 Open House at On the Farm Discover Center. 10:00 AM –
4:00 PM. Producers of the “On the Farm” discovery educational video series. Visit
www.fesko.com Fun for families with children of all ages
Auburn Beautification Commission Encourages Community Partnerships
Developing partnerships between Auburn and area businesses is a great way to help improve the quality of life in the City, and Auburn Beautification Commission would like to see a new program be expanded to its full potential. Under the direction of the ABC, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City, Dickman Farms recently “adopted” the gazebo across from City Hall and spruced the area up with an array of colorful plantings. A small sign tastefully denotes the sponsor of the project.
There are limitless opportunities for similar projects around the city, and ABC encourages business, social clubs or any group of interested volunteers to look for ways that they might get involved. Details are still being finalized, like contractual obligations for upkeep and maintenance, and liability issues related to people performing work on City property. Aside from that, the sky’s the limit for future projects, and it doesn’t need to stop at planting flowers.
Other potential options could include a local service organization constructing a new playground. A small sign could say, “This playground brought to you by (club name here).” This is a small price for something that will have a real impact on people’s lives. The days of plump city budgets and large DPW departments have passed, but with the City, its citizens and businesses sharing the labor — and cost — of enhancements of open spaces, everybody wins.
Art Around Auburn
Another way ABC is working to beautify Auburn is supporting the creation and installation of public art projects in various locations in downtown Auburn.. On Founders Day, many attended the unveiling of Audrey Iwanicki’s metal sculpture installed on Exchange Street in honor of Ted Case. Now, another artistic medium- mosaics- will take center stage in making Auburn more colorful and inviting.
In April, artists Jesse Kline and Dave Tobin were funded by Stardust Foundation of CNY to take a mosaic training with Isaiah Zagar, in Philadelphia. That training led to another Stardust grant to create mosaics in Auburn. “We believe that the idea of mosaics, designed by local artists and put together by local volunteers, of all ages, are a way to bring members of our community together and also create local art that will last years and show off Auburn’s rich history and heritage,” said Guy Cosentino, the Executive Director of the Stardust Foundation of Central New York.
The team’s first stop is Angelo’s Pizza, a long-time staple for authentic flat-crust pizza. Angelo himself, was the inspiration for the mosaic, which will be located on the side wall of the business, facing the parking lot. Kline enlisted the talents of artist Amy Chamberlain to render the composition. “Chamberlain’s linear, contemporary style is a perfect fit for this project,” Kline shared.
Amy Chamberlain said, “I am very honored to work on this project that will bring a modern and interesting focal point downtown. While it would have been an obvious choice to commemorate local heroes such as Harriet Tubman and William Seward, this project celebrates an accessible local hero. Angelo’s contribution is now an institution. He’s a hard-working, everyday guy you could buy a slice from, in this lifetime.”
The mosaic artwork will compliment the existing painted mural across the way at Colonial Laundromat, as well as the Liberty Store’s mural located a block down. Angelo’s mosaic will further solidify East Genesee Street’s commitment to public art. The team will install the piece the first two weekends in August.
To keep the project green, and cut down on costs, Tobin and Kline approached many businesses for material donations. Broken tile, odd lots, open boxes or product samples will be saved from a landfill, and used in the composition. Business donors include Floors & Walls, Roma Tile, Whitings Wallpaper & Paint, Callahan Masonry Supply, Crowley Glass, McGlaughlin Glass, Image Agent and Real Deals.
Community members are also encouraged to donate materials towards the project. Plates, colored glass, mirrors, all types and textures of ceramic pieces- literally pieces, with a flat backside can be used. If interested in donating, or participating in the installation, residents should contact Project Managers Kline (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tobin (email@example.com).
After Angelo’s is completed, the next stop will be Exchange Street. Complimenting the recently redesigned space, and further refining the look, the team will mosaic the smooth concrete low walls, that can be used for seating. Students participating in BluePrint II will be assisting with this installation in the fall.
“The great thing about these mosaic projects is that they will be assembled by volunteers of all ages. People will feel a sense of accomplishment they will savor for years, every time they see their mosaic,” said Project Manager Dave Tobin.
For more information please visit www.artforauburn.wordpress.com and www.beautifulauburn.org and join the Facebook Fan Pages for “Art for Auburn” and “Auburn Beautification Commission.”