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SKARTS Presents Creative Conversations With Bruce Coville,
Moderated by Patience Brewster
Internationally acclaimed children’s author and educator Bruce Coville will be the featured speaker in the next installment of Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

The program, moderated by artist and entrepreneur Patience Brewster, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Loft at 42 Genesee St., Skaneateles.

The two will discuss Coville’s prolific work, life and business, and then take questions from the audience.

Coville, who often works with his wife, Kathy, an illustrator, has more than 18 million copies in print. His 100-plus titles include the international bestseller “My Teacher Is an Alien,” along with “Aliens Ate My Homework” the Unicorn Chronicles series and a Shakespearean series for children. He has won numerous awards and honors, including “Children’s Choice” awards from more than a dozen states, and has been named “Best Local Author” by readers of the Syracuse New Times.

In 2002, he founded Full Cast Audio, an audiobook publishing company that produces full-cast, unabridged recordings of children’s and young adult literature.

Coville says the inspiration for many of his stories comes from his early life in Upstate New York. He grew up 20 miles north of Syracuse, around the corner from his grandparents’ dairy farm, where he spent “a great deal of time dodging cows and chores as well as I was able,” so that he could devote time to reading.

As befits an author, Coville has had a storied career, serving as a teacher, toymaker, magazine editor, gravedigger and cookware salesman before becoming a full-time writer.

Moderator Patience Brewster is an artist, author, illustrator and longtime friend of Coville. Since signing her first book contract at the age of 25, she has illustrated more than 34 books, working in a style that is immediately recognizable. Brewster founded her greeting card company in 2002 and the company’s Ornaments and Gifts Division in 2008. She is the sole creative force behind Patience Brewster Inc., which has sales around the world.

“SKARTS launched Creative Conversations last year to feature local artists and thought leaders in our community and create awareness of how art affects us all,” says Holland Gregg, the organization’s president. “Each program features a thought-leader moderator conversing with an artist, musician, performer or writer. More than 90 people attended our first Creative Conversations, and we expect this event will be equally successful and thought provoking.”

The Loft at 42 Genesee St. is owned by Dr. Robert Kiltz and was recently renovated to include five levels of meeting and living space. The space features architectural lighting, original brick walls and a glass elevator. The event will use two levels of the structure. Hors d’oeuvres will be served on the street level and the presentation will be held on the lake level, one floor down.

Sponsors include Dr. Robert Kiltz, The Loft at 42 Genesee St., Patience Brewster Inc., Group M Communications and Skaneateles Talk. Coville and Brewster have graciously contributed their time to the event, as have other local groups and individuals.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at http://skarts.org/tickets/. Attendance is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are requested by Feb. 24.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts at the gazebo in Clift Park, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.

For more information, contact Jean Vincent at info@vincentmccabe.com or visit http://skarts.org.

 

Posted: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 @ 9:56 am by Curt
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SKARTS Presents Creative Conversations With Patience Brewster, Moderated by Laura Austin

Artist and entrepreneur Patience Brewster will be the first guest in a new series of Creative Conversations presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

Patience Brewster
Patience Brewster


The program, moderated by actress and Central New York arts leader Laura Austin, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 at The Loft at 42 Genesee St., Skaneateles.

The two will discuss Brewster’s art and her business, and then take questions from the audience.

“SKARTS is launching this new series to feature local artists and thought leaders in our community,” says Joe Strodel Jr., the organization’s president. “Each Creative Conversation will feature a thought-leader moderator conversing with an artist, musician, performer or writer. The audience will explore how artists create, live and draw inspiration.”

Since signing her first book contract at the age of 25, Brewster has illustrated more than 34 books. Working in pencil, watercolor and gouache, she has developed a style that is immediately recognizable and highly prized. Her drawings have been featured on greeting cards, holiday ornaments and other home products.

She launched Patience Brewster Cards in 2002, and the company’s Ornaments and Gifts division in 2008. The company, of which she is the sole creative force, has sales around the world.

“Sometimes, a passion or a person has a strong hold on my consciousness and that transforms into a drawing,” Brewster says.

Austin is a founder and associate artistic director of Redhouse Arts Center. In 2003, she developed and implemented the Redhouse Capital Campaign, which raised $1.4 million. She also managed the renovations of a three-story historic building in downtown Armory Square.

At Redhouse, she has been responsible for selecting, casting, directing, acting in, promoting and commissioning works, along with fund-raising. She has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations and has a wide range of acting credits, both nationally and internationally. She is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.

The Loft at 42 Genesee St., Skaneateles, is owned by Dr. Robert Kiltz and has recently been renovated to include five levels of meeting and living space. The space features architectural lighting, original brick walls and a glass elevator. The event will use two levels of the structure. Hors d’oeuvres will be served on the street level and the presentation will be held on the lake level, one floor down.

Sponsors include Dr. Robert Kiltz, Group M Communications, Skaneateles Talk and Vincent McCabe Inc. Brewster and Austin have also graciously contributed their time to the event.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 at http://skarts.org/tickets/. Attendance is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are requested by March 1.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts at the gazebo in Clift Park, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.

For more information, contact Jean Vincent at info@vincentmccabe.com.

Posted: Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 8:10 am by Curt
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Emcees Named for SKARTS Gala     Carrie Lazarus, anchor at NewsChannel 9, and Dr. Robert Kiltz, founder of CNY Fertility Center and CNY Healing Arts, will introduce Latin cultural icon Tito Puente Jr., when he performs with his 12-piece jazz band July 28 at the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) gala at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Concertgoers will have a multisensory experience, listening to the big band music of internationally acclaimed Puente Jr.; watching performers from La Familia de la Salsa, one of the largest Latin dance organizations in Upstate New York; and joining in to interact on the dance floor and take free salsa lessons during breaks. Vivid hot pink, orange and yellow table settings will enhance the outdoor event, as will the gourmet menu prepared by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of the Sherwood Inn. “I’ve listened to Latin music through the decades; Tito Puente is the father of salsa,” says Brian Bromka, artistic director of La Familia de la Salsa and a graduate of Westhill High School. Bromka and his Latin dance group have performed at the New York State Fair, festivals, colleges and universities throughout Upstate New York. La Familia de la Salsa draws interest from people of all ages and nationalities and teaches some 200 people a week such dance steps as salsa, casino and Rueda de Casino, a Cuban-style salsa with a caller. Tickets for cocktails, dinner and dancing are $125. VIP tickets are $250. Proceeds from the gala support the SKARTS community grants program, and fund free concerts and cultural programs presented by SKARTS. For more information, call Fouad Dietz at (315) 685-6655 or go to www.skarts.org.

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Posted: Saturday, July 14th, 2012 @ 8:42 am by Curt
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the Skaneateles Artist Studio Tour.

The Skaneateles Arts Council Fall in Love With Art Studio Tour will be held from 11 am – 4 pm on October 3rd and 4th. 2009.

 Advance sale tickets are being sold at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 22 Jordan Street. On the days of the event tickets will be on sale at the Sherwood Inn lobby. The cost of tickets are $20/person with children free. The following artists are included on the tour:
Ed Little (Painter/Sculptor), Jill Little (Painter/Sculptor), Hetty Easter (Painter), Paul Cowley (Painter/Designer), Jill Droscher (Printmaker), Gary Trento (Painter), Phil Austin (Glass Blower), West Lake Conservators (Conservation & Preservation of art & artifacts), Stacia Landsberg (Designer/Photographer), Steve Datz (Sculpter), Rachel Harms (Painter), Leonard Fishman (Sculptor), Robert Kiltz (Potter), and Helen Woodmansee (Painter). At The Strods Barn Site: Patience Brewster (Artist/Illustrator), Barb Delmonico (Pastel Artist), Chiara Kuhns (Painter), Peggy Manring (Watercolorist), Stephanie Rudnick (Painter).

We hope you are able to come. Phil will be giving glassblowing demonstrations both days.

Also stop and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at Joelle’s French Bistro. They will be open for lunch both days…check it out http://joellesfrenchbistro.com/

If not, please save the dates…Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th for our annual Holiday Open House.

See you soon,

Phil and Peg

For a hotel room visit http://www.skaneatelessuites.com

Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 @ 10:46 am by Curt
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