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Please join us on Saturday, June 19th, for our first Black & White on a Midsummer’s Night event. We will be featuring the historic Wycoff House in Perry, New York and the eclectic art collection of Ed Jurkowski and John Harris. Dereck and Michelle Rechberger will provide a background of inspired jazz and hors d’oeuvre will be catered by The Hole in the Wall Restaurant. This will be a lovely night to grab a glass of wine and explore the house and grounds. Call the Arts Council at 585.237.3517 for more information and tickets. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are priced at $25 per person or $45 per couple

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With the end of the Holiday Season in sight, many of us are just about ready to gear up for next year’s shows and other events. The Arts Council for Wyoming County would like to invite all of you to apply for the 35th Annual Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show and asks that you return here to our Blog or to our website www.artswyco.org after January 20, 2010, to download a copy of the application. With next year being a significant anniversary, we are working hard to make this the biggest and best show ever with all of our favorite vendors, some new faces and, perhaps, even a blast or two from the past! Please check back after (just to be sure) January 20, 2010 and grab your copy of the application.

Silent AuctionThe ACWC’s Fall sale and auction season is about to end with a BANG! On Saturday, November 14th, starting at 9 am, yes, AM, you will have your final chance at bidding on all of the lovely items we have gathered for your shopping pleasure. During the day you can stop in and place your final bids on the dozens of items in the Silent Auction. We have everything from ceramics to woodworking, paintings, prints and photos. There are things to wear, decorate with and things to eat. The silent bidding ends at 6:30pm so remember to stop in before 6:30pm to make sure you still have the winning bid! Just a reminder: There can be quite a bidding frenzy  right before the end so you may want to check on your items a little before that.

  • Bidding numbers are available at the Gallery, cost $3.00 and cover both the Silent and Live Auctions!

New this year is a Chinese Auction and the jars are filling up with tickets from determined buyers.We have about 15 different baskets filled with Teas, Jellies, Honey, Baby things, Bath items, Hats and mittens. Stop in to buy your tickets during regular Gallery hours Wednesday 9am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 11am – 7pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm (9am to 6:30pm on Saturday, November 14th)

  • Tickets for the Chinese Auction and for the Quilt Raffle are: 1 for $1, 3 for $5, 20 for $10 and are available at the ACWC Gallery and Office located at 31 S Main St, Perry (See hours above)

This year’s Live Auction is filled with the cream of the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show crop along with other beautiful items and services donated by local artists and businesses. It really is worth sticking around until the very end, as each item and package out-shines the last. This auction starts at 7pm and is truly the highlight of the evening!

  • Chinese Auction and Quilt Raffle winners will be announced before the Live Auction

Last but most certainly not least is the Quilt Raffle, in which one lucky person will go home with a beautiful full sized quilt in soft browns with an almost prehistoric horse motif running through it. This quilt was generously donated by the Snippets Quilting group and has called the Arts Council home for the past few months and we will sorely miss it.

  • For both the Quilt Raffle and the Chinese Auction you need not be present to win – but you do have to come in to buy your tickets!

The end of winter marks the beginning of the student art work season here at ACWC and this year’s schedule started out with a bang on February 20th. Nearly 50 people braved the high winds, white-outs, ice and near 0° temps and were rewarded with great artwork and cupcakes! ACWC Bookkeeper, Char Joslyn and her sister Darcy provided the cupcakes, while students from every school in the county and home schoolers provided 100 works of art. This is the most colorful and varied exhibit of the year and this year’s is bigger and brighter than ever! Each student displayed the one piece that best represented their work so far this year. Students and their families have been stopping in the Gallery everyday this week and the pride radiates from all of them as they stand in front of their work. The Elementary Student work is on view through Saturday, March 7th so you have one more week to stop in and see it. After that, on Saturday, March 14th, the High School Student show will open and be available for viewing through Saturday, April 11th, when the College Students are in the gallery for another month.

I am looking for artists that sell their work online. Every end of the spectrum – if it’s considered arty in any way, shape or form that’s what I’m looking for. If you have a website, that is not on the list to the right, please leave a comment with the link and your name. I know of a few of you that have stores on Etsy,  deviantART and other places as well. I would like to list those too. It would be interesting and helpful to get impressions of what is available out there and what you would suggest for artists, new to online marketing, to keep in mind.

The flip side of this request is all of you that are looking for advice on setting-up a space and selling your work online. Please send your questions and I’ll try and set you up with someone experienced in your medium.

I think this could be the beginning of a great forum for helping local artists get their work out in the marketplace.

Thanks for all of your input.

For those of you who have wondered about the process for getting a booth at the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show & Sale; here is your chance! The applications for booth space are now available at our website in the Application & Information area. After you get there what you do is: print out all four pages, fill out the application, burn your images to a disk (make sure they will run smoothly on Windows XP) and send it all in with your application fee. This really is a great show – ask anyone! Now is your chance to get in on the action.

Arts organizations are urging the new administration to include artists and the arts in its economic plans. Some good points here, including from US Representative from Rochester, Louise Slaughter.

NYT: Arts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery

Arts groups said that they would seek to drive home the idea that culture is an economic engine. “Arts jobs are jobs,” said Marc A. Scorca, president and chief executive of Opera America. “We see opera companies cutting health care, administrative staff — these people are taxpayers and rent payers and mortgage payers, just like every other employee.”