The Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) has many activities planned for the upcoming months. Mark your calendars to attend one or all of the workshops and performances.
Journals April 7
If you dig deep into your linen closet or cedar chest, do you have a cherished piece of clothing? Whether it is a wedding dress, a christening gown, or even your father’s old house coat, SCA and Debra Eck will show you how to make a hand-made journal using your vintage fabric. The finished product will make a wonderful gift, the perfect place to collect photos, recipes, family stories and more.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a lunch break. Book binding experience is not necessary, but hand sewing knowledge is helpful. The cost is $55 per student, or $49 for members. Call (716) 592-9038 to register. More information can be found at SpringvilleArts.org.
Forward Into the Light: Songs of the Suffrage Movement April 13
New York State took a leading role in the American Women’s Suffrage Movement from 1848 until 1920 (when American women won the right to vote across the nation). Women’s suffrage supporters worked to educate the public with songs, speeches, lobbying, rallies and marches.
SCA will present Forward into Light: Songs of the Suffrage Movement by Old Songs, Inc. on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. A folk-theater concert, musicians will share songs and dramatic narrative from humorous to poignant that will tell the story of how their efforts resulted in what is considered the most significant achievement of women in the Progressive Era. It was the single largest extension of democratic voting rights in our nation’s history, and it was achieved peacefully, through democratic processes.
The cast of nine includes Greg Artzner, Dan Duggan, Terry Leonino, Peggy Lynn, Annie Rosen, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson. Tickets are on sale for $15 presale by calling 716-592-9038, online at SpringvilleArts.org or $18 at the door.
Annie in May
Springville Players, Director Don Wesley and team are proud to announce the cast of their upcoming large scale production of Annie. The performances will take place on May 17-20, and May 25-27. Tickets are now available by calling (716) 592-9038 or at SpringvilleArts.org. Ticket prices are $15 general, $12 student and seniors, and $10 for groups of fifteen or more.
Casting the show was very difficult, due to the very competitive turn-out of over 85 people auditioning (61 of which were young people hoping for the role of an orphan). Actors cast in this production come from all over the Western New York area, including Springville, East Aurora, Holland, West Seneca, Hamburg, Gowanda, Sanborn, Buffalo and Williamsville.
Adult leads include Michele Calabro as Miss Hannigan, Kelly Campbell as Grace, Jeff Maris as Daddy Warbucks, Jonathan Horton as Rooster, and Tammy Catalano as Lily St. James. The orphans include Brooke Ruzycki as Molly, Emma Dolan as Pepper, Sadie Everhart as Duffy, Maggie Boyle as July, Megan Cassidy as Tessie, Anna Bartolini as Kate, and Sarah Touris as Annie. Also joining the cast in a variety of roles are: Erin Bellavia, Donna Bensted, Sue Fischbeck, Cory Golabeck, Mark Mendola, Pamela Morley, Cassandra O’Connell, Charles Weber, Jennifer Weber and Ted Winkle.
Submit to the Downtown Springville Art Crawl
SCA seeks participants and artwork submissions for the juried Annual Downtown Springville Art Crawl. The deadline to submit is Saturday, April 14. This one-night art event places artwork in small businesses along Springville’s East Main Historic District and visitors stroll from location to location during the free event.
In addition to fine art work, this year’s Crawl is looking for musicians and performers to play interspersed with the artwork, arts installation proposals, arts demonstrations and fine crafters looking to table in a sales area. A small “pop-up shop” marketplace will feature small business owners that do not yet have a storefront space. Community organizations interested in setting up a table to promote their activities are also sought.
The Art Crawl takes place on Saturday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
To submit artwork, artists are asked to email images of their submissions and an entry form to SCAArtSubmissions@gmail.com. Five original pieces of any medium may be accepted. There is no restriction on size or age. If accepted by the jury, artists will be notified and work must be delivered ready to display by April 28. A submission form and details are available at Crawl.SpringvilleArts.org
Performers, community organizations and others interested in participating should call the Center at (716) 592-9038 or email SCAArtSubmissions@gmail.com.
The art jury this year includes Gerald Mead, Christopher Stangler, and Gwendolyn Brown. Gerald Mead is a curator, artist and arts writer who teaches in the Design and Art Education Departments at SUNY Buffalo State. He holds the largest private collection of art in Western New York.
Christopher Stangler has helped create art spaces, taught painting and currently runs a private gallery. He has exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Castellani, and Memorial Art Gallery and won a variety of awards for his work.
Gwendolyn Brown is currently completing her BFA at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto where she majors in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Brown has exhibited her paintings across the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as Italy.