• Pop Superstar Melissa Manchester to Perform at SKARTS’ 10th Annual Gala Fundraiser on July 27th!

    9 June 2014

    manchester feathers smallWe are so pleased to announce that Grammy Award-winning artist, Melissa Manchester, will appear at SKARTS’ 10th Annual Fundraiser Gala to raise funds for the arts in CNY.

    The Gala is SKARTS’ one and only fundraiser each year and the proceeds are used to offer grants to local arts organizations.  To date, SKARTS has issued more than 60 grants to individual artists, arts organizations, choral groups, museums, schools, theaters, and other community non-profit organizations since the program was begun in 2006.

    Melissa’s music has served to establish her as a compelling singer/songwriter.  Her debut releases Home To Myself and Bright Eyes positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and Melissa launched the smash hit single “Midnight Blue”.

    Melissa and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic “Whenever I Call You Friend”, and her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson, Cleo Laine and Barbara Cook, among many others.   Her international hits “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud” were written for her by her friend and frequent collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen.

    Melissa was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist.  In 1980 she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year — “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise” — and went on the make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast.

    Ticket prices for this fundraiser are $125, which includes a 6:00 PM wine reception and original art show featuring several top local artists, a scrumptious dinner at 7:30 and a truly unforgettable concert by the lake in Skaneateles at 8:45.  Seating for this intimate performance is extremely limited which means you should reserve your tickets ASAP before they sell out.  Click on the BUY TICKETS button on this page.

    You can always contribute to SKARTS by sending a tax-deductible donation to Skaneateles Arts Council, PO Box 422 , Skaneateles, NY  13152.  Or you can click on the SUPPORT SKARTS button on the right side of this page.

    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.

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  • Judith McGinn Joins SKARTS’ Board of Directors

    29 May 2014

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    Holland Gregg, President of the Board of Directors of SKARTS, announced that Judith McGinn was recently elected to the board.

    Judith is a freelance writer based in Skaneateles and owns a writing service, The Memoir Writer. Her articles have appeared in publications both in Central NY and in Cork, Ireland, where she lived for many years before moving to Skaneateles. She has had short stories published in the South Carolina Review and Cork Literary Review. She is currently a weekly contributor to the Skaneateles JOURNAL (Village People Profiles). Judith is a past president of the local branch of the American Association of University Women and was also an officer at the New York State level.

    “We are thrilled to have Judith’s creative talents in the mix on our board,” said Gregg.  “She has jumped in with both feet and she’s going to really make a difference on our team and in our arts community,” he said.

    Welcome, Judith!

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  • Creative Conversation with David Ying & Elinor Freer Wows the Audience

    28 April 2014

    SKARTS’ Creative Conversations is designed to present a conversation between artists so that audience members may gain some insights about what it takes to succeed in the arts.

    On April 25, the Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival, David Ying (left in photo below) and Elinor Freer were interviewed by Holland Gregg about their careers in the arts and how they ended up together leading the world famous Skaneateles Festival for the past ten years.

    Ying Freer Gregg2014 will be their last season at the helm of the Festival and it was quite evident that Skaneateles has really touched this amazing couple.

    Go to this link for a quick summary of the event as it was covered by the Auburn Citizen.


    Strodel Vincent Ying Freer Gregg

    Pictured here after the event are SKARTS board member and past president of the Skaneateles Festival, Joe Strodel, Jr., Jean Vincent, the chairperson of the Creative Conversations series, David Ying, Elinor Freer and Holland Gregg, president of SKARTS’ board of directors and moderator of the evening.



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  • SKARTS Announces Funding for 2015 Grants

    11 March 2014

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  • SKARTS’ Creative Conversation with Bruce Coville a Huge Success!

    1 March 2014

    There’s a wonderful story on the event at http://auburnpub.com/news/local/children-s-author-takes-part-in-creative-conversation-in-skaneateles/article_851cd49a-6ce2-5023-829c-6a5f73de30d4.html

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  • SKARTS’ Creative Conversations Presents Bruce Coville!

    3 February 2014

    SKARTS' Creative Conversations with Bruce Coville (photo by Charles Wainwright)

    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.


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  • Thank you, Central New York !

    28 July 2013

    Holland Gregg, President, of SKARTS took a moment at their recent Gala to thank the sponsors and supporters of the event.  He is pictured here with the event’s Emcee, NewsChannel 9’s Carrie Lazarus.

    SKARTS believes supporting the arts and artistic opportunities is essential to Central New York’s spiritual well-being.  A community rich in the arts is a better place to live, work and raise a family.

    SKARTS thanks the following donors and sponsors who help support the arts in Central NY and who made our recent Gala such a success:

    The Cove Level

    Auburn Party Rental, Clear Channel Communications, Cowley Associates, Eagle Newspapers, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Phoebe’s Cafe & Sherwood Inn, WCNY.

    Ten Mile Point Level

    Anyela’s Vineyards, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Jack Rudnick & Stephanie Rudnick, Carl Schramm & Ellen Brown, Skaneateles Journal, Skaneateles Press, The Auburn Citizen.

    File Mile Point Level

    Patience Brewster & Holland Gregg, III, Fleur de Lis Florist, Syracuse New Times, Skaneateles Talk, WAER Syracuse Public Media, WRVO Public Media.

    Glen Haven Level

    Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC, Delmonico Insurance, Fouad & Michael Dietz, Dietz Design, Evan & Liz Dreyfuss, Dunk & Bright Furniture, Gilberti, Stinziano Heintz & Smith, PC, Joelle’s French Bistro, Jim & Kimball Kraus, M&T Bank, Jean & Jack McGlynn/McGlynn Interiors, Bob & Sally Neumann, Patisserie, Rosalie’s Cucina, The Jacobs Press, Carol Watson/Watson Greenhouse.




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  • Thank you, Joe Strodel, Jr. !

    28 July 2013

    Joe Strodel, Jr. (left) served as President of SKARTS since 2005 and really nurtured this young organization into what it is today.  Joe has almost single-handedly raised the funds that have kept the SKARTS going.  This year he has handed over the reins to Holland Gregg, III (right.)

    The Board of SKARTS honored Joe at the 2013 Gala for his wonderful service and dedication, not only to SKARTS, but also to the arts community in Central New York.

    Holly presented a gift to Joe and Joe’s wife, Therese Verley Strodel.

    Joe will continue to serve on the Board and he still brings his wonderful energy and enthusiasm to the organization.

    Thank you, Joe!


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  • Thank you,Tuck & Patti !

    28 July 2013

    Tuck & Patti shared the love on so many levels at the SKARTS benefit fundraiser on July 27th.  They have been married more than 33 years and have performed together for 35!  It was so sweet watching the eye contact and the musical connection which obviously runs so very deep.

    Everyone at the show felt privileged to be a part of such a magical and loved-filled experience.  Tuck lived up to his knock-your-socks-off virtuoso status and Patti’s voice was like a warm summer breeze.

    It was another unforgettable show from SKARTS.

    Special credit goes to Fouad Dietz, who chaired the event, which would not have been possible without Joe Strodel’s incredible fundraising effort.  The entire SKARTS Board was at the top of their game this year.

    Thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to our amazing sponsors!

    Can’t wait until next year!

    You can still contribute the event by sending a tax-deductible donation to Skaneateles Arts Council, PO Box 422 , Skaneateles, NY  13152.


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  • SKARTS Announces Grant Awards for Spring, 2013

    26 May 2013

    The Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) is delighted to announce the recipients of its grants to the creative community in Central New York in 2013.

    Through the generosity of local supporters of the arts, SKARTS has provided nearly $50,000 in grants and several free concerts to the community over the past several years.

    Once again, we hope to help a number of artists, musicians, students, performing arts groups and community organizations through this spring funding initiative.

    The spring 2013 SKARTS funding initiative resulted in five grants issued to the following organizations and artists:

    The Red House Arts Center, for two theater productions in Skaneateles.

    Auburn Chamber Orchestra, for the purchase of musical instruments.

    Skaneateles Community Band, to support free summer concerts in Clift Park, Skaneateles.

    MasterWorks Chorale, for two performances of “Messiah Sings,” in Auburn and Skaneateles.

    Skaneateles Library Association, to support an innovative four-part series of drawing classes for teens and adults.

    To download a application, visit www.skarts.org, and click on the Grants tab, or contact mlgardner37@yahoo.com or call 685-2047.

    About the Skaneateles Area Arts Council:

    The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community.  The Arts Council presents cultural programming and issues community support grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.  The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.  To contact the Arts Council, call (315) 685-2414.

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