The Roxbury Arts Group Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary!
2014 Season is Announced Performances, Exhibits, Films, Worskshops, Youth Camps and more!
607.326.7908 or roxburyartsgroup.org
35 years ago, a group of community members gathered around a kitchen table in Roxbury and began to dream of an organization that would celebrate and make the arts accessible right here in the Catskills. That organization became the Roxbury Arts Group, and this year the organization is celebrating its 35th Anniversary with an exciting season of performances, events and workshops for all to enjoy! For full season details, visit the Roxbury Arts Group website at www.roxburyartsgroup.org.
The Spring/Summer Performance Season kicks off on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM with the Jammin’ Divas performing at the Roxbury Arts Center. The Divas, Aoife Clancy (Ireland) of the Grammy Nominated group Cherish the Ladies, Nicole Zuraitis (USA), Kath Buckell (Australia), and Hadar Noiberg (Israel) will blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from each of their cultures.
The 2014 Performance Season continues with gypsy-rockers Caravan of Thieves, authentic Mississippi blues from the Cedric Burnside Project, an expanded Old School Baptist Church Essential Thursdays performance series, a series of outdoor performances in Veterans Memorial Park in Stamford, a series of films in Kirkside Park, a road trip to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in MA for a full day of activities culminating with a rare east coast performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet and so much more! Community favorites such as For Arts’ Sake and FIDDLERS! also return this year, as well as a special event offered in collaboration with the Catskill Quilters Hall of Fame.
And the Roxbury Arts Group is not just performances. RAG will also continue to offer their popular monthly community programs such as the Open Mic JAM!, Writers’ Evening, Art Start Academy, and their Drop In Art Class Series which continues on Saturday, May 17th with photographer Kevin Q. Grey. For next month’s workshop, Grey will lead participants through all of the basic (and not so basic) functions of today’s digital cameras, talk on compositional skills and photo editing software and include an outdoor ‘photo safari’ in Roxbury (weather permitting).
The Roxbury Arts Group is also offering a series of exhibition in the Walt Meade Gallery in Roxbury. The next exhibit Correspondences opens on May 10th, with a reception at 4:00 PM, and will feature ceramics by Peter Yamaoka and paintings and drawings by Carrie Yamaoka. Brother and sister, the two artists share certain affinities, developed over years of being in each other’s orbit.
It’s almost summer and that means it’s time for Rock n’ Pop Theater Camp, this year led by youth educator / director Malissa Kano-White who will direct campers through a week of training and rehearsals culminating in a musical written specifically for them and an encore concert performance. And new to the Roxbury Arts Group this summer is a 2-week Dance Intensive Camp culminating in a recital, Saturday, July 26th, led by professional dancer and instructor Victoria Lundell. Dance classes being offered are Creative Movemet, Ballet, JazzFunk and Bring Your Moves! for dancers ages four through fifteen.
“We are just in love with this year’s season” says Jenny Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the Roxbury Arts Group. “This year we really took the time to reflect on all of the important work RAG has done over the years in our community, and this year’s season celebrates the spirit of that work by offering performances, events, exhibits and workshops that are exciting, high-quality, and fun!”
For more information and ticket reservations please visit www.roxburyartsgroup.org, or call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607.326.7908.
All programs offered by the Roxbury Arts Group are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, the Community Foundation of South Central New York, 2014 Season Sponsor WIOX Community Radio 91.3 FM, and by the generous donations from individual community members like you.