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MArts Madness to highlight Ti artists

Cultural events slated March 2-17

Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. Helping plan MArts Madness are, front from left, Mariann Rapple, June Curtis, Chattie Van Wert; back, Vincent Smith, Jill Cunningham, Cathie Burdick, Deb Malaney, Steven Boyce and Jerry Cooper.

Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. Helping plan MArts Madness are, front from left, Mariann Rapple, June Curtis, Chattie Van Wert; back, Vincent Smith, Jill Cunningham, Cathie Burdick, Deb Malaney, Steven Boyce and Jerry Cooper.

— MArts Madness is coming to Ticonderoga.

Two weeks of cultural events and activities — dubbed MArts Madness — have been planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. MArts Madness will be March 2-17.

“One of the activities of the initiative this winter has been to develop MArts Madness, a celebration of the cultural arts of the Ticonderoga area, and a take off on the basketball March Madness,” explained, Vincent Smith, the group’s chairman. “From March 2 to March 17 there will be a variety of cultural events. Keep your eyes open for the many activities that will brighten your winter.

“There will be a wide variety of visual, performing and literary activities,” he said. “Almost every arts organization in Ticonderoga will participate in brightening up the winter months and celebrating the arts energy that goes on year round in the Ticonderoga area.”

Highlighting MArts Madness will be the opening of a new gallery.

STUDIO 117, located directly next to The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga, will open Saturday, March 2, with a reception and art show 5 to 10 p.m. Sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, furniture and more will be shown and be for sale. The show will continue through March 17.

Participating artists include June Borho, Jessica Chevelier, Tonya Whitford Condon, Tavish Costello, Matt Gregson, Skye Gregson, Brad Peria, Willa Shakeshaft and Crispin Shakeshaft.

“With hard work, coordination as a community, and donations from Aubuchon Hardware, we have renovated and brought life to another of the downtown Ticonderoga's vacant storefronts,” Costello said. “This opening event will be a unique experience for all. We will be gathering to enjoy live music, unique art works and refreshments.”

Costello also noted the contributions of the Reale family and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance in making the gallery a reality.

Other MArts Madness events include:

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