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Local artists to receive grant money

Helen Demong of Saranac Lake is the recipient of  the individual artists award for her proposal of  “Voices of Timbuctoo: An Abolition Oratorio.”

Helen Demong of Saranac Lake is the recipient of the individual artists award for her proposal of “Voices of Timbuctoo: An Abolition Oratorio.”

PLATTSBURGH — Regional artists will be awarded grants at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts on March 8 for the first annual Tri-County Decentralization Grant Awards Ceremony. The event will be held simultaneously with the closing ceremony for the senior art show.

“As people arrive they will be able to eat, drink, listen to music and see the exhibit before the award ceremony,” said Decentralization Grant Coordinator Kathy Recchia.

Artists from Clinton, Essex and Franklin county will be honored at the ceremony on March 8 at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCCA), which is located at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. Almost 30 area art programs and individual artists were announced as decentralization grant recipients for the 2013 grant funding on Feb 1. Grants were given in the following categories: community arts, arts education, and for the first time an individual artist grant was awarded.

The decentralization is a regrant program intended to help promote the arts in outlying regions. It is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and administered locally by the NCCCA Arts Center in Clinton and northern Franklin counties.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, along with NCCCA board members, will present awards to the grant recipients.

The ceremony will include live music from cellist Muriel Kerr, a meet the artists reception, and will conclude with a closing reception of the senior art show titled “Encore.” The senior exhibition will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the same day in the main gallery of the arts center. The original opening reception was canceled due to a blizzard on Feb. 8.

The “Encore” exhibit features more than 100 works in a variety of mediums by 18 senior artists. There is also an accompanying display of original artwork by approximately 40 Girl Scouts focusing on the theme of “Important Women throughout History,” in celebration of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.

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