It's a Busy October at ACOR!

It’s officially Fall and we’ve got a busy month ahead of us here at ACOR!

GRANT DEADLINE!

By now, if you’ve been working on a submission for the Arts Alive! grants program administered by ArtsWestchester, you should be well aware that that deadline is Wednesday, October 2nd, at 11:59pm! Information about the program, including grant guidelines, can be viewed here.

ACOR MEMBERS’ SHOW

Due to the application deadline falling over Rosh Hashanah, we’ve decided to extend the Call for Artists for the ACOR Members’ Show to this Friday, October 4. The Terms and Conditions may be viewed here. Please contact Cheryl Baun at cheryl@artscouncilofrockland.org if you are interested in participating and return the signed Terms and Conditions form to Cheryl or bring with you at drop-off.

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ACOR OPEN STUDIO

We are having an Open Studio event at the ACOR office and Members’ Gallery this Sunday, October 6. We are located within the Garner Arts Center, 55 W. Railroad Avenue, Building 24, Suite A, Garnerville, NY 10923. Between 2:00-4:00pm, come visit us for the following:

  • A special viewing of "Solace Uncovered: Photographic Poems of Love," by Scott Bandremer - the artist will be present!

  • Learn about the workshops and opportunities we offer for Rockland County artists!

  • Chat with the Executive Director and members of our Exhibitions Committee and learn how you can exhibit at one of our galleries!

  • Everyone who attends has the opportunity to be entered into a special raffle to win a FREE membership or FREE registration to the upcoming "Connecting through Story: Master Class with Jim Fyfe" event!

  • FREE Apple Cider and Apple Cider Donuts!

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2ND SATURDAY SERIES: “WHAT IS YOUR ART WORTH?”

Join Lisa D’Amico and Jane CoCo Cowles for a 2nd Saturday Series presentation titled “What is Your Art Worth?” on Saturday, October 12, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989.

The reality of modern life for any working artist is diversification. If you want to make an income as a photographer or artist, sometimes it’s not always enough to rely on gallery exhibits and freelance clients. Luckily, as the world has changed, the opportunities for artists to make money from their creativity have also expanded. We will explore different ways to monetize your art in order to achieve both creative and financial strides.

Deciding what price to put on your artwork can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With simple steps, you can take the guesswork out of placing a price tag on your artwork. We will discuss key aspects of pricing including comparables, negotiation techniques, and long term strategies.

2nd Saturday Series workshops are always FREE for ACOR members; only $10 for non-members. All are welcome! Please register here. To read more about our presenters, click here.

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CONNECTING THROUGH STORY: MASTER CLASS WITH JIM FYFE

In addition to monthly professional development workshops (2nd Saturday Series), ACOR is committed to providing additional opportunities for artists of all disciplines to also develop personally, in order to help advance their work. Through our Master Class Series, we encourage artists to step away from their studios, rehearsal spaces, cameras, etc. for additional learning and networking. Our first Master Class workshop is a collaboration with the Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) on Monday, October 21, from 7:00-9:00pm.

ARTISTS! Learn how to explain your work to others and to yourself! A fun, interactive workshop for creatives of all disciplines.

$20 for members of ACOR or RoCA
$25 for non-members

Click here to register.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jim Fyfe coaches speakers for TED and TEDx events and has taught on-camera technique, acting, and improvisation. He has written for "Biography," and "Night after Night" on Comedy Central among others.

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FREE workshops for ACOR members!

Have you taken advantage of ACOR’s 2nd Saturday Series workshops? All ACOR members are invited to attend monthly workshops for FREE! Workshops are open to the public, and non-members may attend at a fee of $10. But, really, why not just become an ACOR member?!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

“Art Business Law: Navigating the Legal Landscape,” presented by Larry Berglas

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Contracts, Copyright, Trademark, Wills & Estates, Negligence & Risk Management, Doing Business Online, Dealing with Lawyers, and more….

This session is part of our 2nd Saturday Series, made possible by the Rockland County Legislature and the New York State Council on the Arts.

ACOR Members attend for FREE! Only $10 for non-members. All are welcome! PLEASE REGISTER HERE:
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18692

Lawrence A. Berglas, Attorney at Law
Larry Berglas is an attorney based in Westchester County, New York whose eclectic solo practice includes a focus on the area of art business law and related areas of practice. Since 1990, Larry has counseled and represented clients in copyright, trademark, contract, wills, estates, probates and trusts matters, business matters, nonprofit corporation law matters, negligence and risk matters, litigation and commercial and residential real estate matters.

In addition to his commitment to the law, Larry is a writer and a musician. Larry is the author of Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book, a little law book inspired by the arts. His freelance articles have been published in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure (Books About the Beach), DECOR, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley, the International Interactive Communications Society newsletter and at PremierGuitar.com (Anatomy of a Blues Jam), at The GolfExpert.com and at USLaw.com. Larry was a finalist in the Westchester Wag’s Bill and Hillary: The New York Years Short Story Contest. Larry plays acoustic and electric guitar and during his college days, he performed at, among other places, Sloop Clearwater festivals along the Hudson River and at Folk City in Greenwich Village. These days, he may be found playing at local blues jams.

Larry teaches Arts & Entertainment Law as an Adjunct Lecturer/Professor in the Arts Management Program at Purchase College. Arts & Entertainment Law focuses on wide-ranging issues and risk management for artists and arts professionals. Some of the areas covered include contracts, copyright, trademark, domain name and Internet issues, freedom of speech and defamation, estate planning, board of director liability, not-for-profit and for-profit business law issues and negligence, liability and lawsuits. He also teaches Negotiation Skills.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm, Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

“What is Your Art Worth?” presented by Jane CoCo Cowles and Lisa D’Amico

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The reality of modern life for any working artist is diversification. If you want to make an income as a photographer or artist, sometimes it’s not always enough to rely on gallery exhibits and freelance clients. Luckily, as the world has changed, the opportunities for artists to make money from their creativity have also expanded. We will explore different ways to monetize your art in order to achieve both creative and financial strides.

Deciding what price to put on your artwork can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With simple steps, you can take the guesswork out of placing a price tag on your artwork. We will discuss key aspects of pricing including comparables, negotiation techniques, and long term strategies.

This session is part of our 2nd Saturday Series, made possible by the Rockland County Legislature and the New York State Council on the Arts.

ACOR Members attend for FREE! Only $10 for non-members. All are welcome! PLEASE REGISTER HERE:
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18693


Jane Coco Cowles

Jane Coco Cowles is a designer and attorney. She graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in English and Fine Arts. She began her career in fashion working for for Lacoste, Richards of Greenwich and as a photo editor for Arts & Antiques magazine. Her keen eye for detail is an asset that helped her graduate with honors from law school and later receive an LLM in taxation from New York Law School. Jane has worked in law firms, taught business law at the European School of Economics and worked in accounting at Ernst & Young focusing on the areas of corporate law, business formation and contracts. Art has been a constant in her life. Jane’s fine line illustration is influenced by her her love of precision and career beginnings in fashion. Jane’s designs can be seen in Conde Nast Traveler and GQ. She has received many design awards including the Drew University Dean’s Prize for Art. Her work is exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Italy. She resides in New York with her daschund, Pico, where she works as a communications strategist and advises artists.


Lisa D'Amico

Lisa D'Amico is an ivy league educated artist and educator with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts in addition to a Doctorate in Education. She is a NY and NJ certified art teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. She is an award winning artist, published writer and an accomplished curator. She has curated over 25 art exhibits for individual and group artists as well as conducting regional 'call for artists' opportunities. She has dedicated her life and career to the arts and education.



Call for Artists for 2019 ACOR Members' Show

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We are excited to announce our 2019 Members’ Show, which will take place November 9, 2019 through January 23, 2020 at the ACOR Members’ Gallery, located within the Garner Arts Center, at 55 W. Railroad Avenue, Building 24, Suite A, in Garnerville, NY.

Artists who are members of the Arts Council of Rockland are invited to participate. Guidelines and application can be viewed here.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2019

Exhibition: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Thursday, January 23, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019

HOW TO APPLY:

Email Cheryl Baun at cheryl@artscouncilofrockland.org by October 1. Only active members of ACOR are eligible to apply. For information about how to join or renew your membership, click here.



Current ACOR Exhibitions through October 31, 2019!

It’s so very exciting to be able to provide opportunities for the artists in our community. Have you visited either of the ACOR galleries?

Nyack Art Collective Group Show, Rockland County Courthouse

Nyack Art Collective Group Show, Rockland County Courthouse

Currently, we have THREE exhibits on view at the Rockland County Courthouse! You may be familiar with the Nyack Art Collective and their First Friday events that take place at Casa del Sol in Nyack, NY. Now you can see their work in a group show in the Jury Room at the Courthouse. Also, exhibiting on the 2nd Floor of the Courthouse is Jane CoCo Cowles, with her unique fine line illustrations, stemming from her love of precision and career beginnings in fashion. We are also pleased to be able to extend our exhibit opportunities at the Courthouse to include 3D art! Our first artist exhibiting in this category is Colleen Vanderhoef, with her “Wheel-Thrown Ceramic Forms.”

“Ocean”, large stoneware vase with multi color glaze, by Colleen Vanderhoef

“Ocean”, large stoneware vase with multi color glaze, by Colleen Vanderhoef

The ACOR Hidden Treasures Gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of the Rockland County Courthouse, 1 S. Main Street, New City, NY.

Works by Jane CoCo Cowles, Rockland County Courthouse

Works by Jane CoCo Cowles, Rockland County Courthouse

Opening on Saturday, September 7 at the ACOR Members’ Gallery is “Solace Uncovered: Photographic Poems of Love,” Works by Scott Bandremer. All are invited to the Opening Reception with the artist from 3:00-5:00pm.

Forgotten Love, photograph by Scott Bandremer

Forgotten Love, photograph by Scott Bandremer

The ACOR Members’ Gallery is located at the Arts Council of Rockland, within the Garner Arts Center, 55 W. Railroad Avenue, Building 24, Suite A, Garnerville, NY.

All of the aforementioned exhibitions will be on view through October 31, 2019.

A Successful Return of the Arts Awards!

A Successful Return of the Arts Awards!

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, nearly 200 people gathered at the Nyack Seaport to celebrate the Rockland County arts community at the long-awaited return of the Arts Council of Rockland’s Arts Awards.

Daly Flanagan, executive director of Rockland Center for the Arts; Elliott Forrest, artistic/executive director of ArtsRock and Peabody Award winning producer and broadcaster at WQXR radio; and C. Scott Vanderhoef, arts advocate and former County Executive (1994-2013) were honored at the event.

Announcing the 2019 Arts Awards Nominees...

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The Arts Council of Rockland is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 2019 Arts Awards!

Nominations were received through an open nominations process. All nominations are anonymous to protect the integrity of the process. Winners will be determined through a voting process by the ACOR membership. Nominees have been invited to attend the Arts Awards on May 1 at The Nyack Seaport, at which the winners will be announced.

Voting is now OPEN! Anyone who is a member of the Arts Council of Rockland may vote. Please read about each nominee and cast your vote.

Please JOIN US on May 1 to celebrate all of these incredible nominees! Ticket information and other details can be found here.

2019 ARTS AWARDS NOMINEES

ARTS EDUCATOR

Nina Berlingeri

Diana Green

Performing Arts Department at Rockland Community College

Michael Porfido

Kelly Quartironi

Jim Shaughnessy

Stage Left Children’s Theater

Freia Titland

 

ARTS LEADERSHIP

Children’s Shakespeare Theatre

Haverstraw Riverwide Arts

Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

Donna Davies Timm

Patricia Zippilli

 

LITERARY ARTIST

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

A Anupama

Jane Marino

Angelo Parra

James Ramsay

 

PERFORMING ARTIST

Peter Furlan

Freia Titland

Dr. Debra Weiss

 

VISUAL ARTIST

Kris Campbell

Kristian Comer

Lisa D’Amico

Lisa Levart

Freia Titland

 

Rockland Grantees' Networking Breakfast

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the Rockland recipients of the Arts Alive grants program, administered by ArtsWestchester and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, gathered at the Arts Council of Rockland for a networking breakfast. Grants were made in three categories: Community Projects, Individual Artists, and Arts Education.

Participants shared information about their respective projects, which ranged from an interactive theater piece by Tolstoy to musical theater classes for adults with developmental disabilities, from original songs based on interviews with people affected by war to “memoirs in a bottle” created by 8th graders based on stories told to them by senior citizens. Grantees talked about their process and the impact of their projects, both on the artists and on their audiences. The group shared resources and learnings with each other.

Below is the full list of Rockland grantees for 2019:

  • Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts, and Culture

  • Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library

  • Haverstraw RiverArts Fund

  • Nyack Library

  • Piermont Straus Foundation, Inc

  • River River Writers Circle

  • Rockland Camerata

  • Rockland County Pride Center

  • Threefold Educational Foundation & School

  • West Third Street Dance/Debra Weiss Dance Company

  • Arlene Sorensen

  • Jeffrey Friedberg

  • C. A. MacFinn

  • Craig Smith

  • Fereshta Ramsey

  • John Morton

  • Peter Strasser

Congratulations, once again, to all of the recipients of the grants! They make Rockland proud! Please be sure to check our Arts Calendar for the upcoming events of the funded projects. Stay tuned for details on the next cycle of Arts Alive grants sometime this summer.