Geoff’s Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
June 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the CazArts Newsletter! In this first issue we will be visiting with many of the local Arts Organizations which are the backbone of the Arts & Cultural life here in Cazenovia. How are they doing, what are they doing, will they survive, and what are their plans? For most of us these are indeed challenging times and it would be great if this edition helps you and our arts organization feel more connected. It is clear that we all need each other’s support. It is exactly in times like this where an artist is called to do our work.

In future newsletters we hope to feature some more of you, news and programs which enrich, and resources and opportunities for artists. Would you be interested in writing an article, or a review, we could certainly use some cartons. A talented proofreader would always be welcome. It is my hope that with hard work we will come out of this pandemic and together build a stronger more vibrant arts community here in the greater Cazenovia area.

Geoffrey Navias
CazArts Board President

Our Community
Cazenovia Public Library -
Even though the library building is closed the staff have been working very diligently to continue to provide services to our community. The digital collections of books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and TV shows are all available with your library card. Our website has more information.

Additionally, each week we share information via Facebook and Instagram. Mondays, objects and artwork from our museum are highlighted, Tuesdays tech information is shared. The very popular Throwback Thursdays share historic photographs of Cazenovia with background information. And on Fridays our staff share a story that they read aloud.

Great children's books on signs can be read while walking in front of the library. Each Tuesday Jenna Wright- Martin and our staff distribute free books to families picking up their free meals at the school. Pat Hill, Julia Shotzberger and Elisha Davies are researching and planning the latest addition to our local history room. Pat and Julia also gave virtual presentations to the seventh grade classes on Cazenovia history and the Erie Canal.

In the near future, look for the Poetry on the Trail project that has been planned with Jen Wong of CPF and Hashtag through History, a collaborative effort by Lorenzo, CPF, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and the library to showcase Cazenovia's history. Our staff are working with the MidYork Library System and the state library association to create a detailed plan with all the stages for a gradual reopening when the state allows us. Our website has more information and will be continually updated on when the library can again be fully opened to the public.
Nelson Odeon -

The Nelson Odeon cancelled it's first show on March 10th of this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We then stumbled around in hopes of saving some of our Spring dates but eventually cancelled all events until September. The Nelson Odeon does have shows scheduled for the Fall and Winter 2020-2021. These shows will be subject to New York State health guidelines and our ability to comply to those guideline and or determine if it's financially feasible. Our philosophy is to only open in an environment that is safe for our audience, volunteers, and artists. So, this flight is backed up on the tarmac waiting to take off.
Common Grounds

Common Grounds is looking forward to the time when we can all be together again, sharing a space and cultivating community! We are happy to know that through this difficult time many of our regular groups have been continuing to using in online tools
. Thank you for staying connected and keeping each other safe and cared for.

In preparation for an eventual reopening, we are looking for artists who would be interesting in displaying their work on the walls. If interested please contact Shawn at 315-444-7779 or 
Cazenovia Counterpoint

The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival in July will take place, but might look a bit different. If there is a 4th of July parade, there will be music on a flatbed followed by a couple of vintage trucks & cars. Four outstanding curators have regional artists lined up for the Art Exhibit during the month, if there are venues in which to hang the art work. Those wishing to see the art can social distance as they visit the various venues. The Young Composers Corner will likely take place online, since that is scheduled for the first week in July. The Rising Stars lunch-hour recitals (6 young composers & prize-winning performers) will take place, hopefully live with space between audience members wearing masks, or if need be, online & shared on YouTube. There will be outdoor concerts, e.g. scenes from the commissioned Libba Cotten opera, along with Socially Distanced Sound Worlds outdoors in late July
Cazenovia Art Trail - https://art-trail
We had just start to confirm artist participation in the Cazenovia Art Trail for this September when everything came to a sudden and dramatic COVID-19 halt. Emails circulated among the steering committee members as we began to “hibernate” as one member put it, the prevailing topic was “what to do about the Art Trail”. We asked the input of our participating artists, talked to fellow community members about plans for the summer and the fall in our community, and listened carefully to what Governor Cuomo had to tell us fellow New Yorkers
It is different to see everyone over a Zoom meeting but the Steering Committee took comfort in seeing the familiar faces of our friends as we came to a consensus about cancelling this year’s event. The biggest factor in our decision was our concern for the safety of all Art Trail artists. Some of our artists have the space and resources to enforce the social distancing requirements we anticipate will be in place this fall. Others have small home studio spaces. Many simply said they just were not comfortable with the thought of so many people in their home/studio space or that much interaction
Given how much time and effort all of us put into raising money, planning, and promoting the event we simply couldn’t make decisions to bring this year’s event together. It was especially heartbreaking for me as we had just had a wonderful celebration in December of the first 8 years of the Art Trail. Talking with all the artists at that event had given me renewed energy to keep the Art Trail going strong because of the positive impact it has on all involved. As difficult as it is to admit, it honestly felt like letting everyone down by postponing the event and I cried over the decision 
What I hope is that this “hibernation” time can be used by all of us to recharge and perhaps create expanded and even new bodies of work. May all of us find ways to gain focus, center our energy, stay safe and sane until we can meet again to hug, laugh and share in person
Cathy Savage
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park -

In mid-March, like so many other organizations, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park abruptly closed its office, cancelled spring programs, and adjusted to working remotely with limited staff on site. The Art Park has been able to keep its trails open—providing outdoor space for people to walk and hike. Our staff will be eager to return to the site, we are unsure of when that will be. We are currently reaching out to artists and thinking of unique ways that we can, when we return, share art with our visitors. Please sign up for our e-newsletter and visit our website for updates. Access to art and art making is an important part of our collective wellbeing. We are proud to be a part of the art community
Cazenovia Watercolor Society

How are we dealing with and working through Covid-19 Like the rest of the world Cazenovia Watercolor Society is on a pandemic pause, cancelling our monthly meetings and re-scheduling our
annual May workshop until Fall. Covid-19 can’t cancel the art Quietly in their home studios, at their kitchen tables, in their own creative corners, brushes have been busy as art is being produced. Artwork really has always been more of a solitary venture, so social isolating doesn’t have a strong impact on the creating process. We are fortunate social media venues of online activity have made it relatively easy for artist to connect. Members have entered and been juried into numerous online art exhibits with some of our members earning awards. Many members have participated in daily painting groups, creating a theme and sharing results on social media. April Flowers, a local Facebook group kept artists painting colorful florals to inspire and cheer others. Websites are being built, portfolio’s are being shared online, not just locally but globally. CWS has coordinated and created a Zoom class with artist Sarah Yeoman, our 2019 workshop instructor. Some members have taken online classes to learn new techniques, some have branched out into different genre’s and created masks to donate or sell. As art is a reflection of our experience in the world perhaps there will be a new normal when Cazenovia Watercolor Society can once again come together and resume monthly meetings. Until then stay safe, be healthy and keep those brushes moving

CWS Co-President & Cazenovia resident Judith Haynes Levins follow CWS on Facebook:

Catherine Cummings Theatre Hardest part of this pandemic: The Catherine Cummings theatre at Cazenovia College has always thrived on filling the seats for concerts, plays, musicals, operas, lectures, private events, movies and so much more. The thought of not being able to present shows for the public has never been an option....until now. One of the hardest parts of my job is saying that we need to ‘cancel’ an event, as so many of our amazing artists are working full time, for all of us to enjoy! In the wake of this pandemic, we as a college and as a cultural community, continue to look forward with hope and optimism as we navigate through these difficult times. We can’t wait to see you in our refurbished seats soon

Cazenovia College’s Art and Design

COVID Spring” changed Cazenovia College’s Art and Design plans, but we rallied! Our Annual Juried Student Exhibition went online to an expanded audience and very positive response. You may access it through this link

The Biannual Faculty Exhibit was held in the gallery throughout February, showcasing new work from enameled jewelry, digital collage, gum bichromate photographs and installation to cast glass, artists books, fabric works and painting. Coming very soon
is another online exhibition, Fake Nature. Watch for its release. All Art and Design courses went online/remote following springbreak. Faculty delivered lectures and demos, and held seminars and critiques using Zoom, Microsoft Teams and a variety of other online tools. Students created art-making spaces in their homes: bedrooms, basements, kitchen tables, etc. The inventiveness and creativity of both students and faculty was astonishing!! Look for examples in the upcoming Fake Nature exhibit
Kim Waale Chair, Art and Design


Cazenovia Artisans 

Cazenovia Artisans have been busy in their studios. We all feel so lucky to have a place to go. We are working on a new website and an online store. We have a committee setting up how to reopen the gallery. We all will have exciting new work!

Resources for the Arts
Spring Board for the Arts is an amazing site. Based in MN, much of the info and resources are great for artists and organizations

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund (This site also has a list of national resources and artist resources.)
Creative Alliance

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