PLATSBURGH – The Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh was fully returned to service in June 2021.
Once launched, it did not stop under the reins of Jim Carroll, director of operations; Nancy Armitage, head of the Clay Studio & Market; David Monette, gallery director; Heather LaValley, Executive Director; and Sheila Nugent; Administrative Assistant.
The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the election of new board members: Tom McNichols, president; Logan Brody, 2nd Vice-President; Jerrod Olsen, Acting Treasurer; and Jared Burns, secretary.
The Strand’s annual appeal said: â2021 has been a busy year. Hundreds of students have participated in our youth arts programs and, with grant funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, we have completed major renovations to our theater and arts center.
âNow completely transformed, you will find a state-of-the-art MakerSpace suite located on the second floor of the Arts Center. This includes the digital technologies lab, visual arts and music studios and multimedia lab equipped with everything, from a CNC router, 3D printers, digital drawing pads and cameras, to sewing machines, printing press and much more.
âThe possibilities of what we can create are endless. Students and instructors now have the opportunity to master their craft and gain experience with technologies and tools previously inaccessible to our community. We encourage you to you stop by and see our new space for yourself, or better yet, sign up for a class and bring a friend, and see for yourself what the Strand has to offer.
âOur theater has also received updates, such as the beautiful concession counter and upgraded sound and lighting equipment which is already garnering rave reviews. These changes and new technical capabilities allow for expanded programming – stay tuned. listen for more exciting announcements soon!
All of this, in addition to our extremely popular gallery, ceramics studio and artisan markets, strengthens our position as the region’s greatest cultural asset. “
The Strand Center Theater officially reopened with Scott Bradlee’s âGrand Re-Opening Tourâ Post Modern Jukebox on October 27 in co-production with Higher Ground, a partnership for a sustainable future and continuous productions of the highest quality.
The Strand teamed up with Mountain Lake PBS to produce âSoundscapes,â which merged the music of local musicians with stunning drone footage of the Adirondacks, northern Canada and southern Quebec.
Twelve performing artists – Taylor LaValley, Adrian Carr, Neil Wright, Dan Martin, Beartracks (Tom Venne and Julie Hogan), Nate Pultorak, TJ White, Lydia von Hof, Giovanina Bucci, Marie-Elaine Gagnon, Kevin Sabourin and Gretchen Koehler and Daniel Kelly – were filmed at the Strand Theater.
The Strand Theater also hosted productions of âAn Evening of the Arts with Hansel & Gretelâ from the Adirondack Dance Company in June at Plattsburgh Blues and Jazz, which presented âSipp and Blues at the Strandâ in August, and Eric Gales Band in September. .
September also marked the premiere of “Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk”, a documentary co-produced by Paul Frederick (videographer / editor), Bruce Carlin (director) and Julie Canepa (screenwriter).
“The Nutcracker in a Nutshell” opened on Thanksgiving weekend and was co-produced by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and EMERGE125.
The Adirondack Regional Theater transported Strand audiences to the golden age of American radio with their version of “It’s A Wonderful Life, a live radio play” this month.
The Strand’s fall shows included hometown boys Lucid in November and the Gibson Brothers in December.
The Omicron variant makes the near future unknown with upcoming shows The Wood Brothers on Sunday, January 30; Eaglemania on Saturday February 5; and Kashmir – The Live Led Zepplin Show on Saturday March 5th.
At the Strand Main Gallery, exhibits included: âGods and Monstersâ by artist Jim Kobak in May; photographer Ron Nolland’s personal exhibition, âSeeing is Believing,â in June; Members’ summer show in July; âNorth Country Exposures: A Candid Look at the Past Decadeâ by photographer Gabe Dickens in August; Patricia Down’s solo exhibition âBetween Layers and Pointsâ in October; and âPhotographic images of the majesty, beauty and splendor of the night skyâ by astrophotographer Herb Carpenter in November; and the annual members’ show during the holidays in December.
RESILIENCE & SUCCESS
Since its birth in containment, the Strand Artisan Pop-Up Market has tripled in size and has been a resounding success for both artisans and the public.
“The Strand Center for the Arts is deeply grateful to the New York State Council for supporting art through the Organizational and Individual Artist Program Grants in 2022,” according to a press release.
“These awards will help fund our continued efforts to create and present a wide variety of accessible and high-quality artistic and cultural experiences in the North of the country. It is with the continued support of NYSCA and our community – members, patrons. , artists, and our partners – that we can contribute to a better quality of life for all.
“We invite everyone to visit our website, social media and the downtown Plattsburgh campus in 2022 to see what wonderful new programming we have in store.”
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