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NCPR Celebrates Creativity in the North Country with Open Studio (4/18/06)

North County Public Radio begins a series of monthly programs on the arts this month. Open Studio will debut on Thursday evening, April 27 at 7 pm. NCPR's Todd Moe will guide listeners through a one-hour on-air magazine that explores the work and the stories of the region's many visual artists, musicians, theaters, writers and dancers. Open Studio will be co-hosted by Hilary Oak, Director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, and Beth Robinson, of What a Raquette Music and Dance - a Potsdam-based group that promotes music and dance.

Each month, Open Studio will give listeners a chance to hear what's new, what's hot and what's happening in the arts in the region. Hilary Oak says the SLC Arts Council is pleased to be a part of the new show. "We'll be talking to our neighbors who are making music, writing books, carving sculptures, braiding rugs, and making beautiful things just down the road," Oak said. Each monthly program will include a live musical guest or band, a calendar of arts events, stories and features about artists from across the region, and "Giving Voice," a showcase of recent poetry performance in the region, selected by NCPR's Dale Hobson.

The April 27 show will feature live music and conversation with Piquant! Their music evokes a "bistro" atmosphere with flavors from Latin dance styles, along with the sweet tones of French Musette and a touch of swing. Dale Hobson will talk with Vermont poet David Budbill about his hermit alter ego "Judevine Mountain," and play some of his work as interpreted by a jazz improv trio. Also featured, rug hooking expert Prudence Matthews whose exhibit of rugs depicting scenes on the St. Lawrence River, "Hooked on the River," is on display at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) in Canton.

North Country Public Radio hosts extensive arts-related content on its website,, including a community calendar, features and interviews, regional theater reviews, an online gallery which showcases selections from area galleries and exhibits, and an online concert hall.

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