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Open Studio: NCPR's monthly arts roundup

Last Thursdays, 7:00 pm

NCPR's Todd Moe guides 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.

Hosts Hilary Oak, Todd Moe & Beth Robinson

SLC Arts logoOpen Studio is 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. For more information about the program, contact Open Studio.

Open Studio features

Ontario artist Grace Varley and her daughter, Tanya.
Ontario artist Grace Varley and her daughter, Tanya.

Painting winter alfresco

There are many ways to enjoy being outdoors this time of year, and many ways to portray winter's beauty. Ontario artist Grace Varley loves getting out to paint what she sees. Sometimes her daughter, Tanya Gordon, joins her. The two spent a recent sunny Sunday on a frozen lake, where they spoke with Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Loose Ends 2007

Dale Hobson's New Year's resolutions are all "continuing resolutions." He reads his new poem, Loose Ends 2007.  Go to full article

Open Studio (full program)

NCPR's monthly arts program is on the road for the holidays, airing live from the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. The theme is "tying up loose ends," and we celebrate the coming new year with music, art and words. Featuring music for the season with the some down-home old-time folk music with Stringfolks, knot art from Tim Whitten, a loose ends poem from Dale Hobson, and celebrating 10 years of the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
"The Angel of the Resurrection" window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam NY. Tiffany, 1895.
"The Angel of the Resurrection" window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam NY. Tiffany, 1895.

Open Studio live from Trinity Church (full program)

NCPR's monthly arts program, broadcast live from Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam. Hear the story behind the church's Tiffany stained glass windows, and meet a local artist whose classroom project led to a passion for stained glass art. Sample holiday music from around the world with the Noteworthy Handbell Choir, and preview St. Lawrence University's Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Go to full article

A year of music and stories

UpNorth Music, North Country Public Radio's local music project, has just completed its recording phase, in which hundreds of musicians from every corner of the North Country participated. Open Studio's Beth Robinson sat down with project coordinator Jill Breit and audio engineer Joel Hurd to find out what the last year has been like, hear stories from the road, and learn more about the next phase of the project. Joel tells Beth about how UpNorth Music began.  Go to full article

Open Studio (complete program)

Our theme is the art of storytelling. We talk with Keene Valley town librarian Karen Glass who tells the tale of a benevolent troll. Potsdam actor and storyteller Ed Clark shares his story of a wizard, a magic crystal and some frogs. Joel Hurd and Jill Breit tell stories of music and the road. They've just finished a year-long recording tour of the North Country, meeting hundreds of musicians, as part of the UpNorth Music Project. In our Giving Voice segment, Russell poet John Berbrich connects poems and stories. Todd Moe hosts.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: John Berbrich?poems and stories

Russell poet John Berbrich spent a rowdy youth growing up on Long Island. Many years later the stories and characters of his childhood and teen years have elbowed their way to the front of his poetic imagination. He stopped by the studio this week to read a few of his poems, and to talk with Dale Hobson about what makes a good story, and what makes a good poem. You can order his book Balancing Act from Bone World Publishing, 3700 County Route 24, Russell NY 13684.  Go to full article
From left: Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley, and Mary Sanders Shartle
From left: Marilyn McCabe, Elaine Handley, and Mary Sanders Shartle

Giving Voice: Three Adirondack poets

Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle come together from their respective parts of the Adirondacks to make poetry within a tradition of Adirondack women writers that is old as the hills. Their collaborative chapbooks, Notes From the Fire Tower and Glacial Erratica have won the Adirondack Center for Writing's award for Best Book of Poetry two years running. Dale Hobson talked with the authors about their work and their traditions at Marilyn McCabe's get-a-way along Clifford Brook in the Town of Keene.  Go to full article

Open Studio (complete program)

The theme is traditions on our monthly regional arts round-up. We hear from three poets on the tradition of women writing in the Adirondacks, from St. Lawrence Valley artist Wayne Brown on nature and sculpture, and from Canton students on this weekend's Remington Arts Festival. With traditional tunes from our musical guests, the Whippersnappers.  Go to full article
Judy and Keith Hunt
Judy and Keith Hunt

Open Studio (complete program)

NCPR's monthly celebration of the arts continues with the theme "Art for Life." Who says retirement means leaving one's vocation behind? Join us for stories from people who have devoted their lives to the arts. Our musical guests are Keith and Judy Hunt from the Thousand Islands with some old time fiddle and dance music.  Go to full article

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