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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

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Jim and Gwen Tracy
Jim and Gwen Tracy

Open Studio (complete program)

We talk about leaving an arts legacy with teachers, students, mentors and protégés. At Schroon Falls Farm, art and garden design are a family affair. We chat with a fiber artist from St. Lawrence County who works with young people. Choreographer Rebecca Kelly, who calls the North Country home in the summer months, tells us about her early years as a dance student. St. Lawrence Area Poets (SLAP) talk about receiving and passing the torch on Giving Voice, and musician/composer Sue Grimm pays tribute to her musical mentors. Gwen Tracy and her father, guitarist Jim Tracy, join us live with a mix of jug band, old-time and '60s era music.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Passing the torch with SLAP

It was a sweltering night in the Fields coffeehouse in Potsdam, with a loud buzz of traffic, fans, ice-grinders and table talk competing for the microphone--but that didn't deter folks from coming out to hear a group reading by members of SLAP, the St. Lawrence Area Poets. Dale Hobson sat down with SLAP member JeanMarie Martello to find out more about the new writers' group.  Go to full article

An art stroll in Saranac Lake

There are lots of opportunities to view art around the region this summer - art fairs, classes and studio tours. Visual, performance and literary artists in Saranac Lake will open their doors again tonight (4:30-7:00) for another Third-Thursday Art Walk in the downtown area. Last month, Open Studio's Beth Robinson spoke with artists and visitors on the Art Walk.  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Downstream in Stone Valley

Rather than find someone to talk to on the topic of poetry and the outdoors, Dale Hobson decided to actually go outdoors and to write himself a new poem. In this Giving Voice we follow Dale downstream into Stone Valley in the Town of Colton.  Go to full article

Open Studio (complete program)

Art and the outdoors: busking in Burlington, Saranac Lake Art Walks, trompe l'oeil, or "fool the eye" art, poetry al fresco, and jazz and blues with The Sam Hopkins Trio from Clayton. Todd Moe hosts.  Go to full article
Mohawk elder Ray Fadden telling a story. Inset: poet Maurice Kenny
Mohawk elder Ray Fadden telling a story. Inset: poet Maurice Kenny

Giving Voice: Maurice Kenny on Ray Fadden

Poets are often asked "Where do you find your inspiration?" Sometimes the answer is a person--a mentor or teacher whose words and example are life-changing. We hear poet Maurice Kenny talk about the century-old Mohawk elder, teacher, storyteller, activist and naturalist Ray Fadden, and hear a few of the poems he inspired.  Go to full article

Open Studio (complete program)

Mohawk singer/songwriter Bear Fox joins us for a live performance. We chat with an Inuit fiber artist from Canada, Shirley Moorhouse. Her art depicts contemporary interpretations of Inuit legends, spirituality and life. The Norwood Village Green Concert Series opens in a couple of weeks. Beth Robinson talks with founder Joe Liotta about this summer's concert lineup. We'll have an update on the UpNorth Music Project, and a summer theatre preview with Connie Meng. On "Giving Voice" Poet Maurice Kenny talks about Mohawk elder Ray Fadden and reads some poems he inspired.  Go to full article
Shirley Moorhouse (above), and her <i>My Grandmother's Ulu</i> on display at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC (below)
Shirley Moorhouse (above), and her My Grandmother's Ulu on display at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC (below)

Inuit artist draws inspiration from family, heritage

Canadian Inuit artist Shirley Moorhouse's textiles are shaped by intrinsic Inuit traditions and collective experiences and memories of living on the land. She produces one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn wall hangings. Her hangings incorporate embroidery, beadwork, tanned caribou hide, wool, feathers as well as non-traditional found objects into the design. Shirley Moorhouse lives in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. This summer you'll find her work on display at Carleton University in Ottawa. She told Lucy Martin that each piece tells another chapter in an ongoing exploration of her Inuit ancestry.  Go to full article

Open Studio first anniversary live special

This special edition of Open Studio was recorded before a live audience in the Winston Room of the St. Lawrence University Student Center in Canton NY. Hosts Todd Moe, Beth Robinson and Hilary Oak were joined by musical guests, The Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band and UpNorth Music performers Michael Weirich and Michael Lamitie. Featured guests included quilter Sue Thomas of Potsdam, fiber and wood artists Velma Bolyard & Greg Lago, and a poetry jam hosted by Dale Hobson that included readings by Robert Strong, Helen Condon, Peggy Mooers, Mary Beth Kikel, and Jacalyn Gniewek.  Go to full article

Preview: Enthused Duet in Malone

Art is seldom rushed, and sometimes good things really do come to those who wait. A new exhibit opens today at the gallery "forARTSAke" in downtown Malone. The second in a series of exhibits from Carole Marie Vossler, who runs BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, and Adirondack singer/songwriter Dan Berggren. It's called Tracks: Enthused Duet. The exhibit asks questions, such as "Who's been here? Where are we going?" And it links tracks (human, animal or situation) to sights and sounds. The project combines poetry, images and music. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

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