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"Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus," watercolor. Artist: Judith Utter. This work will be on display at the Remington Arts Festival in Canton, NY on September 27.
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Spring Haiku Challenge

The kanji character "haru" means spring. It's time again for the annual NCPR Spring Haiku challenge. Join the hundreds who have sniffed out the season of new growth and put it all into a very few words

Today's Arts Events

Arts & Culture
Sep 1, 2014 — The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
Sep 1, 2014 — Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
Sep 1, 2014 — NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
Sep 1, 2014 — MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.
Sep 1, 2014 — And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

Arts and Kids in Potsdam

As we continue our look at the arts in the North Country, we hear about a kids program in St. Lawrence County. Since last June, children have been gathering on Sundays at Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam to learn about making and looking at art. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Music: Old-time Banjo and Fiddle

Phen Canner (left) and Everett Smith (right) join Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio for old-time and Adirondack lumbercamp music on bango and fiddle.  Go to full article
<i>The Café Terrace at Night</i>, <br />Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

An Evening of Bistro Music with Piquant

As part of a special week of coverage celebrating the arts and artists of the North Country region, the musicians of Piquant were our guests live in the NCPR studio, the evening of January 22, 2004. In addition to sharing their unique blend of tango, cha cha, and other dance-music styles they dub "bistro music," the five talked with hosts Todd Moe and Martha Foley about the origins of their group, the state of live music in the North Country, and their educational collaboration with Todd (when wearing his tango instructor hat), Tango with Todd.

Playlist:
I Declare, Tony Dumas
Rolling Blackout, Matt Bullwinkel
Last Tango Up To The Ames(es), Matt Bullwinkel
Cafe au Lait, Tony Dumas
Song for Christie, Tony Dumas
When Zero is Warm, Matt Bullwinke
Chicken on Wheels, Beth Robinson
A spontaneous outbreak of Cha Cha
Rhonda, Tony Dumas  Go to full article
Bill Knoble shapes his clay

Pottery Made For Use, Captures The Eye

It's easy to think of art as a sort of passion - a divine madness. But for many creative people, the moment of truth is found in the work, in the process. For potter Bill...  Go to full article
Martha Gallagher (left) and Sue Grimm.

Music: Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm

It's music and conversation with Martha Gallagher and Sue Grimm. In a recording from last April, Martha Gallagher, the Adirondack Harper, and Sue Grimm celebrate spring with...  Go to full article

Heuvelton Restoration Renews Interest in Victorian-era Diva

A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall,...  Go to full article
The interior of the Edwards Opera House, built in 1895.

Saving the Past: The Trend of Historic Restoration

Old opera houses are hot properties in the North Country. Clayton, Edwards and Heuvelton are some of the communities that have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their...  Go to full article

People: Hilary Oak, SLC Arts Council

Martha Foley talks with Hilary Oak, of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, about sustaining arts of all sorts in rural communities.  Go to full article
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward, won the 2003 contest in St. Regis Falls.

Let it Snow: Sculptors Gather in Glens Falls

Snow sculpting teams are showcasing their talents this week by carving 8-ton blocks of snow during a 72-hour sculpt-a-thon in downtown Glens Falls. The 19th Annual New York...  Go to full article
Saranac Lake artist Tim Fortune

Saranac Lake: A Village Where Art Happens

Many artists say they need a community of creative people to do their best work. That sense of passionate give-and-take can be hard to find in rural areas. But in Saranac...  Go to full article

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