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Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.
Julia Ferreri's "clock" for the opera at Crane.

Backstage at the opera: creativity and craftsmanship

Months before the opening night of any theatrical production, the drama starts backstage with the set, lighting and costume designs. Props, makeup and clothing are created by folks you won't see in front of the curtain, but by a crew of hidden artists.

For today's "Heard Up North," we step behind the scenes. Julia Ferreri is the costume shop manager at SUNY Potsdam. She's designing the costumes for next week's opera production of Ravel's The Child and the Enchanted Ones - the story of a rude child whose toys and furniture one day retaliate as they come to life. The designer draws inspiration from the story, the characters and the director. In between is a lot of common sense and creativity. And it's more of a challenge when the characters are chairs, a teacup or a grandfather clock.  Go to full article

Preview: "Reactance" at SLU

Multi-media artist Kimberly Mayhorn is artist-in-residence at St. Lawrence University this week. She's presenting workshops and the premiere of a performance piece called "Reactance". Essence magazine calls her one of "30 Women to Watch". Mayhorn is an African-American artist whose works include installation, video and theater. She works as video editor, and in 1998 began creating art installations that have been exhibited around the country. Todd Moe asked her about her latest show, "Reactance".  Go to full article
Urban Verbs' Hip Hop Conservatory and Theater at 7:30 tonight in Eben Holden. It's free.
Urban Verbs' Hip Hop Conservatory and Theater at 7:30 tonight in Eben Holden. It's free.

8 o'clock Hip-Hop

Poetry, music and hip-hop will merge tonight in a performance at St. Lawrence University. Urban Verbs co-creators Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras and Colin Diles Hazelbaker, artists-in-residence this week, will lead the performance that, as they say, "blurs the lines between music, poetry and the daily grind." They joined Todd Moe in the studio to share their passion for hip-hop and a sample of tonight's performance.  Go to full article
Georgeanne Gaffney's holiday window display
Georgeanne Gaffney's holiday window display

Saranac Lake hosts winter Art Walk

Today and tomorrow, Saranac Lake artists will welcome visitors to check out their studios and galleries during the first Holiday Art Walk. Todd Moe talks with artist Georgeanne Gaffney about exploring art in downtown Saranac Lake this weekend. The regular "3rd Thursday" Art Walks have been going on in the village for over 10 years. Gaffney says the idea for a winter version was inspired by "Saranac Lake Art Works", a collaboration of artists dedicated to the community and art.  Go to full article

A glimpse into the creative process

It's a busy season for artists. Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council Director Hilary Oak for a preview of the upcoming Artists' Studio Tour. More than 30 local artists are participating this year.  Go to full article
Watch for the bold yellow and black Studio Tour signs
Watch for the bold yellow and black Studio Tour signs

Preview: Tri-Lakes Studio Tour

NCPR is media sponsor for the third annual Tri-Lakes "Artist at Work" Studio Tour this weekend. The self-guided walking and driving tour starts Friday and features over 36 artists showing and selling their works at more than 30 locations across the Tri-Lakes region. It gives visitors an insider's view of the creative process. Todd Moe spoke with Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman about her art and the studio tour.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence River artists celebrate creativity

A group of artisans, musicians and authors share their talents and celebrate creativity at the annual Mare's Wares Arts Fest Wednesday. More than 30 area artists will be displaying their unique works rain or shine. The event is organized by the Artisans of the River Valley. Todd Moe spoke with five of the artists, including Mary Ann Evans, who is opening her shop and property in Morristown for the daylong event.  Go to full article

Adk artists giving back to their community

Dozens of Adirondack artists have donated their works to help fund a social services agency in the southern Adirondacks. The artwork will be exhibited and sold at a silent auction this Sunday at the Fern Lodge in Chester, NY. Event organizer Susan Murante says the Outreach Center helps those in need find jobs, clothing and food. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Reviving an arts group

Artists are invited to join a newly revived arts group in Jefferson County. The North Country Artists' Guild has held a couple of organizational meetings so far this year. A board meeting, open to all, will be held at the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown Thursday night. Todd Moe talks with NCAG president Kari Robertson about the group's broadened mission.  Go to full article

An inside view of the creative process

Dozens of St. Lawrence County artists will open their studio doors this weekend to visitors. NCPR is media sponsor for the 21st Annual Artists' Studio Tour. St. Lawrence County Arts Council executive director Hilary Oak says it gives visitors a chance to talk with artists about their creative process.  Go to full article

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