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Hilary Oak and her dog, Venus.  Photo: St. Lawrence County Arts Council
Hilary Oak and her dog, Venus. Photo: St. Lawrence County Arts Council

Arts Council seeks new director

After more than ten years at its helm, the executive director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council says she's stepping down, as soon as a replacement is found. Hilary Oak made the announcement earlier this season, and will stay on until her replacement is properly trained.

Oak joined the Arts Council in 2001 as board president and was named executive director in 2005. She, board members and volunteers have revived the group over the last decade. Under her leadership, the Arts Council has grown to include a gallery and gift shop in Potsdam and dozens of art education classes on the second floor of downtown Snell Hall.

Hilary Oak says it's time for someone with new energy, skills and creative ideas to lead the organization. She spoke with Todd Moe about the joys and challenges of helping to rebuild and strengthen the arts community in the North Country.  Go to full article
Hilary Oak sorts paint supplies in the crafts studio at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.
Hilary Oak sorts paint supplies in the crafts studio at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.

Preview: 24th annual Artists' Studio Tour

We are media sponsor for the 24th annual Artists' Studio Tour in St. Lawrence County this weekend. Works by artists and craftspeople will be on display in studios and galleries across the county on Saturday and Sunday. The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Todd Moe talks with Executive Director Hilary Oak about some of the challenges and successes in the local arts community, and goals for the next decade. Oak helped rebuild the arts council in 2001.  Go to full article

ArtStart: inspiring artists of all ages

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council and the State Council on the Arts are offering grants to artists and schools for the coming academic year. St. Lawrence County Arts Council Executive Director Hilary Oak says the new "ArtStart" program is designed to get artists and teachers to develop art programs with their students, and get local artists into classrooms on a regular basis. She spoke with Todd Moe about the new grant opportunity and previews some of this summer's events.  Go to full article
Art on the blackboard welcomes visitors.
Art on the blackboard welcomes visitors.

Creating new art in old spaces

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has run out of room at its storefront headquarters in downtown Potsdam. Faced with the challenge of offering more art classes and limited space, the Arts Council recently expanded to unused rooms in a building owned by Clarkson University. Executive Director Hilary Oak gave Todd Moe a tour of old Snell Hall this week. She says bringing new art to an old space is a step toward developing a multi-arts building in Potsdam that would serve all of the North Country. Oak says the former classrooms were "waiting to be used again."  Go to full article

A new year for the arts

2010 is the "Year of the Arts" in New York, and marks the 50th anniversary of the state arts council. Hilary Oak, director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, talks with Todd Moe about what's on the minds of artists in the North Country and the role the arts will continue to play this year in making communities vital.  Go to full article

Summer arts: poetry, paintings and paper hats!

Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council executive director Hilary Oak about arts events this summer, including a group poetry reading this Thursday night in Potsdam and a new exhibit that features the works of twelve regional artists opening Friday.  Go to full article

The arts and healing in Potsdam

The healing power of creativity will be celebrated at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council this winter. Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council Executive Director Hilary Oak about the upcoming "Arts for Healing" exhibit in Potsdam.  Go to full article
New cork can be harvested every 8-10 years.
New cork can be harvested every 8-10 years.

Natural Selections: Cork

Traditional cork is harvested from the bark of a European variety of oak. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the venerable history of this useful material which, in addition to keeping wine safely in the bottle, served as flotation devices for Roman spies, and gave early science its first glimpse of life's building block, the cell.  Go to full article

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