Having suffered with dyslexia, Tomas Black found grade school to be very difficult. When he was 11 years old his parents sent him to summer camp. There he was exposed to the world of ceramics. This changed his world forever. Today he is the owner of The Potter’s Room in downtown Ithaca, NY. He loves to teach and wants to change others lives for the better through pottery.
Stage Director David Lefkowich and Set Designer Karen Kozlowski speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the upcoming production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s operetta Die Fledermaus. More information here. Strauss’ glittering score tells the story of revenge for a practical joke, all fueled by champagne.
Flying lessons were the catalyst for Trumansburg, NY artist, Barbara Page. She loves looking at the world through an aerial perspective. She is an artist who works from ideas rather than techniques. If she has an idea that doesn’t involve paint, she’ll use different mediums to accomplish the piece. Her interest for natural history has resulted in exhibits at The Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Director Cindy Reid of the Ithaca Ballet speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the upcoming performances of Adolphe Adam’s full-length ballet Giselle. It’s the story of a girl who dies of a broken heart when she is jilted by her lover. Her death causes him to beg for forgiveness from her spirit. When her lover is targeted by the supernatural Willis for death, she manages to save him. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1033136.mp3
A native of Binghamton, Thornton W. “Ted” Whipple began painting in 1963, at the age of 50. A member, and past President, of The Artists Guild, Ted studied principally with Cecil Popolo at the Roberson Center for the Arts & Science, and with Revington Arthur at the Chautauqua Institute. He also belonged to the International Society of Artists and other local artist’s societies, active in community affairs, and in 2004 was honored with the Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts Award. Painting in transparent watercolor both locally and abroad, Ted created landscapes,street scenes and seasonal paintings, often of the Southern Tier. For years, his ARTVAN license plate was a familiar sight on area roads.
This April has had its fair share of shoures soote in upstate New York. Thank you, Mr. Chaucer, for helping to turn us all in the direction of springtime and to the sense of renewal and personal expression. Our journey through the year has brought us around again to National Poetry Month, a time filled with more poetry presentations than usual, opportunities to read and share poems, and to consider the role of poetry (and by extension, all the arts) in our civic life. It’s become a tradition on OFF THE PAGE to invite poets to participate in the broadcast during April — and it does feel satisfying to establish a tradition. Once again, we have a delegation of established, published poets in the studio and lots of skilled, aspiring, creative poets in the listening audience who are invited to send us their work to be read on the air.
Actors Alicia Loso and Linda Fenescey speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ production of On Golden Pond. The 1979 play by Ernest Thompson tells the story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, in their twilight years, and a visit from their daughter, her fiance, and the fiance’s son at their cottage on the lake that provides the title. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1032878.mp3
Photograph courtesy of Dougtone via Flickr