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Sunday November 30th, 2014
Marvin L. Henchbarger, Executive Director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western NY, Inc. will speak at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua on Sunday November 30. Henchbarger will talk about transgender youth, the way
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Monday December 1st, 2014
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Fredonia Chamber Orchestra will perform with Concerto Competition Winner on December 1 at 8pm. Free. The Fredonia Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Rudge, presents works from their fall tour on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Rosch Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public. The program includes Concerto Competition Winner ...
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Tuesday December 2nd, 2014
FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is holding a community-wide fund-raiser at the Bob Evans Restaurant on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk on Tues., Dec. 2, from 12 -9 p.m. Anyone dining at the restaurant that day who presents a special flyer will see 15% of their total bill donated by Bob Evans to the Opera House. Flyers are available by calling the Opera House at 716-679-0891. They also ...
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Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
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Kevin Rhomberg, RS Entertainment co-owner, and Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, are pictured at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park where RS Entertainment recently signed a five year lease to play baseball. A reception featuring the new baseball team ownership will be held on December 3. Baseball is back and the Chautauqua ...
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Friday December 5th, 2014
Fredonia, N.Y. - 21 November 2014 - Fresh from their successful reelection campaigns, New York State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblymen Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), Andrew Goodell (R,C,I-Chautauqua) and Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo, Lack
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Taylor Sheehan, left, as Sally Applewhite, and Andrew Vertucci, as Jake Lawrence, in a scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play.” The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance presents seven performances from Dec. 5 to 13 in Bartlett Theatre. A unique take on a Christmas classic will be offered at the State University of New York ...
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A variety of works created by five graduating fine arts students at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be on display when the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery hosts the exhibition “Collectively Independent” from Dec. 5 to 11.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the first ...
Fredonia Grange No. 1 58 West Main St. Fredonia NY 14063 8 PM - 11 PM Live Band: Alleghany Crossing Caller: Joe Kwiatkowski
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Saturday December 6th, 2014
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  (Jamestown, NY) - The Wits & Giggles Comedy Series will continue on December 6 at 7:30 p.m. This Saturday night will feature comedian Jay Jay Johnson. Jay Jay’s comedy is compared to a smooth ride in a Jaguar where, with a catlike approach, spins tales of his life into one hilarious fit of comedy. This Cleveland, OH native has performed at Hilarities in ...
Saturday, December 6th: 8am - 10am Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is TAKING OVER Lakewood Applebee's to put on their annual Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast and SANTA will there! All you can eat pancakes, bacon and drinks for only $5/per
On December 6th and 7th, Fredonia Presbyterian Church is hosting its annual Alternative Christmas Festival. Over 500 nativities are on display, coming from over 30 countries. The Alternative Market includes international fair-trade craft items as wel
Annual Christmas Raffle will Benefit Anderson-Lee Library      The Friends of Anderson Lee Library in Silver Creek are sponsoring their annual December Raffle to benefit the library.  There will be over 35 baskets and g
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Taylor Sheehan, left, as Sally Applewhite, and Andrew Vertucci, as Jake Lawrence, in a scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play.” The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance presents seven performances from Dec. 5 to 13 in Bartlett Theatre. A unique take on a Christmas classic will be offered at the State University of New York ...
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A variety of works created by five graduating fine arts students at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be on display when the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery hosts the exhibition “Collectively Independent” from Dec. 5 to 11.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the first ...
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Like these previous participants, you can learn to make a beautiful evergreen wreath at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wreath-Making Workshop on Saturday morning, December 6. Jamestown, NY – Making an evergreen wreath is a skill you can put to use at holiday time every year. You can learn this skill at the Audubon Nature Center’sWreath-Making ...
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he Third Annual Madrigal Feaste brings scrumptious food, costumed performers, rousing music and merriment on a grand scale to the Williams Center on Saturday, December 6. Seating is limited; tickets must be purchased by November 30. On Saturday, December 6, the School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance will present the third annual Madrigal Feaste ...
Saturday, December 6 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fire Hall, East Street, Lily Dale Charity event with handmade and gently used items, books, crafts, gifts. Lunch and snacks available from the Fire Department.
Saturday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. Williams Center (general seating) $65 for multiple-course feaste, musical and theatrical program Tickets must be purchased by November 24   This scrumptious multi-course feaste heralds in the holiday season
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Andy Warhol: Acquisitions and Jamestown Nexus: Feb. 2-Mar. 21 at JCC
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 thru Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Gallery Director Recounts Pop Artist’s Jamestown Connection, Controversy
 

James D. Colby, Director of Exhibitions and Galleries at Jamestown Community College, points out Warhol's Marilyn Monroe screen print and two panels that include 26 newspaper editorials discussing Warhol's 1968 film screening at JCC. This represents a small portion of works included in the upcoming ArtHappening. 

JAMESTOWN, NY- The screening of Andy Warhol’s ‘experimental’ film in Jamestown on Jan. 18, 1968 shocked many in the audience that night and created a flurry of controversy. The hour long-film, which “flickered and jerked and showed semi nude models,” was considered “vulgar, hideous and foul matter,” according to JCC founder and trustee Sarita Weeks. Adding insult to injury, he spoke few words that night to an audience gathered to hear him speak.

The Community Debates Andy Warhol
The ensuing controversy and war of words included a public banter of 26 newspaper editorials for and against the burgeoning pop artist’s work, and according to Week’s Gallery Director, James Colby provided a glimpse into the multiplicity of the Jamestown community.

“What is so interesting to me about this whole thing is how it represents the diversity of Jamestown,” said Colby as he prepared for the event, entitled Andy Warhol: Acquisitions and Jamestown Nexus, which opens on February 2 at JCC.

The exhibit will include original artworks, artifacts, films and digital projections, which explain Warhol’s career, and the pop artist’s Jamestown connections and controversy. Works and images are on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum and Andy Warhol Foundation.

The Day Andy Warhol Came to Jamestown
Viewers will be able to see archives of those searing editorials, as well as a copy of the Jan. 2011 article from WORD magazine entitled, “The Day Andy Warhol Came to Jamestown,” which is a first hand account of events of that night according to the reflections of Dr. Robert Hagstrom, former cultural events committee member at the college.

Concerning the conservative versus progressive viewpoints, Colby says, “To me it was a model of disagreeing but still getting along.” 

Lois Strickler, who would move to Jamestown after meeting the budding artist at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, collected many articles about Warhol. Those items, donated by Strickler and other sources will be digitally projected for the exhibit.

The Jamestown connection was put on center stage when Robert Scharmann and JCC’s cultural events committee invited Warhol to screen films and speak. Dr. Hagstrom would say “The committee was not a conservative think tank…He (Warhol) was a controversial artist… so we invited him.”

Colby states, “So, we have someone that took the conservative approach, like Sarita. She has contributed a ton to the college, why would we ever want to disconnect from her?” 

Colby asserts that it is essential to reflect on Sarita’s experiences, worldview and her contributions to JCC to understand the context of her remarks. “She translated classical archives at Yale while working on her Ph.D. in theatre… championed opera, global artifacts and Victorian etiquette,” Colby writes. “Sarita never embraced modern or avante-garde movements…few individuals, whether expert, amateur or student appreciate every art period.”

“And then we have another conservative (Strickler), but in terms of her art and training was progressive and wants to (embrace Warhol) and the college supported her,” says Colby. The Stricklers befriended Warhol and entertained him during his stay in Jamestown. Warhol gave Lois his iconic print of Marilyn Monroe, signing “Andy Warhol love and kisses 69,” which also on display at Weeks gallery

Tongue in cheek, the gallery director states, “I can envision a reality TV show filming Warhol dining with the Stricklers at the Town Club, juxtaposed with Sarita staying up late to write her critical editorial.”
With retrospection, Colby asserts, “the idea for a college is to embrace it all and then let people (or time) decide who becomes famous or what their value is. Because the college opened up to all of that, look how much richer it is. It’s not a narrow minded collection, it’s diverse.”

More Than Just Pop Art
Another point Colby wishes to drive home is that the work of Warhol is much more than the pop art he is famous for. He was, the gallery director states, “one of the century’s most sought after portrait artists.” Colby writes, “as a fan of Queen Elizabeth, Sarita may have bonded with Warhol if she had viewed the Queen’s proper, regal portrait. Warhol also portrayed Mao Zedong, John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Carter, Mohammed Ali, Dorothy Hamill and other superstars.”

Like him or hate him, Warhol’s influence cannot be underestimated. Colby contends, “he totally changed the advertising and fine art industry; he changed the record industry,” adding that Warhol hired people to do album covers in ways that were never done before. “His greatest impact may have been on television and movies.”

“That’s what we are trying to do with the show is to demonstrate his influence and diversity as an artist.”

Tickets for the ArtHappening are available at campusstore.suny.jcc.edu and are also available at the JCC box office, located in the campus store, by calling 716-338-1187 or at the door. 

 

CONTRIBUTOR: Patricia Pihl
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