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"How Looking Becomes Seeing" Bright Hill Literary Workshops for Kids 25th Anniversary Exhibition Saturday, November 4

Written By Editor on 10/29/17 | 10/29/17

Treadwell, NY -On Saturday, November 4, from 3 - 5 pm, the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Literary Center of the Catskills will open "How Looking Becomes Seeing, Bright Hill Literary Workshops for Kids 25th Anniversary Exhibit." The exhibit, which will remain in the gallery through December 22, is curated by Bertha Rogers, Founding Director of Bright Hill and leader of the Workshops for Kids Program; students will read their poems and stories during the reception, which is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are Mon., Tues., 10 am - 4 pm; Wed. 9 am - noon; during Word Thursdays, 7 pm, November 9; and during Veterans and Community Day, noon - 5 pm, November 11; as well as during Bright Hill's 25th Anniversary Book Launch and Celebration, 1 pm - 5 pm, Saturday, December 16.
     Included are artist books, dioramas, sculptures, drawings; and poems, legends, and riddles created by students in the BHLC Workshop program for kids from 5 - 14 that took place in the winter and summer of 2017. Among the five-day workshops that focused on S(Science) T(Technology) E(Engineering) A(Art) and M (Math)  were "Who Has Seen the Wind?"; "Bugs", "The Talking Trees"; "Poems and Stories in Three Dimensions"; and "One-Thousand and One Nights". Works included in the exhibit will also be represented in the forthcoming anthology, How Looking Becomes Seeing.
   For the "Who Has Seen the Wind" winter program, students learned about the many different types of winds in the world, then wrote riddles and poems about them; they also learned how the Theremin, an electronic instrument that works with the wave of a hand, operates, thanks to the expertise of Theremin expert Carl Welden.
     During the "Bugs" program, students, teachers, interns, and parents traveled to the Cornell University Insect Collection for a presentation by Curator Dr. Jason Dombroski, then modeled bugs and wrote about them in the workshop.
     For "The Talking Trees", participants traveled to the NYS State Museum to learn about the Gilboa Fossil Forest as well as living plants from NYS Paleontologist Dr. Jane Amati, after which Franklin artist Sondra Freckleton gave them a lesson in drawing trees; and Cyrus Hinman's uncle explained how trees grow.
    "Poems and Stories in Three Dimensions" was an intensive program for middle-school students; Treadwell resident Luke Potrzeba taught interns Cain Rodriguez and Ariah Mitchell how to install and use the Three-Dimensional Printer that was purchased as a memorial to the late Ernest M. Fishman; they, in turn, shared their knowledge with the other interns who then helped the students to design and build miniature dioramas with 3-d characters and fittings.
     The last summer workshop was "One-Thousand and One Nights," and students listened, every day, to several of the tales from the Arabian Nights as told by the legendary Scheherazade. They then learned about and wrote Arabic and designed and  painted illuminated manuscripts with gold leaf in the style of ancient Arabian manuscripts.
    Student participants included Bennett and Tyler Aaronson, Rochester and Oneonta; Sam Antrosio, Oneonta; Jude and Lila Archer, Franklin and Brooklyn; Zooey Bartow, Delhi; Leo Besen,    NJ and Delhi; Anthony Burkert, Delhi; Ginger DiMarco, Delhi and Brooklyn; Sasha and Isabelle Dudek, Oneonta; Perrylee Eubanks, Treadwell; Cyrus Hinman, New York and East Meredith; Keenan Jaklitsch, Delhi; Evan, Noah, and Olivia Kruppo, Delancey; Griffin Leddy, Franklin; August Lott, Cooperstown; Alaia and Sylvan McCawley-Lynch, Brooklyn and Delhi; Declan and Killian Newman, Treadwell; Thomas Aaron and Everett Pondolfino, Morris; Evelyn and Carly Potrzeba, Treadwell; Luke and Brianna Pringle, Delhi; Cassius and Maica Quinn-Crandall, Jackson Heights and Delhi; Salma Raqib, Delhi; Risdon and Tabor Reed, East Meredith; Brian Reynolds, Brooklyn and Treadwell; Cookie Richards, Walton; Gabriel Rissberger, Oneonta; Wraith Rodriguez, Walton; Izabella Tempkin, Delhi; and Jan Traver, East Meredith and Coral Gables, FL.
      Student interns were Cain Rodriguez, Walton, now a student at Clarkson University;  Felix Bridel, Franklin, a student a Simon's Rock, Bard College; Ariah Mitchell, Treadwell, a junior in high school; Molli Oppramolla, Treadwell, a junior in high school; Delilah Silberman, now a student at Bennington College; and Violet Silberman, Brooklyn and Treadwell, a sophomore in high school.
         Bright Hill's 2017, 25th-anniversary programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Otis A. Thompson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart's Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the DCD Work Force; the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, and with the support of Bright Hill's members and friends. For a complete schedule of events go to
      Bright Hill's facilities include the Bright Hill Community Library, home to more than 12,000 books and literary and art periodicals that may be borrowed by local residents; the complete catalog is online at The library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council of New York. The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846. Contact 607-829-5055 or for more information.

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