Potsdam residents enjoy St. Lawrence County 'Arts in Motion' festival
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Len Mackey of Canton, NY plays traditional West African music during the noon hour of the SLC Arts Festival.

POTSDAM – St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s “Art in Motion” festival filled downtown Snell Hall with drumbeats, theatre games, painting, poetry, and sculpture and more on June 15.

Len Mackey, a Potsdam native, entertained the crowd of young artists, teachers, parents, and staff during a noon concert of West African-style music on the lawn. Throughout the day students ages 7-13 attended four unique classes out of the nine offered for the day. Classes included: Jackson Pollack Drip Painting, Treads and Tracks T-shirt Design, West African Drumming, Hot Air Balloon Sculptures, Sumi-e Brush Painting, Freeze-frame Theatre, Performance Poetry, Puppets with Personality, and Transparency Mobiles.

The responses from students at the end of the day ranged from “Awesome to Great!” As people drove by Downtown Snell Hall they heard laughter and delighted squeals from the kids as they learned how paint like Jackson Pollock and play the djembe like Len on the lawn.

Rorie Newman rolls ink to her shirt using tire tread during the “Treads & Tracks T-shirt” class at the SLC Arts Festival for Young People.

“It’s not every day that kids are free to explore their creativity and artistic potential. We were thrilled to offer this program for the young people in our area,” responded Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, Executive Director, SLC Arts Council.

Art in Motion was the theme for the first SLC Arts Festival for Young People. All the classes engaged the participants in highly active activities in a variety of disciplines.

For more information about SLC Arts events, classes, and programs call: 315-265-6860 or email arts@slcartscouncil.org.

Molly Gushea, teacher, and Kieran Singh lead the group during a theatre game during the SLC Arts Festival’s Freeze Frame Theatre class.