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December 03, 2016
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The Icky Mouse Club

CAS provided hard hats for those touring the construction of new gallery space upstairs. Fox chose one to match his manly doggy-purse.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Clearly more important than a mouse in the house (and grateful that I have food in my pantry), I shook it off (literally) and headed out with the pup. Upon arriving, departing Federation director Stacey Bresky said a few words along with event coordinators Danielle Gaebel and Kathy Kreiter, who thanked the many participating local artists for their beautiful bowls and explained that the organization has lost all of its state funding. Statistics dictate the tremendous need for donations and support within the private sector. More than 8,000 dollars was raised and neighbors (once again) gathered to assist those in need.

Slightly creeped out by the image of an endless parade of mice scampering about while the cat (I mean dog) was away, I headed toward Livingston Manor (under the aforementioned harvest moon) and the Catskill Art Society’s (www.catskillartsociety.org) 40th anniversary celebration and fundraising dinner party. The CAS provides great opportunities for artistic expression, supported by active community involvement, and I took part in a tour of the proposed new upper-floor space before a few speakers and director Ann Manby shared some thoughts. This was followed by ceramic artist Cecily Fortescue’s proclamation that “you’ve come a long way, baby!” while enthusing about the gallery, its supporters and the ongoing desire to include the community in the next stage of growth.

“CAS will become what you want it to be,” she said, “and we want this region to be a place where people want to stay—not one that they want to leave,” she concluded, before dinner was served and I headed home with my dinner date. It was a pleasure to check out the CAS website the next day and read that “It was a full house, more than 100 CAS members and supporters were here, and we hope that you enjoyed the presentations, dinner, wine and music!” and further, “We were glad to share some of the progress we’ve made since purchasing the Arts Center building in October, 2011”... but I digress.