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The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

“Unlike many arts organizations, we have a very active board of directors,” Pinciotti said. “We are extremely fortunate to have a core group of selfless volunteers who give so much of their time and energy.” Spangler concurred. “Without community support, we would be adrift,” she said. “I’m so grateful to have a wonderful job and be a part of this great organization, which continues to grow and thrive, in the face of adversity—and gives all creative individuals a home to call their own.”

“Everything we do here is driven by the artists themselves,” Giguere said, “not only those who have shown here in the past, but also those who have yet to discover all that we have to offer.” Those who are already familiar know that the historic building (the former Arlington Hotel) on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY houses two art galleries, a performance space and meeting hall, but I was surprised to learn that there is more unused space begging to be developed. Two yet-to-be-renovated floors still await, and the new porch has just been completed. While having more full-time staff would “help make everything more doable,” Giguere and co. are forging ahead. “Presenting artists, of every genre, is what we do,” she said. “The work is not for us to judge, and what interests one individual or another is highly subjective.”

Pinciotti agreed and said that “our main focus is the artists. We have a great facility and want everyone to know it is for them to use. No one is excluded; the DVAA is here for artistic expression of all kinds.” Art, writing, poetry and theatre are but a few of the many forms that creativity takes and there is room for “all that and so much more” as the DVAA looks to the future while gratefully acknowledging the past.

With strong support and affiliation with the Delaware Valley Opera, the Callicoon Theatre, Dancing Cat Saloon, The River Gallery and scores of friends in the Upper Delaware Valley, the DVAA shows no signs of slowing down. “It takes a strong commitment to deal with the present while continuing to build our future,” Pinciotti said, “but we—the staff, the community and those who have yet to discover us, are up to the challenge.” Spangler nodded in agreement. “We want everyone to feel welcome, always. We’d like to think that folks know we’re here, but our goal is to continue making them aware of not only what goes on here at the DVAA, but what the future holds.”

DVAA 35th Anniversary Gala
The gala will be held on Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main St.

In addition to celebrating its 35 years of service to the arts, the DVAA will present awards to honorees in four categories: Business Partner to the Callicoon Theatre for the CineArt film series; Lifetime Achievement to Sheldon Soffer; Artistic Contribution (organization) to the Forestburgh Playouse; and Artistic Contribution (individual) to Phyllis Billick.