New Newsletter Format Coming in October!

CCAC members, friends and supporters – beginning next month the CCAC’s monthly newsletter, “The Whistle,” and other communications, will be streamlined into a user-friendly, intuitive and interactive email format, where links to more information will be embedded directly inside the beautiful emails!

You’re going to love the new system and we’re really excited about the potential it has to bring our members closer and help us learn about what you want from the CCAC. Not to mention the flexibility! You’ll be able to instantly view the CCAC’s newsletters, event announcements and feature articles from your desktop, laptop or mobile phone.

We want to make sure you can read them! Here are a few ways you can make sure they make it to your inbox:

1. Add the CCAC's email address – - to your email contact list! Here are links for different email service providers, if you need help learning how: Yahoo! - Gmail - Hotmail - Comcast - Verizon
2. Gmail users – consider changing your inbox settings and trade in the “Promotions” and “Social” tabs for a simple, easy-to-use inbox by following these instructions. You can also train Gmail: if a CCAC email goes into the “Promotions” tab, manually drag it to the “Primary” inbox tab, so that Gmail learns that the CCAC’s emails are important to you.
Email if you need any technical assistance in this process, or if
you feel you may not be receiving updates after October 1.

Follow Up: Music Inspired Exhibit

The CCAC’s first ever Music-Inspired Juried Exhibit opened on Friday, August 12.  The exhibit, designed to correspond with the inaugural Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street Festival that took place August 19 and 20, features artwork about and inspired by music, musicians and music lovers. The juried show was open to all artists and all media – and it is a diverse and eclectic selection showcasing the broad talents of the regional art community!

Local musician Mary Renzelman served as judge for this inaugural juried exhibit at The Station Gallery. Ribbons were awarded to placed winners at the opening reception on Friday, August 12.

Best of Show:
"Singing the Blues" by Marilyn Seeling

First Place:
"Voice of the Blues" by Karl Eric Letizel

Second Place:
"The Piano Player" by Joe Bitner

Third Place:
"Warm Up" by Theresa Crowley Spitler

Honorable Mention:
"Come Join The Dance" by Marilyn Willis

Honorable Mention:
"Bob Marley" by Avary Gunsallus

CCAC Seeks Volunteers

Looking for a way to get involved in the community? Interested in using your skills to help a nonprofit working to provide cultural opportunities to rural Clinton County? Want to help keep us organized, efficient and effective? Consider volunteering.

Tell us what your interests are and how you might be able to help. We’d love to see you all more! Whether you have a background in finance, and want to help us fundraise or with sales, or you are interested in ensuring we continue to host lively, well-received opening receptions and form a Hospitality Committee, plan trips and events, host workshops or classes, etc... The possibilities are limitless. Remember, while you help us, you help your community, and the arts, as a majority of CCAC offerings are free and all of them are open to the public.

Email with the subject “Volunteer,” call 570-748-0949 and leave your contact information or stop by The Station Gallery at 2 E. Bald Eagle St. Thursday or Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to learn more.

Shutterflies Camp To Return

The Clinton County Arts Council has announced that, in July, it will again offer the popular Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp for middle-school aged children. The CCAC also intends to offer a videography camp in the late summer or early fall.

Held last year for the first time, the photography camp allows students to get a hands-on digital photography experience, learning from regional photographers. The week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 18-22. It will accommodate up to 15 youngsters. The registration fee is $20.

The camps serve as a component of the CCAC's mission to promote, develop and support the arts in Clinton County. Offerings serve as special art camps for students exhibiting interest and/or talents in the visual arts. A nonprofit organization, the CCAC will help seek individual sponsorships for students who may be unable to afford the registration fee.

Up to 15 students, ages 11 to 14, will be admitted to each camp. To register for the camps contact the CCAC at, 570-748-0949 or 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Woodlands Bank, a 2016 Tourism Grant, and a 2015 Clinton County Community Foundation grant, the CCAC will again be able to offer the Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp to middle school-aged children. Funding provides student participants with equipment to use during the camp.

The camp enables 15 children, or "Station Gallery Shutterflies," to learn the basics of digital photography, identify a subject or theme and create a photography space. The students will create a final project, such as a portfolio or calendar, as a souvenir.

This year’s Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp will be led by photographers Dave and Lynne Becker, who have owned and operated Becker’s Photography studio since 1982. With experiences in commercial and portrait photography, as well as exhibiting as fine artists, the couple has a plethora of knowledge in the field. In their personal work, Dave loves black and white and abstract photography and Lynne loves alternative
photographic processes.

Pioneers in the medium, Dave and Lynne are award winning photographers. They have continued to update their skills through involvement in professional organizations, including Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Pennsylvania, Children's Photographers of the World, and Senior Photographers International and Senior Portrait Artists, to name a few. They have been certified by the Professional Photographers of America since 1987 and in 2015 Dave was honored as a life member.

A minimal $20 registration fee for students will cover costs associated with souvenirs, including t-shirts, a portfolio, disk of their work and a framed selection. The CCAC will also seek sponsors and scholarship opportunities for children who may not be able to afford the registration fee. The students will be able to access resources available at The Station Gallery, such as images on exhibit, iMacs and professional editing software, equipment used to frame photos, and they will take photos both inside and outdoors.

At the end of the week-long camp, students will choose an image from their portfolio they deem worthy of display, and they will learn to frame the photograph. Following the camp, the finalized 15-photo collection will be displayed at The Station Gallery during a final exhibit. Woodlands Bank, the county and Clinton County Community Foundation will be recognized during the exhibit.

PA Wilds Honors CCAC President

Eleven residents, business owners, and organizations from across the Pennsylvania Wilds region were recently recognized for their contributions helping to foster the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry – and one of those honored was CCAC President Steve Getz.

The PA Wilds Champion Awards are given out annually as part of the PA Wilds Conservation Landscape movement, a ground-breaking partnership that began in 2003 to grow the region’s outdoors industry in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship and improves quality of life.

The Pennsylvania Wilds, one of the state’s 11 official tourism regions, covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth and includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and the northern part of Centre county.

This year’s PA Wilds Champions hail from all corners of the region and their awards reflect values promoted through the landscape work: partnerships, creativity, stewardship, giving back, creating new opportunities and local leadership.

“The people and communities across the Pennsylvania Wilds contribute in many ways to this exciting Conservation Landscape Initiative,” said Jim Weaver, Chair of the PA Wilds Planning Team, which organizes the awards. “By identifying and celebrating the wonderful work that is being done across the region, the PA Wilds Team hopes to inspire others to catch and harness the enthusiasm that is the essence of our rural communities.”

The awardees were recognized at the PA Wilds Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet April 28 at the Red Fern in St. Marys. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Public Lands.”

Steve Getz of Lock Haven, CCAC president, was named the PA Wilds 2016 Artisan of the Year. Getz is an accomplished artist, designer and arts advocate who has championed arts efforts at the local and regional level, including working on behalf of the PA Wilds.

An accomplished painter and designer whose work has earned many recognitions and appeared in galleries, museums and other collections, Getz is probably best known among the Wilds network as one of the faces of the Station Gallery, which he and others at the Clinton County Arts Council transformed from an abandoned train depot to a stunning gallery that hosts thoughtful – and very well attended – art shows throughout the year. He has also been instrumental in organizing arts events and festivals, such as Clinton County Arts Council's Harvest Days and the upcoming Lock Haven JAMS festival in August.

Perhaps lesser known is that behind the scenes, Getz volunteers on behalf of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail and is a champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds brand. The Artisan Trail has gone through significant changes over the last few years, including a major strategic planning process in 2015 that is repositioning the program for long-term growth under a new brand identity, the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Getz has been there at every turn to talk through concepts and ideas, to host events, and to explain changes to current and potential artisans, trail sites and partners. Getz has understood from the beginning that a big regional arts-related business development program doesn’t just come out of the box fully formed. It has to be built, brick by brick, and that it takes a lot of people contributing to make that happen in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Also honored from Clinton County are the James H. and Shirley A. Maguire family, who received the PA Wilds’ 2016 Outstanding Leader Award; and the Bucktail Watershed Association, which received the PA Wilds’ 2016 Conservation Stewardship Organization Award.

Other 2016 PA Wilds Champion Award Winners
Conservation Stewardship Individual Award – Jim Leonard, Weedville, PA –Elk County Great Design Award – Subway New Bethlehem, New Bethlehem, PA – Clarion County Member of the Year Award– Deborah Pontzer, Elk CountyBusiness of the Year Award– Flickerwood Wine Cellars, Kane, PA – McKean County Inspiring Youth Award – Marlene Lellock, Punxsutawney, PA – Jefferson County
Event of the Year Award – Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, Ridgway, PA – Elk CountyBest Brand Ambassador Award – Stephanie Distler, Johnsonburg, PA – Elk County Great Places Award – City of Warren, Warren, PA – Warren County