The long-awaitedopening of theSoper-Reese CommunityTheatre is now very close.It is scheduled to openwith two performancesof the Lake County ArtsCouncil’s Winter MusicFest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. Sun-day, Jan. 27.PG& E was sched-uled to provide thenew electrical power byDec. 21 and then a fewdays are needed by ourelectrical contractor,James Day Constructionfrom Lower Lake, toshift over the building’scircuits and test equip-ment such as the newheating, ventilation andair conditioning systems.That will complete PhaseI construction and weare watching closely asthe remaining invoicesare received to see if wewill have bragging rightsfor bringing this projectin on or under budget. Itwill be very close. Mostof the work accom-plished has been on theinfrastructure to makethe facility safe and com-fortable to occupy andthe theatre committeehopes that anyone wholooks closely at what hasbeen accomplished withthe communities’ sup-port will find the fundswell spent.We are thrilled to havesome Phase II construc-tion funds available to usnow, which are allowingus to do some of thefinish work before theopening in January. Thiswill add greatly to thetheatre experience. Lookfor new seating on themain floor, a portionof the permanent stage,beautiful, professionalportable staging, a won-derful state of the artsound system and repairand painting of the wallsand ceiling.See you in January!John RossArtNotesQuarterly members’ magazine for the Lake County Arts CouncilWinter 2008www.lakecountyartscouncil.comSoper-Reese to open its doors Jan. 26Vaudeville 2008 Raising curtainat Soper-ReeseCynthia ParkhillThe Soper-Reese Community Theatre recently hosted a reception to acquaintthe public with Phase I construction that was done to date. First to raise thecurtain at this refurbished local venue will be the Winter Music Fest.First show to be held in thereopened Soper-Reese CommunityTheatre will be the Winter MusicFest (Vaudville 2008).Local musician David Neft isagain providing live accompani-ment for the various performers.Coming to the stage in Februaryis a preliminary competition for thenational Poetry Out Loud youthrecitation program.Lakeport Community Playersalso takes to the Soper-Reese withits production this March of “TheSolid Gold Cadillac.”
Page 2 • ArtNotes, Winter 2008Business card size.............................................................................$25(2.375" high x 3.666" wide)Quarter page...................................................................................$35(2.375" x 7.5" or 4.91" x 3.666")Half-page........................................................................................$40(4.916" x 7.5" or 9.705" x 3.666")Full Page.........................................................................................$60(9.705" x 7.5")Payment is arranged through the Lake County Arts Council; contact Executive DirectorShelby Posada (263-1871, email@example.com), for more information. Ads must besubmitted in .pdf or .jpg format to firstname.lastname@example.org.PLACEYOURAD INARTNOTES!Open mic shut downBy Dante DeAmicisThe second FridayOpen Mic at theJava Express has beenshut down effective thismonth. It wasn’t wipedout for running a methlab. It wasn’t given theheave ho for plotting ter-rorism. No, it was snuffedout for something farworse. They didn’t havean ASCAP license to playmusic.ASCAP is the Ameri-can organization thathas the monopoly forcollecting royalties oncopyrighted music. Ev-eryone from strugglingunknown musicians togigantic record compa-nies has signed exclusiveagreements with this allpowerful cabal to chargewhatever to whoeverand payout whatever towhoever. They decide.The unknowns whodon’t show up on theirradar will never see acent from this outfit.Apparently ASCAPhas a huge hit team go-ing around the countryputting a big hurt onopen mics they haven’talready shaken down,even if they are set up formusicians to play theiroriginal songs with anoccasional ASCAP listedsong slipping through.They threaten to raindown massive lawsuitsfor each lapse. The mini-mum cost for protection,I mean a license, is $388per year. No deals. Ouropen mic is supposedto collect this amountfrom a once a monthfree event where alcoholis not served and wherecoffee drinks are only of-fered during a 20 minutebreak. Do they care?Nope.Most people wouldhave dismissed one lettermaking such puffed updemands as computergenerated spam not tobe taken seriously. Butthere was a follow upletter, then a phone call,and indications that theyhad already dropped byand cased the joint. Theywere serious.The whole heavyhanded action seemedso absurd to regulars ofthis nine year Clearlakeinstitution that talkfocused on theories thatthis had to be the resultof a plot by the numer-ous political enemies ofthe proprietor. Conspira-cies are not necessarythough in a world whereteenagers are regularlyhauled off by ruthlessmusic conglomerates fordownloading songs.Will the open micat the Java Express risefrom the ashes? Only ifthe community can findan alternate way to raisemoney to satisfy thislegal extortion.LCAC’s ‘Artie’ award winnerCynthia ParkhillThe Lake County Arts Council’s Board of Directorshas awarded its ‘Artie’ award to Web master Xian Yea-gan. At its annual members’ meeting, which was heldSunday, Nov. 18, Executive Director Shelby Posadapresented Yeagan with the statuette.Yeagan updates the Web site, www.lakecounty-artscouncil.com, and he regularly advocates the use ofthis online medium for promoting local arts.Yeagan can be seen taking pictures at many LCACevents and has also previously served as LCAC’s ex-ecutive director. Well done, Xian!
ArtNotes, Winter 2008 • Page 3From the Executive Director ...Instead of winding down 2007, we began gearing up for 2008, planningthe Winter Music Fest as the opening “Interlude” at the Soper-ReeseCommunity Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday 26 January2008 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday the 27th. Look for and exciting andentertaining start to the “Interlude” series at the theater. 2008 will be an ambitious year for LCAC with us implementing threenew programs in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC).Sandra Wade is spearheading “Poetry Out Loud,” which is sponsored bythe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. “Artistsin Schools”emphasized long-term, in-depth interaction between an artsorganization and a school with residencies granted for 3 to 9 months withapplication deadline of Jan. 30, 2008. “Creating Public Value through theArts Program” builds relationships, relevance to the community and returnon investment. Deadline of submitting a proposal is Jan. 23, 2008. Formore information, please contact the Main Street Gallery at 263-6658. Patsy Mitchell’s persistence and organization will have Lake Countywines featured at each of the First Friday Flings in 2008. Thank you to thewineries who participated in 2007, to the musicians who added to our en-joyment and to all of you who joined us for a fun evening of art and friend-ship. Please come and see our new look at February’s First Friday, thanks toRoss Kauper and the Kiwanis, Lyle Madison, Sandi’s Interiors, Plaza Paints,Ray Farrow, to all the volunteers who helped pack and move and to thepatience of our exhibiting artists.My thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and ideas in so manyvenues and made 2007 a fun and productive year. Thank you, Cynthia, forediting Art Notes and your support of the art community. In pooling ourtalents and pulling together, LCAC will continue to grow and become evenbetter know in Lake County and throughout the State.— Shelby PosadaExecutive Director‘Dancing Poetry’ sets words to interpretive performanceBy Cynthia ParkhillEver since she was ap-pointed Poet Laure-ate in April 2006, SandraWade has taken part invarious activities thatshowcase the local poeticscene. By virtue of her at-tendance at various poeticreadings, she serves as asteady reminder that Lake County has a Poet Laureateand a viable artistic community.I can’t stress enough how important is this aspect ofSandra’s job. LakeCounty has had a lotof outside attention oflate, and it presents avery skewed and un-flattering picture of thecommunity that wereally know and love.I always enjoy hear-ing about Sandra’sactivities when I put together arts and entertainmentsections for the Lake County Record-Bee and the ClearSee POETRY, Page 4In early December, KPFZGeneral Manager Andy Weissreported, “KPFZ has spent thelast week installing its antennasystem on Mt. Konocti, andwe are almost done. This is anhistoric moment for communi-ciations in our beloved county— as no radio station has everbroadcast from up there before.”Estimated completion date wasThursday, Dec. 6.KPFZ updateVisit www.clear-lakeperformingarts.org to watch for thecoming year’s concertseries.
Page 4 • ArtNotes, Winter 2008Let in a breath of fresh air Lake Observer´American. But onone occasion I got to participate ina performance of Sandra’s poetry.Sandra also teaches yoga eachweek at the United MethodistChurch in Clearlake. My husbandJonathan Donihue, our friendJoAnn Saccato and I have all takenyoga classes with Sandra at onetime or another, and she invited usto perform with her in a “DancingPoetry” routine.The performance took placeSaturday, Sept. 29, in the CaliforniaPalace of the Legion of Honor inSan Francisco.Sandra combined a couple of herpoems, which were dubbed as anaudio track with music by ShawkieRoth. In a collaborative effort weworked out a routine, decidingupon yoga poses that we thoughtwere suitable accompaniment tothe narration of the poem. It tooktwo or three weeks’ practice as werefined the routine, substituting onepose for another, working out “thekinks” and figuring out our timing.The poem and music were recordedon CD so that Sandra was able todo the poses with us.Finally, we decided upon our finalroutine and with practice, practice,practice, were happy with our abil-ity to perform it on the stage.The “Dancing Poetry” event washosted by Embassy Arts Interna-tional. It featured recitations byvarious poets laureate as well aspoetry contest winners, whose prizewas to have their composition set tointerpretive dance.Performing Sandra’s contribu-tion was a lot of fun and I thinkwe pulled it off beautifully. Therewere a lot of very nice, creativeapproaches exhibited during theperformances.POETRY, from Page 3By Xian YeaganSoper-Reese resuscitates with a breath of Winter Music Fest Saturday, Jan. 26,at 7:30, and Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2.It seems like it has been forever.It has felt at times as though nothing at all was being done, or that thewheels slowly turning in distant bureaucratic machines would never arrive atour number.So now is the time to let a breath of fresh air into the Soper-Reese Com-munity Theatre, and we have that in the Winter Music Fest /Vaudeville 2008.It will be the lead program when the S-R opens its doors after completion ofStage One of the reconstruction plan.The Music Fest is returning to its home at Main and Martin streets. Duringthe short period that the theater was kept open after the Arts Council pur-chased it, the Music Fest was presented there. Since then it has been held in theLittle Theater in the Fairgrounds and last year at the Marge Alakszay Center.The Arts Council is delighted to get its Winter Music Fest back to its source.Last year’s presentation was a good show, one of the best in some time.Thisarose from a more varied fund of talent, skillful production staff, and the excel-lent facilities of the Alakszay Center. Some of last year’s talent is with us again,and there will be some new faces. At the time of writing this, the slate is notfully written, but you will be entertained.Just a hint or two for you, though. Bill, for instance, will take a journey to-gether with Connie, and Hope will fall in love, forever. Mrs. Flores will be thesource of Adelaide’s lament, Holland will just barely contain the October rain,and a Zimmerman will become a sultan. Stranger things than these can hap-pen. Rod may even be a rich man.Nick Biondo was master of sound last year, his last at the high school, andhas agreed to come with us to the Soper-Reese. He has been setting up a soundsystem for the Community Theatre, and he will be manning it for the MusicFest performances.Once again, this show will be done without pre-recorded musical backup.Forsingers who don’t have any accompanying musician, David Neft, (who can doanything on the piano) will be on hand to accompany them.Of course, some of the audience will be there just to see the reopened Soper-Reese Community Theatre. There are those who can’t believe even yet that anyprogress can be made on that Lakeport landmark, and some of them will comejust to see for themselves. I’m sure that they too will have a good time.Cynthia M. Parkhill“Kivrim” warp-faced fabric created with the technique of “card weav-ing.”
ArtNotes, Winter 2008 • Page 5‘Poetry Out Loud’ in Lake CountyThousands ofstudents in 22California coun-ties are gearing upto participate in“Poetry Out Loud:National RecitationContest,” a competi-tion that engageshigh-school studentsin the presentationof poetry throughmemorization andperformance. Competitions are held in classrooms, withwinners then competing on the county or regional level,then to the California state championships, and finallythe national contest held in Washington,DC. Interested teachers, administrators,parents and students are encouraged tocontact the California Arts Council to findout how their school can participate.“It is our third year for the successfulPoetry Out Loud program in California,”said Muriel Johnson, director of the Cali-fornia Arts Council, the lead agency forthe program in California. “Young peopleinterested in rap and slam contests can besurprisingly interested in classical poetrywhen it’s presented through the Poetry OutLoud competition. The program encour-ages high school students to study and recite some ofthe richest language every written. We’ve seen studentsfrom all backgrounds and academic levels embrace thisprogram wholeheartedly. It can change their lives.”Lake County Poet Laureate Sandra Wade, Lorna SueSides of Upper Lake and Carol Dobusch of Kelseyvilleare promoting involvement by Lake County schools. Acompetition takes place in February at the Soper-ReeseCommunity Theatre. For information about partici-pating locally, contact Wade at email@example.com, Sides at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dobusch email@example.com. General information can befound at www.cac.ca.gov and www.poetryoutloud.org.The Poetry Out Loud program provides for profes-sional poets to work with teachers in the classroomthrough the artsnonprofit CaliforniaPoets in the Schools. Nationally approvededucational materialsand teachers guidesare free. Studentsmay review hundredsof poems and relatedinformation throughthe program Website at www.poetry-outloud.org. Win-ners are eligible to receive scholarships, and schools getfinancial assistance for books and related materials. TheCalifornia state championships will be held on March14, 2008, and the national contest in April.Experts see significant benefits fromPoetry Out Loud. “The process of memo-rizing and sounding a poem is identical tolearning to play a piece of music by heart,”said Al Young, California State Poet Laure-ate. “A student or anyone else who takesthe time to commit a particular poem tomemory learns much about that particularvoice and the nuances of poetry in general.”Teachers find the competition to be excit-ing for kids and helpful in the classroom.“I have been teaching English for 16 yearsand it is so hard to even get kids inter-ested in poetry,” said Kathy Harding from Galt HighSchool. “So when I saw Poetry Out Loud come along,I thought of how much it would help my work.”The initiative from the National Endowment forthe Arts brings literary arts to students, a critical needin U.S. schools. Poetry out Loud seeks to foster thenext generation of literary readers by capitalizing onthe latest trends in poetry: recitation and performance. Counties already slated to participate include ContraCosta, Fresno, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Los Ange-les, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Nevada,Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, SanLuis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tu-olumne, and Ventura.— California Arts Council“The programencourages highschool studentsto study andrecite some of therichest languageever written.”Muriel Johnson
Page 6 • ArtNotes, Winter 2008Executive Director:Shelby Posada, 263-1871; ESP352@aol.comBoard of Directors:President — Sandi Ciardelli, 263-0663 (home), 263-8132 (work); firstname.lastname@example.orgVice President — John Ross, 263-6120; email@example.comTreasurer — Betty Lou Surber, 263-4721; firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretary — Susan Krones, 263-2251; email@example.comAnnie Barnes, 263-3010 (work), 274-9251 (home)Carol Dobusch, 279-1169; firstname.lastname@example.orgJoan Holman, 263-1345Glenneth Lambert, email@example.comKristi Peake, 279-1130 (home), 349-4316 (cell);firstname.lastname@example.orgLuwana Quitiquit, 263-5553Norman “Wink” Winckler, 279-2965 (home), 349-0934(work); email@example.comFloyd Surber, 263-4721; firstname.lastname@example.orgVoris Brumfield (Board Member Emeritus), 987-3461Staff and Office Volunteers:Betty Lou Surber, The Great OzPatsy Mitchell, Gift ShopJohn Ross, MembershipLCAC Media:Webmaster — Xian Yeagan, email@example.comArtNotes Editor — Cynthia Parkhill, 277-0296 (home),295-7554 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.orgGallery Committee Members:Pat Courtney, Carol Dobusch, John Eells, Bonnie Ew-ing, Ray Farrow, Ginger Ingersoll, Mary Lawson, DianaLiebe, Gaylene McComb, Patsy Mitchell, Floyd Surber,Richard SeisserSoper-Reese Committee:Mike Adams, Amy Casey, Sandi Ciardelli, Carol Do-busch, Linda Drew, Wally Fuller, Nina Marino, DonnaPeterson, John Ross, Taira St. John, Steven Stetzer, FloydSurberLicense plate sales benefit California artsDid you know that by purchas-ing a specialty license plate, you cansupport the arts in California?The Arts license plate (“Coast-line”) was designed by prominentCalifornia artist Wayne Thiebaudand is the nation’s first plate specifi-cally designed to benefit the arts.With more than 125,000 platessold since 1994, the Arts licenseplate is the most popular specialtyplate in California. The plate is dis-tinguished by a four-color graphicdepicting palm trees, a sunset onthe Pacific coast.The Arts license plate can beordered online directly from theDMV at https://vrir.dmv.ca.gov/ipp/ippMain.jsp. An applicationform can also be downloaded in.pdf format from the CaliforniaArts Council’s Web site, www.cac.ca.gov. Fill it out, and mail it withyour check to the Department ofMotor Vehicles, P. O. Box 932345,Sacramento, CA 94232-3450.The cost of a standard specialtyplate is $50. For $90, motoristsmay purchase a personalized licenseplate using up to six characters. Youshould check to see if the personal-ized plate is available by going tothis site, https://vrir.dmv.ca.gov/ipp/ippMain.jsp , and workingthrough the order process. If theconfiguration of letters and num-bers is available, it will allow you topurchase the plate.Fees for annual renewal are $40for the standard plate and $70 for apersonalized plate. Additional infor-mation is available through DMVoffices throughout the state or bycalling the Special Processing Unitof the DMV at (916) 657-7654.— From the California ArtsCouncil Web site, www.cac.ca.gov“Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Eco-nomic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and CultureOrganizations and Their Audiences” docu-ments the key role played by the non-profitarts and culture industry in strengthening thenation’s economy.The report states that nationally, the non-profit arts and culture industry generates$166.2 billion in economic activity every year.The $166.2 billion in total economic activityhas a significant national impact, generating thefollowing:• 5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs• $104.2 billion in household income• $7.9 billion in local government taxrevenues• $9.1 billion in state government taxrevenues• $12.6 billion in federal income tax rev-enues.To download the report, as well as promo-tional literature, visit www.artsusa.org.— Americans for the ArtsReport documents ways that art is good for business
Would you like to become a member or do you need to renew? Use this handy form!ArtNotes, Winter 2008 • Page 7Lake County Arts Council MembershipsPlease welcome our new members (September through November 2007)New Student MembersChelsea River Black New Individual Members Leah AdamsJudy CarrollLinda FarrisTerri KiplingerKeith NelsonMichelle Price New Family MembersToni, Alan and Grant HydenLyle and Deanna MadesonBill and Sam Webb New Patron MembersDuffy Sheridan New Small Business MembersStephanie BeroThank you!NewYearRosesI. Arc of stem fallsto palest pink porcelainebudding demure, fragranton straggly fence-linenear the compost bin.They perseverenorth-facing night-frostbask under full moon at perigeein icy sunrisewarmed at eventide by kinderairsflowing from the piney ridge.Dec. 30, 1999II. Just nowbah humbug attitude drew backthe curtain couldn’t helpseeing a tiny rosebud whorlright at windowpaneMillennia come goalways something persistssubtlest consciousnessNaturemind, Soul orsimply movementlight air soundswell shrinkswirl13:13 on Dec. 31, 1999Sandra Wade
Page 8 • ArtNotes, Winter 2008Main Street GalleryHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. SaturdayNon-ProfitUSPostagePaidLakeport,CA95453Permit#75LakeCountyArtsCouncil325N.MainStreetLakeport,CA95453(707)263-6658ArtNotesArtNotesisproducedfourtimesayear,inJanuary,April,JulyandOctober.Editorialandadvertisingdeadlinesareonthe15thdayofthepreviousmonth.PleasesendarticlestoCynthiaParkhill,email@example.com.LCAC is pouring Lake County winesThe Main Street Gallery’s First FridayFlings will proudly be pouring Lake CountyWines.• Jan. 4 — Six Sigma Winery• Feb. 1 — Langtry Estate and Vineyards• March 7 — Cougar’s Leap Winery• April 4 — Moore Family Winery• May 2 — Tulip Hill Winery• June 6 — Shannon Ridge Winery• July 4 — Rosa d’ Oro Vineyards• Aug. 1 — Guenoc Winery• Sept. 5 — Gregory Graham Wines• Oct. 3 — Terrill Cellars• Nov. 7 — Wildhurst Vineyards• Dec. 5 — Steele WinesFirst Friday Fling happens from 5:30 to 7p.m. on the first Friday of the Month at 325N. Main Street, Lakeport; (707) 263-6658.It also features local musicians.Shelby Posada