From humble beginnings, curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich started Norte Maar in 2004 as a way of promoting collaborations in our time. In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we are looking back, admiring our various projects and highlighting some significant articles and reviews. This post features an article by Ann Hawksby on June 12, 2004 in the Clinton County Edition of the Free Trader. It’s our very first article!
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North Countryman, July 24, 2004
By Ann Hawksby
Thanks to the work of Jason Andrew of Norte Maar, a grass-roots cultural promotion organization, the Rouses Point Historical Society will present a summer dance festival.
Proceeds from the dance concert will benefit the Historical Society and their quest to refurbish the old D&H Railroad Station, as well as preserve and display the area’s rich heritage.
The Village of Rouses Point purchased the old D&H Railroad Station, and have been open to the Historical Society’s ideas and intent to revamp the building, inside and out. The plans include a display of railroad artifacts, photographs, books, papers, and clothing.
“We are very excite about this event,” said Mary Racicot of the Historical Society,”we are hoping for a very successful evening.”
She said the society was anxious the railroad project a reality.
Rouses Point Fete de Danse 2004 will feature dances from London, Ireland, and all over the U.S. starting with Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet.
Owner, choreographer, and teacher, Julia K. Gleich, of London, is happy to have the opportunity to share her dances with the people of the Northern Tier, according to Andrew of Norte Maar.
Gleich, whose choreographic residencies have taken her to the Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, University of Northern Colorado, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California, and Dancer’s Workshop in Wyoming, is currently a lecturer at LABAN Centre for Contemporary Dance in London.
Also appearing at Fete de Danse 2004, are the Burklyn Ballet Theatre of Johnson, Vt. — a summer workshop attended by about 180 dancers from all over the world, the North Country Ballet ensemble of Plattsburgh under the direction of Debbie Guibord, and Ryan’s Irish dance Troupe, let by Kathy Ryan of Chazy.
Dancers from the Burklyn Ballet Theatre, which was founded in 1976, have performed in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, under the direction of the talented Joanne Whitehill.
The North Country Ballet Ensemble, which was founded in 1986, consists of a collaboration of the area’s best dancers led by a wonderful team of teachers and enthusiasts.
Ryan’s Irish Dance Troupe is well known in the North Country for their exciting performances, including River Dance and traditional Irish dances.
“Norte Maar aspires to be a premiere resource connecting musicians, dancers, and visual artists with venues and each other.” The newly established organization seeks to, “unite the cultural forces of North Country whereby presenting all that is exciting and happening within the artistic community.”
The Fete de Danse 2004 concert will be held July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rouses Point Halstead Civic Center, with a reception and refreshments afterwards.
Advance tickets are available by calling 297-3035. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 seniors, $5 children unless under the age of 8, which are free of charge. Tickets at the door are $12.
North Countryman, March 29, 2004
By Ann Hawksby
The newest concept at Evergreen Valley Nursing Home and Hassett’s Day Center is a learning experience for all involved.
‘Art at Evergreen Valley’ is designed in affiliation with Norte Maar, as a rotating series of contemporary art exhibits, which can be viewed weekdays from 2 – 5 p.m.
A reception was held Tuesday evening to welcome the first artist, Patrick O’Brien, with his “Magic Squares” exhibit.
O’Brien described his work as “a form of meditation.” Using texture, color, patterns, edges, surface, and luminosity, the artist creates numeric visual puzzles that are hard to walk away from. They engage the viewer, teasing their mind and vision.
Evergreen Valley Administrator Wendie Bishop said the Hassett Day Services “members” welcomed the art with open arms.
“We even have some members who like to choose which pieces they would like to sit next to,” she said, “it’s just a wonderful opportunity for us.”
She said the art adds life to the bare brick walls in the day center that used to be the old nursing home chapel.
O’Brien, of West Chazy, has been featured in many other art exhibits throughout the North Country and in NYC.
O’Brien is also involved in a voluntary project to help beautify the area around Georgia Pacific and towards the waterfront. A replica of his mural design was also on display during the reception.
The curator, Jason Andrew, of Norte Maar, said his mission was to bring the home to life, and uplift the members’ spirits with joy through the use of art.
He pointed out a steel sculpture also on display by James Ryan, and a few paintings by local artist James Juron. His beautifully layered and textured pieces were hung in the administrative offices.
Andrew explained that having the artwork was new to both the residents and the staff at Evergreen Valley, so they needed to be educated in how to handle having them.
“Unfortunately we cannot just have these expensive paintings hung in the hallways where some of our residents would not realize they could not touch them, and that sort of thing,” Bishop explained.
Andrew also noted that special care and cleaning methods also had to be taught to the staff.
“We are just delighted to have the exhibits,” Bishop said, “its so nice to see our people respond to the art, and it brings in warmth and color.”
The Art Exhibition will continue until July 9. The artists and Administration at Evergreen Valley encourage the public to come in and visit.
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