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  • Mask and Puppet Theater of the Finger Lakes Improv

    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Add to Calendar 04/28/2018 9:30 AM 04/28/2018 10:30 AM America/New_York Mask and Puppet Theater of the Finger Lakes Improv

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    This is a presentation of Bare Bones Café, a community-sourced museum experience included with regular Rockwell admission. Refreshments will be available. Full schedule

    Bare Bones Café transforms into a whimsical theater for this series of improvisational skits based on simple prompts including location, emotion, mood and action. Similar to charades, the audience will participate by trying to figure out the mini dramas. The troupe of actors (including children age 6 through 14 and adult artists) has been performing and creating together for the past five summers as the Mask and Puppet Theater of the Finger Lakes. Visitors will recognize the notable style of artists Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley, famed for their imaginative sets and costumes using simple natural materials.

    This activity is made possible, in part, by the QuickArts grant program, administered by The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

    Artist Biographies

    • Licia Bajus has worked with youth of all ages for over 15 years, guiding children in the creation of dramas and skits, choreographed dances and music.
    • Jennifer Hopkins has studied music and dance for fifteen years. She is also experienced in literature and story-telling.
    • Carrie Longwell taught all ages of elementary art until she decided to home school her own children. Now as well as teaching them, she leads art workshops in the community. She excels at creating and teaching all visual art forms, with a special focus in painting and sculpture.
    • Jen Maffett has a BFA in graphic design and a BA in writing. She has enjoyed a career of managing and facilitating creative work. She leads art workshops on many subjects, including painting, paper-making, natural dyeing and fabric design. She’s excited to be able to work with the Mask and Puppet troupe this year.
    • Amanda Moretti has studied dance and story-telling for most of her life and received a BA from Naropa Institute in Colorado and completed post-graduate studies in Montreal and London. She works for dance schools and leads her own workshops for youth and adults, including Buhto classes, choreography classes, and modern and ballet for youth.
    • Tony Moretti has been a sculptor for twenty years, creating sculptural works in metal, stone, wood, wax and other natural materials. He has taught programs at art centers, public schools and youth centers.
    • Gwen Quigley has been teaching and working with youth for the past fifteen years. She has organized and taught workshops at public schools, art centers, nursing homes and summer camps. Gwen is also a sculptor and weaver, creating works using a range of materials and sizes, including large-scale theater props.
    • Sue Spencer has been a student of drumming since childhood. She founded “Make a Joyful Noise” in 1994 to provide the public with access to music by teaching them how to create simple percussion instruments and instructing them on how to make music with their new hand-made instruments.
    The Rockwell Museum, 111 Cedar St. Corning, NY 14830

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    This is a presentation of Bare Bones Café, a community-sourced museum experience included with regular Rockwell admission. Refreshments will be available. Full schedule

    Bare Bones Café transforms into a whimsical theater for this series of improvisational skits based on simple prompts including location, emotion, mood and action. Similar to charades, the audience will participate by trying to figure out the mini dramas. The troupe of actors (including children age 6 through 14 and adult artists) has been performing and creating together for the past five summers as the Mask and Puppet Theater of the Finger Lakes. Visitors will recognize the notable style of artists Tony Moretti and Gwen Quigley, famed for their imaginative sets and costumes using simple natural materials.

    This activity is made possible, in part, by the QuickArts grant program, administered by The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

    Artist Biographies

    • Licia Bajus has worked with youth of all ages for over 15 years, guiding children in the creation of dramas and skits, choreographed dances and music.
    • Jennifer Hopkins has studied music and dance for fifteen years. She is also experienced in literature and story-telling.
    • Carrie Longwell taught all ages of elementary art until she decided to home school her own children. Now as well as teaching them, she leads art workshops in the community. She excels at creating and teaching all visual art forms, with a special focus in painting and sculpture.
    • Jen Maffett has a BFA in graphic design and a BA in writing. She has enjoyed a career of managing and facilitating creative work. She leads art workshops on many subjects, including painting, paper-making, natural dyeing and fabric design. She’s excited to be able to work with the Mask and Puppet troupe this year.
    • Amanda Moretti has studied dance and story-telling for most of her life and received a BA from Naropa Institute in Colorado and completed post-graduate studies in Montreal and London. She works for dance schools and leads her own workshops for youth and adults, including Buhto classes, choreography classes, and modern and ballet for youth.
    • Tony Moretti has been a sculptor for twenty years, creating sculptural works in metal, stone, wood, wax and other natural materials. He has taught programs at art centers, public schools and youth centers.
    • Gwen Quigley has been teaching and working with youth for the past fifteen years. She has organized and taught workshops at public schools, art centers, nursing homes and summer camps. Gwen is also a sculptor and weaver, creating works using a range of materials and sizes, including large-scale theater props.
    • Sue Spencer has been a student of drumming since childhood. She founded “Make a Joyful Noise” in 1994 to provide the public with access to music by teaching them how to create simple percussion instruments and instructing them on how to make music with their new hand-made instruments.