The CNY Arts Community: Summer 2017 Updates

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It’s always hard to say goodbye, but when it’s one of our staff, it’s even harder. Our Marketing Manager, Matthew DeBellas has left CNY Arts. In the fall, he will be launching an online travel media company that focuses on purposeful and transformative travel experiences through the lens of arts and culture.


Tanner Efinger has recently launched his own theatre production company, Breadcrumbs Productions. On Saturday, August 12, Breadcrumbs had a wonderful launch event at the ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse. With Breadcrumbs, Tanner hopes to “. . .support sustainability and development of local artists, push the boundaries of imaginative theatre, and develop a reputation for bold and exciting productions.” We would like to wish Tanner all the best in his new endeavor, and we can’t wait to see what he does next. To learn more about Breadcrumbs Productions, go to:


Miranda Traudt has recently been named director of arts programming for SUNY Oswego. She was previously the managing director at Point of Contact, and is currently an adjunct professor at LeMoyne College. In her new position she will oversee arts programming on the Oswego campus, including the ARTSwego series! She continues to be an excellent asset in the CNY Arts community, and we wish her the best of luck in her new role at SUNY Oswego.


Dorothy Riester passed away last month on July 23. Dorothy was the mastermind behind her art-in-nature park, now known as the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia. Her idea of incorporating art into nature was revered as “unpopular” in the 1950’s and 60’s, but she quickly began to receive recognition from around the world. As the years went on, residential development surrounded her beloved art park, and it was then that her and her husband Robert knew that they had to conserve the 100 acre sanctuary, thus creating the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. And now more than 60 years later, her legacy will continue to inspire hearts and minds throughout Central New York and beyond.




Posted On: August 17, 2017
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