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Celebration of the Arts at St David's
May 9 - 13, 2012
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The Episcopal Parish in DeWitt, NY

COTA Mission Statement

The Celebration of the Arts is a gift to the community from the parishioners of St. David's Church. The church provides the venue for the visual and performing artists of Central New York to present new works representing the logical joining of religion, art, and the God given creativity in life.

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COTA Mission Statement

How to Become an Exhibiting Artist
for the Celebration of the Arts

How to Become a PATRON
for the Celebration of the Arts

Weekend Performances

COTA's Beneficiaries

COTA Chairs



Gallery Hours & Performances

Wed, May 9
Thurs, May 10
10am -
8 pm
Fri, May 11 10am -
Sat, May 12 10am -
Sun, May 13 11am -
5 pm

COTA Program

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See pictures from the
2010 and 2009 Celebrations

How to Become an Exhibiting Artist for the Celebration of the Arts

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 , a jury of Art Professors from Syracuse University will be jurying Central New York Artists wishing to be part of the Celebration of the Arts.

Art Drop-off: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 (5-7 PM)
Art Drop-off: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 (9-11AM) - Jurying will take place in the afternoon
Art Pick-Up: Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 (9-11AM and 5-7PM)

If you are a CNY Artist and would like to receive an invitation prior to the jurying to be considered as a potential exhibiting artist for the Celebration, please email your information to the Artist Liaison Chairs below. You will be added to our mailing list.

Artist Liaison Chairs:
Sheila Goldie   Karen Williams

How to Become a PATRON for the Celebration of the Arts

In March each year a Patron mailing goes out for people wishing to support the Celebration of the Arts. Patrons are invited to the Opening Reception and listed in the program. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email your information to the Patron Chairs listed below. You will be added to our mailing list.

Patron Chairs:
Patrick Shaw   Yvonne Shaw

Friday, May 11, 2012
7:30 pm

Andy Russo

Andy Russo

Bach, Beethoven and The Blues

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Saturday, May 12, 2012
7:30 pm

Steven Seigart

Steven SeigartBach
and the Big Screen

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Sunday, May 13
10:00 am

A Service of Holy Eucharist

St. David's choir

St. David's Choir
directed by Abel Searor,
Musical Director

COTA's Beneficiaries

Profits from the 2011 Celebration of the Arts were gifted back to the community for support in the arts. The following organizations received support for their 2011-2012 fiscal year:
  • The Howard & Helen Boatwright Concert Series
  • St. David's Music Department

COTA Chairs

Chair Coordinator Patrick & Yvonne Shaw Art Curators Jon & Judy McCumber
Art Sales Susan Sidoni Art Sign-in/Art Labels
Artist Resumes
Wendy Flynn
Artists Liason Chairs Sheila Goldie
Karen Williams
Cookies Diane Lowery
Floral Designs Nita Pierson Graphic Artist/Cover Design Brendon Flynn
Geranium Sales Kathy Hughes Host/ Hostesses Laura Schmitt
Music Direction
Sunday Program
Abel Searor Office Coordinator Karen Brundage
Opening Night Details Sherry Tyler Opening Night Reception / Crew Suppers Gretchen Stappenbeck & Dotty Reiffenstein
Patrons Patrick & Yvonne Shaw Program Message Reverend Jacqueline Schmitt
Publicity/ Post Cards Tary Simizon &
Laura Schmitt
Treasurer Yvonne Shaw


  • The Celebration of the Arts Committee Chairs exists to establish and maintain continuity, policies, and quality. The Committee Chairs will plan and support the St. David's Celebration of the Arts, the Rector, the Music Director and the Vestry.
  • Artist and performers will be invited from the Central New York community.
  • The Organist/Choir-Director and Rector will determine the Sunday program.
  • There is no charge for any part of the Celebration. Expenses are met through Patron donations, silver bowls, and a one-third commission on art sold.
  • A $4,000 fund shall be reserved in an investment account to defray any losses that might be incurred in any given year. Any monies realized over and above our expenses will go back to the local community. Monies may be used on items at St. David's that involve the use of the building by the Celebration.
  • There will be an Art Selection Committee to determine the artists to be invited each year.
  • The Committee Chairs and the Rector will appoint new COTA Chairs for the following year.
  • There will be no pre-sale of any art. Patrons can purchase art on the Tuesday, Opening Night once the event starts. Non-patrons can purchase art on Wednesday when the galleries are open to the public.