Jan 23- Open Mic with Louiston

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Music-makers, music-lovers – this year, join us every fourth Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. for the new open mic at TCFA, beginning Thursday, January 23. Hosted by Lou DiPietro (Louiston), this monthly, acoustic-based open mic welcomes songwriters, musicians, poets, and storytellers of all skill levels who are looking for a stage and both a community and support group of fellow artists. This show is held in the TCFA lower level, and a small PA will be available. Sorry, but due to the space size and wanting to be respectful neighbors, we cannot accommodate drum kits and amplifiers.

Bring your original songs, poems, stories, or whatever else  – flushed-out or works-in-progress – share them in front of an audience, and hang out with some of your fellow rowdy artists. Each performer gets to perform two pieces or 10 minutes max of material. Order of performance is determined by lottery – show up at 7 p.m. and draw your number. Performers who are arriving later are welcome and will still likely have an opportunity to play, depending on the night’s slate of performers. And, of course, this open mic is for the public, too. Come out! Entry for the public is donation-based, so anything you can spare is much appreciated and helps to further TCFA’s programs.
Any questions? Feel free to email Lou at dipietro.louis@gmail.com

Jan 19 – Kids Art @ TCFA

Kids art 2020Kids Art @ TCFA offers an afternoon of creative fun featuring arts and crafts workshops, still life drawing, a self portrait station, art library and an educational exhibit showcasing the work of TCFA’s Saturday Morning Art Club, with Noelle Dembrosky & Christine Finnigan. Refreshments served. This FREE event is made possible by a generous grant from the Trumansburg Education Foundation. Bring the whole family!

Jan 25 – Hiroya Tsukamoto Concert

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Advance tickets $15 online HERE / $18 at the door

The Conservatory is proud to welcome Hiroya Tsukamoto back to Trumansburg. Hiroya is an innovative guitarist and composer who fuses folk, jazz, and world music, and takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace. Tsukamoto’s repertoire will have you traveling the world, not to mention experiencing new sounds with his own compositions. Get your tickets early!

Jan 25 – Hiroya Tsukamoto Acoustic Guitar Workshop

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Saturday, January 25 from 3:30-5pm
Advance tickets $30 online HERE 

One-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will demonstrate fingerstyle techniques (playing with the fingers in place of a pick), including chords and basic theory.

In this workshop Hiroya will cover how to practice on a daily basis to improve your skills. He breaks down different elements of music such as tone and rhythm and explains how to apply them to a regular daily practice routine.


Dec 14 – SOUK

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Saturday December 14 | 7-9pm

Tickets available HERE for $12 / $15 at the door

SOUK performs traditional Arabic and Turkish instrumental music, with focus on Maqam and Iqa, the scales and rhythms that define these traditions. Nikolai Ruskin plays Oud and Nay, with Dara Annissi and Jesse Koennecke on darbuka and riq. Souk was formed in October, 2010 by Nikolai Ruskin with fellow musicians who have been performing together for nearly twenty years.

Souk’s goal is to create an atmosphere that ranges from relaxing background music to exciting dance music, and to share the sound of the Middle East in a way that listeners from all walks of life might connect with. Their name is the Arabic word for market, Souk (also Souq or Suq; pronounced “sook”). Historically, souqs were held outside of cities in the location where caravans loaded with goods would stop and merchants would display their goods for sale. At that time, souqs were more than just a market to buy and sell goods; they were also major festivals and many cultural and social activities took place in them. Just as the souq is a market place where many goods are available to peruse, ‘Souk: Middle Eastern Grooves’ offers their variety of musical wares in hopes that there will be something for all of their listeners to enjoy.

Dec 7 – Handmade Holiday Market

handmade holiday market bannerHandmade Holiday Market: A Select Show and Sale by Area Artisans.

Free to attend, Saturday December 7 from 10am to 5pm. Live music from 1-5. Come and find your next treasure and gifts for everyone on your list! Cider tastings with Black Diamond Cider and oil tastings with F. Oliver oils. Featuring local art, wearables, crafts, and foods.

Happening on the same day as Winterfest in the village of Trumansburg

Featuring products by the following vendors:
F. Oliver’s Oils
The Bee & The Buffalo – greeting cards, illustrations, wrapping paper, silk screened tea
towels, wreaths and other holiday botanicals
JillyMakesPots – Handmade functional pottery
Annie Campbell – Painter/Writer
Brick House Pottery – Ceramics; functional and decorative
Cori Vogel – Local food gifts
Annemiek Haralson – Eco-printed silk scarfs, glass jewelry, small paintings, cards
Standra – Hand crafted artisan jewelry
Know Your Roots – Herbal products: creams, salves, tinctures, herbal honey.
Black Diamond Farm & Cider
John Gurche – Prints & Books
– Up-cycled sweater mittens and soap
Wood Owl Original Designs
Fiddlesticks Tea
Cayuga Arts Collective

Nov 14 – Protest Banner workshop with artist Aram Han Sifuentes

Join TCFA for a free, banner-making workshop on Thursday, November 14 from 10am-1pm, led by Aram Han Sifuentes. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. There are no fees for this workshop, and all materials for the banners are provided, but registration is required. Register here:


During the workshop, participants will learn how to create their own banner to share their voices and experiences and contribute to the growing library of handmade banners. Participants will learn how to cut and attach letters to cloth to create protest banners.

About Aram Han Sifuentes:
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who addresses issues related to immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Sifuentes uses skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create opportunities for individuals to critique social and political inequality and empower one another through advocacy, subversion, and protest. She received her MFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in art and Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently teaching as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sifuentes has received numerous awards. She was the 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a 2016 3Arts Awardee, and a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. Sifuentes has exhibited her work at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO), Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, Illinois), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, Illinois), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (Seoul, South Korea), and the Design Museum (London, UK).

Aram Han Sifuentes’s Protest Banner Lending Library is on view and banners are available for loan as part of the Johnson Museum’s current special exhibition, how the light gets in, through December 8, 2019.


Nov 16 – Dance All Night – The Highwoods String band Story

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will present the documentary:  Dance All Night – The Highwoods String band Story (2018) directed by Larry Edelman. Following the screening of the film will be a special performance by The Original Fat City Stringband; Mac Benford, Walt Koken, and Bob Potts, with special guest, Jennifer Cleland
Doors open at 7pm. Tickets available for $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Conservatory.
About the documentary – In the 1970s, the Highwoods Stringband’s unique blend of musical brilliance, exuberance, sparkling wit, and eclectic repertoire introduced tens of thousands of delighted listeners to traditional old-time music. The Grammy-nominated band traveled extensively, playing major folk festivals across the U.S. and touring in Latin America and Europe, and released three albums on Rounder Records. The band also inspired countless other musicians and their influence on the music can still be heard today. Blending rare performance footage, photographs, sound recordings, and interviews, this colorful film aptly captures the spirit of the time and the joy and excitement generated by the band.

Nov 2 – TOiVO

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TOiVO, a seven piece band playing traditional social dance music of the Finger Lakes and more, will present a Community Dance Party Fundraiser for the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) on Saturday, November 2 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Suggested donation of $10. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Conservatory.

This fun event will take place in the TCFA auditorium on our newly refinished wooden dance floor, the best in the Finger Lakes. All ages are welcome to enjoy music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Refreshments will be available. Bring a partner or come alone! Wallflowers are welcome, too!

TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky-tonk, European, South American and many original dance tunes. You’ll enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots, cheek-to-cheek, hambos, and huapangos. The players are Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo and triangle; Jim Reidy, guitar; Paul Martin, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum.

Find out more about TOiVO at their web site: http://toivo.honkingduck.com

Oct 19 – Fall Invitational Gala Opening

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Join the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts for our Fall Invitational Gala show opening on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:00-9:00PM

Featuring works by William Benson, Erin Burley, Jennifer Hannaford, Rob Licht, Fernanda Medina. With music by the Diana Leigh Trio.

Artists process the world around them, expressing their thoughts, feelings and experiences, framing their creativity and art work. Each artist forms a unique visual dialect that reflects their personal version of reality. In this exhibit, we offer these artists’ viewpoints, from many different angles, on life and the undeniable questions of existence. As you consider these artists’ individual perspectives, we ask: What is your frame of reference, both for art and and for life?

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
— Wayne Dyer