“The front is made of limestone blocks and it is nice and cool in the summer, but in the winter it is freezing,” Sapinsky said. “That is why we are not open in the winter. It would cost a fortune to heat this building.”
This year several concerts are planned as well as an Armed Forces Day dance, a poetry and music festival, and multi-media musical presentation featuring the music of composer John Glover, who wrote an original composition based on the artwork of painter Mark Mastroianni.
In past years, Cherry Valley Artworks has hosted an international kite festival and a sculpture trail. The foundation has opened the space for plays, concerts and operas. The theater space may be cleared of chairs and turned into a dining area with tables, or it can be completely cleared of furniture for dancing.
“We decided not to install the theater chairs so that we can use this space for a lot of different things,” Sapinsky said.
International art collector Eugene Shaw recently made a donation to Cherry Valley Artworks that will allow the foundation to purchase a Steinway piano.
“This will really greatly expand our musical offerings,” Sapinsky said. “We are so grateful for this donation.”
Cherry Valley Artworks is hosting an Armed Forces Day dance on Saturday in conjunction with the Cherry Valley American Legion. The events will include swing-dance lessons, live music, food and a cash bar.
On June 15, the foundation will feature a poetry and music festival.
The concert series, which includes musicians of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra performing three concerts of eclectic music ranging from string quartets to a klezmer concert of European Jewish music, begins July 28.
In August, the John Glover and Mark Mastroianni multi-media concert will be presented.
For more information about the Cherry Valley Artworks summer season visit the foundation’s website, atcvartworks.org.