Call for Student Artists!

The stage is set for the second annual Buck Moon Arts Festival, Saturday July 11th, from 10am until 6pm, centered on the tree-lined FM campus quad. The mid-summer celebration of the creative spirit is still inviting student artists to display and sell their work for free.  Limited indoor space available.  Please contact the Festival Coordinator, Shirl Doherty for details.

2015 Festival Kickoff and Reception – Friday July 10th from 6-9pm

The festival’s kick off celebration begins on Friday, July 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the College’s Perrella Gallery with Past, Present, Future: an Alumni Art show featuring forty years of art created by FM alumni. The 23 artists represent work created regionally, nationally and internationally in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installation. Meet the artists, enjoy complementary refreshments (as well as a cash wine and beer bar) and vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award to be presented during the festival on Saturday.

At 8:00, the Buck Moon Arts Festival presents a one hour concert by KoriSoron in the FM theatre. The ensemble, which takes inspiration from technical guitarists such as Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia are an instrumental acoustic trio that combine progressive rock influences with musical traditions from across the globe.

Guitarists Scott Collins (author and featured performer on the God of War 2 video game soundtrack and “Come Alive” from the Trials Evolution video game) Farzad Golpayegani (guitarist, violinist and composer for the Quest of Persia: Nader’s Blade and Garshasp video games) and percussionist Dean Mirabito bring international touring and recording experience to the New York Capital region based project.

Mr. Golpayegani, has been a featured subject in two documentaries on the struggles with creating art in Iran and is a renown artist who has exhibited his visual work in Tehran, Los Angeles, New York city and Upstate New York. In addition to playing guitar and violin at the Buck Moon performance, Mr. Golpayegani will be creating an improvised live drawing on stage during the KoriSoron performance that will be unique to that evening’s event.

To end the evening of the kick off, an outdoor light display, created by FM alumnus Tyler Schrader, will be featured for all to enjoy.

The Festival continues on July 11th from 10am to 6pm (rain or shine). The festival will showcase diverse, family-friendly visual arts and interactive hand-on art for children and adults.

An array of vendors will cover the campus with tented booths on Saturday, displaying juried arts & crafts, food artisan delights, and wineries and craft beer makers will offer tastings of their regionally grown specialties. There will be hands-on art activities for both children and adults throughout the day on Saturday and musical performances from 10-6 that day featuring singer/songwriter Mary Ryan, jazz standard with the Upswing Duo, the Celtic music of Earls Chair and well-known flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski performing with the Alegria trio afternoon.

The BuckMoon Arts Festival will be hosted at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Friday Evening July 11th and from 10-6pm on Saturday July 12th.

Entrance and all events are free and open to the public.

Festival Updates And Parking Information

The Festival is almost here and we just wanted to let you know of a few Festival updates!



  • Parking: Since Buck Moon takes place on a college campus, we have LOTS of FREE PARKING spaces, all with easy access to the main quad area where all the fun is happening. Public Safety officers will direct traffic and we ask that you please respect “reserved” signs on orange cones in Lot #4 saved for our performers.


  • The Festival kicks off on Friday evening, July 11 with a 7 pm talk in the Large Lounge in the Student Union building with American sculptor John Van Alstine who will talk about his work. John is best known for stone and metal abstract sculptures exhibiting exceptional balance and poise. 


  • On Saturday July 12, the Festival opens at 10 AM, and the first featured musical act, Hey Jude, begins at 11AM.  A full run down of the all of the schedule can be found on the Festival Schedule page.


  • A number of food vendors and artisans will be on site selling delicious food.  You can find more specific information on the food artisan and vendor page.


  • General Map Of Events




  • Vendors are located in and around the Quad area.
  • The Main Stage (Saturday – Hey Jude, The Bentwood Rockers and Alex Torres And His Latin Orchestra   – Sunday – Penny Jar, Flame, and Sara Milonovich and Daisycutter)  is located outside the Visual Arts and Communications building.
  • The Large Lounge (Friday – John Van Alstine –  Saturday – the Business Panel Discussions For Artists: “The Entrepreneurial Spirit“, “Developing Your Business Plan”, “Promoting Your Art: Building An Audience and Building A Buzz” and “Funding Yourself: Show Me the Money!” ) is located in the College Union building.
  • Raiders Cove (Saturday – Sawyer Fredericks, Bijoux, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, Clank, DOOOJJ and Young Dealz – Sunday – Ms. Tina’s Tribal Belly Dance Company) is located in the Cove on the map
  • The FM THEATRE (Saturday -Iona Troupe,  Carl Heilman, Scorpio screening and The Exonerated  – Sunday – The Exonerated) is located in the Visual Arts and Communications building.
  • Restrooms are located in all labeled buildings.


We have some great performers, vendors and events planned and we hope to see you there!


Website Updates And A Weather Update For The Festival

New Vendors Announced!

There have been a number of additions for vendors for the Festival this coming weekend.

1.  There’s more information about the Art workshops for papermaking, egg shell mosaics and relief print making.  You read about all of those here.

2.  The Art Vendor pages has been updated with a number of new arts vendors and there are a number of new food artisans and vendors as well.  You can read about those here.


Weather Forecast


It looks like we’ll have great weather for the festival!  We hope to see you there!


FM’s Buck Moon Arts Festival Offering Free Panel Discussions For Local Artists

Johnstown, NY – At any given moment, thousands of artists are pouring blood, sweat and tears into their art, but only a fraction of those artists are making money from their efforts and an even smaller percentage are actually making a living at it. In an effort to help local artists and hobbyists monetize their art, a series of interactive panel discussions with working artists and industry professionals will be hosted as a part of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Buck Moon Arts Festival on Saturday, July 12. The diverse expert panelists include people such as Yvonne Lieblein, a writer and creative producer who worked for the SCRABBLE brand before launching her marketing and PR firm, Lieblein Associates LLC. and Patrick Longo of Upaya Productions who successfully raised over $23,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund a musical that will run at Proctor’s Theatre this fall.

Saturday’s panel discussions begin with a presentation at 11:00 a.m. entitled, “The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Manifesting Your Dream,” by Yvonne Lieblein.

The second panel discussion at 12:00 p.m. (“Developing Your Business Plan,”) will focus on the business of art. The presenters for this panel include Dan Barner (founder and lead strategist for Prolific Marketing in Ballston Spa), bassist, author and clinician Mike Dimin, Yvonne Lieblein, and FMCC business faculty member Mark Swain.

The 1:30 p.m. panel discussion, “Promoting Your Art: Building an Audience and Building a Buzz,” will focus on many issues surrounding promoting one’s self and one’s art. The panel presenters include Dan Barner, independent artist Bill Coffey, Yvonne Lieblein, Patrick Longo, Leader-Herald newspaper Sunday Editor Brian McElhiney, and Mark Swain.

The 3:00 p.m. panel discussion, “Show Me the Money!” discusses traditional and alternative means of making money as an artist including crowd funding and grant funding. The presenters on that panel include: Bill Coffey, Mike Dimin, Patrick Longo, FM’s Director of Grants and Grant Funded Programs Jean Karutis, Yvonne Lieblein and Mark Swain.

The day’s panel discussions will conclude with a screening of the documentary Scorpio which will be followed by a panel discussion entitled,  Scorpio: A Case Study of Creating Art Under “Impossible” Situations with Mahmood Karimi-Hakak and Elahe Golpari of Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI); a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and screening of unseen films from around the globe.  This 43 minute film, rarely seen in the U.S. and never publically screened in Iran, is a documentary about an Iranian rock band called “The Scorpio” and the impact of rock music on Iranian youth culture during its pre-revolution period in Iran.

The approaches and advice that will be presented in the panel discussions can be applicable to artists working in any medium.

The panel discussions are free to the general public, but seating is limited so please RSVP through Eventbrite before July 11th!


Eventbrite - Buck Moon Arts Festival - Making Money From Your Art - Panel Workshops