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.

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