July 03, 2021


This summer our Gallery celebrates the indomitable creative spirit as revealed in the artistic visions of artists Paul Saphier, Richard Atkinson and John Horbacz.  

Hear the inspired music of Alex Raykov and Alexander Korolov, virtuosic Renaissance musicians as they present Counterpoint Splendor on period instruments! 


Art Opening begins at 5:00 with presentations by our featured artists John Horbacz and Richard Atkinson.

5:15  Welcoming Remarks, Evelyn Saphier, Gallery Director

Paul Saphier: Looking in, Looking Out.  The art of 'seeing' or perception was a preoccupation of Paul Saphier.  Paul sought to reveal in his works the spirit that underlies subject matter.  The viewer is invited to linger and to look!

5:45  Richard Atkinson: Reach for the Light  The beauty of nature and the wild, landmarks, wildlife and memories form the content of Dick's arresting paintings that, like his music, communicate a deep shared connection to the North Country's natural beauty, history and traditions.
6:15  John Horbacz: Dreams vs. Reality.  Painted dreams and visions, surreal carvings, a totally original artistic passion manifest.
7 PM.  Counterpoint Splendor, Alex Raykov, Alexander Korolov & Friends

Genuine virtuosos, Raykov and Korolov's music--played on period instruments with homemade silk strings--transports listeners to a time centuries past when music heard directly without amplification or digital enhancement was the norm of the day.

Free concert. 

#Renaissancemusic  #lutemusic  #luteduets  #violadagamba #thespiritofnorth #theidealofnorth #landscapephotograpy #eggtemperapainting #NorthCountrylandscapes #artinsideout 

A Celebration of the Celtic Harp with Janet Witman and Members of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra

July 10, 2021

A Celebration of Celtic Harp with Janet Witman 

and The Brandywine Harp Orchestra! 

(Harpers are invited to join Janet and the Orchestra in performance at the Hammond Historical Museum’s Scottish Festival!)


How many times have you attended Scottish Games, heard the stirring tunes and wanted to play them on the harp?  Perhaps you have listened to the Brandywine Harp Orchestra on youtube and wished yourself part of such a heavenly ensemble!  Our upcoming Harp Days at the Iva Smith Gallery in Hammond, New York, in the beautiful Thousand Islands Region, offer a time of retreat to soak up the exquisite artistry and gifted, enriching and fun teaching of Janet Witman together with an opportunity to join with the Brandywine Harp Orchestra in concert at the Hammond Historical Museum’s Scottish Festival!  


"Janet Witman covers the spectrum of the harp world. She is a classically-trained pedal harpist from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is the esteemed leader of The Brandywine Harp Orchestra in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her arrangements of both solo and ensemble music are used throughout the country."  —Ray Pool


Schedule of Events


Wednesday Evening, July 7, 2021


6:30 PM        Meet, greet, set-up harps and tune.  

7 - 8:30        EARLY-BIRD MASTER CLASS WITH JANET WITMAN (5 participant minimum)


Thursday, July 8, 2021


1 PM        Meet and Tune! Come early and enjoy the gallery, take time to set up and visit with friends old and new! 



This workshop will focus on re-examining your harp technique with gentle and comprehensive finger exercises to find balance, suppleness and beauty in your playing. Janet will provide technical warm-ups which feature: full-finger closings, thumb articulation, arpeggios ,contrary motion, legato playing, cross overs/unders and LH patterns of 421's, open thumb and open hand intervals. We'll play rounds to keep it all fun and engaging.  Low intermediate level to advanced.



3:30-5:00        SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES, Ensemble Part I

Janet's arrangements of some of her favorites will liven up your repertoire! The Rowan Tree, Will Ye No Come Back Again, Scotland the Brave, Atholl Highanders, Flower of Scotland, Skye Boat Song and more.  Learn about the Jacobite connection, Lady Nairne and other backstories!  


PDFs of Janet Witman’s Scottish festival classics arrangements will be provided at the time of registration.  Additional pieces may include: Wild Mountain Thyme, Loch Lomond and Auld Lang Syne which can be found in her collection, Wild Mountain Thyme which is available for purchase at:    (Note to those who attended our ‘Heavenly Harp’ workshops in August of 2019, Janet has done additional arrangements of Scottish Festival Favorites that she is eager to share!)


5:30         Light supper (Bring salads/desserts!)




Friday, July 9, 2021



Hear Janet's presentation on the fascinating life of Ireland's National Poet. It's entertaining, informative and followed up by a pop quiz with prizes!  Janet's arrangements of "Silent, O Moyle" will send chills down your back and "The Meetings of the Waters" will become a standard in your rep. Music will be handed out during the workshop and those that want to play along with Janet are welcome.       


12 Noon                     Lunch.  


1:30 - 3:00 PM            SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES, Ensemble Part II


3:30 - 5:00 PM            REHEARSAL with JANET WITMAN and Members of the BRANDYWINE HARP ORCHESTRA


5:30                           Light supper (bring salads/desserts!)


7:00-9:00                   Live with YOU in the spotlight! 

It's time for YOU to shine! Share what you do best! Perform a piece, present a poem, do a skit, stand-up comedy, harp duo, harp trio.  Let's have a light and lively good time! Be sure to let Evie or Janet know what you wish to present!!! 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Hammond Historical Museum Scottish Festival. (10 am - 4 pm)

Entrance fee of $5; harpers attend for free.

Join us for our 3rd annual Scottish Festival on July 11th, 2020!  This year the Museum will host "The Battle on the Border", which will be a Strongman competition between Team USA and Team Canada.  


For musical entertainment, the awesome"Celtibilly" band, Steel City Rovers, will return, Janet Witman, the Brandywine Harp Orchestra and harpers from our region will perform in harp ensemble, Devon English will bagpipe the kiltrace runners, & HUGs (Hammond Ukulele Group) will share many tunes.  


Blacksmiths, spinners & weavers will demonstrate throughout the day. There will be an awesome Scottish obstacle course for the kids as well as a cool photo booth. Plenty of vendors will be selling their Celtic wares.  Food will be available for purchase from 3 different food venues. 


A 5K kilt race will start earlier in the day for ages 7 to adult.  Details will be posted soon for discounts on early registrations.


So, come one, come all!!  Spend a Scottish-themed day with us at the Hammond Historical Museum!!


Sunday, July 11, 2021


Janet and Orchestra members who remain will be playing ‘special music’ at Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 St. Lawrence Avenue, Hammond, NY 13646 (4.4 miles from the Gallery).  

Following the service, all are invited to walk the beautiful church labyrinth as harpers play or simply to stay on and enjoy.


Note to those seeking a place to swim in the River:  There is a beautiful public dock at Oak Point, Hammond (about 6 miles from the Gallery) with shallow water and sandy bottom, ideal for River enjoyment.  Krink Point State Park also has a beautiful, sandy beach with free weekday entry for NYS seniors.

For those seeking to kayak:  drives its trailer filled with kayaks, paddles, waterproof phone protectors, safety vests—all required!— to various lakes in nearby Redwood.

Call or text Evie at 718-753-7947 for registration information!

Presenting Ukulele Virtuoso & Teaching Artist Stu Fuchs!

August 01, 2021

Ukulele Zen Workshop with Teaching Artist, Stu Fuchs

Be prepared to have a blast getting into the groove!

Open to ALL LEVELS of player, beginner to advanced. 


Stu Fuchs is a heart-centered, lifelong musician and teaching artist.  “Classically trained, improvisationally freed", his ukulele and guitar workshops empower people of all backgrounds to connect with their inner musician.  His music spans jazz, world & original styles with playing that is both meditative and exciting.  Stu weaves virtuosity, humor, audience participation and soulful musicianship into his uplifting performances.


As a long time practitioner of meditation, Stu is passionate about sharing music as a daily practice for health & well being.  His playful, inspiring, and holistic teaching method "Ukulele Zen” make his workshops a not-to-be missed experience.  Stu’s workshops playfully encourage students to deepen the mind-body-spirit-instrument connection which allows for enhanced listening, increased creativity and greater ease in music making.


Over a 25 year career, Stu has performed gypsy jazz guitar with symphony orchestras, presented ukulele workshops at festivals worldwide, toured internationally and recorded with Snatam Kaur on her 2018 Grammy-nominated album “Beloved”.  In 2014 he was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for his work offering healing music at Roswell Cancer Institute for patients, families and hospital staff.


Stu’s offers weekly ukulele lessons and inspiration on his popular YouTube channel “Ukulele Zen” to Uke enthusiasts around the world.  He holds his transformational Ukulele Zen retreat at holistic centers around the world.

YouTube: “Ukulele Zen”





Stuart Fuchs will be leading 'Special Music' at Hammond Presbyterian Church as part of the service that begins at 10:30 am.  This will include Taize or Christian chant.  Stu will be joined by the Hammond Ukulele Group also known as the HUGs.  Hammond Presbyterian Church is located at:  217 St. Lawrence Avenue, Hammond, NY 13646 (4.4 miles from the Gallery).  

Following the service, all are invited to walk the beautiful church labyrinth and/or to stay on for coffee hour.



3:30                   Arrive, Meet, Greet & Tune

4:00-5:30           Workshop 

5:00                   Bring salads or light, summer fare!

6:00.                  Pre-Concert Circle Dance, led by Stu Fuchs

7pm                    Concert (90 min)


The fee of $45.— includes Stu’s 2-hour workshop plus Concert ticket.

Ice Cream Social & a Night of Good Old-Fashioned Fun with Acapella North Chorus

August 15, 2021

6PM Ice Cream and Cake, CONCERT, Raffle Baskets and More! 

Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social; review the tempting raffle baskets, enjoy the amazing sound of our award-winning Acapella North Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, and more!  

This event is a Fund-Raiser for the Hammond Area Food Bank.

Poetry in the Barn... Word Lovers Unite!!! Hosts, Ray and Laurie Petersen

September 26, 2021

Poetry Night in the Barn is the night when word-lovers get their say, sharing favorite poems and creating their own. This season's-closing event is always a time of warmth, friendship and open-hearted sharing. Don't be a stranger!  Grab some verses and head over to the Gallery!   5:00 PM.  Date tentative. Please call to confirm.

Hosts: Ray and Laurie Petersen

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