Arts. Beats. Eats. Show Friday Nov. 7!

The North Country Arts Council's annual fall art show Arts Beats Eats has an opening evening and awards reception slated from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown.

Live entertainment, snacks, and refreshments will be provided. These include:
  • Performances by international recording artist, David R. Maracle, who plays spirit flutes as well as a variety of drums from around the world
  • Living statues by Fire Magic
  • Catering for the gallery opening by Northern Exposure 
  • Signature martini bar by the Paddock Club
  • Body- and face-painting by BrushStrokes by Melina
  • Live-painting demonstration by muralist Garrett McCarthy
  • Aaron Hall Photography Photobooth
Invitational artists for this opening include Better Farm and betterArts artists, David R. Maracle, Paul N. Pedersen, River Community Wellness Program, Soldier Art, and juried art from 65 artists throughout Northern New York.

A fundraiser will be held during the event for Dragonfly Pottery, a local business whose studio recently burned down. Pottery donated by area potters will be for sale. All proceeds from sales will be donated to Ann and John Donovan.

BONUS!! Combine your enjoyment with the Lyric Theater production of South Pacific. Musical begins at 7 p.m. Only 100 bundle tickets will be available! Save $2 off your Lyric ticket and your Arts Beats Eats ticket.

Tickets are $12 and on sale now online at or at these locations in Watertown, N.Y.:
  • Arts on the Square, 52 Public Square
  • Sherwood Florist at 1314 Washington St.
  • Kinney's Drugs locations on Washington Street, State Street and Coffeen Street
Here are bios of the "Better" contributing artists for this event:

Melissa Aulet, photography
Melissa Aulet is a transplant to the area who moved to Watertown in 2010. She is originally from New York City, where she went to college at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Since moving to the North Country, Melissa has worked as a Senior Account Executive at Tunes 92.5 Radio Station in Watertown. Her work there has included helping to create commercials, voice commercials, write proposals, create imaging for the website and facebook, and take photos for concerts and events. Melissa additionally runs her own photography studio called Sarissa Melissa Photography. That studio has grown exceptionally in just a few years from starting off taking family photos to shooting the Heart concert, Reba concert, to photos for the Hilton Gardens Billboard. Melissa has used the medium of photography in many different facets enjoying nature and landscape photography as a way to explore, and grow her talent, as well as study light, and color. She hopes to grow her business in the new year to include more spectacular nature and landscape pieces for collectors, in addition to creating art for families with customized family sessions. The possibilities are endless. Melissa most recently joined the board for BetterArts, a local arts and culture non-profit based out of Better Farm in Redwood. For that endeavor, Melissa utilizes her knowledge in marketing to promote the group and its many great events here in the North Country. In the next few months, Melissa will be working with the betterArts team on future events and the launch of Better Radio on WBTS 88.5 FM.
Nicole Caldwell, collage
Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony which serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Better Farm attracts those who are interested in doing "better"— growing from each experience, serving their communities, and creating something that benefits the world around them. Nicole is president of the not-for-profit arts and music outreach initiative betterArts, which works in tandem with Better Farm to explore the intersection between sustainability and art. She also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, Time Out New York, and many others. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living comes out in June 2015 through New Society Publishers.

Erica Hauser, Watercolor
Erica Hauser is a painter and illustrator currently based in Newburgh, NY. She grew up on a half-dirt road by a reservoir in Brewster, NY, and graduated in 2002 with a BFA from School of Visual Arts, after studying at both Cornell University in Ithaca and the Art Students League of NY. She lived in NYC for 7 years and moved to the Hudson Valley in 2007. Erica was a visiting betterArts resident during June of 2011.

Kathryn Mollica, woodburning
Kathryn Mollica graduated from Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program in August of 2013, and has since become the organization's director of education and farming. She graduated with a degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is in the process of laying the groundwork for her own business—a bakery called, fittingly, Mollica.

Natalie Collette Wood, sculpture
Natalie Collette Wood has degrees from Herbert H. Lehman College City University of New York and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her sculptures are like mythical creatures or submarine life forms with clear geometries and free form appendages in equal number. Created from found objects, the work is built from the PVC legacies of our civilization. Natalie lives and works in New York City. She was a visiting betterArts resident in August of 2013. 

This event is co sponsored by Stewarts Shops. The Dulles State Office Building is located at 317 Washington St. in Watertown, N.Y. for more information about this event, visit


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.