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Ellen M. Ryan, past president of the Buffalo Society of Artists, has been named director of the Carnegie Art Center, the North Tonawanda arts organization announced this week. During her tenure as Buffalo Society president, Ryan organized the "100th Annual Juried Exhibition" held at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and produced the society's Interactive Art Portfolio, a CD-ROM featuring the work of 104 area artists. Ryan, a photographer, holds a master's in business administration from the State University at Binghamton. She is a member of the American Pen Women, for which she organized numerous art exhibitions. At the Carnegie Art Center, she will continue the schedule of exhibitions, concerts and classes now in place, as well as develop new programs and exhibitions. The ongoing restoration of the historic neoclassical building will be a high priority.

John J. DelMonte has been selected as board president of the Niagara Council on the Arts. He has been a member since 1993. Other directors are Frank A. Amendola, Carol Calato, Joseph Delany Sr., Ben Gregory, Louis Kish Jr., Frank Mirabelli, Christopher Shiah, Diane Smith and Conrad Tota.

The Allen Street Dance Studio opens Jan. 1 at 85 Allen St. The director is Cathy Skora, who also is head of Folkloric Productions. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 31.

Applications for the 1998 Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show will be made available starting Jan. 5. The show is scheduled for Oct. 10 to 12 under sponsorship of the Arts Council for Wyoming County and the Genesee State Parks Region. To receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to '98 Letchworth Show, Arts Council for Wyoming County, P.O. Box 249, Perry, N.Y. 14530-0249.

A former director of the Studio Arena Theatre School, Melinda Adamz, will have her full-length play "Night Moves" read in Washington, D.C.'s, Horizon Theatre's series in February. Her 10-minute play "Tansy Rue" was chosen to be part of HBO's "Just Once a Month" in November.