This highly anticipated show features new exhibitions celebrating the rich heritage of New York State’s quilting culture. Contemporary and regional quilts will be on display in the East and West Galleries, with featured quilt artist Ron Stefanak exhibiting his amazing quilt talents in the Arts Café, including a Trunk Show (patterns available for sale)! Ron will also teach an “Americana Adventures Quilting Workshop” on Saturday, September 21 from 1-3pm based on his upcoming book “Beyond the Block, Magical Transformation”.
The landscape of central New York inspires my work. Time, weather, and seasonal change affect the appearance of this landscape and create fleeting moments that catch my attention. Responding to the visual and emotional impact of these moments imbues my work with feeling and sense of place.
D. Michael Price is a fantasy artist whose works have graced the walls of hundreds of galleries both nationally and internationally. Well-respected as a successful fine artist as well as published children's book author/illustrator, Michael's works of fantasy art in the acrylic and oil mediums on canvas are sought after by private collectors worldwide. Their extensive detail and magical atmosphere transport the viewer to another realm, and children and adults alike are spellbound by their humor and originality.
Nature has been my inspiration, my sanctuary and my guide throughout my life as an artist. Though my art has evolved and changed with the different roles I have played and the different work I have done, the underlying theme has been our return to a healthy relationship with “mother nature”; one that honors and holds her sacred.
I make art to enforce the value of creativity as a human activity. Art is a practice as old as humanity itself and in my studies as an art historian I have come to know art as an expression of social, economic, political, spiritual and emotional experiences of being a human. I choose collage because it is my belief that all life is essentially a collage of moments in time.
Myths have the power to both reflect and effect the psychology of their contributing cultures. Through a developed creative language, mythology allows the human psyche to create the world anew, showcasing the human propensity towards imagination. It is through this creative process that a single species utilizes its imagination to attempt to understand its environment, regardless of cultural or external contexts.
The annual TEEN Art exhibit features the colorful artwork of 7-12 grade students in the Central New York region. This exhibit celebrates freedom of expression and the unparalleled joy that comes so readily from youth, and is a unique opportunity for teens throughout the region to display their work in a professional setting. This multi-media show features the most brilliant and vibrant artwork from area young adults!
My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places. I am enamored by all things, as they are beautiful in their element, but are often overlooked. Photography is a journey for me, a quest to capture elements of nature and the beauty around me. - Britni Irons
"I take pride in the quality of my craftsmanship. It provides a framework for my creativity and is like my signature.
While my work reflects my training and expertise in industrial techniques, I draw my inspiration from the shapes, balance, and forces of nature."
“After twenty-plus years of deadline-driven computer-based museum exhibit design, I walked away from my array of Macs and their yearly-updated, state-of-the-art design software packages and have returned to painting techniques perfected about five hundred years ago. Materials have changed markedly since the Renaissance, and events over the centuries have allowed artists to probe new expressive and interpretive areas, but the artist’s hand and the ability to make marks on paper or canvas are what interest me now. I am unplugged, surrounded by brushes and paints in my newly built studio and finally have time to explore the world around me.
So, I paint landscapes old and familiar, like Central New York farm country or the Forest Preserve out my back door in the Adirondacks, and seascapes, new and exotic to this set of eyes, like the rocky coast of Cape Breton, NS or the sandy beaches of Ocracoke Island, NC. And with each canvas comes the challenge of figuring out which elements are important and which are not, continuing a basic human need to describe the world that’s been around since our ancestors first drew and painted animals on cave walls over 15,000 years ago. No electricity needed and that’s fine with me.”
“My subject matter is our natural world and how we are all connected in it. I’m interested in evolution and the environment and the welfare of our fellow animals. Using watercolor, pencil and ripped paper collage, I try to reconstruct the layers and blurry lines of this life.”