Green Lakes Stroll

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It’s always refreshing to chat with retired art teachers.  Their lives are so full of art – their own art, the business of art, and a treasure trove of excitement and genuine bliss.

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Ilene Layow has been retired a couple years now.  She told me that in the last year she has produced more artwork than she ever had!

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Her work can be seen at the Manlius Historical Society & Museum, 109 Pleasant St., Manlius, NY, through August 31, 2015.  They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

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Using Green Lakes as her muse, Ilene has created work in ink, watercolor, acrylic and glass.  The glass pieces are particularly sensational.  OMG!

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She has a kiln in her studio, Eye Studio at 126 Doll Pkwy in Syracuse, near LeMoyne college.  She’s there virtually every day either creating or teaching classes to other art teachers, friends and children.  There is a summer art camp for kids – $85 a week and the next one starts tomorrow.  For more information on this, her email is iteachart@twcny.rr.com.   Find her website here.

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You all know that Green Lakes State Park is my happy place – and as I strolled through her collection, I felt like I knew exactly where each landscape existed on the path around the lakes!

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She said she takes loads of photographs then works from them in her studio.  She is really an inspiration.  I absolutely love her passion for her work.  Love her mastery of all media!

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Love, love love! ❤

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