Last Thursday I attended the art reception for a new group of artists exhibiting and selling artwork at Natur-Tyme on Erie Blvd. East in Dewitt, NY. Maria Rizzo is the resident artist. She books the others to show alongside her paintings for three-month engagements. I was in the first one from July to September of last year.
This time around there are three new artists: Katie Turner, Blane Berry and Annie Taylor. Annie wasn’t there when I got there towards the end of the event (earlier I’d attended a seminar on photography at the Everson Museum of Art), but I met with the others and ended up buying a couple of things with the 10% reception night discount!
I really loved the way the work was merchandised this time around. A lot of smaller works with price points as low as $4.00! Maria has made little magnets of her gorgeous tree paintings and sells them, as well as bookmarks and prints of her artwork in various sizes. The originals are on the walls too.
Katie Turner is another local artist who has displayed work at the Chittenango Middle School library gallery and has spoken about her work to my students. She creates watercolors on Terraskin papers. She demonstrated the properties of this paper during her talk at CMS and it is really cool stuff! I really love her work! I bought a small painting of a bouquet done in reds and greens, which is pretty much the color scheme of my entire house.
I bought a little wooden sculpture inscribed with the word love from Blane Berry. It requires light – there are a bunch of drilled holes and only some of them are the coded message. It is very special (and was only $5.00!) and makes a great conversation starter.
I assume this group will continue their exhibition through March 2016, if you want to check them out. Who knows? You may even spot a celebrity or two shopping in there. It is a very cool place.