Category Archives: painting

Fan-Girl Part 3

Karen Tashkovski, YEN, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, SHIBORI, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, GEISHA, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, SUMO, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, ICHI, 2019, encaustic &b collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, RAMEN, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, FUJI, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, SHIBARI, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, YAYOI, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, MIA, 2019, oil & collage, 8″ x 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, SENSU, 2019, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″

Fan-Girl Part 2

Karen Tashkovski, PARIS, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, BILLIONS, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, QUEEN, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, POETRY, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, STARGATE, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, BLUSH, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, EASTER, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, TINKER, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, KISSED, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, TARTAN, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, INDIGO, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, STERLING, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″

Fan-Girl Part 1

Karen Tashkovski, TASH, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, DUSK, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski CONNECTION, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, NOTED, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, ORANGEMEN, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, YARD, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, RICE, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, BLUES, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, SQUID, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, EARTH, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, DENIM, 2023, encaustic, 8″ x 8″
Karen Tashkovski, CHILLED, 2023, encaustic & collage, 8″ X 8″


Central New York artists are currently exhibiting artwork at Munson (formerly known as the Munson-Williams-Proctor) Museum of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502.

Anita Welych (b. 1958) – The former Cazenovia College art professor has created an installation with a focus on printmaking – a study of birds/migration/nature.

Carlie Miller Sherry (b. 1990) – The artist is a visiting professor of art at Pratt Munson. She uses an indigo palette to express a futurism concept – movement that conveys a sense of agitation/unrest.

Lynette Stephenson (b. 1959) – She teaches studio art at Colgate University. Stephenson’s paintings are large scale florals that speak of vibrant color and textural intensity.

Mary Gaylord Loy (b. 1930) – An established painter with seventy years of expertise under her belt, this artist allows herself to unravel the mysteries of mark making. These immense pieces are all new and I am truly inspired – to contemplate such longevity as an artist for myself; to continue to create art and go big – that is the dream of dreams.

Gregory Lawler (b. 1963) – Pratt Munson students can learn from their master – their professor has created puzzles of wisdom juxtaposed as allegory in these visual college oil paintings.

John Loy (b. 1930) – The retired professor is fascinated by the visual language of the elements of art creating tangled paths of line, shape and color to create exciting visual textures.

Ken Marchione (b. 1962) – This Yale graduate and Pratt Munson drawing professor has recently created combines that reflect a sabbatical journey to European cities/museums. There he was exposed to figurative statues and incorporated nameless faces of people he encountered (other tourists and locals) into his assemblages. They are in-progress works as he continues to reflect and digest his time out of the classroom.

Me (b. 1963) – I contributed a work of art to the museum. Bobbi and I had so much fun investigating the nooks and crannies of this amazing place! I drew her portrait in an art activity room.

We stumbled upon a private room with an on-loan from somewhere else Mark Rothko painting. There were also works by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollack and so much more!

Thank you, Munson, for inviting us to your Art Educators night out. We loved it.

Generations – Artists of Central New York continues through January 7, 2024. View hours of operation on their web-site and other information such as art classes, museum memberships and other opportunities.

Sharon Frost

I am in love with these “decorative” paintings by Sharon Frost. They are currently on view at the Manlius Library (1 Arkie Albanese Drive, Manlius, NY 13104).

The titles of the work indicate the beauty of this artist’s soul and I truly feel that owning one of these gems will infuse your home with positivity. For more information on Frost, check out her website –

The exhibition concludes at the end of August.

Library hours –

Monday10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SundayClosed (Summer Hours)

Susan Machamer Jewelry

There are a few ways to sell your artwork at Cazenovia Artisans. The information is on their website:

  1. You can apply to become a member and be juried in. This also requires a monthly fee and you must be available to work as a sales associate in the gallery on occasion.
  2. You can sell via consignment. Again, the other members must vote you in. The gallery takes a portion of your sales as your fee.
  3. There is also a visiting artist program where the artist shows during one month and gets a prominent wall in the gallery. Click here to read more about these opportunities.

Every time I shop here, I notice they’ve found new and unique ways to merchandise the shop. Two dimensional and three-dimensional art, clothing, soaps, jewelry and furniture are arranged to offer customers that magical discovery experience.

Jewelry designer Susan Machamer was in charge of the shop on Monday. It was such a pleasure to meet this dynamic artist/jewelry designer/metalsmith/business woman/college professor.

Machamer attended Syracuse University and later became a professor there, teaching metalsmith techniques. She owned Syracuse Jewelry where she worked with customers on bespoke design collaborations, as well as repairing damaged rings, necklaces and the like. At Cazenovia Jewelry she did more of the same (and still does on occasion) before venturing out as a creative free-spirit designing and selling limited editions of original semi-precious pieces of silver, gold and cultured pearls.

In addition to her work here at Cazenovia Artisans, you’ll be able to purchase her pieces at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse. Machamer is planning an exhibition of jewelry alongside two other artists during November 2023 there.

She shared how she takes stones and transforms them into wearable pieces by first drawing out the ideas in a sketchbook. This new series will have a floral vibe. I loved how excited she was about this new work. It is such a delight to see that sparkle of creativity electrifying someone.

Cazenovia Artisans

39 Albany Street, Cazenovia, New York 13035

(315) 655-2225


Mon10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Tue10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Wed10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Thu10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Fri10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Sat10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sun10:00 am – 04:00 pm

Daphne Verley is the featured artist this month. at Cazenovia Artisans.

There is also new work by Linda Bigness and Mary Padgett, Karen Burns, Dee Ann Von Hunke, Ede Walker and more.

You can also shop online!


A number of these paintings by Cazenovia artist Hon Go David Robertson are sporting red dot stickers on their tags indicating that they have been sold. Great news that a library show can garner sales.

This exhibition is located inside the Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia, New York 13035.

There will be a reception for the artist on August 26th, 2023 at 6:00 pm. I believe the work will be up for the duration of the month of August.

In his statement, Robertson refers to the process of creating these incredibly textured acrylic paintings. He considers the creation a celebration of the present moment.

The show is actually titled “Texture Through Time”.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Closed Sunday

Call (315) 655-9322 for more information.


I just completed twenty-four new paintings. Encaustic and mixed media. 6″ x 6″ clayboard on 9″ x 12″ chalkboard/chipboard incorporating items I recovered last year metal detecting my yard.

I still need to title them, add the framing hangers, decide on prices, etc. My house is a mess as I process this monumental achievement (plus I have twenty-four other in-progress paintings to finish).

OMG, I love them!

Let’s Be Frank

Of all the art exhibits I have ever viewed, this one is the one I think my students would like the most. It is so easy to understand the complex clarity of this man as he visualizes it all on the page.

Frank Buffalo Hyde was born in 1974. His artwork reflects a Native American heritage with the modern twist of American popular culture imagery to include the ever-evolving role of modern technology as it relates to his 1980s childhood.

Primary colors, bold brushstrokes juxtaposed with more nuanced ones, figures emerging from the canvases as if they’ve been removed from a photo album of memories and planted here – all offering a sense of pride and joy.

I don’t see social (in)justice, like in the work of Jaune “Quick-to-See” Smith. Her retrospective exhibition is currently on view at the Whitney in New York City. For an art lesson, I used her paintings as reference to create mixed-media paintings using collage to link images of horses with personal message text.

Instead, Frank Buffalo Hyde’s work is autobiographical. The paintings are personal and yet, we can identify with them. I admire him for this – that he can tell this intimate story through a visual language that me and eighth graders can understand. I mean, I think we can. There is always that bit of mystery in everyone.

I want to be like Frank.

Native Americana is currently on view in galleries A and B at The Everson Museum of Art. You have plenty of time to see it. The show is up until September 10th, 2023.

401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 474 6064

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Problem Solved

The Partridge Family’s debut was in 1970 on Fridays on ABC. That was about the time I first visited The Everson Museum of Art. We’ve had topsy-turvy weather so far this summer in Syracuse, New York – some air quality issues due to Canadian wildfires then rainy days followed by ninety-three degree heat-wavy stuff.

Currently, Amazon Prime has The Partridge Family series in its entirety available to stream. The weather made me do it. I’ve been inside watching it and now I am at the tail end of it. Some episodes are very memorable, like the one with the Albuquerque runaway, and others not so much (part of the 4th season with a four-year-old guest singer is pretty excruciating). But I am sticking with it. The jokes are so much funnier from my adult perspective. In some respects, the show is dated, specifically as they are handling issues such as women’s rights and race relations. But in other ways, such as Danny’s behavior issues – wow! And the maxi skirt for day looks worn by Shirley and Laurie are timeless perfection. Nostalgia timey-wimey at its finest.

The Everson has offered me something similar. Many of the paintings hanging in the Off the Rack exhibition housed in galleries C and D were hanging on the museum’s walls in the 1970s.

Now the old are juxtaposed with newer pieces, all harmonizing well via color and proportion just as the set decoration and costumes worn by the Partridges had a mix and matchy thing. Although, truth-be-told, David Cassidy and Shirley Jones were the only harmonious singers of the flock. The rest were just posers.

There is no reason to harvest a collection of visual valuables if you don’t take the time to look at them. The Everson Museum of Art has created this salon style cacophony of artwork to solve a storage issue. They are renovating the storage space. Off the Rack is a walk-in closet posing as an art show. But so what? It’s still pretty great!

And what do you know? It’s Friday, it’s cloudy and the museum is open until 5:00pm. It’s a timeless time-traveler’s dream.