My friends and I had a lot of fun in the journey of traveling through the labyrinth that is the Delavan Center. It is a building west of Armory Square that houses artist studios. There was open house last night. The party continues today until 4:00 pm. The Delavan is located at 509 W. Fayette Street in Syracuse, New York, 13204. (315) 476-9001
You will find lots of treasures! Artists are selling paintings, ceramics, sculpture, clothing and jewelry – buy something for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.
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.
I wanted to go the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. There was an art reception for Water Effect – Art Inspired by Water, but I had a power headache brought on by a dumb sinus infection that has been bothering me for more than a week.
I was able to finagle a last minute appointment with my nurse-practioner, got the meds, popped into Panera Bread for a strawberry-banana smoothie and miraculously felt better than ever!
In less than forty minutes, I arrived. And as soon as I walked in, I saw my friend Katie Turner and her husband Ralph, two of my favorite people in this universe – we only met last year when she exhibited her Terraskin watercolors of flowers in the Chittenango Middle School library, but we clicked like life-long friends. Here she is next to her piece, The Pines ($275).
I believe this was a juried exhibition, by the way. I only knew a few of the other artists, like James Skvarch…
and Mary Giehl.
I had amazing conversations with the artists who were in attendance. Gordana Vukovic…
and Carol LaBorie.
Carol retired from a non-art job and is now a full-time artist who has studied encaustic technique under a number of artists, often going to workshops and artist’s retreats. I just loved her enthusiasm and passion! Fifty-three artists from throughout the region are represented in this exhibit, which continues through October 18, 2015.
In addition, there is a wonderful show of landscapes and barn paintings by Kathryn J. Schylinski. OMG, I loved her! She’s from Skaneateles, NY, but will be relocating to my neck of the woods soon and verbally agreed to working with me in the future – à la my art gallery in the school library! I told her that I sometimes do a painting lesson using Wolf Kahn references and she said she channels Kahn and crosses him with an Edward Hopper flair…and that is so true! You can totally get that.
All of the work, including Kathryn’s, is for sale and will be available for pick-up at the end of the exhibit. (Hers ends October 18th as well).
The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is located at 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY. They are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1 – 5 pm. For more information contact them via their web site, www.myartcenter.org or by phone, (315) 255-1553.