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Current Exhibit

Ordinary Mystical Photography by Todd Tanner

EXHIBIT: October 3-31
MEET & GREETS: Thursdays, 10/13 & 10/20, 5-7pm

Todd Tanner is making a name for himself among Facebook followers with his almost daily photos of sunrises, sunsets, and scenic landscapes. Tanner, 58, is a manager at MacKenzie-Childs, who spends his off time as a photographic hobbyist. Over the past nine years, the Fleming resident has developed a knack for capturing beautifully lit scenes around the lakes and villages of Cayuga County. In addition to his prolific Facebook postings, Tanner creates calendars, prints, and postcards.

From Tanner: I have lived in the Finger Lakes area all my life and have always enjoyed the beauty that surrounds us. I have a passion for preserving some of nature’s beautiful moments through my photography and I hope you will enjoy them with me.

Discover more of Tanner's photography on Facebook and Instagram

Past Exhibits

September 2022: "North & South" Photography by Bob Donnelly

Bob Donnelly grew up in Northern New York and moved to Syracuse in the 1970’s. He became interested in photography around 1995 while living in Williamsburg Virginia. After his retirement from The Commonwealth of Virginia, Bob returned to Syracuse where he has continued to perfect his craft through photographing New York State’s lakes, mountains and fall scenes.

In recent years Bob has spent his winters in St. Augustine Florida, America’s oldest city. Northeast Florida is rich in history and Spanish architecture and has a truly unique character in its colorful old streets and houses. Many of Bob’s photos have been shown on local television broadcasts and have been included in St. Augustine advertising promotional campaigns.

The showing of Bob’s work includes framed wall art and smaller matted images. A complete portfolio of his images can be found at https://bobsgallery.smugmug.com/Ny-state

For more information, you may contact Donnelly at 315-708-4987 or donnbob04@gmail.com.

August 2022: "EVERY, DAY” Graffiti Art by JeverArts

Everyday I live this life right? When I'm stressed, I paint. When I'm happy, I paint. When I need to pay rent, I paint. When I can't sleep, I paint. Everyday doing what I love is a gift to never take for granted. I hope we all have something in our lives to bring us joy EVERYDAY.

JeverArts hails from Syracuse, NY. Jever graduated from Westhill in 2007. Since then, he has dedicated his life to creativity through the craft of graffiti. His work is based around this culture with varying interest and abilities, while breaking barriers set up around this artform. His work can include many different types of techniques such as wheat paste, acrylic pouring, sculpture, canvas, drawing, painting and design.

Most people look at graffiti as vandalism. Yes, by definition, that's what it is. However, I'm here to prove to people you don't need to be a vandal to create art. This artform is constantly changing and evolving, it's not going anywhere. It can be an abstract on canvas. It can be in an alleyway. It can be a 75ft tall mural. Misunderstanding is not a good perspective for anyone, I'm here to bring Graffiti into as many lives as possible.

July 2022: Oil Paintings by Carmen Zeolla

Carmen Zeolla is the featured artist for July, 2022. Carmen resides in the town of Onondaga with his wife, Donna. Carmen retired from General Motors after 30 years and decided to join the Senior Center Painting Class. Always a life long learner, Carmen had taken classes all his life. He studied Italian, tole painting, cooking, cabinet making and small engine repair. It was the oil painting class where he found his passion. He has been painting for over twenty years.

Carmen has worked in pastel, but almost all of his work is in oil. He loves nature, enjoys the beauty of Central New York, and paints landscapes with special attention to trees and water. When Carmen isn’t painting, he is out enjoying Owasco Lake or taking part in Veterans’ meetings. Carmen serves as Commander of the Korean War Veterans, Chapter 105 of Tipperary Hill, not far from his boyhood home. Carmen is the proud father of five, grandfather of ten and great grandfather of seven wonderful children.

June 2022: Town of Onondaga Senior Center Art Class

Come see the beautiful artwork created by the talented members of the Town of Onondaga Senior Center Art Class!

Learn more about the Town of Onondaga Senior Center.

May 2022: Paintings by John Mariani

John Mariani began painting while recovering from neck surgery in 2012. Confined to his family room sofa, he watched Bob Ross, Jerry Yarnell and other PBS Picassos and decided to give painting a whack. He sold his first painting three years later. Now retired after a 32-year career as a reporter and editor at The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com, Mariani relishes being in what he calls "the happy business" of creating images that bring joy to viewers and patrons. Landscapes and still lifes comprise the bulk of Mariani's art. He works primarily with acrylic paints but under the tutelage of Sherry Spann Allen has expanded into oil pastel, pencil and other media. He often paints from photos but also takes his gear out into the open air to paint from life. The artist's work has been exhibited at Recess Coffee, libraries in and around Syracuse, Hospice of CNY, the New York State Fair, Waterville Standard Bakery and Merri-Rose Florist. Two of his paintings were included in the 2021 Invitational Regional Art Exhibit in Cazenovia. Outlets for his greeting cards, postcards and prints include Salt City Artisans in his hometown, Syracuse, and Waterville Standard Bakery, Merri-Rose Florist and FP Morgan True Value Hardware, all in Waterville, his home since 2020.

April 2022: Jennifer Nappi, People, Places & Things

Jennifer in her own words:

I’ve recently (since COVID) taken up En Plein Air painting and watercolor medium. What a nice challenge it has been! To capture a moment, catch the light, and compose a picture while painting outdoors is a whole new experience as an artist. I’ve tried to represent the people, places and things I’ve encountered on my journey.

I’m a long time member of the Central New York Art Guild and the Onondaga Art Guild And am now a member of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society and participate with the Urban Sketchers. My work is also at the Artisan Gallery in Skaneateles.

March 2022: Roberta Ripberger, "Nature Through My Lens"

Central New York has been my home for my entire life. I graduated from the R.I.T School for Craftsmen, College of Art and Design, in Rochester, N.Y with a Masters Degree in Painting and Metalsmithing. I spent the next 36 years teaching art in the Syracuse City School District. Although my art has been primarily in painting, and metalworking, I have worked in glass, and textiles. I have exhibited and sold work at select craft venues across the Northeast. This exhibition represents watercolors produced within the past two years, creating a snapshot of nature through my lens. Two of my most recent paintings reflect my interest in Victorian Still life painting.

February 2022: Ute Oestreicher

Ute Oestreicher in her own words:

Having spent my formative years in Germany I was inspired by the German Expressionists and the French Impressionists. I love their use of bold colors and the spontaneity of their works. In my own paintings I have tried to channel this approach. I do not overthink composition, values, etc. before I get right into painting, eager to use color. In the process of painting I lose myself in the object that I want to present. Thus it becomes a kind of meditation. My artwork is basically representational, favorite motives being landscapes, florals, human activities. I paint images stored in my memory or use my photos as reference material and I work mostly in watercolors or acrylics. Occasionally I have fun experimenting with other media. During the pandemic I concentrated on still lives and florals and in good weather ventured into plein air painting discovering the many gorgeous scenic spots and examples of very interesting architecture. My hope is that I can attract viewers of my artwork to the images that have provided me with great joy and an escape from the mundane.

In my youth I had a very encouraging art teacher, a good artist herself. I have enjoyed doing art work on and off throughout my life. Since I do not have a formal art education, I took some workshops and learned different techniques. I am a member of several artist groups: Associated Artists, the Bradford Group, Cazanovia Watercolor Society and value my fellow artists critiques as means to improve my work. I have exhibited my paintings in many group shows winning some awards and had solo shows in public libraries in the area.

All of Lisa’s designs require three things: fresh elements of nature, a flatbed scanner used in place of a camera, and a graphic arts program. Most of her designs incorporate floral materials from her gardens. She has been working on her techniques since 2004 and her art is constantly evolving. She has won many awards, published several books with fairy designs, and enjoys sharing Mother Nature’s bounty.

For more information, visit her website at www.wallflowersandcards.com.


December 2021: Town of Onondaga Senior Center Art Class

Come see the beautiful artwork created by the talented members of the Town of Onondaga Senior Center Art Class!

Learn more about the Town of Onondaga Senior Center.

November 2021: Photography by Michael Coyne

Michael Coyne grew up on Howlett Hill. He has shot film with a Nikon FM camera for about 35 years and recently succumbed to a digital camera for micro work. He is also a member of the Town of Onondaga Historical Society. He has interests in local archaeology and is an avid fossil collector.

At the site of the Split Rock Quarry/Munitions Factory, he has photographed the crusher and collected both artifacts donated to the Town of Onondaga Historical Society, and fossils.

October 2021: Fabric Handworks by Sharon Bottle Souva

Sharon in her own words:

Sewing is one of my greatest pleasures. I have been working with needles and fabric in one form or another since I was a child, starting with sewing my own, then my children’s clothes.

I began making quilts in 1976, putting them on the walls instead of beds. This allows a greater freedom in exploring ways to manipulate the fabric. The tradition of quilt making continues to be on the forefront of my work as I explore this medium into nontraditional creations.

I find myself looking at nature and man-made structures with the question: How could that be interpreted in fabric? How can I incorporate those elements of texture and design into my work? The natural world influences my design as I work out these questions both in realism and abstractions. I discovered the joys of manipulating fabrics, threads and sewing which is an important part of my work. Dying and painting my fabrics has given me another dimension to my creativity.

The needle is an extension of my fingers, the threads and fabric my palette. For me, color and pattern are equally important as my finished work. Fabric art is appealing to me, due to the fact that it’s more than a visual art. It is very much linked with a sense of touch and with memories.

My work has been or is being shown in numerous private collections, museums and galleries around the country.

Since receiving a BFA and MA at The State University of New York at Oswego in 2017 studying printmaking with studio practice, I have resumed a full life with my art at the center. When in school, I discovered my desire to teach on the college level in addition to my already successful workshops. I teach 2D Design and Color Theory at Cazenovia College and find the continuing interaction with the students a joy. Commissions, exhibitions and teaching keep me active as I continue my love of fabrics, sewing and creating.

Learn more about Sharon and her work at www.sharonbottlesouva.com.

September 2021: September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Throughout September, captivating posters, featuring archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's permanent collection will be on display at the library.

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August 2021: Sugar Moon Artistry by Mary Mercurio

I like to call my art a type of show and tell experience. I create acrylic paintings- usually large in scale. My paintings are inspired by varying aspects in my life. Sometimes it is an emotion or music- other times it is a person or place. I frequently use bold brushstrokes and strong highlights. Using this style of paintings creates an expressionistic feel with surrealist subjects. Many pieces that I paint have simple compositions in which the backgrounds consist of one color and splatters, drips, or harsh lines. Many incorporate dark colors- typically black and grays. I use strong lighting- especially in portraits. Many of my pieces include abstract florals and femininity.

I attended SUNY College at Buffalo and received my bachelor degree in Art Education. I also am currently attending SUNY Empire for my Masters in Visual Arts Learning and Emerging Technologies. During the day I work in a middle school, the YMCA, and teach classes for Right Mind of Syracuse. I live in Syracuse with my two boys, two crazy dogs, and my wonderfully supportive husband.