Mad Art Inc.

Art and Our Farms
July 3, 2009, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Community Events & Art Shows

ReUse/ReArt project

Visit 8 area farms with local artists to create paintings, drawings or photographs inspired by locally produced products.  Art forms will alternate every other week. Participate in one or all.  Photographer Tim Gerken and Leigh Yardley will lead these evening events.

Events are FREE and open to the public.  Visits are Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Please arrange to meet at the farms or carpool from Hamilton Village Green. 

Pre-register by visiting the gallery on Lebanon Alley, Hamilton, NY, or by calling 315.824.1843, or by e-mailing

Scheduled visits:
June 24 – Alambria Springs Farms, 834 Musician Road, Earlville, NY
July 1 – Fanny Cake Farm, Eaton Road, Hubbardsville, NY
July 8 – Quarry Brook Farms, 230 Granville Hill Road, Sherburne, NY
July 15 – Brooks Farm, 587 County Road 28, South New Berlin, NY
July 22 – Common Threads Farm, 3424 Lake Moriane Road, Madison, NY
July 29 – Maggies Farm, Brookfield, NY
Aug 5 – Ingalls Meadow Farms, 3111 Ingalls Corners Road,  Canastota, NY
Aut 12 – Drover Hill Farms, Poolville/Earlville Road, Earlville, NY

This project is made possible with funds from the Art Creating Community Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Stanley Center for the Arts.


Summer 2009
July 3, 2009, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Member News

Summer is coming!! I want to thank you for all your efforts during the last few weeks. I know that you have received lots of notices about all the exciting activities going on at Mad Art.

Our first few Saturdays at the Farmers Market have been fun and exciting generating lots of interests. ( We will not be there on the 4th of July but will need help for August 1st, September 5, and October 3rd.)

The ART Walk was deemed a grand success and we would like to continue this activity.

Re Use /Re ART has produced several events: The Exhibit RE-Imagined as ART, 30 Ways to Use a Chair, and Compost Theater.

Next will be the ART and Our Farms visits JUNE 24th – August 12th. You should have received an e-mailing if not let me know.

Several of the Chairs are now on display in the community at: Hamilton Whole Foods, Hamilton Movie Theater, The Palace, and Common Thread CSA. As other come in I will place them in the community as well.

The Gallery committee is busy developing a Members and Community Exhibit with the drop off June 19th and 20th. Opening Reception July 10th.

I’ll say it again, I appreciate the effort that everyone puts into keeping our operation running smoothly.

One of our most important jobs is that of Bookkeeper. Susan Bauman has graciously filled that role for almost 2 years and now needs to move on to other activities. She has organized everything so that it would be easy to step into this role. We need a member who would want to take on this special volunteer activity. If you can take on this very important task as your volunteer effort please call me at home 315-691 2967. Susan will be stepping down at the end of the month but I know she would willingly walk anyone interested in this vital task through any necessary review.

Also we are looking for individuals who would be interested in being on the PR committee Jane Porter has been the chair and needs to spend time with family in PA. If this sounds like a place that you can be of service also contact me. With all our activities this too is a vital committee.

We will have an intern from Colgate starting the 13th of July for 5 weeks. Rachael will have a number of task for her internship, (but not bookkeeping and PR). One will be help in organizing the ART and Farm Evenings and activities at the village concerts. She may be calling on you for your expertise.
Please let me know if you can take on any one of these activities. We can’t operate this organization without you.

Happy ART making,
Leigh Y

Workshops 2009
July 3, 2009, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Community Events & Art Shows

Workshops 2009 The Chinese Series includes the following:

Kid’s Experimental Printmaking

Grades 3-6, – February 17, 18, 19 from 10 AM – Noon – Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

This 3-day workshop, cosponsored by the Picker Art Gallery, will take advantage of the Chinese Woodcuts exhibit at the Picker at Colgate University. Children will be introduced to the woodcuts, learn and practice simple methods of printmaking. $8.00 materials fee

Instructors: Leigh Yardley and Melissa Davies – $25 members; $30 non-members $8.00 materials fee

Relief Printmaking for Teens and Adults

March 4, 11, 25 from 6 – 9 PM Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

Also drawing inspiration from the Chineses Woodcuts Exhibitition, and co-sponored by the Picker, participants will be introduced to formal particularities of relief printmaking and guided through design and execution of a simple linocut image in 3 evening sessions. Since this is something easily adapted to exploration at home, no sophisticated printmaking equipment is necessary.

Instructors: Leigh Yardley and Melissa Davies – $25 members; $30 non-members $8.00 materials fee

In her personal work, LeighYardley explores the human impact on the environment. Her paintings involve the close inspection of that impact with observations of light, color, layered space, and her interpretation influenced by season, weather, and time of day. Leigh has been a teaching artist in Aesthetic Education for 10 years. She has a degree in Fine arts from Skidmore College, University without Walls, in Saratoga, NY and a degree in Education, specializing in Early Education.

Melissa Davies is a painter and the educator at Colgate Univerity’s Picker Art Gallery. She has a B.A. in art history for the University of California at Santa Barbara, a B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University, and M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate University. She taught middle and high school art, English, creative writing, and journalism for 12 years before turning to museum education. Her education and professional experience have seeded an enthusiasm for collaborative and open-ended art making and teaching. She is also coordinator for the docent program at Picker.

Chinese Cooking

February 28. 1 – 4 PM. Palace Theatre

The art of cooking in the Chinese style – using Chinese condiments and fresh vegetables and meats, participants will learn how to prepare, and help in preparing, the ingredients for a few simply made dishes – and then, the opportunity to enjoy the delicious result!

Instructor: Katherine Robinson $15 members; $20 non-members

Katherine Robison has experimented with Chinese cooking through her interest in the Chinese culture. During lengthy visits to China, Katherine taught herself to use the locally available ingredients, aided by cookbooks and suggestions from Chinese friends in the U.S. and in China. She is a licensed massage therapist and co-owner of Mezza Luna.

Chinese Brush Painting

March 29. Noon – 4 PM. Colgate Bookstore – Community Room

Participants will learn about the basic tools employed in this delightful medium. You will be led by an expert watercolorist through the artful techniques used in Chinese brush painting.

Instructor: Jane Taylor $15 members; $20 non-members

Jane Taylor is a signature member of the Central New York watercolor Society. She has taught extensively throughout the Central NY and Mohawk Valley region and has won several awards for her Chinese brush paintings both regionally and nationally. Jane is also well known in Rome, NY as the artist who created the giant murals for the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and the Capitol Theater. Her famous Horseman/Flag mural greets travelers to Rome as they enter the city from the south.

Wet Felting for Beginners

March 7. 9AM – 5 PM. The Palace Theatre

Learn to felt using raw wool directly from the sheep. Participants will be led through the process of using raw wool, and some pre-carded, colored wools to create a unique accessory in this all-day workshop for beginner felters.

Instructor: Susanne Farrington $20 members; $25 non-members

Advanced Wet Felting

March 14 & 15. 9 AM- 5 PM. Madison Firehouse

Continue to add to your felting skills in this 2-day workshop in neighboring Madison, NY. Susanne will build on the skills learned by first time felters in a larger felting project.

Instructor: Susanne Farrington $30 members; $40 non-members

Susanne Farrington is a well-known potter and felter, selling her work during the season in Hamilton’s Saturday Farmers Market, where one can sometimes hear her play the accordion. Susanne took a felting workshop with Jacobine Cordea in 2004 and has been doing it ever since, in cold weather, which is her off-season from pottery making. She likes the fact that felting is practical, employs simple tools and workspace, and the wool can be obtained locally at no cost if one is willing to prepare it by cleaning and teasing it. 

Fine Art Photography Series

February 23 & 25. 6:30 -8:30 PM Colgate University Library

Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers – The seminar will demonstrate the various tools available in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 to enhance photographs and allow photographers to realize their artist vision.

Instructor: Rich Grant $20 members; $25 non-members

Two optional sessions are devoted to working in the studio:

Setting up and Lighting the Still-life – March 2 $15 members; $20 non-members
Studio Portrait Lighting – March 4 $15 members; $20 non-members

Richard Grant is the Associate Director of Technology Planning at Colgate University and has extensive experience in all aspects of digital imaging technology. In addition to his technical background in the field, Rich is also an accomplished fine art photographer and operates Digital Media and Art form his home studio in Hamilton, NY 

Clay Tile and Slab Work

March 31 and April 21. 5:30 – 8:30 PM. CLAY PLAY STUDIO

This 2-session workshop at the “CLAY PLAY” Studio just north of Hamilton in Bouckville, NY, will focus on slab methods of working with clay, firing, and glazing. All materials and firings are included.

Instructor: Cate Valk $20 members; $30 non-members

Cate Valk attended The High School of Fashion Industries, where she studied Fashion and Textile Design, Pattern Making, and Fashion Illustration and then attended Brooklyn College, majoring in Art. She began working with clay in 1996, taking classes at Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum School of Art and attending numerous workshops. Cate’s work has been exhibited at MAD Art, Inc. Gallery, Hamilton Music Mix Festival, Hamilton Farmers’ Market, Skaneatles Craft Show, Cazenovia Craft Show, and many galleries in Central NY. She teaches in her home studio, CLAY PLAY STUDIO. 

Tiny Tales for Tiny People

April 25. 1 – 4 PM Colgate Bookstore – Community Room

This workshop is ideal for librarians, teachers, parents, caregivers, grandparents, and babysitters. Capture the imagination of the young by learning stories to draw, sing, dance, and tell to young listeners; led by a nationally known writer and storyteller. Handouts provided.

Presenter: Regina Carpenter ( $20 members; $25 non-members

Regi Carpenter is a nationally known storyteller, writer, and workshop leader. She has produced 5 spoken word CD’s and has been merited the JJ Reneaux Emerging Storyteller Award, as well as the Parents Choice Gold Award. She is on the faculty of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Regi is currently writing a book of short stories entitled “Me, Moses And The Dog” about her mother’s experience into Alzheimer’s, her hometown and the St. Lawrence River. 

Watercolor With Spring in Mind

April 4. 1 – 4 PM Colgate Bookstore Community Room

Spring into the season with colorful, vibrant watercolors of flowers and experimental painting techniques. This class will start with some basics for the absolute beginner and then evolve to a finished painting. All skill levels are welcome. Some supplies available. Supply list available.

Instructor: Jeanette Robertson $20 members; $25 non-members

Jeanette Robertson has been selling her art for over 30 years at art’s and craft shows and galleries. She has also been a freelance artist selling her watercolor art to greeting card companies. For 12 years she has been teaching watercolor painting, and has also given workshops, lectures, and talks to groups and organizations. Among them are the Norman-Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Academy of Art Museum in Maryland. She has authored several magazine articles and has published 3 books for artists. 

Keeping a Sketchbook Journal

May 3. Noon – 4 PM Colgate Bookstore – Community Room

In this workshop, participants will learn about th emany ways to keep a sketchbook journal, that is, arecord of daily experiences using drawing, painting and written reflections. Instructor Kathy Kernan, will introduce participants to the wirde variety of methods and materials for maintaining a sketchbook journal practice, share her own sketchbooks and assist the participants with their first entries. Weather permitting, time will be spent outdoors so students can also make “en plein air” entries in their journals. A materials list will be provided to all registered participants.

Instructor: Kathy Kernan $15 members; $20 non-members

Kathy Kernan is an award-winning artisit who has exhibited (including several one woman shows) and taught at a number of venues in the Mohawk Valley, the Thousand Islands, and the Adirondacks. Her specialties include watercolors and drawing and she is especially interested in landscapes, still lifes and the figure. She is a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society. In 2008 her paintings won the prestigious Realism in Nature Award in the National Exhibition of American Watercolors, one of the top 3 watercolor exhibitions in the United States. She has taught art all her life both in the schools as a teacher, and most recently for adults in the region. She is an impassioned and prolific sketchbook journalist. She received her formal art training from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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