Mad Art Inc.

Thank from our Chair…
October 29, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Member News
Mud Oven

Completed Mud Oven

Dear Community Members,

 Thank you for your support and participation in MAD Art, Inc.’s three-season community project, RE-Use Re-Art. Southern Madison County residents met the challenge of environmental awareness and community through the arts with enthusiasm.  Since March we have produced five events.

 In the Spring, MAD Art hosted Re-Imagined as Art, an exhibit at the Palace Theater in Hamilton featuring 13 area artists: Suzanne Lappan, Nicky Anderson, and Leigh Yardley of Hubbardsville; Pam Niskanen of West Winfield; Duane Martinez, and Suzanne Farrington of Hamilton; Adam Vanderhoff of Canastota; Storm Hammond of Sherburne; Arthur Rashap of Munnsville; Caitlin Weinell of Sherburne; Dewitt Godfrey of Poolville; Steve Miller of Clinton; and Audrey Swan of South Hamilton. All of their works were created from re-purposed materials. 

 In April, community members met the challenge to use old pub chairs as the raw materials for a creative art project, 30 Ways to Use a Chair.  Four pieces are on display in Hamilton at La Iguana, Hamilton Whole Foods, The Peppermill and MAD Art Community Art Space.  MAD Art artist, Sue Lappan, offered three free workshops to help community members in re-purposing their chairs.

 In May, Compost Theater delighted young children while teaching them about composting.

 That led us into summer for our very popular Art and Farm Visits. Local artists of all ages and skill levels visited area farms that produce and market locally: Alambria Springs Farm in Earlville; Fanny Cake Farm in Hamilton; Quarry Brook Farm in Sherburne; Brookdale Farm in South New Berlin; Common Thread CSA in Madison; Maggie’s Farm in Brookfield; Ingalls Meadow Farm in Canastota; and Drover Hill Farm in Earlville. These evenings were led by artists, Tim Gerkin and Leigh Yardley, for eight Wednesdays in June through August.

 Our final event brought us together at Common Thread CSA in Madison to create a Community Sculptural Mud Oven. The oven was built by dedicated volunteer members over three consecutive weekends using mainly recycled materials, and is now available for community use. 

 We want to thank our supporters whose generosity with funds, man-hours and materials helped us build community through the arts. The New York State Council on the Arts and the Stanley Center for the Arts made this project possible with funds from the Art Creating Community Decentralization Program, together with community members M. Burton Marshall, The Colgate Inn, Miles B. Marshall, Golden Artist Colors, Dr. Michael Zahn, Colgate University, Cossitt Concrete, Curtis Lumber, Common Thread Farm, Palace Theater, Columbus Woodworking, Hamilton Whole Foods, The Peppermill, La Iguana, Susan and David Beatty, Paul Noyes, John and Patty Grossman, Patty Von Mechow, and Susan and Roger Bauman.

 My sincere thanks,

Leigh Yardley, Board Chair

MAD Art, Inc.

A Volunteer-based Arts Organization dedicated to Creating Community through the Arts


Still accepting artwork for Holiday Show
October 29, 2009, 4:45 am
Filed under: Member News

Thank you to everyone who has submitted art this past weekend for the upcoming Holiday Show and Sale!!

There is still time for you to participate!

Please bring in your wonderful Art and Handcrafted Gifts!
Pottery, Cards, Prints, Paintings, Fiberarts, Textiles, Glass, Jewelry, Woodwork, Holiday Gifts

We will be accepting work on Monday, November 2nd from 4-6pm at the Gallery.

We also are asking all members to make a donation of your own art or an art piece you have grown out of.
This is for the MAD Art Fundraiser silent auction to take place during the holiday show.
All proceeds will benefit the MAD Art Gallery and your Art community.
Please support your Art Community and participate!

*If you are an exhibiting Artists and have not sent a Bio or artist statement to be included in the Gallery Bio Book, please do so. Email it to
We will print it out and include it for the Holiday Show.

Thank You. We need you and your Art to create a wonderful Holiday Show!

Sincerely, The Gallery Committee

Painters of Golden Artist Colors: Elements in Motion
October 20, 2009, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Community Events & Art Shows

Elements in MotionJoin us in welcoming five artist-employees of Golden Artist colors, an acrylic paint manufacturing company based in New Berlin, NY.  Elements in Motion will examine various and unique effects of motion in a collection of paintings.

Jonie Basset
Scott Bennet
Ulysses Jackson
Sarah Sands
Nina Deckert

Curated by Ashley Lazevnick, Colgate University ’10

Opening reception: Friday, October 30, 2009  5-7 p.m.
Run dates: October 30 – December 30 , 2009
Location: Porter Studios and Fine Arts Gallery, 20 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY
(315) 228-2228,

Call for Artists
October 15, 2009, 8:09 pm
Filed under: Member News

Bring your art to the MAD Art Community Art Space on Friday, Oct. 23rd from Noon to 6 PM or Saturday, Oct. 24th from 10 AM to 4PM to be reviewed for the Holiday Show and Sale. The Holiday Show will be on display from Nov. 6th to Jan. 16th with an Artists’ Reception and “Share the Spirit with MAD Art” event on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 5-7 PM.

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