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Made In NY 2010 Art Exhibit

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“Made in NY” 2010 Art Exhibit

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

MAD Art Artist Leigh Yardley Exhibiting!

Runs March 27 – May 16

Annual juried exhibition featuring 73 contemporary works of art by 58 New York State artists. Artists in this year’s exhibition were selected from 544 submissions by 282 artists. The selected artists come from 34 cities and towns all over NYS from Albany to Fredonia. This eclectic exhibition showcases photography, painting, sculpture, book arts and much more.

  • Artist Reception, Sunday, March 28, 3 – 5pm
  • Artist Talk, Wednesday, April 7, 2pm
  • Artist Talk, Wednesday, May 5, 2pm

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Sauquoit Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Show


The Organizers of the Sauquoit Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Show in Sauquoit, NY at the Sauquoit Valley Middle School are seeking artists/artisans for their 32nd year of this high quality and well beloved juried show, showcasing 100-150 artists. It will take place November 20th & 21st, 2010. Application deadline is July 15th 2010.

For more information and to download an application, please visit

Next Workshop
March 14, 2010, 7:48 pm
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Sue Lappans Quilt
Come have fun with fabric and create your own Art Quilt! Learn the basic steps to creating your own work of art through fabric and thread design. Sue Lappan leads this 2-session workshop, where you will become inspired, design, stitch, and embellish! All skills are welcome. Art quilts may range in size from 12-20” square depending on student preference. Must have own machine and basic sewing skills. Materials list will be provided upon registering.

Saturday, March 20 & 27, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Lappan
Location: Hamilton Public Library
$25 member; $30 non-member
Class limited to 8

To Register please call 315-824-1843 or email

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Introducing Artist Bill Edmonston

Near Zion Painting I’d like to introduce W. Edward Edmonston (Bill) who is a MAD Art Gallery artist and has been a resident of Hamilton, NY for 46 years…

I began serious painting about 10 years ago when Ray Sobel (a local artist now painting in North Carolina) urged me to try painting as a retirement activity.

I began serious painting about 10 years ago when Ray Sobel (a local artist now painting in North Carolina) urged me to try painting as a retirement activity.

Bill EdmonstonAlthough primarily self-taught, my early training (one basic painting course and two studio courses) was at Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art, Utica, NY. An Easterner by birth and rearing and not a stranger to the greens and blues of the East, I have cast a number of my paintings in the mesmerizing reds and ochres set afire by the ever present sunlight of the American West. Even in “Tools,” a trompe l’oeil of the simple implements used in everyday house maintenance, I have capitalized on a predominantly earth pallet, born of the western influence.

I work primarily in oil (water soluble) on canvas, although I have done some works in acrylic paints, graphite, pen and ink and colored pencil. Though I have tried different styles, I prefer contemporary realism, using both smoothly blended (as seen in the old masters) and impasto techniques (as exemplified by Emile Gruppé).

"Tools" paintingInspiration comes primarily from the visual world around me, although some of my work grows out my knowledge of history, through which I attempt to create a visual image of an historical event.

Can You tell us about your writings?

While I was on the Colgate University faculty, I produced three books (“Hypnosis and Relaxation”, “The Induction of Hypnosis”, “Conceptual and Investigative Approaches to Hypnosis and Hypnotic Phenomena”) and over 55 professional articles. In addition, I have published “Unfurl the Flags, Remembrances of the American Civil War” and two mystery novels (“The Strange Case of Mr. Nobody” and “The Case of the Hidden Dentures”). A third mystery novel (“The Detective Who Couldn’t Quit”) is about to go to the publisher.

I neither prefer painting nor writing. I try to give each equal time and effort in my day. My preferred schedule is to write in the mornings and paint in the afternoons.

What advice could you share with aspiring artists?

I would advise aspiring painters to start with a few (very few) basic courses in composition, color, values and drawing skills at a reputable School of Art. Then much of the rest is self taught. Above all, paint, paint, paint, and do not restrict your subject matter. (The same is true for aspiring writers: get a few basic academic courses, then write, write, write.) Unless you are trying to make a living at painting, paint only what you want. If you have to make a living, paint what you want when you are not doing commissions to put bread on the table.

How has the MAD Art gallery helped you and your art?

"Factory" PaintingMADART has put me in touch with different artists using different styles and different technics. New and different ideas grow out of such exposure and my own work benefits. MADART offers to the community an exposure to art that would not otherwise be possible in a village the size of Hamilton. Our community impact will be even greater when we can move our gallery space above ground.

Do you exhibit your work anywhere else?

My paintings have been included in juried regional shows in Little Falls, Norwich, Clinton, Old Forge, Rome, Utica and Cooperstown, NY.; juried national shows in Cooperstown, NY; and are in private collections in Philadelphia; New York City; Virginia Beach; Munich, Germany; and the Central New York area. As a member of the Blind Artists Society my works show annually in the Society’s shows (Albany, 2009; Troy, 2010; Cooperstown, 2011)

Where can we find more of your work?

"Petanque" paintingMy works can be seen by appointment at The Little Gallery, 1841 Preston Hill Road, Hamilton, NY 13346. Contact information: 315-824-1965; email:; web site:

Thank You Bill!

Ongoing Glass Making Classes
March 10, 2010, 3:40 pm
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Announcing ongoing classes that are taking place at Brennan Stained Glass Studio in Syracuse. Plus we will be having an Open House Thursday, March 18th from 5-8pm at the studio to invite you to see our new & improved artist work space and our new line of stained glass, glass fusing and bead making materials & supplies. See our studio at its finest with free live glass demos & refreshments!

Glass artist Amber Blanding offers top of the line instruction at Brennan Stained Glass Studio every Tuesday 6-9pm for Hot Glass Bead Making and every Thursday 6-9pm for Fused Glass Jewelry classes. There are also ongoing Stained Glass Classes every Wednesday night from 6-9pm taught by Brennan’s talented staff.

We’re also available on Saturdays for workshops and classes. Stop in during store hours to see demos & classes in action and pick a date to attend a class. Once you take a class in the basics of either glass class you can come in for Open Studio Time and use our fully equipped studio by the hour.

Visit both of our websites for glass examples & details:

& 1288 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 – 315-466-4010 Hours: Monday & Friday – 9am – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9am – 9pm Saturday – 10am – 3pm

MAD Art Member Features
March 9, 2010, 4:22 pm
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We will be featuring  MAD Art exhibiting artists here monthly. The interview will be posted for a minimum of 2 weeks or more, up to one month. If you are an Exhibiting MAD Art member interested in being featured, please email

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Earth Day Festival
A folk festival concert, with “green” organization information tables and prize raffles including a full season’s share of produce!
WHERE:   Palace Theater, Utica Street Hamilton NY
WHEN:   Earth Day April 22nd 2010, 7:30pm
Doors open at 6:30 for browsing green products & services
WHO:   Performers include local musicians such as:
Same Blood Folk, Putter Cox, Susanne Farrington, Steve Blais, Bruce Ward, Mason & Taylor McDowell
Lauren Mettler, Reyna Stagnaro, John Crespi, Chris Vecsey, and more
Southern Madison Heritage Trust, and the National Resources Defense Council
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