TAUNY is set to host a variety of programs during the St. Lawrence County Arts Artists’ Studio Tour November 1st to 3rd. The community is invited to stop by The TAUNY Center and to meet local artists and see art-making in action.
These programs will begin on Thursday, November 1st with a 3-day barn quilt making workshop led by Ruth McWilliams. On Saturday, November 3rd, the next Folkstore Artist Spotlight exhibit featuring the work of Susan Robinson will open with a Meet the Artist Opening Reception from 1 to 3 pm. Visitors can drop by The TAUNY Center throughout the day that Saturday to see Folkstore Artists Mary Harding, Tina Charbonneau, Debra Monteith, and Elaine Boots demonstrating their skills in the TAUNY Gallery.
In the “How-To” Barn Quilt Class: Basics from Inspiration to Installation led by Ruth McWilliams, participants will learn about the history of barn quilts in the United States and St. Lawrence County and learn how to make their very own barn quilt from start to finish. Though this class has been filled and registration is now closed, people interested in learning about barn quilts and future classes are welcome to stop by during the day, November 1st-3rd, to speak with Ruth about future opportunities and to watch how the process unfolds. In addition to the workshop, there will also be an expanded selection of barn quilts for sale in the North Country Folkstore those days.
At the opening reception for the new Folkstore Artist Spotlight on November 3rd, 1 to 3 pm, exhibit visitors will have the chance to meet wildlife artist Susan Robinson and see her colorful, detailed paintings of North Country flora and fauna on driftwood. As a North Country native, Susan Robinson earned her B.A. in Geology at SUNY Potsdam. She has concentrated her talent on depictions of animals and wild plants that thrive in the North Country landscape, from peepers and birds to berry bushes and ferns. This exhibit will remain on display at The TAUNY Center through November 24th.
On Saturday, November 3rd, TAUNY visitors will also have the special opportunity to see multiple artists demonstrating their skills throughout the day in the TAUNY galleries. Mary Harding specializes in peyote stitch beadwork jewelry. Debra Monteith makes jewelry from hand-painted aluminum and glass. Tina Charbonneau will share her process for making stylish, functional bags and totes from recycled fabrics. Elaine Boots is a watercolorist whose notecards are always popular.
The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton. For more information visit their website.
Photo of works by Susan Robinson provided.