Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
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Current Exhibits


Upcoming Exhibits


Folkstore Artist Spotlight:  

The Art of Recycling and Upcycling

January 6-January 27, 2018

Making the most of available resources is typical of North Country residents.  In January, we will feature the work of several artists who transform cast-off or scrap materials into beautiful decorative and functional items.


Sugarbush Slice Quilt from the Fiberistas 

January 6 - January 20, 2018


Slice quilts begin with a photograph cut into slices. Each slice is given to a different quilter to make. Finished slices are brought back together to make a single image. The result is a surprise even to the makers!

This slice quilt is the most recent project of the Fiberistas, a local quilt group whose members challenge each other to push the artistic boundaries of quilting.  The project is based on a photograph of a sugarbush taken by Irja Buden. The photograph was cut into "slices" for members of the group to interpret. They used a variety of fabrics, threads, sequins, novelty yarns, paints and stitching techniques.  For group projects like this, members sometimes agree on rules for production.  In this case, each quilter was free to pursue her own vision freely.

This quilt was previously displayed  in the 2017 Colton Winterfest, and the 2017 quilt show at View in Old Forge, where it took second place.

Several years ago, we displayed a well-received slice quilt of Canton's Main St. made by this innovative quilt group. In January, we will feature their most recently completed project: a view of a local sugarbush. Fiberista member Rebecca Muir MacKellar reports it turned out really well!

Join us on January 6th from 1:00-3:00pm for the opening reception and talk by some of the Fiberistas!

Photo: Sugarbush Slice Quilt by the Fiberistas.

Instrumental Stories
February 17 - October 27, 2018

In February 2018, TAUNY will open an exhibition of regional instruments, from improvised, home-made examples to the work of master craftspeople who supply many others in their communities. The exhibition, curated by TAUNY’s Director of Research and Programs, will include exploration of the context in which these instruments are used throughout Northern New York. The exhibit will occupy the large street-level gallery in The TAUNY Center and will remain on display through October 27, 2018.

The exhibition will feature new and heirloom instruments made and/or used in Northern New York; their histories; the craftspeople and community members who make, play, and preserve them; and the social and spatial settings in which these activities take place.  Instruments will come from private collections as well as regional museums and historical societies.

Funding for this exhibit is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts

and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the

New York State Legislature.


Additional funding has been provided by The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

Photo: Family banjo uke with homemade tailpiece. Photo courtesy of Dan Berggren.

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