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Folkstore Artist Spotlight Exhibit

Earth, Water, and Fire:

New Works by Women Ceramic Artists of the North Country

February 23-March 23, 2019

TAUNY’s current Folkstore Artist Spotlight exhibit, Earth, Water, and Fire: New Works by Women Ceramic Artists of the North Country, features new ceramic works by local artists Anne Burnham, Roxanne Locy, Nan Lazovik, Linda Petroccione, Jackie Sabourin, and Joanne Arvisais with additional works by guest artist Cheri Cross from the Jay Craft Center in Jay, NY. All of these women have worked in the medium for decades and have worked closely with each other professionally over the years.

The Folkstore Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of regional artists and artisans and allows TAUNY to present a greater range of work by these local artists and producers. All of the work on display will also be for sale.

Each local artist featured in this exhibit has a unique style and a strikingly different technique.

Anne Burnham (Parishville, NY) has been making pottery for over 40 years. Her landscape motifs are inspired by the beauty of the region, but her California roots and lifelong interest in Asia, as well as her travels in Africa and India, add to the design elements of her pottery.

Roxanne Locy (Canton, NY) grew up on a dairy farm in the North Country and has been making pottery since 1979. Roxanne's signature boldly colorful floral and whimsical pottery is made at her Rockhead Creations studio in Canton, NY.

Nan Lazovik (DeKalb, NY) has been making pottery and ceramic tiles since her days as an undergraduate student at St. Lawrence University. In the 1970's and 1980's, she was a member of the Canton Gallery Cooperative, and she sold her pottery there and throughout galleries in Northern New York. Her “story tiles” featured in this exhibit have designs which are reflections of her North Country surroundings and life.

Linda Petroccione (DeKalb Junction, NY), a recent addition to TAUNY’s North Country Folkstore, returned to making pottery after retiring from her teaching career. Her glazes range from desert earth tones to pale pastels and creams.

Jackie Sabourin (Peru, NY) is an experienced ceramic artist who lives along Lake Champlain. She uses real botanicals to impress patterns in her handbuilt pottery.

Joanne Arvisais (Plattsburgh, NY) is a new addition to TAUNY’s Folkstore artisans. Originally from Montreal, she began her studies at the Centre de Ceramique Bonsecours. Her focus is to create useful, contemporary, timeless pieces.

Cheri Cross (Jay, NY), our guest artist from the Jay Craft Center in the Adirondacks, is showcasing her hand-painted, unique, white-glazed ceramics with nature and botanical images.

Recent Projects by the Fiberistas

March 9-March 30, 2019

The Fiberistas are North Country artists interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries of fiber arts. Using creative and innovative techniques on and with fiber, their group reaches beyond traditional fiber art methods. This display at The TAUNY Center includes two of the Fiberistas' most recent collaborative projects, "The Black Line" quilt and "The Elements of Nature" quilt.

"The Black Line" quilt is made up of a group of unique panels connected by a continuous black line running through all of the panels to create a harmonious whole. "The Elements of Nature" quilt features panels depicting elements randomly selected by each group member including air, water, fire, darkness, and light. In this project, the Fiberistas created a group of individual images that hang together rather than making one continuous image across all the panels.

Current members of the Fiberistas includes:
Kathy Burns (Potsdam, NY)
Donna Hastings (North Bangor, NY)
Jill Josephs (Potsdam, NY)
Pattie Lane (Potsdam, NY)
Susan Mcavoy (Madrid, NY)
Rebecca Muir MacKellar (Canton, NY)
Ethel Slocum (Morristown, NY)
“Katsiatsiaronkwa” Debbera A. Thompson (Akwesasne, Ontario, Canada)
Leah Zelkowitz (Canton, NY)

Coming Soon

From Jamaica to Peru

Opening Reception

Saturday, April 13

2:00-4:00 pm

In this photography-based exhibition, guest curator Ben Stechschulte explores the inextricable fortunes of TAUNY North Country Heritage Award recipient Forrence Orchards, in the northern Adirondacks, and the generations of Jamaican men who travel thousands of miles to work there each year. The project, based on Ben’s extensive fieldwork and documentation over the course of a recent production season, was originally published as an Adirondack Life Magazine feature in October 2017. The TAUNY Center exhibition offers an expanded presentation of photos along with video and selected objects reflecting the work and daily experience of the Forrence Orchard apple pickers.

TAUNY is pleased to present “From Jamaica to Peru” as part of this year’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the North Country Heritage Awards. Forrence Orchards received a TAUNY North Country Heritage Award in 2009 in recognition of the multi-generational ownership and operation of the orchard, which is itself an example of an important regional agricultural tradition. This exhibit offers a unique, in-depth look at the essential role the Jamaican apple pickers play in sustaining the orchard, and through that focus it offers insight on one of the main topics TAUNY is exploring through the 25th anniversary celebrations: the ever-dynamic balance of change and continuity in how deeply-rooted North Country traditions are carrying on.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00-4:00 pm. The opening reception will include Q&A with the curator, and light refreshments will be served.

Ben Stechschulte is a portrait, editorial, and documentary photographer and filmmaker based in the Adirondacks and New York City.

TAUNY presents “From Jamaica to Peru” in partnership with Adirondack Life magazine, which originally published material from the documentary project in October 2017. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Special thanks to Forrence Orchards and the apple pickers for participating in this project.

Learn more about Forrence Orchards and TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Awards program at: 

 Traveling Exhibits


Instrumental Stories

Celine G. Philibert Memorial Cultural Centre & Museum
79 Main St., Massena, NY
January 26 - End of May 2019

“Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks”:

Raquette River Dam Stories

Potsdam Civic Center Board Room

2 Park St., Potsdam, NY

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

On display through October 2019


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