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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, & WORKSHOPS

Unless otherwise noted the following events and workshops take place at The TAUNY Center and are free of charge. To receive our monthly event and workshop email, join our mailing list.

 



"What's Pressuring You? Growing Up in the Modern World" Student Art Display: A St. Lawrence University Partnership with Canton Central School
Opening Reception - Moved to New Location

49 Main St., Canton, NY

Tuesday, April 17

3:00-8:00pm







 



Dams of the Raquette River Talk with Mary Jane Watson in Massena

Saturday, April 21

2:00pm

Presentation begins in the Massena Public Library Viewing Room then moves to The Celine G. Philibert Memorial Cultural Centre & Museum


According to local lore, the 174 mile long Raquette River, the second longest in New York State, is the most dammed river east of the Mississippi.  Explore its many historic, proposed, and current dams via photos and discussion with Mary Jane Watson in Massena. Mary Jane has been an active participant in the Raquette River Blueway Corridor Project for many years, and she was a partner in the Raquette River Dams Oral History Project TAUNY conducted in 2014-2016. She has done extensive research on the history of the Raquette River including the construction of its many dams. This presentation will highlight research from TAUNY's 2017 exhibit, "Look Down, You'll See Our Tracks": Raquette River Dam Stories, which tells the stories of people involved in or significantly affected by the construction of the hydroelectric dams and powerhouses along the Raquette River. The traveling version of this exhibit will be on view at the Celine G. Philibert Cultural Centre and Museum in Massena, NY through May 2018.



Instrumental Stories Research Talk with Camilla Ammirati

Thursday, April 26

6:30-7:30pm

$5 Suggested Donation


Get the behind-the-scenes look at TAUNY’s 2017-2018 research project and exhibit on instruments made and kept in New York’s North Country (exhibit on display February-October 2018). From fiddles to guitars, dulcimers to der-ders, instruments reveal the many ways people connect to North Country traditions, whether through crafting, playing, or holding onto an instrument that’s come down through a family. Join Camilla Ammirati, TAUNY’s Director of Research and Programs and the researcher and curator for this project, to learn about these instruments, their stories, and the journey from research project to major exhibition. The presentation will include images, audio, and video samples from the fieldwork, as well as a demonstration of selected instruments.


Light refreshments will be served. There is a suggested donation of $5 for this program.


This program is held in conjunction with TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories,” which features handmade and heirloom instruments made and kept in New York’s North Country. The exhibit is on display at the TAUNY Center in Canton, NY through October 27, 2018.


The “Instrumental Stories” exhibit program series is made possible by the support of 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. Additional support from T. Urling and Mabel Walker.


Photo: Folklorist Camilla Ammirati (center) joins in on some tunes while visiting luthier and musician Dave Nichols (right) and his intern Tyler Dezago (left), 2017, for the research project that led to TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories.”

 


Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Children's Workshop  

Wildlife to Watercolors with Loretta Lepkowski

Saturday, April 28

1:00-3:00pm

Pre-registration required
Register online here.


Elementary to middle-school-aged children and their families are invited to explore nature and art with Tug Hill artist Loretta Lepkowski, a 2017 TAUNY Heritage Award recipient. Loretta is a painter, storyteller, and great observer of local life and the natural environment. She will guide children in an activity to reflect on their own local environment and use watercolors to paint their favorite wild critter or natural scene. A variety of hands-on nature and wildlife reference materials will be available to explore. Children will also have a chance to see some show and tell with traditional objects crafted with natural materials, and to learn about how the natural environment is integral to the living art and craft traditions of our region. All materials will be provided. Children are also welcome to bring something from nature that they would like to show or paint at the workshop.


This workshop is made possible by the Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Fund. This fund was established by the Palmateer and Wilder families in 2015 to honor the creative side of Nancy Wilder Palmateer, to recognize her work with children, and to encourage hands-on engagement for young people.


This workshop is free. Pre-registration is required (by calling 315-386-4289 or online here ) for planning purposes.


 


Handmade Instrument Meet & Greet

Saturday, May 12 (New Date!)

11:00am-2:00pm


Join TAUNY for an informal show and tell gathering in celebration of instrument makers of all kinds and levels of experience. Makers are invited to show one or more of their handmade instruments along with materials and related items, and to share their stories and demonstrate aspects of their work. Makers may also share more about instruments of theirs currently featured in the “Instrumental Stories” exhibit. The community is invited to view this variety of creations and creative skills, with the chance to meet makers, ask questions, and see their skills in action. Light refreshments will be served, and live music will likely burst out in lovely, unstoppable, and overlapping ways throughout the event.


The program will feature makers who have been involved in the “Instrumental Stories” exhibit and research project. Additional makers of any level of experience who would like to participate are most welcome, and are asked to contact Camilla Ammirati, TAUNY Director of Research and Programs, at camilla@tauny.org or 315-386-4289, by Friday, April 6th, for planning purposes.


This program is held in conjunction with TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories,” which features handmade and heirloom instruments made and/or kept in New York’s North Country. The exhibit is on display at the TAUNY Center in Canton, NY through October 27, 2018.


The “Instrumental Stories” exhibit program series is made possible by the support of 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. Additional support from T. Urling and Mabel Walker.


Photo: Bob Wheeler points out the cow magnet component on his electric guitar, one of many instruments he taught himself to build incorporating materials on hand. Courtesy of TAUNY Archives.


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