Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
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Canton, NY 13617
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Unless otherwise specified, events take place at The TAUNY Center.


Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms

TAUNY's latest exhibit features photographs from 15 farms taken by internationally renowned photographer Martha Cooper and excerpts from interviews with more than 20 farmers and employees. Research and documentation for the exhibit were carried out by TAUNY staff. Program director Hannah Harvester and fellow folklorists Jill Breit and Varick Chittenden  interviewed 40 farmers, family members, employees, and others in St. Lawrence, Lewis, Franklin, Jefferson counties. Farms ranged in size from herds of 35 to 1200 milking cows.

“We wanted to offer a glimpse at the complexity of dairy farming today,” explains Hannah. “Farming is a really particular kind of livelihood--farmers tend to work closely with their families, close to home, they’re working with live animals and big forces like the weather. One minute they’re wrenching boulders out of the ground and the next minute they’re helping birth a calf. They face huge challenges like a milk pricing system that’s totally out of their control and a shortage of labor, but when they talk about what they love about farming you can see why they stay in it.”

The documentation project and exhibit were funded by an Archie Green Fellowship, awarded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The original documentary materials generated will be part of the American Folklife Center’s Archie Green Community Documentation Collection, housed in the Library of Congress.

Also Showing

Slices of Main Street, Canton

Following its debut at the Grasse River Heritage solstice celebration, the “Slices of Main Street, Canton” quilt is on display at The TAUNY Center.

“Slices of Main Street, Canton” was created by a group of North Country quilters called the Fiberistas.
The “slice quilt” idea was adapted from similar art quilt groups that wanted to produce a group project worked on by many of their members. To create the “slices,” the group agreed on a section of Canton's Main Street, cut a photograph of that scene into pieces, and each quilter made a piece of the whole.  For display, the individual pieces are not sewn together, but are hung together to form the full picture.

TAUNY’s “Slices of Main Street, Canton” display is underwritten by North Country Savings Bank.


TAUNY/St. Lawrence University Climate Change Forum 2014 Arts Workshop
Nature Printing with Hallie Bond
Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 2-4pm, St. Lawrence University, Wachtmeister Field Station*

In partnership with St. Lawrence's "Climate Change Forum 2014: Our Shared Reality," TAUNY will offer a free workshop that brings together traditional arts and the natural world. Join historian and quilter Hallie Bond for a fun and informative workshop in which you will learn to use natural materials to print on fabric. Bond will lead the group on a short expedition to gather natural materials and then teach participants how to make prints with these materials on muslin squares that can be used as part of further art projects. Taking you from tales of 19th-century Adirondack lady botanists to trends in contemporary quilting, Bond will also discuss how this kind of activity fits into arts traditions in northern New York and beyond. This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Please register at

*The Wachtmeister Field Station is on Park St., just past the bridge on the left if you're heading out of town. Ample parking is available.

Find more information about the Climate Change Forum on St. Lawrence University's Green Pages.

Remington Arts Festival Events at The TAUNY Center
Thursday, September 25 to Saturday, October 11

TAUNY will host the following events and exhibit in partnership with the 13th Annual Remington Arts Festival, which takes place in Canton Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th. Find more about the festival at:

Thursday, September 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Remington Arts Festival Opening Reception and Birthday PartyThe TAUNY Center Main Gallery

Join us in kicking off the Remington Arts Festival with a party celebrating the 153rd birthday of Canton native son Frederic Remington! Have a piece of birthday cake, meet the Remingtons, and get a sneak peek at the Student Art Competition! Refreshments will be served, and there will be a cash bar. 
This reception is made possible by the generous support of the Canton Community Fund.

Saturday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remington Student Art Reception and Awards Ceremony.The TAUNY Center Classroom
The Remington Student Art Competition features original work by area students in grades K-12 on the theme of "Artist's Choice." Both two- and three-dimensional works will be on display. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a reception to celebrate the students' work, and awards ceremony will follow at noon.

Saturday, September 27 to Friday, October 10
Remington Student Art Competition & ExhibitThe TAUNY Center Classroom
Student work will remain on display in the The TAUNY Center Classroom from September 27th through October 11th.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:30 - 6:30pm
Adirondack North Country Association's Annual Meeting 
ANCA is holding their annual meeting at the TAUNY Center this year. The meeting is from 3:30-5:30, followed by a reception with locally sourced food and drinks. 

Celebrate the ways ANCA has helped grow the local economy this past year, and give your feedback on what's planned as they enter their 60th year. Meet the next-generation farmers who are bolstering our local food system. Collaborate with members, soon-to-be members and people in a discussion on the exciting revitalization of our local food system.   


Knitting Groups

Knitting Group with Jody Horwitz
Tuesday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon

Each week a group of knitters gathers in the comfortable meeting space on our first floor for a morning of knitting. Bring a project, bring a problem - enjoy knitting and visiting with fellow knitters.

True Beginners Knitting Group with Becky Graham
Tuesday evenings in September, beginning on September 9th, 5 to 6 p.m.

Couldn't tell knitting from purling if your life depended on it? Come join the True Beginners Knitting Group! This limited-series knitting group is meant for knitters who are starting from scratch and would like an introduction to (or refresher on) basic knitting skills and projects. Please bring a pair of needles and some yarn if you have them, or drop us a line at if you'd like to come but need a loan of materials for your first time joining the group. Beginning knitters are encouraged, but not required, to attend the whole series. 

Please note: beginning knitters are also most welcome at the regular weekly Tuesday morning knitting group with Jody Horwitz. Knitters are invited to take part in either or both gatherings.


  TAUNY Jams
Fall 2014 
Third Fridays of the Month

TAUNY's traditional music jams are open to good-natured folks interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes. All levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. Toe tappin’ listeners are encouraged although they may be handed a pair of spoons or washboard before the eve is over!

Fall 2014 jams will happen on third Fridays in September, October, and November, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They will be hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR's String Fever.   

Details of the following 2014 activities and events will be posted as they are available.

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Canton Main Street Slice Quilt Reception

Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.
Salute to North Country Legends
Saturday, October 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
Halloween Cookie Decorating with Rebecca Weld 

Saturday, November 1, 1 to 3 p.m.
American and Continental Knitting with Jody Horwitz

Friday, November 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Annual Donor Reception and Holiday Showcase Opening

Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chair Pad Braiding with Helen Condon

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gingerbread Workshop with Sue Wilder

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Open House and Sugar & Spice Opening

Saturday, December 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Knit Fair Isle Headband Workshop with Jody Horwitz

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