Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289


Unless otherwise specified, events take place at The TAUNY Center.

February 12 - May 31
HOME-made: an Autobiographical Exhibit

Mohawk artist Sue Ellen Herne presents original works by herself and varied relations around the theme of the meaning of home.

Her paintings express her personal vision, which is at times quite universal and other times very distinctly that of a Mohawk woman of this era. Her installations are compiled of familiar objects to convey deeper meanings. “Some of what has become familiar to us and will be passed down by us is not ‘from’ or ‘of’ us.”

The exhibit also includes traditional basketry, leather- and beadwork, as well as sewing of her own as well as family members. It all comes together to express ideas of home, leaving home, taking home with you, longing for home, and returning home.


Selected Works by Fred Morgan (Case Exhibit)

Fred Morgan (1913-1994) of Norwood, tinkerer and inventor, carved and painted dioramas after a stroke left him partially paralyzed. His pieces represent the history of Norwood, telling the story of the town’s past from his perspective, including the musical life of Norwood, the humor that can be found in contentious political issues, and the communal work and celebration involved in the seasonal rounds of rural life.

This exhibit of selected works, a more complete version of which was first displayed at TAUNY in the fall and winter of 1996-7, celebrates the gift of Fred Morgan’s collection to TAUNY. We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Rena Morgan and her children—Joan, Chuck, Jack, and Fred—for their generosity and confidence. We are committed to preserving the work and to sharing it with the public.


Opening April 24

Building Up the North

Building up the North aims to bring more attention to the man-made beauty of the NOrth Country through the eyes of the people who live here. Local residents and photographers chose photos to be transformed into mixed-media paintings by local artist Catherine LaPointe.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 24th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. 


Friday, March 27

7:00 - 9:00pm
Community Contra Dance

TAUNY and the SLU Contra Club join forces for these tremendously fun evenings. The March dance will be called by Beth Robinson with the Community Contra Band playing live. (To learn more about how to join the Community Contra Band, see below.)

Saturday March 28

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour


This show vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

Saturday, April 11

2:00 - 4:00pm

Fraser Family in Concert

Four generations of Frasers come together to play the music of their Cape Breton heritage, including sea shanties, work songs, tragic and comic ballads, and barroom ditties. They are based in Harrisville, but frequently visit the "old country," and are constantly bringing new songs home to share with their North Country fans. Don't miss this! Suggested donation $10-15.

Friday, April 17

By Invitation Only

Evergreen Campaign Recognition Reception and the unveiling of our new demonstration kitchen. TAUNY is thrilled to celebrate the close of our Evergreen Campaign and celebrate the completion of the building project with the generous donors who made it all possible.

Saturday, April 18

TAUNY Cooks!

The entire community is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the brand new demonstration kitchen at The TAUNY Center. Pea Soup and Johnny Cake lunch and more. Details to follow.

Friday April 24

Opening Reception for Building Up the North

5:00 - 7:00pm

Join artist Catherine LaPointe and a few of the photographers who contributed to her exhibit for some discussion and light refreshments.

The exhibit aims to bring more attention to the man-made beauty of the NOrth Country through the eyes of the people who live here. Local residents and photographers chose photographs to be transformed into mixed-media paintings.

Friday, May 1

5:00 - 6:30pm

Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks with Hallie Bond

In conjunction with Canton Canoe Weekend

Join us for a lecture/display/discussion about the rich heritage of Adirondack small boat, which ranges from birchbark canoes to sailing yachts; from fishing skiffs to motorboats; and, the legendary Adirondack guideboat.

Former Adirondack Museum curator Hallie Bond will illustrate the story of boats and boating in the Adirondacks with Rushton boats and Rushton customers like Frederic Remington and NECOOCHEE, O.V. Coffin and WANDERER, and, of course, Rushton’s friend and most famous customer, Nessmuk and his SAIRY GAMP.

Bond will also display a 12 ½’ Vaux Junior model open paddling canoe built by J.H. Rushton between 1903 and 1905—the sort of boat that Bond contends is Rushton’s lasting contribution to the sport of paddling.  

This event is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program.

TAUNY Jams 2015

Starting January 9

Then, First Fridays February through May

7:00 - 8:30pm

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!

Spring 2015 jams begin on January 9, and are on first Fridays in February, March, April, and May, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They are hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR's String Fever, and occasional guest host champion fiddler Don Woodcock.
More details about the jams are available at this link.

TAUNY/SLU Contra Club
Spring 2015 Community Contra Dances and Tune School

Tune School: 

Meets weekly on Tuesdays (beginning February 10th) 

4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center


Saturday, February 7th, 7-9pm at The TAUNY Center, with caller Angie Oliver and music by the Great South Woods String Band.

Friday, March 27th, 7-9pm at The TAUNY Center with caller Beth Robinson and the Community Contra Band

Saturday, April 25th, Time TBA, on the St. Lawrence University Campus (location TBA), with caller Beth Robinson and music by the Community Contra Band. Part of SLU's Annual Folk Festival.

Calling musicians for Contra Tune School!

TAUNY and the student contra dance club at St. Lawrence University team up to hold monthly Community Contra Dances and a weekly Tune School.

Acoustic and traditional musicians are encouraged to attend weekly, with the goal to play as part of the band for the contra dances. Tune School meetings are a cross between lessons and a jam, with a melody instrument player teaching tunes each week. Players should be comfortable learning by ear, and are encouraged to bring recording devices and/or notebooks to help with picking tunes up. Both melody and rhythm instruments are welcome.

Styles vary depending on the teachers, who include Cape Breton and Scottish-style fiddle player Jacob Brillhart, fiddler Dillon Black, and Appalachian-style clawhammer banjo player and TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati. Attention is given to tunes, etiquette, and methods for playing with other musicians in various styles, and how best to play for dances.

TAUNY Jam players are encouraged to attend Tune School as well!

Dust off those instruments and join us!

Contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or with questions.

Weekly Watercolor Circle

Fridays 10:00am - Noon

A group of watercolorists and other artists gathers at The TAUNY Center each Friday morning, bringing their own materials and projects, to paint, consult, and converse. The group is open to the public, and you are welcome to bring any kind of art or craft project you’re working on. For more information, call Camilla at 315-384-4289, or email

If you would like to receive periodic e-updates about TAUNY activities and events,
please email 
Please click here to review TAUNY's Workshop Cancellation Policy 

Note: All images, text and other material found in this website © 2015 TAUNY. All rights reserved.