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



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.

This program has been postponed.

Wool Felt Art Class with Kathy Montan

Saturday, March 21

10:00 am-2:00 pm

$65,  $60 for TAUNY Friends (Includes all materials)

Register online here.

In this class you will be making a colorful 8"X 10" wrap-around landscape out of wool. You will learn both needle felting and wet felting techniques and go home with a ready-to-hang finished piece. No felting experience needed. Come and join the fun and creative expression by felting with wool. We will take a half hour lunch break, so bring your lunch or you can eat in town. Please bring an old bath towel or beach towel.

This workshop is part of the “St. Lawrence County Barn Quilts” exhibit program series. Kathy Montan is one of the 4’x4’ Barn-Quilt-Inspired New Works artists featured in the exhibit, with her piece reflecting on the agricultural landscape and heritage of the North Country, through the visual framing of traditional quilt block patterns.

Kathy Montan has been a sheep raiser, a spinner, a knitter, a weaver and a felter.  Her current love is felting and she has taught many classes over the years. You can currently find her felt artwork at TAUNY and at the Potsdam Town Hall. 

To register, please sign up online here, call 315-386-4289, or stop by The TAUNY Center.

Can't make this workshop? There will be another one on Saturday, August 22nd!

This program has been postponed. 

Shelli Prepare-Weston & Ruth McWilliams Sap Bucket Painting Workshop

Saturday, March 21

10am-4pm (unless you finish sooner)

$15 to register, required by March 13

$50 (cash or check to the Town of Colton) materials fee required on March 21

Registration (and pattern choice) are required by March 13

Participants will paint a 9”x9” quilt block design on a used metal sap bucket like those displayed at The TAUNY Center as part of the “St. Lawrence County Barn Quilts” exhibit. The 32 possible designs and associated colors are based upon the Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural also displayed in The TAUNY Center exhibit, which inspired the sap buckets project. Barn quilt painting methods will be used to paint the design on the bucket.

The workshop is Saturday, March 21. However, participants must register no later than Friday, March 13. Each participant must select in advance of the workshop the quilt block design to be painted on March 21 in order for the presenters to have it drawn and ready for painting and to have the paints available for workshop. Please notify TAUNY of your pattern choice at 315-386-4289 or when you register.

There is room for ten painters in addition to the presenters. Participants should wear clothes appropriate for painting and plan to stay as long as it takes to complete their projects (no later than 4pm). Also participants must bring their own drinks, snacks, and meals which can be stored in the kitchen refrigerator on the Main Level.

This program has been postponed. 

Sugaring Off Party

Saturday, March 28

1:00-3:00 pm
$5 Suggested donation

As maple season approaches, children and families are invited to celebrate sugaring as French-Canadian families would have done a century ago at TAUNY's annual Sugaring Off Party. 

The Sugaring Off Party will include festive activities, crafts, and sweet treats for the whole family! A reading of “The Sugaring Off Party” by Jonathan London sets the tone for the event. Then participants step into the book with a recreation of the house party led by fiddler and North Country Heritage Award recipient Gretchen Koehler and her Madstop Fiddlers. Gretchen will teach guests traditional French folk dances and songs and share the secret to playing the spoons.

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