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.


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. The paintings and photographs are available for purchase.


Akwesasne Women Singers

Friday, May 15
6:00 - 7:30pm     
2014 Heritage Award winners the Akwesasne Women Singers will perform a mix of original and traditional music. The group formed in 1999 to protect and preserve the Mohawk language through the power of song, as well as to help sustain Mohawk oral traditions including music, stories, and customs. Join us for this exciting opportunity!

A suggested donation of $10-15 will go to benefit the Akwesasne community as well as ongoing programs and research projects at TAUNY. Light refreshments will be served.


Become an Invasivore: Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Prep Workshop   
Saturday, May 16
10:00am -1:00pm 
TAUNY has teamed up with Nature Up North to host this event. Garlic Mustard is an invasive herb that threatens native species in our local forests. Fortunately for us, we can help control its spread by... eating it. Join Nature Up North to pull garlic mustard from two sites where it is spreading around Canton. Then we'll meet back at The TAUNY Center for a demonstration on how to turn this invasive weed into a tasty pesto.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and for getting a little dirty. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jake Malcomb, Nature Up North Project Manager at


St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Business in the Spotlight    
Thursday May 21
5:00 - 7:00pm  
The TAUNY Center will host the Chamber's monthly gathering, an informal networking event, to learn more about products or services offered by local chamber members. Each owner will present a brief  overview of his or her business.

You, your company co-workers, and the public are welcome, but all must pre-register to attend by May 18th. Cost is $5 and refreshments are provided. Register at this link.

Quilt Documentation Day

Saturday, May 30

Hancock House

6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, NY

By appointment: or 315-386-4289

In preparation for a major exhibit of Northern New York quilts, TAUNY is holding a series of Quilt Days around the region where individuals are invited to bring their quilts to be documented and photographed. The call is for antique, heirloom and contemporary quilts, made in Northern New York. Given their relative scarcity, there is no limit on how many antique quilts each person can bring for documentation. Contemporary quilters are asked to choose a maximum of two quilts that best represent their style.

The documentation process is extensive, so participants are asked to fill out as much of the documentation form as they can before arriving. The documentation form can be downloaded at at this link.

This research is supported by the Coby Foundation.

Artist Demonstrations

June 6

11:00 - 4:00

How do they do that? In conjunction with the Dairy Princess Festival in Canton, TAUNY will have artist demonstrations in our front window or on the sidewalk in front of the Folkstore. (We will, of course, break for the parade.)


Campfire Jam with Nature Up North

Thursday, June 18


Wachtmeister Field Station on the SLU campus

Bring your guitar and your friends and family for a campfire sing /play -along jam featuring NCPR’s Barb Heller. Expertise NOT required--just 4 or 5 basic chords will do it. Barb will guide you through the chord changes, so just come and have a good time. We'll be playing and singing traditional campfire songs, with a few requests added. No pressure--just fun.

S’more supplies are on the house as well. Come a few minutes early if you need help tuning up.Pants and long sleeves are recommended because it can be buggy.

To get to the Wachtmeister Field Station head south down Park St. past the campus athletic fields. Cross the wooden bow bridge over the Little River and take the first left into the field station parking lot. Coming from the south, it is the second driveway on the right after the Kunoco station as you approach Canton village.

Contact Jake Malcomb at 315-262-7325 or with additional questions.



Welcome to the North Country Reception

Thursday, September 10

5:30 - 7:00pm

An Open House for newcomers and old-timers alike. See what makes the North Country so special.

Alex Smith in Concert

Saturday, September 12


Alex Smith is an Adirondack folk singer-songwriter with a resonant voice who is deeply inspired by the region's music, history and landscape. A suggested donation of $5-$15 includes simple refreshments and a cash bar.

Sunday, October 18


Salute to North Country Legends

Our newly-revised annual Heritage Awards program promises to introduce you to some hidden legends and magical places in our community.

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

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