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. 


Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks with Hallie Bond

Friday, May 1

5:00 - 6:30pm

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.

Friday, May 1
7:00 - 8:30pm  
Don't miss the last jam of the spring season! The May Jam will be lead by Barb Heller and Gretchen Koehler. Learn more about TAUNY Jams on our Calendar page here.

NOTE: Jams will return in the fall. Shoot us an email if you'd like a special reminder at the start of the season. (  Also watch for a summer campfire jam with Nature Up North on SLU's campus, June 18.

Akwesasne Women Singers  
Friday, May 15
7:00 - 8:30pm     

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 rare opportunity to see them in a non-traditional setting.  

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.


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

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