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

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A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country. Explore this site to discover the diverse customs and traditions--like storytelling, music, crafts, foodways, and folk art--that make life special in our region, from the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack Mountains.

TAUNY is the North Country's only non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving the rich, living cultural heritage of our region. For over 30 years, community members like you have been contributing their time, money, and talent to help us accomplish our mission.


TAUNY’s Holiday Shopping Guide

We are sorry we will not be able to offer our always popular balsam wreaths made by Jane Desotelle, Underwood Herbs, this year. Wreaths will be available again in 2021. In the meantime, stay tuned for a video with Jane showing you how to make your own balsam wreath.


To avoid crowds, shop early! The North Country Folkstore is fully stocked with a great assortment of items in all price categories. 

Not visiting loved ones this year? Order online and we’ll ship directly to them. Orders must be received by December 5 to guarantee delivery by December 25th. To shop online, visit

Don’t let worry about crowds keep you from supporting local artists. We will bring your purchases to the curb. Place your order online, and in the message box indicate when you will come to The TAUNY Center to pick up your order so that we can have it ready. Call when you arrive at The TAUNY Center and someone will come out with your order.

Take advantage of extended hours in December: Monday & Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4.

The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore are now open.

Visit us Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

and Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

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TAUNY's Holiday Showcase opens

November 7 - December 24

With the holiday season upon us, TAUNY is planning to make it easy for you to support local artists and find perfect gifts that are hand-made with care. TAUNY’s Annual Holiday Showcase opens Saturday, November 7 and will run through December 24. 

 “Artists have been hit hard this year by the cancellation of fairs and festivals where they normally would sell work,” says TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit. “We feel it has never been a better time to shop local and support these talented individuals who contribute so much to North Country culture. Looking at all the beautiful work coming into The TAUNY Center for the showcase is an inspiration.” The North Country Folkstore sells the work of over 100 artists and small-scale producers.

TAUNY's Open Call for Personal Collections

Do you or does someone you know have a collection related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country? We’d like to hear about it! In 2021, we’ll showcase collections from around our region in a revival of our popular Personal Collections Series. Contact TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit,, 315-386-4289.

Folkstore Artist Spotlight 

William Parmer

October 31 - November 28, 2020


TAUNY’s November Folkstore Artist Spotlight features paintings by artist William Parmer, a North Country resident since 1975. William grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and that background continues to influence the way he responds to local scenery. As a plein air painter, his work is made in all kinds of weather, year-round. William’s love of farm scenes - particularly barns - is evident in his work. When talking about barns, he likes to quote Wolf Kahn, who compared barns in America to temples in Greece and Rome. Another constant of Bill’s art is the woods and waters of the North Country, and how they affect human experience and life. Bill will be at TAUNY 1-3pm on opening day to speak with any people that are interested in chatting with his about plein air painting.


Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest Entry Drop-Off     


November 27 - December 1

Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This year’s theme: “2020”

2020 is... you tell us! In gingerbread! TAUNY invites you to get creative and interpret the theme of “2020” how you wish, using gingerbread to create a scene, a place, an item, or anything else that comes to mind. 

Get your enrollment form here. Entries can be dropped off from November 27 to December 1st. Click here for more information and details on how to participate.

"Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic 

 Documentation Project

Fill out the survey  HERE!

We want to hear about your experiences and creative responses over the past months and going forward, with the pandemic changing many of our daily ways, while also reinforcing our sense of what’s most familiar and important to us. Check out the project description here for more about what we're looking for and how to share it with us. Fill out a survey here to give us an idea of your experience, and stay tuned for more subject-specific surveys.





TAUNY Raffles Compass Sunflower Barn Quilt (All tickets have been sold)

TAUNY is hosting a raffle for a Compass Sunflower Barn Quilt now through December 12. This beautiful 2’x2’ Compass Sunflower design is painted by TAUNY Board Member, barn quilt movement leader Ruth McWilliams with the help of other TAUNY Board Members and friends. This barn quilt brings together two popular designs—the compass and a sunflower. This pattern was recently used in The TAUNY Center studio to teach other experienced barn quilters how to draw a pattern using geometry tools.  A protractor and ruler, coupled with a lot of careful measuring, resulted in the angles of the petals being the same and the center octagon being true. Designs like this give artists a chance to learn, brush up on, and really apply geometry in their artwork.

Proceeds from this raffle will support TAUNY operations and programming. Tickets are $5 each. TAUNY is limiting ticket sales to a maximum of 5 tickets per person, and a total of 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased in person at The TAUNY Center in Canton, payable with cash or check, or by reservation over the phone by calling 315-386-4289. The drawing will take place when all tickets have been sold or December 12th, whichever comes first. Tickets are not expected to last long, so if you are interested, don’t delay. The winner need not be present at the drawing.


 The North Country Folkstore

TAUNY's Folkstore sells work from over 200 regional artists, artisans, and producers inspired by and reflecting on North Country traditions.

Folkstore Hours:

Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

and Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

To shop online visit


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