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.


 “Traditions of the Season” Virtual Tour
December 4 - January 1

In December we’ll take you on a virtual tour of Traditions of the Season. Each week we will post visits with people around the North Country to learn what they are up to this time of year.

For our first visit, we asked herbalist and native plant conservationist Jane Desotelle to show us how to make a balsam wreath. Wreaths are both a family tradition for Jane and an important seasonal product in her business Underwood Herbs. This year, TAUNY was not able to offer our always popular wreaths that are made by Jane, but we hope you’ll be inspired to make one after watching the video. Stay tuned for the release on December 4th. Follow our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Channel to watch the series. 

Is there a tradition you carry on at this time of year, or that you love seeing happen around you, that you'd like to tell us about or see featured in a future series? We'd love to hear about it!


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.

"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.





 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-Tuesday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
and Sunday, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

To shop online visit


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