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


  Fishing Flies by Fran Buckley

Fran Buckley, Canton, began tying fishing flies as a young man, 85 years ago.  Personal Collections: Fishing Flies by Fran Buckley, is a collection of flies that he has tied over the years, displayed in a table made specially for the purpose by his daughter and woodworker, Kathleen Buckley.  Fran was always more of a stream fisherman than a pond or lake fisherman.  He traveled all over the world on fishing trips, where he used the bamboo rods he made and often flies he’d made from his own patterns.  Each year, Fran and his fishing friends would get together regularly starting two months before the season opened to build up their inventory of hand-tied flies.

Exhibit runs from November 6th through 27th on our second floor.
Photo Caption: Close up of six hand tied flies by Fran Buckley

Personal Collections: Holiday Cards by Bill Newman

Personal Collections: Holiday Cards by Bill Newman is an exhibit of original holiday cards created by artist Bill Newman, Canton, for his friends Anneke and John Larrance and Lois Ann and Bob FitzRandolph, 1990-present. Each card features an original artwork on the front, with a message and cartoon of the artist on the back. As an artist, Bill is known for painting what he sees from the perspective of the farm where he lives. For his holiday cards, he often paints or sketches from his family’s collection of ornaments. For his friends, these collections of cards have become an annual feature of their seasonal decorating.

“Bill Newman and my husband, John, met when Bill designed a set for a show at the St. Lawrence University theatre where John was the Production Manager. When I addressed my Christmas cards that year, I sent one to Bill. When Bill sent an original holiday greeting back to us, I kept it because it was unique. From then on, I always kept Bill’s cards. I like to save and display small collections of “pretty” things, so after about 10 years I began to share the cards at our annual Christmas party—to which Bill was invited. As the collection grew, rather than displaying them on poster board or in the windows of a French door, I began to hang these originals in different places among the Christmas decorations to better showcase them. They were always a source of conversation and discussion.

Even though Bill has stopped creating and sending Christmas cards, these have a place in the Larrance family holiday traditions. Our son has asked to inherit them!” -Anneke and John Larrance

“Our friendship with Bill Newman began over three decades ago, standing at the rail at Appleton Arena watching SLU Hockey. As a student at St. Lawrence University, and while still working on the family’s dairy farm, Bill’s passion has always been art. We have witnessed and supported the development of his artistry which has encompassed pastel, watercolor, pen and ink, and even theatrical set design and painting. We were among the small circle of friends who received his first watercolor Christmas card in 1990.

When Anneke and John Larrance offered their personal collection of Bill’s cards to TAUNY for this exhibit, we decided it would be interesting to add those early examples to the collection, as well as some triptychs and oversized cards that Bill made especially for us through the years. We have kept these original works of art and display them every Holiday Season, and as the Larrances have shown, we are not alone in treasuring them.”

-Lois Ann and Bob FitzRandolph

Exhibit runs from November 6th through 27th on our second floor.

Photo Caption: Card and self portrait, pen and ink by Bill Newman

2022 Exhibition - Hornbeck Boats
In 1971, Peter Hornbeck, Olmstedville, NY, started making small boats in his shop when he was on break from his job as an elementary school teacher. Inspired by Canton's 19th century boatmaker J. Henry Rushton, Peter aimed to make small, light boats that would allow paddlers to explore the small ponds, streams, and backwaters of the Adirondacks. In the 1990s, with the partnership of his wife Ann, that interest in boats became a full-time occupation. Hornbeck Boats became the epicenter of a vital and growing community of recreational paddlers, assuring Hornbeck's place in the history of small craft.

Peter died in December 2020, leaving the company he founded in the capable hands of his son-in-law. To honor Peter's work and his influence on recreation in the Adirondacks, TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit and boat historian Hallie Bond are teaming up to develop an exhibit that will open at The TAUNY Center in 2022. 

Photo Caption: Peter's friend and former neighbor Dan Berggren spends most of his time in his Hornbeck boat on a chain of small quiet ponds near his home.

TAUNY turns 35 this year! In honor of this occasion, we’ll bring you our 35@35 series, featuring highlights from TAUNY’s history.

From the very beginning, we’ve loved developing exhibits at TAUNY. Through exhibits, we’ve been able to share so many wonderful people and places in our North Country. Here’s our list of 35 favorite exhibits from the past!

TAUNY's online Exhibit

North Country knits: 2020 Projects. See here

These knitting friends found a way to keep their weekly gatherings going last summer. Photo courtesy Karen Johnson-Weiner.

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.


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