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Upcoming Workshops

Make Salsa, Dance Salsa Returns to The TAUNY Center

Saturday, October 14, 2-5 PM, $15

Let’s make some heat before the weather turns cold with an afternoon of great food and dancing at The

TAUNY Center!

Jeanna Matthews will guide us through a world of flavor as she teaches us how to make salsa AND

dance salsa. We’ll start at 2pm by learning about the term “salsa” and how it applies to a range of spicy

condiments and sauces, a style of Latin music, and a dance form with complex cultural roots. Then we’ll

have fun making (and eating!) different types of salsa in our demonstration kitchen and learning the

basics of salsa dancing. Participants can mix up their own salsa, taste test each other’s creations on

tortilla chips, and vote for the best salsa. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be abundant and mouth


Jeanna Matthews will also teach two beginning salsa dancing workshops at The TAUNY Center on:

Saturday, August 26, 4-5 pm, $5

Introduction to Stranded Colorwork Knitting
Saturdays, September 2nd and 23rd, 2-4 pm
Maximum class size is 8 students
$50 registration fee includes both sessions, knitting needles, and yarn.

Stranded colorwork knitting is a flexible and exciting technique used to create garments and accessories with beautiful, multicolored patterns. This 2-part workshop is a fun way to try it out for yourself and learn about its history and cultural importance. Join Folkstore artist Mona Zillah (bunnymuff on Ravelry) to learn how to make stranded colorwork part of your knitting toolbox.

Hammered Dulcimer Classes
  • September 23rd
  • October 21st
  • November 11th
  • December 9th

Beginners: 10–11:30 AM
Past Beginners: 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Maximum class size is 10 students
$10 registration fee includes the use of an instrument during class

We have a special opportunity to learn how to play this rare instrument from Adirondack musician and CRNY artist Dan Duggan, a nationally touring performer and of the finest dulcimer players and composers in the country. His warm and stress-free teaching style makes his classes a delight, and he will have you comfortably playing the dulcimer in no time!

North Country Folk Orchestra – Waltz Edition

Starting Monday, September 25th – register soon!

Led by fiddler Gretchen Koehler & guitarist Barb Heller, this session will focus on a variety of waltzes and culminate in a community dance in December.

The North Country Folk Orchestra is an instrumental ensemble that plays fiddle tunes popular in the North Country including music from around the USA, Canada, the British Isles and beyond.

Register Here

Come meet our new Executive Director in person this Friday!

Friday, September 22nd

1-2 p.m. Canton Farmer's Market

4-6 p.m. The TAUNY Center

Featuring Live Music with Jazz Trio Caramelo, a sneak preview of the items and experiences in TAUNY's upcoming fundraiser & refreshments!

We hope to see you there!

Hammered Dulcimer I and II Return to The TAUNY Center

September - December 2023

10-11:30 AM and 11 AM – 1 PM

We have a very special opportunity to learn how to play this rare instrument from Adirondack musician and CRNY artist Dan Duggan, a nationally touring performer and of the finest dulcimer players and composers in the country.

His warm and stress-free teaching style makes his classes a delight, and he will have you comfortably playing the dulcimer in no time!

Register Here

Fiberistas Display

Sep 23, 2023


Visit The TAUNY Center this Saturday, September 23rd for The Fiberista's open house showing their latest projects. Drop in anytime from 10a-4p!

Meet the Spotlight Artist: Douglas Wooster

Sep 23, 2023


The Folkstore's Spotlight Gallery Artist Douglas Wooster will be at The TAUNY Center this Saturday to speak about his hyper-realistic landscape paintings inspired by the North Country.

Coming up in October

TAUNY will host the first of four Material Exploration workshops that invite people to explore the creative possibilities of a common craft material. In honor of the closing of TAUNY staff artist James Gonzalez's Inhabited Arabesques exhibit at the end of the month, our first Material Exploration focuses on metal. Four metal artists – James Gonzalez, Kathy Lahendro, Margaret Jacobs, and Justin O'Rourke – will present their methods from 12-4 in a series of interactive demonstrations. No registration is required; suggested donation: $10-20.


TAUNY’s Online Auction Fundraiser goes live Sunday, October 8th. Don’t miss your chance to bid on an amazing array of gift cards, unique experiences, and one-of-a-kind creations by regional artists and crafters. Watch for details. Spread the word,


Over the last year, our community has gathered at The TAUNY Center to learn, play, create, make music, cook, and dance together. This exhibit celebrates our community members as artists, students, teachers, and supporters of the arts and culture of the North Country.

Stop by The TAUNY Center's Upper Gallery to see the exhibit Many Hands: Community and Creativity at The TAUNY Center 2022-2023 now through September 9th.

Inhabited Arabesques
An Art Installation by James Gonzalez
February 25 - October 28, 2023
Our new exhibit at The TAUNY Center is an evolving art installation. TAUNY staff artist James Gonzalez is creating an environment in our main gallery that will continue to develop with the addition of new pieces over the next several months. He’s creating a space where visitors can linger and interact. We bet you'll say “Wow” when you see the first installment!

Arabesque is a form of artistic decoration consisting of "surface decorations based on rhythmic linear patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage, tendrils or plain lines.” James says, “I notice the term arabesque often used for pieces of art that capture my attention. In architecture, for instance, I think of maybe a pierced stonework screen bathed in sun outside, casting a design in graphic stark outline.”

James’ signature work is made from recycled materials. "I choose to work with old reused material because this brings its own undeniable character. I much prefer it over the characterlessness of a fresh-from-the-mill sheet of material."

This installation is created by James Gonzalez thanks to funding from Creatives Rebuild New York. CRNY is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. This series of programming was made possible through support from CRNY’s Artist Employment Program (AEP). 

Inhabited Arabesques: An Art Installation by James Gonzalez
We visited James Gonzalez at Farmhouse Forge before his exhibit opening at The TAUNY Center, Inhabited Arabesques: An Art Installation by James Gonzalez, to discuss forging iron, concepts for the exhibit, and the hybrid process behind his evolving installation.

Folkstore Spotlight
From The Cottage
Our latest Folkstore Spotlight Gallery exhibit evokes the breezy lifestyle of summer cottages on the river, lake or sea. These works will be on display in the Spotlight Gallery on the first floor of The TAUNY Center beginning August 2nd.


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